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RATINGS: 3629   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Pours a nice copper orange with a little quick white head. No lacing whatsoever. So beforeI begin I must say I just had a GD Herc dbl IPA s othis is tasting allot weaker in comparison. Aromas were citrusy and hoppy with a little pine. Flavor was balanced with a buttery malt flavor that transformed to ahop citrus flavor. not bad a lot better than most I have had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twcguy (32) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
Strong pine aroma, nice hop nose. Not much malt balance. 2nd best local IPA. Alesmithís IPA is a better choice by far.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours a copper color with thick head that dissipates quickly. Nose is piney and citrusy, very big hop nose. Flavor is a little thin and mostly nothing but hops. Pretty bitter, but no where near as hoppy as expected. Pretty one dimensional, but being a hop head makes that one dimension pretty good. If you just want to get your bitter on then go for it!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 From 22oz Bottle. Lovely transparant orangish-amber color with a quickly diminishing soapy white head. Wonderful aromas of freshly cut cedar and spruce boughs, grapefruit, and some slightly sweet dried apricot. Very full, rich, buttery texture. The hop balance is quite nice - the bitterness that sometimes dominates has been tamed to be proportional to the soft texture. Clean, well drawn out hoppy finish that lasts for minutes. Some spiciness noted toward the conclusion. Alcohol is pleasantly disguised. Clean, smooth, must try example of an imperial IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer. Golden blonde with a small white head with great lacing and retention. This beer is meeker and milder than I remember. 3 years ago, this beer really pushed the envelope, but now itís an average dbl IPA. Newer versions of the style would overpower this beer. Good, drinkable, but doesnít ruin me like it used to.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Poured a beautiful amber color with a frothy white head that stayed (looked great for a pour from the bottle). The aroma was a hoptasm in my nostrils and upon the first sip, in my mouth as well. Good lacing on the glass. It isnít hoppy to the point of overdoing, its truly right on the money. Iíd drink this again and again. I think its nearly perfect.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (4788) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours a nice gold -- with a little haze. Deep citrus and hop aroma. Bitter -- first taste is hops, second taste is hops with a long hop finish. Soft and creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
22 oz bottle, via Sprinkle. Pours a bright copper with a craggy white head. Crisp citric and pine hop nose with plenty of depth atop a caramel malt base. Aggressively hopped yet well balanced flavor. Very fresh and raw hop character with a clean and crisp finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation yields a soft and well rounded mouthfeel. Overall a very nice beer, packed with flavor. I must say though, when I drank this I didnít feel that it really crossed the line into Double IPA territory. I suppose that is a testament to how well made this is because the usually alcohilic bite was just not there. Very drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bomber poured a clear copper with a small, lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine and a hint of citrus. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavors of carmel, pine and some earthiness with a bitter finish. To much bitterness and not enough hop aroma and flavor for my taste.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bcasper (4) - bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006 does not count
Ruination pours smooth with light head filling the glass with a rich amber ale that has a very intising appearance. It goes down smooth with a hint of citrus leaving the palate awakened to the incredible world of hops.


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