Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught Blind Tiger NYC
Great IPA. Extremely powerful in spite of the low alc percentage. One of the best double IPA’s I’ve tried. Refreshing, delicious finish.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great Stone brew. Slightly hazy, light copper color with a thick foamy white head. Great citrus, hoppy aroma. Piney, grapefruity scents. Warm, refreshing hops. Awesome piney, bitter aftertaste. Some good cherry flavors. Reminds me of other IIPAs, which are all usually extremely good. Smooth. Very good beer.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mmm... Hops! And lots of them, citrusy and piney aroma. Nice looking amber to orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Loads of bitterness in the flavor, some underlying caramel, ends dryish. Not complex enough,
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
After all of the talk of the Ruination’s hoppiness, I have to admit that I was a bit let down by the end result. It smells and looks amazing, and tastes nearly as good, but somehow does not quite live up to the hype. Having said that, unattainable hype notwithstanding, it is an excellent IPA, quite bitter and hoppy without being overbearingly so. It has a refreshing citrus-y flavour, and is an exceptional standard-bearer for the style - just not quite what I expected.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A clear amber pour. Super duper hoppy. Great IPA - lots of citrus in the finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty well balanced IPA; doesn’t seem like a 100 IBU brew; solid bready toasty malting with a heavy citrus finish. A damn fine IPA.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost clear golden amber brew with a thin layer of white foamy head.If this was perfume it would be really expensive.Elegant aroma,luscious aroma of floral hops and piney citrus.Hedonism. pure,plain and simple.
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle thanks to secret santa! pours a light clear amber with a big frothy head. smells almost like candy, artificial grape juice aroma, tons of malt and hops. good god, it almost seems like they just liquefied an entire vine of west coast hops. definitely ruins your palate--excellent beer. a good first impression from stone brewing!
oops, i think i just burped up a hops cone. at least that’s what it still tastes like.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IIPA, super hopped up in both the aroma and taste. As it warmed the alcohol became aLOT more present, but was great. Sweet with a nice bitterness to it. But overall a IIPA i wish was more accesible in Illinois, because it would definitly be on my regular list.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber color with a really hoppyt aroma to it. It has a good hoppy taste and not too much of a lingering aftertaste. Flavor is good and smooth. Overall a solid double IPA from stone, but would you expect anything less.