OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours relatively light in color, a rich yellow rather than deep red amber with a nice head and great lacing. Malty nose, almost barleywine-like, but an unmistakable IIPA flavor in the Ruinition kick-your-teeth-in vein, tons of pithy grapefruit, resiny, powerful , quite ample sugary malts underneath, not over-roasted but just strong as well. Pretty darn nice, but this one would not be an everyday drinker for me even if it were available locally. Not to worry, Pliny.
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really like this hoppy beer. It has a tremendous amount of hops and the aroma is to die for.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Getting notebook online. Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light orange. Sweet orange on the nose. Flavors very orange and pine. Mouthfeel a bit too sticky, intense bitter finish.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Hophead22, Cheers. Poured nice golden orange with not much head. Aroma was citrus, caramel, pine, and a little musty. Taste was hops, citrus, caramel, pine, and and very bitter. The bitterness makes this brew off balanced and not very enjoyable.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly hazy dark golden. Medium head. Nice mix of citrus hops and, well, more hops. Bitterness comes on pretty strong and doesn’t let up. Unique but overly hopped double IPA. Very little sweetness and minimal trace of alcohol for 9.4%. All about the bitterness in this one; not even close to balanced.
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden color with slight orange hue, and fizzy white head. This is a dysfunctional IIPA. Aroma of sweet caramel and sugar and lots of hops, but they don’t fit together. The flavor is a bit better... caramel malt, biscuits, sweet candy sugar, then a sharp bitting hop presence, almost gives off a metallic tastes. A little bit earthy, but mostly like licking a battery.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A sweet yet dry and dusty IIPA with many things wrong with it. A big disappointment
How: Bottle 22oz, from doubleo, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Cloudy orange topped by a small white head
In long: Strong nose, hoppy yes, but also a bit off, it has those unpleasant notes that I can only describe as urinal. Taste is aggressive. Very sweet but lacking luscious caramel, instead it has a lot sugary candy sweetness. Hard-candies, some dry caramel and “sucre à la crème” attack followed by a sharp abrupt flavourless bitterness. Some band-aid. From beginning to end I was also getting this dry cedar, dust and sweat (!!) sensation. Alcohol very much apparent. I don’t know if I got a bad bottle or if this is another over-hyped extra strong beer but this thing had more problems that qualities. To say I expected a lot more from well-rated beer is quite an understatement. I hope this was a bad bottle. I was as disappointed as the last girl who went out on a blind-date with me.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Zeeland 08’ tasting. Poured orange from the bomber. Aroma was tangerine and sweet malt. Taste was light orange, with a malty sweetness balancing the pine. Solid and tasty.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bomber gave a nice golden orange clear shade. Thin whiteness on the head. Good citrus and flowery smells upfront with some caramel and butterscotch. Medium slightly resiny body. Good solid hoppy bitterness with mild malty sweetness. Clean finish. Solid DIPA.
Nik925 (773) - USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head, but it runs away quickly. There is something special about the hop flavor on this one. Layers of hop flavor over two or three layers of bitterness. There might be a little bit of malt in there somewhere. Crazy bitter. Amazing lack of malt flavor. Even the ABV gets lost behind this wall of bitterness and hop flavor. Way, way, way out of balance, no really, this is like hop juice, ohhhh yeah. Awesome for what it is, a little bit wild for a great score. And a wonderful lupilin hit. Mmm, lupilin!