maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light pumpkin-colored, clear enough to read through, and teeming with bubbles. The fleecy head has impressive staying power and leaves the inside of the glass completely painted with lace. Aromas are evenly split between syrupy, candylike malt and sappy green hop. Pineapple, honeydew, licorice, and diesel fuel lurk in the background. Toffeeish malt flavor is almost too sugary; the hops are woody and herbal, not as dominating as I anticipated. Full-bodied, slick and silky, almost buttery. An alcohol punch swathes my brain in fuzzy flannel. Finishes with an overall tingly, but not searing, bitterness, less than I expected from 100+ IBUs. Personally, I find Arrogant Bastard to be more aggressive.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was ready for a major hop fest when opening this one. What I got was lots of hops with a nice balance of malt. This copper colored beer emits an aroma of grapefruit and malt. Smooth and creamy on the palate with beautiful malt flavors that quickly succumb to hops. The strong hop finish lingers long after the final sip.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2004 Incredible IPA with tons of hoppy bitter flavor. The color/appearance of this brew is a clear beautiful amber with a nice off-white head. Has a citrusy, pine-y flavor with grapefruit and a TON of hops!!! Sweet taste with great malt backing. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Nice lacing on the glass. Highly recommended!!! Will definitely buy again.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heya... as expected super hoppy. Huge hit of lychee, pine and citric bitterness. Rich, warming and a little medicinal. A malt liqour style shot of alcohol right at the end aswell. Nice bitterness. Thanks be to Greg from Stone!
uvajed (183) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 As much as I love Stone’s DOuble Bastard Ale and Imperial Stout (and Imperial Stouts in general), this is perhaps my favorite beer ever. (Yes, Guinness is draught is something I can drink 24-7, but this is absolutely fabulous!)
The initial sweet, hop aroma does not end in disappointment. Spicy, grapefruit aromas follow. The head this beer pours is prodigious, and the lacing it leaves is phenomenal. The hoppy palate is not quite what the label makes it it out to be, but I find it damn near perfect. This is THE standard IPA that all others should be judged by. Whle certainly not for hop-haters and light beer-lovers, it is an amazing brew.
Try this beer!!! I can’t guarantee it will be your favorite ever, but you WILL enjoy it and respect its power.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
How unassuming, sitting there in the glass. Amber in color with a soft looking white head. A soft grapefruity hop aroma drifting slowly to your nose. You lift the pint slowly to your salivating mouth then BOOOOOM!!! You get hammered with hop... Great beer though I'm not a hop head. I wasn't able to decipher much from this one because the hops stole the show which is what I thing they were going for... So good job Stone and keep up the good work.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 fantastic, a smoothed out lagunitas maximus. nice amount of malts, great enough hops - grapefruit, citrus, pine, resin, and with just a fresh floral bite. creamy, smooth, tasty hoppy burps. good enough amount of malt to keep it from being too over-the-top. i'm a fan.
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 (3059) - 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