Retribution | High Water Brewing

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3.8 w/ 107 ratings

Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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

Added by womencantsail on 02-05-2011

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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.

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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.

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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.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an over-sized wine glass. No freshness date indicated on bottle.

A - caramel color and amber hues

S - smells like a hop bomb with a blast of citrus

T - it got better as it warmed up, lemony-citrus on the front followed up by a slap-in-the-face hop-fest at the finish. Strangely, it had a bit of an acidic undertone - not sure how I feel about that. I did appreciate the caramel candy after taste.

M - light to medium mouth-feel with a heavy carbonation (serve warmer for a less sharp bite)

Overall - I'm not too impressed with this DIPA, I've definitely had better, smoother, and more flavorful brews in the past. Too pricey for the quality.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hop character of this beer is amazing. Really nice bittering and aroma hop character. Finishes really smooth without that "in your face" bitter experience that some IPAs hit you with. Color and mouth feel are on point.

Highly recommend it to any hop head!

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Retribution from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 66.4% out of 100 with 107 ratings
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