Hop Riot IPA | High Water Brewing

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Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States | website

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

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63
Ratings:
170
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
21.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 170
Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. Date code is 15/22N/365/13/13.10, printed on the bottom in nearly illegible type.

Pours clear amber golden, medium head fades three quarters of the way down pretty quickly, and then stalls. Lots of very fine, very slow active carbonation. Smell is nice. Grassy, mostly. Some bready.

Taste pretty good. A citrus splash up front and grapefruit rind in the back, some pine finish. Slight old hop flavor. Wish I could understand the date code.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium body, lightly effervescent. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
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 HalfFull
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a globe wine glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Pours clear with a copper golden hue. Half inch of foam shows moderate retention and offers some sticky at times lace. Bit dark for my personal taste but steady as she goes.

Aroma is hoppy though surely malt infused and somewhat one dimensional in nature. Touch of citrus and and ethanol, bit of subltle caramel malt and a touch of pine. Bit hollow overall and not offering any reason to linger on the inhalation.

Flavor follows with some citric qualities, a short finish and a lack of a lingering close. What's there is lightly malty with some orange pith, a bit dry and chalky even though pleasant enough. Offers a mid to moderate bitterness with a bit of citrus. No real lasting bite but well balanced in a sense for the structure of the beer.

Feel is decent and balanced. Carbonation is full though a bit slick on the finish. No date code noted on bottle by the way so not sure of the age of this beer.

Overall not exactly a Hop Riot nor a Malt Bomb. Taste is a bit thin and offers a surprisingly light bitterness. As my children say. Meh...

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Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clear dark amber color with a light slightly lacing head.

The smell is very malty, bready, with a big Belgian aromatic or biscuit presence.

The flavor is very strong and bitter, still a lot of malt flavor and not much hop flavor. Hardly any sort of Hop Riot going on at all.
There is a bit of caramel malt residual sweetness sneaking through the big backend bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit resiny with a medium body.

This is a tough beer to score, I don't really hate it, but its incredibly out of style. The only thing hoppy about it is the bitterness, no hop flavors or aroma's at all.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass in the wee morning hours on 9/10/11

Thanks to nickd717

Burnt amber color with golden highlights at the stem; mostly clear. A two finger head thins slowly to a decent layer and leaves good lace. A thin layer of retention lasts the duration of the glass and lacing is comparable good throughout.

Hop aromas of pineapple, grapefruit pith, orange and earthiness are balanced by notes of toasted grain, biscuit and bread crumbs. Malt and hops seem to have equal footing here. Notions of pine sap emerge as it starts to warm. Very dry. Eh.

The taste has more of a penchant for the earthy hops and a low-slung, modest piney bitterness. Said bitterness does build over time. The citrus notions in the aroma are nearly absent here, like buried wires strung about in a few places. The malts are similarly bready with a hint of cracker. The malt bill is quite grainy and seemingly dusty at times which furthers the overall dryness.

The overall feel is of the medium sort. Carbonation is comfortably tilted toward the low end of the spectrum; right on. The most distinctive attribute of the feel is the aforementioned grainy, dusty aspect; kind of has a dirt-like feel in that respect. Finishes dry with a mild bitterness lingering.

An ok IPA that leans toward the earthy side of things. Drinkable.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date noted. The body was a light copper/orange color with a fine foamy head. The less than white head left healthy, sticky lace.

The smell was sweet and bread. Not much else really. Slightly like rye bread. Vey subdued aroma, maybe this is an old bottle?

The taste was sweet and earthy. Brash, grassy bitterness. Very flavorful but a bit too malt forward for my tastes. Mild tangy fruitiness. Hops spiciness was evident. Not clean tasting.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation. This is not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep clean orange pour with a finger of head, nice amount of lacing. the aroma of hops is incredible on this one. floral, pine, grapefruit.. with a very sweet malty profile. bitter pine and earth notes up front, a mellow grassy overall flavor to this, with a basic malt profile.. a bit of a hint of booze is present, which is surprising because i don't remember their DIPA tasting like alcohol. medium body, barely any carbonation.. sticky on the lips.

a decent ipa to relax after a stressful day of work. nothing out of the ordinary, but still a really nice hop aroma throughout the session.

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Photo of beagle75
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This isn't going to be an in-depth review like I usually write as this is very lackluster.

A - Light copper in color with little lacing and about a 1/4" head. There is a great amount of carbonation.

S - faint scent of resin, hops and malt. More boozy than I like. Muted to say the least.

T - a ton of malts, little grapefruit, similar flavors as the aromas liste above. Maybe a little bit of pine.

M - wonderful mouthfeel! Mouth coating and slightly sticky. I love the carbonation that makes this beer very lively in the palate.

O - not something I would purchase, as this was a gift, but wouldn't turn it down if offered from the tap at a pub. Better than some, but not great.

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Photo of kevanb
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of avaldivia
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 dbossman
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Bottled on 2015-07-30.

A: Clear golden. No foam.
S: Intense citrus aroma: lemon and zest.
T: Lemon. A little grapefruit. Mildly sourness. Moderate malty. Dry. Medium short finish.
M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation.
O: Average for the style.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 flannelman808
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of PerHops
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
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