kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a GREAT beer. I almost had to stretch to find something to not rate it perfect on. Poured to a bright orange color, with just the right amount of carbonation bubbles. A thick off-white head lingered through the entire drink, and left excellent lacing all around the glass. A strong, highly hopped aroma of grapefruit and oranges led the way. Flavor at first was more of bitter hoppiness, combined with the citrus fruit. As the glass warmed, a slight malty sweetness crept into the flavor. Further on, the 7.7% alcohol made itself known in both aroma and the finish, which was a perfect balance of the bitter the sweet. My only regret is that this is not available locally, although if it were, I may stop rating beers, and just drink Ruination.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Re-Rate. After a lot of IPAs and a lot more of Stone’s "regular" IPA, I’m taking this one down a peg or two. I don’t find that the extra helping of hops adds anything (other than price), and in fact they’re not really all that noticeable, other than the beer tastes a little more bitter, albeit lacking in the character and complexity of Stone’s regular IPA. Quite a good beer nonetheless, just not deserving of the hype (other than the bouquet) in my opinion.
holdenn (2106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2006 22oz: pours copper with a tall head, nice lacing on the glass. A light floral aroma with cirtus grapefruit and lemon. Medium mouthfeel with a flavor that is very malty, carmelly, grapefruit, and overly grassy. The grassy hops stick on my palate and like this glass, i just want them to go away.
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
had it on tap at the local pub as the guest keg. it was delightul. i’m not a big IPA guy, a little hoppy for my taste. This one is very well balanced and drinkable
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! This beer is unreasonably hoppy. It pours from its bomber and creates a modest head. Even before it touches your lips you are aware of ridiculous amounts of hops and citrus assaulting the palate as you bring it to your lips. Strong but a well-balanced body that is lively with a bitter finish. This is an excellent beer that is for anyone who appreciates hops.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber: pours light amber color with beautiful inch of white head. Aroma is full of hoppy glory: earthy, citrussy (grapefruit mostly), little pine. Flavors come through just like aroma with touches of carmel malt. As the beer warms it continues to grow in earthy flavors with crisp citrus in the initial tastes. mouthfeel is medium and quite oily. This is my favorite Impy IPA thus far. If you’re a hop head find a bottle of this you won’t regret it. Hats off to stone once again
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber , light amber pour ,thick white head ,good lacing. Aroma of hops and a touch of citrus. Hops dominate the flavor, maybe a touch of malt comes through at the end . Balanced and bitter , but not so bitter it " ruins" it . Hopheads rejoice it doesnt get much better .
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite IIPAs! Pours a nice orange hue with a white head that stays small but leaves nice lacing. Aroma is full of hops, pine, citrusy aromas. Flavor is hops all the way. A nice bitterness to start with that is smoothed out at the end. Another excellent Stone brew!
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice very hoppy aroma with mixed fruits and a citrus accent; Very slightly hazy pale orange color, with a small white head; Balanced hoppy flavor, nice and hoppy with medium bitterness. Excellent IPA
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Absolutetly one of the best IPAs around. Piney, Citrusy, delicious. For all the hops, this one maintains quite a nice balance. 22 oz. bottle is perfect for a nice dinner