HIGH WATER BREWING – “POM CHERRY BOMB”: Well hello daddy, hello mom. POM CHERRY BOMB is quite the find. It’s a tart Belgian blond with an emphasis on the Belgian – and oh yeah, its key components are pomegranate, cherry juice and Belgian abbey yeast. It’s delicious, and greatly exceeded my expectations. It pours a yellow orange and while extremely carbonated, is refreshing and clean. There’s even a little sediment at the end. Pinch me – am I in San Leandro or Bruges? 8.5/10.
HIGH WATER BREWING – “RETRIBUTION”: Since the Valley Brewing beers that most impressed me were both IPAs – read my review of “IPA” here and “UBERHOPPY” here – I figured that this imperial IPA would also be in that rarefied company. It ain’t quite, but it’s all right. RETRIBUTION has a smallish head of foam but is, as expected, really hoppy from the word go. Citrusy in the aftertaste, with a little bit of chalk dust as well. Aggressive, with “hops forward”. Rare is the imperial IPA that is the opposite, am I right? It’s hard to complain about a night of sports-watching & craft beer – the setting in which I consumed this – but I found this one a little off compared to past efforts. 6.5/10.
I’ll tell you what though – High Water have arrived, and I suggest look past their cookie-cutter, blink-you-missed labels & give these a bottles a gander. These are at least two more bottled IPAs beyond the aforementioned as well.