Hop Riot IPA | High Water Brewing

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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
Ratings:
171
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.95%
 
 
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4
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Photo of harrymel
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled:unk

Pours amber with a couple fingers of light tan foam. Smells of pine, resin, bitter matls, some special B, some smells of crackers and biscuit. Tastes bitter with good malty character with some pine and a nice grapefruit. Very drinkable. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a standard fnish. Very drinkable, not upper eschelon

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Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ngeunit1
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a thin half-finger of slightly off-white head. The head hangs around forever leaving behind some nice lacing as it finally fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of mostly pine and herbal hops and a bit of grapefruit hops as well. There is a bit of bready malts in the background as well. Aroma is a bit mild.

T - Starts off with a kick of grassy hops and lots of bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness gets even stronger with some grapefruit hops and some bready malts coming through as well. The finish is big on the bitterness with a bit of pine and citrus hops lingering alongside.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and very dry from the strong bitterness throughout.

D - Very drinkable. The beer is a quite hop dominated with very strong bitterness throughout. Could have maybe used a bit more balancing, but the strong bitterness is really nice.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of aquazr1
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvillefan
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It looks like a typical IPA. The holds a decent head for a short period of time.

S: Very good. The intense hop and citrus. These aromas are nicely balanced with the smell of pine.

T: Awesome. There is the perfect balance one expects from and elite IPA. There is hops, citrus, and pine in the front of the flavor. The subtle undertones of caramel are present in the background.

M: one of the best. There is a nice buttery feel to it and is incredibly smooth.

O: You need to get it now. One of the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of jakecattleco
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 CJNAPS
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 Paccamacca
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of thereal_adam
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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 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 RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Rick778
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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