AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma, I have a slightly stuffy nose and the hop aroma punches right through. Musty hop aroma, sweet. It makes me think of a stack of pancakes in a cartoon, a thick and buttery and sticky and sweet. The head is a little off white and rocky. Yep, bitter. But, not overpowering in my opinion. Fairly complex. An initial hoppy haziness with a follow up that is mellow and smooth. Moderate carbonation in a hazy medium honey golden color. Not bad.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2003 Amazing smell which overpowered my nostrils. Pure hops, which was extremely prominent in the flavor. Went down amazingly smooth with an vicious bite to my palate.
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Relative lack of lace and head are what is keeping this from being a perfect 5. Otherwise, this is a hop head's perfect elixir. Despite the 100+ IBUs, Ruination is not too hoppy. Wonderfully hoppy and spicey on the nose with sweet floral notes. Murky brownish orange with citrus flakes floating within. Moderate carbonation and below average lace. Some bourbon cask notes on the tongue and a heavy alcohol presence. Almost too good to be true. Thank you Kinz for sending this special brew!
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a golden copper color with medium head. Great hoppy flavor! One of my favorite IPAs!
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2005 Re-rate. Clean gold body, head disappears rather quickly. Nice California hop nose w. brown sugar, toasted malt, citrus. Explodes on the tounge - lemon, darkly toasted malt, alcohol. Bittersweet finish. Alcohol is a bit too forward.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice golden color,Good medium sized white head that lasted for a short time but managed to leave a small amount of lace behind.Fruity aroma with a crap load of hops and fairly decent bitterness to it.Malty,hoppy taste with a mild fruit presence and alcohol bite.The hops just kick your ass on this one.The after taste comes off as fruity and very hoppy with a decent alcohol presence.I have only a mild amount of experience with Stones brews and sofar so good they haven't dissappointed yet,this is just another example of what patience and all out style can do for a brew.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange with thin white head.
Fresh aromatic hop aroma with sweet and fruity tones.
Fruity flavour. Extremely dry and undescribable bitterness.
A bit of a dissapointment though. I had hoped for it be heavier in the flavour department.
The coolest thing about Stone BC is their half-a-novels on the backside labels. But 75 cl bottles, Pleaaaaase. Who can finish them. The same thing with the 7th anniversary brew. Too big. Biggest isn´t always best. But still, A in coolness, C in technique
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Asertive hop nose followed by citrusy hop flavor, followed by intense hop bitterness, followed by a lingering hop fruitiness. Did I mention the hops?
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK, with all due respect to Stoneophiles and fellow hop heads, this is sort of like taking the Stone IPA that I just rated a few hours ago and adding hops. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it seems a bit like going from a double to a triple cheeseburger. It makes it hard to give a real good rating. Yes, the IBU's have increased and so has the alcohol, but there really is not a lot of difference. I like it. It marries perfectly with Buffalo Wild Wings boneless wings with Jamaican jerk sauce. Overall, pretty good. But really, it is just a delta in IBU's from the Stone IPA.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hops..Hops..Hops! Aroma is strong hop with slight spice tailings. Poured deep golden and clear with decent off white head. Flavor...assaulted the palate with strong hop bitterness that lasts and lasts with malt tracings and good alcohol warming. Rich, spicy, stinging hop mouth feel that takes over your palate and truly "RUINS" it for anything else. This is my favorite Imperial/Double IPA by far! Great Beer!