IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber color, thinner white head. Nice hoppy nose, citrusy and a little flowery. Massive hop assault in the flavor, no balance at all, bitter as hell. Destroyed my palate like advertised but I didnít want it to be. Their regular IPA is far superior.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome brew man! Pours a nice thick chunky amber color. Smells like buckets of hops from Valhalla. The bouquet on this one is off the chain. Smells round and full. Whereas most IPAís, especially the doubleís lack a depth, smelling more like the bittering hops than the aroma hops or simply drying up on your palate, this brew is round like my belly. Giant foamy head. Tastes great. Sometimes lots of hops taste carroty. This beer is no exception, only this is balanced with an excellent floral quality that will blow your mind. Thick mouth feel. Fells like a good brew in the head. Go and get one today
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Impressive pour, golden great head, citrusy malty nose, more of the same in the flavor...full bodied, sticky sweet and bitter combo. Very nice brew, and yet not as overwhelming as I expected it to be. Just big.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 yummy...the palate was interesting here in that it was thick and soothing. Amazing aroma...I sure wish I didn't have alergies today because there's a lot going on that I cannot place as well as usual. Definite extravagant display of hops...we have citrusy floral. My mom walked in and said the whole room smelled like a giant floral arrangement. There is a hint of alcohol which is actually warming to the nose and mouth. Initial taste is of the sweet malt, but the star is the hoppy finish...though a bit bitting, it is not harsh. I'll have another please sir!
crazyvin (1800) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
the pour eas beautiful, bt the thing that really stuck out to me about this beer was itís mouthfeel, syrupy/thick but realy smooth. flavour was just right in the hops department. good beer!
shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Pour was beautiful. A coppery orange color with a creamy white head. The smell was strong. I donít smell pine, I smell something citrus with an alcohol background. They are right about the taste. Wow, it packs a punch. This has a sharp edge to it that lingers. If this is what a really hoppy beer tastes like, I think I am gonna look for something with a bit more mild hop tone. 6/5/7/3/16
RERATE: Bright bright orange color with no head after a few seconds. Hops are obviously evident in the aroma but a solid malt backbone is also apparent.
Flavor is much much better than I remember. Strongly bitter upfront and long after the finish. While used to think this was like drinking rubbing alcohol and hop juice I am now able to appreciate its delicious mixture of sweet and bitter flavors. The aroma itself is almost intoxicating. The hops and sweetness blend masterfully. The body could stand to be a little bigger but that may mess up the delicate balance achieved in the flavor. I have been won over by the Ruination.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden copper color with a nice sized white head. Big grapefruit, pine, and floral hop aroma...and by big, I mean big. The grapefruit aroma translates to a very strong bitterness which is flanked by a very quick hit of sweet creaminess. The hop power is striking, it really grabs you as it lingers on the tongue nicely.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" This isnít a poem - it is War and Peace of the hop. Anything ever resembling a hop is in here. It doesnít make the result as appealing as advertised. The ruinous effect on the palate is true.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber coloured with a thick head. Aroma is strongly piney and floral hops. Flavour opens with a hop assault but is quickly followed by aggressive malting. Resiny and full bodied.
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beverages and More (Mission Valley), San Diego. Good stuff. A full, fresh, citrussy flavour, with a juicy, hoppy and long finish. No head, menacing hazy orange colour; smells orangey too. Not as bitter as expected and all the better for that. Mouthwatering and sunshiny. Complex but drinkable for the strength - perilous stuff indeed! Now if only we could buy this in the UK...