lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright rich gold with a thick white head. Smell is, you guessed it, all hops. Citrusy (grapefruit mostly) bitter hops. There is no malt aromas that I can pick up.
The fruity bitterness of the hops overpower anything else in the beer. Thatís not a bad thing. Big bold bitter hops. So strong they almost burn. Damn tasty though. This beer says it will ruin your palate and it means it. You can forget about tasting any other brew for the rest of the evening. Except this one. Pour me another.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 9, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, orange body. Some red shows when held to the light. Lots of bubbles on bottom of glass. Head is eggnog colored and coats glass nicely. Smell is deicious sweet malt and spicy hops: pineapple, apricot, bubble gum and sugars. Mouthwatering aroma has me ready for a taste. Sweet with incredible hopping all pineapple, apple and white grapes to begin. Medium-thick, somewhat oily. Beer hangs on tongue and releases a kaliedosope of hop flavors to the taste buds. Goes from sweet to lemony sour, then to roasted/vegetable hops. Finally rich yeasty/dough flavors hang in the back of the throat and cheeks like mamaís biscuits. Alcohol is strong but not overly so. Really great beer but so repetitive for this brewery. I can think of about 6 Stone beers this reminds me of, so Iím going to rate this, then subtract 2 from the overall score due to lack of originality
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review came from a 22oz bottle with the usual stone look to it. This poured out a murky golden color with a tall beige head. The head lasts a good bit and decent sized chunks of lace were left about the glass, as it was consumed. Very hoppy nose here with citric grapefruit and floral notes galore. Not much else came through just hops, hops and more hops. The flavor was damn hoppy as well, bitter citric hops mainly dominated with a bit of earthy notes as well. This really grabs you tongue and doesnít let go very much the palette destroyer that ends in a long lasting dry bitter hoppy finish. Hmm this is pretty light on the tongue for a Double IPA, with a less than medium body to it. Drinkability is hurt a little by the lighter body but it is still good. I would definitely have this again, as the flavor definitely packs the hops you are looking for in this type of brew.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
They say the road to ruin is paved with good intentions well Stoneís intent comes to definite fruition with this beer and Iíve got to say Iím enjoying ruination. Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick offwhite head that settles to about half an inch and hangs on from then down the glass. Aroma is very citrus and hoppy. Grapefruit, lemons, and some pine cones. My wife, who I always let have a whiff of the beer, said this is the best smelling one youíve tried yet. Iíll give it a 9 for the hop power on the aroma. Flavor is interestingly malty for all of the hops. There is alot of malt backbone to this IPA. This is not harsh at all, beautifully bitter at the end but amazingly balanced. I cannot taste the alcohol at all and I think it is very nice on the palate somewhat creamy in the mouth and that puckering bitter bite on the back makes it very memorable. Also my first double IPA and Iíve got to say if they are all this good Iím going to try more in this style!
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have a 22 oz bomber that I picked up at Citywide Liquors.
This beer is crystal clear. The color is a deep gold/light copper. Very nice, long lasting foamy white head.
Very nice, citrus (lemons, oranges, grapefruit) some piney notes. If thereís one thing Stone Brewing has over everybody else, they make the most fragrant beer.
This has to be the easiest drinking Double IPA ever. Iím going to go out on a limb and say they use something like Magnam of Horizon for bittering because there is zero harshness. Very well done. I just looked in a copy BYO. They say Magnum.
This may be one of the fuller bodied IIPAs on the market. I have had some where the brewer tries to get the alcohol up there, but it comes at the expense of the over all brew. Again, Stone has their stuff together.
Like I said before, this is the easiest drinking IIPA that Iíve had so far. Very dangerous. Kudos the Stone.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Marigold yellow with a medium off-white head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with notes of pineapple and applejuice. The taste is very bitter with a dry finish. Thereís a slight alcohol afterburn. Tart beer that quenches your thirst and almost makes your mouth pucker. Stone isnít lying when they say that Ruination is "very bitter." Great beer!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for the bomber, lamas! Bright copper color. Short head with slowly popping bubbles on the surface, creating a near grey head. You can smell this baby from several feet away - floral hops, honey, pineapple and oranges. Flavor is grassy and fresh. Pine and lime, with not much sweetening. Dry hopped bitterness, like licking a hops flower. Margarine-like coating on the palate. Definitely balanced in favor of the hops with malts not playing much of a role at all, and definitely not sweetening it much. Finish is hops, hops, hops. Boldest hops aftertaste ever. Reminds me a lot of Smuttynose IPA, which Iíd give the nod to over this one. I know, I speak heresy. I guess Iíll see you in hell.
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange body with a thin light head. Aroma screams hops, it is a loud citrusy aroma. The taste is very bitter, very hoppy, but this is a good thing. There is also a slight alcohol taste in the middle of the mouth. Excellent beer for a hop head.
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alefest í05 - 100+ IBU!!!!! This and Buckeye 76 at this festival combined to outduel the combination of most of my other samples IBUs! Near perfect product as expected from one of the excellent breweries out there!
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral, slightly citric hop aroma that lasted for a couple of minutes after pouring. Deep golden color with a creamy head that remained for a while after pouring and never completely dissipated. Lots of lace on the sides of the glass. Serious hop flavor and bitterness. As the beer warmed up above 50 degrees, detected some alcohol bite that became a little harsh around 52 degrees. Beer was much better balanced when a little cooler (~48 deg). Detected subtle buttery/diacetyl flavor and aroma as well. Very carbonated which caused it to clear the palate very quickly, making way for a nicely bitter and hoppy aftertase. Overall, an excellent beer: big, hoppy, complex and even though hops dominated, pretty well balanced for a double IPA.