Hop Shovel | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Hop ShovelHop Shovel
BA SCORE
4.07/5
232 Ratings
Hop ShovelHop Shovel
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:
#3,161
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
232
pDev:
6.88%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
51
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Cobrito
2.66/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Considering it is brewed with hop varieties--Meridian and Denali--that I have never heard of, along with the now-ubiquitous Mosaic, I thought this would be a lot more interesting than what it is: a run of the mill beer with the typical vaguely piney-fruity-resiny-combined-with-sweet-note-from-malt combo that is in 1,000 other IPAs. Also too boozy. Nothing distinctive here, no tantalizing flavors or aromas, why a major craft outlet would bother releasing such mediocrity I don't know.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of shigg85
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikexw
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of hman43
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: The aromas are highlighted by citrus up front with tropical fruit and mango. Other aromas include low levels of rye.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted by rye, tropical fruit, mango, and citrus. There are low levels of bread and very low levels of wheat in the background.

Feel: The texture is smooth with a moderate body. The bitterness his high with a finish that is long lasting.

Overall, this is a hop forward beer with a nice background support from the rye to give it a complex flavor.

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Photo of Treb0R
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A little abrasive and harsh as far as hop bitterness goes, but still manages very good hop flavor.

Rye bready malts... Juicy fresh tropical hops, orange and white grapefruit flavored hops... Clean and quenching, but very carbonated and metallic tasting

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief impressions from a bottle:

IPA. 7.50% ABV. Hoped with "overflowing scoops of Mosaic, Meridian and Denali."

APPEARANCE: Half body, half head. The former clear, clean, filtered, and of pale copper colour; the latter white, billowing, and somewhat soft.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special, but appealing within the style.

AROMA: Tropical fruit dominates. Mango, citrus peel, tangerine, subtle blueberry (Mosaic), pale malts, bilberry.

Appealing, showcasing Mosaic's subtlety wonderfully well. I'm eager to try it.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. The bursts of blueberry & bilberry are the highlight, but the subsidiary tropical fruit flavours complement them nicely. Pale malts keep it balanced; perceived bitterness is low for an IPA.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, and somewhat refreshing. Complements the taste well and is true to style. Well-executed.

OVERALL: Bear Republic quietly brews some of the best expressions of the oversaturated style, and Hop Shovel is no exception. So many breweries are flocking to Mosaic hops for their popularity (and subsequent marketing potential), but many fail to showcase it well. Bear Republic succeeds, committing to the hop and supporting it with a well-chosen cohort of Meridian and Denali. This bottle was from my first six-pack...it certainly won't be my last. I'm not sure I prefer this over Racer 5, but if a beer induces that kind of hesitation, you know it's damn solid. A must-try for any IPA fan, even if there's room for further intricacy and depth of flavour.

B / GOOD

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Photo of gefinley
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFMB
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not feeling this one as much for some reason. It just had a overall unpleasant bitterness. Nose has a fair amount of citrus and pinnaple in it but there is a ever present stringent bitterness that consumes my mouth on every sip. Decent size malt presence that attempts to mellow the brew out but overall my particular glass was a sharp pungent and tad bit boozy mess. I will revisite again in the future.

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Photo of Urs
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I got a bad batch but this was quite average. Little to no nose, weak tasting hop profile and just meh. I love Bear Republic but this one not so much. I will have to revisit just to make sure my buds aren't fooling me.

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Photo of Dduquette
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Shovel from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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