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Shock Top Wheat IPA - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

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467 Ratings

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allforbetterbeer on 01-31-2012

Shock Top Wheat IPA is no traditional beer. It’s a unique hybrid that combines the fresh flavor and smoothness of wheat beer with the crisp hop bitterness of an IPA. The result is a beer that is truly like no other.

To serve, pour down the side of the glass until a half inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining brew and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam that releases the citrusy Cascade hop aroma.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First I want to say, as of a week ago, Shock Top Wheat IPA has been discontinued. For that reason I chose to get a case for the special price of $10. Here's the review!

A: The look is a nice hazy golden/honey color, no head what so ever, no lacing, but good carbonation. And got some smoke out of the bottle which is a plus!

S: Not a lot to the smell here, a little bit of pine, little bit of citrus but very faint, and maybe some grassy notes too.

T: Right off the bat I get some floral hops, not any bitterness at all. Slight pine and citrus, but not very much. Sweet and a little tangy would best describe it.

M: Even though this is a poor excuse for an IPA, I had 24 4 days ago and now I am on my last one, so its drinkable!

O: Overall, its not a terrible beer but this is the absolute worst IPA Ive ever had, if you want to even call it an IPA. I guess there is a reason its being pulled!

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

An aggressive pour brings actually a real nice amber orange body and nice hues, with a big off white swiss cheesed head, but very large retention and staying power on this beer. It looks like an amber brew. Pretty solid no complaints.

Nose is.. muted, and nearly non existent. The only thing I smell on this is a faint dry spice, perhaps coriander but I never get coriander in beers to begin with, slightly grassy, a small sense of childrens aspirin too. But for the most part there is not much going on. Hops? forget it.

Taste is a very muted and sacchariny sweet rush. Mild artificial tang orange, and some good malt body and chew thought, but where is the hop profile on this thing?

Overall you could be doing a lot worse, but compared to regular APWAs, and even hoppy ones this just doesn't hold a candle.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy amber colored beer with a significant orange tinge to it. Small white head.

Smell is hoppy pine with some sweet wheat malt. Slight coriander spice scent.

Starts out sweet, far sweeter than expected. Tastes like they dumped molasses in to the wort. Some pine hop flavor but the malt just destroys it. Not very enjoyable at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a drain pour. AB could have created a drinkable beer if they had just cut the malts way down.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light gold/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of light piney and citrus hoppy notes with some sweet wheat malt notes. Taste is also a good mix between some light piney and citrus hoppy notes and some lightly sweet wheat malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Better then I had expected but not sure I would buy this again since it is lacking a bit of a hops punch.

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12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 1.75$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy light beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone. There are also a lot of particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits?

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a slightly above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with malts, ripe banana?, and hops. There is also a touch of dark fruits and some caramel. The taste is all over the place.. and it's bad. It ends with a malty aftertaste and a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall – Wow.. just wow. This beer is a mess. The taste is all over the place and I'm not sure I've ever had anything quite like it. It honest tastes like someone mixed a bad IPA with a bad wit beer on the spot. Not something I'd buy again. On the bright side, the appearance wasn't bad.

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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
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