HopShock IPA | SanTan Brewing Co.

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HopShock IPAHopShock IPA

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

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!

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

Added by PhxHorn on 01-24-2008

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Photo of Sexmortus
1.55/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Coconuts
1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

Photo of Brittonnash
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Too bitter for my taste. Or maybe just not enough sweetness to balance it.

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Photo of Rampage1
2.46/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have tried all their canned beers from san tan and although they have some good draft beers at the brewery, the canned beer across the board is no good especially when you factor in 9.99 a 6 pack.

Appearence: This has a copper color to it unlike most west coast styled ipa's which leads me to think right away this will be a malt bomb.

Smell: The only real smell I am getting is carmel malt with a slight hint of pine hops in the background. This is coming from a brewer that used to work at Four Peaks-- I don't get it.

Taste: Once again without a doubt all malt with just a little bit of hops coming into play here.Some bitterness but mostly just malt. I am not sure what the recipe of this beer is but in the end they need to lighten up the malts and throw some Amarillo or Citra hops at this beer to take it to a whole new level.

Mouthfeel: Has the normal amount of carbonation to it but it falls flat pretty quick.

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer but in the end was really let down. I have been to the brewery a few times and thought the draft beers were good. The canned beers are over priced, average beers. My favorite local IPA is Four Peaks Hop Knot which is night and day better than this. Two completely different beers. I think Santan Brewing needs to redo there recipe in a big way.

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Photo of clager
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TommyLiam
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of matcris
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of josemo73
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of nearengine
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Marty30
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to aandreson for this extra. 12 oz can poured into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. Dark copper semi hazy body.Leaves a offwhite 3 finger head that fades quickly.Decent lacing sticks to the glass.Good carbonation.

S. Piney hops and citrus come first as I smell again I pick up some bready/grainy notes.Detect a little sweetness.

T. Bitter hops up front,citrus,lemon not over the top bitter. In the back I get the breadyness. Pretty balenced IPA.

M. Medium mouthfeel good for an IPA. Pretty good carbonation helps to clean the pallet.

Overall not bad,An easy drinking IPA not over the top nothing special,which in my opinion makes it easier to drink alot of them, reason being not extremely hoppy It doesnt burn you out.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear copper color, with a one-finger off white head with decent retention. 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 harsh alpha acids bring forth a tongue peeling bitterness. Malts very subdued compared to what was indicated in the nose. The hop bill and malt bill seem to clash jarringly. Not very well balanced at all.

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 anything resembling balance was a big problem for me. A sub-standard IPA, and not a rebuy for me.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a one finger light tan head. Decent retention and some streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrusy and floral.

T - Sweet citrus and malty.

D - Good carbonation and a bit chewy.

O - Pretty mild flavors, not much to get excited about.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yemenmocha
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 494 ratings