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Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing

Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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128 Ratings
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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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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fresh bomber into a fw tulip.

pours a dark golden with a nice head. resiny, cannabis nose. quite hoppy. the taste is also very resiny, extremely bitter finish. malty as well. not my kind of IPA but high water nailed what they were trying to do. medium bodied, with mild carbonation.

overall pretty resiny...good.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:19:29 | More by Axnjxn
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TheSixthRing

California

3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 04:51:58 | More by TheSixthRing
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:03:25 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep clean orange pour with a finger of head, nice amount of lacing. the aroma of hops is incredible on this one. floral, pine, grapefruit.. with a very sweet malty profile. bitter pine and earth notes up front, a mellow grassy overall flavor to this, with a basic malt profile.. a bit of a hint of booze is present, which is surprising because i don't remember their DIPA tasting like alcohol. medium body, barely any carbonation.. sticky on the lips.

a decent ipa to relax after a stressful day of work. nothing out of the ordinary, but still a really nice hop aroma throughout the session.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:32:01 | More by facundoCNB
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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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ccrida

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up at City Beer. Dark gold, white head, nice heavy lace.

Smell is strong, earthy hops, some citrus, especially as it warms.

Taste is loads of hops, citrus, wood, moderate bitterness. The orange drink comes out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is slippery, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is fine. Solid IPA, and wholly forgettable. I'm not a fan of the British style, which this flirts with too much for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 08:25:06 | More by ccrida
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StJamesGate

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with think steady beige head. Deep orange hard candy nose with some resin underneath.
Marmalade, burnt sugar, and a bit of bread crust that backs up gooey orange rind and sap hops.
Hint of cantaloupe to end and chalky linger. Medium, sticky and chewy, a bit of burn.

A good reference point for a Cali IPA - plenty of sticky hops which get more orangey as it opens. But it's a bit too bitter and hot to be drinkable which, at this ABV, shouldn't really be the case. A watching-sports beer that's nothing to chase.

Thanks to Chris for bringing this from SF.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 14:44:59 | More by StJamesGate
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AgentMunky

California

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger of white head tops a clear, bronze beer.

S: I love these hops! Loads of juicy fruit with a touch pine. An ideal IPA.

T: A solid IPA, virtually unassailable if somewhat stolid. Generous grapefruit, with a bitter hop base that surprises me in its intensity. A nice balance of fruit and hops, with a touch of something tropical before the West Coast hops return. Lingering hop finish that is not dry.

M: Adequate, if unremarkable. Sturdy.

O: Excellent! Drinkable, excellent, and highly recommended. I will drink again. A benchmark for West Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 07:35:23 | More by AgentMunky
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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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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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BucannonXC5

California

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel orangish. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Frothy white lacing that lasted throughout the pour. Lots of film on the sides.

Initial smell was a healthy amount of citrus hops, mainly lemon and lime. Light pine in there as well. Good sweet smell.

Tasted a big bitter alcohol bite first. Definitely lemon citrus hops. Light taste of caramel as well.

Medium body. Mostly creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A pretty good beer overall with the smell coming through by far as the best part.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 06:28:03 | More by BucannonXC5
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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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dbossman

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:43:26 | More by dbossman
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Ratman197

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, skunk bud, earthiness, pine and light grapoefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earhiness, pine and light grapefruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering earthy finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:54:20 | More by Ratman197
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A musky and sharp IPA, strong but satisfying.

Pours clear copper with a strong fluffy head and lots of carbonation. The aroma is funky and musky, followed by the flavor, which is earthy, musky, with toasted nut, menthol, wood, and a leathery, cigar edge. The mouthfeel is thick and prickly, with a woody, bitter finish and lots of piny, earthy hops on the tongue.

Intense.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:04:00 | More by Seanibus
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kevanb

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA has been getting some buzz in SoCal recently and for the low price of five dollars for a bomber, I had to try one. This beer pours a very earthy light brown color almost like a dark honey color but more brown than orange. It has a pretty nice thick head that renders some really webbed lacing. It smells hopped up, lots of citrus in the nose as well as some resinous pine and some earthy root notes, not really any malty flavors. The flavors are pretty powerful, LOTS of bitter hop flavors with some lighter citrus notes and some firm pine flavors. This beer is a true hop riot, it’s very aggressively hopped and the flavors are a bit out of balance. It goes down pretty smoothly, has a nicely carbonated body but leaves a little astringent feeling from the alcohol, but at only 7.3% it could’ve been hidden a bit better.

Verdict: Certainly an aggressive IPA. I don’t mind an IPA this bold and for the price it’s certainly a bargain compared to some other offerings, but this one isn’t for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:40:24 | More by kevanb
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jvillefan

California

4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It looks like a typical IPA. The holds a decent head for a short period of time.

S: Very good. The intense hop and citrus. These aromas are nicely balanced with the smell of pine.

T: Awesome. There is the perfect balance one expects from and elite IPA. There is hops, citrus, and pine in the front of the flavor. The subtle undertones of caramel are present in the background.

M: one of the best. There is a nice buttery feel to it and is incredibly smooth.

O: You need to get it now. One of the best IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 00:22:50 | More by jvillefan
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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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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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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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flannelman808

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: well I must say this does look quite good. Crystal clear orange amber in color and topped with an off white head. The sea foam like head has pretty good retention and great lacing.

S: Smell is of crystal malt and tangerine.

T: Muddy hop flavors consisting of orange and pine are pretty evenly balanced with malty background toast like sweetness.

M: Pretty crisp but it's not notable.

O: This stuff is alright, not a bad find if you need an IPA and supply is limited. That said I wont be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:01:39 | More by flannelman808
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:13:09 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a thin half-finger of slightly off-white head. The head hangs around forever leaving behind some nice lacing as it finally fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of mostly pine and herbal hops and a bit of grapefruit hops as well. There is a bit of bready malts in the background as well. Aroma is a bit mild.

T - Starts off with a kick of grassy hops and lots of bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness gets even stronger with some grapefruit hops and some bready malts coming through as well. The finish is big on the bitterness with a bit of pine and citrus hops lingering alongside.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and very dry from the strong bitterness throughout.

D - Very drinkable. The beer is a quite hop dominated with very strong bitterness throughout. Could have maybe used a bit more balancing, but the strong bitterness is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 04:45:11 | More by ngeunit1
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Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.