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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
11/22/03. On cask at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA 11/22/03. Pours with a rocky, lasting head with elegant if light lacing. Mostly clear, slightly opaque, darkish golden body. Fruity, sweetly hoppy, bubblegummy aroma. Nice and mellow but substantial. Flavor is bitterly hoppy, grassy, lightly sweet, twiggy, piney, with some malt. Flavors are distinctive and straightforward but complex. Long bitter hop finish and dirty malts. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and nice turn to the finish. Quite long and drying. Dirtier and nastier than most IPAs, but not full enough for most doubles. If I had to guess after trying, I'd have thought this was a Double IPA (and it is), but I had thought before trying that it was a regular IPA. Really good stuff, whatever you want to call it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Gorgeous beer! Amber, honey color with a huge white head. Smells like a candied grapefruit. Flavor is of grapefruit. Finish comes full circle. From a bitter citrus to a bite of HOPS and back again. This is fantastic a very big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Orange color with slight haze. Not too foamy, but there is some amount of lingering white head. Aroma is interesting: grapefruit, cream, maybe a tinge of pine--all in hops. FLavor is slightly citrous, little malty, and a loooooong bitter aftertaste which changes from grapefruit to pine and back. Generally, I don't like the over hopped beers, but this one was done carefully and judiciously. Well rounded flavor and full on the palate. I honor the paganistic ritual slaughter of these hop plants. They died with honor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Awesome brew for a hophead! Very hoppy, yet still slightly sweet (in a strange way). Best IPA in my opinion: cloudy orange color, floral aroma, citrus flavor...strong hops!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 RUIN ME! From the bottle numerous times. This has everything it should, aroma, color, taste, overall mouth feel, etc., but more importantly, it blends them so smoothly that you don’t know where one flavor ends and another begins. I prefer it to the Dogfish Head 90, but at this level we’re nit picking anyway. World Class IPA. On draught at Brewtopia ’04 Even better dispensed fresh from the keg! World class IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2003
(bottle) Lovely medium gold-light amber color. Hops aroma (duh). As expected, very hoppy, but after the first couple of sips, it seemed fairly balanced (maybe my tastebuds are now ruined).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2003
The beer has a nice hops aroma. The color is a bit muddied. The taste is full with initial carmel malt then strong hops aftertaste. Excellent, excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
auto (163) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
grrrrrrrrrreat brewski!! the flavour is awesome. possibly my favourite beer at the moment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
very very hoppy. though, perhaps not as much as the bottle/reputation promises relative to many other hoppy brands. though, the orangey nature of the hops is very present, and enjoyable, especially good at cutting through if drank with food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Pours an orange-yellow with a decent size white head. Aroma is hops, all hops, and nothing but hops. The flavor pretty much follows the aroma, there is some malt in there, but not much. If you're not a hophead, look elsewhere.

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