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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Hazy, golden pour, with minimal head. Aroma is good, but not outstanding, with grapefruit, etc. -- the usual suspects. Malt flavor actually holds up to the Hop onslaught that is impending. Great hop flavor. I actually did not find this beer to be particularly bitter. Check that overly bitter. I get nice interplay with bits of sweetish malt flavor and blasts of hoppy goodness. Worthy of its top 50 place. A hoppy beer of the highest quality.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops. Pours amber in color. Very bitter flavor. A tremendous IIPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Re-Rate of a 2003 bottle, on 5.25.2005: Aroma is has a nut-ish presence, like hazlenut. The strong citrus aroma has gone away a bit as well, making this more well rounded. Flavor has turned a bit as well. Still a really enjoyable drink, this no longer hurts the mouth. It is much more gentle, but has a funny taste in the finish. Origional Rating 12.21.02: How could you not give this beer a five for its palate? It bombards your mouth with the greatness that is hops. The increadible bitterness is followed only by how smooth this very bitter beer is. Smooth you may ask. Yes. Of course. The hops don’t jump on you like a republican on Bill Clinton’s sexual past; they slowly sink into yur mouth. Leaving a distinct taste of hops in you mouth for minutes after each respective tasting. Too much hops? I’d say no. Too good of a beer? I’d say yes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Great bottle and painted label. The brew pours golden copper in color, thick chewy head. HUGE hop aroma, the taste is a good quality heavy hop. Nice and warm and not real ’green’. It seems to be alittle too sweet. This is how I felt about 3 floyds. I still like Dog FIsh Head 90 Minute IPA the best. Thanks jcalbre.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mop99 (2) - USA - DEC 20, 2002 does not count
This is as close to perfection as an IPA gets. A marvelous confluence of their Anniversary IPAs, this is what I think of when I think "beer."

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Wow... what a wonderful IPA. Incredibly HOPPED!!!!!! Incredibly smooth for the Hops and IPU’s...What can you say?? One of the best beers on the planet... If not the best!!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 Copper in color, small whiteish head, good lacing. After the pour, the aroma filled the room with hoppy goodness. Pine & citrus greet the nose, and entice you to tip the glass and take a swig. Once in the mouth, the hops dominate the palate, coating the tongue with a thick, resiny, oily goodness. Citrus, pine, and maybe some cedar planking in there. Hops overpower the malt, leaving it a little unbalanced, but that is what I have had a taste for lately, it seems. A very large IPA, to say the least.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
A wonderful IPA, though not great. Nice mouth feel, and the hops and malt balance nicely. A really good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Huge hop nose and huge hop front and huge hop middle and huge hop end and huge hop aftertaste. I like Jay’s "one-trick beer" statement. We were so excited to pop this one open...and then we just sort of sat there wating for something else to happen to it!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Clearly, after the Stone IPA, it was a surprise when this was more civilized. The appearance is as good. The nose more balanced. The taste and finish were very rich and multi-layered but the overbearing and long-lasting hops finish of the standard IPA was replaced with something more manageable. (22oz. bottle)


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