TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle. Like the rater below me, I am no longer worthy. Could not believe how SWEET this beer was. Could only muster a few sips. Tasted like 2 year old dreadnaught. Give me fizzy yellow beer any day over this garbage. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2013
This is a tough one to rate because by pretty much any objective standard it is a good beer, and even even by my personal tastes it should be something I would love. And yet...It wasn’t quite right. I think, honestly, that considering how much effort was put into the hop profile (which is outstanding) it seems odd that the malt was off. Too heavy. Too sweet. Too boozy. I guess I’m not arrogant enough anymore. Ericular (1020) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2016 Update: For whatever reason, I was not as impressed with this one this year. It’s very similar to "Enjoy By", but with a little less of that raw fresh feeling, and a little more sticky malts for balance. Overall it is good and strong and in your face, but just not quite at the elite level it used to be for me. - Update - more adjustments on 7/25/16
PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pours a clear amber with long lasting head and great lacing. Aroma is a slap in the face of
resiny citrusy hops, tropical, floral, and some caramel malts in the background, and alcohol. Taste is similar to Ruination, but with a bit more resin and alcohol. Be prepared, as the resin is aggressive at first, but necessary for the lingering aftertaste that is out of this world. It mixes with the stronger malts. Maltier and thicker palate than Ruination. Palate is good - chewy and dry. This is a hop lovers dream. 10+5+9+4+18-4.6
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Medium-dark copper pour, soft white head head that leave a slight trail of lacing. Fresh, fragrant aroma of spruce and slight herbal mint - intoxicating. Flavor is bold and robust with the requisite grapefruit citrusy bitterness, some nectar-like hop juiciness, some nectarine fruitiness, a touch of spearmint. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick. Best beer I have had in a long time. Looking forward to visiting Stone next month in San Diego. SpringsLicker (3640) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Clear deep gold with a tall off-white head.
Citrus hop aroma.
The flavor is bitter but perhaps a bit coarse in the same way that fresh Arrogant Bastard has a coarseness to it.
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Draught. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is extremely hop forward with some great floral elements coming through and a little bit of citrus, with just a subtle hint at some spiciness showing up. Taste is bitter, but clean and light; the spiciness shows up in the taste too, which makes for a nice surprise. Great brew.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pours amber straw with a small head. Aroma is pine and pith. Flavor is nice and tart, sweet citrus then grassy pine.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2013
On tap. Slightly cloudy orange color with white head. Aroma is mostly sweet. Taste is sweet, and very bitter. I did not like this one very much at all. The sweetness with the extreme bitterness, with nothing in between to balance it out just didn’t work for me. KegOstertag (92) - - JUL 9, 2013
Drank from bomber poured in tulip glass. Aroma - perfect blend of citrus and hops. Appearance - golden orange/auburn with medium froth and heavy lacing. Taste - fired wood taste. Bitter but not overly bitter. Enjoyable. Could use a little more citrus for my liking. Palate - same as taste - bitter but still pleasant. Overall - very very good. Almost one of the best double IPAs but a little bitter still. shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Look: Nice burnt orange with 1 finger off-white head. Smell: Huge tangerine/ mandarin citrus, tropical fruits/ tropical flowers, pineapple (while warms), mild earthiness, spicy, faint alcohol. Taste: Tangerines, mint leaves, passion fruit, more pine needles in the background, alcohol warmth, bitterness builds up yet makes itself known but doesn’t leave you with sour face. Feel: Medium light body, velvet carbonation. Overall: There is something special about this beer. Aroma-huge flavor-huge bitterness huge. I didn’t get a chance to review this last year (spur of the moment drink). Still is as good, though I remember the aroma last year’s was more ripe than this years.? Can’t wait to see what the 20th anniversary Ruination will be like (if mankind is still alive). Highly recommended.