HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.

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HopShock IPAHopShock IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

387 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 77 | 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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Ratings: 387 | Reviews: 91
Photo of garylite
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper bronze color and citrus smell. Looks and smell can deceive. Big hop profile west coast style. Decent malt and grapefruit rind. Much More pronounced resin and pine. 7abv good balance session beer with a kick. Funny a bit of a hop bomb but not a palate wrecker.

Photo of ISmith87
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - nice copper/amber color, finger of white head that sticks around, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S - 4.5 - Amazing piney/grapefruit smell, citrus zest, pineapple, some caramel malt in the background,

T - 3.75 - Honestly kind of disappointing given the smell, more peppery, dirty taste with hop bitterness, maybe some grapefruit in there but that's a stretch, definite piney taste but more like dirty pine needles.

M - 3.75 - Too much bitterness for the taste. Light/medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is a lot of bitterness with no specific tastes.

O - 4.00 - Honestly, the smell is good out of proportion to the taste. The taste is too dirty/peppery to appreciate any citrusy hops you'd normally look for in an American IPA. I remember why I didn't like this when I first tried it now.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow! If you are an IPA guy like I am, guarantee this is a beer you will like. The aroma is sweet and of fruit and soft notes of spice. The beers pours a unique orange color which is very inviting. The beer is sweet and earthy and tastes of pine. The beer pours beautifully and leaves a welcomed aftertaste that is very pleasant. San Tan have really stepped up their game as of late and are by a mile the best brewery in Arizona!

Photo of yemenmocha
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.4/5  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.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of gbontrag
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Rizalini
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Bockrules
3.86/5  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.

Photo of KaaosMachine
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of MrJolly
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of AEArider
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of facundoCNB
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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 :)

Photo of BeerAvenger
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stephenhawking for the can.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper orange with a finger of white head. Very sticky and lacing all the way down the glass. Looks fantastic.

Aroma is mostly pine with a bit of citrus and spice. Some malt backbone as well.

Starts off a little earthy and piney. A bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes with piney and spicy bitterness and very dry.

Good carb and mouthfeel.

Fairly solid IPA. I don't love the combination of hops, but still a very enjoyable beer.

HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.