jbuskirk (272) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
SanTan’s HopShock does so many things right. It offers lots of hop bitterness. At the same time, there’s alcohol sweetness and a sticky pine sensation that lingers on the palate. That touch of honey-like alcohol sugar is what really makes this brew shine.
Thewade (261) - USA - JAN 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a pleasant surprise at the Phoenix airport on draft. Crisp and hoppy. Just about what I like best in an IPA. Light color and great head.
wildbeercat (322) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 fl oz / 355mL can into a Samuel Adams glass. Served cold.
Aroma: Citrus, especially lemon, and grapefruit. Nice piney hop aroma. Slight maltiness.
Appearance: Transparent rusty amber with a thick off-white head. One of the darker IPAs I’ve seen.
Taste: Strong hop presence here. Piney. Reminds me of Stone’s beers. Not as much citrus as I expected from the aroma, but it’s deliciously bitter. A little bit of malt.
Palate: Medium-full body, nice lingering flavors.
Overall: Fantastic IPA. Faaaaantastic.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a solid IPA. A lot of dry bittering hops at the end with a good body. Solid hoppy IPA that I wish my wife hadn’t drank most of while I wasn’t looking. :(
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The HopShock may now be my second favorite from SanTan thanks to all the hops it holds. It glows a clear dark amber-red, and I can’t say much about the head as by the time I got it back to my table, it had pretty much melted into the beer with minimal retention and a faint lacing. The smell was heavenly. The end. My nose fell in love thanks to the early faintly sweet caramelized orange peel leading the way for the obvious grapefruit juice/tart lemon hops bursting from the cup. There were some super subdued malts hovering in there somewhere, too, but I only got a few whiffs of them before they were drowned out by the bitter. Soon after my nose found its soul mate, my tongue was introduced to its new best friend. Hops. Everywhere. This beer was shockingly bitter (see what I did there?) but managed to stay suave and smooth even with a spicy carbonation blasting my taste buds to smithereens. Holding a decent medium mouthfeel, it was filled with the grapefruit juice/lemon zest hops and pine hops - bitter to the max. There were some very, very faintly sweet caramel malts again right on the tip of my tongue, but they were hardly noticeable after the onslaught of hops and deliciousness.
Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 Ok, one of my favorite breweries- and also the closest brewery to my house. With that being said, i love all of san tans beers. But.....i cant quite grasp the difference in this ipa. It has the same characteristics as their devils ale (formally sun devil ale). Which was my favorite all time beer for a while. Im no expert, but I swear simething has changed in the recipe. Ive been going here since the 1st week it opened. It seems like a different hop variety? Oh well, its still very good. Cmon san tan, lets get going on a sour/farmhouse/saison soon !!...................................... The more kick ass ipa’s I try, the further down the list this IPA goes.........cmon san tan, its time for a double/imperial.???
mikedR (868) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As an Arizonan, my go-to IPA. Pours muddy orange with nice froth. Hoppy, but could be more bitter. Citrus taste is good, but could be more intense.
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JennyJam (45) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Delicious fruity hop taste. Great fresh, floral, piney, sweet taste with a great body and mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with a bit of resiny aftertaste. Delicious and refreshing IPA.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden in color with a lasting head. Moderate hop aroma. Viscous and malt forward with defined hop essence to balance. Tasty finish. Not bad at all.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured up on tap at the brewpub with copper with lasting off white head. The somewhat modest aroma emits citrus hops, hop resin and hop sweetness. The resin and sweetness seem to tussle it out for a bit. The taste seems to burst with hoppy goodness to the tune of pine and grapefruit as well as a tropical fruit notes or two. A modest pulse of malt sweetness shows up briefly before the hops ratchet back up the level of bitterness. The beer tosses hops at you and I’m only happy to catch them.