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RATINGS: 3509   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2005
22 o z bottle: Pours a completely tranparent amber/orange body with a large foamy white head that is fully lasting to the last sip. Aromas are dominated by the hops, slightly fruity and slightly spicy. Flavor is surprising at first (like the first sip of a devil dancer) with just massive hop bitterness, bitingly at that, I wish I could’ve seen my face! Flavor mellows, though only slightly, as your palate warms up to the beer, and the sweeter notes, oranges, pinapple present themselves. Definately underbalanced, it is afterall a showcase of hop glory.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - SEP 8, 2005
This is a quality brew. The aroma is of orange peels and hops. The hops completely blow you away at first with strong bitterness, but as the other ratings will confer, the taste sweetens as you adapt to the hops (or as your taste buds are "ruinated") and as the beer warms. Not much head and a light amber color make this one fairly attractive to look at as well. A very good IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 bottle. I love this IIPA. It is very assertive with a commendable depth of clean pine and citrus notes. Malts are adequate and juicy to provide balance. This is exactly the kind of beer I hope to drink when I get a West Coast IIPA.
[Feb 5, 2008]
Thank God this beer is locally available because we have a serious deficiency of overly hoppy beers and this does it for me every time. Furthermore, I commend the use of a date stamp. This is an excellently "balanced" IIPA with serious hop qualities that highlight sappy pine and a reasonable citrus presence while maintaining enough malt profile to add some sweet complexity. Very solid.
[June 9, 2008]
Bomber best before July 8, 2008. I have been craving good old Ruination for a couple of months now but all the stores in my area have old, dusty bottles of it. A trip to Chattanooga brought me a fresh bottle which had been residing in a cooler, nonetheless. I eagerly popped the cap to be instantly greeted with a ridiculous hop aroma wafting through the narrow opening of the bomber. A pour into a glass reveals clean, deep, and powerful scents of grapefruit, orange, peach. The mouthfeel is appropriately sticky and dry which complements the vast citrus qualities. Deep sips provide stings and dryness over my whole palate. Ruination’s balance in spite of monstrous character is admirable. and date stamps on IIPA’s? What a novel idea.
[September 30, 2008]
On tap at Trappeze. Holy mother of shit. A fresh keg of Ruination is a gift from the glorious heavens above to remind us mere humans that there is a reason to endure life. smell = hops. Honeydew, grapefruit, pine, lemon, peppers, wood, it’s never ending. The aroma has virtually no malt qualities detected beneath the bitter onslaught. When I take a sip, I finally get some sweet, fruity character which provides some pathetic attempt at countering the behemoth hop explosion. What a gigantic and clean IIPA. The bitterness is mouthwatering with suggestions of everything from citrus to wood to herbs. Yes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
A big thanks to blankboy for saving this one to share with me - much appreciated. Lovely strong hop aroma - incredible. Orange appearance, nice sized white head. Very strong hop taste. Medium mouthfeel - almost full bodied - a substantial beer. Some alcohol present but complimentary. The hops are incredibly dominant, but strangely, I found it pretty well balanced - as much as it could be anyway. Once the mouth adjusts, I also got some citrus and malt flavours. A hop head’s dream ad certainly one of my favourites in this style - without looking at my numbers, I’d say I remembered enjoying the Rogue Brutal Bitter a bit more, but that’s about it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Pours rich somewhat dark amber color. Medium white head that is short lived. Smell very strongly of hops and not much else, but some malt undertones exsist. WOW is this beer bitter, wonderfully mouth harmingly bitter. Very nice but very hard to dirnk a 22 of it alone. Tastes of pine hops and bitterness just like it smells.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours about as beautiful an amber color as you can possibly hope for in a beer. Aroma is a punch in the stomach of grapefruit and orange. Flavor is transferred directly from the nose, but comes nowhere near the claims of enormous hops bite. Still, an awesome brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a clear sparkling orange with an average frothy off-white head. Good lacing. The aroma of fresh hops and citrus is milder than I thought it would be but it smells great. The flavour, whoa, they aren’t kidding about 100+ IBUs! Hopheads rejoice, as they put it: "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" -- yes It’s friggin’ hoppy but incredibly well balanced with some sweetness and citrus. This is, plain and simple, a fantastic beer. Stone never dissapoints.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Citrusy hop aroma. Tea colored with a thumb thick head. Sweet citrusy foretaste orange peel bitter, but smooth middle and a pine/grapefruit rind finish. Very hoppy beer with a solid malt profile beneath it and very drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Yeah Baby! Hophead wet dream! Go on wit yo bad selves Stone. Strong pine and citrus with that distinctive Stone smooth finsh. They are the masters of the clean yet un-watery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Lots of grapefruit, pine in the aroma. Taste is herbal, citrusy... bitter, yes, though it doesn’t taste like 100+ to me. I guess they did a nice job balancing it.


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