davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RuinTen 2013 release. 22 oz bomber into a teku glass. I missed the initial 10th Anniversary Edition so Iím pretty excited to try this recipe out finally. Enjoy by: 08/28/13.
A - Pours a very clear dark amber body. Two fingers of white foam forms and settles down to a thin cap and some edging. Sticky lacing with some killer retention. A swirl produces an instant fingers worth of foam. Filtered DIPAís donít get any better than this.
S - There is a lot happening here. Starts off very fruity with some peaches, nectarines, and grapefruit. It then takes a swing towards the savory side. Dank, dank herb with layers of pine and oily resin with faint notes of onions. The end is undeniably fusel heavy and harsh. Not my favorite IPA hop profile but it certainly smells massive and impressive.
T - Stone fruit interrupted by oily resin and dank marijuana. Some pine and orange scattered around. The hops are pretty unrelenting here with a bitterness that isnít huge but feels like its slowly eating away at your enamel. Some bready caramel malts. The finish is all about bitter grapefruits. Mouth feel is medium bodied and coating. Alcohol shows through a bit as it warms up.
O - This is a really massive and palate destroying DIPA. Lots of flavors here with a manageable but large level of bitterness. This is a damn good beer and Iím happy this is now an annual release. However, Enjoy By is just so much more up my alley and is a rotating release.
niday2288 (115) - - JUN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is orangish copper and clear. Nose is hop hop hop with notes of pine citrus pineapple and mango. Taste has hop bitterness with similar taste notes though with a bit more pine a slight raw honey. Strong hop bitterness on the aftertaste which overpowers any malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat oily. All in all pretty good
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Ggpiano (7) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slight aroma of PINE and grapefruit. Solid amber (almost copper) color pour. Almost a Scotch Whisky color. Medium carbonation. Strong balanced IPA. A touch of crystal malt in the flavor. Strong but still somewhat balanced and warm hoppy flavor lingers on the palate for a few minutes after. Very good sipping IPA in my humble opinion.
umich03jm (3374) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2014 Bomber. Pours a clear amber color with a thick foamy head that fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a hop bomb, huge fresh pine, spruce, and tropical fruit aroma with some noticeable malt too. Taste is very lightly sweet with a very strong bitterness. Normally I would like more sweetness when the bitterness is so strong but the hop flavor is so good here. This really is a palate wrecker with all those hops but there is a big caramel malt backbone too. Medium to thick body, oily and a little sticky in the mouthfeel. Overall, a big hop bomb of an imperial IPA, be prepared. Really awesome aroma and good taste too. Re-rate 6/30/14 - I had trouble drinking the whole bottle this time. Itís good but sometimes comes off like Iím drinking some kind of cleanser or nail polish remover. Overpowering bitterness. I have to lower this a little. Original rate was 9/4/8/4/16.
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of PINE and grapefruit. . Pours an clear orangish amber with no head or lacing. The taste is bitter and resembles the nose. Pine, and resin, with malt and grain notes. Very hop forward. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, if the doctor said you werenít getting enough hops in your diet, then this is the remedy for you! Oh yeah!
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into tulip. Pours a deep gold color with a quickly fading white head. Nose is citrus, sweet malt, resin. Flavor is very bitter, with faint malt sweetness and grass in there. Full bodied. Reminds me a lot of Enjoy By, but more on the unbalanced bitter side. Good overall but not among the best DIPAs Iíve had.
JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $7ish.... Pours with a nice 2 finger off white head that leaves nice drapes of lacing atop a clear lite copper brew.
Nose is proper Stone... resinous pine and oily grapefruit with a little bit of melon or tropical fruit thrown in... There is enough residual maltiness to help amplify the hoppiness.
Big and brutally bitter especially on the finish... But the hoppiness from the aromas translate nearly perfectly to the palate... booze and bitterness sorta burns down the gullet.
Body is medium with a good small bubble carbonation.
Pretty damn good, but certainly not a common pleasure for me anymore.
skmikeg (1671) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper orange with a one finger off white head which fades to little lacing. Aroma is of citrus peels, pine resin, dank weed, floral hops, grassy hops, tropical fruits, and sweet malts. Taste is similar but has some caramel and sweet malts backbone. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy, dry, pretty bitter, slighty boozy, medium-long finish. Overall, another great DIPA from stone.
TomTron (451) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
300th review WOO! Pours a clear, deep golden with a sudsy white head. Aromas of HOPS. Took a sip and my tongue feels like it got slapped by someone holding a fistful of hops. Has a good bit of maltiness as well that I wasnít expecting but still bitter as hell. Definitely on the same plain as the Ruination and also Green Flashíís Palate Wrecker, but doesnít seem to "destroy" my taste buds as much as I thought it would. 300 down, and so many more to go. CHEERS!!!
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a clear burnt gold color, bubbly white head. Huge nose, lots of pungent bitter citrusy hops, almost overwhelming , nice pine notes, very boozy, and a little bready malt in the back. Not looking forward to this. Thereís overwhelming citrusy hop bitterness up front on the taste, tons of booze, thick piney hops coat your mouth on the finish. I knew what I was getting into, but I think my "absurdly over-hopped mess of a beer" phase may be over. Itís exactly what itís supposed to be so I canít knock it for that, and I have to give it some points because I love Ruination from time to time. This is bordering on undrinkable for me though.