jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange opaque light colored nectar with no head.
aroma is HOPS!!!!!, light fresh pomes, and dried pomes (apples, pears, apricots, peaches, etc.). alcohol too, like solvent alcohol, harsh.
Flavor is HOPS!!!!!, Syrupy, canned peaches and pears and apricots. oh yeah and Alcohol, like solvent alcohol, harsh.
MF is pretty good, maybe slightly heavy but it's suitable.
Overall, I'm enjoying this because it's big on hops and alcohol, but it's not as complex as other I2PA's. It's heavy on hops and alcohol and therefore far and away better than the vast majority of brew and actually I don't feel this is Stone's best job of masking high alcohol levels at all. Not a favorite, but it's good.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I acquired this beer in December and I finally decided to open it. Wow. Poured a beautiful gold with a thick white head. Lots of grapefruit and hops in the aroma, along with lemon zest. Lots of hops and citrus fruits on the tongue. The hops were a bit mellow, but it was perfect. This beer just begged me to drink it, and I didn't have a problem with that. It had a wonderful bitter hop finish. Please, please drink me! That's all the beer kept saying. So I drank and I drank. Wow. I love this beer.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
First let me praise Stone Brewery. Although I love their other products(Bastard and such), no two of their beers tastes the same. In that I mean, when I drink a Sam Adams of any rendition, I know I'm drinking Sam Adams. So with the adventurous Stone, there are no limits and every single brew is its' own entity. After having the Stone IPA, which I feel is a premier IPA, Ruination started showing up at my local. Thank God.....pours nice with beautiful golden color, lace throughout the glass, long lasting. The smell, takes over a room...bold hops, hint of malt. The taste is all hops, with a tremendous mouthfeel that's oily on the hops but finishes dryer than a Sahara Caravan, but within the center of all this, is a tinge of fruit (citrus) that not only rolls out the red carpet to the best hop finish I have every had. Some describe the malt at the finish, I sense it in the center with the citrus....pitching a tent for the ever lingering hops. This beer finishes clean, crisp...at 7.7ABV% don't underestimate this demon of an IPA
JFGrind (1859) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Capital Ale House, Richmond, VA. An enjoyable afternoon in a beer bar is made complete when you find an unexpected beer on the menu. Stone Ruination was not a beer I expect to find in Richmond. 22 ounce bomber was $9.95 at the bar. This is a solid 2X IPA that wall of hops mellows with each sip. After a few ounces of consumption the hefty citrus bouquet eases your palate into an unhurried consumption of this hop laden IPA. Very agreeable IPA and I enjoyed sharing it with my old college buddy.
craven5000 (100) - Westville, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
White slightly creamy head. Cloudy, yellow-orange body. Citrus, grapefruit aromas. The flavors were citrus and grapefruit from concentrate. The flavors were both lasting in the mouth and on the mind. I appreciate what it is but it just wasn’t my mug of beer.
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 (959) - 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...