Terbear5550 (1) - - MAY 30, 2017 does not count
This is such a welcome difference from other ipa. But you can definitely tell it’s 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 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Enjoyed at gabf 2014. Hop Shovel? I need to know what Hop Shovel is all about. wheresyourball (575) - 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 Brody’s 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!
Beerowulf (136) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Bottle into tulip. Aroma of lemon grass. Hop bomb and heavy citrus fruit but seems to lessen a bit and soften slightly. Do not feel the 7.5 at all. A great IPA. commonshawn (1345) - 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 (1044) - 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 I’ve 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.