Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pour is dark orange with a bubbly white head. Aroma is heavier on the biscuit then I would have thought with notes of caramel, pine resin, mango, and grapefruit. Flavor is very bitter with notes of orange peel, lemon zest, and pine needles. Finish is earthy with some light booze.
DenverLogan (1055) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Cheeky Monk Aug 22. Pours a copper orange with small head. Aroma of pine hops. Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of bitter root, straw hops, pine sap, bitter roasted malts. Overall lovely smell but the bitter hops are a little rough.
dansac (113) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tied with Enjoy by for my favorite Stone beer. One of the best IPAs I had this year, and ever. Simply enormous; sweet, bitterness of the charts, tremendous earthy funk, almost oniony and manurey... citrus, pine, grapefruit... just insanity all around. For 6.99, this was simply a gift from the Gods. Sure hope they brew this more often too.
jb (2898) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty decent. Big grapefruit nose. Anne thought this was a bit warm, probably at the temp Stone wanted. Palate is the masterpiece. Huge, complex, alcohol completely hidden. Satisfying. On tap at MacGregors.
jsmerig (1472) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy amber orange with a light tan head and brilliant lacing. Aroma of berries and caramel. Taste is extreme caramel malt with a citrusy floral hop bitterness. Actually well-balanced and it hides the ABV well. I’m not sure I’ll be able to taste anything other than hops for the rest of the night. Worth it. Not as aggressive as I thought.
Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 IPA on steroids is right. Love the "hop bomb" flavor and lingering palate.
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank a bottle of this in Eureka while Dave opened the same bottle in Wood River, IL. Mine started out a 59..5 degrees which in retrospect was probably about right. I poured a cooper color with a big beige head. Good lacing .Nose is rich caramel malts and big blast of citrus hops Medium plus in body with a resinous mouthfeel. The flavor is very strong with the powerful hops. As it warms vegetable appears. Dave pointed this out and at first I did not pick it up but it finally appeared and was a little disconcerting. The finish is very bitter. This a case where more of everything is not necessarily better as I prefer the regular Ruination more.
Strykzone (6630) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke that we had to hurry through together via facebook chat. My beer was fairly warm at a couple of ticks above 62F. I get a mouthful of hops. They are all over the place, too. Citrus, pine, vegetable. The vegetable is a negative for me. Ron did not taste it until his beer warmed so perhaps that only emerges at very warm temps. Caramel malts are quite big but almost get over looked due to the huge hop profile. Some spice, too. Alcohol is never tasted. This is almost great, at least in my opinion.
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. From notes, July 26, 2012.
A: Massive grapefruit aroma here along with some other tropical fruits. Piney hop resin and jus a bit of caramel malt peeking through.
A: Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a nice one-finger width white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
T: Follows the nose with lots of bright hops and a strong bitterness to cleanse the palate. Extremely drinkable, not overly bitter (perhaps some lupulin threshhold shift ?).
P: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
O: As the bottle states, Ruination was a forerunner in the world of bottled double IPAs. This beer managed to kick things up a bit. Congratulations on ten years Stone.
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Similar to Ruination, but with more citrus and grapefruit in the aroma and taste. Backed with plenty of malts to keep the hops in check.