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Hop Riot IPA - High Water Brewing

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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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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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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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-11-2014 21:29:08 | More by Mattias
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dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-05-2014 06:07:10 | More by dertyd
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dwagner003

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-14-2013 21:31:15 | More by dwagner003
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-06-2013 06:18:33 | More by InfernoBoss
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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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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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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-31-2013 04:41:41 | More by Braz
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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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mtbdonn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-21-2013 13:55:35 | More by mtbdonn
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Wowcoolman

California

5/5  rDev +36.6%

11-20-2011 08:08:00 | More by Wowcoolman
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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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marct

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18%

04-22-2013 21:43:02 | More by marct
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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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Diomede

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-27-2011 21:59:31 | More by Diomede
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BeerBeast

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-08-2013 02:15:50 | More by BeerBeast
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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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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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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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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-20-2014 19:40:48 | More by Bnoise11
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-19-2012 01:40:56 | More by ambruns1979
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Gtg642

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-02-2011 23:14:58 | More by Gtg642
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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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prisdefer

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-29-2012 19:33:01 | More by prisdefer
Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.