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Retribution - High Water Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and pine aromas. Taste is much the same with a herbal flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but somewhat strong.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 04:03:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Philousa

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Burger on 2/3/13.

Pours a clear copper amber with a thick quarter finger off white head that laces well. Lots of grapefruit followed closely by pine hop aroma, very strong. I also get some maltiness underneath, mostly biscuit but not heavy. This starts somewhat sweet with biscuit, moves to slight baker's chocolate. Pine and grapefruit dominate the palate as well, with a great deal of earthy, coppery bitterness at the end. Feel is balanced, finish tends towards dry. This is one harsh beer, not for the timid. Great treat to have once in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 18:07:28 | More by Philousa
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 03:13:15 | More by facundoCNB
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Beeker


2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an over-sized wine glass. No freshness date indicated on bottle.

A - caramel color and amber hues

S - smells like a hop bomb with a blast of citrus

T - it got better as it warmed up, lemony-citrus on the front followed up by a slap-in-the-face hop-fest at the finish. Strangely, it had a bit of an acidic undertone - not sure how I feel about that. I did appreciate the caramel candy after taste.

M - light to medium mouth-feel with a heavy carbonation (serve warmer for a less sharp bite)

Overall - I'm not too impressed with this DIPA, I've definitely had better, smoother, and more flavorful brews in the past. Too pricey for the quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 21:25:38 | More by Beeker
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gregk

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:14:13 | More by gregk
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arizcards

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the LaJolla Whole Foods in Mid-February for $7.99.

Beer poured a copper-orange color with a smallish white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a nice lemon and grapefruit medley that is still strong despite how old this brew is.

Taste is well balanced, big caramel malt backbone holds up pretty well to the lemon grapefruit hop assault.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty tasty brew and a good representation of the style. G

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 01:46:12 | More by arizcards
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amnesia85

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reading the reviews before this brew got to me made me wonder if I really wanted it in the first place! I am an IPA lover/hop head (background) this is my first official review. A 22oz was obtained through a good friend. I poured the fist half in my "alchemist sniffer" and drank it down. it was overall smooth and malty, could not taste the alcohol comming in at 9.5%. the last half was poured for this review.

A: clear filtered copper toned with a white head. head was thick with good creater formation. good lacing, some craters stuck to the side of the glass after the beer was gone.

S: malty at first then clean sweet brown sugar smell. NOT overpowering what so ever and I do not like sweet beer.

T: Clean malty upfront with a slight hoppy finish. not a fan of malty IPAs but this one ranks high on the list along with 21st ammendement.

M: clean, smooth, and great carbination with a good chilling goose bump after feel.

overall this beer was much better then what I expected from the reviews, but then again some beers I love dont get good reviews. def on the malty side of an IPA but not at deserving of a less then 4 rating.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 20:29:44 | More by amnesia85
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Drinkerofales

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden copper, topped by a large ecru foam that leaves some lacing and has some retention.

Smell is sweet and malty, bummer. Understated hops show up eventually, as well as a boozy astringency. There is a detectable vinous scent as well.

Flavor is bitter throughout, piny and pithy, with no fruity characters. As it moves from middle to finish, a mellow sweet malt taste balances it out a little.

Texture is nice, smooth and clean. Doesn't feel like the 9.5, but doesn't have much punch.

The smell is lacking the hop, and while the bitter flavor is nice, that's all it had going for it. Even that flavor is one dimensional, with no citrus or fruitiness. Meh, it's alright, but not for that price, never again.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 21:38:13 | More by Drinkerofales
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McD0uche

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass:

A: Appears as a normal IPA, with dark amber hues and good amount of carbonation. There is not much head, but what's there shows considerable lacing as it subsides.

S: Crisp hops, pine, lemon, and grapefruit. It smells good, but isn't out of the ordinary.

T: Definite hop profile with a big grapefruit bite. Cream, toasted malts, almonds, lemon. The taste is pretty good.

M: Light, creamy, smooth. Finishes bitter and dry as it should.

O: This wasn't a bad DIPA at all. I'd like to check this out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:18:27 | More by McD0uche
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BucannonXC5

California

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 08:47:55 | More by BucannonXC5
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33nickadams

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hophead247 for this extra!
Translucent amber-orange color with about a finger of sticky white head. Smells of really piney hops with some hints of mango and other citrus fruits. I do pick up a sense of caramel in the nose. Taste is really hop forward, with the pineyness taking the driver's seat. The malt backbone doesn't really supply the support of the bitterness. At 9.5%, the alcohol is barely there. The mouthfeel is on the medium side, so this one goes down rather quick. Leaves the mouth dry, like other west coast DIPAs I've had the fine privilege of enjoying. Nice for an extra, and I doubt I'll ever get another chance to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:44:43 | More by 33nickadams
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jvillefan

California

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep golden yellow color with a two and a half finger head that lasts the entire length of the beer.

S: The smell is of fresh hops but is not that strong of an aroma. There are citrus undertones in the background.

T: It has a very better tastes in the beginning and has a sweetish finish. There are caramel and citrus tones as well.

M: The sharpness expected from the carbonation is not really there but the beer has excellent retention.

O: A solid IPA. If you like bitter IPAs you will like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:46:44 | More by jvillefan
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshness info available. Served at 50F in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium translucent orange with half a finger of cream coloured head that quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Pine, peppery/spicy and light citrus aromas up front with a bitterness that is not overwhelming but is definitely present. A sweet malt backbone is also present in the nose.

T - A massive, almost abrasive bitterness up front with pine, citrus and earthy/floral notes. There is also a big, sweet caramel malt backbone - bigger than I expected for a west coast DIPA, but it is necessary to cut through the massive hop bitterness. The finish is dry and puckering.

M - Medium body, slight carbonation. Nice tongue coating hop oils.

O - Delivers as advertised - a huge hop bomb but didn't come together perfectly. Got better as my tongue adjusted to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 19:01:28 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Helm's Ale House in Tracy, CA

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of grapefruit and piney hops

T - Follows the nose with citrus and pine hops with a decent bit of malt getting trough

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this DIPA quite a bit good hop flavors that weren't overdone which made it very easy to drink to me worth grabbing if you see it around

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 21:57:41 | More by armock
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azdback

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. A bright and clear orange color. Very few carbonation bubbles at all. What few there are lead to a large two finger, bright white, soapy looking head. The head drops very quickly and does look like it's going to leave some lace.

Smell is bright bitter citrus. Yellow grapefruit or blood orange. There are also quite a bit of musty, earthy, bread or biscuit smells too.

Taste is quite lemon rind tart and full of soggy bread. It is very sweet and bright. It's taste does loosens up as it warms though. It gets a bit less tart but the musty yeast strain or choice of hops stays.

Mouth is crisp but smooth. Carbonation is almost spritzy with a medium body. The finish is average and dry.

Overall I think that I liked this but definitely didn't love it. It was bright on the hop side and dark and musty on the yeast side. From a California DIPA I was expecting more of a brutal tongue lashing. I don't mind more balanced DIPA's but this one doesn't balance the bitter hop with sweet malt. Instead it's balance is hidden by musty yeast. Thanks to Tuscon25 for this extra.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 06:43:20 | More by azdback
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DoubleJ

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It comes in a 22 ounce bottle, and contrary to popular belief, the water used for this beer does not come from the waterfall depicted on the label. On to the beer:

The color has a hazy character and looks like a mix of brown and muddy orange. Spots and a few strings of lace stick around the glass. The aroma is missing some omph, but at least there are signs of life; a bite of grapefruit peel and brown sugar are among the highlgihts for a dissapointing nose.

Lemon rind and plenty of resin to be had at the first sip. As the introduction stage is over, spicy and citric alcohol breathes onto the stage. More bitter citrus arrives. The maltiness is there, but doesn't seem to do much work. A touch of orange towards the end lessens the strain of the bitterness. The beer has a medium full body, somewhat creamy, and with a pretty smooth carbonation, finishing brash with the bitter citrus.

While Retribütion Ale may not be as refined as more popular and "mainstream" Double IPA's such as Stone Ruination, this beer does have a few things going right. This one can get really bitter, so if that's you're style, this is one to get.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 07:04:21 | More by DoubleJ
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light orange with firm medium white head, leaving good lace.

S: Complex hop nose, with a lot of citrus and pineapple.

T: Classic pine and citrus mix. A fairly malty beer for a West Coast IPA. Light tropicality.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, sticky, creamy at times with the soft frothy carbonation.

O: I haven't really been impressed so far with High Water and the high prices they carry. But this is a pretty darn good Double IPA. Worth a pickup.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 01:22:49 | More by Halcyondays
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jeffjeff1

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me.

Appearance- copper color, very thin head

Smell- piney hops, very nice

Taste- hops, slightly bitter finish, light for a double IPA but still very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good. I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:57:41 | More by jeffjeff1
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BerlinBomber

Connecticut

1.68/5  rDev -56%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just had a 22 oz. Bomber

Had never heard of this, but figured let me try something new

Really didn't have any expectations - Not all that impressive

Definitely not that hoppy - more malty than I like

Alcohol was masked, but that wasn't enough to give this a high grade

Would not buy this again

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:15:59 | More by BerlinBomber
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark copper with an inch-plus head of beige. A solid skim coat and short sheets of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are heavy on the pine and grapefruit, but theres quite a bit of wet cardboard in there also. Dusty malt and stale pellets follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

The palate starts off with a swipe of bitterness and a heft of malt. Aged pine sap and dried grapefruit rind follow through along with wet papper and cardboard.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness and stale hop pellets.

This beer is either old or was just never that good. The nose is faded and oxidized and most of whats left for the palate is bitterness and stale malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:47:43 | More by brewandbbq
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra-fresh bottle from Baker. Thanks!

A - a very bubbly golden bronze color with an inch of white head on top. Looks really nice.

S - a huge blast of garlic and cat piss. Not much else is able to get through.

T - a hop explosion of garlic, leather, some citrus. A huge bite to it and even some alcohol burn, which is holding this one back a bit.

M - puckering and strong. Nice carbonation but a bit of chewiness to it.

O - a nice brew but definitely a little too garlic-y for me and the alcohol is a bit too present. Glad to finally try it!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:19:36 | More by GabrielM
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BeerBaronD

California

5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 16:49:15 | More by BeerBaronD
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/23/11

Thanks to nickd717

Sunburst amber; medium-dark and faded around the edges. One finger head takes it's merry time dissipating. Retention is good. Impressive lace.

Notes of dry, dusty biscuit and caramel are prominent aromas. Interspersed there in are staccato hits of pine and a ghost note or two of citrus peel. Definitely tame on the hops. The abv is well-masked, though.

Tastes hoppier than it smells; with a sharp piney bitterness all the way through - not much depth in that respect. Solid malts, too - caramel and bread. A bit of alcohol warmth is noticeable; not bad, though. Tastes ok on the whole. A faint citrus layer emerges as it warms.

Medium-full body for the style. A bit slick as it warms up. Carbonation is a tad lower than moderate.

This one is decent enough, but it's too malt-forward and too tame on hops to set it apart from the top notch DIPAs around the country, let alone California.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 00:31:49 | More by Ryan011235
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flannelman808

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Bright copper in color and topped with an off white head which has ok retention and good lacing.

S: Hop pollen greenery, orange peel and caramel malt.

T: This more or less tastes how id have guessed. A zap of herbal bitterness followed by bitter orange pith. Starts pretty bitter but finishes with a good amount of sweetness. Lots of biscuity malt and toffee throw this out of wack. There is a sort of odd bitter finish on the beer reminiscent of onion. oops.

M: Carbonic syrup

O: This is more of a hoppy barleywine than an DIPA. The flavors, while not all bad, are overly sweet, making for a just ok at best DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:38:50 | More by flannelman808
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beagle75

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with over one finger of turmeric-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains and a veritable forest of fine-bubbled streams rise in the column.

S: Pungent coniferous foliage and over-ripe pineapple suggest detectable hops as well as other estery contributions. A fine thread of whole milk blunts the hops a little, seeming out of place.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft malt that tastes of caramel and hop aromatics whose pine qualities are slightly artificial. Astringency develops early amidst fairly mild acidity. Flavors become drier and generally less potent in the middle before harsh and disjunct bitterness--aspirin-like--develops in the slightly boozy finish.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate showing some alcohol burn, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Nothing if not consistent, High Water brewed what is truly the elder sibling to Hop Riot IPA. It struggles with continuity, transitioning between qualities clumsily. That said, it does yield somewhat greater appeal than its little brother, but appealing it is not.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:15:50 | More by beagle75
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Retribution from High Water Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.