IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 Rerate 6/16/06: Now on tap at the Heorot. Excellent cloudy orange. Hoppy aroma. Taste has some malt character, but I find it unbalanced now, as the finish is just bracingly bitter. Really, not much hop character beyond bitterness. My palate has changed a lot in three years. Just got a bottle for my 21st. Immediately one of the best beers I’ve ever tried. Color is beautiful orange/golden (I poured some in a wine glass and it looked even better.) Grapefruit and hops hops hops, but I was expecting more like hops X 5... great stuff.
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is the stuff of dreams for any dedicated hop head, such as myself. What a glorious experience indeed. The body is liquid gold, with an inch and a half thick head that crowns atop it. The carbonation in the underlying liquid is picture perfect, and the thick body slows the ascent of the tiny bubbles down noticeably. The head recedes down to a quarter inch in height, but never completely fades. Lacing is excellent as the beer goes into me.
The aroma is like being airdropped into a pine forest. The cascade hops assault the palette with their pine resin like quality from the first sip. The flavors of grapefruit, butterscotch, peach, pear, and sour apple are also evident as let the beer lap my tounge.
On most other IPAs the hop burps are the last thing to enjoy after the beer, but here, they come after just a few sips. The malt backbone is quite solid indeed, but is only there to hold up the hops. The alcohol is in there somewhere, but under the blanket of hops you never taste it, until your head starts spinning. The mouthfeal is creamy, and the drinkability is so good, it is scary.
For me this is the pinnacle of the art of brewing. A beer this good does not come around often. Every beer lover should try this at least once. If you are not a hop head before, this beer may well convert you into one. Thank God, Liquid Solutions ships to Georgia. This beer will be on my shopping list during the next beer run to Chattanooga. And when that dreaded ABV cap is lifted, it will be hard to pick up anything else when I see Ruination on the shelves.
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber color with nice rich head. Excellent head retention. Overwhelming hop aroma but flavor isn't as unbalanced as 100 IBU would expect you to believe. I get lots of malt with the huge amount of bitterness and hop flavor. Overall an excellent beer. Better than DFH 90 minute IMO.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Wow, this is a knock your socks off imp IPA. Great amazing flavor in the attack with wicked strong bitterness in the end. But after you get over the bitterness and your taste buds adjust, goes dowm amazingly smooth.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(old review I didn't realize I hadn't transfered)
I bought this today. I've been working on a paper for the past several days and it has to be "served" this morning at 10am (law school, forgive me). I think I got about 3 hours of sleep the night before and I haven't been to bed yet. I had to stop by school to pick up some papers for the paper and then I stopped at my favorite store to grab something to eat *and* get something to knock me out when I finally finished with the paper. I figured Ruination IPA would go well because if I didn't finish the paper then it would be Ruination GPA. I'm still wired from the coffee and I'm hoping this will knock me out for a few hours so I can turn in the paper.
Poured a cloudy amber, which looked nice. Not a whole lot of head and what there was didn't stick around, not unlike a divorce lawyer at a marriage retreat. But the lace... There's not only lace on the glass, there's a whole blanket of unpopped bubbles on the one side of the glass! First time I've ever seen that.
Smells of very floral hops with a hint of caramel.
Tastes...damn bitter without being bitter. How the Hell did that happen? I mean, so many hops that my tongue is trying to get away but the beer really isn't bitter...tasting? Maybe it's the sleep deprivation. All I can think of after three days of reading depositions, case law, and Oregon Revised Statutes on Abuse of Process is...ABUSE OF PROCESS!!! Forgive me here, but what the Hell is is Stone trying to do? Either be bitter all around or do *not* be bitter. < resisting the urge to sue someone for something >
Mouthfeel takes a dive here but only because my tongue has now officially grown hair, and the roof of my mouth is not happy about it. Officially I'll have to say that the mouthfeel is full and perfectly carbonated, but my oral cavity wants to file a Motion for Summary Judgement on that one.
Drinkability is *really* high when you're wanting to get knocked down like a guy walking behind an moving ambulance with a personal injury attorney in hot pursuit.
I need sleep...
kenaibrew (11) - Sterling, Alaska, USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer with strong citrus and grapefruit characteristics, if you love hops this is the beer for you.
rathole2331 (2) - Red Bluff, California, USA - MAR 12, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Overwhelming pungeant citrus aroma, and the palate does not dissapoint from the nose. Powerful hop aroma and flavor with the malt perfectly balancing by dripping like caramel arount the hops. Possibly the worlds most perfect beer, if you love hops.
maltdog (618) - Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light pumpkin-colored, clear enough to read through, and teeming with bubbles. The fleecy head has impressive staying power and leaves the inside of the glass completely painted with lace. Aromas are evenly split between syrupy, candylike malt and sappy green hop. Pineapple, honeydew, licorice, and diesel fuel lurk in the background. Toffeeish malt flavor is almost too sugary; the hops are woody and herbal, not as dominating as I anticipated. Full-bodied, slick and silky, almost buttery. An alcohol punch swathes my brain in fuzzy flannel. Finishes with an overall tingly, but not searing, bitterness, less than I expected from 100+ IBUs. Personally, I find Arrogant Bastard to be more aggressive.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was ready for a major hop fest when opening this one. What I got was lots of hops with a nice balance of malt. This copper colored beer emits an aroma of grapefruit and malt. Smooth and creamy on the palate with beautiful malt flavors that quickly succumb to hops. The strong hop finish lingers long after the final sip.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2004 Incredible IPA with tons of hoppy bitter flavor. The color/appearance of this brew is a clear beautiful amber with a nice off-white head. Has a citrusy, pine-y flavor with grapefruit and a TON of hops!!! Sweet taste with great malt backing. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Nice lacing on the glass. Highly recommended!!! Will definitely buy again.