Total Score: 8.45/10
This is version 2 of one of the most hyped beers I’ve ever been able to wrap my mitts around (what with living in Australia and not having the opportunity our US cousins have to harpoon rare beer whales). Anyway – it really needs no introduction: Ruination is a word that makes even the most hipster of beer aficionados quiver in anticipation, and dammit I really want to crack open this beast already.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Presents a light orange/hazed amber hue with a reasonably dense sticky bone coloured 1 cm head on top. The ‘spider web’ lacing on the inside as the head recedes has a leggy gloss which one interprets as a signifier of some decent 8.5% ABV times to be had “Lead on!” I say. 8/10.
S: Sweet and bold tropical fruit (pineapple mostly)/piney hop juices come to the fore immediately. Followed by some light notes of Starburst candy orange, and not much else – it’s difficult to get a note past those fresh and juicy hops… not that anyone here is complaining – this is exactly what you would expect from a DIPA. 8/10.
T: BIG on hops! That said the noted aromas come off a great deal more earthy and dirty in the taste – those tropical/piney flavours take a slight detour. The finish is highly bitter (though not up to the level where I found Sixpoint’s Resin which was borderline unpalatable for me). Overall though the flavour is very much in the realm one would expect of a DIPA and fairly tasty for this space-age IPA-naut. 9/10.
M: Medium bodied, a touch oily with hop resin, and an almost flat carbonation. 8/10.
D: If I could get this DIPA easily and for a sane price I could definitely see this sitting in my fridge door as a go to heavy hitter – as it is though, at $10 a 355ml bottle, and virtually unattainable it is one of those rare treats… sad because there is a hell of a lot going for it, even though it is a bit OTT on the bitterness in the finish. Other brews of a similar flavour profile but which are IMO better include: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed and Victory Dirt Wolf – which I’ve already reviewed but haven’t posted yet :O – In any case Ruination 2.0 is a tasty drop which I recommend with some caveats. 8/10.
Food match: This is a heavy beer which you would really only match with something light and spicy… Vietnamese is the winner.