BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Aroma is beautiful. Obviously expected this to be heavy on the hops, and it is with beautiful flower and perfume aromas. Malts come in the form of a bit of hay and nuts, but it is light. There is also honey and a bit of oak. It pours with virtually no head and has a slightly hazy body clarity. The color is a rich, peachy orange. Flavor is amazing, and your first sip really is the best, you can never get the same jubilation from drinking more (trust me, I tried). The flavor starts lightly sweet and then goes into a heavy bitterness. Mouth feel is oily. This brew has an intense, complex character, that in reality stays awhile, but I want it to last longer, to have that taste with me forever!
JorisPPattyn (7773) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draught) Clear dark yellow; white head. Nose of full fresh hops, very good: like crumbling fresh hop cones. Hoparoma and bitterness probably can't go any further - and yet it tastes alright in this case. There must be malt underneath it, but it is - well, ruined, I suppose. Burning mouthfeel, but only a little. Ever so slight oily touch (the hops?). If you're open to it, this one's great.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One-third pint, 7.2 % ABV, tap at North Bar. Crystal clear amber coloured body. Low, but lasting, white layer. Dried fruity aroma with a touch of pumpkin. Taste is apricot, resin and pumpkin carefully added by malty sweetness. Rounded bittersweet finish of citrus peels that lingers for quite a while. Nice (Leeds 01.07.2013).
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Gorgeous, embossed bottle with a gargoyle on the front. Pours deep straw yellow, with medium head. Aroma is very strong hops and citrus. First taste is SUPER hoppy. Finish is smooth and somewhat tart, with hops and lemon all the way down. Great beer. The bottle states "By the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews". I agree. Stone makes innovative, strong beers. If I may use Stone-type language, "This beer will tie your hands behind your back, and forcible pound tons of hops down your palate, and then it will defile your girlfriend!". A wonderful beer. Hopheads rejoice, all others need not apply.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 I tried a new dentist the other day...Highly recommended by hopsrus...With his translucent bronze syringe, he gently novocained my lips with a new conifer honey syrup solution mixed with some kind of alcohol...A numbing dry sand feel also lingered behind the huge citrusy pine trees as my fears went aloft...I like this new technology...
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First rating
Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg. On December 20, 2008.
Cloudy orange color, white head. Hoppy citrus scent. Bitter hoppy citrus taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Clear golden color, white head. Sweet, hoppy, grassy scent. Sweet, malty, herbal taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Dogbrick (7578) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer will definitely make your tongue stand up and do a little jig. IPAs are not one of my favorite styles but I will make an exception in this case. Nice dark golden color with a medium thick off-white head. Sinus-clearing hops aroma with a nice floral touch. Senses-shattering hops flavor along with grapefruit and a little malt to keep your heart from stopping. Nice long, bitter finish. Excellent.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 2008-09-05. Hazy dark orange body with a small white head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, resin and citrus, lemon and orange. Flavour is quite bitter, resin and orange hops, but mostly bitterness. Average plus palate suits the beer nicely. (3+) Solid but a bit rough at times. 8/3+/8/3+/16 - 3.8 Bottle from Skagway Liquor Store.
July 2004. Golden amber bodied with a small fluffy white head. MASSIVE hop aroma with notes of green hop pellets and some more subtle notes of pine. Flavour builds in intensity as the hops wear down your palate. This is all about the hoppy bitterness and it lingers on the tongue for a goodly long time. Surprisingly pleasant kick in the pants. A bit one dimensional but that is sort of the point here. Callie brought this back for me from Cali. Hehe. 9/3/8/3/15 - 3.9
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. It is very hoppy, with the usual pine, resin, grapefruit etc that you get from these big US hop monsters. But I actually found it smoother than I anticipated and, although it is fairly bitter, its not overdone or overaggressive. More refined than the brawny bruiser I was expecting. I guess I’m just getting more used to this style of beer. Same happened with lambic. First time I had a proper one it a case of "wow, what’s going on here, not sure I can handle this". Now its more likely that I’ll find them too restrained. I’m not complaining about the Ruination mind you. Its just that its a pleasure to drink rather than the extreme, and hugely challenging, experience that it might once have been.
shrubber85 (7290) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Bottle. Pineapple orange aroma primarily. Amber with small head. Sweet pineapple juice flavor initiallly that is quickly overwhelmed by piney hops flavor. Sweet, fruity and hoppy