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 (330) - 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 (876) - 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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DocJitsu (2036) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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. DMLINAZ (358) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Full-bodied for sure; great hoppy aroma and flavor. Super long finish. I get more pine here than citrus. Class Stone. kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Golden orange pour from draft at whiskey in Seattle. Sticky white head. Crazy good nose of grapefruit and heaven. Perfect balance of everything. Hops bitter floral u name it. Ahhhhh jahshuwuh (567) - USA - JUN 29, 2013
A ruby golden color, very pretty. Nice amount of white head. Very hoppy smell, pine, lemon, twigs, earth. An intense taste of hop bitterness but a fair amount of sweetness and malt to balance. Fairly bitter afterwards as well. Huge hop beer is what it is, sip with caution.
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DAMN! Now THIS is an awesome hoppy beer! Ruination is always my go to beer and this tops it. Aroma was thick with full dank hops. It was almost hot it was so hoppy. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was strong, bitter and delicious. The best IIPA I’ve had all year. Strong resin and pine. Notes of sweet malt are the afterthought and just make a quick appearance. This beer had more pine flavor than any other hoppy beer I’ve had. Strong and hot in the mouth with good carbonation. The mouth is left wet and bitter in the finish. Outstanding