edwardbass (642) - Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 UPDATED: I think I let that previous bottle that I shared with beer friends sit too long outside of refrigeration. I’m having, largely out of curiosity, another one that’s been in my fridge the whole time, and it’s W-A-Y better. Heavy hops aroma, heavy hops taste and a very, very solid malt sweetness to counter the massive hops. A great beer for hop-heads.
Maybe I got a bottle that sat on a shelf a bit too long? Aroma to me is alcohol and malt. Taste is dominated initially by warm malt sweetness, followed on by the hop bitterness, but the hops are nothing like Ruination - not even close. I’m disappointed to say the least.
reberiii (424) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange pour from bomber bottle...unbelievably balanced for an Imperial IPA with so freakin’ many hops. Light pleasant pine citrus nose, smooth bitterness throughout. Excellent brew that does dull the palate, but only at the end of the first pint.
b79turner (241) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Kenric! 22oz bottle pours light amber with a small white head. Nose is citrus, pine, caramel. Taste is hop bitterness! Very good but with a big bite!
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A complete hop assault on the mouth! Not subtle or well balanced...but that's not what they were probably going for; and it's great!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Cybercat (4028) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong, hoppy aroma is quite resiny and has subtle fruity hints. Pours a clear dark amber with a frothy but not persistent buff head. Resiny hops dominate the sharp flavor, which has fruity and malty hops and just a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is fizzy, edgy and firm, leaving a persistent hoppy tingle and the feeling that you just swallowed a pine tree. Well done, Stone Brewing, you arrogant bastards!
Doofgoblin (429) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aggressive. Unforgiving. Pure west coast. These are the qualities that dominate your palate...Lots of pine, citrus...hoppy burn...the bitter is almost overwhelming...but devilishly good...you sly bastard...
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 This is not for the faint of heart. This is what I would expect from Stone. Very aggressive aroma and taste. Tons of hops. Definitely a sipper, but a good one. Very well made. Thin but long lasting white head and a good finish. Perhaps just slightly better then the Ruination.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a nice, frothy head. Very strong hoppy aroma with grapefruit notes. Amazing hoppy flavor with citrus. Nice, dry finish. Great balance and even better than Ruination!
IPABevyGuy (67) - New York, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber pour, a bit cloudy, with a white head. Smells piney and malty. Tastes of citrus, but quickly dominated by the malt, with a little pine at the end. Overly hyped if you ask me.
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a clear golden/amber color with a white head. The aroma was of pine, citrus and malts. The taste was of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus fruits, some pine, caramel malt and alcohol. This was very nice.