illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Bottle. Pours golden orange with off-white head. Aroma of orange from the citrusy hops, but not as agressive as other IIPAs. Most of the malt profile is overpowered by the bitterness and fruity notes of the hops. Texture is surprisingly on the lighter side of medium. Feels resiny in the mouth. bitter, grassy with some very very slight sherry and smoke finish. Must be an aged bottle. REVISTED 8-9-06 with a fresher bottle. The aroma is more grapefruity and more pronounced than my first sample. The finish was unique, but odd. Very leafy, dry, with some grainy or chalky texture. Unlike other IIPAs, I like this one better with some time in the cellar. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Floral scents on the nose. Pours a golden color with a decent off-white head with some holding power. Initially, this was an intense brew, hoppy bitterness, but as it drank it seemed to mellow and I ended up enjoying. alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2005
I have to admit I feel like a wuss for not loving this beer. It is just too much for me. Intense is an understatement. Would taste graet in a 2 ounce sample, but a whole glass of this resiny stuff is challenging. piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
Light orange/amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge citrusy hop aroma, with some interesting green (almost minty) notes in the background. Bracing, but not at all harsh, bitterness. Loads of complex citrus flavor notes: lemon, manderin orange and grapefruit. Minor notes of pine and black pepper. The malt component of the flavor profile is surprisingly clean. Somewhat light bodied for an IIPA, but in a really nice way that makes the beer even more drinkable. Huge thanks to mnurda for the gift. GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 The IPA Ruination makes an excellent host to the upper echelons of good India Pale Ales. Picture the infamous Stone demon wearing a top hat and brandishing a cane, belting out a melody explaining the ups and downs of IPAs while keeping rhyme and rhythm, and maybe even tap-dancing on his hellfire hooves. It might be a bit avant-garde, but that’s how I feel about the Ruination. Like a good musical host, say, the legendary Willy Wonka, the IPA Ruination himself expresses the qualities one should look for in an IPA while tipping his hat to the lesser forms of IPA life that help the drinker contrast good from bad. How ironic that a demon would can elaborate on good and bad, morals and quality, but it’s true. The beer itself looks like nothing in particular. I might even go so far as to insult it by saying it looks a standard beer gold, with a bit more orange to it than your average American lager. The aroma is packed with a flowery hops bouquet, and for the first time in my life I could finally detect the smell of grapefruit in an IPA. There’s also a great deal of citrus, including lemon, orange zest, grapes and a little soap. Even though it’s dense with aromatics, the smell itself is light and a bit hard to grasp. The flavor begins slightly sweet (a generic fruity feel) with a tinge of grapefruit and a comparatively mild hopsiness. The texture is substantial, with a good thickness and carbonation that fits the style well. For gentler palates the Ruination is not so brutal, foregoing the traditional IPA thrashing around in the back of the mouth, cutting open esophaguses with hops harshness. Really, nobody can respect a man who starts coughing up blood in the middle of a pub. Yes, this affable host taught me that, while IPA’s are good, it seems more difficult to exact variety within the family than in, say, a Strong Belgian Ale style. Nonetheless, it is a very valuable lesson.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 On tap (growler). High carbonation, smooth on the palate throughout. The first thing that i noticed was the bitterness right on the tip, never had that before. Not as ruinous,like the title suggests but very bitter and hoppy. Aroma was very nice too. You can practically smell whats coming. WORD! thenewfbi (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
This is in my top 5 all time favorites. Very nice hoppy bite. Good floral aroma. It is very, very good. I love it. coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
very hoppy, like the label says. very bitter too. but once you get past the bitterness, its really good. one of my favorite beers. jb (3253) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Orange beer with thin white head and nice lacing. Apricots and hops in the aroma. More hops, along with malt in the palate, has nice body to it. Finish is not all that bitter. A good beer, I didn’t think it was overdone on the hops. MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2005
I really enjoyed the first half of this large bottle but after that the hops were overpowering for me. I’d buy it again though just so I can train my taste buds to appreciate good beer. It was as well balanced a beer as it could be. Buy this if you like hops.