kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Its dry very dry. Pours a light orange with little head on the pour. I think compared to regular ruination this beer is far more mild in hop characteristics and upfront palate punch. This isnít necessarily a bad thing considering the sort of one note beer ruination is... at least this is a different note and more complex cousin. Good not great!
maley1 (798) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky orange pour with small head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus and pine needles. Taste is slight citrus, huge grapefruit and over the top hoppy bitter finish. Good quality beer but a little too much hops to be really enjoyable.
diabel (1608) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 Draught at Rattle íNí Hum, NYC
Yellow-orange body with a white fizzy head. Very hoppy floral aroma with a distinct presence of cleaning products which make the aroma very chemical, just like those sprays to give the toilet a better aroma - in this case it is forest aroma. I assume it is simply too hoppy. Flavour is harshly bitter, lightly sweet and on the edge of no longer being balanced. Taking the harshness of the bitterness into account, it is still quite ok. The mouthfeel is very intense as well as the finish where this bitter touch is better in place.
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Bottle dated best by 5.06.12
Aroma: citrus, peaches, apricots, lemons, oranges, floral, mango, grass
Appearance: fairly clear, light orange pour with very little head that faded entirely in a minute.
Taste: medium sweet, medium sour, heavy bitter. peaches, lemons, and apricots are very present here
Palate: medium sour and heavy bitter on the aftertaste. bitter lingers for a bit. medium body, slick texture, very lively carbonation on my lips and tongue.
Overall: Iíve had many Imperial IPAs and this one is good yet not one of my personal favorites. It has too much bitter for my liking. The apricot is actually much more present on this on than Dogfish Head Aprihop but this lacks the sweetness to balance. Wont pick this up again. Iíd lean more towards a Lagunitas Hopstoopid or a Bells Two Hearted for a great year round DIPA that is both fruity and balanced.
KeefOz (950) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a light amber colour with a two-finger thich white foamy head that lasts and laces well. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is dominated by hops. Taste of initial sweet malt but this soon over-powered by hops bitterness. Medium body. Long bitter hops finish. For the lovers of hop driven beer.
noid1985 (99) - Broadview, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this on up while vacationing in Minnesota....poured dark brown in color with a light hop aroma. Taste of citrus, If it werent for the demon on the bottle I would probably do this one again :(
ShawnC (76) - - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
AGED 2 YEARS. Found in my cooler. Golden cider like. Light lacing. Very muted nose. No hops slight malty nose. Very mellowed hops malts not quite strong enough. Thick mouthfeel but a little unfocused. A little boosy. A fun expirament. But nothing great.
---That dog will hunt!
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into founders snifter
A: Great light brown/orange hued pour with an off cream/orange colored head, about 1.5 fingers.
S: Cider like smell with sweet apples and green grapes coming through. Big hops at the end.
T: Not as impressed with the taste as with the smell. None of the sweetness notes from the smell come through in the taste. There is a slight bitter taste at the front end fades in the middle to almost nothing then kicks back in at the end and lingers.
M: Pretty crisp with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and has a lingering hop taste.
O: This beer did not match the hype for me. The flavor profiles of the hops and dried fruits fell flat and it most falls to a less enjoyable bitter state.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-03-2011 23:52:33
RexTalionis (2592) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured hazy orange in colour with light tan head. Grassy hops, pine and citrus in aroma. Quite hoppy in taste with some bready malts also.
allmyvinyl (3958) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think they probably need to update their copy. But then, thereís only a small percentage of beer geeks who would try this and go, "Yeah, itís bitter, but itís no 1000IBU". A lot of other, box-standard beer drinkers would maybe still, in 2013CE, find this an assault on the senses. But these drinkers are becoming fewer in number. Due, in no small part, to Stone. Is it ultimately self-defeating to call this Ruination, when one can easily say - "Iíve had bitter"?