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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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1271) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Paid $3.79 for a 1pt 6oz single. Beautiful appearance: light amber, with a HUGE soft, beige head (and this was a very easy pour). Lotsa renention & lacing. Great looking. PERFECT smell. This is THE smell I love in IPAs. Strong & sweet grapefruit... absolutely brilliant! Very nice taste. Really hoppy, with the defined grapefruit there. It'd bit a tad higher than a 4.0 if it wasn't for a slightly soapy aftertaste. Now that's one helluva mouthfeel! I can't even describe it- this is something one must experience for themselves. Very drinkable... a bit too hoppy, which gives a soapy aftertaste, though. That aftertaste lingers a little too long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Big thanks too BBB63, -AKA “The Bear” for sending me this brew!

Rating # 365
It’s the Stone IPA on steroids! Pours a beautiful orangey / bronze body with an insanely foamy thick stony white head. The aroma is an intense pinesap and spruce accompanied by a mammoth amount of caramel malts. Flavor is a oversized cluster of molasses, honey, caramel, overly ripe and sweet cantaloupe, actually lots of cantaloupe. Definitely has some grapefruit in the family, as well as some tangerine; Notes of brown sugar and rosemary make themselves known.
My description of this Ampped IPA is; I’m standing in a pine tree sawmill eating a grapefruit with brown sugar sprinkled on top, then I drink a jar of pine sap mixed with molasses.
A pretty good Imperial IPA but I would rather have Dreadnaught!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Believe it! Pours amber, with a big foamy head that leaves wonderful lacing. Evenly carbonated. You've read it before, and it is true: grapefruit and hop aroma. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, and bitter all at once, with a bitter finish that lasts, while your mouth just waters for the next sip! There is an undertone of pine that is really pleasant as well. Watch out- the alcohol is not apparent, but it is in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Liquid is a amber orange color, unique looking? Yes. Nose stings of piney hops. Medium head, rather low lacing. Flavor is sweet, yet the sweetness is completely anihiated by the hops. Finish is bitter hops which stays in the mouth and on the tongue for minutes, which seem like hours. In other words liquid hops. Palate is little watery and dry. The hops party is presented with a high degree of freshness and quality. However, I'd much rather drink the standard stone IPA. Overall, kind of disappointing. I guess I was expecting something a little more interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
swtchcrook (3) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
Three Floyds, get off your high horse. This ale is quite possibly my favorite beer ever. beautiful pour, just slightly cloudy,with an AMAZING aroma. The taste truly is ruinous, and oh so bitter. Not being a fan of sweeter PAs, this one just took the almighty Sierra Nevada off of my numbewr 1 spot! Perfect in every way!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 Extreme Beer Fest '04: Redish orange with white head. Aroma is heavy hop. It is a very good hoppy beer. I love the bitterness. However, it's not quite as good as the Dogfish Head IPA series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 13, 2004
The color is a light and very clear orange. The head is moderate and white. The smell is strong of (cascade?) hops and slightly sweet, the smell of a malt may be slightly evident over the strong hops aroma.... Oh wow, the flavor is amazing, so bitter that it's sweet... my ears are popping (though that may be an unrelated effect) its hopped very hopped, and the flavor of alcohol very nicely blended. The end is bitter and a bit dry.... oh my god my tounge is numb. reminds me of "superhop" from the GABF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Pretty boring looking beer: tawny orange. Head is pasty and diffuse. Aroma is like fresh hop pellets: I'd guess maybe cascade and chinook but I might be wrong. That's about it. I mean, it smells good, but it pretty much just smells like generic PNW hops. OK, let's see what we've got in the flavor: biting, acidic and astringent flavor getting only a slight nuttiness from the malts. Yes, it is quite bitter. Usually I can be verbose when describing the perceptions of beer that I experience, but there's just not much here. A sensory assault for sure, but very boring in an odd way. I like IIPAs too, but this one just ain't all that great, IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Orangey amber color with an off-white thin head. Leaves a soapy lacing. No real head retention here. Aroma is warm grapefruit with brown sugar. Small amount of cinnamon (could be the alcohol). Caramel sweetness starts off the flavor along with gently sweet grapefruit. Yeast and alcohol notes as well. Creamy mouthfeel. A wonderfully balanced IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 Moderately citrus hop nose... Lemon + Grapefruit. Body is a really cool gold/amber color and started with an average head. Hops are a bit heavy, but very good. I wouldn't say they are harsh, but they are not flowery, probably piney with some lemon rind. And I taste some honey to, shockingly like Hall's honey lemon cough drops. Bitterness picks up in the finish, and yeast picks up at bottom of bottle. I really liked this, as it has a large body. I'm no hop expert, but I'd say maybe it could use more of a flowery Dreadnaught top of hop addition to add more complexity?

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