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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 ineva
4/5  rDev +5%

ineva, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Topher78
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Topher78, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Drinkerofales, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of SgunnarW
4/5  rDev +5%

SgunnarW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of McD0uche
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

McD0uche, Feb 19, 2012
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.

BucannonXC5, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of 33nickadams
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

33nickadams, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of theempire
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

theempire, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of MareInfinitus
4/5  rDev +5%

MareInfinitus, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

jvillefan, Jan 26, 2012
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 armock
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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

armock, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

3HovsepiansBrews, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of azdback
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

azdback, Dec 16, 2011
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 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.

DoubleJ, Dec 12, 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 jeffjeff1
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

jeffjeff1, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BerlinBomber
1.68/5  rDev -55.9%
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

BerlinBomber, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

JeremyDrinksBeer, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

Wowcoolman, Nov 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

EClayton08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -21.3%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
Retribution from High Water Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.