HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

83 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 395
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PhxHorn on 01-24-2008

Warm copper amber in color, SanTan brewers have re-defined this classic English Ale. An intense bitterness derived from the distinct citrus/pine flavor of Pacific Northwest Hops. A dry, crisp malt character & aggressive alcohol dominate our I.P.A. and make this bitter beer a hop-head’s passion!

85 IBU
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Photo of Rampage1
2.46/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have tried all their canned beers from san tan and although they have some good draft beers at the brewery, the canned beer across the board is no good especially when you factor in 9.99 a 6 pack.

Appearence: This has a copper color to it unlike most west coast styled ipa's which leads me to think right away this will be a malt bomb.

Smell: The only real smell I am getting is carmel malt with a slight hint of pine hops in the background. This is coming from a brewer that used to work at Four Peaks-- I don't get it.

Taste: Once again without a doubt all malt with just a little bit of hops coming into play here.Some bitterness but mostly just malt. I am not sure what the recipe of this beer is but in the end they need to lighten up the malts and throw some Amarillo or Citra hops at this beer to take it to a whole new level.

Mouthfeel: Has the normal amount of carbonation to it but it falls flat pretty quick.

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer but in the end was really let down. I have been to the brewery a few times and thought the draft beers were good. The canned beers are over priced, average beers. My favorite local IPA is Four Peaks Hop Knot which is night and day better than this. Two completely different beers. I think Santan Brewing needs to redo there recipe in a big way. (1,311 characters)

Photo of Marty30
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to aandreson for this extra. 12 oz can poured into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. Dark copper semi hazy body.Leaves a offwhite 3 finger head that fades quickly.Decent lacing sticks to the glass.Good carbonation.

S. Piney hops and citrus come first as I smell again I pick up some bready/grainy notes.Detect a little sweetness.

T. Bitter hops up front,citrus,lemon not over the top bitter. In the back I get the breadyness. Pretty balenced IPA.

M. Medium mouthfeel good for an IPA. Pretty good carbonation helps to clean the pallet.

Overall not bad,An easy drinking IPA not over the top nothing special,which in my opinion makes it easier to drink alot of them, reason being not extremely hoppy It doesnt burn you out. (747 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear copper color, with a one-finger off white head with decent retention. Sticky ringlets of lacing all around the glass.

S - Strong aroma of piney, resinous hops and..is that toffee I smell? Smells pretty inviting.

T - Complete hop bomb of the spruce variety. Pine, fresh cut dandelions, mint, and grapefruit peel dominate the flavor profile. Not really "lush" or "juicy", as harsh alpha acids bring forth a tongue peeling bitterness. Malts very subdued compared to what was indicated in the nose. The hop bill and malt bill seem to clash jarringly. Not very well balanced at all.

M - Medium bodied, and slightly under carbonated. Could use a little more body. Finishes dryer than the Sahara desert.

O - A decent attempt, but ultimately too flawed to be considered "good". The lack of anything resembling balance was a big problem for me. A sub-standard IPA, and not a rebuy for me. (941 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a one finger light tan head. Decent retention and some streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrusy and floral.

T - Sweet citrus and malty.

D - Good carbonation and a bit chewy.

O - Pretty mild flavors, not much to get excited about. (315 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice appearance with hazy orangey colors and immensely thick head. Probably best feature of this beer. Nose has a juicy fruity appetizing quality that makes me think of sweet fruit candies. Some pine tickle on the nose too. On the palate I detect a malt sweetness that reminds me of my days of homebrewing with extracts (some caramel that isn't necessarily welcome) and then it is rounded out with firm hop flavors & bitterness but not as assertive as many American India Pale Ales. Finish has more pronounced malty caramel flavors that event suggest a bit of cardboardyness. (575 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Copper and brown in color, some crunchy lacing and nice head retention. Head is a very nice pancake color.

Nose: Mint, rosemary, and citrus.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, metallic at first which turns into slight malt. A wet finish. Some rosemary and citrus. (267 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crafted on 4/16/14. Batch # 084 019747.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, herbal hop, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the metallic taste is not that pleasant. (602 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Jus' got into Tucson, and picked up a couple local sixers. This is my first...
Pours a beautiful burnished copper; great froth that elevates and holds and holds. I like the color: Dried orange peel, and aromas of grapefruit and pine. All-American IPA and proud of it. Heaps of malty goodness to come are spoonfed up my nose, and a fare amount of diacetyl?! Oops. Not appropriate here, but I don't mind a little...?
Nice plump malt; malty malt, or, i can say cookie dough with butterscotch chips. Grapefruit and pine, indeed, and "thank you for balancing this out." We'll, it's balanced and actually finishes on the dry side. Too bad about the diacetyl, but it's not spoiled; still a good beer in there. (702 characters)

Photo of tayner
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ipas are not my thing, but i wanted to try it anyway.

Orange/yellow color with a large white foamy head.

smells of hops, but not overwhelming.

Taste was good for an IPA. it wasnt a "shock" as the name implies, but you know there are hops in there.

Light and carbonated mouthfeel.

I could see someone drinking alot of these in the arizona summers, but IPAs are just not my thing. (388 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a copper color with a white head on top. The head retention is good but has a thin lacing. The smell of the beer is average, there is a decent malt aroma and a bit of earthy hops as well. The taste of the beer has a caramel sweetness up front with a piney earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the bee is medium bodied with a slightly high amount of carbonation. Overall this beer is decent, not the best IPA but was nice to try. (460 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid one-fingered white head atop a light amber beer. Not much of a carbonation stream but good head retention and lacing.

S- Spicy hops. Slight grapefruit.

T- Follows the nose. Pine. Near enamel-scraping hops...I like that.

M- Medium to light for the style. Low carbonation.

D/O- A pleasant experience overall. Nothing to get too excited about but certainly one I'd have again. No glaring flaws except the lack of carbonation. Would love to have with me somewhere where bottles CAN't go. (496 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $2.59
Purchased: May 17, 2014
Consumed: May 21, 2014
Misc.: Crafted on Feb. 26, 2014

Poured a dark orangeish, amber, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white pillowy head. Average-to-lively average foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top.

Smelled citrus hops, nectarine, caramel malts, earthy rye malts, iced tea, light grapefruit, orange rind, bitter tropical hops and mango.

Tasted not quite as good as I hoped. Got citrus hops, nectarine, orange rind, mango and other tropical hops up front, immediately followed by bitter earthy malts, boozy, astringent alcohol and rye hops. Bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit notes come in late, but not a good overall taste.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Astringent, bitter finish.

This IPA was just OK. I wavered on pretty much all five categories, so this could have gone a bunch of different ways. (995 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Total Wine purchase – what a magnificent store!

12oz can to pint

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a good three fingers of bone-white foamy peaks. Displays good hang time with some sticky tracks of lace.

S: Smells of sweet pale malts with some light citrus fruits and pine notes lingering in the background. Seems rather lacking in the hop aroma though.

T: Taste is of sweet pale malts reminiscent of honeyed cracker with a touch of fruity hops. Mostly herb and pine flavors with a predominant peppery spice character. Overall rather light on the hops at a medium level of bitterness. Malt is nice and smooth caramels but still has me searching for that hop shock…Alcohol well hidden at 7%ABV. Flavors do seem to drop out rather quickly however. Has a slight vegetal aftertaste.

M: Light and creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sticky coating on the palate. Finish is wetter than I actually prefer in my IPA’s.

D: This was an okay IPA but too many other great hoppy offerings out there to make me want to come back to this one.
Canned drinkability yes but I was just not shocked at all. (1,104 characters)

Photo of rrski198
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slight cream colored head with a nice dark amber color. Darker than otehr regular ipas.

S: Pine and citrus. Classic american IPA. Slight caramel sweetness comes through.

T: Bitterness and spiciness right up front. Mild sweetness on teh back end but the bitterenss really sticks around. The fresh pince dominates.

M: Spicy, which i like, full bitterness. Quite nice. Bittterness is very predominate.

O: Nice offering. Nothing amazing, above average, but a well rounded ipa. I would buy again if in AZ (509 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer # 1. I opt for the can. In the past I have drank some very good craft beers in a can. I am still a bit leary of the can. The beer is served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- 4 A bright clear amber coloration with soft bubbling carbonation. The head is a thick off white but resolves into a ring of foam when the mustache hits the glass. Most beers do not stand up to the mustache.

S- 3.5 My nose is greeted with a nice toasted malt trending into caramel. An undertone of citrus and citrus zest ride this malty beer.

T- 3.5 Plenty of sweet toasted caramel maltyness to this beer. The maltyness is well balanced with a moderate lemon and citrus hoppy bitterness. The bitterness is brief and not of an oily or resinous nature.

M- 3.5 The body of the beer is smooth with gentle carbonation. The hop character and the malts are well paired.

O- 3.5 This is a very easy to drink beer. If it was in my market I may pick it up from time to time provided the price was right.

Reveal: I was certain I was drinking a moderately hopped amber ale. SanTan Brewing Co. Hop Shock IPA. Nicely done. Thanks Thorpe for a beer I wouldnt have tried other wise. Oh and Hot Dam! I get to tic another state I havent had a beer from. (1,217 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can do this! 12 ounces, from a can, canned just under 4 months ago. On to the beer:

This is a reddish-orange colored IPA, topped with a thick two fingers head. The retention is excellent on top, the lacing is good. The aroma has some hops. More specifically, the hops have a metallic character. Bitter tea. Raw. Squeeze those hops!

The beer opens up in the mouth. Flavors of orange, sweet toffee, cantaloupe, resin, and some leftover bitterness give me a good impression, leaving to the mind how a fresh glass at the source would be. Its smooth texture and nearly full body help are pleasing.

Solid as a rock IPA. (619 characters)

Photo of boomer31
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper, small white head and somewhat sticky on the glass. Ok

S - Some pine, some citrus but underwhelming.

T - A nice pine bite and dry finish. Some grass as well. Not overly complex with the hops but a nice hop flavor.

M - Dry in the back, nice lingering bitterness. Low carb, but nice

O - Not the best IPA I've had but certainly not the worst. Good hop flavor and nice bitterness. Dry and not overwhelming. (423 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ultra clear, copper colored beer. Head isn't too thick but leaves a decent film, the carbonation appears slow and steady as it streams toward the surface. Resiny hops are first evident in the smell, with a dry nuttiness creeping in the background. The maltiness reminds me more of one of those hoppy red ales, so for an IPA I am expecting a balanced one.

The taste starts out as expected, with the hops and malt tangling for dominance before a hefty, dry bitterness takes over. The flavors are kind of muddled unfortunately, and it's hard to pick out the specific character of the hops. It's mostly some fruity/citrus hop taste paired with the caramel malt. It's almost a bit watery in a sense and I'm not sure if this is more from the flavor or relative to the mouthfeel which could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall it's nice to have an IPA option in a can but this one won't keep me coming back for more. Still waiting for an Arizona brewery to make a great IPA. (971 characters)

Photo of Wisconsuds
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from Ms. Whiterascal - thanks!

Craft Beer in a can from AZ SanTan Brewery - poured into a Cafe Centraal pint glass.

For an IPA, the appearance is quite dark. A copper - orange color. Thin white head disappears after 4 minutes, leaving a little lace behind.

The aroma reminded me of fresh orange peel, piney notes, and a bit of sourness - grapefruit maybe? Surprsingly, I didn't get an overwhelming hop note in this.

The taste is what really caught me off guard. Hop heads will love this one. Was really surprised at how strong the bitterness came through here, as the nose really masked it well. A dry, lingering finish invites you to take another sip. While not overwhelming, the hops really do shine through.

Almost drinks like an amber as well. Mouthfeel and carbonation are middle-road consistency, not too thin not too heavy. I like this IPA more with every swig.

Drinkability is wavering between a 3.5 and a 4. The abv is 7%. Might have to revisit this one on my next trip to PHX. (1,013 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper amber color with a medium sized light tan head that slowly settles into a nice lacing.

Caramel malts balanced with citrus and floral hops in the aroma of this IPA.

A pretty decent citrus to floral hops taste with a slight soapiness sneaking in there to undermine a really good hops presence.

The slight soapiness of the taste is magnified in the aftertaste and begins to undermine an otherwise pretty good hops taste on this medium bodied beer.

The initial aroma and taste of this beer was quite impressive but there seemed to be a slight soapiness for lack of a better way to describe it took the greatness out of this beer. (645 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can as part of my Arizona adventure, served in shaker pint. A "balance" meaning bad DIPA. This is a malt bomb. Hops please, they go in IPAs. Not a repeat for me.

Beer is amber and hazy with a tan head of small and medium bubbles.

Aroma is mildly bitter / hoppy with a lot of malt.

Beer is medium in body, sweet and bitter with almost no hop flavors. I won't have this again, this brewery in general is striking out with me. (426 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a massive head into a Duvel Tulip, very heavy lacing, dark copper color.

Smell of heavy caramel, strong pine / grapefruit hop aroma

Taste of extremely bitter fresh hops, this nearly tastes as bitter as my fresh hop IPA from my homegrown hops. Caramel flavors really come out at first, followed by the bitterness of an overly bitter cascade hop flavor with pine and a hint of grapefruit. This is not a bad IPA, but after having a few Jai Lai's this just doesn't hit the same notes as I like more than others.

High Carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, but my homebrew wins on this one (616 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head and good carbonation. Nose is hops, grain, citrus and floral. Taste is an IPA that seems to be cookiecutter West Coast IPA, like I would get at a Rock Bottom or BJ's, hoerver I did enjoy the big citrus and floral with hop bite on the end. Mouthfeel is bitering and drinkability is good overall. (346 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to Texas, late for me to reveiw. The beer poured a deep copper amber with a significant off white head. The aroma kicked in immediately with a strong essence of grapefruit rind and some floral notes with a slight sweet malt underneath. The taste hit me with more bitter grapefruit rind and bits of tropical fruit that was wrapped around the malty sweetness. It all ended with a palate soaking piney bitterness that was right up my IPA alley. The Hop Shock doesn’t pull its bitter punches and socked me into hop heaven. A decent IPA and proper introduction to SanTan Brewing. (580 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a wine glass, because that's all I had on hand, dammit.

Deep blood orange in color, moderately hazy and really pretty gorgeous. A one-finger head of fuzzy light tan lingers as a very hefty top layer for a long while. Thick streaks of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

The nose exhibits a fantastic balance between toasty bread, caramel and peanuts. It's almost like a brown ale. Citrusy orange juice and grapefruit peel are also there, but are subdued. More malty than hoppy.

The flavor continues the trend: toasty bread, caramel, a very light nutty character, moderate bitterness, grapefruit peel, lime juice. Very malty with a moderate sweetness. It toes heavily the edge between IPA and amber ale.

Light body, very watery. Soft, subtle carbonation. No alcohol, which is nice for the beer's 7 percent ABV.

Well, HopShock's most definitely one of those malty IPAs. Good stuff to change up the pace, but nothing I would drink a lot of or very often. (986 characters)

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