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RATINGS: 3634   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Golden ale with no head. Light hops aroma Rather nice hops and malts, light citrus. Good bitterness but not ruinating. Good balance and body. (Sept. 2004)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
Very slightly hazy amber with not much of a short lasting off white head. Strong honey floral nectar, almonds and fresh hop pellet and woody stem aroma. Medium smooth body. Initial flavour impact is one of mouth stripping bitter. My drinking buddies were concerned that it would etch the gold label off the Duvel glasses we were drinking from. Thereís no doubt about the seriously strong bitter but thereís much much more to this beer than just bitter. Thereís a fair bit of matching treacly malty sweetness and the hops have a spectrum of floral and industrial strength cleaner flavours all of which nicely mask the highish ABV. Iím not sure I could drink too many of these in a row and for all round drinkability I still favour the regular Stone IPA

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
This is a world-class beer. I like my double IPAs without the over the top alcohol. This one pours a syrupy golden color with a nice fluffy head and effervescent bubbles. Perfumy hops with some pineapple. Well balanced flavor. Donít buy the propaganda, because I donít feel this is over the top at all. Rich in malt, very sweet backbone, with a broad array of flavorful hops. Not overly piney or citric, just a friendly melange of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly evident on the aftertaste, but is fairly non-existent. A nice brew for sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (541) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Thanks to clarkvv for sharing this bottle. Amber/golden color with a white head. Lots of hop aroma along with malts and alcohol. Big hop taste, but that was expected. The hops were the piney type. The hops seemed to be a bit unbalanced but there was a malt taste in there as well. Some alcohol, more than I expected. A long lasting bitter taste. This was good, but I like the regular IPA better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (391) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Pours golden amber with thin white head. Nice hop nose with citrus. Strong hop bite finishes bitter and warming. Interesting blend of flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
at kuhnhenns thanks clark v v for bringing this to sharewith flemdawg and me. my 1st stone rating. poured deep golden with a white head. aroma,hops citrus, alcohol, malts, honey, pine. flavor,some malts, hops, vanilla, alcohol,hints of pine, grapefruit with sugar on it,. nice balanced beer wish I could get it in the detroit area.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlondeBush (5) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2004 does not count
Not as good as Bear Republic Red Rocket; the hops massacre here got a little out of hand.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Very good. Perhaps great, but not fantastic. Appearance is a little upsetting, as is the lack of aroma, however, it does taste like an imperial ipa. Nice flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shotgun1431 (128) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Looks like a glass of honey. Not a lot of aroma. Flavor is fruity and very hoppy. Maybe a little too hoppy for my taste. A decent beer that I think is better alone than with most food.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours an interesting golden/red color. Very aromatic. Sweet and fruity. Very hoppy/piney aroma. Very good. Lots of hop flavor, but done very smoothly so that you can actually taste all of the different things going on in the beer.


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