keanex (1229) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip, best before 8-23-2012.
A: Absolutely crystal clear copper body with fine carbonation steadily rising to the thick off-white creamy head that leaves a huge mess on the glass. This is a perfect looking beer.
S: The aroma here is so pungent that it wafted to my nose as soon as I uncapped the bottle. Pineapple, citrus, and lemon bittersweetness Iím picking up, giving an intimidating aroma.
T: Oh wow this is bitter. If Ruination had you cowering then this is going to have you crying. This is a hop assault with hints of tropical flavors, citrus, and some spice lingering on the aftertaste. Thereís a sweet malt base hinted at the intro, but it doesnít last long.
M: Creamy thick body.
O: This is everything I expected, whether thatís a good thing or not Iíll let you judge. This is a no holds barred assault on the palate, donít go into this expecting an easy drinking beer, this will test your tastebuds.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose is dank and resinous with lots of pine and grapefruit. Clear, bright copper with a thin white head. Opens with a big citrus sweetness, dropping off into mild pine and citrus rind with a long finish that gets a touch bitter but never astringent. Even with a swirl around the mouth it never gets nearly as intensely bitter as the original Ruination. I find this version much more drinkable.
bookman10 (573) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good. Itís really everything thatís good about regular Ruination, only amped up a few degrees. Very strong hop/citrus aroma and flavors (also noted a strong hint of licorice/anise in the flavor). Pours a copper-golden color with nice mid-sized head. Very bitter finish to the beer. Worthy of special mention as a 10th anniversary special.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve had about 6 bombers of this since release day and just realized I havenít rated it. Insanely awesome beer! Huge floral citrus nose, dark orange color. Perfect carb level for this style. Taste is like a huge pineapple bitter bomb, just delicious. Great full body and long lasting flavors on the tongue. My fav Stone beer since the 10th anny.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. clear copper. pine shavings and resin and tea notes heavy in the nose with mild phenol pepperiness and a baked cinnamon apple pie character. straightforward astringent pine resin hop flavor with abundant chewy caramel and toffee malts. I saw some "pineapple" comments made - I just ate pineapple before I drank this beer. pineapple has a very distinct flavor, and itís nowhere in this beer. this beer is pure resin and orange oil furniture polish. it has high bitterness, high acid, medium-high sweetness and full body make it astringent and chewy at the same time. a big, boozy resin and caramel bomb that doesnít require any thought to "get it", which means it should get lots of high 3ís and low 4ís here.
wchesser (989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Toronado in SF. Great reinterpretation of this beer. Turns it from a hop-sicle to a really well balanced double. Maybe looses some of the roughness of the Ruination, but I think itís an improvement in terms of what it brings to the balance overall.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark tan/orange pour, little thin head and a very strong orange citrus and bitter hops aroma. Flavor is nice rich creamy malty backbone, piney and peppery hot hops and alcohol with a little syrupy pineapple sweetness. Good steroid version of the original, but probably wonít pick up another @ $10/bottle.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours golden, white frothy head. Aroma is peachy, fruity and sweet citrus. Flavor has much the same, with more of a biting bitterness than regular ruination. Overall I consider it to be quite similar to the original, still tasty but not at that much differentiating this.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
beauty of a bomber. Amazingly golden & clear very similar to traditional Ruination. Heavy skunky aroma of wet hops. So bitter, beyond citrus. Resinous & Oily. One of the Big Boy DIPAs.
rckclmbr76 (5) - Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells as good as it taste. Iím really hoping this one follows the once limited release sublimely self righteous path and becomes a permanent offering.