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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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Asertive hop nose followed by citrusy hop flavor, followed by intense hop bitterness, followed by a lingering hop fruitiness. Did I mention the hops?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2003
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
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!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2003
This was sunshine in a glass. Great golden/orange color. A head that came on very thick and subsided in time to drink the beer without getting it on your nose. Lacing reminded me of the wonderful off-white head all the way down the glass. They say it has 100+ IBU's. They hide it well. The Dreadnaught was too bitter. This is just right. Fine balance of hops and malt with just a hint of citrus and spice. Smoother than any other I2PA, and IPA for that matter. Definitely my favorite beer. A few more IBU's wouldn't hurt, though! :)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
this has got to be the most hop infested beer to this date that i have tried it hurts to swollow this stuff becuase of the hop level.this also has one hell of a good head.only try it if you require a whole hop plant in your beer because thats what your getting here.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Radiant orange color with excellent white head and lacing. This beer looks amazing and ever so refreshing. Even the carbonation looks great, the perfect bubble to liquid ratio. Smells like fresh squeezed grapefruits mixed in with douglas fir pine needles. Also, some light alcohol on the nose if inhaled deeply. Taste is something to savor. Hop bitterness up front and malt sweetness to follow. Awesome long bitter finish that is enjoyed long after your last sip. Big mouthfeel with a dry finish. What a brew!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Aroma of piney hops with a very big sweet malt backing. Flavor is same as the aroma except the malt is even more prevalent with a slight alcoholic warmth at room temperature. Very big in both the hops and the malt. The big sweet malt makes it stand out a little from others in its style.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
micheller (14) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 This beer has way too much hopps and the tase lingers a long time...realy thick and bold head. verry thick beer...next time i make a bet i will only bet for stone ipa...ande maybe i will win again HH....hehehehe

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Orange tint with a small head. I'm sitting two feet away from it and I can just smell the hops. When beer is this hopped up I get a faint bubble-gum sweetness in the aroma. Alcohol notes as well. Complex hop flavor and bitterness abound. A light alcohol touch on the finish with an ever so slight malt presence in the body, but not enough. The jaws of beers to my palate. Excellent...I actually prefer their more balanced IPA over this. Worth drinking at least once a month though.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Loved everything about this bad boy! Wow, what a fantastic looking glass full of necture if I ever saw one! Super clouded and deeply paled yellow with a golden orangey brown tone, head is small, compactedly thick and frothy, lace starts in huge thin sheets eventually breaking into spots and a thin haze on top always present. Smell is a wonderfully complex hop nose, sweet soft pine, honey, flowers, light sour citrusy fruits of mango and lime, backing of caramel malt is nice along with a touch of alcoholic warmth. The pine is so intreging, lots of needles of nearly every kind, cedar, spruce, and Norway/Red. Yummy, super awesome nose! Taste is lovely with a terrific hop bitterness lending solid pine fragments of needles, resin, and sap; fresh, a bit of dried sense and herbal calming, not over the top all that much but the presense is strong and balanced quite nicely with a caramel/toffeeish candied malts. Hops are so smooth on the palette in this its amazing. Quite a nice surprise. Feel is very smooth and warm, medium to nearly a full peak at the midaway point, some creamyness and the hops linger with easy pine and slight spiced factions with some caramel chewyness. One easy drinkin' IPA, goes down smooth with solid hop character with a considerable malt backing. 7.7 ABV? Really? Wow, that doesn't show in any of the taste, sure, a bit in the aroma, but does begin to take over alot in the noggin once you've got through some of the bomber. And out of the etched labeling that Stone Brewing has on its bottles, this one is the coolest. Something about the color choice and the pose of the Gargoyle strikes me. I need more!


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