kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruination was my second experience with Stone Brewing, that is to say I indeed experienced the ruinous effects of the Ruination IPA. As Iíve mentioned before my penchant is usually towards the less hoppy of beers, but I can make an exception especially for the exceptional - of any style. In this case I had been preparing all day for the buccal massacre, so Stoneís craft was not so much of a slaughter as it could have been. The appearance of this so-called monster seemed rather innocuous, even mundane. Under the soapy bubble bath of a head hid a clear tangerine-colored liquid. Every citrus fruit you can think of finds its way into the nose of this beer: orange, grapefruit and lime especially are enhanced by the aroma of pineapple, apricot, apple and pear. Quite tropical of a blend. Toasty biscuits and graham crackers sweeten the deal and provide a light malt backbone. In the mouth, Ruination bears more resemblance to its name and takes on an aggressive persona. The abrasive carbonation and dry mouthfeel make it difficult to find complexity in the flavor which thus limits it to heavily burnt toast and a slight grapefruit tang. I can see what people like in IPAs, but my preference goes to less hostile styles as I generally donít equate beer and pain... Unless Iím going for a Century Club.
shrubber85 (8492) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Bottle. Pineapple orange aroma primarily. Amber with small head. Sweet pineapple juice flavor initiallly that is quickly overwhelmed by piney hops flavor. Sweet, fruity and hoppy
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Bottle. Pours golden orange with off-white head. Aroma of orange from the citrusy hops, but not as agressive as other IIPAs. Most of the malt profile is overpowered by the bitterness and fruity notes of the hops. Texture is surprisingly on the lighter side of medium. Feels resiny in the mouth. bitter, grassy with some very very slight sherry and smoke finish. Must be an aged bottle. REVISTED 8-9-06 with a fresher bottle. The aroma is more grapefruity and more pronounced than my first sample. The finish was unique, but odd. Very leafy, dry, with some grainy or chalky texture. Unlike other IIPAs, I like this one better with some time in the cellar.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Floral scents on the nose. Pours a golden color with a decent off-white head with some holding power. Initially, this was an intense brew, hoppy bitterness, but as it drank it seemed to mellow and I ended up enjoying.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have to admit I feel like a wuss for not loving this beer. It is just too much for me. Intense is an understatement. Would taste graet in a 2 ounce sample, but a whole glass of this resiny stuff is challenging.
piscator34 (2040) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange/amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge citrusy hop aroma, with some interesting green (almost minty) notes in the background. Bracing, but not at all harsh, bitterness. Loads of complex citrus flavor notes: lemon, manderin orange and grapefruit. Minor notes of pine and black pepper. The malt component of the flavor profile is surprisingly clean. Somewhat light bodied for an IIPA, but in a really nice way that makes the beer even more drinkable. Huge thanks to mnurda for the gift.
GarrettB (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 The IPA Ruination makes an excellent host to the upper echelons of good India Pale Ales. Picture the infamous Stone demon wearing a top hat and brandishing a cane, belting out a melody explaining the ups and downs of IPAs while keeping rhyme and rhythm, and maybe even tap-dancing on his hellfire hooves. It might be a bit avant-garde, but thatís how I feel about the Ruination. Like a good musical host, say, the legendary Willy Wonka, the IPA Ruination himself expresses the qualities one should look for in an IPA while tipping his hat to the lesser forms of IPA life that help the drinker contrast good from bad. How ironic that a demon would can elaborate on good and bad, morals and quality, but itís true. The beer itself looks like nothing in particular. I might even go so far as to insult it by saying it looks a standard beer gold, with a bit more orange to it than your average American lager. The aroma is packed with a flowery hops bouquet, and for the first time in my life I could finally detect the smell of grapefruit in an IPA. Thereís also a great deal of citrus, including lemon, orange zest, grapes and a little soap. Even though itís dense with aromatics, the smell itself is light and a bit hard to grasp. The flavor begins slightly sweet (a generic fruity feel) with a tinge of grapefruit and a comparatively mild hopsiness. The texture is substantial, with a good thickness and carbonation that fits the style well. For gentler palates the Ruination is not so brutal, foregoing the traditional IPA thrashing around in the back of the mouth, cutting open esophaguses with hops harshness. Really, nobody can respect a man who starts coughing up blood in the middle of a pub. Yes, this affable host taught me that, while IPAís are good, it seems more difficult to exact variety within the family than in, say, a Strong Belgian Ale style. Nonetheless, it is a very valuable lesson.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 On tap (growler). High carbonation, smooth on the palate throughout. The first thing that i noticed was the bitterness right on the tip, never had that before. Not as ruinous,like the title suggests but very bitter and hoppy. Aroma was very nice too. You can practically smell whats coming. WORD!
thenewfbi (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is in my top 5 all time favorites. Very nice hoppy bite. Good floral aroma. It is very, very good. I love it.
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very hoppy, like the label says. very bitter too. but once you get past the bitterness, its really good. one of my favorite beers.