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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:
#30,528
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
172
pDev:
12.77%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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

Dark amber pour, off white head. Aroma was hoppy, but not dry hoppy.

Massive bitterness that stays forever. No discernable descriptor to call the flavor, not much citrus or pine to it, would have to go grapefruit since it is so bitter w/o much else to sport with it. All bittering hops. One trick pony.

Alcohol a little to evident.
Its not a bad beer, but even at $5 a bomber, it probably won't be anything I go back to. Would do the trick when your palate is already shot for the day I guess.

Could use more dry/flavor hops and more caramel to smooth it out.

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Photo of alexhahn82
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Average, normal medium gold slight amber color for an IPA, 1 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind a very nice lacing.

S - Intoxicating! I can't quite put my finger on exactly what I'm smelling, for lack of a better term, this is a very danky, funky smelling beer (in a very, very good way.)

T/M - Wow. This beer is pretty god damn good. The smell translates over to the taste. Cleverly played with the hops, a definite dry hop at the end delivers on flavor and scent! Medium carbonation that compliments the whole package.

O - 7.3% ABV that delivers with massive aroma, massive flavor and mouthfeel. Seek out and destroy! This is a needle hidden in a a huge hay stack! Highly recomended.

PP (Price Point) -- $3.99 for a 22oz. bomber??!! Yes, worth every penny. Seek this beer out. Invest, buy more, drink more!! Crap I should have bought a case, I will next time I'm at the store I picked it up at!

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Photo of womencantsail
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!), and while this is appreciated it's probably not going to be the best review.

The beer pours very clear, with a reddish-tinted golden body and a thin white foam. It smells sweet and hoppy, more floral than citric. The sweetness hints at strong caramel malt, the hoppy aromas are on the odd side (minty, tea-like, vegetal, "floral" if being kind).

It tastes VERY bitter (which I like) but with limited counterpoints (which I don't like as much). Still, on the whole this isn't a bad approach, I'd rather have brutal hops than overly sweet malts. The malts in this case are hard to detect, this is all about alpha acids.

Difficult to keep drinking through the entire bomber, but I'm finishing it. It would be good in much smaller doses, the bitterness just makes it hard to drink too much of it.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
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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Photo of edproctor
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- pours a nice amber hue with lighter edges. not much head.

s- very piney with some citrus. like palmolive... but in a good way if that makes any sense. fresh squeezed lemon juice mixed with cool mountain air.

t- this is a very hoppy, bitter ipa. it just takes over your palate with the hops. i like...

m- not much in the way of effervescence. goes down smooth.

o- overall i found this to be quite an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.11/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

5/29/2011

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep amber with a white head that quickly fades. 

S: Orange, grapefruit, onion, and heavy pine resin. Faintly tropical, with restrained caramel notes. Alcohol is evident. Somewhat floral.

T: Bitter grapefruit with orange pith and pine. Traces of caramel malt. Upper moderate bitterness and very dry. A bit astringent. Alcohol is quite strong in the flavor for the ABV.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat heavy.

Overall: I found this to be just okay. No particularly strong attributes and some evident flaws. I preferred the growler version I had.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of PerHops
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I think I like this beer...
A- Darkish orange color. Cloudy, nice 1/3 inch head.
S- Grapefruit, pine, sunshine and spliffs.
T- On tap, two different times. First: Amazing. Citrus, fresh green flavors, bright, a little carmel, a little pine.
Second: Light citrus, heavy caramel, HEAVY pine. Very resinous, somewhat overwhelming. Very bitter. But yet still not bad.
M: medium carbonation, syrupy heavy resinous feel (at least during my second tasting).
O: 3.5-4. Have a feeling this beer is very dependent on the food you pair it with. Pop a handful of jalapenos and then drink this beer. Delicious.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.6/5  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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
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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Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of 100floods
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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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Photo of colforbin73
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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!!

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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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