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RATINGS: 3706   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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!


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2006
In the mood for hops again so I thought Iíd try this one out tonight and see how it fairs from the rest of the bunch. Pours a transparent, golden-amber with a decent off white head. The hop aroma is indeed pungent...lots of pine and citrus and not much else...some light caramel malt perhaps. The flavor also has a good hop punch, lots of grapefruit, some pine, and some light malty sweetness. The body isnít as thick as I would expect for the style...itís almost a bit watery at times. Bitter punches in the front and backwith some light maltiness in the middle. Certainly serves my hop craving...though I canít help wanting a bigger body out of this one.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Very strong smelling beer - rather cloudy looking but made a nice head. Not bad tasting but wouldnít buy it on my own

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
(22oz bottle. 03/2006). Just what the palate needs to cleanse all those suggary brews. Big hop aroma. Big hop bitterness. Big hop taste. A good, easy-drinkiní beer. Donít be intimidated ... drink this down.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Another one of my favorites! Very strong hoppy aroma, one of the hoppiest beers Iíve ever had. Then again Iím only 25 years old.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Looks an unimpressive red/gold with a crumby loose head. The aroma is terrific, fruit punch, bubblegum, malt, and of course, resinous hops. The mouthfeel is resinous and smooth/slippery with just the right CO2 (I see why the head stunk). The warming influence it has on the innards is also rather pleasant. The flavor is insanely complex. I can taste everything in the aroma with addition of grapefruit, pine, Umbelliferous (carrot family-like) tastes and perhaps a little salt. Oh yeah, and truckloads of hops and malt. Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that this beer is rather bitter, though thereís so much else going on itís easy to overlook. I canít think of a beer this sweet or this hoppy that pulls it off quite so well, Good job Stone!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
golden/copper color with a lot of carbonation, head doesnt last- big white bubbles. Appearance overall is a little weak. Aroma is great, I get grapefruit, mint, general fruitiness, hoppy. This beer is super strong, very hoppy, bitter. Definitely unique.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (3318) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Rich gold color followed by a rich hoppy flavor. It ran rampant with hoppiness, hints of pine, citrus, and no worries of sweetness. Hops are all you get! I liked this IPA very much and will have another soon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2006
CLoudy golden appearance sith a frothed white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a flowery malt with sweet undertones. Flavor is fruit like with a sharp bitterness from the overwhelmingly hopped brew. Very good. Palate bitterness holds tight and finishes with a crisp hint of sweet clover. Unique. One of my favorite IPAs. Will buy again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2006
22 oz. bomber at 55 degrees. Pours a slightly hazy sunset orange with a frothy and lasting white head. Just a huge hop nose emminates from the snifter. Orange, grapefruit, crushed pine needles, itís all right up front, but not much in the way of any malt aromas to be found. A nice round mouthfeel with the subdued carbonation level keeping it silky smooth. Massive hop flavor profile; like biting into a whole grapefruit encrusted in honey and pine needles. Some faint crystal malt sweetness attempts to balance out the big muscle hops. Finishes with a big, bold and crisp bitterness; nice and long. The 7.7% interplays nicely being present just enough to accentuate all the luscious flavors of this classic American IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
22 oz bottle poured a nice golden color with a tall frothy white head. Big hop profile in the nose. Before opening the bottle you read the description and see the 100+ IBU so you expect a massively hopped beer. The flavor was very nice with notes of pine, grapefruit, and dry bitterness. Solid brew, but it didnít seem much more hoppier than their regular IPA. Hard to classify this as a DIPA if I compare the others DIPAís Iíve had.


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