Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very wonderfully hoppy IPA. Very clear and classy looking in appearance. The hops are well balanced by malts making for a smooth full flavored ale. The brew is right up there with Hopocity by Full Sail but has a more bitter bite and less sweet hop aroma. Very very good though
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ruination is better to combine with Dogfish 90 than puting it up against a regular IPA. Ruination is every bit as good as Dogfish 90!!! Great hops, I donít know about Paganism but Ruination is a terrific beer. I think this round is going to wind up in a tie. If I could stocks lots of both and never have to run out Iíd die a happy man after a fulfilling life of quality beer consumption. Its an awesome beer. Potent, Hoppy, Iím sure the Stone Gargoyles who protect this elixir are very proud of their duty to man.
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deap honey golden brown pour. Thin white layer of head that dissapates very quickly. Smell is of hops. Fruitiness is grapefruit. Not too carbonated. Taste is very hopy. Very bitter. Very refreshing. Very delicious IPA. Makes me wanting more, more, more.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 WOW!! I guess I know for sure what a hoppy beer tastes and smell like now!
nice amber color with thick foamy head! that lasts!!
$4.99 for a bomber here in Arizona, and I cant wait to get some more,, nice bite with lingering taste A+++
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A total piney hopfest in my mouth with this beer. It could be a bit sweeter to make it more balanced, but it does well by itself.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is 101% hops. This beer is is easily the most bitter thing I have ever put in my mouth. I prefer the Stone IPA for its balance, but the hophead in me loves this brew.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark gold with a decent white head. Soap-like bubbles. Strong grapefruit hop aroma, not as strong as expected. Initial taste is hops. Middle hops. Finish long hops. Surprising pockets of sweetness in some sips. No mouth dryness or hop oil in taste or texture. Excellent for meeting its promise. Not your everyday beer.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 A very strong aroma, fruity and inviting. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, considering the label, but had a nice strong flavor, with a mix of hops and sweet malt. This is a complex beer, and is definitely a beer that should be savored for a decent amount of time to fully enjoy all of the flavor.
aceboxer (15) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
almost surreal imbodiment of what makes an IPA an IPA. the aromas are almost as satisfying of the beer from pour to finish
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. 05.23.04 Bright, orangey gold, clear but with sea-monkey-like floaties. Aromas of cotton candy and tropical fruits and IPA. Hops up front - smooth and sweet middle maltiness. Massive hops finish. I feel taste buds dying. Hops are affecting my sinuses!? Of all the Stone beers I tried on my Bay Area swing, I thought this was the best and the most appropriate; Iíd surely like to enjoy it again.