Hop Logic - High Water Brewing

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wowcoolman on 06-20-2013

Hop Logic Imperial IPA is brewed for the true "Hop Head." The nose bursts with fresh hop aromas while the palate is balanced with just enough bitterness to linger without overwhelming the more subtle among the hops flavors. The winning equation is – five quality malts plus five flavorful hops equals one fine beer! Sounds logical to us.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by ssteakley:
Photo of ssteakley
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grapefruity smell, fabulous hoppy color,, very balanced taste, the bitter is very much there but quiets on the finish. Very classy IPA, is that the Imperial? Pretty Imperial to me. I usually do not pay $8 for a 22 ounce bottle but I am glad to get this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy, minty hop nose with traces of fruit. Pours hazy gold amber under a 1” off-white foam cap that dissipates to a thick film. Hop Logic enters creamy and malty laced with fruit and then the big hops come on with a minty, herbal, lingering hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol heat. Behind the pleasant bitterness lurk faint traces of peach and a suspicion of cardamom. Medium full body and moderate carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a nice two finger white head with good retention and tons of pillowy lacing. Great aroma of resinous piney and citrus hops, sweet bready malt, tempting. Flavor is unusual, with an immediate piney hop assault that seems to shut down the taste buds, leaving an interesting biscuity taste at the roof of my mouth. Followed by light citrus and tropical fruit, biscuit malt, piney, herbal hops and finishing with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I have to say the initial flavor assault is unusual, but there is plenty of malt support for the intense hops and I found the apparent confusion of my taste buds to be pleasant. Most aggressively hopped beers are not to my taste if they do not have good flavor support, but I really found the flavor and intense hops here enjoyable. I really enjoyed this worthy imperial IPA.

Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and Lear light gold color with a very nice white head.

Aromas are of resin, hard candies, and some stinky floral notes. Smells a little off to me.

Taste is resiny and floral up front. Some earthiness, light hard candy sweetness, and general pine bitterness. The finish is bitter and crisp, with a real mineral like bite on the finish. This is a flavorful DIPA, but the bitterness is strong, and this lacks balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and crisp with nice carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good, but overly bitter DIPA that could use some clean up and balance to be really good. I'd pass on this again with the $7 price tag though.

Photo of Celtics17
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little hop character. Syrup taste from the malt.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber colour, some lightness to it. Head is pale beige/cream-coloured. Big bubbles but settles into good nodules of foam with nice lace trails left behind. Looks pretty nice.

Smells hugely hoppy. Mega-citric with notes of pine bark and resin, and spicy edge to that resin. Bit too much, it just smells overly intense and hoppy.

Tastes a bit old, actually. Didn't expect that from the amount of hops on the nose. But honey, sweetness, slight touch of flat cardboard, in fact and yeah, vanilla and cinnamon. At the back are definite hops - citric and slightly resinous, but it overall tastes a bit flat and almost old, despite the hop presence which is there. Just subdued.

Decent body, not much hop pull. Feels quite bitty, almost solid. Quite nice though.

Drinks alright, but doesn't really emphasise enough of its decent characters.

Photo of Rado
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at library ale house. Waited for fresh tap and was worth it!

Poured dark amber for a double ipa, almost bordering a red. Head was ok and had a relatively good retention. Definitely a hoppy beer with danky, balanced citrus and sweet malty nose.
Taste was nice citrus with definite orange, tropical sweetness, and almost a vanilla flavor. Complex enough to make interesting and a sure winner ( like to have again, reminds me of double sunshine ipa).

Probably one of the best High Water beers that I have tasted. Definitely top three

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber purchased from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA, where the guy called this his "Pliny-killer". Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.

Lovely clear but deep golden colour with a very fine head that leaves some messy lace. Body is fine, but thick, holding a lot of static carbonation. Really, it looks very good for the style.

Nose is also pretty nice, but perhaps lacking the brightness and intensity of the best examples. There is a really nice rounded orange citrus note that works with the light malt sweetness. Some vague toffee characters help structure it, giving the hop notes a bit more basis.

Taste is very decent, with some nice balance to it. There's a solid toffee-sugar focused basis through the centre of the palate, but lifted by a nice citric hop character that gives it freshness. It does stay pretty flat, without a huge amount of complexity, but that's nice in a way: it has a dichotomous quality to it, with the malt and the hops each very individual, but each contributing to the beer as a whole.

Feel is nice. Very fine and sleek.

Overall, is this a Pliny-killer? Not by a long shot. And that comes from someone who doesn't consider Pliny one of the better American IPAs out there. This is indeed a very solid addition to the IPA oeuvre, but it really doesn't expand or redefine the style.

Photo of Mages64
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bottleworks. Poured into a duvel snifter/tulip. Nice tight head and a great smell and great color. Hay, amber/yellow, not cloudy, and a white head. Mild lacing. Obviously a large beer. Smells of grapefruit, resin, pine and weed. Tastes of maltiness, caramel, honey and cake along with hoppy bitterness. Finish is long and bitter without being stupidly drying. Mouthfeel is full and sticky. Overall this was a welcome surprise and a beer I'll be seeking out when I need my imperial hoppy fix.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a bright orange with a thick 1 1/2 inch head. A bit of lace sticks around. More than I expected at 9.5% ABV.

The smell is a bit messy. Tons of hops up front, grassy, citric and pine. There is a little damp grain and caramel in the background. Not off putting, but not the type of smell that draws me in.

The taste brings me back in. Very aggressive up front, but still well balanced. Pine and citrus start strong, fresh grass clippings follow with a smooth caramel/toffee to balance it. Very nice mild citrus aftertaste. Near perfect mouth. Just a touch heavy on the carbonation.

I could see myself working this into my semi-regular rotation of hoppy brews. Good price, good beer!

Photo of rblib
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop bomb. Bitter and boozy!

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Library Alehouse, first pours from a freshly tapped keg.
Wonderful gold-amber color with good head retention.
Nose is dank and resinous. Some floral and citrus qualities as well, with some pineapple and vanilla mixed in. Great malt backbone, allowing for some sweetness on the finish. Dangerously drinkable. One of the best beers I've had from Highwater, so glad I waited for the Library to put the keg up. Solid.

Photo of popery
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Time to pull out my High Water tulip pint. Pours a medium-light amber color. It's quite clear, no sediment in the bottle. Medium-large off-white head. Very good lacing and retention. The aroma is a mix of pine and citrus-y tropical fruits, a pineapple on a pine tree. I'm also getting some tangerine, honeysuckle, grapefruit, mango, raspberry, cherry, grass. There's some solid caramel and toffee sweetness sitting in the background, though not quite far enough back for my taste in the style. Taste starts out bright but gets a bit of harsh bitterness after a second. It's not too bitter, just a bit bland once some greener, more herbal hop flavors start chiming in. Still, it's nice and smooth for the most part. Somewhat sweet but the finish dries things out a bit. Medium bitter, herbal finish. Otherwise, it's similar to the aroma, a mix of smooth, fairly rich malt sweetness and citrus/tropical/pine hop flavors. More of the malt flavor comes out. It has a rich, layered feel, like a toned down quality English strong ale. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth for the abv and style. The malt smoothness makes it easy to drink, though despite coming in at 9.5% abv. Little bit of hop oiliness. Interesting beer. If the hop flavor was brighter and juicier, this would be a real winner. As is, it falls short, but I think it's a good sign for High Water.

Hop Logic from High Water Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.