ADfan (659) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer has a honey amber color in the glass with a nice head. Aroma is mild with some citrus and some pine. Taste has some spruce with more citrus. The finish has a bitter bite with a long finish.
italianjohn (2520) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale deep golden pour thin creamy off white head and light sticky lacing ... aroma of tropical fruits, grapefruity rindy and piney hops with light caramel malt .... taste is grapefruit rinds, citrusy, piney, chewy caramel malts and tropical fruits .... mouthfeel is slick and oily with just a great rindy bitter bite ... finish is dry hopped, very bitter that lingers for awhile ... very fresh bottle this beer definitely lives up to the name
Huhzubendah (3068) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with Darrell. Thanks buddy.
The beer is orange with an inch of dense, white head. Plenty of sticky lacing left on the side of the glass. The aroma is large and in charge. Pine, grapefruit, malt, booze. An in your face beer from Stone. The flavor is a bit hot, with pine, malt, and booze, followed by lighter notes of citrus. Caramel malts lead the way for some subtle grapefruit tartness. Medium to full bodied and sticky on the palate.. Overall, this is really tasty, but not something I would consume in quantity. Indeed, this is a palate ruiner.
blackflag321 (565) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pour into tulip glass. Wow! As soon as its sweet hoppy aroma tickled my nose, I knew this had to be good. Tastes smooth and fresh. The hops are definitely in abundance, but they donít bomb the palate; instead they dance on it. This was so good, I hated to swallow it.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - AUG 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
W o w. I didnít have huge hopes for this - I thought it might be good, but not great. Kudos to Stone for blowing me away. Everything you love in Ruination cranked to 11. Yes, 11. HUGE skuny hop nose. Body is big, but the alcohol is well hidden. It is never heavy or cloying. Mouth feel is good and the hops really punch home hard. Big, nuanced citrus/pineapple/skuny finish. A pleasure to drink and savour, especially the nose.
HeadyDE (604) - Delaware, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2013 Rerate after draft offering at 2sp..this is so much better than bottle offering last year..perfect combination of citrus and pine...very impressive indeed..excellent offering of a dipa..well done..well worth seeking out on draft..
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Body is a clear coppery gold with a large foamy head. Aromas are resinous, with mango and maybe papaya and a pretty heavy dose of caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is very nice... Itís a very malty and boozy drink, thatís for sure, but the hop punch is beautiful. Itís sharply bitter with bucket loads of resin and pine in the finish. I donít pick up the tropical fruits that I pick up in the nose, except for a very quick flash of mango right as the beer hits the tongue. Then itís gone... Burned off with booziness and sugars. Mouthfeel is hot and alcoholic, a little stick and syrupy and tingly with hops.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange amber color with a frothy white head. The nose is the first hint of the massive amount of hops you are about to encounter. Medium bodied with a healthy dose of caramel on entry, quickly transitioning to grapefruit and bitter, lingering hops. A kiss of white pepper on the finish.
callmemickey (3697) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden-orange body. Large white head. Streaks of lacing. Nose is full of grapefruit, pine and resin. Flavor is similar. However, booze creeps in to distract during the initial portion of each sip until the hop bitterness can take over. Medium to full bodied. Massive. Regular Ruination is better.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle poured into snifter. Nice pleasant aroma of hops, citrus and slight grapefruit. Flavor is mostly with a nice malt backing. Donít need to say too much, itís just a good solid IPA.