Darwenus (690) - 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 itís 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 thereís 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. Iíve never enjoyed a beer more than this.
sonnycheeba (4537) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with medium, fizzy white head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is toasted and bread malts, caramel, pine and floral hops, light herbs, light fruit, and faint booze. Flavor is sweet malts and great hops (medium bitterness) with light fruit esters and a hint of booze towards the end; hoppy finish with a slight bit of sweetness. Medium body and low carbonation with some warmth.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this right after the Surly Syx, and I think because it didnít have the woods that that beer had, I was primed to see it as less complex. Itís darker, and the nose is bountiful (Citra is a great hop, Iím loving the trend), but for the flavor there was a little more musty/grassy quality. (Am I crazy to think thereís a little spaghetti bolognese in this?) Very good. Bottle.
Slipstream (2281) - USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at The Pony Bar. Lots of fresh, floral, citrusy aroma. Pretty light pour. Taste is strong and laced with plenty of enjoyably acidic hop bitterness - grapefruit, lemon, a bit of metal/powdered lime. It doesnít taste radically different from the original, and I canít taste the extra malt, not sure why. Like the original, it is a first rate imperial IPA.
Sledutah (6255) - Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Clear golden with a big white head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit, citrus and pine
Taste: Fruity, floral and pine resin
Nice and tasty
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep hazy orange pour. Bright fruity aroma with a bit of heavy resin and sweet citrus as well. Tropical and fruity with notes of pine. Aggressive bitterness but retains some balance. A bit heavier on the malts than regular ruination but its still a total malt bomb. Intense and tasty brew.
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Bottle. Big, olí airy pour ... giant foamy head on top. The big, piney aroma is evocative of all the big, classic west coast IPAs, resiny and outdoorsy. It drinks with a wonderful sticky mouthfeel, gooey even. I love the suggested dessert pairings shown in the deScription. This would be AMAZING with a warm apple pie. (#4753, 8/29/2012)
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Amber with an off-white head. Muted citrus and resin, some alcohol, grass, mango and grapefruit. Full body, moderate carbonation, very nice bitterness with a nice malt and somewhat sweet underlay, becomes even more bitter and very dry on the finish. Quite liked this.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BottleÖ Clear light-amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The nose is mainly of earthy, piney hops. Full-bodied and fatty with tingly carbonation. The flavor is heavily bitter and acrid. Finishes bitter, raspy and dry. Iíll take regular Ruination over this any day of the week.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber with lacy white head. Aroma of malt and a bit of hops. Taste is sweet with a lot of hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. Beer is slightly thick with good carbonation. I didnít dig this beer very much.