• Toronado Pub, San Francisco

    Once you arrive and push the salon-style swing doors, you walk into a Mecca, a drinkers haven.

  • Beer Paradise in the East Bay

    I was fairly caught off guard by the appearance of the place. Once inside, I made my way to the beer section. Wow!

  • Ben & Nick’s

    I love the locale of it, right down the street from BART

High water Brewing Hop Riot IPA beer pic

Beer Review: Hop Riot IPA by High Water Brewing


American IPA

"The taste is very hop forward. Big bitter bite right off..."

I just love discovering NEW and LOCAL.  These two things are what brings a deep smile to my face and makes me happy.  The “new” is a brewery called High Water Brewing Company. The “local” is it being a few miles down the freeway to San Leandro, California.  How grand is that?  First Drakes Brewing, now High Water, what more can a beer fanatic hope for but fresh local beer being only mere trek from the home?

High Water Brewing Company was formed by veteran brewer Steve Altimari, which was brew master of Valley Brewing Company until June of 2010, and John Anthony, who had also worked with Steve at Valley Brewing Company.  They brew their beer at Drakes Brewing Company and have an office space next door.

Grabbed two bottle of each IPA they produce. Hop Riot, their flagship beer, which is what I’m reviewing here, the second being their Imperial IPA, Retribution, which will be featured in upcoming review.

Now for the Beer Review!

Popped the cap and the beer is poured.

Poured a copper-orange, with small head with minimal carbonation.

Smell is butterscotch and pine, followed by a strong vegetal note.  I get a nice little hemp aroma in this which is always a good thing:)

The taste is very hop forward. Big bitter bite right off which then fades to the pine and citrus.  Has a weird biscuity malt flavor that is a bit off-putting.  Booze is well hidden at 7.3% and hardly noticeable.

I have to say this beer is good, but a bit too thin for my taste/preference.  The hoppiness is there, so is the pine and citrus, but the lingering bitterness is a bit too much for me and a little over powering. I’m 50/50 on this.

I definitely will try this beer on tap and if it blows me away or hits me with a “wow” and “I must have had a bad bottle…”, I will update.

Hop Riot Ipa| ABV 7.3% | 22oz
High Water Brewing Co.

One response to “Beer Review: Hop Riot IPA by High Water Brewing”

  1. July 6, 2011

    seems like a very aromatic beer. I agree with you, if the lingering bitterness is big, I have doubts too.

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