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Retribution - High Water Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Texasfan549, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kjkinsey, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours amber, almost copper, with an off-white head.

S: Lots of sweetness on the nose. Brown sugar and caramel are the big ones, but there is a bit of bread in there too. Some piney hops and a bit of tropical fruit, some citrus as well. Not quite as hoppy as I would have hoped.

T: The story is pretty much the same on the palate. Very sweet with lots of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. Some citrus, fruit, and pine notes with a moderate bitterness, but not enough to counteract the sweetness.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Really a let down. Far too sweet and not really even that great of hop flavors.

womencantsail, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to adjust my ratings because this beer has changed dramatically. First two batches were excellent beers, newer batches are decent but very different and much less impressive.

Original review:

4.5
5.0
4.0
4.0
4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Appearance: Pale burnished copper, brilliantly clear with a frothy white head that shows solid retention.

Aroma: This one takes a minute to open up, but it's got an amazing nose when it does. Heavy on the citrus fruits, namely tangerine and grapefruit, with undertones of peach and pineapple. Alcohol is present at a low level, buried beneath the hops.

Palate: Juicy, ripe tropical fruit flavors hit the palate first. Pineapple, grapefruit, a bit of peach. Malt is present at a pleasant level for a DIPA this big; it brings a light balancing sweetness that highlights the hop flavors without overwhelming them. There's an alcohol kick, but the beer is highly quaffable regardless. The finish is bitter and punchy, but ultimately clean. I'm happy to say that this beer exceeds any IPA Steve brewed with Valley. If there was a less noticeable alcohol on the palate, it would be an A+ beer.

largadeer, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Retrib├╝tion 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.

DoubleJ, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This caramelly auburn colour is a classic look for an IPA, double or otherwise, one of those things that's always in fashion. It is perfectly clear, despite a deeper tone, and gives off coppery highlights when held against the afternoon sky. Its head, although it becomes rather decrepit and seemingly incapable of it, marks the glass with its own graffiti-like tags.

For die-hard 'hop heads' the combination of pale malts and "Jesus" is all that's necessary. It's actually preferred. So chances are some of them would be upset by the fact that some malt is actually perceived in this aroma, despite that it's an overwhelmingly stinky, pungent, grassy, resinous hop character that occupies 95% of the air around the glass.

Me, personally, I don't mind a little caramel malt to prop things up, although I'd prefer it play second fiddle to the hops' lead. That's kind of the story here: there's lots of toffee-tasting maltiness, enough to feel as though it sticks to the roof of your mouth, but earthy, herbal resins and candied citrusy hoppiness slice right through it all as if it were Zorro.

The hops' more citrusy flavours taste remarkably like grapefruit and passion-fruit - they taste like pine needles too although that's neither here nor there at the moment - and they imitate those fruits' sharp acidity. Here's where that bready caramel comes in handy - it keeps the finish from being too acidic and also soaks up a lot of the alcohol, which is still detectable but manageable. (It's the vine-y, plant-like notes that linger longest.)

Some breweries, in a well intended effort to make their IPA stronger only end up intensifying certain ills (such as upping the bittering hops without adjusting accordingly in the flavour, or upping the alcohol without adjusting for it accordingly in the maltiness). High Water avoided those pitfalls - they've gone big without going wrong. Indeed, this is a DIPA you can't go wrong trying, especially if you're looking for a more balanced (read: malty) offering.

biegaman, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber almost brown appearance, ever so slight ring of head to it with little lace accumulation. Aroma was nice and hoppy in the grapefruit realm.

Taste, just a weird aftertaste on this one, heavily bitter. I really wanted to like it, as I loved the brewer's work while at Valley, I loved the name, but alas, this one was a relative miss for me. Alcohol was up there on this one.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

6/4/2011

Bomber opened by me and poured into a snifter. Thanks a lot.

A: Reddish orange with a substantial beige head that exhibits great retention. Lacing is everywhere.

S: This is malt heavy, with strong caramel and bread notes. The malt subjugates the hop profile, which consists of onion, pine, and grapefruit. Alcohol is evident in the aroma. Way too much malt, while the hops are feeble and muted. Bad.

T: Again, malt heavy. Caramel and bread coalesce with onion, pine, grapefruit, and booze. There's also a metallic note that is somewhat off-putting. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and is astringent at times. Bad. It tastes like a 6 month old Double IPA.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: Bad. I don't know what happened with this bottling run, but this is a pretty terrible Double IPA. The growler I had from the earlier batch was pretty good, so hopefully this recipe gets dialed in. My drain drank deep of this.

HopHead84, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in sample size at the 2011 Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a brownish gold color with a sticky off-white head. Perfumey hoppy aroma, lots of tropical fruits. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit to be sure. Flavor is similar but with a big alcohol kick and some pale maltiness. There's also a strange bready brown malt note that I can't really put my finger on. This stuff is good but too boozy.

illidurit, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

popery, Apr 23, 2012
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.

FosterJM, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +5%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

malfunxion, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color, mostly clear, with a nice white head, and good lacing.

Aromas are resiny, orange, green, and floral. This has a pretty nice hoppy nose.

Taste is creamy, lightly sugary sweet, with some caramel, and light bready malts. Finish is dry, with some earthiness, tart and bitter citrus, and hints of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel, is full, and pretty smooth.

Overall, a pretty solid DIPA. It's certainly more balanced, cleaned up, and refined than the bit off centered IPA from High Water. This is pretty good, I'd consider trying this one again. But I prefer others in the style.

flexabull, Jun 06, 2011
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.

ngeunit1, Aug 19, 2011
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Retribution from High Water Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.