High Water Brewing

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High Water Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
3.8 | pDev: 13.16%
Feb 03, 2018
Feb 05, 2011
Very Good
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.85 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by BarrelAgedG from California

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by Oidmoe from Austria

Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by fishthe from California

Jun 14, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Dark appearance for a double ipa, this one leans brown moreso than amber or orange. Mild 1/4" off white head. Aroma hit the grapefruit hoppy notes.

Taste was heavily bitter with a backdrop/aftertaste of toffee and bitterness somewhat foreign and not entirely hop derived. Kind of hot. Would probably work better with less alcohol, malt etc. . .
Apr 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by jakecattleco from California

Nov 15, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by malfunxion from New York

Aug 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Aug 08, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by GClarkage from California

Jul 04, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by TonyY from New York

May 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by sachie23 from New York

Apr 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Beerswag from California

Jan 20, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jan 15, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by tabhill from New York

Jan 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by SplitsAtoms from Georgia

Dec 06, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 28, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by GraduatedCashew from California

Aug 28, 2013
Rated: 4 by safaricook from Netherlands

Aug 25, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by JackDempsy from Arizona

Aug 23, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by twizzard from New York

Jul 15, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jun 27, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jun 27, 2013
Rated: 4 by petermethot from New Jersey

Jun 26, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by scot959 from California

Jun 23, 2013
Rated: 4 by hiphops24 from New York

Jun 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

Jun 07, 2013
Rated: 4 by Paccamacca from California

Jun 03, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Proclarush from Maryland

May 08, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by Thickfreakness from New York

May 08, 2013
Rated: 4 by TheLevi4000 from New York

Apr 27, 2013
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.
Mar 11, 2013
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Reviewed by Philousa from California

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
Feb 12, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by pheggeseth from Minnesota

Feb 11, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by jwluvsIPA from California

Jan 25, 2013
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Reviewed by facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.
Jan 23, 2013
Rated: 4 by Swonkie from Wisconsin

Jan 20, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by scootsmal from New York

Jan 17, 2013
Rated: 4 by cletusdog from California

Dec 31, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by Omer4176 from California

Dec 17, 2012
Retribution from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 109 ratings