alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice looking, orange/tan and clear, nice lasting head and great lace.
Aroma is just amazing. You can smell the oily hops rising off the head. Monster pine and grapefruit. Fruity citrus notes.
Taste is an amazing hop bomb from the ninth layer of light beer hell! This is what BMC drinkers have to consume when the devil wins their soul in a poker game! Great big hop cones blast your taste buds with amazing flavors of citrus (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines), pine, pine resin, a lovely sweetness, and a great malty base.
Well carbonated with a pretty rich, full mouthfeel. Not dry at all, finishes pretty sweet for a double IPA. Lingering sweetness and bitterness.
Iíve read the reviews and I donít really concur that thereís a noticeable alcohol presence. I donít detect it, I think itís pretty damn smooth stuff considering the ABV.
In a word - Stone. Thatís all that really needs to be said.
Congratulation on ten years of one of the best IPAs, and best breweries on the planet!
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden pour with some white head. Nose is all hops, as youíd expect. Pine, resin, dank, grapefruit - you name it, itís here. Flavor has a good amount of malt sweetness to stand up to the onslaught of hops. Bitter finish.
libertine (209) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours amber with a thick white head,leaving a small amout of lacing on the glass.citrus aroma of grapefruit,tangerines and pine.flavor is grapefruit,malt,candied ginger and has a warming alchohol bite that is quite pleasant.medium bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel and a extremely long dry finish.this is the kind of beer is wish i was pairing with food.perhaps some spicey indian food or a good hot and sour soup.sweetness balances well with the hops.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby tinged amber with a medium to large white head. Bright citrus with a deep musky note to it, caramel hops, candied citrus, and a touch of pungent earthy alcohol behind it. Medium bodied, sweet candied malt right away. Moves quickly into a large amount of dank hops. Candy and citrus. A bit sweeter than I might like but ever so tasty. Lots of long pithy grapefruit and quinine on the finish. Very nice.
Beaver (1292) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours clear reddish gold with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is piney, resiny, peppery and dank hops and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of alcohol. Some fruits come out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts and fruit with a resiny, floral, slightly charred hop finish with lots of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, I think the additional malts (and alcohol) make this seem a little more balanced and less one-dimensional than the regular Ruination. A fun big resiny hop bomb.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Leafy, grassy, citrus hop aromas. Tangerines and grassy flavors. Overall a delicious amped up double IPA.
rangerred (924) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Appearance is a slightly hazy dark orange with a tiny bit of lace on top in place of a head.
The smell is absolutely wonderful. A wonderful mix of pine and citrus. Lots of pineapple. Just a hint of alcohol. A very inviting aroma.
The flavor is just a wall of hops. Unbelievable bitterness with the pine and citrus halfway buried by the bitterness. There are really no malt flavors at all as it is completely hops. A touch solventy and I donít think the alcohol is very well hidden. I can definitely tell this beer is almost 11% abv. Mouthfeel is full and fairly sticky.
Overall, while this is an impressive brew I really canít say I like it over Ruination of even Stone IPA. It is a little too one dimensional and over the top. Probably wonít pick up again but Iím glad I got to try it.
drjay44 (2635) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, white head, with some lacing, over an amber (SRM 10) body.......nose is heavy pine resin, grapefruit peel, toffee/caramel.....taste is toffee/caramel, strong pine and grapefruit hop bitterness, hints of pineapple, apricot, floral honey.........mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol burn present, carbonation low. This is a true "Left Coast" I/DIPA with heavy doses of hops helping to get ones attention. It is a reasonably well balanced member of the genre with sufficient malts to match the complex hop backbone. BJCP 8/3/15/4/8
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is resin, floral, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor is lightly sweetened malt and lots of hops. Big time hop bitterness when you first take a drink. Just a touch of astringency which ainít too bad for such a bitter beer. Medium to full body. One of the most bitter beers Iíve had in a while. Good stuff.
tribefan3521 (5) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely fabulous Imperial IPA from Stone. This version of Ruination is a great, yet subtle change to an already great beer. Higher abv, citrus and tropical fruit aroma and smooth and spicy flavor. Love it!