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Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing

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Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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:
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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Photo of Arbitrator
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.

Arbitrator, May 31, 2011
Photo of TheCrowsNest
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.

TheCrowsNest, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Beerontwowheels
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Beerontwowheels, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of RamiKviatkovsky
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

RamiKviatkovsky, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of terence
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

terence, May 07, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
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.

Ryan011235, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
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...

HalfFull, May 15, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
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.

avaldivia, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of beagle75
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.

beagle75, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
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.

biglobo8971, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of willjschmidt
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.

willjschmidt, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Cubatobaco
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.

Cubatobaco, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of jsilva
3/5  rDev -18%

jsilva, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

thereal_adam, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

whatsajessica, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

marct, Apr 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

tbeq00, May 11, 2012
Photo of ajcantu
3/5  rDev -18%

ajcantu, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, May 30, 2011
Photo of bashiba
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.

bashiba, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
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.

OakedCanuck, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Koufax21
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.

Koufax21, Dec 03, 2011
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Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.