boxofrane (2524) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours hazy light copper with a small head that dissipates into a little lacing. Aroma is astringent with some nice pine and citrus notes. Taste is very bitter with a good grapefruit balance. Killer brew with no present alcohol.
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle served in a tulip. Pours very hazy dark orange-amber with a medium-large white head. Good retention and lacing. Bright citrus aroma of orange and pineapple. There’s also plenty of pine and heat. Very sweet flavor. Medium-full body, very thick-creamy texture, average carbonation, and an ultra long, sweet, very bitter finish. The bitterness grows throughout with this monster. A bit too sweet for me but otherwise quite clean, and of course - being Stone, its very well made.
TheHOFF43 (1792) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
100th rating. Wonderful beer, happy to have tried it. Pours a dark, hazy orange with minimal head. Incredible hop aromas, citrus/piny smells that the flavor hits perfectly. Its bitter but nothing over the top. The 10% abv is well hidden in this beer. No bitter after taste or anything along those lines.
BelgianBeerGal (3456) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh Belmont bottle. I think this beer is about as far as my hop appreciation can go. This was on par with DFH 120 for me. Kind of a one trick pony but definitely impressive that you can make something drinkable with that hop bill.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Ruination IPA, 10th Anniversary
Date: July 27, 2012
Source: Charlie’s II, Woodstock
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, pineapple
Flavor: sweet malty flavor, very fruity, pine, pineapple, light citrus, just enough bitterness to balance the sweet crystal and caramel malts
Name: Ruination IPA, 10th Anniversary
Date: August 02, 2012
Source: Ale Atlanta
a bit of the liquid poem of the hop showing up as a nod to its roots, bitter finish getting a bit more assertive,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
asmall (16) - Monroe, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible burst of hops! Piny,resinous.Had several bombers.The 10 percent ABV well hidden. One of the best IPA’s I have ever had!Total wine in Greenville SC and Greenes in Greenville had bombers.I bought them out!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring. Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.
Über fresh, juicy hop aroma that’s dominated by tropical and citrus fruits. Slightly earthy with a decent amount of grassy, resinous pine but the nose is bursting with sweet mango, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and orange peel. Subtle biscuit malt notes underneath.
Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that provide a lot of earthy bitterness that lingers into a dry finish. This is countered by a strong tropical and citrus fruit presence that’s really juicy and sweet with tons of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavor. Really well balanced with a complex hop profile followed by a subtle pale malt backbone. Hints of biscuit and grainy graham cracker before the finish. Perfectly balanced and the high abv is excellently masked resulting in a deceptively drinkable and delicious beer.
bytemesis (4937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 Wow, so glad to have found a bottle of this at last, even though it is after its likely peak. Pours cloudy orange amber with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, caramel malt, and pine needles. Flavor is very smooth grapefruit, caramel, spruce, toffee. Medium sweet with a medium bitter lasting finish, silky in the mouth. A bit maltier than my personal preference, but very nice and balanced nonetheless. July 11, 2013 - fresh bottle of RuinTen. less caramel in the nose, and a little more of a bitter kick with some tropical notes present. Crystal clear this time, interestingly.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Big summer fruit aroma with grapefruit and pine. Grapefruit and summer fruit flavor with caramel and pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with summer fruits.
Darwenus (670) - Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 In terms of color and head it’s very much what I remember with regular ruination. The aroma is very hoppy with a lot of citrus and some malt, but I remember that as standard for Ruination, too. Where I think I pick up on the difference between this and regular Ruination is the taste. This thing is one hopped up sumbitch. Strong, bitter, grapefruit tones like the original Ruination, but there’s a burn and a headier alcohol punch than I remember in the straight dose. I like Ruination a lot, I like this even more.
Edit: Over the course of the original release I was able to get my hands on 11 bottles of this beer. Each bottle was better than the one before. It never got old, never became predictable. Every sip made me want t he next one even more. I’ve never enjoyed a beer more than this.