Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Very bitter and a bit too thin. Nice hop aroma and flavour, buttery malt but excessive bitterness lingers un-balanced by the thin body. Some odd medicinal flavours evident too.
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mellow, but strong, pine-fruit-hop-butterrum aroma. Hazy butterscotch beer, offwhite head and great bottle. Prickly mature hopped flavor, a little sour, but mostly fruit-sweet. Forthright PA, but not too edgy. Pithy mouthfeel.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hop aroma. Golden color. Small white head. Decent flavor profile but tasted a little thin. Crisp tasting with little lingering aftertaste. Similar to Bell's Two Hearted Ale.Needs a little more sweetness to balance the hops.
Panzuriel (1310) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice copper amber colored beer with a small nice white head. Light and floral hops aroma is very appealing. Flavor is light floral and finishing bitter. Nice clean bitters with little heavy aftertaste. Very nice.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 Ah yes. What a sweet elixor this is. The fragrance, like a bouquet of all things holy, gingerly tickles the nostrals and wrenches the salivatory glands. Flavor, while too complex to dissect is a rich mosaic of caramel, molasses, honey, tart hoppy spirit and assorted gifts that description seems to detract from. Perfect carbonation, head and balance combine into a symphony of pleasure. Stone has pushed the boundarys of IPA's and found a beautiful way to incorporate strong taste and flavor into this hoppy breed.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2005 One of my all time favorites. The more I drink it lately, the more I notice how good it is. In my opinion, better in bottles. Gotta try it.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At 7.7%, this is big beer with even bigger hop presence. Although it's got plenty of hops, Ruination's got enough gravity that it wasn't over the top, even for a non-hophead like myself.
mhanley (3) - USA - MAY 23, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For the hop junkie, of which I definately qualify. I'm gonna save a bottle of this for my next cold and then nail them rhinovirusses with the biggest dose of natural antiseptic you can buy. I can't help but think what this would do to those two "No more more bitter beer" guys in that Keystone commercial. Probably kill em just opening the bottle. It would be fun to watch though. Damn this is good stuff.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Orange-yellow in color with a medium white head. Maybe a hint of spruce in the nose, but mostly hops. Unbelievable hop bitterness! Not quite half way through I took a break to read the bottle and could feel the bitterness at the back of my tongue for over 5 minutes. Is there such a thing as too many hops? I'm not sure yet, but I'm having fun finding out!
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2003 Copper in color with a medium sized frothy head. What can I say, this brew is, as advertised, all about the hops. Some malt flavor on the finsh. Awesome.