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Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing

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Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

popery, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

515th review on BA
bottle to bruery snifter
22oz

App- A very dark amber orange with a huge pillowy two finger head. A couple dots of cling.

Smell- This was a nice mix of big booziness with some dry hops and some sweet malts. A pretty good single IPA mix.

Taste- This was big and bitter. It's only a single I had to tell myself. Its really gunning for that West Coast IPA title. This usually isnt my favorite profile but this was pretty damn good with spicy and malty.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A very bitter, buttery malt after taste. I just kept licking my lips and swallowing to get residule flavors.

Drink- I more than likely will have this one again. I am now excited to try the DIPA. This was a smooth beer from a good brewer.

FosterJM, May 27, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
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.

AgentMunky, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of harrymel
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

harrymel, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
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.

StJamesGate, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New arrival at my local store. Odd that the BA listing has this as Redding, but the guy at the store said this is brewed at Drakes in San Leandro by a former Valley Brew guy.

So here goes...

Pours a bright darker orange color, pretty clear, pretty good lacing and head.

Aromas are resiny, with some pine, and mixed citrus fruits, and little bit sugary too.

Taste is earthy, with malty caramel sweetness, some spiciness, and hints of bread dough. Finish is dry, with some really lingering pine needle like bitterness that is on the strong side.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, and a little sticky. Comes off as being a bit too heavy.

Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with some flaws. The lingering bitterness is a bit much, and the earthy sweetness is a little to sticky and heavy. Reminds me of some IPAs brewed on the East Coast. Still, it's worthy of trying, and pretty tasty.

flexabull, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ste5venla, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Library Alehouse today.

Pours a hazy, egg yolk yellowish orange with a good foamy white head which fades to clumpy lace. The smell is fantastic with white grapefruit/citrus notes, and pungent spring flowers. Taste is juicy citrus fruits, some sweetness from the malt, very hop forward. Bitterness and balanced malt combined with a nice carbonation feels just right on the tongue. Overall, so glad Steve Altimari of Valley Brewing in Stockton has found a new home in San Leandro to brew. The 7.3% is so well hidden and this is a must have when it is fresh.

wethorseblanket, Feb 21, 2011
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 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 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 RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +9.3%

RoryOMoore, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of CTJman
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

CTJman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -18%

tbeq00, May 11, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
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.

jvillefan, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of facundoCNB
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.

facundoCNB, Jan 27, 2013
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
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

jklecko2, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Paccamacca
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Paccamacca, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

dwagner003, Jun 14, 2013
Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.