shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Pour was beautiful. A coppery orange color with a creamy white head. The smell was strong. I donít smell pine, I smell something citrus with an alcohol background. They are right about the taste. Wow, it packs a punch. This has a sharp edge to it that lingers. If this is what a really hoppy beer tastes like, I think I am gonna look for something with a bit more mild hop tone. 6/5/7/3/16
RERATE: Bright bright orange color with no head after a few seconds. Hops are obviously evident in the aroma but a solid malt backbone is also apparent.
Flavor is much much better than I remember. Strongly bitter upfront and long after the finish. While used to think this was like drinking rubbing alcohol and hop juice I am now able to appreciate its delicious mixture of sweet and bitter flavors. The aroma itself is almost intoxicating. The hops and sweetness blend masterfully. The body could stand to be a little bigger but that may mess up the delicate balance achieved in the flavor. I have been won over by the Ruination.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden copper color with a nice sized white head. Big grapefruit, pine, and floral hop aroma...and by big, I mean big. The grapefruit aroma translates to a very strong bitterness which is flanked by a very quick hit of sweet creaminess. The hop power is striking, it really grabs you as it lingers on the tongue nicely.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" This isnít a poem - it is War and Peace of the hop. Anything ever resembling a hop is in here. It doesnít make the result as appealing as advertised. The ruinous effect on the palate is true.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber coloured with a thick head. Aroma is strongly piney and floral hops. Flavour opens with a hop assault but is quickly followed by aggressive malting. Resiny and full bodied.
DanielBrown (4164) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beverages and More (Mission Valley), San Diego. Good stuff. A full, fresh, citrussy flavour, with a juicy, hoppy and long finish. No head, menacing hazy orange colour; smells orangey too. Not as bitter as expected and all the better for that. Mouthwatering and sunshiny. Complex but drinkable for the strength - perilous stuff indeed! Now if only we could buy this in the UK...
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you love your tongue and your mouth, buy it this Christmas present! If you donít like hoppy beer, DONíT drink this one!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange with bigh white long lasting head. The nose is strong powerful hops with underlying maltyness. The taste is strong hops with sweet malty start and late finish. Very strong but very good.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 on draft barleys beer festival III: this was my first beer of the festival, i always try to find the best beer before my palate goes to shit. this was poured dark golden yellow, with a thin white head. the nose was off the charts fruit vanilla and cascade. the palate was full of hops that was like sucking on a hop almost. crazy good. however, as the deScription states ruinous effect, is true, nothing after this compared. even barley wines were falling short. absolutely crazy, didnt know at the the time it was 7.7% but makes since. try this one it will hop your world.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Medium amber with an averaged sized off-white head. Piney/spruce smell with hints of oranges. This beer reminds me why IPAs are one of my favorite styles - hops, hops and more hops!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty Hoppy, not super hoppy though, I was expected face peeling hoppiness in this one. I had been looking for this for awhile, and had to go to San Diego to get it. The malt and hop balance is outstanding, smooth, great carbination. Almost like piney, with the hops. There was a thread that said this beer was overatted, I disagree, this is a very impressive IPA.