awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, I was looking at the back of the bottle on this one and damn if the person who wrote the description wasn't a litle high on this beer. I expected one hell of a s.o.b. with the bitterness. First smell and I swear I was mistaken as I got a pleasantly sweet smell. First taste was a cautious one as I was still waiting for the knockout pucker. Not coming as I taste the pleasant taste of grapefruit. Had no problem drinking this IPA and made my cigar taste even better.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 Light copper with small head and excellent lace. Aroma a taste is sweeter than expected. Finish is not as bitter as expected. Very well balanced and tasty. Best IPA I’ve ever had. Rerate: Beautiful beer with fluffy white head on top. Very grapefruity and well balanced. Different than some of the others I’ve had lately. ReRerate 050105: Tasted very herbal today, like a stronger Celebration Ale. Honestly, I really don’t think as highly of it anymore. Not really my style of double IPA. I like a little more sweetness and less dryness. Knocked it down from 4.4 to 4.1
Frank (2303) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 I have had this a few times since it’s entry to the Chicago market and it’s just not doing it for me anymore or not like it used to. I chaulked a few up to less than perfect bottle conditions but, frankly, while it has a nice, fresh hop aroma it is simply to dry and one dimensional to really grab my attention. It is a decent example of a straight down the middle IIPA but it lacks any real magic.
Original rating: (4.0) If you drink enough of this, the hops will actually preserve you. You’ll look like Keith Richards but you’ll live forever. Reddish golden color, thin head. It just sits there completely still on the table. The calm before the storm.
Citrus aroma--grapefruit and lemon rind. Bitter like an unemployed Vietnam vet. The hops slightly overpower the subtle malts jumping out of the brush. Not as well balanced as Stone’s regular IPA but that’s the whole pont.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet and wonderful aroma that I really enjoy. Citrus, more pine and a biting bitterness that shows especially in the finish. Well balanced and the high IBU is well crafted into this beer. Very fresh and a good balance. A nice beer to drink.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red / orange colors, with a nice white head, and great hop aroma. As expected, the flavors were dominated by hops, hops, and hops. Still, it wasnt as bitey as some I've had, and even the high ABV wasnt really noticable. Wonderful stuff from Stone, as always.
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep golden beer with a frothy white head and a fresh fruity nose of peach and orange. Sticky mouthfeel. Lots of citrus bitterness of lemon and grapefruit with a peach/apple fruit sweetness to it. Lasting film of hop residue to remind you that you just drank this beer.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a nice reddish orange color and formed a nice bubbly off white head and left some nice bubbly circular lace. A decent amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and some floral aspects. The flavor is of hops and citrus with a slight hint of herb. The finish is light and just a touch bitter. Not quite as hoppy as their other IPA. A great IPA and another new aquistition for Ohio beeradvocates!
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
citrus hop, malty, slight caramelly aroma. Lots of hops and malt on the palate. Crystal malt evident as well, but finishes on the bitter side of things; not a bad thing. Great copper color, fantastic off white head. I'm not a hop head, but this beer rocks.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Am I ruined for drinking this? HELL NO!! This is a great brew. Not nearly the hop assault the label had me ready for. My glass poured just like in the picture. Wonderfully hoppy but plenty of malt to balance it out. I"m going to get more of this on my way home from work.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, so we"ve all seen the stupid ad on television about ’bitter beers’ and what that Brand X says, ’bitter is bad.’ Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that"s good) bitter beers. We"ve all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don"t let the Ruination IPA slip you by,
Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, ’that"d knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!!’ This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time.
Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6’ high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won"t budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass.
An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic.
I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its increadibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- ’by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!’