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HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.

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HopShock IPAHopShock IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: PhxHorn on 01-24-2008)
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dmartin118

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-17-2012 01:02:29 | More by dmartin118
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-01-2012 13:07:50 | More by ralphw56
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xdtfx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-27-2012 03:24:59 | More by xdtfx
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JohnLynch


4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-26-2012 01:16:45 | More by JohnLynch
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Csnowbrown


4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-25-2012 11:21:22 | More by Csnowbrown
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the can into a pint glass

A - Pours a textbook coppery-orange with waves of hazy yeast coming through the otherwise perfectly clear beer. A few bubbles rise to the rocky, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind thick rings of lacing.

S - A bit of citrus fruit on a caramel malt background.

T - Caramel malt upfront. The body is a rather nice blend of blend orange-mango hop notes on a caramel malt backbone. Splash of hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue fades into a bitter orange mango finish.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A little creamy, but lacks the chewiness I look for in a well-crafted IPA.

Despite being a great looking IPA, Hop Shock fails to excel enough in all the other departments to keep up with the stiff competition. Overall this is a decent IPA and I don't regret my decision to pick up a six of it while I was in Phoenix. However, it doesn't deliver anything memorable enough to make me lament not having it here in New Mexico. Extra points for the canned option though, which makes it better suited for hiking.

Serving type: can

08-20-2012 05:14:26 | More by Bockrules
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Perducci

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-14-2012 23:48:39 | More by Perducci
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Icehalo

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-09-2012 00:54:59 | More by Icehalo
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-07-2012 23:46:51 | More by UncleAddie
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KaaosMachine

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As always, poured into an ice cold, pint glass from my freezer..

Hop Shock is an absolutely incredible IPA. This is most likely the truest to form, real British (American made) IPA, that you can get here in the Southwest, USA! Do some homework about the original IPA's, they were England's pale ales created with extra hops, which is an earthy preservative, for the long trip to India, which had British colonies & troops, who wanted English pale ales.

I'm a modern fellow from Arizona, I love different beers & so far this is my favorite canned beer of all time. It's dry, but has so much flavor as you're consuming it, it's simply delicious! This is hops without fruity notes, incredible beer!

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 19:36:00 | More by KaaosMachine
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Carena


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-27-2012 06:21:55 | More by Carena
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dfmishler


4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-27-2012 06:01:51 | More by dfmishler
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nickfl

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-25-2012 02:23:30 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-25-2012 02:22:34 | More by kylehay2004
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this from a can into my trusty old Bandersnatch pint glass (long-time Tempe residents might remember).

Appearance: against the green bandersnatch logo, the beer is a warm copper, darker than most IPAs. The head is uneven, chunky, and eggshell white, but it dissipates over a few minutes.

Smell: The beer smells like lavendar and citrus. It smells like the lemon trees blooming into petrol. This is a good thing.

Taste: bitter but not puckeringly-so. Much grapefruit. The perfume comes through here a bit, again the lavendar. The aftertase is saharan at the back edges of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Not sharp (despite the carbonation) but slick. Not thin but slippery. I wish for a little more weight in it, but it's still pleasant.

Overall: There are a few good Arizona IPAs (including Four Peaks Hop Knot, and Lumberyard's Flagstaff IPA), but this is my favorite. Yum.

Serving type: can

05-03-2012 02:23:04 | More by MrJolly
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-02-2012 10:10:28 | More by Texasfan549
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Olson8er


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-15-2012 07:13:21 | More by Olson8er
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer I get to sample courtesy of Sidswipe-- thanks John!

Served in a tulip pint.

Pours a rough orange color with a sticky nearly white head of 2 fingers. Great lacing, average retention.

Smells of citrusy and floral hops mainly. Dry toasty malt profile.

The taste is just as expected but adds a healthy dose of dry bitterness at the finish.

Feels medium bodied and well-carbonated with a big oily slickness to it.

Overall-- not bad Arizona. Not bad at all. This would make a great canned option for the boat or the golf course-- and if this were available locally I'm sure I'd pick it up at least occasionally.

Serving type: can

04-14-2012 02:21:45 | More by AleWatcher
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-13-2012 05:28:53 | More by MarkyMOD
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AEArider

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange/copper with a tightly knit white head that lasted. . . great lacing as well. Very pleasing to the eyes. And the other senses aren't disappointed either: Smell is fresh and citrusy with notes of the piney hop profile that becomes more apparent once sipped. Taste is obviously well composed of hop bitterness, but a very much present bready malt appears as well. Also noted is the full bodied and wet mouthfeel. VIVAN LAS CERVEZAS DE ARIZONA!

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 01:14:00 | More by AEArider
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear golden color with a half inch of yellowish head. aromas of hops and caramel destroy your nose. really hop heavy smell! bitter-sweet taste up front. bready backbone. tastes of citrus (lemon/grapefruit), caramel, pine, burnt tires (actually awesome). medium bodied, but feels heavy going down. the bitterness makes your cheeks pucker. this beer is awesome. i need to learn more about this brewery and stock up :)

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 21:12:06 | More by facundoCNB
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BeerAvenger


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

by far one of the best IPA's in the metro area! very well balanced with just enough hop aroma to let you know your drinking a IPA. the bitter is there, complex in its self. better as it warms a little. easy enough on the tong that you can have another.

if in the restaurant, try a pint with the SAN TANANIMAL, that ='s heaven

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 00:29:59 | More by BeerAvenger
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piclee

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-24-2012 17:40:17 | More by piclee
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Nugganooch

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 21:38:44 | More by Nugganooch
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2012 18:26:40 | More by Zachb4au
HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.