Hop Riot IPA | High Water Brewing

Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA
BA SCORE
53.5%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 172 ratings
Hop Riot IPAHop Riot IPA
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:
#29,554
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
172
Liked:
92
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
12.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
Trade:
1
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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 lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours a very clear, but slightly murky amber golden colour, laced with a dusty brown hue. Head is filmy and frothy, but settles down to large bubbles pretty quickly. Decent lacing. Body is right on what you want for around this ABV. Looks pretty good.

Nose is green and sharp, with big, leafy hop characters coming through on top of a rubbed citrus and spicy resin aroma. It's almost too vegetative—there's pine and cedar, clipped grass and eucalyptus in there, and the mellower, fresher, fruitier citrus characters get lost. All power to them, though.

Taste is in the same vein, with a powerful, biting resiny hop character coating the centre of the palate and refusing to let go of its mighty grip. By the time it eventually dissipates, there's nothing left on the palate, leaving a dry and rather jarring experience on the finish. Malt on the front cushions the hops slightly, still perhaps not giving the level required, but pushing the biting hop character to a more citrus sherbet character.

A pretty exhausting beer to drink, truth be told. The hops are big, and not necessarily all that well balanced—furthermore, it's one type of persistent, goading, sharp bitter hop character, which makes it harder to understand, or appreciate.

It's a pretty respectable IPA, especially if you like huge doses of bittering hops, but by the end, I was wondering when I'd choose to drink it again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fresh bomber into a fw tulip.

pours a dark golden with a nice head. resiny, cannabis nose. quite hoppy. the taste is also very resiny, extremely bitter finish. malty as well. not my kind of IPA but high water nailed what they were trying to do. medium bodied, with mild carbonation.

overall pretty resiny...good.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with think steady beige head. Deep orange hard candy nose with some resin underneath.
Marmalade, burnt sugar, and a bit of bread crust that backs up gooey orange rind and sap hops.
Hint of cantaloupe to end and chalky linger. Medium, sticky and chewy, a bit of burn.

A good reference point for a Cali IPA - plenty of sticky hops which get more orangey as it opens. But it's a bit too bitter and hot to be drinkable which, at this ABV, shouldn't really be the case. A watching-sports beer that's nothing to chase.

Thanks to Chris for bringing this from SF.

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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 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 AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger of white head tops a clear, bronze beer.

S: I love these hops! Loads of juicy fruit with a touch pine. An ideal IPA.

T: A solid IPA, virtually unassailable if somewhat stolid. Generous grapefruit, with a bitter hop base that surprises me in its intensity. A nice balance of fruit and hops, with a touch of something tropical before the West Coast hops return. Lingering hop finish that is not dry.

M: Adequate, if unremarkable. Sturdy.

O: Excellent! Drinkable, excellent, and highly recommended. I will drink again. A benchmark for West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up at City Beer. Dark gold, white head, nice heavy lace.

Smell is strong, earthy hops, some citrus, especially as it warms.

Taste is loads of hops, citrus, wood, moderate bitterness. The orange drink comes out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is slippery, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is fine. Solid IPA, and wholly forgettable. I'm not a fan of the British style, which this flirts with too much for my taste.

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Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of CTJman
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a dark golden bronze with a huge creamy white head. Thinking the CO2 might be off on the tap line, because the foam is massive, billowing, and constantly fed by tons of streaming bubbles. Aroma is leafy and green, with some bitter grapefruit and a touch of metallic character. Flavor has a low-sweetness pale malt profile with a little caramel as it warms. Hops aren't too forward here, light herbal notes with a vague citrus thing going on. Nice bitterness and dry on the palate. I'm left wanting some fruitiness. Solid west coast IPA but not elite. I liked the Valley Cobra IPA better.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Molson2000
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wowcoolman
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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 BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel orangish. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Frothy white lacing that lasted throughout the pour. Lots of film on the sides.

Initial smell was a healthy amount of citrus hops, mainly lemon and lime. Light pine in there as well. Good sweet smell.

Tasted a big bitter alcohol bite first. Definitely lemon citrus hops. Light taste of caramel as well.

Medium body. Mostly creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A pretty good beer overall with the smell coming through by far as the best part.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +8.4%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 53.5% out of 100 with 172 ratings
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