Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing

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Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-05-2011

Hop Riot IPA is our flagship beer. Brewed in the American IPA style with a definitive "Left Coast" attitude. We brew our IPA with an aggressive bittering level which is complimented and balanced by a defined malt backbone. Our final signature is the dry hop step where fresh hops are immersed in the finished beer to provide the floral and citrus aromas of our IPA, a Hop Riot indeed.

7.3% ABV 73 IBU
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Reviews by Koufax21:
Photo of Koufax21
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA. Arrived at my table with a nice soapy white head that sat at about 1". Smelled of citrus hops and a mild biscuit like aroma. This one came across as very average. Seemed to follow the super bitter, not much balance feel. Pine and mellow citrus dominate this ale. Light bodied and well carbonated. I guess I'm looking for something a little better when it comes to an IPA. It's a decent beer, but when accompanied by so many other great beers on the menu, it will be an easier decision for me next time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a rocky 3” clingy white foam cap.
S: Glass smells like the inside of a lawn mower bag with a couple of cut up oranges and grapefruit thrown in.
T: Rich intense hop flavors on a rich malt background with caramel notes. After initial malt attack finishes grassy with citrus notes.
F: A creamy rich texture feels very soft in the mouth with a medium body and medium carbonation.
O: A big creamy rich American IPA with a delightful texture.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber pour, off white head. Aroma was hoppy, but not dry hoppy.

Massive bitterness that stays forever. No discernable descriptor to call the flavor, not much citrus or pine to it, would have to go grapefruit since it is so bitter w/o much else to sport with it. All bittering hops. One trick pony.

Alcohol a little to evident.
Its not a bad beer, but even at $5 a bomber, it probably won't be anything I go back to. Would do the trick when your palate is already shot for the day I guess.

Could use more dry/flavor hops and more caramel to smooth it out.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To note, I was speaking with the distributor along with the beer buyer at Whole Foods when I made this purchase and this beer has been bottled within a week. Had this once before that was 2+ months old and WOW, what a difference.

A - Caramel - Copper that I wasn't that impressed with but the lace, head and crazy active bubbles rusing from the bottom were more than impressive - Good

S - So-so here. Dark oranges, brown sugarish malt, pine and grass

T - To me, this tasted like a extremely well done IPA homebrew. Not really that citrussy, but the grass and pine were there and the caramel malt was apparent. Oranges would describe the citrus I found. There was an almost clovish spicy note in there if you look for it which was neither appreciated nor offensive. Crisp but not juicy like I prefer my IPAs

M - Flawless. Here is where you know it's a top notch brew. perfect dry, EXTREMELY crisp bitter finish that lingers. Grassy - almost reminded me of RRBC's hoppy brews in the finish where it's grassy and keeps begging you to keep sipping.

O - When fresh, solid brew whereas the mouthfeel pulls everything else off.

Final Thoughts - If they could take this beer, pump up the citric notes and make the hops more juicy, we have a world class beer here.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No brewed on or enjoy by date.

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden orange with 1-1/2 finger of off-white head. Excellent retention, resulting in a thick layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is silky and sticky, coating the glass wherever it touches. Good stick.

Smell - Hop candy; mostly floral hop aroma. Hints of citrus and dank spice. Caramel malts peek through well.

Taste - Hop forward, but with a very solid caramel malt backbone throughout. Floral hoppiness to start, quickly turns a waning grass bitterness. Touches of earth (walnut?) and resinous pepper spice. Moderate notes of grapefruit pith hits in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate, almost fluffy carbonation. A fairly dry finish.

Overall - My kind of IPA. Great sense of balance, with a remnant hop bite in the finish. Pure hop heads look elsewhere. Those who enjoy balance, try this.

Photo of dbossman
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangish-yellow--like a true amber color with a thick frothy and beautiful one-inch head with great lacing

S: Some alcohol notes as well as a citrus and crassy and pine hop presence but fairly subdued--some bready notes as well

T: Herbal medicinal almost pine and lemon rind bitterness up front; mostly an oily hop residual with some bready malt base

F: Sticky, oily, and yet a bit creamy--actually quite creamy

O: A different but nice hop forward IPA; I wish it tasted and smelled as good as it looked and felt but still a nice beer

Photo of dannydetox
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

recommended to me, but left me unconvinced. poured an orange-gold color with a tiny head. the serious lack of carbonation is evident at this point, but the aromas are inviting. nice elements of mango, pine, and floral notes in this flavorful nose. across the palate i get initial sweetness at the front, with some bittering elements finishing the beer. the flatness turned me off big time; feels like yesterday's half-empty growler. admittedly, i crave a highly carbonated drink - beer, wine, water, whatever - as the bubbles enhance my drinking experience every time. i also noticed a bit of a tea-like tannic hit at the end, too. don't know if this is off, but i don't think i'll revisit it any time soon.

Photo of edproctor
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- pours a nice amber hue with lighter edges. not much head.

s- very piney with some citrus. like palmolive... but in a good way if that makes any sense. fresh squeezed lemon juice mixed with cool mountain air.

t- this is a very hoppy, bitter ipa. it just takes over your palate with the hops. i like...

m- not much in the way of effervescence. goes down smooth.

o- overall i found this to be quite an enjoyable brew.

Photo of HalfFull
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a globe wine glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Pours clear with a copper golden hue. Half inch of foam shows moderate retention and offers some sticky at times lace. Bit dark for my personal taste but steady as she goes.

Aroma is hoppy though surely malt infused and somewhat one dimensional in nature. Touch of citrus and and ethanol, bit of subltle caramel malt and a touch of pine. Bit hollow overall and not offering any reason to linger on the inhalation.

Flavor follows with some citric qualities, a short finish and a lack of a lingering close. What's there is lightly malty with some orange pith, a bit dry and chalky even though pleasant enough. Offers a mid to moderate bitterness with a bit of citrus. No real lasting bite but well balanced in a sense for the structure of the beer.

Feel is decent and balanced. Carbonation is full though a bit slick on the finish. No date code noted on bottle by the way so not sure of the age of this beer.

Overall not exactly a Hop Riot nor a Malt Bomb. Taste is a bit thin and offers a surprisingly light bitterness. As my children say. Meh...

Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clear dark amber color with a light slightly lacing head.

The smell is very malty, bready, with a big Belgian aromatic or biscuit presence.

The flavor is very strong and bitter, still a lot of malt flavor and not much hop flavor. Hardly any sort of Hop Riot going on at all.
There is a bit of caramel malt residual sweetness sneaking through the big backend bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit resiny with a medium body.

This is a tough beer to score, I don't really hate it, but its incredibly out of style. The only thing hoppy about it is the bitterness, no hop flavors or aroma's at all.

Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, on tap poured into a nonic. Beer poured orange with a slight haze to prevent seeing clearly through it. Finger of off white egg shell colored head, foamy with small bubbles, that dipped to half a finger leaving some light lacing. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass helps to maintain a little bit of head.

Nose is nicely bitter orange and grapefruit peel, fresh pine needles, countered with some light caramel and biscuit malts.

Very smooth tasting beer, good hop bitterness, citrus peel and pith, wet pine needles carried by sweet caramelized biscuit malt sweetness. A light lingering citrus and floral hops bittering on the tongue that last for several minutes, but not overpowering.

Light to medium bodied beer, very well carbonated so it's a bit aggressive on the tongue. Very easy to drink IPA, no hint of alcohol in the taste, but I'm sure I'll feel it later.

Photo of Gavilan
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad MOR IPA.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light slippery lacing. Nice aroma of resiny pine and citrus hops, mild malt. Flavor follows with strong pine and citrus hops, lightly floral, with a substantial but neutral malt body, light citrus. There seems to be some light stone fruit flavor here too, but it is subsumed into the up front hop bitterness. Medium bodied with great carbonation. A nice blend of citrus and herbal hops, well dry hopped. This is quite hop forward, but is supported well by the malt body. A well made and enjoyable hoppy IPA.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up today at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- golden color, thin head

Smell- piney hops

Taste- piney hops, bit of a bitter finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would actually buy it again.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to adjust my ratings because this beer has changed dramatically. First two batches were excellent beers, newer batches are decent but very different and much less impressive.

Original review:

4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Clear orange-amber with a dense white froth. Bright and clear, spot-on for the style.

Awesome hop aroma. Mango and pineapple, a hint of onion, grapefruit, just a touch of sweet malt. Sharp and pungent, this smells great.

The hop flavors mirror the nose, sweet up front with notes of juicy peach and pineapple, citrusy grapefruit, spicier notes of onion. The body is light, just malty enough to have a backbone for the hops. It finishes with a sticky, resiny, lingering bitterness. The hop character is massive here, belying its 7.3%. Phenomenal stuff.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Library Alehouse today.

Pours a hazy, egg yolk yellowish orange with a good foamy white head which fades to clumpy lace. The smell is fantastic with white grapefruit/citrus notes, and pungent spring flowers. Taste is juicy citrus fruits, some sweetness from the malt, very hop forward. Bitterness and balanced malt combined with a nice carbonation feels just right on the tongue. Overall, so glad Steve Altimari of Valley Brewing in Stockton has found a new home in San Leandro to brew. The 7.3% is so well hidden and this is a must have when it is fresh.

Photo of Cresant
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date noted. The body was a light copper/orange color with a fine foamy head. The less than white head left healthy, sticky lace.

The smell was sweet and bread. Not much else really. Slightly like rye bread. Vey subdued aroma, maybe this is an old bottle?

The taste was sweet and earthy. Brash, grassy bitterness. Very flavorful but a bit too malt forward for my tastes. Mild tangy fruitiness. Hops spiciness was evident. Not clean tasting.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation. This is not one I would seek out again.

Photo of colforbin73
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had on tap this afternoon at the trappist in oakland. pours a clear, light, orangey amber with a modest head. it retains a good spritey carbonation right up to the last drop. lovely hop aromas... very flowery overall. the bitterness level is very satisfying and not a drain on your palate -- goes down smooth and leaves little aftertaste. i gave a 5 on the drinkability scale for this one: the abv comes in at 7.3% but you barely notice it. this was a really satisfying brew, and was a perfect follow up to the moonlight/old combine lager i had first. could have another one... or two.... or three. never heard of this brewery before, but i would definitely order this again, as well as try other High Water beer. great west coast ipa!!

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highwater Hop Riot IPA single IPA 7.3% ABV

A: light amber quality with ruby notes at the edges, minimal carbonation, very fresh bottle with thin lacing. Largely transparent.

S: Mild pine, simcoe cones, some grapefruit and zest. It seems both traditional yet maltier than expected for a single IPA in smell.

T: There is fleeting moment of cookie sweetness that quickly turns more towards a pine and grassy nature. Quickly dissipates with floral notes. It is not uncommon for the style but not exceptional. I prefer a light character in single IPAs, which is present, however, the juicy/citrus notes are lacking.

M: There is an exceptional refreshingly thin character to this beer, however, the hops at first almost pull it closer to a Pale Ale style until the big hop finish closes the IPA deal. It is not really my favorite type of single IPA, but I can see that this would attract some people who enjoy that tentative penumbra in between IPA and DIPA. This is a good missing link between the two.

D: This is exceptionally drinkable, but for the drying woody notes at the end. Those aggressive high alpha acid hops shut down the palate and frustrate long term drinking and make it more of an isolate experience. If you can put up with a lack of diversity and a huge herbal profile, this might be right up your alley.

Narrative: The F-18 screeched along the cloud cover awaiting final orders. This escort mission had gone horribly wrong and now he was stuck in this Blue Angels mission from hell. “Commander, primary guns are shot, nothing left on frontline support, only offensive materials available are AIM-Sidewinder missiles.” The commander sighed and turned off the intercom, “ALL HE HAS IS HEAVY FIREPOWER! We are talking 4 big shots to make an impression, this is a suicide mission!” “Sir, you left the intercom on, and I know what I am going into, I know what to do, GODSPEED!” The intercom went into a thicket of static and the sound of hissing bombs cutting through the atmosphere cut through the airwaves. “That crazy son of a gun just did something I have seen very few men capable of, a one-sided honorable assault. Godspeed.” The smoldering robusto appeared not unlike the failing jet engine, cutting through the mist.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone Brew

11-05-11 – Bitter Saturday
*16oz tulip

A: Pours a light and hazy golden amber color with a one finger white head. Some splashes of lace upon my glass.

S: Smells sugary with a caramel sweetness and some fruity hops.

T: Semi sweet overall but does taste rather juicy with some fruity hop flavors. Has a nice grassy dry hop component as well. More crystal malt influence here than most others. Caramels are winning this riot. No noticeable ABV’s. Not bad with some decent balance.

M: Light to medium in body with a semi creamy texture. Resinous mouthcoating. Dries up in the finish.

D: Decent drinkability as this is not a terrible attempt at a West Coast IPA. Some decent hop bitterness in affect here but a bit heavy handed with the Crystal malts for my liking. Caramel sweetness clouds that hop essence.

Good but not really the Hop Riot I was looking for…more like a Hop Scuffle.

Photo of alexhahn82
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Average, normal medium gold slight amber color for an IPA, 1 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind a very nice lacing.

S - Intoxicating! I can't quite put my finger on exactly what I'm smelling, for lack of a better term, this is a very danky, funky smelling beer (in a very, very good way.)

T/M - Wow. This beer is pretty god damn good. The smell translates over to the taste. Cleverly played with the hops, a definite dry hop at the end delivers on flavor and scent! Medium carbonation that compliments the whole package.

O - 7.3% ABV that delivers with massive aroma, massive flavor and mouthfeel. Seek out and destroy! This is a needle hidden in a a huge hay stack! Highly recomended.

PP (Price Point) -- $3.99 for a 22oz. bomber??!! Yes, worth every penny. Seek this beer out. Invest, buy more, drink more!! Crap I should have bought a case, I will next time I'm at the store I picked it up at!

Photo of TheCrowsNest
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz.

Pours hazy from the dry hopping. Nice off-white head forms. Moderate retention.

Mid-High hop aroma, not quite as strong as the name suggests. No malt aroma.

I got very little floral taste, it was mostly bittering with some of the malt bill showing through.

Hot. Too hot for a 7% IPA. The heat combined with the bittering creates a slick mouthfeel that stings as it slides off the tongue.

As an IPA, this beer needs some work. It finishes too hot and could use with some more residual sugars to help balance everything out.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass in the wee morning hours on 9/10/11

Thanks to nickd717

Burnt amber color with golden highlights at the stem; mostly clear. A two finger head thins slowly to a decent layer and leaves good lace. A thin layer of retention lasts the duration of the glass and lacing is comparable good throughout.

Hop aromas of pineapple, grapefruit pith, orange and earthiness are balanced by notes of toasted grain, biscuit and bread crumbs. Malt and hops seem to have equal footing here. Notions of pine sap emerge as it starts to warm. Very dry. Eh.

The taste has more of a penchant for the earthy hops and a low-slung, modest piney bitterness. Said bitterness does build over time. The citrus notions in the aroma are nearly absent here, like buried wires strung about in a few places. The malts are similarly bready with a hint of cracker. The malt bill is quite grainy and seemingly dusty at times which furthers the overall dryness.

The overall feel is of the medium sort. Carbonation is comfortably tilted toward the low end of the spectrum; right on. The most distinctive attribute of the feel is the aforementioned grainy, dusty aspect; kind of has a dirt-like feel in that respect. Finishes dry with a mild bitterness lingering.

An ok IPA that leans toward the earthy side of things. Drinkable.

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and amber in color. A nice big off-white head to go with it.

S: Really a nice citrus aroma to start this one off. Plenty of grapefruit and tangerines with a hint of grass. Light bread and toffee notes in the background. Quite a bit of floral character is present as well.

T: A bit more malt forward than expected, but still some good hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, and various floral notes give a decent hop profile. It is a touch watery, however.

M: Medium (barely) in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A decent enough IPA, but it doesn't quite stack up to my expectations.

Photo of PerHops
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I think I like this beer...
A- Darkish orange color. Cloudy, nice 1/3 inch head.
S- Grapefruit, pine, sunshine and spliffs.
T- On tap, two different times. First: Amazing. Citrus, fresh green flavors, bright, a little carmel, a little pine.
Second: Light citrus, heavy caramel, HEAVY pine. Very resinous, somewhat overwhelming. Very bitter. But yet still not bad.
M: medium carbonation, syrupy heavy resinous feel (at least during my second tasting).
O: 3.5-4. Have a feeling this beer is very dependent on the food you pair it with. Pop a handful of jalapenos and then drink this beer. Delicious.

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Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.