zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 American brewers just love the hoptastic flavor of over-hopped beers. That's OK, because I do too. Intitally, my mamby-pamby malt-head couldn't handle the ass-kicking hops in some of these beers. Now, all other beers are like drinking water. Unfortunately, there is a limit. Stone takes this one a bit too far. It just doesn't have the balance that other beers, like Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, posess. Flavor is typical of a standard citrusy IPA, but a slight better malt balance could do this beer a bit of good. Regardless, it's a great butt-kicking beer that looks and tastes great.
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Maybe I’m turning into a hophead. I could literally smell the hops at arms length, a shot of grapefruit across the bow. Possibly the most pure fruit aroma I have ever encountered from hops. The appearance is fantastic, light orange, the faintest haze, and a thin white head that just won’t quit. Tiny bubbles. Pefect palate. The flavor, although still very hop heavy, has a solid malt sweetness to give some backbone. Spruce, grapefruit, earth, more grapefruit, some flowers, grapefruit, and hmmm, more grapefruit. The bitter finish isn’t aggressive, it just lasts and lasts. Wow. RERATE: 7/4/08 - Standing by the original rating, a happy moment after downgrading the normal IPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Re-rate 12/10/2004I keep coming back to tihs beer and each time I like it more. IMO, it kicks Dreagnaught’s booty and is 3rd best IIPA (Alesmith, Stoudts, Ruination). Both the Yulesmith and hte Stoudts exhibit more malt character and I find that to be an advantage. This is one of the least balanced (in a good way mind you) beers you can drink.10/31/03 ReRate 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3 - Clear orange with a fine particled small head, very nice. Grapefruits to the maximum. Holy hop aroma Batman. Flavor is huge hoppy citrus, bitterness kicks your booty. Body is medium-full. Tasted this one right after the Stone IPA, they are similat but this one is much more extreme. Excellent beer.
A super nice IPA. Light clear copper color. Hops galore both in the aroma and the taste. Hints of maltiness. Good body but hops are the story. Very bitter finish. A true hop-head beer.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of those crazy instances where so damn many hops are crammed into a beer that utilization of the alpha acids is difficult, so the beer actually tastes smooth and balanced instead of puckeringly bitter. Nice malty brown sugar flavor(and color, with red round the rim) balanced with a floral, sweet citrus flavor, with a quenching bitter aftertaste makes this the Stone IPA of choice.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light pumpkin colored beer with 3/4" thick white head. Holy hops. Huge sweet hoppy aroma. This beer is crushingly bitter. I love hops, but this is crazy. I now know what Stone means by "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop."
beermissionary (1) - Moose Balls Pass, Yukon, USA - JUL 27, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The hop aroma of this beer is extreme, to say the least. Screaming a large amount of hops then, as it warms up some malt sweetness as well as some prominant alcohol notes. Great long lasting head with a beutiful deep golden color. A very assertive hop flavor, blasting you up front then following through the entire taste of the beer into the aftertaste. A slightly roasted sweet malt presence is there, along with the same alcohol tones as in the aroma. The malt presence in this beer seems like almost an afterthought. It's a clean well made beer, you have to love hops for this one alright! As an IPA goes, I would consider this a real good example of the style, with the only fault being almost hop overkill, is that possible in a IPA? Yes, I would say it is if the amount of hop renders a beer almost undrinkable but not in this particular example. I personnally would like this beer a lot better if it had a closer balance of malt to the hop presence, hence the name Ruination right?
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Rerate (5/24/06). Yes. More points for you Mr. Ruination. Aside from the very strong but non-abrassive hop assault on the nose and palate, there’s layer after layer of delicious malt here. Toasted white and dark breads, honey, light caramel. And the mouthfeel, the mouthfeel...ah, liquid gold. Fantastic. I would let it have my children.
To eat. In exchange for unlimited quantities of this beer. If I had any kids.
May 2004. Okay so this stuff is like liquid heaven to me now...go figure.
22 oz bottle, pint glass. Alright, I’m really scared of this one...here I go. Hazy light amber body has a large creamy head that lasts and laces quite well. I can smell this beer from about two feet away...HEAVY hop aroma is piney/resinous but mostly grapefruit citric. You might be able to smell some malt...if some other beer was sitting next to this one. Heavily bitter throughout...and not much else. Very little carbonation and a wonderful medium/full body with a creamy texture. Ya know, this ain’t so bad. I mean, I expected MUCH worse. I actually find this beer to be less abrasive than Arrogant Bastard. I’m still not going to seek this kind of beer out, but at least I can handle it! Hops become less biting and more sour as this beer warms, but all the wheels come off of this one around 65 degrees.
landont3 (8) - USA - JUL 21, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good IPA. A little pricy around here, but definately one of those beers you need to try.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Without a doubt, one of my favorites! This is a very bitter, tangy, delicious IPA. I love it. Never, ever, never turn down a Stone Ruination IPA!
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite the nifty-ass hop monster in this one. Nice orangy color with huge hop aroma. big BIG BIG hoppy taste. pretty yummy stuff. not as gwood as Trois Floyds, but pretty frickin' damn gwood beer nonetheless.