jonas (5692) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pine and grass aroma.
Amber, big bubbles, low lacing head.
Hop bitterness is the theme here (surprise!).
Dry grassy, pineresin and slightly citric notes.
I do not feel that the body is quite living up to the hops, a bit more stability here might be good - a bit more body, and the bottle I had was a tad fizzly as well.
Wonderfull long pine bitterhop aftertaste.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma smacks of pine cone at first with subtle pear/apricot thrown in for good measure. Appearance is average overall with a coppery amber hue and an average sized, quickly dissapating head. The flavor is fruity sweet up front, dead in the middle, and almost grating on the finish - this is where all the hops are. I thought the body was a bit light for me and this brew is quite dry. The carbonation is lively but not overly fizzy. A good Imperial IPA although not my favorite.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange colored with a fine off-white head. Lots of hops in the aroma with a nice rather sweet fruity tone also. Full and heavy. Flavor starts sweet fruity but then an extreme hoppyness kicks in and it ends in a dry and bitter finish. Very flavorfull and very fine balanced between the sweetness and bitterness. An outstanding IPA!
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours light orange/yellow, aroma is pure hops. Taste is powerful, something for which you have to be in the mood. But it is very drinkable for an Imperial. Truly a great taste and a great beer.
Reid (1917) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cannot believe I have not reviewed this before now. Bought at my local oraganic grocer.
Now poured into my pint glass from the 22 oz bomber this is not a really excellent looking IPA.for a start its very clear , orange , almost like Irn Bru pop from my home country, but it has a massive frothy/creamy pure white head.
Smell wow..its a veritable pine forest on the nostrils..just hop on top of hop all the way, but it is invigorating.
.Taste? guess..yes hop city totally, just bitterness..with some honeyish tones..the malts are in hiding in this one..grapefruit for breakfast mom!
Its actually quite nice on the palate..not too dry surprisingly.
I found this quite drinkable, but to be honest maybe one bomber is enough.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-yellow with a decent size white head. Aroma is hops galore. The flavor pretty much follows the aroma, hop mania with some malts. A hopheads dream come true.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark copper body with a medium beige head. Appearance is the last boring/average thing about this beer. Aroma is straight hops. The first sip reveals a huge, piney flavor that is followed up by a nearly excessive dry aftertaste. Truly extreme - this lived up to its reputation.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m surprised that this has such a high rating. I kinda felt it was a bit one dimensional. Hoppy. Hoppy aroma - smells like hop pellets. And you wont be surprised that it tastes like hop pellets too. Virtually no malt flavor. I wouldn’t consider this a "full bodied" IPA. Especially when it’s contending with the likes of Great Divide Hercules. I know I’ve tasted a beer or two that was more hopped up than this one, but this is still pretty intense stuff. If you’re a crazy hop head and don’t care about anything else, you will enjoy this beer. It’s attractive to the eye and doesn’t taste bad.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep golden color with a white head. The taste is a full body with a very balanced yet complex hoppy pattern. A light alcohol sharpness really fits this bitter beer.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 Big bottle. This beer blew me away. Huge hops, grapefruit aroma, flavor and after taste. Liquid gold. Followed this one with a GreatDivide Hercules - and Herc couln’t touch this one. Some time will have to put Ruination up against DFH 90 (hate to say it, but my money is on Ruination).
5-30-05: Lots of DIPAs lately - and I’m upgrading Stone’s Ruiniation.