Tuesday, September 11, 2012

High Water Brewing Retribution Imperial IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is High Water Brewing Retribution Imperial India Pale Ale. 

From the High Water Brewing website: “Retribütion per Wiktionary: "punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance." Well that pretty much sums it up, however to be a little more politically correct, you could just say "When life hands you lemons....make lemonade" Well I guess I traded in my lemons for a full silo of malted barley, a tasty stash of killer hops, some high quality California water and a healthy and continuous supply of brewers yeast. Blend these all together and throw in a little west coast brewing attitude and this wonderfully balanced Imperial IPA comes to life. Please enjoy!!!! Cheers...Steve”.
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a burnt copper orange with a thin off-white head and lots of lacing.
Aroma: Huge citrus hop scent up front with caramel and sweet malts following behind.
Taste: Starts strong with citrus hop bitterness (grapefruit, orange, lemon zest) and herbal hops followed quickly by sweet caramel malt.  Alcohol is present and accounted for as well in the far back.
Overall: High Water Brewing’s Retribution Imperial India Pale Ale is a great hop forward beer.  Smooth, crisp and weighing in at 9.5% ABV I found this to be highly drinkable and enjoyable. 


Mark Harvey

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