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Retribution - High Water Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Retribution Imperial IPA is brewed for the true connoisseur of all things hoppy. We brew this beer with one theme, go big... or go home... Layers of bittering, finishing, and aroma hops all combine to result in a truely unique beer.

9.5% ABV 95 IBU

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-05-2011)
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Photo of BeerBaronD
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Steve Altimari did a excellent on this one. Perrys liquor in Livermore carries all of high-water brewing beer and they are amazing if you haven't tried the no boundary IPA I would recommend it. They made it with ingredients from all over the world it's the bomb.

Photo of boognish
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of JeremyDrinksBeer
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of JackDempsy
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Topher78
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- sweet citrusy hops

color- brown/amber

clarity- clear

smell- nice citrus, grapefruity hops

body- bitter finish, lots of lively hop bite, oily texture on the top of the mouth

appearance- nice, foamy slighty off-white head. active carbonation and good lace

overall impression- very representative of the style

notes and comments- well-balanced flavor profile

beer spy- the monk's kettle, san francisco ca, 3/19/11, $7.75, 10oz

glassware: tulip

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is clear gold with a sudsy half inch head that forms pillows of foam and leaves thick curtains of lacing.

Very pleasant perfumy nose, with vegetal and fruity hops, light malt, soap and salt.

Tastes of caramel malt at first, with just a hint of fruit, then the more vegetal/floral hops present fleetingly, and are quickly overtaken by the bittering hops which provide the long bitter finish to this. The malt structure is pleasantly light and sweet. I might prefer just a bit more floral/aromatic hops in this, but I find the palate pretty enjoyable as it is.

Carbonation is moderate and round and provides a moderately creamy mouthfeel and is a tad sticky.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA that challenges some of the established offerings, though it is on the bitter side, and that seems to be Steve Altimari's preference as the Hop Riot IPA is also a tad bitter. The alcohol is not so noticeable in the taste, but I am starting to notice its effect as I finish the first pint. Sip, sip, sip.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of gregk
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hop character of this beer is amazing. Really nice bittering and aroma hop character. Finishes really smooth without that "in your face" bitter experience that some IPAs hit you with. Color and mouth feel are on point.

Highly recommend it to any hop head!

Photo of pheggeseth
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highwater Brewing Retribution Imperial Pale Ale 9.5% ABV

A: Looks good, golden and amber notes, a burnt orange throughout, very similar to Pliny the Elder, suspiciously Pliniesque.

S: I love it when Imperial IPAs go the citrus route over a super heavy tomahawk/pine forward approach, it’s that genteel white glove treatment that keeps my bitter zones from being too skiddish on the first date. This has a more muted citrus profile than the best, but it is still present and accomplish. It smells like if Alpine Duet was vigorously scolded as a child or grew up in an oppressive Presbytarian household or something. Let those citrus notes free.

T: This has a fantastic taste of sweet drying orange rind on the first sip with a satisfying finish throughout. The problem it feels like listening to you favorite album on ipod headphones. You want to tell it to let loose and embrace its hop profile. The tastes are there they just aren’t “big” enough, if we can break Kantian conception of time space. I mean, if you focus and seek them out, they are there but they just seem like they are up to malfeasance, curiously silent. You feel like something is up with these hops.

M: Fan. Tastic. I love the drinkable character of this beer and the crisp thin nature is satisfying. I know some people will comment about how I slammed Dogfish Head’s Boring Baton for being too thin but this is a whole different story. When the hops deliver, albeit in a silent abused way, the maltiness doesn’t have to be the breadwinner of the family. This isn’t the maltiness show, the hops can pitch in around the house too once in a while.

D: The thin character with the nimble acidic hops give it a great get up and go. I love how it quenches and demolishes your taste buds at the same time. It is drinkable in the way spicy cheetos are edible, you keep drinking, harming yourself, and seeking more as a cure. I hope someone picks up this brewery on distribution because they are cheap and very well done. It may be that they get infected with Alipinitis and we see people swapping 24 packs of Furious for these sooner rather than later.

Narrative: “AND IF I EVER CATCH YOU PLAYING WITH THIS DAMN CHEMISTRY SET AGAIN REUBEN, THIS BELT IS COMING OFF!” The door slammed and little Reuben just clenched his jaw. Oh sure, sodium bicarbonate made in his own house, who was Reuben kidding? He sat there, conscious of his genius but rolled over on his Thundercats bedspread and wondered if anyone would take the time to read his algorithm that created a move paradigm for Magic: the Gathering cards. Everything that he touched became clearer and more accessible, if only his parents could see that. “NO MORE LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS REUBEN!” He remember his father’s words so well. Now when people asked Reuben what he was working on he would just shrug his shoulders and mutter “justacoldfusionreactorohitsnothing.” His genius remained latent for that one fertile bed of appreciation to accept him.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (22-oz.) bottle into a pint glass. Color was dark caramel, more like copper. About a finger of head. Good lacing with sporadic bubbles that dissipated but still lasted for the duration of the pour. Sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled of citrus hops as you’d expect. Grapefruit seemed to lead the way. Kind of a sweet sugary smell, too.

First taste was a strong alcohol bite. Also some citrus notes, but not as much grapefruit as I thought. More lemon zest. Bitter aftertaste with that alcohol still coming through. Pretty smooth would with a good kick.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

Really enjoyed this beer, especially as it went down. It got better with each gulp. Smooth and crisp.

Photo of twizzard
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jwluvsIPA
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Trilogy31
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, clear Light amber brown with a creamy two finger of white foam leaving sticky lacing. The nose has a citrus custard note along with vanilla and oak(?). The taste brings pure hoppy bitterness, rich caramel malt along with candied orange peel. Very nice beer and well balanced for being at 9.5%. One of the better dipas i have had.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange color with a thin finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops and rich sweet caramel malts. There is also some herbal notes, some mint, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of strong grapefruit and herbal hops and lots of bitterness. There is also a bit of super sweet and rich caramel malts. Through the middle, more herbal hops come through with more bitterness as well as some booze flavor. The finish is a mix of herbal and citrus hops and bitterness, rich sweet malts, and some alcohol flavor that linger together.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels a bit syrupy with some thick resiny feelings left on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. Very much a hop-forward beer, and the hops flavor pretty much trumps everything else. The bitterness is nice and strong and does not seem to ever give up.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep orange (yet clean) pour with lots of visible carbonation down the center of the glass, 2 fingers of head that left behind a sloppy massive pile of lacing! no sign of the high abv in the scent, mostly grapefruit, citrus, caramel, slight hint of pine. piney/grapefruit and earthy bitterness up front.. quickly killed off by a sweet caramel-like malt profile. an earthy burnt tire-like bitterness builds up for the rest of the pour. this is an excellently balanced IPA, with a slight alcohol taste but nothing major (but still oh so subtle for 9.5%). medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a nice sticky resin left behind on the lips.

i see a lot of shitty ratings/reviews for this one. i'm guessing people got old bottles of it, so I can't blame them because it happens to me sometimes as well. i think those people with the low ratings should give a fresh bottle a try though and see the difference.

Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

532nd review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

App- A very dark orange with a nice one finger head. Spotted cling with some streaks and a bit of dots to cling. Color was quite clear as well

Smell- A bit citrusy which was a welcome deviant from the nose bashing pine/resiny DIPA. Had a bit of malts and a bit of hops as well.

Taste- It's not overdone. I was very happy to taste a DIPA, that didnt try to kill it. This was very balanced, tasteful and complex as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated with a citrusy malt punch.

Drink- A very tasty as mentioned above not overdone DIPA. It was well layered with some lush citrus and then some layers of caramel. I'd like to have this one again.

Photo of nataku00
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark hazy orange with a finger of off white bubbly head. The head mostly dissipated, leaving no lacing. Good amount of carbonation visible through the beer though, small bubbles slowly rising to the surface.

Nose is a nice combination of citrus and pine hops, bitter orange peel, fresh pine, sweet citrus tangerine, and caramel malt. The bitterness is balanced by a fruity and malty sweetness.

Taste follows the nose mostly, orange and grapefruit peel bitterness with only a hint of pine in the aftertaste. Good sweetness from the fruity citrus flavors and a light caramel malt. Flavor balanced, with a nice lingering citrus and pine bitterness on the tongue.

Medium bodied with good light bubble carbonation keeps the tongue from getting overly dry. Only a light hop dryness that goes away after a minute or so, inviting the next sip for your taste buds to experience the beer all over again. Alcohol is well hidden and not detectable at all. If not for the bold initial hop profile and strong malt back bone, it would be hard to tell that this is just under 10% abv.

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Retribution from High Water Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.