proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really like IPAís and this one only emphasizes that fact. Once you start to really like the bitterness of hops, you just canít get enough and Ruination doesnít disappoint. An extremely balanced IPA despite the fact that it rings in at 100 IBUís in the bitterness department. Full, rich and yes, you can taste malt here. No, the malt isnít a big player, but it rings the hops down to the point that they arenít as overwhelming as you are expecting. Began the bomber inside and finished while grilling steaks outside in 35 degree temperatures. Delicious.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a diminishing white head. Some lacing.
Hoppy. Hops in the nose, hops in the flavor, hops everywhere.
Wish the ABV was a little higher.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 6/11/02: Ah yes..Iím the first to rate this new addition to the stone line-up..poured golden brown with a creamy whiteish head...Grassy/floral aroma...very smooth/grassy/super hoppy flavor..suprisingly balanced..11/21/02: the aroma was nice and grassy but had hints of alcohol..the color was a tad deeper than the regular IPA..thereís balance, thereís bitterness..but it lacks the delicate peachy notes of the regular IPA..side by side with the IPA..I like the the IPA better..
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great IPA. Bitter enough for me! I also like how this beer comes in a 22 ounce bottle. I had this and a double bastard and im pretty shwilly.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious IPA. Possibly my favorite. Not as overwhelming as one might think. Great flavor and finish.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well this will grab you by the tongue and make you pucker! But I like it a lot, I love bitters and this has the bitterness that I like.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Wonderful nose of citrus-hop-grapefruit. Exceptionally smooth when you think that it has 100 IBU. Finish is quicker than expected as well. This stuff could scare some away but I love it.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am a big fan of IPAís. this was by far the best i have ever had. 100+ IBUís????? You would never even know. EXCELLENT!!!!
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely an attention-getting taste! Not as biting as some other IPAs - but certainly better tasting. Nice pour - thick creamy head, beautiful dark golden color. Hops are overriding in the flavor, as expected, but there is a nice floral and citrus tang to help balance it out. Cool bottle art as usual!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great IPA. Although the IBUís are about 100, this tastes nowhere near that. An incredible IPA and a must for any hophead.