portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle thanks to my wife for picking this up for me! Pours bright dark hazy amber color with a sudsy white head that fades to a sudsy collar. Aroma is pure resinous hops and bitter pine/spruce. Taste is pure bitterness tongue numbing pine hops with a hint of caramel malt. Palate is full and slick with a warming dry finish. Solid brew with the alcohol hidden well with the abundance of hops.
ddemmingjr (689) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: definitely anticipating something special. Pours clear amber with bubbly sand head that recedes quickly to a thin ring. Fairly carbonated at first. Nose is citrus, maple syrup, apricot, pine resin. Once on the palate, somewhat thick a bit syrupy. Honey cough syrup, biscuit malt sweetness followed by huge resinous hop bitterness on a long finish. Spicy alcohol that you can't miss on that full bodied finish. Was hoping for more but something to try for sure.
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SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep gold with white head. Aroma is very piney, fruity, grapefruit, malty. Flavor is much the same with a malty sweetness and balancing strong bitter finish. Overall, very solid brew!
Rasta420 (13) - - JUN 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very nice nose. Citrus and piney flavors. However, I didnít see the difference between this and "normal" Ruination. Still a good beer however, didnít live up to the hype machine.
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: † Amberish, copper hue, fairly clear, moderate frothy white head, fairly nice lacing. † Big piney, pithy, citrusy hop like aroma. † A slight touch of caramel and biscuity malts. † Smells good! † Woah, very piney and pithy on the tongue. † A bit warming right off the bat. † Seems a bit of a bruiser. † Certainly more malty than their regular Ruination, but still seems a bit lopsided towards the hoppy/bitter side. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. † Smelled a bit maltier than I am getting on the tongue, with the caramel and slight biscuit. † Finishes hoppy, citrusy, slightly sweet, but moreso on the pithy side. † Yeah, Imperial India Pith Ale is what I would call this one.   Very assertive white citrusy bits with this one.
ACHops (644) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Urban Family Public House. Pours medium pale copper with minimal head. Aroma is big pine hops. Taste is more of the same: sticky grapefruit hops, thick caramel body, bitter piney finish. I remember my first Ruination and how it was bigger than anything Iíd had before. At 7.7%, that was lost in the fray over the past few years. Love to see Stone step up and show everyone that they can do a DIPA better than anyone else. What would it take for this to become a permanent fixture in the lineup?
toxichop (322) - South Gate, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Tons of hops filled the air with pine, and grapefruit. P: ligh amber, with a dirty white head. T: pretty bitter, lots of pine, some grapefruit but mainly pine and bitterness. M: Creamy, full body. O: the smell is incredible the taste dissapoints. Kind of like ruination but on steroids.
Mora2000 (5530) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit, with some pine and orange notes thrown in. There is also a hint of biscuit malt and some alcohol. The flavor is also full of hops and features a ton of bitterness. The grapefruit notes really stand out, as does some resinous pine. The alcohol is also quite strong in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great Double IPA.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish hued golden color with a fluffy semi off white head. Danky aroma of hops mixed with a caramel note. Hops through and through but still a nice balance with a malt backbone. Seems to be much more in the style of Midwest type IPA than West Coast IPA. Some fruit notes as well. Ends rather cleanly with some bitterness remaining. Pretty solid.
VyperStryke (1) - Dayton, USA - JUN 28, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - The aroma was overwhelmingly grapefruit but with a strong (but expected sweet/boozy scent) that seemed to be a warning of what was in store.
A - Poured a clear copper with a hint of orange coloration.
T - Immediately clear was the sweet taste associated with the high alcohol content but it wasnít unpleasant in the least bit. Very hoppy, but still really balanced with the strong malt backing. Extremely strong grapefruit taste that was followed by strong lemon flavors alongside something like a tinge of pineapple. Lemon flavors continued to linger alongside a very strong and dry pine taste.
M - Very thick and full body. It was quite the surprise (although not unpleasant in the least bit) in comparison to the original Ruination.
O - I was extremely and completely satisfied with my experience (as was my wallet). It isnít the gung-ho hop battery I was expecting, but rather a much more well balanced and mature beer. Not a bit upsetting, especially considering that my preference for IPAs tends to lean toward a full body that is completely overloaded by a face melting hop assault. This beer is everything any hophead should feel comfortable enjoying.