HopShock IPA | SanTan Brewing Co.

very good
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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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crafted on 4/16/14. Batch # 084 019747.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, herbal hop, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the metallic taste is not that pleasant.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My thanks (and that of The CANQuest (TM)) to bennetj17 for some more CANs to keep the madness moving right along.

From the CAN: "Craft Beer For Beer Drinking".

Yes, IPA in a CAN! The Crack & Glug could not happen quickly enough, producing two rocky fingers of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was heavenly, if your idea of heaven is a pine forest. Luckily, that sort of thing does it for my olfactory senses. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very minty evergreen taste on the tongue initially giving way to a caramel-malt taste briefly, just to keep things balanced. Finish remained very minty, breathtaking, really. Holy Hops, Batman! This would go into my cooler at any time, shoving some of those marginal CANs out of the way to make room. If JenRay has not tried this yet, send the poor woman some so that she will not feel left out.

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Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid one-fingered white head atop a light amber beer. Not much of a carbonation stream but good head retention and lacing.

S- Spicy hops. Slight grapefruit.

T- Follows the nose. Pine. Near enamel-scraping hops...I like that.

M- Medium to light for the style. Low carbonation.

D/O- A pleasant experience overall. Nothing to get too excited about but certainly one I'd have again. No glaring flaws except the lack of carbonation. Would love to have with me somewhere where bottles CAN't go.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can do this! 12 ounces, from a can, canned just under 4 months ago. On to the beer:

This is a reddish-orange colored IPA, topped with a thick two fingers head. The retention is excellent on top, the lacing is good. The aroma has some hops. More specifically, the hops have a metallic character. Bitter tea. Raw. Squeeze those hops!

The beer opens up in the mouth. Flavors of orange, sweet toffee, cantaloupe, resin, and some leftover bitterness give me a good impression, leaving to the mind how a fresh glass at the source would be. Its smooth texture and nearly full body help are pleasing.

Solid as a rock IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SanTan Hopshock IPA

Pours a hazed orangeish color, with ample head and lace. Aroma is very fruity, hoppy, citrusy and tropical. In the taste, more of the same, ripe pit fruits, mango, pineapple notes. Piney, and quite a solid resinous hop character. Malt body is focused on caramel and really lets the ale yeast and hop fruityness come out. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, and overall a very nice IPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1702; March 2010
This beer arrives from the tap with a frothy, amber tinged, tan head that is about a quarter-finger in thickness; it leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through the beer. The beer is a clearish, dark red / amber color. A spicy, citrusy hop character is a nice relief to my nose; aromas of lychee, kumquat, tangelo and caramelized orange peel are noticeable from the get go. I am really quite pleased that this is aggressively hopped, as I wasn't expecting too much from this beer. The malt is quite subdued, especially as this is served in a pint glass.

A sharp bitterness grips the palate from the beginning through to the end of each sip. There is also quite a bit more herbal and pine like flavors than the aroma would have suggested. Big pine needle flavors linger on the palate in the finish and there is a green, hop astringency and biting bitterness there too. Up front flavors of tangelo and lychee mix with an almost harsh herbal / menthol hop character. The malt, despite the color, is actually quite thin compared to the aggressive / abrasive hop character. The body is on the light side too, which would seem to suggest that this is eminently quaffable, but the hops are a bit too aggressive for that. There is a hint of toasted, biscuit-like maltiness towards the finish and there si a supporting, caramelized malt sweetness that isn't really noticeable, but plays an important, supporting role here none-the-less. I almost tast a soft, hint of butterscotch like diacetyl here, but I can't be sure.

This is a beer for the über-hop-head; aggressive, abrasive and without even the "balance" that the typical neo-American-IPA manages to achieve. This is decent though, even enjoyable, and I can see this hitting the spot when I want an aggressive hop beating.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the fortune of trying this on tapalsobut my review willbe basedon the can version because that's what sittingin front ofmeright now.

A - Pours amber orange with a nice big two fingered fluffy white head andsome carbonation. As the beer sits for a few minutes,the carbonation disappears as does most of the headwhich leavesbehindan even,thinlayer of foam.

S - Caramel maltbacked buy alotofpungent grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Even after being in the can for 6-8 weeks,this still smells wonderful. There's a small bit of alcohol effervesence as well.

T - Taste continues where the pungent aroma leaves off in the nose. Hits the tongue upfront with grassy, earthy doses of pine and finishes with a sharp bitter grassy, grapefruit kick. While the hops are making their assertiveness known, light caramel malt lays underneath just far enough to bring the bitterness back a little and just strong enough to stay present throughout.

M - Thin side of medium body, average feel on the tongue with slight pricklies, and coats the mouth with a thin layer of grapefruit lingering bitterness. The grapefruit sting left in the mouth is watery thin, but just enough to keep the lingering goodness rolling for several minutes. I got some alcohol in the nose but not so much in the sip as it blends in well.

D - Very good.

This is one I wish I could get in PA, I'd keep a steady supply of this one on hand if I could. 'Will have to wait for my next business trip to the Phoenix area to enjoy this one again. Bummer. If you're an IPA fan, you will enjoy this.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head and good carbonation. Nose is hops, grain, citrus and floral. Taste is an IPA that seems to be cookiecutter West Coast IPA, like I would get at a Rock Bottom or BJ's, hoerver I did enjoy the big citrus and floral with hop bite on the end. Mouthfeel is bitering and drinkability is good overall.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good amber looking beer, cool can. Aroma, equal mix of grapefruit and pine, pine delves lower with each reference.

Taste, leans more to the grapefruit hopping and bitterness, pine degrades with each drink. Stays crisp, never heavy on the palate. Another good canned beer effort, any slight perceived metallic bitterness is the type that would go well with an ipa that walks the line between the citrus flavors and woody feel. The hopshock is prolly because the malt body is so very light, and very lightly roasted. Not massive hops, but they are paired in a way that allows them to have a bold prominence.

Had another can of it yesterday, doesn't fall apart with age, I upped my grade slightly.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Crystal-clear, brassy amber color with a head and lacing every other beer is jealous of. Hops hit the nose hard with mint, evergreen and citric rind, and the malt and alcohol are secondary in the aroma. Such a creamy beer. Wet biscuity malt flashes some caramel. Hops push all this down with a more-than-balancing bitterness and an even bigger flavor. Leafy, citric rind; piney, and tobacco. The alcohol is laidback, with a very slow warmth, some barley and a trace of esters--very clean. Hops done well here. A can of kickass American IPA.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer back in early September from Sprouts for $7.99.

Brew poured a copper orange with a thin white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is nice floral hops with hints of citrus.

Taste is citrus and piney hops that leave a residual stickiness behind. Malt had hints of bread initially and the backbone was strong enough to keep a nice harmony with the hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice IPA and a good representation of the style.

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