tmongoose (1600) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle poured bright amber/orange with big off white frothy head. Not much of an aroma. Flavor is mildly bitter and flowery from the ops. Not much else happening with this beer. You get that wheat flavor but doesnít really work. Still drinkable.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - FEB 20, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent. Well balanced but not my fav style, Love IPA but when using wheat malt, its balanced but not my thing. Eh.
Finhead (1307) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy, gold pour with a white head. The aroma has citrus zest with wheat and some mild pine. It has a light body with a somewhat thin texture and average carbonation. The taste is bittersweet at the start, then finishes more on the sweet side.
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I kinda think thereís some macro bias in here. If this was served blind, it would be getting scores in the 3.0 range and thatís where Iím rating it. Obviously not an IPA but it had a pleasant enough light citric hopping, at about pale ale levels. Flavor similar, crisp and thinned out by the wheat, clean all the way through, fair enough as a lightly hopped wheat ale.
wlajwl (4424) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is citrus/fruit, spices and a hint of hops. The flavor is citrus/sweet and a subdued hoppiness. Donít really get why this is classified as an IPA, its a wheat ale, decent for a wheat, not as an IPA.
boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Its "ok".... Very mild hopps....not the typical ipa...flavor is floral mild citrus but weak tasting... Not horrible..but exped better
Onslow (1246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. CLoudy amber brew with white head, good head retention and lacing. Aroma of sour hops, wheat, earth, a little citrus hops. Not bad but a bit sour and vegetal. Taste is wheat ale with modest hoppiness and bit of an IPA / citrus / herbal flare at the finish. None of the sweetness of a solid IPA and none of the intense hoppiness. A competent wheat brew with a little extra hoppiness apparently inspired by American IPAís. Not bad but I doubt Iíll be returning to it.
A couple more bottles into it - this is a really fine wheat ale with a more solid body and hops profile than many, and in that regard it is first rate. But not as an IPA.
StPeteBeerMan (52) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Smells of sweet wheat with some light citrus. They call it an ipa but I only get a subtle piney flavor. Not an ipa.
TomTron (420) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Aromas of citrus and yeast. Tastes slightly bitter with a faint amount of citrus and wheat. This is called an IPA? Donít detect any coriander that this claims to have in it and there is little hop presence for it to be considered this style. This is less than a pedestrian attempt, this is a flat out fail.
CharmCityCrab (202) - Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2012
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Iím not one to bash products from the big beer companies automatically, and I tend to give extra points to products that come in more cheaply than their competitors. So, in theory, Shock Top Wheat IPA should have been something that appeals to me. I got it for the same price as a Budweiser, on-sale, and itís regular price is cheaper than any other IPA on the market.
Unfortunately, they screwed this one up big time. When I drink an IPA, I expect, you know, hops. Not only is this the least hoppy IPA Iíve ever tasted, I think it may very well be less hoppy than any pale ale Iíve ever tasted. It is significantly less hoppy than Sam Adams Boston Lager. Heck, I remember Budweiser American Ale, from the very same brewery having more hops than this. There are almost no hops here.
You know what it tastes like to me? A macro lager with the barest hint of wheat and no hint whatsoever of an IPA or even a pale ale taste profile. Iím not one to bash macro lagers on principle, they are what they are, and some of them get decent ratings from me primarily due to their low price and their adherence to style guidelines.
This claims to be an IPA, though, and it it isnít. It claims to be a wheat beer, and it just barely is. Thereís an orange on the bottle and I donít taste even a hint of Shock Top Beligan Whit tang-style orange (Though in all fairness, the orange may just be their logo and not a claim about whatís inside).
If I was judging this as a macro lager, itíd probably do okay, but thatís not what it claims to be. As an IPA or a wheat beer or a wheat IPA, it sucks.