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Hop Riot IPA | High Water Brewing

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3.68/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States
highwaterbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

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

Added by womencantsail on 02-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,899
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
172
pDev:
12.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear light honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with some malt flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mild tropical presence in the aroma and flavor.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to adjust my ratings because this beer has changed dramatically. First two batches were excellent beers, newer batches are decent but very different and much less impressive.

Original review:

4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Clear orange-amber with a dense white froth. Bright and clear, spot-on for the style.

Awesome hop aroma. Mango and pineapple, a hint of onion, grapefruit, just a touch of sweet malt. Sharp and pungent, this smells great.

The hop flavors mirror the nose, sweet up front with notes of juicy peach and pineapple, citrusy grapefruit, spicier notes of onion. The body is light, just malty enough to have a backbone for the hops. It finishes with a sticky, resiny, lingering bitterness. The hop character is massive here, belying its 7.3%. Phenomenal stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A really big hop ale. Comes on in an alluring malty rush. Nose is quite nice, resins and pineapple. It is quite sharp. I wouldn't call it dry, as there is an underlying sweetness, but that is crowded out by the hop acids or whatever gives it that tartness. More like a very tart berry with a lot of grapefruit peel that smothers it out in turn. Okay, plenty big hop, bro, but after a few tastes it gets more harsh and lowdown.

There are so many big, big hop beers out there that the occasional stars greatly outshine all these regular IPAs. It won't be wasted, though. Should be a good flavoring hop juice to add to those Trader Joe's bock beers and Simple Times lagers.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and amber in color. A nice big off-white head to go with it.

S: Really a nice citrus aroma to start this one off. Plenty of grapefruit and tangerines with a hint of grass. Light bread and toffee notes in the background. Quite a bit of floral character is present as well.

T: A bit more malt forward than expected, but still some good hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, and various floral notes give a decent hop profile. It is a touch watery, however.

M: Medium (barely) in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A decent enough IPA, but it doesn't quite stack up to my expectations.

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3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light slippery lacing. Nice aroma of resiny pine and citrus hops, mild malt. Flavor follows with strong pine and citrus hops, lightly floral, with a substantial but neutral malt body, light citrus. There seems to be some light stone fruit flavor here too, but it is subsumed into the up front hop bitterness. Medium bodied with great carbonation. A nice blend of citrus and herbal hops, well dry hopped. This is quite hop forward, but is supported well by the malt body. A well made and enjoyable hoppy IPA.

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3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour, way darker than most ipas, so much that the head was off white. Aroma was c hoppy. Average.

huge bitterness ipa, like you took a time machine back to '97. Alcohol is pronounced for style and abv. While a relatively cheap bomber, its still only a few bucks cheaper than world class 6 packs, so I'll pass on this in the future. It does one thing. Its bitter.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a rocky 3” clingy white foam cap.
S: Glass smells like the inside of a lawn mower bag with a couple of cut up oranges and grapefruit thrown in.
T: Rich intense hop flavors on a rich malt background with caramel notes. After initial malt attack finishes grassy with citrus notes.
F: A creamy rich texture feels very soft in the mouth with a medium body and medium carbonation.
O: A big creamy rich American IPA with a delightful texture.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Riot IPA is a deep caramel colour that does offer some clarity but you need a bright light source and the right angle to make it happen. The ring around its circumference and splashes of white on the surface are hardly what you'd consider a head, but it certainly isn't flat.

A note to High Water Brewing: dry-hoping is not your "signature" move, a lot of brewers do it. And if you're going to boast about it, do so in the aroma not on the label. There's an awful lot of toasted biscuit and bread crusts that come through in the smell, considerably more so than anything citrusy or floral (although bitter pine resin is abundant).

Indeed, bitter pine resin is a recurring character, making appearances also in the taste and aftertaste. Sharing the spotlight again, however, is that toasty, bready maltiness. It is tasted equally along with the candied citrus notes and a grassy, lightly pungent herbal flavour. I could probably name more herbs than fruits when it comes to taste resemblances.

The beer has some sweetness - like burnt brown sugar - but by and large it's the bitterness that'll impress upon you; the dry taste of fruit peel and pith reverberate but it's the very earthy, herbal, plant-like bitterness that resonates longest. Potent notes of melon and lychee liqueur are also noted as it warms, but things never get out of hand with regards to alcohol.

This beer falls a little short of what I'd consider a hop 'riot' but it does bring a respectable ruckus to the palate. Its bitter hops have a definite snarl but the turmoil arises from a bulky maltiness that tempers the beer's citric, floral personae. It doesn't succeed entirely; all that resinous pine flavour delivers the characteristic 'Left Coast' formula with gratification.

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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head. Leaves solid lace.

S: Very biscuity malt and toast initially with pine and orangey citrus.

T: Fairly heavy malt character, bready. Tangerine dominant with pine and cedar, definitely some good hop character in there but a bit erratic.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, resiny, soft carbonation.

O: Just a solid CA IPA. Certainly more to the East Coast style, but an enjoyable effort.

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Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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