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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
India pale ales harness the inherent flavor characteristics of hops to bring forward familiar flavors of pine, resin, spice and citrus. In some cases, those botanicals are so potent, they exactly mirror specific edibles. Such is the case with Centennial hops, which hail from the Great Northwest and come across on the palate like a mouthful of citrus fruit. The sensation is amplified with this, the first beer introduced via the Stochasticity Project, a double IPA brewed with Centennial, Chinook and Magnum hops as well as an immense dosing of fresh grapefruit peel. The result is over-the-top bittersweet grapefuit intensity that is at once refreshing and bracing in its citrusy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (919) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Pours clear orange / yellow with a fluffy head. Aroma is predominately malt with some sweet citrus notes. Very smooth finish with a light hop bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a little over two fingers high, and off-white in shade. Its texture is very rough, (rightly) suggesting its well hopped nature. Retention is good, too, and plenty of lacing is left behind. S: This brings a lot of piny, herbal bitterness, with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. There are even touches of grapefruit candy. It takes a bit of effort to find the grapefruit peel, but it’s there. Having said that, it’s a great ’typical’ DIPA...then again, this is pretty much Ruination + grapefruit peel, so how bad can it be? T: The opening flavor is a mix of sweet caramel malts and some peppery hops. Give it a bit of time on the palate, and the advertised grapefruit peel appears fairly vividly. Hell, the finish is a bit candied as well. The combined malt and grapefruit character make it surprisingly sweet on the palate - especially by Stone IPA standards - but this helps to mask the bitter bite fairly well. Even still, the bitterness does its damnedest to poke through everything else, especially once it warms up. This is pretty damn enjoyable. M: This isn’t the most drinkable IPA on the market - or DIPA for that matter - but it feels somewhat soft on the palate. Soft yes; light, no, not really. A combination of sweetness and hop resin lingers on the palate quite strongly. Carbonation is kind of mild, also. O: The pretentious label is pretty much hiding the fact this is merely Ruination with grapefruit peel. Who cares? It’s not like Ruination is a bad IPA, and the grapefruit peel gives it a nice candied note that takes the edge off the bitterness somewhat (but also makes a bit sweet for me: I honestly couldn’t drink a lot of this stuff). Like I said, it’s just really damn enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
On tap at Mikro. Pours a mostly clear amber gold with a medium sized white head. Soft citrus and side nice grapefruit. Lots of juicy grapefruit. Picks up some vanilla into the finish, packed with fleshy grapefruit pith. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
[6221-20140321] Bottle. Perfumed floral juniper orange hops aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter orange pine hops flavour. Medium-full body. Bitter and quite tasty. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "I don’t want to know about your dainty bits." "Really? Well then don’t go to my blog."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DWestrick (657) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2014
bottle. Very excellent IPA. Very partial to IPA’s with big grapefruit notes and this delivered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle from somewhere in FL...pours a nice gold color with a foamy head. Dusty aroma with yellow grapefruit bitterness. Flavor is mostly pithy grapefruit with lingering bitterness. The base IPA is a weakness. Fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Draft. Hazy orange amber color. Nice aroma of freshly squeezed grapefruit. Taste is fruity citrus, juicy, not overly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft sampler. Gold with moderate offwhite head. Tons of grapefruit hops, with pine a resin underneath. Bittersweet. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-10-14- Poured from bomber into a snifter glass Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some island of bubbles on the surface of the brew. Smell – The aroma is massive of a sweet grapefruit smell as might have been expected from an IPA brewed with grapefruit peel. Along with the grapefruit however are some aromas of a malty and sweet nature of lighter tropical fruit smells and some more biscuit like aromas. Other hop aromas are there as well, with a bit of dank pine and some grass rounding out the aroma rather nicely. Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker taste mixed with a big grapefruit hop flavor. There is however some sweetness with a bit of tangerine and a little bit of caramel and peach. While quite dry up front, the taste dries out even more as the flavor advances with a loss of the sweeter peach and caramel and even more bitter grapefruit coming to the tongue. Other hop flavors of a pine and hay nature come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end of the taste. A boozy flavor all the while develops on the tongue as these flavor transitions take place. In the end, with all the flavors that end up coming and going from the taste, one is left with a quite grapefruit bitter, somewhat resinous, and boozy dry IPA flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. In light of the drier and huge grapefruit hop flavors, the body really shines as it accentuates these well all while not overdoing it as to make them too overwhelming (which they are on the brink of..). Overall – Big of a bitter in grapefruit taste with a slightly drier flavor overall. While not one I would want to have over and over again it was an interesting try as it has a strong but quite drinkable grapefruit bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Beer has a golden color with a nice head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste mostly hops with some tartness. No malt at all. Grapefruit and spice come through on the taste. Average beer.

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