p0urmeac0ld0ne (407) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 18, 2017 49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, so we"ve all seen the stupid ad on television about 'bitter beers' and what that Brand X says, 'bitter is bad.' Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that"s good) bitter beers. We"ve all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don"t let the Ruination IPA slip you by,
Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, 'that"d knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!!' This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time.
Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6' high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won"t budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass.
An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic.
I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its increadibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- 'by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!'
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2017 4/5 review written as a comment in my 1001
Beers book. Unfortunately there are no tasting notes, so I must endeavour to try this again. Tried when this was a guest beer at BrewDog Cardiff, many moons ago. Silentdogfart (17) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Had this in cold climate and I think that added to the taste. Little bitter but enjoyed it
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TorbenJensen (1590) - Valby, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2017
This is a really potent IPA with full blow on the aroma. It smells of hops and especially citrus fruits. From the start, the taste is full of hops with full pressure on citrus, pine needles and grape. It is a hop bomb that explodes in the mouth, but releases all American hops featuring grape, pine needles, apricots, yellow plums and pineapple. You really need to be quick to get all the taste, and I've probably only tracked a few. It's not an IPA for beginners, IBU is over 100, so if you do not like hops so stay away! Over the years, I have begun to find positivity in, especially American IPAs, so this aggressive, hoppyy IPA actually falls in good with me. The aftertaste is so dry that you almost feel like a glass of water in between. I'm sure the hoppy flavoiur first leaves my mouth for several days. But I think it's a fantastic tasteful IPA. Inoven (1041) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2017
Blik gedeeld door Benzai en gedronken met Tomhendriksen. Goudgeel, licht troebel bier. Aroma is hoppig. Smaak is hoppig en kruidig. Weinig nasmaak. TomHendriksen (1011) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2017
Blik gedeeld door Benzai, geprobeerd met Inoven. Het is een licht troebel geel bier met een medium witte schuimkraag. Het heeft een hoppige geur. De smaak is scherp hoppig en vol.
Mad Dog Martin (142) - - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2017 Can from BH. Nice, lively white, bubbly head on cloudy orange. Mild, fruity, citrus aroma. A serious double IPA, less fruity in the drinking. Quite a subtle little number. Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jun 2006
poured from 22oz bottle a medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a solid layer with good lacing.
The smell is a citrusy hop..a mix of lemon and grapefruit.
The taste has a huge hop flavour initially that is quite bitter but as I swish the brew in my mouth, there *is* a definite malt presence there that softens the hop attack a bit but yeah, make no mistake aboot it...this brew is a hop bomb first and foremost and that's a good thing. ;^) That's why I keep picking up this beer when I make my(in) frequent jaunts to Colorado.
Bottom line: A great DIPA that, imho, deserves the reputation that it has acquired. I Highly Recommend it! chessman (4) - - OCT 2, 2017 does not count
Got this in a variety pack-it stands out as perfect in a 12 pk of really great ales.the blend of pine and something else means i'll be purchasing this soon! GeorgePratt (82) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2017
Aromas of fruit - pineapple more specifically. Pours a hazy straw with a loose head. Taste of grapefruit. Really drinkable. riksal (2) - - JUL 10, 2017 does not count
Bold aroma. Light in color for a double IPA. Very smooth flavor not overpowering. Awesome beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone