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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Big time hop aroma, with just the slightest hints of malts. The head was rather small and fast on this. Tons of hops and bitterness in the flavor, I also got some mint flavor, and just a touch of malt. Hops linger for a long time. Good, but I appreciate a well balanced IPA more.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2003
This beer pours a couldy orange color with a small head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - like most micro IPA's. The flavor was very hoppy and spicy as the aroma hinted at. This is a good representation of the IPA class and if you're a hop head, this one is for you.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffmac (3) - USA - AUG 3, 2003 does not count
My dad always called me a "hophead", I guess it's true. Love the bitter finish. One of my favorites.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 ok, this is a re-rate because i was not a hophead when i rated this before. now, this shit is the bomb. i really enjoyed this beer. better than the regular ipa. i can't believe i rated this so low before. cloudy color. very very very hoppy. glorious smell of hops that invites your right in

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 American brewers just love the hoptastic flavor of over-hopped beers. That's OK, because I do too. Intitally, my mamby-pamby malt-head couldn't handle the ass-kicking hops in some of these beers. Now, all other beers are like drinking water. Unfortunately, there is a limit. Stone takes this one a bit too far. It just doesn't have the balance that other beers, like Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, posess. Flavor is typical of a standard citrusy IPA, but a slight better malt balance could do this beer a bit of good. Regardless, it's a great butt-kicking beer that looks and tastes great.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Maybe I’m turning into a hophead. I could literally smell the hops at arms length, a shot of grapefruit across the bow. Possibly the most pure fruit aroma I have ever encountered from hops. The appearance is fantastic, light orange, the faintest haze, and a thin white head that just won’t quit. Tiny bubbles. Pefect palate. The flavor, although still very hop heavy, has a solid malt sweetness to give some backbone. Spruce, grapefruit, earth, more grapefruit, some flowers, grapefruit, and hmmm, more grapefruit. The bitter finish isn’t aggressive, it just lasts and lasts. Wow. RERATE: 7/4/08 - Standing by the original rating, a happy moment after downgrading the normal IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Re-rate 12/10/2004I keep coming back to tihs beer and each time I like it more. IMO, it kicks Dreagnaught’s booty and is 3rd best IIPA (Alesmith, Stoudts, Ruination). Both the Yulesmith and hte Stoudts exhibit more malt character and I find that to be an advantage. This is one of the least balanced (in a good way mind you) beers you can drink.10/31/03 ReRate 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3 - Clear orange with a fine particled small head, very nice. Grapefruits to the maximum. Holy hop aroma Batman. Flavor is huge hoppy citrus, bitterness kicks your booty. Body is medium-full. Tasted this one right after the Stone IPA, they are similat but this one is much more extreme. Excellent beer.

A super nice IPA. Light clear copper color. Hops galore both in the aroma and the taste. Hints of maltiness. Good body but hops are the story. Very bitter finish. A true hop-head beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This is one of those crazy instances where so damn many hops are crammed into a beer that utilization of the alpha acids is difficult, so the beer actually tastes smooth and balanced instead of puckeringly bitter. Nice malty brown sugar flavor(and color, with red round the rim) balanced with a floral, sweet citrus flavor, with a quenching bitter aftertaste makes this the Stone IPA of choice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Light pumpkin colored beer with 3/4" thick white head. Holy hops. Huge sweet hoppy aroma. This beer is crushingly bitter. I love hops, but this is crazy. I now know what Stone means by "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermissionary (1) - Moose Balls Pass, Yukon, USA - JUL 27, 2003 does not count
The hop aroma of this beer is extreme, to say the least. Screaming a large amount of hops then, as it warms up some malt sweetness as well as some prominant alcohol notes. Great long lasting head with a beutiful deep golden color. A very assertive hop flavor, blasting you up front then following through the entire taste of the beer into the aftertaste. A slightly roasted sweet malt presence is there, along with the same alcohol tones as in the aroma. The malt presence in this beer seems like almost an afterthought. It's a clean well made beer, you have to love hops for this one alright! As an IPA goes, I would consider this a real good example of the style, with the only fault being almost hop overkill, is that possible in a IPA? Yes, I would say it is if the amount of hop renders a beer almost undrinkable but not in this particular example. I personnally would like this beer a lot better if it had a closer balance of malt to the hop presence, hence the name Ruination right?


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