jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops, hops everywhere there’s hops. While clean and crisp, it basically comes across as a one-trick beer. Enjoyable for those who like extra-bitter brews, and very interesting to try. However, searching for anything behind the original hops flavor would prove useless. Strong and dry, puckers the lips.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 This should the gold standard that an IPA is rated against. A lot of hops, not too complex, a very enjoyable brew. I only had one IPA I like as well(better), but I know thats a personal preference.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a nice amber color and a hoppy smell. Taste is of hops, hops and more hops and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Overall one of the finest IPAs that I have had.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was expecting an over the top hop smell from this, what I received was a pleasant grassy citrus aroma blended with a grainy silo type of smell. Intriguing. Etches of misty mountains form a circle of wonderful white frothiness. This is an amber lake of clarity, an ancient mysterious color worthy of exploration. Ingestion, a permutation of maltation and hopination. The wonder of this is the fine execution of rounded malts and hops. Fear not, this is not bitter for the sake of bitter, nor bigness for the sake of indulgence. This is pure craftsmanship. Naye, not Ruination I saye, more like Exaltation, plus wicked Inebriation.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is grapefruity, citrusy and a whole lot of hoppyness. WOW. This is the ultimate BIG BOLD IPA. Complex flavors. The big fruit maltyness is balanced by the incredible hoppyness. A beer of extraordinary contrasts. Smooth taste is balanced by a big sharp hop bite. The taste is malty and fruity and sweet and bitter and sharp while at the same time its not. Definitely worthy of the hype. Amazingly well made beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is bitter. Etched/painted beer bottle.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic. Although I hear humans can only taste up to 90 or so IBUs, some of the other characteristics of the hops come through. The grassy, herbal taste is somehow even more pronounced. It’s a very sharp and bitter ale. The thing that surprised me, thinking this was a gimmick beer, was how surprisingly balanced and complex Ruination is. After all the hops, you can taste a definite malt presence, with a lot of subtlety. I highly recommend this, particularly if you take pleasure in an almost painful drink. Ha.
MiataManiac99 (6) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 3, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It did "ruin" me for many other IPAs. Strong as they come, but still a nice balance with the malts.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy is not the word to discribe this gem from Stone.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2003 3/6/03: re-rate. was i in a bad mood on 11/23/02? nice amount of lacing left on glass. golden orange colour. very hoppy.
11/23/02: strong lingering taste
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clean & crisp in the nose and of course, extremely hoppy. Sure, this beer is loaded with hops, but it was surprisingly sweet on the finish.