californiapete (9) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
While I cut my craft-beer teeth two decades ago on Sierra Nevadaís hoppy pale ale, I canít really call myself a hophead by todayís rather ambitious standards. Thus, with a bias toward "balanced" beers rather than more extreme offerings, and with a lukewarm response to Stoneís Arrogant Bastard (which I find way too harshly bitter), I wasnít very optimistic about Stoneís facefull-of-hops iconic DIPA. But man is this one outstanding beer! The hop aroma upon opening and pouring is indeed in your face. Itís an aroma I enjoy while brewing beer, but much like black pepper and vanilla when cooking, Iíd rather it be tempered and blended with other ingredients when actually drinking beer. In other words, not unpleasant, just out of place. But thatís the last of my complaints. The bitterness is definitely pronounced, but the beer remains surprisingly drinkable. There are some really good sweet, biscuity malt undertones to this beer, as well as an appropriate amount of alcoholic warmth. Moreover, the longer one lingers over this beer, the more those malt aromas and flavors come through, making for an amazingly balanced beer (for something that claims -->100 IBUs) and a relatively drinkable one, too, at least for a beer of its strength. Iím still not much of a fan of Stoneís imagery (gargoyles, dare-you-to-drink-me marketing type/hype), but a great beer will always rise above its packaging.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible. This is what IPA should be. A big, badass, hop-smelling hairy bear of an IPA.
Aromas of citrus, pine, flowers, and acetone with a stiff body and enough bitterness to keep you thirsty for more.
BuckeyeBoy (5964) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Pours out a goldish color with a tall white head. A GREAT Aroma of HOPS. Very nice. Also some citrus. Very nice IPA
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 One of my absolute favorites. Rerating this because it has grown on me so much since I first tasted it a few years ago. Cheers to Stone!
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.