schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured a nice gold color with a small, mostly lasting white head. Nice clarity. Super hop bomb-a-thon aroma, touching off notes of pine, citrus (orange), grass, and flowers. Some butter and honey. Initially quite bitter with flavors of pine and metal. Lightly sweet in the middle with some alcohol warmth, then the bitterness picks up speed again for a very long, dry finish. Velvety smooth, medium carbonation. Not my style, but I can appreciate this brew.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brown-golden color with slightly tan head. Aroma is sweet, complimented by citrus and floral hops and sweet malt and roasty barley. Flavor is extremely well developed; I almost taste a hint of roasted soba in the finish. Orange and grapefruit shine through a roasty wheat backbone. Well balanced with a complex palate. A must try.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Julios Spring Beer Festival. Distant one dimensional Cascade aroma. It seems fairly unexciting at first. Pour of amber clearsih with a copious head of off ivory. Here come the hops. A crushing hop blow, with cloying fresh ruby red grapefruit, light tangerines, a good dose of Loblolly pine resin and smack of centennial. Very sweet and redolent with a plethora of lighter malt character. I feel this draws closer to a standard IPA, than a double. Needs more backbone, alcohol and heft for a double. But, the hop character in this beer is well built and the nice touches of creamy malt play out fairly well. I wish the hop aroma was more distinct. Palate smacks of sweet lemongrass and bean curd.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a distinctive 22 oz. Stone brown bomber bottle with a length blurb on back, no bottled/freshness date, served at cellar temperature.
Made a good appearance, poured a clear reddish orange hued copper with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing with a minimal amount of sticking, moderate carbonation overall.
Had a floral and citric hop nose, oily and piney as well, with a sweet maltiness in the background.
A crisp, hop textured slick and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Floral oily and citric hoppiness, piney leafiness follows, a smooth, rolling bitterness, a toasted grainy maltiness struggling to surface, a subtle alcohol warmth sleeking in at the middle of the taste, a little yeasty butteriness towards the end and a dry earthy and citric hop finish with the hops lingering in the palate.
An excellent D/IPA from Stone, what else can be said, a must try.
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been trying to get my hands on this one for a long time. Killer IPA, pretty much perfect in execution. As the description states, this one is bitter as heck. I canít really fault this beer, though my perfect IPA would feature the hops more with aroma and flavor with less focus on the bitterness. But this is still great, and it has a cool name.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I understand that this is a extremely popular beer, but it just doesnít work for me. I appreciate that Stone has always pushed the envelope, but I have always thought that Ruination is over the top. It is just too bitter for me. Donít get me wrong, I love all things hoppy, but this stuff is just too much.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with medim white head. Nice carbonation. Strong hops flavor, just on the verge of overdone, but not quite.
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours out amber color with a head. Nice fruity aroma. Flavor is awesome!! Nice cirus hoppy flavor with a hint of pine. Awesome IPA!!!
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 This had a small head.Aroma was a nice fruity .color medium brown.The taste was a nice fruity,full-bodied taste.It finished a bit sour.Overall this was a different kind of tasting beer.I would drink again,but I think I favor the 9th anniversary to this variety.#-07-Much better than I originally rated it.This has a sweet,fruity aroma.It tastes of sweet i tasted oranges right from the start.Finishes bitter.I think this is my new favorite IPA!!Has a medium body that seems lighter.Had was average.Color a murky amber.Really like this much better than the last time i tried it.No wonder itís rated so high!!
turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great IPA, though from the comments here, I expected a bit more bitterness. Lovely amber pour with a medium head that lasted. Hops definitely come through above everything else, though nothing too intense. Highly recommended.