j12601 (6743) - 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 (1337) - 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 (954) - 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 (2728) - 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!
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper color with a large cascading creamy head. Notes of apricots, intensely fresh centennial hops, oranges, pine, flowers, etc. Its all there. Nice sticky mouthfeel and long balanced finish. A great DIPA
MattH (653) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber pour. Most prevalent in the aroma is apricot and caramel. Grapefruit and pine are also there. Flavor is mostly slightly sweet malt and apricot. Alcohol is not present until the beer warms to about room temp. A lot less assertive beer than the regular Ruination.
wedgie9 (2071) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 7/11/12 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at the Wine Shoppe at Green Hills. Pours clear bronze with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to thick, messy lace. The nose is super dank, hops, ranging from resin to floral and citrus peel, along with a solid caramel malt backbone and some earthy yeast aroma. The flavor is super intense bitter resin hops, moving to some citrus peel, and tons of caramel malt with the same earthy yeast. The body is full with average, stinging carbonation, and a long very bitter and earthy hops finish, every bit of 10.8% alcohol showing through.