andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Here I go, ruining my palate for life. Pours a beautiful gold to amber color with a very large head. This beer has a huge aroma. The glass is currently 2 feet away, but I can still smell its beautiful floral hop aroma. This is one hoppy beer! Big sweet hop taste with an amazingly bitter finish. There is a big, big malt prescene too. This glorious beer massages your palate with the perfect amount of carbonation and delights it with a constantly changing flavor. I agree with the previous rater, that this blows away the regular Stone IPA and all other IPA's. Has my palate been ruined? You bet. I'll have to start buying this by the case.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Such an incredibly tasty beer. I personally think it blows away the standard IPA from Stone. So beautiful you do not want to take another sip, you just want to sit there and stare at it, and admire it. Cloudy and orange, creamy and hazy. A real fruity cream pie essence to this one. Incredibly spicy and hoppy, I cannot even begin to name all of the complex subtelties that I am enjoying with this one. Something new in every taste. Surely a liquid poem to the glory of the hop.
BBB63 (5961) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cooper hue with minimal heads or lace. Aroma was very floral, piney, candy, grapefruity, earthy, and oaky. Oh hell yea, it sure is hoppy and bitter...but also, the balance of taste is wonderful. It leaves me wanting more instead of running for the water and bread. Medium to full-bodied, a warm and creamy mouthfeel, yet dry too. I've had brews with a hell of lot less IBU that tasted less balanced this Ruination, it impresses me how these big IPA can do this. Look how far we've come in American brewing.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 Bottle. Poured nice light orange color, not much head, a small number of medium-sized bubbles. Aroma piney, spicy, floral. Nice.
Taste grapefruit, pine. finishes smooth, could use a little more maltiness for the end, but such a wonderful bitterness--hopheads rejoice!
My tongue coatith over.
Al-in-all a very nice IPA. No extra points for being brewed in the city I was born in, but it's still nice.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome. Now this is a beer drinkers beer. Piney hops, full of flavor. Dark, slightly hazy butterscotch color. Fairly thick head with some small to medium sized bubbles. Palate is awesome, it coats the tongue and abuses you.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Orange, pale color with a light head. I got a bit of a floral aroma under the hops. When they say this ruins your palete, they were right. Too much for my inexperience, I can't say I liked the finish. Other than that, a good beer. Hoppy and strong. The destruction of the palete is really all I didn't like.
Bryan (4) - USA - AUG 6, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
seductive aroma with a smashing palate. excellant example of an IPA both fruity and dry.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
For a super hoppy Double IPA, this loses nothing in its overall flavor. While exceptionally bitter, a perfectly blended mixture of hops combines with well balanced malts to make this a suprisingly refreshing, tasty beer (versus a hop soup).
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big time hop aroma, with just the slightest hints of malts. The head was rather small and fast on this. Tons of hops and bitterness in the flavor, I also got some mint flavor, and just a touch of malt. Hops linger for a long time. Good, but I appreciate a well balanced IPA more.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a couldy orange color with a small head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - like most micro IPA's. The flavor was very hoppy and spicy as the aroma hinted at. This is a good representation of the IPA class and if you're a hop head, this one is for you.