Terbear5550 (1) - - MAY 30, 2017 does not count
This is such a welcome difference from other ipa. But you can definitely tell itís a very special ipa. I love ipa beers, this costs more but is sooo well worth it. Try it for sure wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Bear Republic really figured it out on this beer, extremely well balanced and tasty, huge amount of hops, a truly delicious ipa. The specialty malts and hops flow together quite well. Ive had this multiple times and its right on for sure. dangcjr (1) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2014 does not count
Great west coast style IPA with mosaic and citra hops to give it a good grapefruit nose and floral back end... On tap at the brewpub... Really enjoyed it... Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Enjoyed at gabf 2014. Hop Shovel? I need to know what Hop Shovel is all about. wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 19, 2015
It pours with a nearly opaque gold body that has copper hues and supports an off white head of foam. Nice looking IPA. Wow, the aroma is bursting with citrus tangelo hops and spicy almost dank hoppiness, yum! The taste is nice and rich and nearly chewy with microscopic hoppiness floating around yielding nearly robust levels of citrus tangelo hops that are firmly bitter but still maintaining some depth and richness linked up to a mild sweet malt bill. The tangelo, dash of juicy mango and slightly spicy notes linger and linger deep into the after taste. Wow this is a deliscout hoppy brew and with a name like Hop Shovel what more can a person want, maybe a fresh keg at home in the frig.
Had this on tap at GABF, and again at Brodyís in San Diego. Pours a hazy orange color, with a tropical fruit nose. Flavor is just great - tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, all mosaic. Finishes slightly dank. Bear Republic needs to bottle this!
commonshawn (1194) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Tap at red cow. Goblet, even though it could or should be in a pint. Beautiful hazy orange gold with very thick white head and good lacing. Clean sweet hop nose. Bitter, full of flavor, really good. Shovel it on. Ericular (1016) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2017
Pours a nice clear copper with plenty of white, pillowy head and great scattered lacing. Aroma is super fresh and bright with the Mosaic front and center. Even better than some single-hop Mosaics Iíve had, as the Meridian and Denali hops provide some extra nuance. This beer smells amazing. Taste is tropical fruits at first - pineapple and mango - quickly yielding to the Mosaic tang that the aroma hinted at. This combines well with the transition to a sticky, resinous, bitter finish that dries out superbly. The finish is dry, but mellow, leading to a very short recovery period between sips. I had to exercise will power to make this beer last more than a few minutes. The finish sits pretty well with mouth-coating stickiness. Really well-done. Summary: Wheat, Rye and Mosaic hops in perfect balance. superspak (5497) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/27/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense a fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big passion fruit, papaya, guava, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, rye bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge passion fruit, papaya, guava, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, rye bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of passion fruit, papaya, guava, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, orange rind, pepper, pine, cracker, rye bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no lingering hop/rye astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, quickly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; despite the increasingly drying/resinous finish. Very dank, piney, and fairly juicy on hops; with just enough malts for bitterness balance. The rye works really well with the herbal/peppery background qualities of the hops, but never feels too spicy. A highly enjoyable offering. dwyerpg (6054) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 12, 2017
This is easily my favorite use of mosaic hops in a beer, as mosaic is my least favorite hop so far. Nice flavor that is light enough but still good and bitter. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Excellent IPA from Bear Republic. Itís been a while since Iíve had the pleasure of sampling a new beer from this brewer. New ones from these guys are hard to find in eastern PA. The Hop Shovel pours a golden color with an ample white head with plenty of lacing around the inside of the glass. The aroma features some bubbly and lively hop notes, along with some bread, caramel, pale malt, wheat and rye. The flavors are really well-balanced with the wheat and rye to offset the prickly, lively and fruity hop notes.