mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle. Marigold yellow with a medium off-white head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with notes of pineapple and applejuice. The taste is very bitter with a dry finish. There’s a slight alcohol afterburn. Tart beer that quenches your thirst and almost makes your mouth pucker. Stone isn’t lying when they say that Ruination is "very bitter." Great beer! StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Thanks for the bomber, lamas! Bright copper color. Short head with slowly popping bubbles on the surface, creating a near grey head. You can smell this baby from several feet away - floral hops, honey, pineapple and oranges. Flavor is grassy and fresh. Pine and lime, with not much sweetening. Dry hopped bitterness, like licking a hops flower. Margarine-like coating on the palate. Definitely balanced in favor of the hops with malts not playing much of a role at all, and definitely not sweetening it much. Finish is hops, hops, hops. Boldest hops aftertaste ever. Reminds me a lot of Smuttynose IPA, which I’d give the nod to over this one. I know, I speak heresy. I guess I’ll see you in hell. sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Light orange body with a thin light head. Aroma screams hops, it is a loud citrusy aroma. The taste is very bitter, very hoppy, but this is a good thing. There is also a slight alcohol taste in the middle of the mouth. Excellent beer for a hop head. brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Alefest ’05 - 100+ IBU!!!!! This and Buckeye 76 at this festival combined to outduel the combination of most of my other samples IBUs! Near perfect product as expected from one of the excellent breweries out there! ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
Floral, slightly citric hop aroma that lasted for a couple of minutes after pouring. Deep golden color with a creamy head that remained for a while after pouring and never completely dissipated. Lots of lace on the sides of the glass. Serious hop flavor and bitterness. As the beer warmed up above 50 degrees, detected some alcohol bite that became a little harsh around 52 degrees. Beer was much better balanced when a little cooler (~48 deg). Detected subtle buttery/diacetyl flavor and aroma as well. Very carbonated which caused it to clear the palate very quickly, making way for a nicely bitter and hoppy aftertase. Overall, an excellent beer: big, hoppy, complex and even though hops dominated, pretty well balanced for a double IPA.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2005
I’ve probably drank a few cases of this stuff and just never gotten around to rating it. This stuff can be very good and very disappointing. When it’s fresh, this is like battery acid. Oily for a second before it digs in and shreds you with acidic bitterness. Other times, it’s not nearly as intense, actually bordering on sweet/oily/malty. I just don’t think it holds well on shelves. But regardless, I this is my second choice when I’m looking for a bomber of big ass IPA and I can’t find any Hippie or 76. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2005
Amber in color with a small head. All hop aromas and flavor. Good citrus flavor and cool and crisp on the palate. Great beer. madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pours cloudy amber with a thin white head. Hops, Hops and more Hops that’s what this beer is all about. Smells very citrusy and piney. I taste alot of grapefruit, hops all the way through. Great mouthfeel. I can still taste the bitterness a few moments afterward. Good lacing left. One of my favorites. invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours a very clear golden brown. Hops jump out immediately. Nice smaller white head. Tastes smooth and VERY hoppy. Not my favorite IPA but very good. Mmmmm... hop juice Tmoney99 (14963) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle. Medium light amber with large rocky off-white head that lasted the majority of the beer. Aroma was a heavy hoppy. Flavor was moderate bitter with a long bitter finish. Medium to full body with a oily texture. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.