Padron4KM (790) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy orange, with a tight head and sticky lace.
Loads of sweet caramel malt dominate the initial nose, but the hops start to creep in slowly. Sweet orange, pine and earth.
Flavor mimics the aroma. Sweet at first, syrupy caramel, and some light toast. Hops follow with a healthy dose of citrus and backing of pine. Finish is long and citrusy. I think this is more balanced than the regular Ruination, however I miss the big grapefruit punch that I get in the regular.
Side note>>> The Ashton is way to mild to stand up to this beer. The subtle nutty sweetness would get lost imho. The Don Pepin would be an awesome choice as would the Litto Gomez, both of those have some spicyness that would pair well. If you are looking for a less spicy stick that will still hold up, try a Rocky Patel edge or any Padron.
rob6239 (678) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty amazing. Pours great dark amber colour with slight head. Holds in a pine / spruce hoppy aroma very well. Taste is strong bitter and delicious.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Coles, Buffalo. Copper orange pour, light head. Piney hops, resiny, grapefruit, peach, mango notes in the aroma. BIG sticky hop presense. Big bitterness in flavor. Mainly grapefuit & pine. Explosive citrusy fruity & piney hops. Wow
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep amber pours from the bottle and trails off into lighter golds and amber once in the glass. A half finger head is white with large soapy bubbles that dissipate very quickly. Lacing is thick with a slight alcoholic "leg" to this beer.
Sweet, sweet crystal malt on top lingering with biscuit and caramel. This is followed quickly by floral scents. Lots of stickiness to the scent. The floral aromas are followed by a bright grass scent that trails off.
Holy Shit! Bright burning, resinous hops up front but balanced so well by the malt bill that this is just too drinkable! Flashes of orange, lemon and lime appear on the tongue but theyíre carried so well by caramel and sweet biscuit that the burning almost never happened. It begs for another drink!
Slightly chewy in the mouth but the burning hops take away from this and clear it out extremely fast. One of the lighter DIPAs that Iíve had (surprisingly).
Amazing. This beer is mind blowingly good and if I could buy this year round, I would. Never been a huge Stone fan but after this, I am a convert!
Radek Kliber (7058) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coles
Aroma cotton candy sugars, plenty heavy dose of hops, some citrus with balancing darker tannin black tea. 7+
Appearance neat, cloudy amber, large foamy creamy top. Rings of lace. 4+
Flavor and Palate : Yum. Plenty of hop but with refined lighter profile. Sweetness of sugars balance things up. Very mature set up. Definitely hoppy yet with good approachable softness. Has a sweet tooth. Perfect for Halloween.
Reynolds314 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice DIPA by Stone. Generally im not a huge fan of Stoneís IPAs as I think they are assertively bitter but lacking hop flavor/aroma. This beer however has immense hop aroma and flavor with tons of citrus, and a dank grassyness. Great beer.
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a cloudy amber with a off white head that left some good lacing. aroma, malt and hops right after the cap came off and poured into my glass, agave syrup, sanders caramel (for you Mich. people), grapefruit, orange zest light fruits, alcohol. flavor sweet, malts, hops, pine, floral. has nice bitter finish. Good Beer
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample pour, medium amber with little to no head. Nose is intense, heavil hopped, citrus, grapefruit, simcoe, amazing!! Flavor doesnít let down either, heavily hopped as well, fruity, citrus, faint malt, bitter and grapefruit. Light-medium body and healthy all over. Amazing!
Marko (4759) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Luttonm who let us try it! Poured a slightly hazy dark amber body with a white head. Slightly fishy malty taste, strong hopiness, herbal, yeastiness. Full malty taste, soapy notes of agrumes, slightly sticky. The notes on this one are completely jumbled yet I retain a vivid memory of the taste itself. Strong bitter finish. Now, this is undoubtedly a very, VERY respectable beer, and I can appreciate extremes, but this kind of maltiness on this kind of hopiness just didnít do it for me. Damn glad to have tried it though!
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2013 Iíve been meaning to re-try the new batch by any means necessary - ChurchKey to the rescue! 4 oz. served into a snifter. From notes.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger white shade thatís creamy and well-retaining for the style.
S: The hops here are ridiculous. Pine, mango, grapefruit, apricot, passion fruit, the works; I am bowled the fuck over. The notable hint of booze is the only thing keeping this from receiving a 5.
T: First things first, itís not balanced, complex, or refined in any manner, itís just tropical fruits, bitterness, and booze. Incidentally, the descriptor Iíd use for this is "tropical fruit, bitter, and boozy heaven". Intense fruitiness opens this one up, gradually giving way to a slightly alcoholic finish. Itís actually not as moronically bitter as I feared, thankfully. All I know is that I love it.
M: This doesnít have the syrupy bulk of a 10.8% TIPA, so the hops are doing their job of cleansing the finish properly. Before that happens, it is pretty creamy and thick, with a mild hit of finishing booze. Very drinkable for what it is.
O: This is about a billion times better than Enjoy By in my opinion, and is easily Stoneís best product right now. Actually, itís one of the finest DIPAs (make that TIPAs) Iíve ever had. Now time for me to hunt down bottles!