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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beerenauslese

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is clear gold, with a pour designed to produce a half inch head, it is eggshel white and sudsy, leaving gobs of lacing.

This has a strong caramel malt smell, with hay and a bit of brown sugar, and citrus/piney hop presence.

Tastes first of sweet caramel malt, with fruity citrus hops, then a dry bitter finish. Very smooth tasting, with a great balance between the malt bill and the hops, although it is somewhat bitter in the finish.

Body is medium and the carbonation is just sufficient to give this a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable, well balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:09:24 | More by Beerenauslese
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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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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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wethorseblanket

California

4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 23:37:25 | More by wethorseblanket
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nataku00

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, on tap poured into a nonic. Beer poured orange with a slight haze to prevent seeing clearly through it. Finger of off white egg shell colored head, foamy with small bubbles, that dipped to half a finger leaving some light lacing. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass helps to maintain a little bit of head.

Nose is nicely bitter orange and grapefruit peel, fresh pine needles, countered with some light caramel and biscuit malts.

Very smooth tasting beer, good hop bitterness, citrus peel and pith, wet pine needles carried by sweet caramelized biscuit malt sweetness. A light lingering citrus and floral hops bittering on the tongue that last for several minutes, but not overpowering.

Light to medium bodied beer, very well carbonated so it's a bit aggressive on the tongue. Very easy to drink IPA, no hint of alcohol in the taste, but I'm sure I'll feel it later.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 02:56:32 | More by nataku00
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice orangish with a finger of head and pretty nice lace retention.
Very fresh hop aroma, citrus, pine with a small malt background.
Super aggressive hop taste as well. Feels like I'm chewing hops (which I haven't done, but I should). They talk about citrus notes being heavy, it is, but pine is much more dominant.
Very nice going down.
This is a pretty top notch west coast IPA. Super hoppy and certainly worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 23:52:37 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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100floods

California

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland during SF Beer Week.

Pretty standard gold, tan hue. Slight haze. Smells strongly of grapefruit and pine needles. Juicy, with a light bite. Super thick texture but very smooth. Strong pine tree flavors with a big earthy finish. I'm having trouble tasting the malt. While pretty damn hoppy, this isn't anything I couldn't handle. Very drinkable. This beer comes off as pretty one dimensional, but still a good drink. Glad I gave it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 21:47:03 | More by 100floods
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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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colforbin73

California

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had on tap this afternoon at the trappist in oakland. pours a clear, light, orangey amber with a modest head. it retains a good spritey carbonation right up to the last drop. lovely hop aromas... very flowery overall. the bitterness level is very satisfying and not a drain on your palate -- goes down smooth and leaves little aftertaste. i gave a 5 on the drinkability scale for this one: the abv comes in at 7.3% but you barely notice it. this was a really satisfying brew, and was a perfect follow up to the moonlight/old combine lager i had first. could have another one... or two.... or three. never heard of this brewery before, but i would definitely order this again, as well as try other High Water beer. great west coast ipa!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 02:11:56 | More by colforbin73
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highwater Hop Riot IPA single IPA 7.3% ABV

A: light amber quality with ruby notes at the edges, minimal carbonation, very fresh bottle with thin lacing. Largely transparent.

S: Mild pine, simcoe cones, some grapefruit and zest. It seems both traditional yet maltier than expected for a single IPA in smell.

T: There is fleeting moment of cookie sweetness that quickly turns more towards a pine and grassy nature. Quickly dissipates with floral notes. It is not uncommon for the style but not exceptional. I prefer a light character in single IPAs, which is present, however, the juicy/citrus notes are lacking.

M: There is an exceptional refreshingly thin character to this beer, however, the hops at first almost pull it closer to a Pale Ale style until the big hop finish closes the IPA deal. It is not really my favorite type of single IPA, but I can see that this would attract some people who enjoy that tentative penumbra in between IPA and DIPA. This is a good missing link between the two.

D: This is exceptionally drinkable, but for the drying woody notes at the end. Those aggressive high alpha acid hops shut down the palate and frustrate long term drinking and make it more of an isolate experience. If you can put up with a lack of diversity and a huge herbal profile, this might be right up your alley.

Narrative: The F-18 screeched along the cloud cover awaiting final orders. This escort mission had gone horribly wrong and now he was stuck in this Blue Angels mission from hell. “Commander, primary guns are shot, nothing left on frontline support, only offensive materials available are AIM-Sidewinder missiles.” The commander sighed and turned off the intercom, “ALL HE HAS IS HEAVY FIREPOWER! We are talking 4 big shots to make an impression, this is a suicide mission!” “Sir, you left the intercom on, and I know what I am going into, I know what to do, GODSPEED!” The intercom went into a thicket of static and the sound of hissing bombs cutting through the atmosphere cut through the airwaves. “That crazy son of a gun just did something I have seen very few men capable of, a one-sided honorable assault. Godspeed.” The smoldering robusto appeared not unlike the failing jet engine, cutting through the mist.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 06:59:08 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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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
Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.