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RATINGS: 3505   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!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours out a nice amber color with a medium sized frothy head. The aroma boasts of hops. It has a very smooth taste for a more potant beer....much better than some other double IPA’s I’ve had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 hops, hops, hops. taste is citrus and orangy. this is definately an imperial ipa worth trying

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (562) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours a beautiful amber color. I half expected a bug to be frozen in the middle.
Head was tall and thick, but disapated quickly. Chunky lacing.
Aroma was floral and citrus and pine. every swirl of the glass brought out something different. Some honey tried to peek out, but got beaten back by the hops.
Flavor was piney and citrusy (ruby red grapefruit), but with a sweet quality in there to balance it out.
Lush mouthfeel. Loooooooonnnnnggggg finish. left my lips and tounge tingling and wanting more....

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 nice amber color, minor clouding. quickly dissipating head. Nose of citrus and crazy ass hops. Silky smooth and oily. Badass hop attack coupled with a hardcore malt backbone. Definitely destroying my palate. Fortunately, my last new beer for the night...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 cloudy orange red color, big bold hop aroma, wonderful deep and wide hop taste, you get a fresh burst of hop on each swallow. It could be stronger to be a real hop bomb, but not better. Taste was raging right to the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
run20six2 (119) - USA - JUL 31, 2004
A bitter tasting dark beer with a noticable taste of alcohol. However it was pleasing to taste. Had it at Isaac Newtown’s.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
pours amberish-yellow, w/small head. strong hoppy & citrus scent, full bodied w/dry bitter finish...another great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hefehound (3) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004 does not count
Pours a amber colour with a nice fluffy slightly less than white head. Aroma is of massive hops. Floral, citrus some piney notes. However the beer is not that massively out of balance. There are some malt and honey notes in the intitial taste, then the hops pile it on. Dry and just a bit bitter its the hop lovers dream. I would like to say that it was very very drinkable, but I think one does the trick. After drinking one of these your palate is pretty much scrubbed raw.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2006 Bottled. Pours crystal clear, honey colored, big off-white, fully lasting head leaving behind thick, sticky lace. Smells strongly of honey, floral, astringent grapefruit rind//alcohol, pine, fruit. Powerful flavor! Rich honey in the front and the hops just build and build, citrus, pine, flowers, harsh bitter after the middle and a dry, acidic finish that is...well balanced for quite a while, but the malts are outlasted by the hops and ruination? Oh yes. Alcohol is noticable as it warms. Full bodied, very light-soft, almost velvety carbonation, dry finish, not syrupy. Hmm...after having this many a time and being able to compare it to many an IPA, it seems rather simple. I respect what the brewer did in choosing malts to highlight the hops, etc, but yeast presence is weak and flavor is simple. I still really like the stuff, but there are better IPA’s. Highly recommended for the hop head...it’s delightful.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 bottle from NAB LES NYC- clear amber color strong hop ness, bitter to the extreme but nice another brainbuster from the good folks at stone.


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