orangesol (941) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at Alís of Hampden into a snifter.
A - Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of fresh cut tropical fruits - mostly mango and grapefruit - pungent piney hops, fresh cut grass and an appropriate amount of caramel malt.
T - Starts off with a huge dose of piney hop resin and sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, fresh grass and lightly toasted bread. Alcohol is ever present, growing stronger as it sits in the glass, but it never really gets in the way. Finish retains quite a bit of the hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after each sip.
M - This one is definitely a big hoppy beer with plenty of delicious flavors and moderate carbonation. Not as sticky sweet as I was expecting it to be, although it is definitely still very sweet, with a fairly dry finish that leaves me wanting more.
O - I was expecting this to be good but it ended up being really good. I also had a bottle of this one that wasnít as good as this was so I am glad I got to try it on-tap as well. Nice work Stone!
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.49 at Charlieís Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark orange-gold body with nearly two inches of near white foam.
Smell: Pointedly aromatic with some harsh resins, cutting florals, pure citrus oils, and enough alcohol to shrivel the nostrils. I was hoping for beautiful, for vivaciousness. Instead, itís just harsh. Some soften hints of overcooked sugar cookies and toasted grain do little to round it out.
Taste: A mercurial dose of sugar cookies, toasty grains. Then, alcohol and throat-scalding resins. Sip of pure citrus juices. A tad caustic. The bitterness is very high, and itís this bitterness along with the alcohol to angrily shoves you towards the burning finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit of beefiness to the mouthfeel. Just a bit.
Overall: I feel like a champ for getting halfway through this thing!
pineypower (2636) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an attractive dark copper color with a small to moderate white head. Aroma is of dank hops, citrus, heavy herbal hops, plastic and slight sweetness. Taste is intense bitterness, hops, hops and more hops, citrus, pine, resin, some light sweetness and an overall puckering bitterness that hangs in well after it finishes. Label lives up to its promise.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a classy, extremely filtered beer, bright and orange, clear as day. Its head is thick with fine bubbles that leave behind glistening lacing. In the nose... wowsers, these guys are good at crafting beers.
The hop presence in the aroma is phenomenal, sweet and so fresh that it smells like someoneís shoved a hop flower wrapped in a peppermint leaf right up my nose. In the mouth, itís more bitter than the nose lets on. Itís smooth and almost seems a little aged, though, has its corners sanded down really well. The more you drink this, the softer and mellower it seems. Itís also somewhat thin in the mouth, leaving plenty of room for accentuating the bitterness and alcohol - but it just doesnít happen.
For a 10+% ABV beer with over 100 IBUs, this is really very easy. The alcohol is well hidden, and there doesnít even seem to be much bitterness in the finish. Either this is extremely good or just weak. No doubt itís not the latter. It tastes definitely tastes like an aged double IPA. The more I drink this... yep, liking it more and more. Itís more than your every day double IPA, and after a while the hop bitterness seems to collect in the throat, mostly transparent to the palate. And most especially, you feel really good after just over a half a glass.
"Ruining palates for ten years"... sounds great, but my palate still isnít ruined. Unless theyíre talking about ruining expectations - that is, ruining what most people should expect from a double IPA.
TheEpeeist (3446) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy orange brown with a brief head dying to a froth. Nose is orange peel, caramel and grass getting catty. Medium to full body with a faint tingle, almost syrupy getting ponderous after a few sips. Taste is lemon peel, caramel, quinine and pine with a spicy, hot grapefruit finish. Itís been a while since i had a Ruination. This one seems about the same but with more stuff.
IPAhopstar (3) - - JUL 28, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Unreal aroma.....the rest speaks for itself! Fresh keg tapping for St Louis craft beer week!
mcberko (8115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours an opaque vibrant orange with a small white head. Nose is absolutely amazing, with shitloads of tropical fruits, in the way of mango and pineapple, truckloads of resinous hops, and loads of caramel malt to back - exquisite aroma. Flavour is very sweet for a IIPA, with loads of candied sugar, a generous portion of caramel malt, and then of course the boatload of resinous hops and tropical fruits (mango and pineapple). Quite sweet, but also uncompromisingly hoppy. Excellent version of Ruination, which is not as much about being a hop assault on the palate, but more balance without sacrificing anything in hoppiness.
anders37 (18351) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Beer Revolution, Oakland, CA. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity piney hoppy bitter aroma. Fruity malty very hoppy bitter piney grapefruit finish. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter piney grapefruit finish.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Dallas. Pours clear orange with a white head. Aromas of piney hops, loads of citrus, and sweet malts. Flavors pine, orange and grapefruit, high amount of hop bitterness, and tons of sweet malt. Even with all the hops the malt profile is almost to much.
gururyan (640) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So thrilled to get my hands on a bottle of this since Ruination is my top rated brew. Poured from a bomber that was chilled in a cooler while driven straight from CA to OK. I also poured a "regular" Ruination so I could A/B them. Pours a cloudy golden orange, a hue I would paint my walls. Obviously way more hops in the dry hop process. Very complex, very smooth, very awesome...however, believe it or not, I prefer the regular Ruination by a sliver of a hair. I do like the ABV and IBU of the 10th Anni, but lucky for me the normal Ruination wins in this A/B test. That said, Iím thrilled to be enjoying the 10th Anni...itís like they turned up the intensity level on this from the Ruination. Well done Stone, well done.