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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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Sweet and wonderful aroma that I really enjoy. Citrus, more pine and a biting bitterness that shows especially in the finish. Well balanced and the high IBU is well crafted into this beer. Very fresh and a good balance. A nice beer to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Red / orange colors, with a nice white head, and great hop aroma. As expected, the flavors were dominated by hops, hops, and hops. Still, it wasnt as bitey as some I've had, and even the high ABV wasnt really noticable. Wonderful stuff from Stone, as always.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Deep golden beer with a frothy white head and a fresh fruity nose of peach and orange. Sticky mouthfeel. Lots of citrus bitterness of lemon and grapefruit with a peach/apple fruit sweetness to it. Lasting film of hop residue to remind you that you just drank this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This beer poured a nice reddish orange color and formed a nice bubbly off white head and left some nice bubbly circular lace. A decent amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and some floral aspects. The flavor is of hops and citrus with a slight hint of herb. The finish is light and just a touch bitter. Not quite as hoppy as their other IPA. A great IPA and another new aquistition for Ohio beeradvocates!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
citrus hop, malty, slight caramelly aroma. Lots of hops and malt on the palate. Crystal malt evident as well, but finishes on the bitter side of things; not a bad thing. Great copper color, fantastic off white head. I'm not a hop head, but this beer rocks.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Am I ruined for drinking this? HELL NO!! This is a great brew. Not nearly the hop assault the label had me ready for. My glass poured just like in the picture. Wonderfully hoppy but plenty of malt to balance it out. I"m going to get more of this on my way home from work.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
OK, so we"ve all seen the stupid ad on television about ’bitter beers’ and what that Brand X says, ’bitter is bad.’ Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that"s good) bitter beers. We"ve all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don"t let the Ruination IPA slip you by, Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, ’that"d knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!!’ This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time. Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6’ high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won"t budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass. An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic. I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its increadibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- ’by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!’

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Rerate :Deep gold with fluffy white head. Huge grapefruit hop nose.Flavor is grapefruit and the typical California style green hops which I don't care for. I much prefer the Northwest style IPA's. Long strong finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Ok, so I’m ruined. In truth I was ruined by most of Stone’s offerings before tyring this one. I am amazed at their ability to balance all of the elements that make up such a complex brew as this attempts to be. Almost as good as AB, perhaps slightly more bitter. Great stuff.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 ah yeah, this is what its all about. a nice bitter aftertaste lights your head up and actually tastes good when it warms up. drink it you fool!


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