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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,200
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
238
pDev:
6.88%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
53
Trade:
0
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Reviews by RyanK252:
Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bear Republic

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Citrus, a bit spicy, hints of tropical fruit, and a little light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit and orange, little pine, rye spiciness, hints of tropical fruit, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Really tasty stuff. Love this one!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +3.7%
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 +10.3%
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 BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.69 (10 pct. off with a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: July 7, 2017
Consumed: July 8, 2017
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: No bottled on date

Picked this one up as part of a variety 6-pack at Bine & Vine, landing me 10 percent off overall. Some friends had raved about this one, so I was thrilled to finally see it in stores. Can read, “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!” Would not be able to pick out Meridian or Denali, but Mosaic is my favorite hop. Hoping to land in the 4.20-4.30 range.

Poured a gold, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Could see some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class spiderweb foamy lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled mango, dish soap, overripe tangerine, Mosaic, pineapple, grapefruit rind, floral perfume, hints of blueberry, leafy herbal and stone fruit. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted much maltier than I thought it would be. Got rye spices, lemon, iced tea, bitter mango peel, tangerine, red grapefruit rind, pineapple, berries, leafy herbal, passion fruit, peach, guava and lime. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Nowhere near as good as I thought it was going to be, but still pretty good. I think I overrated it overall. (Overall - 4.00)

3.95 | 89 | B+

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you consume a fair quantity of IPA, it is rare anymore to run into one that is unique and stands out. This little falls does just that...great appearance, lovely texture and a top notch taste and finish... I approve.

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Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcthfg
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulWaters
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of let8it8grow
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tarheel219
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BSW
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodchip
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Dixie. Clear bright orange with a small white head. Smells of strong resiny hops. A little bit of sweetness on the nose. Tastes of piney resiny hops. Spicy rye flavor comes through. Grainy finish as it dries out leaving just pine bitterness. Medium heavy. Low carbonation. Flavorful and aggressive. Also not a particularly easy IPA to drink because of the aggressive flavors.

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Hop Shovel from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 238 ratings
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