Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing
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3/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
07-12-2011 16:59:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-08-2011 01:13:09 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.99/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
10-13-2013 04:51:58 | More by TheSixthRing
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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
01-04-2012 05:43:26 | More by dbossman
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
12-13-2012 07:35:39 | More by dannydetox
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-01-2011 07:47:58 | More by edproctor
2.83/5 rDev -22.5%
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...
05-15-2012 04:18:09 | More by HalfFull
3.05/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
07-20-2011 21:37:05 | More by bashiba
4.35/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
02-20-2011 02:56:32 | More by nataku00
Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.