tubeee (3) - USA - JAN 2, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light orange-gold, with a fluffy, bright-white head.
The aroma is a full blast of citrus and pine, as intense as one of those cardboard tree air fresheners. One orange and one green.
Initial flavor is fruit, then the "hoppiness" of hops, then the bitterness of hops, followed by the "greeness" of hops. Only after the initial assault has passed does a malty sweetness peek through, only to be obliterated by more hops in the aftertaste.
Medium body, with an oily mouthfeel typical of super-high-alpha IPAs.
Burps taste like hops hours later. Really.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 A really good double IPA. WHOA thats some hops.
mnurda (1188) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damage the hops I say. What an unreal taste. Wish this was avilable in Winnipeg.
jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden coor with thick white head and full lacing. Spicy, citrusy smell. Sweet hoppy taste. Sugary, caramel finish. Perfect style representation.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. This is one hoppy sumbitch. Stone sure knows what they are doing.
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 I’ve 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 Stone’s 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 don’t equate beer and pain... Unless I’m going for a Century Club.
shrubber85 (8836) - 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.