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RATINGS: 3718   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Please note that the Ruination produced in Europe is the Ruination Double IPA 2.0
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 The IPA Ruination makes an excellent host to the upper echelons of good India Pale Ales. Picture the infamous Stone demon wearing a top hat and brandishing a cane, belting out a melody explaining the ups and downs of IPAs while keeping rhyme and rhythm, and maybe even tap-dancing on his hellfire hooves. It might be a bit avant-garde, but thatís how I feel about the Ruination. Like a good musical host, say, the legendary Willy Wonka, the IPA Ruination himself expresses the qualities one should look for in an IPA while tipping his hat to the lesser forms of IPA life that help the drinker contrast good from bad. How ironic that a demon would can elaborate on good and bad, morals and quality, but itís true. The beer itself looks like nothing in particular. I might even go so far as to insult it by saying it looks a standard beer gold, with a bit more orange to it than your average American lager. The aroma is packed with a flowery hops bouquet, and for the first time in my life I could finally detect the smell of grapefruit in an IPA. Thereís also a great deal of citrus, including lemon, orange zest, grapes and a little soap. Even though itís dense with aromatics, the smell itself is light and a bit hard to grasp. The flavor begins slightly sweet (a generic fruity feel) with a tinge of grapefruit and a comparatively mild hopsiness. The texture is substantial, with a good thickness and carbonation that fits the style well. For gentler palates the Ruination is not so brutal, foregoing the traditional IPA thrashing around in the back of the mouth, cutting open esophaguses with hops harshness. Really, nobody can respect a man who starts coughing up blood in the middle of a pub. Yes, this affable host taught me that, while IPAís are good, it seems more difficult to exact variety within the family than in, say, a Strong Belgian Ale style. Nonetheless, it is a very valuable lesson.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 On tap (growler). High carbonation, smooth on the palate throughout. The first thing that i noticed was the bitterness right on the tip, never had that before. Not as ruinous,like the title suggests but very bitter and hoppy. Aroma was very nice too. You can practically smell whats coming. WORD!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thenewfbi (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
This is in my top 5 all time favorites. Very nice hoppy bite. Good floral aroma. It is very, very good. I love it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
very hoppy, like the label says. very bitter too. but once you get past the bitterness, its really good. one of my favorite beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2899) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Orange beer with thin white head and nice lacing. Apricots and hops in the aroma. More hops, along with malt in the palate, has nice body to it. Finish is not all that bitter. A good beer, I didnít think it was overdone on the hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2005
I really enjoyed the first half of this large bottle but after that the hops were overpowering for me. Iíd buy it again though just so I can train my taste buds to appreciate good beer. It was as well balanced a beer as it could be. Buy this if you like hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 4, 2005
pours a gorgeous gold/copper hue, with a nice off white head that dissipated quickly with nice lacing. incredibly strong hop aromas with an equally strong pine tip aroma. bitter is an understatement for this IPA. overwhelmingly bitter with a very strong pine tip taste with a nice smooth bittersweet ending. very memorable finish. overall, probably a little intimidating for the average beer drinker; but for an IPA enthusiest.... RAVISHING!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Crystal clear brassy color with a thin, but almost constantoff white head. Hoppy ans sweet like an IPA should be. A bit bitter, but if youíre into that youíll love it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopshopshops (4) - napoleon, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005 does not count
This has to be the best beer ever made. I am a huge fan of hops and I canít imagine a beer having more than this one. Wonderfully bitter too. If you like to "torture" yourself with powerfully hoppy/bitter beers like I do than this is the beer for you.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Dark golden with a white head. Very strong hop aroma. Taste is very hoppy and very bitter. Iím not a huge bitter fan, but this grew on me. I prefer the balance of the DFH 90-minute IPA, though.


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