SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Completely over the top. So incredibly overpowering that even I have trouble with the aftertaste. A lot of alcohol, and a lot more hops. A good beer as a novelty, but not one I want to drink every day.
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 bottle 22 oz. Almost clear golden honey amber with large off white head ( a thin surface of fine foam on top of rather large bubbles) which fell rather quick. Moderate to good carbonation with minimal lace. Aroma is fresh, clean, resinous hops with a rich light amber malt background. Flavor is rich, somewhat sweet, light amber malt with alcohol and plenty of hops with a bit of a spicey/perfumey taste. Medium body. Hop bitterness hits right away, stays, and the finish is pleasantly bitter. Something wasnít quite right with this one. Perhaps a bit old or stored wrong. The noticible alcohol taste distracted from the flavors and there was a somewhat overcooked aspect to the malt as well. Will have to try again from a different source. www.stonebrew.com was on the cap.
5/27/05: Got a good one this time. Similar to their IPA but bigger especially in the hops dept. This is one of those brews that can put that hop "burn" on you and make you enjoy every second of it. The burn, & bitterness fit well, not "added on" tasting like some. Almost puckering quality. The alcohol was still noticable all the way through the 22 oz bottle.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Medium amber color witha mild head. Very hoppy at the start, malty sweet at the end. Dry and quenching.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, translucent orange-amber. White head. Thin but stable bead. Big floral & citrus (grapefruit) aroma w/ notes of pine & mint. Full, sticky, oily, body. Huge hop flavour of grapefruit, mint, & pine. Nicely supported by the malt but still balanced toward the hops. Long, intensely bitter finish w/ some very dry, peppery notes.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Nice! Bam. It needs a bit of getting used to, but I do prefer it to the normal IPA. You all now what this one is like.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve had this bottle in my fridge for probably a year and a half now. No good reason for it sitting there that long, but it finally made its way out. Orange color, a little cloudy. Citrus scent, and a nice hop bitterness. Any more bitter, and Iím not sure how much Iíd like it. But at this age, its damn near perfect. And since I can only rate it the way Iíve had it, it gets a near perfect rating. Fantastic stuff.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this beer is aged about a year and it still has lots of hoppy goodness! Damn fine beer, I would like to like to try a bottle thatís not aged as long. This and Hop Devil make life worth living//
BrockLanders (776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy is this one a keeper. I spent a ton of bucks to have a variety of beers sent to me prior to my wedding. Iíve got Stone, Victory, Dogfish Head, North Coast, and Alesmith goods. A fine selection of barley wines, imperial stouts, and imperial IPAs. Iím in heaven. Everything I imagined about this beer was right. What a hop-boot kick to the head. The coppery orange color with fluffy off-white head is quite a sight. Thereís no letdown with the taste either. The hoppy, grapefruity aroma leads to a wonderful malt/hop flavor. The longer you let it linger in your mouth, the more hop you get. Delightful. The bitter hop finish is just right. Yep, Iím getting more of this gem.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very wonderfully hoppy IPA. Very clear and classy looking in appearance. The hops are well balanced by malts making for a smooth full flavored ale. The brew is right up there with Hopocity by Full Sail but has a more bitter bite and less sweet hop aroma. Very very good though
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ruination is better to combine with Dogfish 90 than puting it up against a regular IPA. Ruination is every bit as good as Dogfish 90!!! Great hops, I donít know about Paganism but Ruination is a terrific beer. I think this round is going to wind up in a tie. If I could stocks lots of both and never have to run out Iíd die a happy man after a fulfilling life of quality beer consumption. Its an awesome beer. Potent, Hoppy, Iím sure the Stone Gargoyles who protect this elixir are very proud of their duty to man.