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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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Bottle. Golden-amber beer with a big off-white head. Aroma of sweet grapefruit with some caramel backing. Thereís some balance here (if you can call something thatís still dominated by hops balanced). Itís smooth for a beer of this type. Bitterness prevails in some grapefruit/tar flavors, but itís relatively easy to drink. Less malt and assertiveness than an arogant bastard.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very bitter and I love it, lots of hops in this bad boy, I recommend this if you love bitter beer. It has a great aroma, of hops and malts, very hoppy. If you havenít had it, get it!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (1010) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This is the top of the IPA food chain in my opinion. Hopp madness in a bottle, but yet somehow controlled and balanced within itís environment. Simply an amazing work of art!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Bottle. Poured a nice bright orange color. Thick, big bubbled headthat lasts for quite a while and fades down to a modest layer over the beer. Great lacing. Aroma of piney and citric hop, bits of melon?? and malt. Very nice. Juicy hop flavor. A touch overdone, but restrained still. This one seems to be about to kick your head in with IBUís and pulls back at the last moment. . Malt and hop compete for a bit and then a long citrus hop finish. Very pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
More orange and grapefruit. Honestly, itís a little sweeter than Dreadnaught, but other than that, I can barely tell the difference. I donít know if Iíll ever learn to sort out hop complexities. This was.....interesting....not bad, certainly not....but way too much in the hop juice category.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Awesome pale/ orange color with a nice fluffy white head and great lacing. Lots and lots of citrus hops in the aroma, and maybe some piney aromas too. Flavor is backed slightly by hops but again- is dominated by those strong american hops. Probably not too much chinook in here like in AB, which gives it more of a smooth citrusy and floral aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is great and it leaves an excellent sticky resin on the back of your throat. One of the best Imperial IPAís however, I think that victoryís Hop wallop uses a little more hops and is indeed more bitter, which is not to say one is better than the other. I like them both about the same. However- I have brewed Imperial IPAís that blow this out of the water as far as hoppiness goes. I really liked this beer and I will pick up plenty more next time i go out to my distributer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Completely over the top. So incredibly overpowering that even I have trouble with the aftertaste. A lot of alcohol, and a lot more hops. A good beer as a novelty, but not one I want to drink every day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 bottle 22 oz. Almost clear golden honey amber with large off white head ( a thin surface of fine foam on top of rather large bubbles) which fell rather quick. Moderate to good carbonation with minimal lace. Aroma is fresh, clean, resinous hops with a rich light amber malt background. Flavor is rich, somewhat sweet, light amber malt with alcohol and plenty of hops with a bit of a spicey/perfumey taste. Medium body. Hop bitterness hits right away, stays, and the finish is pleasantly bitter. Something wasnít quite right with this one. Perhaps a bit old or stored wrong. The noticible alcohol taste distracted from the flavors and there was a somewhat overcooked aspect to the malt as well. Will have to try again from a different source. www.stonebrew.com was on the cap. 5/27/05: Got a good one this time. Similar to their IPA but bigger especially in the hops dept. This is one of those brews that can put that hop "burn" on you and make you enjoy every second of it. The burn, & bitterness fit well, not "added on" tasting like some. Almost puckering quality. The alcohol was still noticable all the way through the 22 oz bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Medium amber color witha mild head. Very hoppy at the start, malty sweet at the end. Dry and quenching.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
Hazy, translucent orange-amber. White head. Thin but stable bead. Big floral & citrus (grapefruit) aroma w/ notes of pine & mint. Full, sticky, oily, body. Huge hop flavour of grapefruit, mint, & pine. Nicely supported by the malt but still balanced toward the hops. Long, intensely bitter finish w/ some very dry, peppery notes.


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