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RATINGS: 3630   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Bottled. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is 101% hops. This beer is is easily the most bitter thing I have ever put in my mouth. I prefer the Stone IPA for its balance, but the hophead in me loves this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Clear dark gold with a decent white head. Soap-like bubbles. Strong grapefruit hop aroma, not as strong as expected. Initial taste is hops. Middle hops. Finish long hops. Surprising pockets of sweetness in some sips. No mouth dryness or hop oil in taste or texture. Excellent for meeting its promise. Not your everyday beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 A very strong aroma, fruity and inviting. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, considering the label, but had a nice strong flavor, with a mix of hops and sweet malt. This is a complex beer, and is definitely a beer that should be savored for a decent amount of time to fully enjoy all of the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aceboxer (15) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2004
almost surreal imbodiment of what makes an IPA an IPA. the aromas are almost as satisfying of the beer from pour to finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2004
22oz bomber. 05.23.04 Bright, orangey gold, clear but with sea-monkey-like floaties. Aromas of cotton candy and tropical fruits and IPA. Hops up front - smooth and sweet middle maltiness. Massive hops finish. I feel taste buds dying. Hops are affecting my sinuses!? Of all the Stone beers I tried on my Bay Area swing, I thought this was the best and the most appropriate; I’d surely like to enjoy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3834) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [bottle] Pours a rich amber color with a very thick and frothy white head. Monstrously powerful aroma. Mostly floral and hoppy that seems to mock you, saying you can’t drink me... I am too hoppy. Strong and potent hop flavor when you first taste it, but surprisingly not as strong as I would have thought from the aroma. Good hoppy bite at the beginning with a flowery middle and a good hoppy finish with a very slight aftertaste. Extremely smooth mouthfeel and leaves just the touch of sweet on your lips. I bow to the glory of the hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Deep orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine needles, orange peel, and sweet malts. Flavor is amazing! Not very hoppy, but full and rich with sticky, resiny hops and a big malt presence. Superbly balanced with a dry, bitter finish. The reputation is deserved.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
Great floral pine citrus smell. Nice dark orange color. Cellared for a couple of months, and found balanced in bitterness and only a bit hoppy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Aroma is pleasantly hoppy. It did not blow my head off, as the label might suggest, but then this beer has been conditioning in my cellar for several months. Color is a copperish gold. Big carbonation. Big, loose white head that sticks to everything. The taste is very hoppy, but malt is definitely not overwhelmed. It is almost too malty, if the hops were not so damned aggressive. There is nothing subtle about this beer. Exceptional beer for showcasing what hops smell and taste like. The malt balances it out to a degree, but, yes it does somewhat bludgeon you over the head with hops, taste wise. An aggressive beer from an aggressive brewer. Gotta love that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Golden amber color, thinner white head. Nice hoppy nose, citrusy and a little flowery. Massive hop assault in the flavor, no balance at all, bitter as hell. Destroyed my palate like advertised but I didn’t want it to be. Their regular IPA is far superior.

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