corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring. Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.
Über fresh, juicy hop aroma that’s dominated by tropical and citrus fruits. Slightly earthy with a decent amount of grassy, resinous pine but the nose is bursting with sweet mango, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and orange peel. Subtle biscuit malt notes underneath.
Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that provide a lot of earthy bitterness that lingers into a dry finish. This is countered by a strong tropical and citrus fruit presence that’s really juicy and sweet with tons of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavor. Really well balanced with a complex hop profile followed by a subtle pale malt backbone. Hints of biscuit and grainy graham cracker before the finish. Perfectly balanced and the high abv is excellently masked resulting in a deceptively drinkable and delicious beer.
bytemesis (6731) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 Wow, so glad to have found a bottle of this at last, even though it is after its likely peak. Pours cloudy orange amber with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, caramel malt, and pine needles. Flavor is very smooth grapefruit, caramel, spruce, toffee. Medium sweet with a medium bitter lasting finish, silky in the mouth. A bit maltier than my personal preference, but very nice and balanced nonetheless. July 11, 2013 - fresh bottle of RuinTen. less caramel in the nose, and a little more of a bitter kick with some tropical notes present. Crystal clear this time, interestingly.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Big summer fruit aroma with grapefruit and pine. Grapefruit and summer fruit flavor with caramel and pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with summer fruits.
Darwenus (889) - 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 it’s 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 there’s 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. I’ve never enjoyed a beer more than this.
sonnycheeba (5090) - 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 (4065) - 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 didn’t have the woods that that beer had, I was primed to see it as less complex. It’s darker, and the nose is bountiful (Citra is a great hop, I’m loving the trend), but for the flavor there was a little more musty/grassy quality. (Am I crazy to think there’s a little spaghetti bolognese in this?) Very good. Bottle.
Slipstream (2464) - 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 doesn’t taste radically different from the original, and I can’t taste the extra malt, not sure why. Like the original, it is a first rate imperial IPA.
Sledutah (7026) - 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 (9267) - 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 (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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, ol’ 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)