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 Ruinationís 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; doesnít 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 (1149) - 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 thatís 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 (104) - San Diego, 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.
Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden ale with no head. Light hops aroma Rather nice hops and malts, light citrus. Good bitterness but not ruinating. Good balance and body. (Sept. 2004)
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very slightly hazy amber with not much of a short lasting off white head. Strong honey floral nectar, almonds and fresh hop pellet and woody stem aroma. Medium smooth body. Initial flavour impact is one of mouth stripping bitter. My drinking buddies were concerned that it would etch the gold label off the Duvel glasses we were drinking from. Thereís no doubt about the seriously strong bitter but thereís much much more to this beer than just bitter. Thereís a fair bit of matching treacly malty sweetness and the hops have a spectrum of floral and industrial strength cleaner flavours all of which nicely mask the highish ABV. Iím not sure I could drink too many of these in a row and for all round drinkability I still favour the regular Stone IPA
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a world-class beer. I like my double IPAs without the over the top alcohol. This one pours a syrupy golden color with a nice fluffy head and effervescent bubbles. Perfumy hops with some pineapple. Well balanced flavor. Donít buy the propaganda, because I donít feel this is over the top at all. Rich in malt, very sweet backbone, with a broad array of flavorful hops. Not overly piney or citric, just a friendly melange of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly evident on the aftertaste, but is fairly non-existent. A nice brew for sure.