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RATINGS: 3353   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2012 This used to be one of my favorite IIPAs - a 4.5 in the old days, but it is a shell of it’s former self.+++ This beer poured an orange amber color with a large creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and spicy with moderate notes of vague floral and herbal hops. The flavor was bitter, dryish and somewhat tart with notes of vague floral, perfumey and herbal hosp and light undertones of pine, grapefruit and pepper. The finish was long and dry with lingering pine, pepper and floral/herbal hops. Moderately full bodied. This beer used to be a sweet grapefruit bomb but they have ruined an old favorite and I doubt I would bother to get it again after what they have done to it.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Clear light amber, small white head, rising carbonation, massive PNW hops and perhaps a bit of malt in the nose. Rich mouthfeel, some sweet malt, way overhopped, very bitter finish. My impression of the brewer: good technique, very poor judgment. Like drinking Pine-Sol. What’s with the 4.11 overall rating?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Pours yellow/amber, with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is flowery and fruity. Taste is grapefruit and the body is just right. Alcohol is hidden well. Finishes with hops. Drinks very easily.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
Aroma hit with a flowery / fruit smell. For an IPA it has an unexpected creaminess, with a balanced hoppy flavor. My wife avers, "One of the best beers I have ever tasted. I like it."

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
Pours a light carbonated yellow. Smelled sweet like oranges. Not crazy hoppy like a lot of stone ales. It does have a hop bite, but not overwhelming. Balanced out with a nice citrus flavor. This is a very good beer and should be tried by all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2004
Poured a golden brown with a medium head that quickly faded. And after that all I noticed was hops. And that's it. From first taste to the long long long aftertaste is hops hops hops hops hops. I like!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
They don't lie. This beer will "ruin" your palate for any beers you drink immediately afterward. Dark color, with heavy hops. Definite pine and citrus overtone.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
Dark clear gold, fluffy white head. I bow to sir hop-a-lot. Great nose of PNW hops, pine, sweet grapefruit, and all things citric. Flavors are practically mirrored with aroma. The malt however plays up a great backup roll in producing what could almost be called balance. A hopbomb type bitterness that for whatever reason never hits over the top. Medium to full bodied, dry, lengthy bitter finish. Stone NEVER disappoints me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
It pours a dark yellowish orange color with an off white head, which didn’t last all that long. I could smell plenty of hops, but I also picked up some foresty pine scent as well. In my opinion the malt flavor was overpowered by all of the hops. It smelt and tasted sweet, but it had a strong and unpleasant aftertaste. It was extremely bitter, as expected, but to me, it didn’t seem very balanced. It was over the top hops. It could be that I am just not a huge fan of this style of beer. One thing is for sure, this is one of my least favorite beers that Stone makes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
Definately my favorite from Stone Brewing Co. Big hops taste with a kick. The color is deep and rich. Highly recommended to IPA fans.


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