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RATINGS: 3708   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate. 100+ IBUs. Bracingly bitter. Thick, pungent hop aroma. We would say that no hops were injured in the brewing of this beer, but that would be a massive lie. In fact, the words "Stone Ruination IPA" are what older hop vines use to cause little hop vines to quiver with fright and lose sleep at night . We at Stone honor the brutal massacre of countless hops with this "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Paganism at its best!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. It aint my blessed two hearts! Bad appearance. Clear and filtered, a bit of head. Aroma is pretty standard I guess, citrusy hoppy goodness. Some soiled malts up front witha good dose of acidic and mucho bitter hops. I mean, not much too say. Force carbonated and filtered, a wee bit overrated, but balanced and a good time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
Amber body, white head, some laces; Big, balanced, complex nose, that lacks a bit of depth: Tangerine, candied orange peel, behind it fresh lemon juice and a very little caramel like malt. Great nose but it lacks a bit on every point; Soft textured body, almost velvety, a little bitterness in a well balanced body, very little carbonation; The bitterness takes some time to unfold in the finish, but when it does it stay very long, texture is again a bit thin, tangerine in pleasant nose as well as peanuts and some very late caramel like malt. Great beer like all the other Stone beers I have tasted. From reading the back label of this beer I expected a super bitter beer which this one really isnít. Thanks to Numenor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2154) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2006
On tap at the Tap House in Norfolk, Va.... Pours caramel amber into the glass, with a light head and slight retention. This brew is best served not too cold, and goes wonderfully with spicy food. It has heavy grapefruit-citrus notes to the nose. The grapefruit and citrus notes transfer into the flavor (very well, I might add), along with lots of sweet caramel malts and wonderful pine notes. This is very well bittered, and has a nicely cleansing palate. This is a VERY great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 On tap at Mad Mex. This did not have the aroma I was expecting. Maybe it had something to do with it being on tap. The flavor was great though, and it had all of the bitterness that I was hoping for. Overall it was very good but I would still like to try one from a bottle. 6/4/8/4/16 10-13-06 Finally picked up a bottle of this. The first time I had this with food and it didnt seem that great but drinking this by itself shows its character. I love bitter beers and this def has a lot of bitterness paired with a nice malty and hoppy flavor and aroma. This had to be bumped up a few pts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2006
22 oz. bottle. This beer is a hop-headís dream. Pours orange with a long lasting head. Great looking beer. Aroma is totally dominated by hops, as is the flavor. The bitterness is overwhelming. Thereís obvioulsy no attempt at balance here, this beer is all about the hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Freaking amazing beer. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a nice white head. Aroma is sweet and not as hoppy as you would think from the comercial description. Flavor is the classic citrius/pine taste of any great Imperial IPA with the bonus of not being ridiculously bitter and overpowering as the guys at Stone would have you believe. Before this beer DFH 90 minute IPA was my favorite IPA but no longer because this beer is not nearly as sweet. It seriously is amazing try some!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JUL 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Re-Rate. After a lot of IPAs and a lot more of Stoneís "regular" IPA, Iím taking this one down a peg or two. I donít find that the extra helping of hops adds anything (other than price), and in fact theyíre not really all that noticeable, other than the beer tastes a little more bitter, albeit lacking in the character and complexity of Stoneís regular IPA. Quite a good beer nonetheless, just not deserving of the hype (other than the bouquet) in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
had it on tap at the local pub as the guest keg. it was delightul. iím not a big IPA guy, a little hoppy for my taste. This one is very well balanced and drinkable

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