Hop Shovel | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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90
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193 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
7.09%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by AgentMunky:
Photo of AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think this used to be Churchill's. Simply stellar. Sternly bitter, with grapefruit rind, but also loads of juicy fruit. Rich and drinkable and maybe my favorite Bear Republic beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date, but it certainly smells fresh

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden yellow in color with a ton of sediment floating about. Off-white, two-finger width head that displays good retention before dissipating to a thin, consistent layer of suds.

Smell - Fresh picked citrus, leaf, lesser pineapple and a hint of spice make up most of the aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Aggressive citrus flavor hitting on notes of orange essence (juicy/oily/bitter), tangerine, grapefruit, leafy character and pineapple. Notes of black pepper spice and pine surface by mid-taste. Just a hint of wheat. The finish is bittersweet, but mostly ends with pith bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with bitey carbonation. Smooth, velvety texture with a crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - Wow. With all due respect to Racer 5, I think this is brew may be the best American IPA they make now. If I didn't know any better, I'd have guessed this to be a fresh hop IPA. The hop profile is that awesome.

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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from brewery.

Lacing is nothing short of epic, a nearly clear IPA to boot. Dank and all citrusy in the nose with suggestions of hemp seeds, orange pith, grapefruit peel, and white tea. Clean palate with a perfect amount of crispness, a bit of body shows there is just enough of a malt foundation to hold up against the onslaught of hops. By far one of the better IPAs i've tried in a good while. Kudos to Bear Republic for releasing yet another winner!!

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much everything I look for in a West Coast DIPA is right here. Growler drank same day as filled. (9/5/2015)

Grapefuit and tangerine citrus steals the show, along with some of the lighter tropical fruits. Just a wee bit more than the dank pine forest back. Perfect balance of how I want my IPAs brewed. This one goes down so easy and smooth, yet finishes dry to keep you around looking for another sip upon sip upon sip. Sweet hop nectar.

Nothing that brings anything new to the IPA game, but this is arguably the most perfectly executed one I've had, especially from Bear Republic.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came in a standard pint a deep rich golden with a full one finger white head atop.Pure grapefruit in the nose....deep grapefruit rind,quite sharp but very appetizing.Grapefruit is large on the palate but there is more of a juicy citric element to go along with it even a bit of pine,mild biscuit sweetness underneath.No holds barred here,if you are a fan of the sharp grapefruit flavors unhinged than you will like this,I loved it.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulWaters
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of qcbrewer
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BSW
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodchip
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dduquette
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Highbury09
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by date of 05/30/17 ink stamped near bottom of bottle below the label. Amber color with a slight haze. A finger of head forms but falls away very quickly. A little bit of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Very strong hop aroma. I pick up mango, citrus, peach, and passion fruit. Flavor is straight up West Coast IPA but using the latest hops. Tropical fruit flavor with some citrus. Not as dank as I expected. Bitterness is high with a relatively dry malt finish. But it keeps from getting too harsh on the palate. Nice body and nicely carbonated. Just enough carbonation to give it some pep but not fizzy.

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Photo of GFish
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wgkutz
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quinnspub1
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Hop Shovel from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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