Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very sweet fruity IPA. Clean and very drinkable but no match for the original.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh, a little more than one month after first bottle rating.
The look: Clear golden body topped by a medium beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose is citrusy and slightly piney hops with some alcohol adding notes of fusel. Far from the intensity I was expecting I found the aroma to be rather subdued for such an Monster IPA that is supposed to be Ruination on steroids. Taste is very sweet, lots of toasted caramelized cereals of course but also a lot of residual sugars, the beer feels sugary. Toasted bread, sweet mangos, apricots, light piney notes. Barely enough bitterness to balance out the very sweet maltiness. Far from a bitterness bomb I thought the fruity bitterness was relatively smooth and with a clean short finish. Compared to the regular Ruination, this is like twice the sugars and twice the alcohol but not twice the hopping. Not a bad beer at all but I was nonetheless a bit disappointed, regular Ruination for me any day of the week. I was hoping for more from this “Imperial Ruination”, especially since I assume Stone has a long experience at brewing the regular Ruination, although there is no way for me to know exactly how many years Stone has been brewing the Ruination IPA.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle $7.99 Bright orange color, looks a lot like regular Ruination, sudsy head. Smells like so much hops, dank, notes of pine and pine-sol. Extremely bitter flavor followed up by a bit of citrus and the a huge bitter finish. I am not surprised that I liked this so much because Stone knows how to rock hoppy beers. I may need to buy one more bottle before this stuff is gone, that is if I find it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-03-2012 03:05:05
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow...simply one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Big time hops with a nice citrusy background. Not syrupy for a high-octane brew which is surprising. It’s a shame this isn’t a regular brew...it is simply fantastic. If you see one, pick it up...if you see 10 buy them all.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas
Cloudy amber color; small head. Very nice hoppy aroma, resiny, some stable. Good body strength, it has a very strong flavor of toffee, modest sweetness, and a lacerating hopping, very resiny and fruity. Long final.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rattle a while back & a bottle or two from New Beer (i think). Pours a deep amber body with nice white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus fruits, grapefruit, pine and light resin. Mouthfeel is bitter, active, and medium with notes of citrus burst, bitter grapefruit, fresh fruit, and rich fresh pine. Another awesome IPA from stone.
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $7.99 Very good!
ogivlado (7164) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 650ml. -Courtesy of luttonm, shared with him and Marko. Golden/amber coloured, small white head, strong aromatic hoppy fruity nose; really pleasant. Sweet caramel malty and very hoppy fruity taste with long lasting bitter finish and aftertaste. Also some subdued grapefruity notes, too. Enjoyable and....bitter. Thanks man for this one.
Padron4KM (797) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy orange, with a tight head and sticky lace.
Loads of sweet caramel malt dominate the initial nose, but the hops start to creep in slowly. Sweet orange, pine and earth.
Flavor mimics the aroma. Sweet at first, syrupy caramel, and some light toast. Hops follow with a healthy dose of citrus and backing of pine. Finish is long and citrusy. I think this is more balanced than the regular Ruination, however I miss the big grapefruit punch that I get in the regular.
Side note>>> The Ashton is way to mild to stand up to this beer. The subtle nutty sweetness would get lost imho. The Don Pepin would be an awesome choice as would the Litto Gomez, both of those have some spicyness that would pair well. If you are looking for a less spicy stick that will still hold up, try a Rocky Patel edge or any Padron.
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty amazing. Pours great dark amber colour with slight head. Holds in a pine / spruce hoppy aroma very well. Taste is strong bitter and delicious.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Coles, Buffalo. Copper orange pour, light head. Piney hops, resiny, grapefruit, peach, mango notes in the aroma. BIG sticky hop presense. Big bitterness in flavor. Mainly grapefuit & pine. Explosive citrusy fruity & piney hops. Wow