Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a light amber with nice head and constant bubbles though the end. Very nice hops aroma. Tingles the tip of your tongue at first, then comes a wonderful blast of hops all over and, finally finishes with bitter on the back sides. Being a prodominant fan of Weissebier I was very impressed with this beer. It has renewed my opinion of IPA.
JFGrind (1811) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is a difference in West & East Coast brewing styles. This IPA has all the features of a West Coast IPA I expect.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was hoppy with some citrus. A hoppy flavor with a touch of caramel when warmed. It has a hint of pine. The color was golden with a small bubbly head. This is well balanced, but I have many IPA I enjoy more.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
- cloudy, orangey/amber color, light white head, brussels lace, well-hopped with a malty mix in the aroma, just a touch of sweetness typical in English ales; excellent flavor, well-hopped, but well mixed with the malt flavors, just a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste, bitter at the beginning, a great IPA, one of the best I’ve ever had
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best West Coast IPA I have ever tasted, Hop Devil being the best in the East. Awesome aroma of fresh hops, a tiny smidge of malt (and I mean tiny), great aroma, great color, absolutely great everything! One of the very best...what more can I say.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2003 The only 5.0 on my list... Start with the unbelievable hop aroma... and then on to nirvana!!! I can't decide which is the better Stone IPA... this one, or Ruination!?!?!
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This hazy, orangey golden brew has a medium, white head. The nose is full with herbal hoppiness and the slightest nuance of maltiness. The palate brings out the malty character with roasted grains and nuttiness. The finish resumes the hoppy character with some herbal/lemony bitterness.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 Reddish-orange, mostly clear (filtered?), disappearing head and light carbonation. Aroma is equal parts sugary malt, sort of like pound cake, and citric hoppiniess that is lightly acidic. The flavor profile is dominated by a pungent, sharp bitterness. There's a bit of malt sweetness here I think, but more in the needle-in-a-haystack sense. Rather harsh and reminiscent of bile. The aromatic hops are quite nice, and I'm pleasantly reminded of the Arrogant Bastard, but I find this too acidic and bitter to be all that enjoyable. I actually prefer the Ruination to this one.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 Talk about hops. This beer was loaded. If anyone knows how to hop out a beer, it's Stone. If you lust for hops like I do, get this beer. Aroma, taste, everything loaded with hops. What a great beer.
document (36) - USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have not had a better IPA. Stone Ruination IPA may be better in some very rigorous sense of the word. It is like the Platonic IPA -- all others mere reflections, or maybe mixed with a touch of lager. But this isn't intimidating and over the psychotic top like the ruination. It's drinkable any time, requiring no mental steeling, no palate flexing. Deep, slightly cloudy orange. Looks rather like the beer on the cover of Michael Jackson's Ultimate Beer. Beautiful. Piney aroma, modest bitterness, basically, just incredible.