cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
to be completely honest i didnít take copious notes when first trying this warhead of a beer. once it was opened and in the glass i was quite content to simply relax, sip this incredibly pungent hop(that is both nose and tongue punchiní goodness) sonofabitch and watch a good portion of the second season of The Office. what i do recall (note that this was certainly not my only beverage of the evening,as i do believe that some bourbon found its way into my glass throughout the night, some irish whiskey as well...) is that this is an awesomely robust beer that i would say wirth certainty is not for everyone. but if you likes you some hops, come, take my hand and enter the champagne room.
MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed the first half of this large bottle but after that the hops were overpowering for me. Iíd buy it again though just so I can train my taste buds to appreciate good beer. It was as well balanced a beer as it could be. Buy this if you like hops.
kokos666 (29) - Gliwice, POLAND - AUG 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromat mix wszystkiego czego oczekujesz od lupulin czyli sosna zywica duzo tropikow wszystko podszyte lekka slodowoscia. W smaku likierowate cos jakby wytrawne poteznie nachmielone barley wine. Mega pijalne dobre piwo!
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Believe it! Pours amber, with a big foamy head that leaves wonderful lacing. Evenly carbonated. You've read it before, and it is true: grapefruit and hop aroma. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, and bitter all at once, with a bitter finish that lasts, while your mouth just waters for the next sip! There is an undertone of pine that is really pleasant as well. Watch out- the alcohol is not apparent, but it is in there.
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle: pours a nice bright golden orange color with a big foamy white head -which leaves tons of lacing behind. I have to agree with most everyone else that you should let it warm to experience the full flavors of this beer. First sniffs indicate big-time hops with soapy lavender and sweet grapefruit aromas. As it warms I get some peach and a definite apricot scent. Tasting is just as nice, with a big full goopy fruity sweetness that rolls off the tongue into bitter and then ends with a cleansing, almost puckering astringency. All of the transitions were seamless, and this beer was quite tasty. Iíll be having more.
Wildo67 (27) - USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hell yes, that about sums it up. A ton of flavor and an aftertaste to die for.
bwbeall812 (27) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is one of my favs. Like the description says, it will completely ruin your palate for other similar beers. Extreme hops make this beer very bitter but great balance makes this one smooth all the way down.
pollardjt (27) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This IPA is like a kick in the face. Hops galore, bitterness abounds, it’s absolutely everything an IPA should be. Just make sure not to try and drink your yellow fizzy beer after tasting this. . . it’ll actually taste worse than before.
maxa9 (27) - , Washington, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bomber. Snifter. Purchased at Fred Meyer, per usual. This was my first favorite DIPA, and after having made the circuit of outstanding beers such as Pliny(s), Dreadknaught, Dogfish Head 90, Hopslam, and all the others...Ruination RULES!!! Canít believe I strayed from this beer for 3 months. It is the best. The Aromas scream for attention. The Flavors as well. The palate is perfect. This will always be the gold standard for me.
CH47 (27) - Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Will have to rate this one again when I can get a fresh sample.
This was a few months past prime in my opinion but still boasts quite the backbone.