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Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Slatetank
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in a mix-a-six, poured chilled into a tulip from the 12oz longneck.

The color is brilliant golden apricot with a thick creamy cap and hazed general appearance with tight bead and spotty lace pattern, retention is good as expected from a wheat. The smell is very malty with some toasted elements and slight fruit either hops or yeast derived which have a stone-fruit(apricot)like ester. The feel is moderately carbonation with mild bitterness and slight toasted grain and mild creamy full texture of wheat. The finish is lightly spiced with mostly dry essence.

The flavor is tangy with some mild malt flavors which lead to more wheaty bready flavor and slight tinge of citrus from the hops in the background, but pretty muted as far as hop flavor, maybe a tinge of spice in there with some yeast elements adding to the wheat malt which has a light toasted and creamy element. The overall enjoyment was not terrible, but I approached this more as a wheat beer than an IPA, so take that how you will. I think it is decent, just should not be labeled an ipa since it is unbalanced toward the wheat side.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 16oz American pint at the Yard House in Waikiki.

This beer appears a cloudy, dark burnished amber colour, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy white head, which beats it rather quickly, leaving some sparse streaky lace around the glass.

It smells of weak grainy wheat, a bit of muted citrus fruit, and little else. The taste is generic grain, to this offering's credit, but with very little to recommend its supposed wheat origins, and some weird pastry-like malt adding to the morass. Hops? Nope.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, the body an agreeable medium weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes sweet, the muddled malt seeing but a mere blip in the way of meager generic hop offset.

Wheaty? Maybe. IPA? Hell to the no. But maybe that's not the idea - my girl just blithely described this to the point of an AB-Inbev marketing exec's wildest dream - as for me, it is neither all that wheat-like, or all that bitter. Target demographics, indeed.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A "wheat IPA", is this a good idea? This is also making choosing a glass difficult, cuz I don't know if I should use a weizen glass or a chalice. After much debate, the Stella Artios chalice gets the call. Now, on to the beer:

It's a chunky bottle, so pour the beer slowly and leave 'em chunks behind! The color is a reddish orange tone, with very little in the head department, and quick dropping lace. A rather dissapointing look, but the aroma is quic to pick up the pace. That coriander is bringing good notes to the nose, as does the sweetness from the oatmeeal. Hops? I'm not sure where they're at.

I'm not sure what to make of it. Ok, now I am. THe first thing that comes to my mind is celery. I like that with buffalo wings, but it's not the first thing I look for in a beer. Following that is some coriander. There are little detectable hops, and they seem to provide a vague bitterness in the backdrop. The body is light, and the carbonation on the jumpy side. Also a little jumpy is my patience, which wants to get this beer over with.

It may have been fun in concept. Ultimately, Shock Top's Wheat IPA isn't exactly "pale", nor is it "India", nor anything I'm going to fondly remember.

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Photo of atr2605
2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a hazy amber color with an off white head with poor retention
S-Pine and citrus hop aroma dominates with a bit of malt in the background
T-pretty equal part of citrus and pine up front but tastes a bit muddled together, malt sweetness follows with a bit more citrus in the finish
M-medium-light bodied
O-Not a great beer but valiant effort from AB in the craft field. Will continue to try their new brews they are creating to compete with the craft market.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.11/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big off white head quickly dies over a honey colored IPA.

Aroma is a light sweet grain with hints of oranges.

Light orange peel, some grains, and maybe a very light hops hint in the taste of this product.

A light bodied beer with little if any aftertaste.


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Photo of ckollias
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pour a hazy light copper hue with a thick 3-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a semi persistent lace leaving a decent trail down the side of the glass.

S: Sweet slightly hoppy aroma – not much here..

T: Slightly bitter and sweet – but very watered down. Slightly hoppy and grainy.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: I was excited to try a wheat ipa – but this was not what I expected – too bland and not very interesting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange color with a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. The brew smells like wheat, bready malt, and some orange. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a weird bitter taste. And it's not a good hoppy bitter flavor, either. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily with decent carbonation. Overall it's not bad, but not exactly good either. I think for the most part it's mostly average overall. But I can't really complain since I picked up a single of this for $1.29. I wouldn't buy a six pack of this, but I also wouldn't turn down a bottle either.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.84/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Less than a finger of head. Color was a hazy mix or orange, caramel and iced tea. Light layer of lacing on the top that disappeared rather quickly. No film on the sides.

Hardly got anything on the smell. Got very light grapefruit hop notes, but that’s it.

Wow on the taste. Shock Top doesn’t fuck around. It was about what I expected it to be, a stronger version of the normal Shock Top (white). Lemon citrus hops, but light.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, but clean, refreshing and crisp finish.

About as good as expected with a Shock Top.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.21/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket. Pours a murky amber with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Smells slightly hoppy. Lemon and orange dominate the flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly pleasant and drinkable. Not bad. Really just a more citrussy version of the original, the hops add that but pretty much stay out of the way otherwise.

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Photo of TTAmod
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Typical wheat beer. Cloudy orangish color. Considerable white head. Not bad.

S: Not much going on in this department. Can smell maybe a little bit of orange and wheat, but not much else.

T: The hop flavor is actually pretty good here. Can't tell the varietal they use in it...maybe cascade or centennial. It melds pretty well with the typical Shock Top taste (wheat, orange, coriander, etc...)

M: Again...typical for the wheat ales. A little bit rough, but still drinkable.

O: I'll admit that I'm a fan of the wheat IPA style. This one is pretty average. Yes, it's from a macro, but there are no adjuncty flavors at all. It's inoffensive, easy to drink, and tastes fairly good.

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Photo of Shinypoptart
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I understand that this beer is going to get a lot of crap. It is made by AB after all! However, it surprised me. I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would taste like the regular Shocktop, just with a little bit of hop flavor. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

This is not an excellent beer by any means. But is it good? Yes. It is better than average and for the price it is a great value.

The smell is ok, its very muted but you do pick up characteristics of both an American-style belgian white and an American IPA. The taste is pretty good, again not great, but good. There are no "off" flavors and you again pick up elements of both of its fused styles. You get a medium cascade hop bite and marmalade taste along with a yeasty, bready, spiced note. Nice mouthfeel, very smooth.

This beer won't blow you away but it is definitely worth the money spent on it ($6.99 in Georgia). I will definitely drink this again, especially with summer on its way. It would make a great, inexpensive session beer for those that enjoy a beer with a little taste, even if they are going to drink a few of them. This beer makes me wonder why craft breweries haven't released more Wheat IPA offerings.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.47/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass

A: Poured a hazy dark golden orange color, good finger and a half worth of head that settled to a thin layer with no lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting a slightly piny hops aroma right up front, followed by a mix of wheat malt and a touch of citrus & yeast.

T: Big mix right of things hitting you all at one time.... Sharp piny hops, bready wheat malt, then a little sweetness in the malt, with a little citrus fruit all ending with a little piny hops aftertaste. Really complex blast of flavors going on....

M: Medium bodied just enough carbonation, finish is pretty dry.

O: Have to say I kind of like this one... would make a pretty good session beer... Hard to get bored with a mix of flavors like this one.... Good job on this one.

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Photo of cagocubs
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bar special of the night, no kidding, it should be a free giveaway (or throwaway).

On tap poured into a hefe glass.

A: Hazy gold with a one finger white head. The head leaves quickly and actually laces. Huh.

S: Some malt and citrus character. And Adjuncts.

T: Some caramel malt and hayish wheat. The citrus tastes odd.

M: Has a little too much carbonation, but does leave nice coating.

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Photo of bszern
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank straight out of the bottle.

Cannot smell one ounce of the cascade hops they promise on the label. All that comes through is the citrus.

Taste is light, sort of like a Belgian wheat with an orange in it. Pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel is...well, unimpressive.

Overall, this is a terrible IPA. No bitterness, no hop presence, just...blah.

Will not have this beer again.

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Photo of jerryjeff
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crisp citrus, orange comes through but not normal sour orange peel. Some floral/fruity notes, but fairly subdued for an IPA

Pretty thin to be honest. No real bitterness on the finish along the sides of the mouth.

Pours light amber in a new belgium goblet, no real head to speak of lingering although a slight amount of lacing.

Bitterness comes through, fairly bland with some slight sweetness from the malt and some floral type bitterness from the hops but fairly forgettable.

Sure, if you like it. Very light on the palette without much aftertaste, could session but there are better options.

Not terribly bad but not very good. With IPA on the label I'm comparing it to those. Less hops than expected, not enough aroma or bitterness. Needs more body to hold this together.

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Photo of dbossman
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy apricot hue with a huge, frothy head and okay lacing

S: Lots of grassy, grainy wheat qualities with subtle citrus undertones but not a lot leading me to believe I'm about to drink an IPA and yet the must grassy quality is intriguing

T: The wheat and citrus flavors seem forced--almost manufactured--but there is a hop bitterness that they play off surprisingly well, but the back end is a bit odd--just doesn't quite finish right

F: A bit thin, especially on back end with none of that oily stickiness that I like in an IPA

O: An interesting beer and one I'm glad I tried once--especially not a bad option if all you have are AB

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Photo of jsisko01
3.61/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a white inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is very nice.

Smell - Pale malts, citrus, and a funky bitter yeast smell.

Taste - Feint hint of caramel up front with pale malts, citrus, wheat, and a bitter yeasty flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, creamy body with mild carbonation. The carbonation is mostly what causes the creamy texture..

Overall - Basically.. this is a pretty decent beer. I enjoy it compared to other IPAs. But it's not nearly as bitter as most, which may be a downfall to a majority of the people.

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Photo of raszputini
3.42/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot of white and very little IPA, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Pours a copper with a thin white head that is gone fast. Nose is dominated by wheat and citrus. Taste is is more complex than I anticipated from Shock Top. Begins like a typical Belgian White - wheat and Belgian mix of spices, followed by a very understated hop finish that resembles celery, only there is another light"finish" of Beligian candy sugar that cleanses the light hop bite. I am not a huge fan of Shock Top's white, to me this more interesting.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a nice deep copper with hints of apricot in the color with an off white creamy textured head billowing thick. Aroma has sharp citrus notes amongst at billowing white ale malt base with hints of coriander and sharp wheat. Aroma has a citrus notes with some eartlhy hop highlights hints of spice and yeast with some coriander go along. Flavor bitterness with pale malts citrus, spice notes in the finish not as bad or horrible as it sounds. Even bodied carbonation going on smooth, yet oily textured wtih chewy yeast body moments. Drinkability is decent not the base wheat IPA I've had or the worse...a decent shot at it really.

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Photo of KajII
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a slight yellow hue and a large (2-3 finger) white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and had a little bit of spotty lacing.

The aroma had a mild funky odor, along with hay malts, grassy hops, and a musty yeast with a just a light hint of citrus (lemon and orange).

The taste was a tiny bit sweet and a tad acidic with a mild wheat feel at first and then progressed into a more pronounced yeast flavor that was very mildly bitter and had a note of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with taste of wheat lasting beyond any of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer, but not a good one either. So much for AB Inbev trying to break into the Craft Beer market…

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.54/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Part of a mixed 6 pack.

It pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a huge head of foam with a bit of lacing.

I smell some coriander with wheat and a bit of bitterness that I can't put into words, the usual words when describing an IPA. The look is good but the smell is not encouraging.

The taste is worse than I expected. The coriander, which I thought was a good thing in the smell, is dull, the wheat flavour is dull, the bitterness is duller than hell and in now way represents what a finely crafted Wheat IPA CAN offer my taste buds. This is a real mess and I'm dumping the rest of my glass and the rest of the bottle. Terrible beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's very peculiar to find the flavors of citrusy hops layered upon the candied base of Shock Top. Although I think that wheat beers and hops can create some very interesting complexities, I'm not sure if it happens with this specific brand and technique.

As with the Shock Top series, the beer pours with a hazy copper-like glow looking like true amber. The froathy head tops the beer firmly and gently recedes into a broken sheet across the surface. Mild lacing follows as the beer fades.

The strong citrusy component of American hops provide the first wave of flavor that starts as grapefruit and orange peel and develop into a grassy, herbal taste before a final turn toward resiny bitterness to finish the flavor. These developments occur as the veil over the sugary and cereal blend of malt, spice, and unresolved sugars beneath.

Medium bodied, but should be lighter and drier because of the lingering sugar and malt sweetness that prevent hops and alcohol from properly drying the beer. The beer isn't as refreshing or as crisp and clean as it should be for an IPA.

Although the beer isn't a train wreck, it misses the mark on the tangibles that make good wheat beers and IPAs.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden color. Nice head that laces well too. Slightly hazed.

S-Smells lightly hopped. A bit wheaty too. Soft citrus aroma. Smells watered down. But the aroma is not too awful.

T-Starts off okay then it quickly down the tubes. Wheat and citrus with a grassy hop kick at first, but then the flavor dies off and all you are left is a gross watery flavor.

M-Pretty light and bubbly. Not much bitterness. Crisp enough.

O/D-Overall it had the workings of being okay, but ultimately it just flat out failed. The only IPA-ish beer on tap at the bar I went to. Pretty bad; not a good take on a cool style.

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Photo of bigkingken
2.14/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours hazy, light amber with a thin bubbly head that quickly withdraws. Smells mostly of wheat with little hop aroma, makes me wonder just how much of an IPA it really is. Mouthfeel is a bit full and chunky, almost like you’re chewing it a bit, as most American wheat beers tend to be. Heavy orange and coriander up front with a bit of sweetness that is balanced by the hops. However, I don’t really taste any additional hops. It doesn’t taste that much different than a regular wheat to me, but then again, I don’t drink wheats very often. But in the end, it’s kind of fruity.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.21/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange/amber in color, with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint fruity hop note
Taste-Some citrus fruit, citrus peel hop note. Actually pretty refreshing with decent flavor. I know this is an AB product but I try to judge with an open mind, or at least palate. I could see having a couple of these on a hot day or as a "safe" crowd pleaser at a cookout. Good value and decent flavor overall.

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