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Retribution - High Water Brewing

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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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-05-2011

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
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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of GabrielM
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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.

Photo of Swonkie
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheLevi4000
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Philousa
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  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.

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  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

Photo of amnesia85
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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