NephrenKa (27) - Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2006
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Iím a huge fan of Stone, and their Ruination IPA is probably my favorite beer, period. But I felt this let me down a little.
*Head* - thin, sparkling
*Color* - Transparent, a blush amber
*Nose* - Powerful acidity in high tones, bittersweet, bearish, with a hint of sourness.
*1st Impression* - smooth and sweet before the hops charges in. Unusually "sparkly" sensation on the tongue, very crisp.
*Middle* - roaring surge of hops, gentle decay.
*After* - diminishes too rapidly after the glorious middle, but this quality adds to smoothness and drinkability.
*Overall* - This beer didnít quite live up to my expectations. It was very enjoyable for 80% of the experience, but the ending left me longing for more. This is a great beer, but I felt a little disappointed.
alexanderj (3298) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Draft. Wasnít a big fan of this. My friend who was drinking it with me said he had had it before and it tasted much better previously. Maybe I had a bad batch, will rerate later. But the sample I had was very flavorless; some hop presence, but very watery.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Hazy golden coloured with a small head. Hoppy with notes of citrus, fruits and yeasts. A bit thin and mild.
bassbuckeye (81) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not what I like in an IPA...It starts out ok then fizzles. Doesnt leave that nice hop finish....but I drank it all.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crisp with a definite cereal taste. Hops have only a medium bite . color is dark yellow. The flavors do not linger much on the tongue. A starter Stone beer for sure.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 Floral nose and finish at first... aftertaste eventually mutes the balanced floral taste for me turning it almost "soapy". Medium, bitter aftertaste with long staying power.
Draft, 12oz pint glass.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Soft aroma and basic appearance but very balanced hoppy taste and satisfying mouthfeel. Easy drinking beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
raymow (798) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
While IPA's are not my favorite, this one was pretty good. Stone seems to make some good beers.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Damn that's a lot of hops. Reminds me of Victory's HopsDevil but without all the nasty spices.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
not near enough hops this si a pale ale not an IPA. the malt presence is gone almost immediately and the hops right after. The worst of the STONE beers in my opinion, and I am a fan of their beers.