BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pop the cap and prepare to get slapped around by the HUGE hop monster! Smells like a bouquet of hop flowers was shoved in my face, grapefruit soon followed along with some pine resin. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. If you're drinking this with other less intense beers, drink it last!
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark golden to orange color and thick lasting yellow-white head. clear jolt of hops, commanding respect. flowery aroma but this ain't no shrinking violet! strong hop taste. not really my favorite of the Stones.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Ruination has a sweeter and more robust maltiness and a slightly more bitter hops character than Stone's standard IPA, and so the beer has better balance overall, but is light on malt for the double IPA category; Ruination also has a maltier and less hoppy nose than the standard IPA; Nose is floral with hints of bubble gum; The malt dies away to reveal a very hoppy finish with some citrus; Golden color and completely clear; Average head retention but with excellent lacing
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I guess I'm what they call a hophead and generally can't get enough of them. I felt a little overpowered by this one. True what the boys at Stone say - a sip of this will ruin your palate for the next thing.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 sampled both bottled and on tap. amber with a faint haze and a modest head; fruit salad and pine aroma. surprisingly quick and short jab of bitterness and then assorted lingering hop flavours that were too plentiful to identify individually. after a while i found the flavour a touch medicinal but still very drinkable
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
all i can say is.. wow.. excellent beer.
wonderful aroma, great taste, as far as IPA's go, it really doesn't get any better than this.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Beautiful oranger/amber in colour with a light coloured head. Aroma was filled with hops, slightly earthy, lots of citrus (grapefruit, oranges) and lots of citrus in general. Flavour of oranges, grapefruit, quite hoppy, surprisingly smooth and but lacking in balance. Finished with a long lingering bitterness. A hop assult. Thank you very much for this one ClarkVV.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Majestic golden with light head. Oddly the first thing I thought when I sniffed this earthy brew is that I could blind "nose" test someone with a chardonnay and fool them. Seemed very buttery and mislead me a little about what the taste would be. Then came the assault - as it happens I love a smooth bitter brew so I didn't mind, but it definitely wasn't very balanced. Hops to start and more to finish - but the bitter finish lingered nicely, not unpleasantly. Didn't ruin me but it did make me want more Stone brews. Thanks to radiomgb for bringing this one over to watch the Super Bowl.
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i love hops i have to say. yes. but i love hops when they're flowery, spicy, peppery, even citric, but not when they taste solely of pine-o-cleen. anyway. full marks for a bitterness so big it goes in my mouth and exits through my nose like swimming pool water. but loses some marks for the carlsberg elephant-style bad vodka fuselcity finish. lurking under the smokers toothpaste and assorted cleaning products is some surprisingly mellow pale malt, not as much as in dreadnaught though.
hershiser2 (1859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Paid $3.79 for a 1pt 6oz single.
Beautiful appearance: light amber, with a HUGE soft, beige head (and this was a very easy pour). Lotsa renention & lacing. Great looking.
PERFECT smell. This is THE smell I love in IPAs. Strong & sweet grapefruit... absolutely brilliant!
Very nice taste. Really hoppy, with the defined grapefruit there. It'd bit a tad higher than a 4.0 if it wasn't for a slightly soapy aftertaste.
Now that's one helluva mouthfeel! I can't even describe it- this is something one must experience for themselves.
Very drinkable... a bit too hoppy, which gives a soapy aftertaste, though. That aftertaste lingers a little too long.