CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 Huge hop aroma with a sweet malt backbone and some grapefruit. The lucious, soft pillowy glass-coating head is very inviting. The body is smooth and soft. It's not as bitter as 100+ IBUs would let on, at least not until the finish, but it does have an addictive dry hop finish that leaves me longing for more. If this had a little more malty sweetness to it, it would be on par with Dreadnaught. Still a very nice double IPA. Thanks jcalabre!
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange body, seems to be lightly bottle conditioned. From the crack of the bottle top, a wave of hop aromas, lemon zest and gooey pine sap, sharp enough to tingle your nose. Not as overwhelmingly bitter as anticipated, but consistently and appetizingly so. There’s some wonderful bubble-gum sugary sweetness at the base. I find it interesting that a beer can be so bitter, and yet keep the astringency relatively low. Am I turning into a hophead?
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Rich gold color, very clear, crisp white head. Looked like a beer ad! Floral aroma. Hops, hops, hops on top of sweet malt. Not as much citrus or pine as I expected in the nose, given the hoppiness of the beer. Flavor was great, but not quite as rich as DFH 90 minute, and not quite as big in the mouth. Same gum-coating hoppiness. Loved it. // Loved it even more now that I am ready for the grapefruit where I used to expect orange and pine.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops and hops, what a brew. Drank it at room temp and loved it. My only complaint was that I liked their regular IPA for mouth feel. It was more creamy. But what the hell, whats not to like with this one!
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops, hops everywhere there’s hops. While clean and crisp, it basically comes across as a one-trick beer. Enjoyable for those who like extra-bitter brews, and very interesting to try. However, searching for anything behind the original hops flavor would prove useless. Strong and dry, puckers the lips.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 This should the gold standard that an IPA is rated against. A lot of hops, not too complex, a very enjoyable brew. I only had one IPA I like as well(better), but I know thats a personal preference.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a nice amber color and a hoppy smell. Taste is of hops, hops and more hops and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Overall one of the finest IPAs that I have had.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was expecting an over the top hop smell from this, what I received was a pleasant grassy citrus aroma blended with a grainy silo type of smell. Intriguing. Etches of misty mountains form a circle of wonderful white frothiness. This is an amber lake of clarity, an ancient mysterious color worthy of exploration. Ingestion, a permutation of maltation and hopination. The wonder of this is the fine execution of rounded malts and hops. Fear not, this is not bitter for the sake of bitter, nor bigness for the sake of indulgence. This is pure craftsmanship. Naye, not Ruination I saye, more like Exaltation, plus wicked Inebriation.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is grapefruity, citrusy and a whole lot of hoppyness. WOW. This is the ultimate BIG BOLD IPA. Complex flavors. The big fruit maltyness is balanced by the incredible hoppyness. A beer of extraordinary contrasts. Smooth taste is balanced by a big sharp hop bite. The taste is malty and fruity and sweet and bitter and sharp while at the same time its not. Definitely worthy of the hype. Amazingly well made beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is bitter. Etched/painted beer bottle.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic. Although I hear humans can only taste up to 90 or so IBUs, some of the other characteristics of the hops come through. The grassy, herbal taste is somehow even more pronounced. It’s a very sharp and bitter ale. The thing that surprised me, thinking this was a gimmick beer, was how surprisingly balanced and complex Ruination is. After all the hops, you can taste a definite malt presence, with a lot of subtlety. I highly recommend this, particularly if you take pleasure in an almost painful drink. Ha.