bigabe (194) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
The impossible has happened. This beer smells better than Pliny. I wish I could give it an 11 for aroma, as I have already given Pliny a 10 and wish I could go higher. The aroma is classic IPA, grapefruit, pine resin, hops... but there are some unique spicy, herby notes to this beer that make the nose really special. Flavor is classic quality IPA. Lots of piney, grapefruit hops, no real sweetness, as this is not a particularly strong IPA. The finish is long, bitter, and very herby. This is one of the best beer I have ever had. Amazing. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 29, 2011
22oz bottle, this is what the HighWater press release said about the beer, just for some additional info: "This is probably the driest finishing IPA I have ever brewed. Belgian yeast with hops from Australia and New Zealand with a couple twists thrown in for fun." This is one delicious and damn tasty ipa. first off, the yeast is mildly spicy but overall i wouldnt call this a belgian style ipa, though it does have the classic taste from the yeast, mostly in the finish. it has a very fall/pumpkin thing going on with just this yeast, pretty amazing. im getting finishing notes of a striaght spiced beer like pumpking. it starts out crisp and slightly fruity and sweet, with a little bit of full wet crystal malt feel, but quickly and drastically dries out, very interesting. the transition in your mouth is very noticable on every sip, and goes from a traditional ipa to a spicy, fall spice flavord brew with a very dry finish. when they say driest, they are not kidding, this may be the driest single ipa ive had. very good stuff. the aroma is terrific, mostly awesome fruity hops and just a touch of spice. truly a pleasure to drink, i really hope to see this as a yearly offering from HighWater. Great job steve! kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
22oz bottle. Hugely pleased to see the numbers on this, as THIS is the IPA that I’ve been waiting for from High Water. Retribution and Hop Riot are both excellent, but this one’s on some other planet. Pours a bright, crystal-clear orange color; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with nice retention and lacing. Loads of citrusy grapefruit and some light tropical fruit character in the aroma (all hops), along with a light vanilla note and just a whiff of low-level crystal malt; you can tell this is bracingly bitter before you even taste it. Medium body; medium CO2; a minute vinous alcohol character, but nothing hot here, just a bit of warmth at the edges; this actually drinks similarly to this past year’s Pliny the Younger, though with more grapefruit focus than the softer oranges of PtY: a touch o’ heat, loads of bracing hop bitterness, nothing astringent, and a quiet malt core that’s exactly where it needs to be without getting in the way; impressively complex and smooth hop character (ok, maybe there is a touch of Amarillo in here, or at least some light orange-y contributions), tons of hops that somehow don’t seem to stick to one’s palate (or is my tongue just numb?). A perfect showcase of hops. Goddamn. Long, bitter and toasty finish: grapefruit, light cereal, nothing harsh or sticking. IrishBoy (4210) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bomber fron KrausenJockey. Nose is ivy, pine, grapefruit, and some light background peaches and white grapes. Clear copper orange with a medium plae yellowish head. Flavor is uber citrusy and piney bitternesswith some caramel notes finishing lightly bitter. Excelelnt new brew. loubar (157) - Los Gatos, California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with a finger of light tan color head. Very nice, tight lacing appears as I sip. Aroma of tropical and citrus fruit. Pineapple, mango and citrus notes as well. Taste of smooth caramel malt stands up to the mango and pineapple hop profile. Outstanding balance. No lingering hop resin in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated. Delicious, very easy to drink and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed this beer. If you think that IPA’s are generally too hoppy, this one’s for you.
MSardina1 (2) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011 does not count
Pours a perfect color with a nice white head...smells like the hop profile you would expect from High Water, but tastes surprisingly different...very dry, very hop-driven...not sweet and malty like Retribution, but very clean and delicious...nice also at 6.5% JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle - cloudy golden colour with large frothy white head. Aroma of citrus hops, orange peel, caramel. Nicely balanced and hoppy taste. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Very nice. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Very much one of the better IPAs. The uniqueness here is that there’s a pinge of malty sweetness, almost floral in taste. I can’t say I have had another IPA like this one, and that’s a good thing. Bov (12888) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2014
from Erzbierschof - cloudy dark amber-orange beer with a modest foam left; aroma of peaches and apricots; light resiney hoppiness; full-bodied, a fair yet subtle carbonation; very bitter; long caramelish, very fruity and piney hoppy finish - assertive and robust AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
From the bottle, pours an attractive copper amber with a finger thick off white head that persists. Fragrant nose of pine, floral notes, passion fruit and candied sugar. Pine hoppy front with a sweet citrus following, with passion fruit and guava standing out in the mid palate, followed by a lasting and dry bitterness in the finish.