Hop Shovel | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.06/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop pickers of old used canvas shovels to move their harvest. We added overflowing scoops of Mosaic, Meridian and Denali to this IPA to create huge tropical and citrus notes. Enjoy a shovel's worth!


Added by jhartley on 08-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,529
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
258
pDev:
6.65%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
61
Trade:
0
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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dctarga
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glowing. Is the word for the look, smell and taste of Hop Shovel - a new one to me from great, favorite brewer - Bear.
scoops of Mosaic, Meridian and Denali.

a) The body pours crystal clear, "glowing", clean, filtered, and fresh minted, glowing copper. The white, soft head sheds scales of lace. 4.25 for color.
s) Tropical fruit (as in fresh, juicy glowing orange flesh) dominates. I get orange peel, mango, citrus peel, tangerine, grapefruit rind atop pale crystal malts. Marmalade. Big.
t) Follows the aroma. Glowing flavor bursts of tropical fruit on a bed of pale, marmalade like malts with light amount of prickly bitterness, and a post citrus/orange smoothie sip feel.
f) Juicy, wet, well-carbonated, refreshing, clean. And did i say "glowing"?
o) Must try for IPA fans as a novel, juicy, big expression of the featured hops.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Bright yellow with 1 finger of head, lots of lacing left on the glass. Unfiltered with no clarity. Gorgeous beer

S - Huge fresh hop aroma. Amazing - as good as an IPA aroma can get

T - Slightly more bitter than citrus, well balanced and malty. Lots of grapefruit. Very tasty

F - Medium body and well carbonated.

O - Possibly the best brew I have had from Bear Republic. They stepped it up!

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msondel
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ghrymm
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over all a pretty good IPA not a stunning one but very easy drinking.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of denver10
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the Yard House. Hazy golden pour, small skin of head, rings of lacing. Big, full hoppy aroma, fruity and dank. Taste is malty first, then eclipsed by a wave of dank , earthy hops. Complex finish, but it’s all there and recognizable. Worthy of it’s rep.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardTarget
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very hazy orange amber glass holds a rocky white head that leaves tendrils of lacing.

Aroma: Citric hop notes are full and fresh. A little crystal malt base peeking through. A little earthiness, a whiff of yeast, everything seems in order.

Taste: Mild tea flavor seems hop driven. It's hoppy, but doesn't burn or really bitter much as it is well supported by a frothy pale ale base that actually goes a bit sugary at points.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy with high carbonation makes it a bit frothy, needed a stronger pour to off gas a bit.

Overall: Like being hit in the face with a hop shovel, in a good way. Big hop flavors, mostly citric, all tasty. Big base makes it balanced but pretty heavy on both sides.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sellen
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap.

A - Hazy dark orange color with thin lacing and moderate carbonation.

S - Nose is extremely weak, sweet malt and light citrus.

T - Balanced, sweet caramel malt followed by tropical fruit, mango, guava, and ends with a lingering semi-oily grapefruit bitterness. After the bitterness subsides on the back end there's a sugary caramel malt residue left over.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish.

O - Glad to have tried it, that's all I can say.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tarheel219
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hop Shovel from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 258 ratings