johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 pours deep orange with a decent white head. This is some great stuff, much more refreshing than one would expect from such a strong IPA. Not overly hoppy or extreme, rather just full of pine and citrus flavors that finish with just enough oilyness to let it linger on the tougue. Not necessarily the most complex beer ever brewed, but i’m not complaining about that. beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2005
22 oz bomber got a taste last night at the homebrew club monthly meeting
Pours hazy amber with tight white head, aroma of a citrus pine hop forest
Lots of hops in the taste .You can tell there is a lot of malt by the mouthfeel but you can’t really taste any malt through the hops …as they intended …a hopheads delight
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2005 looks like a light beer, but your in for a suprise! The flavor is smoked and burned hops (?) (hehe) Flavor is bitter hops and the mouthfeel is b-e-a-utiful! This beer tastes like bitter hops... and not much else... but its still nice! jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005
This beer is hops. The smell, taste and all. Little too hoppy for me. Nice golden color and thick head. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Wow, hops as I open, hops as i pour. No need to smell closer, this is hops! Amber body, with off white head. Not being a hop head, I am afraid to taste this. Flavor is amazing! Pine like and bitter, but not unpleasant. Not a session brew for me, but good.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Huge resinous hop aroma and hop lace upon pouring. I always sample the head before it settles to taste the undiluted hops! Lingering resinous, floral, and citric hop flavors blend nicely with the pale malt base, about halfway between a standard IPA and a barleywine. Long, dry-hop dominant finish. Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
Draught Blind Tiger NYC
Great IPA. Extremely powerful in spite of the low alc percentage. One of the best double IPA’s I’ve tried. Refreshing, delicious finish. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Another great Stone brew. Slightly hazy, light copper color with a thick foamy white head. Great citrus, hoppy aroma. Piney, grapefruity scents. Warm, refreshing hops. Awesome piney, bitter aftertaste. Some good cherry flavors. Reminds me of other IIPAs, which are all usually extremely good. Smooth. Very good beer. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2004
mmm... Hops! And lots of them, citrusy and piney aroma. Nice looking amber to orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Loads of bitterness in the flavor, some underlying caramel, ends dryish. Not complex enough, MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2004
After all of the talk of the Ruination’s hoppiness, I have to admit that I was a bit let down by the end result. It smells and looks amazing, and tastes nearly as good, but somehow does not quite live up to the hype. Having said that, unattainable hype notwithstanding, it is an excellent IPA, quite bitter and hoppy without being overbearingly so. It has a refreshing citrus-y flavour, and is an exceptional standard-bearer for the style - just not quite what I expected.