Ernesto987 (4398) - Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome aroma. Very spicy, almost like a rye French oak spice, dense malty body. Not overly bitter
EvanFriend (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Disclaimer: Stone Ruination is probably my favorite beer overall. That being said, this is just as good. Heavy, heavy grass and resin hops over a somewhat faint, sweet malt background. The alcohol is noticable but by no means overwhelming. This beer definitely lives up to the Stone Ruination name, I’m impressed.
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the friendly folks at Kulminator for bringing and sharing !
Head= medium, firm,off white
Colour: opaque amber/orange
Smell: lots of exotic fruits and hops, slight grassy, lime, awesome !
Taste: start is exotic with notes of yellow grapefruit, lychee and mango, next is deffinitly hops and lots of bitterness , together with nice yeasty touches end is somewhat grassy and bitter, nice !!
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Tops. Big nose of citrus & pine hops, w/ some sweet alcohol. Flavors of bitter orange pith, grapefruit, candied lime peel, fresh cut grass, pine. A good amount of alcohol burn towards the end, but I think it blends well w/ the hop bitterness. Some malt flavors in there, but definitely a hop bomb. Which is exactly what I expect from an anniversary IIPA Stone. Great!
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a Stone goblet. Pours a moderate golden color with a nice white head. The nose is an overload of citrus hops and a bit of pine. From there, it goes downhill. The flavor is indeed quite hoppy and fairly nice, but it’s also fairly boozy, which is an unpleasant sensation when combined with the extreme bitterness. Definite heat there. Not very drinkable.
TheCoder (4) - - JUL 24, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I can’t say enough good things about the quality of this beer. It lives by its name and ruins your palette. Doing a side by side with this and your standard Ruination is a bad idea as it’ll ruin Ruination for you. This one has a smooth malt back end that hides its alcohol so well.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, melon, and florals. Flavor of citrus, herbs, pineapple, grass, tangerine, toffee, and florals with a dry, bitter finish.
VsXsV (2657) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Bottle. Almost clear amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, metallic hops, caramel, bit booze and grass. Taste is dry and medium to high bitter with notes of citrus and metal. Medium with medium carbonation. Pretty decent but too metallic.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, peach, tropical, and citrus hops with some pine hops, caramel malts, and a bit of biscuit.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, apricot, tropical and citrus hops with lots of bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, lots of resiny pine hop and more bitterness comes through with a bit of biscuity malt. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with a good amount of bitterness and a bit of sweet caramel malts.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice strong hop profile with tons of bitterness. Very tasty.
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUL 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours amber gold with thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Flavor is also grapefruit and pine. Very nice and enjoyable.