HopShock IPA
SanTan Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,263
Ranked #18,799
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
Very Good
HopShock IPAHopShock IPA
Notes: 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!

Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy

Malt: Two Row Barley, Wheat, Caramel 80, Munich, Victory

Yeast: American Ale

85 IBU

Gold Medal – U.S. Open Beer Championship
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a small white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops. Tastes of citrus and floral hop notes, some sweet grain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, light bodied. Overall, a very good beer.

Oct 16, 2019
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can - wow, I've never encountered the term 'southwestern IPA' before, so add it to the pile, I guess.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some random chunky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, some blood orange and red Texas grapefruit fleshiness, further indistinct tropical fruit notes, and more leafy, weedy, and resinous pine green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, mixed domestic citrus rind, exotic fruit (pineapple, guava, and Ataulfo mango), some tame yet still weird earthy spice, and more edgy leafy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate lifting and separating frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of hop acridity maybe taking things down a notch or so here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and mixed fruitiness contending with the lingering hop bitterness, as it should be.

Overall, this is a rather engaging and tasty bigger IPA, with lots and lots of hoppy goodness (both from 'local' and afar), all balanced by one sturdy-ass malt bill. Drinking this, I can feel the early tremors of a seismic shift towards DIPA-land, but as it stands, the north of 7 points of wowee sauce do well to keep to the shadows, so kudos for that!

Oct 06, 2017
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koolpenguin from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just recently moved to The Valley here in Phoenix. I've trying to find my favorite brew and so far Hop Shock is my favorite. I'm from Michigan where Two Hearted and Centennial IPA have been my favs but Hop Shock is right there with a good hoppy taste and color.

Sep 15, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy copper orange with an off white head. Smells of peaches, citrus, hops, and a little malt. Tastes of sweet summer fruits, citrus, slightly bitter hops, and semi sweet malts. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a great local IPA, one of the better local ones I've had.

Jun 12, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can - "crafted on 1/26/17" stamped on the bottom:

Pours slightly hazed copper-amber with a creamy off-white lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit/orange with pine/resin.

The taste is big on hops - citric and piney. A kiss of caramel balances the bitterness in the middle. Strong bitter bite in the finish. Alcohol relatively well-hidden.

An IPA with a big classic hop-forward profile. A very good beer for "hop-heads" (like me!)

Apr 06, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly clear amber almost red with good carbonation rising and a finger + of eggshell creamy head that lasts. Lots of stone fruit, citrus and pine. A little caramel malt and toast with apricot jam. Smells nice. More caramel than I anticipated in the flavor, with a slightly off, building bitterness. There is a slight stone fruit and citrus in the flavor, but the bitterness overwhelms everything, and not in a good way. The feel is a little below average carbonation, medium body, but drinks slightly watery, and dry. Looks great...smells good... let down in the flavor and feel departments, big time.

Jan 15, 2017
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from can into glass. Color is orange copper hue. Smell is ripe white grapes, tropical stone fruits and fairly faint. Taste is White grape skins, peach, mango, papaya, bit of citrus and pine. Real mellow profile of hops and the bitterness is dialed way down along with a strong supporting malt bill. This is My kind of IPA style but there's a little something missing from it. Flavors a tad too muted to be top notch.

Nov 28, 2016
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose is light tropical fruits. Taste is a ton of peaches, a touch of citrus, but the peaches dominate. Fairly balanced malt backbone. Clean finish that leave sdelicious peachy hops lingering on the palate. Good beer. Would buy again.

Oct 21, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into glass

Slightly hazy orange copper colored, white head. Good lacing. Pine resin hop aroma. Taste is hop dominated, but balanced with some caramel malt. Good flavor, sticky mouthfeel.

Oct 18, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz can into a 10 oz bottle. canned 10/5/15. 6 months old. uh-oh.

pours a slightly murky orange color with a decent size creamy head which shrinks to a solid ring with faint covering. still leaves some lacing though.

not much on the nose at all. faintly of some fruitiness.

taste is mostly of malt due to the age, but there is still a bitterness around the edge of the tongue in the finish. mouth is a solid medium, leaves a pleasing bitterness wash throughout the mouth.

overall, certainly far from the worst 6 month old ipa I've had.

Apr 17, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is more like an amber ale than an ipa, darker than average is what I'm saying. Aroma hit the common grapefruit and pine notes.

Grapefruit pushes itself as the dominant hop flavor, paired with around 50 ibu of bitterness. Bitterness and carbonation keep a sharp edge to this beer. Never overly malty despite its appearance.

The hop bill is one of the longer lasting, while some fall off, this one is still rocking pretty strong at 100 days old.

Apr 02, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice carmel malt balanced well with what seems like mosaic hops character. A nice forward bitter that blends into the fresh hop back end that perfectly balances the alcohol - almost an imperial and matches similarly to fishwater DPA with just a bit more forward malt from the victory.

Jan 14, 2016
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beertastebuds from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the only canned beer I keep grabbing when I get mixed beers. I Crack it open to a fresh scent of fresh hops which drinks with a fresh taste of hops and caramel and doesn't leave a strong thick after taste on the back of my throat. Strong beers generally leave me wanting a sip of water but this one keeps me wanting more. Delicious canned beer.

Nov 09, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 10/20/15:
Fresh can, nice little grass aroma upon opening. Quick swig and a lightly floral, fairly grassy/leafy initial impression. Pour it in a glass:

Pours a bit darker than I'd expect, a bit deeper orange almost looking brown at some angles/backgrounds. Nice clarity, decently sustaining head.

Nose is lemongrass with a mix of indistinct sweeter citrus notes and maybe some piney notes in the back.

Taste is leafy and grassy and somewhat hop forward. The hops pop on this fresh can but are countered by a light sweet biscuit maltiness. Taste stick close to the nose in hop notes, the lemongrass and pine leaving the lasting impression.

I wished they went for a cleaner malt profile for this beer. The hops are interesting and nicely built upon, but they feel held back. As usual a little warmth opens up the hop notes, almost worthy of an extra notch.

Nov 07, 2015
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquiring my taste for IPA's and this is a nice, crisp beer with just the right amount of bitter hops. Pine and citrus hit the nose and finishes bitter but with a slight sweetness that makes a this tolerable IPA. Hazy amber pour with a nice foamy head. Strong, solid--support your local/regional brewery!

May 31, 2015
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Gary011 from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber with fine white persistent lacing. Subdued citrus aroma. Hop flavor hits first, piney & bitter. Finishes astringent with lingering piney flavor. Good mouthfeel, not too thin or syrupy. Overall a good example of the style.

Mar 19, 2015
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silverevo9 from California

4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful french vanilla head, with a copper-orange hue. Nice pungent resinous smell that"s right up the nose. Very distinct smell that's quite addicting. Lovely lacing that is sticky and strong. Pure stuff here. Can taste the quality of all ingredients. Have to control myself with these. They go down fast due to how smooth and balanced it is. Just about perfect presentation. Very sweet hop presents. Very appealing IPA. Slight bitterness on the finish. Malts are a player here. The citrus deep resinous smell keeps you planted and is the star here. Awesome IPA!

Dec 19, 2014
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That_One_Guy from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

As I've stated, not the biggest IPA fan...but I'm trying. This was a pretty solid Pale Ale, lots of citrus notes that really go a long way to make this a smooth taste. I liked the sharp malt taste in this. I could drink a few of these before switching over to something more dark. Perfect for a hot day.

WIFE TAKE: Why is there weed on the cover?

Nov 22, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Aroma is of juicy fruit gum and resin. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, fresh cut grass, and pine add complexity. Flavor is orange and grapefruit-pith based, with hints of apricot skin and candied orange reading on a light caramel malt base. The finish is resiny and grassy dominant and fairly bitter. The muted citrus and grass are in decent balance and fairly complex, and malt presence is a noted and welcome presence, though the flavor is a bit bitter for my liking.

Nov 05, 2014
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mr-jj from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Review 3/18/14.

Amber color with a nice white head.
Aroma is really, really nice. Lots of delicious citrus and some herbal notes.
Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. The hops are definitely the star, but overall the complexity of the flavor isn't there. Finish is long and bitter with grapefruit rind.
Body is medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer that promised more on the nose than it could deliver. But I still really liked it.

Nov 01, 2014
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz Can canned on 05/23/2014 poured into a Becker pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: Piney and citrus hops

Taste: Bright and citrus notes up front with the bitter in the middle with a mix of pine resin and caramel malt in the finish

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and slightly resiny

Overall: A solid American-style IPA with some bright citrus hop flavor. This is my first beer from this brewery and I'm excited to try more of SanTan's offerings. Hopefully in the future I can find a really fresh can of this IPA. Considering it was three months old, it has stood up very well.

Aug 31, 2014
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McStagger from California

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Canned on 4/16/14. Hoping the canning helps to stabilize the hoppiness. Otherwise, this might be rough.

A: Pours a fairly dark ruby amber. Finger of beige head with moderate retention. Lacing sticks to the glass. Carbonation is difficult to see due to the darkness of the beer.

S: Malt forward, but that's to be expected at four months old. Spicecake, breadyness, a little bit of the alcohol. Hops take on a more fruity tone, with bits of peach and mango.

T: A bit sweet on the upfront, this one quickly changes up, delivering a firm back of hoppy bitterness. Getting some bitter citrus peel, some mango/papaya spiciness that really lingers. Some floral soapiness. Finishes fairly strongly, with a resinous, peppery quality. Aftertaste is more floral bitterness. Mild metallic streak that i pick up on some sips.

M: Good malt backbone. Carbonation is subtle until the end, when bubbles pick up. Definite prickle of carbonation in the end does a great job of balancing things out. Medium bodied, the malt doesn't come across as cloying, but as more of a foundation for the moderately intense hoppiness.

O: Surprising. This is a decent IPA with some nice tropical fruit tones running through it. The metallic taste is a bit distracting, but it has been sitting in a can for four months.

Aug 17, 2014
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brurevu from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to Texas, late for me to reveiw. The beer poured a deep copper amber with a significant off white head. The aroma kicked in immediately with a strong essence of grapefruit rind and some floral notes with a slight sweet malt underneath. The taste hit me with more bitter grapefruit rind and bits of tropical fruit that was wrapped around the malty sweetness. It all ended with a palate soaking piney bitterness that was right up my IPA alley. The Hop Shock doesn’t pull its bitter punches and socked me into hop heaven. A decent IPA and proper introduction to SanTan Brewing.

Aug 05, 2014
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travolta from California

3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Copper and brown in color, some crunchy lacing and nice head retention. Head is a very nice pancake color.

Nose: Mint, rosemary, and citrus.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, metallic at first which turns into slight malt. A wet finish. Some rosemary and citrus.

Aug 03, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a little hazy copper colored beer with a small, white fluffy head. The aroma, though, is amazing. It filled the room seconds after I popped open the cap. A minute and half later, with the beer seated 2 feet away, I can smell it. That kind of overpowering hoppy aroma is rare. It's full of resinous, evergreen, holly notes. I very rarely give a 5 on aroma--maybe once or twice on BA ever--but I'm going to on this one. It is a delight to smell.

The taste is very good, but not the transcendental aroma experience. I love the emphasis of flavor over mere bitterness, always a mark of a good IPA. It's got some sweet malt too, but of course the emphasis is the peppery piney hops. Good body, but not too heavy.

Very distinctive IPA from a brewery I've never heard of before. Really, the smell is just amazing. I'm going to pour another glass now and just swirl it around under my nose.

Jul 09, 2014
HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 511 ratings