Hop Shovel | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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

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Ranking:
#5,611
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
277
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
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8
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Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden with a little carbonation, and 1 finger of white head.

Smells of dank pineapple juice, pine, cayenne and citrus.

Tastes of pine, pineapple, dank citrus, grapefruit, and purple bubblegum.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Got in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Oct 8th, 2018. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Offa
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking, hazy gold with large white head steadily shrinking to lasting foamy top with some nice lace.

Aroma is like a smashed-up pile of hops, vague but strong citrusy-juicy elements and wet herbs.

Taste is similar, like chewing on wet hop leaves - very citrusy and herbaceous, no other distinct traits to me given that it is rather overpoweringly like chewing on hops - too intense to have depth or rounded compelexity and balance. It also leaves too much to the spicy-bitter side. It has good character in some ways but lacks balance or restraint and is just too intensely, one-note hoppy.

Feel is nondescript, not watery or thin, but nothing noteworthy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know that I keep saying that I am winnowing down The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but since not every beer is being CANned 8=( I find myself drawn to some releases that are too tempting to pass up. Bear Republic is a good example. Oh well.

From the Bottle: "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!"

This reminds me of the old "Two scoops, two scoops of raisins in Kellogg's Raisin Bran" slogan. I Pop!ped the cap, raised a toast to my old Navy buddy & frequent drinking companion, Kenny & let fly with a hard C-Line pour. It decided to be foamy & eventually settle into just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with a lot of floaties in evidence. Oops! Too much shoveling? Nose smelled of pineapple and caramel & I thought of pineapple upside-down cake. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was MUCH more nuanced than the nose had led me to expect, with tastes of blueberry, pine, pineapple, orange, grapefruit and caramel! Mmm. It was like an aging DIPA without the age. I liked the bitterness along with the richness of flavor, but I found myself wondering if it would be sustaining or a mere one & done. It just seemed so busy. Finish was dry, bitter & with a bit of fusel alcohol to keep me on my toes.

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Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ri0
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Light orange color with 2 finger white head. Nice retention and lacing on my glass. Plenty of tropical and citrus hop notes with a bit of dankness. A balance of caramel malt blends in with all the fruity hops. Bitter notes with some juicy citrus of grapefruit and orange. The hops component takes over in the flavor with dank tropical, orange citrus, and some pine character. Good malt presence with a touch of sweet, burnt caramel. Finishes with some light bitterness. Nice medium body with some stickiness. Good carbonation with a dry finish. A tasty IPA loaded with hops, but still has a balanced malt backbone.

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

Photo of beerpapa
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dacubz
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Paradox1000
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty IPA! Bear Republic does an excellent job with their IPAs.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange yellow with a medium bubbly white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt and fruity piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt and fruit (a little caramel apple) with big piney resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice old school IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours gold with a mild haze permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" lacy cream colored foam cap with fair retention

S: Tropical fruit, melon, citrus, bread crumb, light dank and traces of onion fill the aroma

T: A light sweetness, hinting of lactose, malt and pie crust leads the flavors. It finishes bitter with traces of astringent hops and citrus rind

F: medium-bodied beer is moderately creamy with medium carbonation

O: full flavored IPA has a potent bitterness softened by well developed malt flavors and texture

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Photo of JonBoy23
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color. Aroma has orange peel and resiny hops. Taste has light nutty malt notes, bitter orange peel and a good amount of grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Anayalator
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave1999
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dctarga
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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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Hop Shovel from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 277 ratings