Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - 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 (2080) - 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
Iím 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 wouldnít consider this a "full bodied" IPA. Especially when itís contending with the likes of Great Divide Hercules. I know Iíve tasted a beer or two that was more hopped up than this one, but this is still pretty intense stuff. If youíre a crazy hop head and donít care about anything else, you will enjoy this beer. Itís attractive to the eye and doesnít taste bad.
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, 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 coulnít 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 Iím upgrading Stoneís Ruiniation.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Hazy gold color with a small white head.
Strong hop aroma along with pine notes and citrus. Flavor is all hops! A little bit of malt sweetness on the finish but the
hops dominate here. Could be a little more balanced but who cares? This is a
Pailhead (5644) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Aroma is all hops. Strong grapefruit and equally strong pine. Pours a transparent orange without much of a head. Lacing is there, but nothing special. Not a whole lot of flavor in the initial taste, but great balance of citrus hops and sweet malts in the finish. No real sweet presence at all in the aroma, but very noticeable in the flavor. Alcohol flavor is noticeable in the finish as well and could possibley be covered up a little better. Long bitter aftertaste. A little over the top, but still good. I prefer the regular IPA.