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Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing

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Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA

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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 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 jsilva
3/5  rDev -18%

jsilva, May 15, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -18%

tbeq00, May 11, 2012
Photo of terence
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

terence, May 07, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GuisseppeFranco, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +9.3%

popery, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Cresant
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.

Cresant, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Pugs78
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Pugs78, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Topher78
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Topher78, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of SgunnarW
4/5  rDev +9.3%

SgunnarW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dominic4beer, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

BucannonXC5, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Beerontwowheels
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Beerontwowheels, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of TheCrowsNest
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


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 11amoreno72
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11amoreno72, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of gushov
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

gushov, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dbossman
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

dbossman, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of coldriver
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

coldriver, Dec 26, 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
Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Gtg642, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of WrongEmBoyo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

WrongEmBoyo, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Sheepdog
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Sheepdog, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.