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Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing

Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%


Brewed by:
High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-05-2011)
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Arbitrator

California

2.08/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L.

A: Pours a clear amber body with a light beige head. Decent retention and a few dribbles of lace down the sides.

S: Mild notes of grapefruit, and lots and lots of grass, leaves, tea, earth... Oh, man. This is going to be bitter.

T: Bitter. Yes, indeed. Grass, tea leaves, earth -- it's accentuated by a light burst of citrus and some pale malt, but this is overall far more harsh than I care for. I liked the latest tap iteration better, and even then, not all that much. I just don't care for IPAs that use bittering hops over flavoring hops. It's simply not my thing.

M: Sticky, lingering bitterness and tons of hop resins. When I compare this, in a thought experiment to anything coming out of Alpine or Russian River, it falls short and seems rather amateurish. This reminds me of the old Monkeyhead recipe from Triple Rock, actually: lots of bitterness that lingers and lingers.

O: This beer simply isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:23:54 | More by Arbitrator
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TheCrowsNest

California

2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 19:37:14 | More by TheCrowsNest
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:27:25 | More by Ryan011235
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avaldivia

California

2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa

A: Clear golden hay color. Decent white head with ok lacing.

S: Pine. Nothing special. A little bit of grapefruit.Honestly, it smells like any other middle of the road IPA.

T: Taste is the same as the smell. Honestly, there is nothing to differentiate this from any other IPA out there. A bit dry, a bit piney, a bit citrusy.

M: I'll admit, good mouthfeel. It had a nice body, and good carbonation.

O: I doubt I will ever pick this up again. I thought it was a pretty standard and unimpressive IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 05:00:01 | More by avaldivia
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HalfFull

California

2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 04:18:09 | More by HalfFull
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beagle75

Iowa

2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crisp and clean biscuit malt is the most defining smell, a little grainy around the edges. Hops are nearly absent, with just a hint of herbal spice.

T: Begins off-dry, with a heavy presence of toasted grain that turns slightly vinous toward the middle. Citrusy aromatics are very understated, while acidity is moderate in intensity. Bitterness arrives early, becoming quite pronounced and astringent by the finish, but is very neutral with nothing in the way of flavor accents.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly astringent on the palate but complementing the bitterness well, with moderate bitterness.

D/O: This IPA is out of balance, strongly favoring malt components while interesting hop flavors and aromas are remarkably lacking. Bitterness is present, however, raw and discontinuous--appearing bolted-on to the latter half of the taste, rather than being integrated with a host of other (non-existent) appealing flavors. While not undrinkable, this beer is entirely forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 12:55:11 | More by beagle75
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got to try this back to back with their Retribution beer. Solid, not great, not bad, just a solid offering. Cant tell which one I would prefer. Looks good, not great. Smells good, not great, even though its the best attribute. Solid offering, not great in any means, but if it was at my local shop, would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:48:20 | More by biglobo8971
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willjschmidt

California

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a rather dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: A hint of citrus, pine, earthy, some herbal accents.

T: A very bitter IPA. Tea leaves, herbal, with a hint of citrus. Very, very bitter in the finish as well as in the aftertaste. A bit too harsh.

M: Nice mouthfeel, slightly oily from the hop resins. Proper amount of carbonation.

O: A decent IPA but very harsh and bitter. Wouldn't get again as this style obviously has such a plethora of other outstanding options available.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:20:36 | More by willjschmidt
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This isn't going to be an in-depth review like I usually write as this is very lackluster.

A - Light copper in color with little lacing and about a 1/4" head. There is a great amount of carbonation.

S - faint scent of resin, hops and malt. More boozy than I like. Muted to say the least.

T - a ton of malts, little grapefruit, similar flavors as the aromas liste above. Maybe a little bit of pine.

M - wonderful mouthfeel! Mouth coating and slightly sticky. I love the carbonation that makes this beer very lively in the palate.

O - not something I would purchase, as this was a gift, but wouldn't turn it down if offered from the tap at a pub. Better than some, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:12:46 | More by Cubatobaco
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 16:59:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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HopHead84

California

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

5/29/2011

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep amber with a white head that quickly fades. 

S: Orange, grapefruit, onion, and heavy pine resin. Faintly tropical, with restrained caramel notes. Alcohol is evident. Somewhat floral.

T: Bitter grapefruit with orange pith and pine. Traces of caramel malt. Upper moderate bitterness and very dry. A bit astringent. Alcohol is quite strong in the flavor for the ABV.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat heavy.

Overall: I found this to be just okay. No particularly strong attributes and some evident flaws. I preferred the growler version I had.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 18:30:21 | More by HopHead84
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bashiba

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 21:37:05 | More by bashiba
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a shaker

A - Gold flaxen yellow. Very clear. Nice fluffy white head with strong lacing

S - Very bitter, pine, grass, some lemons and oranges. Very little to no malt noticed

T - Dang! Bitter! Lots of grassy hops with a lesser component of grapefruit and lemons, however it is not the 'juicy' hops usually associated with the citric hops. I literally do not pick up any malts. I am trying to seek out even a hint of caramel or something, but, nope, nothing, nada.

M - Light and very drying.

O - A very single dimensional IPA. I do love the bitterness but there was no malty sweetness to help balance it out (that I could pick up), and that would have been appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 21:04:26 | More by OakedCanuck
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 17:55:41 | More by Koufax21
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mactrail

California

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A really big hop ale. Comes on in an alluring malty rush. Nose is quite nice, resins and pineapple. It is quite sharp. I wouldn't call it dry, as there is an underlying sweetness, but that is crowded out by the hop acids or whatever gives it that tartness. More like a very tart berry with a lot of grapefruit peel that smothers it out in turn. Okay, plenty big hop, bro, but after a few tastes it gets more harsh and lowdown.

There are so many big, big hop beers out there that the occasional stars greatly outshine all these regular IPAs. It won't be wasted, though. Should be a good flavoring hop juice to add to those Trader Joe's bock beers and Simple Times lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 05:52:46 | More by mactrail
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Sideswipe

California

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the ever generous Arbitrator. Bomber poured into my Coast pint glass.

A- Hazy, dark orange/amber color with a finger of white head. Foam recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S- Malt, Hemp, grass, a hint of pine and subtle citrus. It smells bitter.

T- Bitter, bitter hops. Sweet malt. Overwhelming grapefruit. Did I mention bitter? Finishes dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste, go figure....

M- Medium, leaning towards sticky. Carbonation is about right for the style and might even lend a bit of creaminess to the beer if it weren't overpowered by extreme bitterness.

O- I like my IPAs bitter, but this is a bit one dimensional. It's not terrible, and I'd probably drink it again in a pinch, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. Glad I had the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 05:55:12 | More by Sideswipe
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:05:21 | More by Cresant
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!), and while this is appreciated it's probably not going to be the best review.

The beer pours very clear, with a reddish-tinted golden body and a thin white foam. It smells sweet and hoppy, more floral than citric. The sweetness hints at strong caramel malt, the hoppy aromas are on the odd side (minty, tea-like, vegetal, "floral" if being kind).

It tastes VERY bitter (which I like) but with limited counterpoints (which I don't like as much). Still, on the whole this isn't a bad approach, I'd rather have brutal hops than overly sweet malts. The malts in this case are hard to detect, this is all about alpha acids.

Difficult to keep drinking through the entire bomber, but I'm finishing it. It would be good in much smaller doses, the bitterness just makes it hard to drink too much of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 01:25:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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dannydetox

California

3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 07:35:39 | More by dannydetox
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jeffjeff1

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 09:09:51 | More by jeffjeff1
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Nugganooch

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 00:09:46 | More by Nugganooch
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largadeer

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 06:11:58 | More by largadeer
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours a very clear, but slightly murky amber golden colour, laced with a dusty brown hue. Head is filmy and frothy, but settles down to large bubbles pretty quickly. Decent lacing. Body is right on what you want for around this ABV. Looks pretty good.

Nose is green and sharp, with big, leafy hop characters coming through on top of a rubbed citrus and spicy resin aroma. It's almost too vegetative—there's pine and cedar, clipped grass and eucalyptus in there, and the mellower, fresher, fruitier citrus characters get lost. All power to them, though.

Taste is in the same vein, with a powerful, biting resiny hop character coating the centre of the palate and refusing to let go of its mighty grip. By the time it eventually dissipates, there's nothing left on the palate, leaving a dry and rather jarring experience on the finish. Malt on the front cushions the hops slightly, still perhaps not giving the level required, but pushing the biting hop character to a more citrus sherbet character.

A pretty exhausting beer to drink, truth be told. The hops are big, and not necessarily all that well balanced—furthermore, it's one type of persistent, goading, sharp bitter hop character, which makes it harder to understand, or appreciate.

It's a pretty respectable IPA, especially if you like huge doses of bittering hops, but by the end, I was wondering when I'd choose to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:40:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
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harrymel

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled:unk

Pours amber with a couple fingers of light tan foam. Smells of pine, resin, bitter matls, some special B, some smells of crackers and biscuit. Tastes bitter with good malty character with some pine and a nice grapefruit. Very drinkable. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a standard fnish. Very drinkable, not upper eschelon

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 16:05:27 | More by harrymel
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Trilogy31

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a maple syrup amber with orange at the rim, along with a fluffly egg white cap that leaves sticky lacing. The nose brings dank pine forest, spicy caramel along with oily citrus notes. The taste is upfront hoppy bitterness with a strong malt backbone that is slightly out of whack as the alcohol comes through. There is a touch of citrus in there though its hard to find. Nice example of an ipa and is growing on me the longer i drink it, i just wish it was a bit less astrigent and hid the abv a bit more. I need to try this on draft as it looks like im 1st to review out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:10:05 | More by Trilogy31
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Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.