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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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 395
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with nice lacing on a slightly hazy copper body.

S: well rounded on the nose with mostly grapefruit and earthy hops however a nice caramel malt balance is there as well.

T: tropical fruity notes, grass and pine bitterness for the hop flavors balanced nicely by a strong malt backbone. bitterness lingers quite a while.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: not overly hoppy but nicely balanced and drinkable. (452 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very impressive head; great stickage and a modest amount of lacing

Smell: Caramel malt (almost butterscotch) with piney hops battling to make the presence noted

Taste: Malts dominate the front end, with the caramel forward and the piney/earthy hops adding a bitter dimension in the middle; the bitterness continues, after the swallow, though the finish leaves a little butterscotch in the impresssion; tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly creamy, as if there is oat in the grist

Taste: Very much a malt forward beer, almost like a hoppy amber; as some others have noted, there is a touch of diacetyl that gives the beer a butterscotch tone; not a terrible flaw but certainly noticeable

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity (853 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 nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - A pungent hop aroma with notes of pine and grapefruit as well as a little bit of sweaty hop aroma.

T - Sweet malt up front with notes of toffee and sweet caramel. Some floral hop character comes out in the middle with more pine. The beer finishes with a slightly sharp bitterness to balance the toffee malt and some lingering pine and sweaty hop notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A decent IPA, the hop aroma is excellent but the flavor profile fails to live up to what it promises. The dark malt seems to be suppressing the hop flavor somewhat and the sweetness covers up the pungent, fresh hop character that I get from the aroma. Overall it is a drinkable IPA, but if is tasted that way is smells it could be great. (921 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head in the Duvel tulip, a lovely orangey amber color. Lacing seems to be nonexistent, but plenty of spritz in the mouthfeel. Floral and savory scent. Starts out with a nice malty richness. Warm and tangy with plenty of malt, but more about the sharp hoppy blast. Nice resiny aroma. Pine and mango, burnt biscuits and apple.

A more interesting and drinkable IPA than many. I have never had a beer that tasted and smelled so much like pot to me. From the 12 oz can bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler. (509 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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with swingracex. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy deep orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, pine, caramel, and light floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, pine, caramel, light biscuit, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance of bright hops with moderate malt; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice complexity of hop flavors with well balance malt; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,204 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My thanks (and that of The CANQuest (TM)) to bennetj17 for some more CANs to keep the madness moving right along.

From the CAN: "Craft Beer For Beer Drinking".

Yes, IPA in a CAN! The Crack & Glug could not happen quickly enough, producing two rocky fingers of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was heavenly, if your idea of heaven is a pine forest. Luckily, that sort of thing does it for my olfactory senses. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very minty evergreen taste on the tongue initially giving way to a caramel-malt taste briefly, just to keep things balanced. Finish remained very minty, breathtaking, really. Holy Hops, Batman! This would go into my cooler at any time, shoving some of those marginal CANs out of the way to make room. If JenRay has not tried this yet, send the poor woman some so that she will not feel left out. (913 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1702; March 2010
This beer arrives from the tap with a frothy, amber tinged, tan head that is about a quarter-finger in thickness; it leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through the beer. The beer is a clearish, dark red / amber color. A spicy, citrusy hop character is a nice relief to my nose; aromas of lychee, kumquat, tangelo and caramelized orange peel are noticeable from the get go. I am really quite pleased that this is aggressively hopped, as I wasn't expecting too much from this beer. The malt is quite subdued, especially as this is served in a pint glass.

A sharp bitterness grips the palate from the beginning through to the end of each sip. There is also quite a bit more herbal and pine like flavors than the aroma would have suggested. Big pine needle flavors linger on the palate in the finish and there is a green, hop astringency and biting bitterness there too. Up front flavors of tangelo and lychee mix with an almost harsh herbal / menthol hop character. The malt, despite the color, is actually quite thin compared to the aggressive / abrasive hop character. The body is on the light side too, which would seem to suggest that this is eminently quaffable, but the hops are a bit too aggressive for that. There is a hint of toasted, biscuit-like maltiness towards the finish and there si a supporting, caramelized malt sweetness that isn't really noticeable, but plays an important, supporting role here none-the-less. I almost tast a soft, hint of butterscotch like diacetyl here, but I can't be sure.

This is a beer for the über-hop-head; aggressive, abrasive and without even the "balance" that the typical neo-American-IPA manages to achieve. This is decent though, even enjoyable, and I can see this hitting the spot when I want an aggressive hop beating. (1,822 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 tempest
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at AJ's. It poured a hazy orange with a white head and lacing as I drink it down. The aroma has a mix of citrus melon and light floral hops with a very slight earthy note. The flavor is balanced by dry toffee malts that provide a quiet backbone to the biting citrus rind flavor and dry finish. The bitterness could be bigger and the hops could be deeper, but it's a solid IPA. Certainly a good canned option. (427 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SanTan Hopshock IPA

Pours a hazed orangeish color, with ample head and lace. Aroma is very fruity, hoppy, citrusy and tropical. In the taste, more of the same, ripe pit fruits, mango, pineapple notes. Piney, and quite a solid resinous hop character. Malt body is focused on caramel and really lets the ale yeast and hop fruityness come out. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, and overall a very nice IPA. (399 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good amber looking beer, cool can. Aroma, equal mix of grapefruit and pine, pine delves lower with each reference.

Taste, leans more to the grapefruit hopping and bitterness, pine degrades with each drink. Stays crisp, never heavy on the palate. Another good canned beer effort, any slight perceived metallic bitterness is the type that would go well with an ipa that walks the line between the citrus flavors and woody feel. The hopshock is prolly because the malt body is so very light, and very lightly roasted. Not massive hops, but they are paired in a way that allows them to have a bold prominence.

Had another can of it yesterday, doesn't fall apart with age, I upped my grade slightly. (698 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 barczar
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Aroma is of juicy fruit gum and resin. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, fresh cut grass, and pine add complexity. Flavor is orange and grapefruit-pith based, with hints of apricot skin and candied orange reading on a light caramel malt base. The finish is resiny and grassy dominant and fairly bitter. The muted citrus and grass are in decent balance and fairly complex, and malt presence is a noted and welcome presence, though the flavor is a bit bitter for my liking. (467 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to whiterascal for this can of goodness!

An assertive hiss while popping the can immediate brought a nice dose of grapefruit to my face. What a welcome!

Poured a cloudy, deep copper with a large, white, and well-retained head of 2" in my Duvel tulip. Scattered patches of lace throughout. Big and rocky chunks of froth remain. A speck or two floating around... hopefully it's a piece of hop...

Anyway, you can tell that this beer is going to be a big one. I'm getting a huge waft of grapefruit rind and lesser amounts of earthiness and pine, with a hint of peach as well. Very nice, very intriguing... Light caramel notes are noticed in the flavor at first, followed closely with a big chunk of pine resin, freshly mowed grass, Euro-hop earthiness, and then a gargantuan slap of bitterness right atop the posterior 1/3 of my tongue. Possibly down to my epiglottis too. My glossopharyngeal nerve is going berserk right now. Man this is intensely bitter. Herbal, grassy, and yet, a decent amount of grapefruit and pomelo rind to give it a touch of juicy citrus. Lightly warming in the finish. I feel like I just got pwned by hops. And I love it.

This heavy hitter is supported by a nice and simple backbone of grains and honey. Good underlying balance with a medium body to support it all. Carbonation could be upped just a tad. Right now it's bordering on being undercarbonated, but certainly not flat or "cask feel". With that said, however, I'd drink a few pints of this.

Thanks again for the hoppy treat whiterascal! (1,537 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Crystal-clear, brassy amber color with a head and lacing every other beer is jealous of. Hops hit the nose hard with mint, evergreen and citric rind, and the malt and alcohol are secondary in the aroma. Such a creamy beer. Wet biscuity malt flashes some caramel. Hops push all this down with a more-than-balancing bitterness and an even bigger flavor. Leafy, citric rind; piney, and tobacco. The alcohol is laidback, with a very slow warmth, some barley and a trace of esters--very clean. Hops done well here. A can of kickass American IPA. (598 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a layer but left lots of sticky lacing behind.

S - nice aroma of piney hops with a solid malty background.

T - it's all about balance as the malts and hops work well with each other.

F - medium bodied with an easy drinking feel for a 7% abv beer.

O - a solid, good tasting IPA. (385 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the fortune of trying this on tapalsobut my review willbe basedon the can version because that's what sittingin front ofmeright now.

A - Pours amber orange with a nice big two fingered fluffy white head andsome carbonation. As the beer sits for a few minutes,the carbonation disappears as does most of the headwhich leavesbehindan even,thinlayer of foam.

S - Caramel maltbacked buy alotofpungent grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Even after being in the can for 6-8 weeks,this still smells wonderful. There's a small bit of alcohol effervesence as well.

T - Taste continues where the pungent aroma leaves off in the nose. Hits the tongue upfront with grassy, earthy doses of pine and finishes with a sharp bitter grassy, grapefruit kick. While the hops are making their assertiveness known, light caramel malt lays underneath just far enough to bring the bitterness back a little and just strong enough to stay present throughout.

M - Thin side of medium body, average feel on the tongue with slight pricklies, and coats the mouth with a thin layer of grapefruit lingering bitterness. The grapefruit sting left in the mouth is watery thin, but just enough to keep the lingering goodness rolling for several minutes. I got some alcohol in the nose but not so much in the sip as it blends in well.

D - Very good.

This is one I wish I could get in PA, I'd keep a steady supply of this one on hand if I could. 'Will have to wait for my next business trip to the Phoenix area to enjoy this one again. Bummer. If you're an IPA fan, you will enjoy this. (1,555 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 allengarvin
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a little hazy copper colored beer with a small, white fluffy head. The aroma, though, is amazing. It filled the room seconds after I popped open the cap. A minute and half later, with the beer seated 2 feet away, I can smell it. That kind of overpowering hoppy aroma is rare. It's full of resinous, evergreen, holly notes. I very rarely give a 5 on aroma--maybe once or twice on BA ever--but I'm going to on this one. It is a delight to smell.

The taste is very good, but not the transcendental aroma experience. I love the emphasis of flavor over mere bitterness, always a mark of a good IPA. It's got some sweet malt too, but of course the emphasis is the peppery piney hops. Good body, but not too heavy.

Very distinctive IPA from a brewery I've never heard of before. Really, the smell is just amazing. I'm going to pour another glass now and just swirl it around under my nose. (894 characters)

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HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
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