peteinSD (1244) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper, slightly orange color with a froth and slick of white foam. Aroma is pungent tropical fruit, resinous pine with spots of citrus, and balanced hop bitterness over a surprisongly dry malt backbone. Taste is hop bitterness with pine and a clean, bready malt backbone with lingering bitterness and a slight alcohol tickle. Even, slightly coating mouthfeel. Impressive balance and the bitterness is not over the top. Very well done Stone!!
JPDurden24 (1460) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At FWIBF, Orangish golden pour with a white head, Very citrusy, grapefruit, With some maltiness on the aroma, Steong ctirus and hoppy bitterness in the flavor, very strong flavor that lingers. Good.
Blairgus (2363) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
15 June 2012. Bottle. Light gold, clear, no bubbles. Nose is resin and lemon rind. Med/thin body and faintly fizzy. Slightly sugary, faint Carmelites sugar, with resiny bitter finish. Nice.
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JohnnyJ (4046) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Clear amber pour, sticky off white head. Dank hops, grapefruit, Orange peel, bitter, caramel malt, and sweetness. Strong fresh flavor. Fairly sweet, but considering the abv its not too bad. A tasty strong DIPA. Get it while its fresh.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazed amber color with a white head. Huge citrus aroma, pine, and tropical fruit. A light floral note, mild malty sweetness, but mostly hops, which is impressive for such a high gravity beer. Really great grapefruit, peach, and tropical fruit. A moderate pine bitterness, and a bit of malt sweetness. Really a great beer.
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2012 On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA. Smells like a garden full of hops and grass clippings (both kinds). Deep orange with a finely laced head. As advertised, itís Ruination and then some. Pungent, earthy hops curl around the tongue and bitch slap it. Then that sweet Stone maltiness comes in and mellows it out as much as it can. Pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Seriously well balanced for such a huge beer. Happy Anniversary Ruination!
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Served on tap at Port OB. The appearance is a slightly cloudy golden brown with a perfectly lacing head. Great hop forward nose with a lower bitterness then expected. The flavors are pine and resinous hop flavors with a full mallty backing with slight caramel accents. Very creamy and not real bitter. I think the Citra really helps with that. Very nice brew where I hope to try some more where itís around.
jp_deluxe (6) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like it. I've had better but this one is different enough to more than like it. Great color. Not a huge head and I love a nice foamy head. Wonderful scent and very sweet floral an citrus taste. The unique part is the spice. There is a nice spice in there. I can't place it but I enjoy it. It's not my favorite in the category but the scent, the overall taste, and the labeling makes me want another.
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BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles (thanks to billshmeinke). Pours with a clear, medium golden hued body with a huge white head. Great lace. Aromas are huge, dank and fresh hops (like sticking your head in a hop bag). Tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, melon. Huge hoppy character, light esters, even lighter malt. Tangerine. Very fresh. Flavors are big and bitter, medium bready malt, low caramel, melon, grassy, tropical fruit. A touch sweet. Centennial, tangerine, grassy. Light peach. Some alcohol, but pretty well in check. Warming, medium bubbles, medium bodied. Pretty dry for a beer of this size. Light alcohol. A bit like my built up memory of Ruination from my early days of craft beer. Pretty fun while this stuff is fresh!
Peacehammer (588) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2013 big pine, floral, citrus and almost grapefruit nose. About a finger of foamy dissipating white head. Very clear dark orange. Big aggressive hops all the way through, But with some malt backbone, maybe even a little malt sweetness. No hint at all of the alcohol. An impressive beer.
Extra points for how well they described this one. Itís billed as "bigger" Ruination, and it achieves that.