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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2002
A big floral/spicy bouquet that reminds me of muscat or sauvignon blanc grapes. The beer poured with a big marshmallow head that will not die. Upon first sip I get a lot of malt sweetness intertwined with a hop rush. The malt profile is evident enough to keep the beer from being overpowered by the hops. The hops are like pine tar, I am afraid that my lips will stick together and I will not be able to take another drink. The 7.7% abv is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
How do you rate a beer that is well crafted, and suits the style that it is brewed for, when you donít like the style so much? The epitome of the West Coast style that I do not enjoy, it is still a better beer than many.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
Aroma of pineapple and slight hops. Nice clear orange color, very thick head. Initial taste is malty sweet with strong pineapple flavor. Aftertaste is VERY bitter, slightly burnt tasting. That bitter bite really lingers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARMed (602) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Beautifully crafted and very smooth. Fruity smell of oranges and lemons immediately hit the nose. Thick creamy head with lasting foamy substance. Excellent lacing that lasts forever. Rich powerful hop flavor with a smooth flowing aftertaste. Bitter spears of cloves and mint leaves are also noticeable. Sharp and dominutive but not overbearing. Very nice brew. Thanks jcalabre! This is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2002
A hop lovers dream....Stone is the master of hops. This beer is a benchmark for west coast IPAís, but despite the great hop flavor, it was almost a bit one dimensional. A great beer, but not something I would want to have at any occasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Holy shit! Smells like grass clippings from a lawn on steroidal fertilizer after being cut by a mower with a freshly sharpened blade. Tastes like it, too; I can immediately feel my tongue being steamrolled by this stuff. Unbelieveably vigorous; donít drink this unless itís the last thing youíre having for the night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2002
beautiful slightly hazy copper color with extremely lively carbonation (reminds me a bit of champagne). lasting head leaving behind excellent lacing. probably the most floral aroma iíve encountered in a beer. slight citrus character with just a hint of malt sweetness. without question the most hoppy bitter beer iíve tried to date. has a nice fruity feel on your tongue (cant identify the fruit at this point). Ruination has the longest lasting aftertaste...it is very bitter with just a hint of remaining orange/greapefruit citrus quality...wonderful IPA that i would put on par with Hop Devil...however if i had to choose between the two, i dont think i could..much less balanced than Hop Devil..but the hops bite you in the balls..and make you like it!!! thanks Racegoer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2002
For appearance, look at the picture, thatís what it looked like. The aroma was strong w/ hops and little else. The taste ... to say that this beer is hoppy would be like saying that pixie sticks are sweet. It hurt to drink this thing. Please understand, Iím not much of an IPA fan and this one ... well this one grabs you in your nether regions and makes you call it "big daddy". Other people will probably love this beer. Not me. I want to enjoy my beer, not get beat down by it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Stoneís best IPA. A notch above their regular IPA and nearly as good as Victoryís Hop Devil, the Reuniation is truly, as the bottle says, a liquid poem to the hop. An refreshing, overwhelming, but amazingly well balanced hop character dominates this brew. The malt is subtle due to the hop presence, which is what puts Victoryís IPA a notch above this one, but I am still impressed by Stone once again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2617) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 11, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 Everyone knows the scoop with this beer, so Iíll just add a few things I especially enjoyed. The aroma is particularly pleasant, certainly resinous and hoppy, but with an appealing organic, distinctly flowery sweetness. This beer just really smells great. If I could make my whole house smell like this, I would. Itís also a nice color, deep golden to light amber. Nice presentation, the effervescence and head are exactly as they should be. Overall, the lip-smacking bitterness is very satisfying. I definitely got into this one, thanks a lot herb.

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