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HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.

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HopShock IPAHopShock IPA

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very good

297 Ratings

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 23
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

yemenmocha, May 27, 2013
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +3.1%

tzieser, May 26, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bsuedekum, May 25, 2013
Photo of DRTBrewster
4.5/5  rDev +16%

DRTBrewster, May 23, 2013
Photo of edk218
4.5/5  rDev +16%

edk218, May 22, 2013
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Steve_Oldrati, May 20, 2013
Photo of IPAFan521
4/5  rDev +3.1%

IPAFan521, May 19, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BGsWo22, May 19, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.1%

twelveinches, May 19, 2013
Photo of FMetzger
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

FMetzger, May 15, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

TempeBeerMan, May 08, 2013
Photo of 45nDown
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

45nDown, May 07, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Arsenal0328, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

superspak, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Aquaman68
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Aquaman68, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

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

brentk56, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

mactrail, Apr 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mmilyko, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Stoneman58, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of gbontrag
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

gbontrag, Apr 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

crobinso, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

DinoFight, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Rizalini
4.23/5  rDev +9%

Received this can as an extra from Jeremy6566, poured into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a clear deep ruby/mahogany color with 3 fingers of nice, dense off-white head. Lots of lacing left behind.

S - Has some nice citrus notes of pineapple, mangos and papays with a caramel malt backbone.

T/M - A nice hop bite greets me upon the first sip. It coats my tongue, then evolves into a nice caramel malt middle, and finishes with a pleasant lemon zest type hop finish. I really enjoy how the flavors come together on this one. Medium/creamy mouthfeel, and maybe a touch under carbonated for me.

O - I usually find myself left wanting more with IPAs, but this one didn't. It has a great hop profile without being too aggressive. Just when you think the hops are going to fry your taste buds, the carmel mlats comes in and mellows stuff out, but finishes with a citrus hop punch. Thanks again Jeremy for this can!

Rizalini, Mar 06, 2013
HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.