Review: Bear Republic Hop Shovel | Craft Beer & Brewing
Bear Republic Hop Shovel
97 out of 100

Style: IPA

ABV: 7.5 IBU: 100

97/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Bear Republic Hop Shovel

What the brewers say

“Hop Shovel is dry, but with a soft and rounded mouthfeel achieved by using a high proportion of wheat and rye. Hops varieties Mosaic, Meridian, and Denali provide an abundance of flavor and aroma.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Notable tropical hops character with apricot, orange citrus, and lemon. A bit of bready malt and a hint of toast. Everything blends together pleasantly.”

Flavor: “Smooth, spicy hops character with a lighter body and underlining fruitiness, perhaps strawberry. Moderate bitterness that grows and extends into the aftertaste. Way too easy to drink given the evident alcohol strength. Nice resinous aftertaste lingers until next Tuesday.”

Overall: “The focus is obviously on the hops, but It’s a classic. The hops evolve and expand over time, bringing new flavors to the forefront with each sip. It’s smooth and very drinkable. Nice balance.”

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