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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 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.

   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!’

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3350) - 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

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Getting a beer this strongly bittered with hops in some form of balance is indeed an impressive feat. As the label warns, this beer will destroy your palate. The brew takes cascades to a new level. Kudos again to Stone Brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldGrowth (2670) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Once again Stone Brewing comes up a winner. It's hops all the way. Rich nose Ambergold color.Overwhelms the palate. I thought about moving once i tried this

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2003
I thought the IPA was the one of the hoppiest beers ever then came along Ruination. This beer is very hard to describe. Amberish color with a good dense head. Hop, Hop, and Hop aroma with hints of hops. This justs makes your mouth water and the back of your throat pucker. Beside the obvious hop character of this beer there is considerable maltiness backing it up. After a few sips the hop flavor never leaves your palate and the bitterness makes your eyes water. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Oh beautiful, for spacious beer...for amber waves of hops!!! A black hole of hops exploded forth upon the uncapping of this ecstasy...hop heaven...citrusy joy and floral gloriousness found in every smell. A pour of a slight cloudy orange...darker orange..but not too dark. Good creamy head...not too thick, but holds up enough to add a good carbonated tickling to the palate. A flavor of...surprise..hoppy, citrusy goodness. Heavy florals, followed by a mild malt base and ever so slight malt finish, but predominantly a highly alpha acidic brew. Spicy, strong, yet not overwhelming. A new experience for the palate as the creamy head and premier hops blend for an explosive season of citrus in the mouth. Another must have.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Slightly hazed dark golden color witha steady cream colored head. Fresh Mt. Hood hops picked and rolled in your hands sticky aroma. Smooth silky liquid with a initial hops bite followed by a surge of malt followed by some more hops followed by a mix of fresh hops and malt finish. I’m sure this one would survive the trip to India and just get better on the way. Its not always how high the alpha acid can be, but also the quality of the hops. The floral qualities along with the spice and light citrus make for a nice enjoyable evening.

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