callmemickey (2081) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Crystal clear orange-amber body. Capped by a nice sized off-white head. Quickly receded to a frothy skim. Soapy lacing. Nose if ripe grapefruit, resin, and pine. Some cracker-like pale malts peek through the hops. Robust grapefruit and resinous notes shine with some orange, pine and grass to accentuate things. Light malt presence. Medium bodied. Oily on the tongue with moderate carbonation. Bitter, crisp finish. I really like the concept. Anything to push for better, fresher IPAs and dIPAs is a GREAT thing.
Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of pine hops. Pours light with a big fluffy head. Taste is delicious and piney with great resin and slight floral. Stone knows IPA’s.
dmac (3692) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber shared by Scott. Poured a very nice clear copper gold body with an average sized frothy bright white head. Aroma started off with some nice pine resin, citrus, juicy pulp and bitter rind, orange marmalade and then with some warmth garlic onion croutons. Rather dry and bitter with an average to stronger carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Flavor of pine isn’t as strong as the aroma with a bit remaining , citrus rind and dry hop cones. Overall a solid DIPA.
Alfonzo (13) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear golden amber with a white head. Strong aromas of hops and grapefruit. Doesn’t have the alcohol aftertaste most strong beers do. Absolutely delicious.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap (Snifter) and Bottle (GI IPA Tulip): Pours a sunset amber hue with golden highlights topped by a lasting frothy head and left very good lace on the snifter but not as much from the tulip. The aroma has notes of mango, grapefruit, apricot, and berries esters along with a solid pine and earthy hops vapour. Some biscuity and caramel malt nose with a dash of mineral and flower beds. Most excellent aroma on tap (10) and very nice out of the bottle (8). I’ll give it a 9 overall. The taste is bright citrus, some fleshy fruit, a hint of acidity along with a touch of hop spice, moderate pine and dank, and even a bit earthy. The malts are there but strictly a background player. A bit of alcohol sneaks up on you are awhile. The taste is pretty much the same tap and bottle. The mouth feel is more aggressive and lively via tap, really works to cleanse the palate(5). Not that the mouth feel is bad from bottle, just a bit more subdued which makes the alcohol more prevalent in bottled form (4). I will stick with a 4 rating here. Overall this is very nice beer and I must say I think I like this better than the 10th Ruination because it a tad closer to balance and far less dank.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. It’s high point is hiding the high ABV extremely well. Odd combo of peachy and piney. Haven’t seen those two as an exclusive pair as far as I can remember. Well attenuated for my taste, but peachy hop flavor isn’t my favorite thing, always reminds me of diacetyl or a perceived thickness, I do however love pine, so that’s a plus. Love this concept by a large mega craft brewery, just hope it doesn’t fuck the retailer in the end.
andyhwcinc (1311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at La Primera Food & Spirits in Chicago, IL; enjoyed while eating some pizza at Dante’s Pizzeria in Chicago, IL with a good friend. Appearance is a slightly cloudy gold with rich white head. Aroma of rich citrus hops, mostly citrus. Taste also very very hoppy with huge orange/citrus notes, not really much else in this though. Still good stuff.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barcade Jersey City. Poursa clear golden amber orange with a medium to large dense and creamy white head. Big bright hops on the nose, loads and loads of citrus, soft and smooth, the aroma hits from a few feet out. Beautiful aroma, hoppy with touches of malty caramel behind it. Medium bodied, earthy and sweet, toast and very thin caramel. Lots af nice malt and toast. Really easy drinking, big and hoppy. Finishes up with some caramel, light malt and a very slow and gentle amount of bitterness. The whole thing was sort of a decline from the amazing nose. Excellent and then disappointing, but by no means disappointing overall, solely disappointing based on the expectation the beer itself sets up by smelling so damned lovely.
ccex (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a clear orange color with a tiny white headand a bit of lacing. Smell is overpowering piney hops. Aroma is dominated by these, but also has some floral hops and a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, without too much carbonation and with a medium body. Although the alcohol is well hidden in the taste, this one is difficult to drink fast. Taste is slightly sweet with a bitter but clean finish. A big knockout hop bomb which started my weekend perfectly.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden amber with a finger of white head. Pungent hop nose on this. Very heavy on the pine and citrus peel, light herbal notes, grass, and a decent floral quality. The flavor is a touch on the sweet side with some toffee and caramel sweetness. Good amount of tangerine, some grapefruit, and a strong pine bitterness on the finish. Alcohol isn’t present on the flavor, but certainly noticeable in terms of sobriety altering effects. Good, but wasn’t as good as Ruination 10th.