OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Once again Stone Brewing
comes up a winner. It's hops all the way. Rich nose Ambergold color.Overwhelms the palate. I thought about moving once i tried this
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought the IPA was the one of the hoppiest beers ever then came along Ruination. This beer is very hard to describe. Amberish color with a good dense head. Hop, Hop, and Hop aroma with hints of hops. This justs makes your mouth water and the back of your throat pucker. Beside the obvious hop character of this beer there is considerable maltiness backing it up. After a few sips the hop flavor never leaves your palate and the bitterness makes your eyes water. Very nice beer.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh beautiful, for spacious beer...for amber waves of hops!!! A black hole of hops exploded forth upon the uncapping of this ecstasy...hop heaven...citrusy joy and floral gloriousness found in every smell. A pour of a slight cloudy orange...darker orange..but not too dark. Good creamy head...not too thick, but holds up enough to add a good carbonated tickling to the palate. A flavor of...surprise..hoppy, citrusy goodness. Heavy florals, followed by a mild malt base and ever so slight malt finish, but predominantly a highly alpha acidic brew. Spicy, strong, yet not overwhelming. A new experience for the palate as the creamy head and premier hops blend for an explosive season of citrus in the mouth. Another must have.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly hazed dark golden color witha steady cream colored head. Fresh Mt. Hood hops picked and rolled in your hands sticky aroma. Smooth silky liquid with a initial hops bite followed by a surge of malt followed by some more hops followed by a mix of fresh hops and malt finish. I’m sure this one would survive the trip to India and just get better on the way. Its not always how high the alpha acid can be, but also the quality of the hops. The floral qualities along with the spice and light citrus make for a nice enjoyable evening.
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a hoppy beer, damn, as soon as I uncapped the bottle my entire kitchen smelled like a hop field, very spicy floral hoppy aroma, dark tint to the golden color, very excellent soft lacy head with great retention, smeed a bit more unbalanced than the label said, not a whole lot of a malt profile to go with the extreme hoppiness of the beer, very spicy flavors, all hops in the entire beer, spicy & dry aftertaste, what an awesome IPA though, great pale ale
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, golden pour, with minimal head. Aroma is good, but not outstanding, with grapefruit, etc. -- the usual suspects. Malt flavor actually holds up to the Hop onslaught that is impending. Great hop flavor. I actually did not find this beer to be particularly bitter. Check that overly bitter. I get nice interplay with bits of sweetish malt flavor and blasts of hoppy goodness. Worthy of its top 50 place. A hoppy beer of the highest quality.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops. Pours amber in color. Very bitter flavor. A tremendous IIPA.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Re-Rate of a 2003 bottle, on 5.25.2005: Aroma is has a nut-ish presence, like hazlenut. The strong citrus aroma has gone away a bit as well, making this more well rounded. Flavor has turned a bit as well. Still a really enjoyable drink, this no longer hurts the mouth. It is much more gentle, but has a funny taste in the finish.
Origional Rating 12.21.02: How could you not give this beer a five for its palate? It bombards your mouth with the greatness that is hops. The increadible bitterness is followed only by how smooth this very bitter beer is. Smooth you may ask. Yes. Of course. The hops don’t jump on you like a republican on Bill Clinton’s sexual past; they slowly sink into yur mouth. Leaving a distinct taste of hops in you mouth for minutes after each respective tasting. Too much hops? I’d say no. Too good of a beer? I’d say yes.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great bottle and painted label. The brew pours golden copper in color, thick chewy head. HUGE hop aroma, the taste is a good quality heavy hop. Nice and warm and not real ’green’. It seems to be alittle too sweet. This is how I felt about 3 floyds. I still like Dog FIsh Head 90 Minute IPA the best. Thanks jcalbre.
mop99 (2) - USA - DEC 20, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is as close to perfection as an IPA gets. A marvelous confluence of their Anniversary IPAs, this is what I think of when I think "beer."