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Retribution - High Water Brewing

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86
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
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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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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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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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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Swonkie

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 17:01:52 | More by Swonkie
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TheLevi4000

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-27-2013 06:27:54 | More by TheLevi4000
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-03-2012 03:06:38 | More by InfernoBoss
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flayedandskinned

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-26-2012 23:00:45 | More by flayedandskinned
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-25-2013 09:33:15 | More by safaricook
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hiphops24

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-16-2013 04:49:09 | More by hiphops24
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SgunnarW

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-04-2012 21:02:52 | More by SgunnarW
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Paige

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-18-2012 05:08:19 | More by Paige
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cletusdog

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-31-2012 05:29:09 | More by cletusdog
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EClayton08

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 00:54:43 | More by EClayton08
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MareInfinitus

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-26-2012 22:33:36 | More by MareInfinitus
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:18:37 | More by biegaman
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Wowcoolman

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 08:08:41 | More by Wowcoolman
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ineva

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-09-2012 07:05:00 | More by ineva
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-26-2013 17:39:09 | More by petermethot
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Paccamacca

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-03-2013 05:07:55 | More by Paccamacca
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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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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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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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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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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into large tulip.

A- Golden yellow orange highlights.

S- Minty, zippy, green herbal blast. Boozy, malty aroma.

T- Good green flavors, mint, tea leaves, and pine needles. Alcohol is bold. Lots of malt, brown bread.

M- Hot, heavy, strong.

O- It wears on me. Tasty but hot alcohol lingers.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 23:38:21 | More by ShogoKawada
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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
Retribution from High Water Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.