HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.
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3.14/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
Serving type: can
05-27-2013 00:19:19 | More by yemenmocha
3.38/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a can into a nonic pint.
A - Pours a clear copper color with a one finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves 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 the alpha acids bring forth a tongue peeling bitterness without much citrus sweetness. Malts very subdued compared to what was indicated in the nose. Not very well balanced.
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 either fruit or malt sweetness to bring balance was a big problem for me. A sub-standard IPA, and not a rebuy for me.
Serving type: can
05-08-2013 05:50:47 | More by TempeBeerMan
HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.