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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
170
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
21.49%
 
 
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Photo of Trilogy31
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Sideswipe
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 SubpoenaDeuces
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

Narrative: The F-18 screeched along the cloud cover awaiting final orders. This escort mission had gone horribly wrong and now he was stuck in this Blue Angels mission from hell. “Commander, primary guns are shot, nothing left on frontline support, only offensive materials available are AIM-Sidewinder missiles.” The commander sighed and turned off the intercom, “ALL HE HAS IS HEAVY FIREPOWER! We are talking 4 big shots to make an impression, this is a suicide mission!” “Sir, you left the intercom on, and I know what I am going into, I know what to do, GODSPEED!” The intercom went into a thicket of static and the sound of hissing bombs cutting through the atmosphere cut through the airwaves. “That crazy son of a gun just did something I have seen very few men capable of, a one-sided honorable assault. Godspeed.” The smoldering robusto appeared not unlike the failing jet engine, cutting through the mist.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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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Photo of 100floods
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Ratman197
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, skunk bud, earthiness, pine and light grapoefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earhiness, pine and light grapefruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering earthy finish.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

recommended to me, but left me unconvinced. poured an orange-gold color with a tiny head. the serious lack of carbonation is evident at this point, but the aromas are inviting. nice elements of mango, pine, and floral notes in this flavorful nose. across the palate i get initial sweetness at the front, with some bittering elements finishing the beer. the flatness turned me off big time; feels like yesterday's half-empty growler. admittedly, i crave a highly carbonated drink - beer, wine, water, whatever - as the bubbles enhance my drinking experience every time. i also noticed a bit of a tea-like tannic hit at the end, too. don't know if this is off, but i don't think i'll revisit it any time soon.

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Photo of biglobo8971
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got to try this back to back with their Retribution beer. Solid, not great, not bad, just a solid offering. Cant tell which one I would prefer. Looks good, not great. Smells good, not great, even though its the best attribute. Solid offering, not great in any means, but if it was at my local shop, would try it again.

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Photo of alexhahn82
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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 TheCrowsNest
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz.

Pours hazy from the dry hopping. Nice off-white head forms. Moderate retention.

Mid-High hop aroma, not quite as strong as the name suggests. No malt aroma.

I got very little floral taste, it was mostly bittering with some of the malt bill showing through.

Hot. Too hot for a 7% IPA. The heat combined with the bittering creates a slick mouthfeel that stings as it slides off the tongue.

As an IPA, this beer needs some work. It finishes too hot and could use with some more residual sugars to help balance everything out.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA. Arrived at my table with a nice soapy white head that sat at about 1". Smelled of citrus hops and a mild biscuit like aroma. This one came across as very average. Seemed to follow the super bitter, not much balance feel. Pine and mellow citrus dominate this ale. Light bodied and well carbonated. I guess I'm looking for something a little better when it comes to an IPA. It's a decent beer, but when accompanied by so many other great beers on the menu, it will be an easier decision for me next time.

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Photo of jj311
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a clearish golden color with soapy white foam head. An earthy, herbally, grapefruit rind aroma. A sharp herbal citris and hoppiness up front with a bitterness following right after. Has a lingering finish. A solid brew.

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Photo of edproctor
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
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