ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2013
22 oz bottle. OMG! So amazing! Pours a thick clear golden amber with a foamy off- white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus, sweet malts, and tropical fruits. Perfectly balanced. Sweet malts and fruits balanced by the citrus and pine hops. A bit of resin. Fresh hoppy taste with some grass mixed in. Nice dry bitter finish. Perfect for the 300th beer rate! Absolutely delicious. Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Hello, 911? I'd like to report an assault! A whole gang of hops is beating the senses out of my face!! wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2013 HOLY HOPPINESS BATPERSON! Aroma is punchy and hot with hops. It pours a dark orange. Prepare to have your palate kicked in the teeth by this IPA. IT’S HAWT!
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Cloudy orange, minimal head. Aromas of pine, citrus. Bracingly bitter on the front, finishes sticky sweet with a lingering spiciness. Reminds me of the first time I tried regular ruination. Nothing new to see here. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Poured a fantastic deep amber orange with a rambunctious head of off white foam that sat aloft for quite some time before it fell to a thick cap and ring. Left plenty of nice lace to decorate the soon to be empty glass. This beer was simply handsome. The color was rich and it had plenty of clarity. There were tiny bubbles that wafted up not just in the center but all over, making me wonder just how big is the bottom of that glass? Nose is big citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Has a terrific malt caramel sweetness that’s dry and sugary. There’s bread in there too, pine and earth. Touch of spice to liven it and a good perfume from the hops. Touch of alcohol on the nose. Taste is bitter up front with plenty of juicy and ripe fruit that is sweet enough to make you feel safe. Then the malt, deep, full & bready and carries all that oil and resin to the back palate and before you can think too hard the bitter really peaks. The hops oil and resin linger at the back of the throat, piney and with a touch of alcohol. There’s grapefruit, there’s a little pepper and even a little onion. It feels sticky and it even feels thick on the palate. The tropical fruits are combined into a punch like quality but there is some melon and orange.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2013
As it warms the malt becomes heavy and little sweet for my taste and the bitter is a bit loud. The fruits were forthright but they lost to the oily pine. Hints of nutty qualities as it warmed. They made a very big beer. A hop bomb, a huge fat hoppy beer. It’s pretty good.
Draft. Medium off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit, mango. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, alcohol warming. Resiny medium-full body, light stickiness. badpuppy69 (321) - orange, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours a copper with a tight white head. Aroma is citrucy piney floral hops grapefruit. Taste follows the aroma with a medium mouth feel. Very tropical piney hops. Hop resin stays on the tongue for a while. This is a very hoppy dominent beer. If your a hop head you will love this! If your not a hop head this might be too bitter. icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2013
dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Appearance: Really clean dark orange/amber with robust creamy lacing head
Aroma: Grapefruit, alchohol, dark malt
Taste: Slightly sweet, then transitioning into a alcohol hot bitterness
Palate: Slick, very lively mouthfeel. The light looking body is revealed to be much heavier, resulting in a coating mouthfeel. Alcohol like burn with the finish. Resin, pine, intense citrus.
Overall: Wow; this is a really impressive beer. It’s not subtle in it’s delivery which makes it much easier to discern the different elements. The lighter body makes it surprisingly drinkable, whereas the big malty mouthfeel and alcohol burn on the finish backs you down.
From a bomber purchased at the Greeks, into a tulip. Pours a pretty amber gold with an inch of head and little lacing. Skanky ass aroma. Almost smells like it went bad. Sulphury. Mouthfeel is moderate to light considering the abv of this monster. Taste is pure hop juice. Just mouth blasting pine, ethanol, medicine, turpentine and grapefruit. When too much just isn't nearly enough Ruinten.
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UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Pours a very nice looking, crystal clear deep golden with a large, long-lasting eggshell colored head. As the head slowly dissipates, lacing clings to the glass in an asymmetrical fashion. Big pine resin on the nose with some underlying citrus notes and a floral character. Mouthfeel is quite oily and slick, with little carbonation. Warms up at the finish. Flavor? Whoa! Another atomic hop bomb from Stone. Once upon a time, these guys just said, "Screw it, let’s just dump hop flowers in to the top of the boil kettle!" And that’s what they’ve done ever since. I can’t say that I don’t like it though. I’m generally not a fan of Stone and their hyperagressive hopping techniques, but once you begin to appreciate them for what they do and their fidelity and commitment to the hop limb they’ve clung to from their inception, an appreciation develops. Pine resin, umami, grapefruit, all in spades. Despite the hop explosion, there is adequate grain foundation to support and help deliver the grassy, oily, resinous, citrusy, pine lightening strike.