40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color with a thick creamy white head. Citrusy, flowery, junipery, fruity Cascade hop aroma with a hint of doughy maltyness. Strong citrus, tea, hop flavor bitterness that is mixed with a candy sugar like sweetness that also provides a somewhat heavy mouthfeel. A very tasty beer.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that it isnít as "sweet" as the 5th anniversary was, which balanced the beer nicely. The Ruination is incredibly unbalanced towards the hops and I love it for that fact. Ruination is godfather of IPA
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beatiful golden orange colour with generous white head. This beer is all about fruity hop aromas and flavours. Not so much grapefruit as in other American IPAs, but lots of peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, guava, and various berries. Oh man, I feel like Iím in an orchard, or at least a roadside fruit stall. Itís intensely bitter, yet at the same time incredibly sweet because of the fruit flavours. An amazing IPA!! Definitely one of my favourites!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Ironically I drank this right before I broke up with my girlfriend. Check the definition on the bottle, thatís what happened to us. Really a good IPA though....
Rerate: Nice strong hop aroma. Taste is big hops, somewhat unbalanced with bitterness.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 30, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 Well, the funny thing is, this is my first real IPA. This beer has set the standard for me now. It's the best I've had in awhile. User_Ex sent me a bottle of this and oooooh, I can still taste it now. The beer had a cool, crisp, aroma of a hop forest first thing in the morning. Alcohol flavor was well masked, and (like Oakes just said), an 'earthy, resiny' taste existed. Deep copper color, with perfect effervescence, and decent head. Lace was minimal, but sufficient. But to smell this beer and drink it is heaven. I am going to have to move down south very soon.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice creamy head that leaves lace around the glass. Golden honey looking body. Abundance of hops in the nose, bitter and floral. Take a taste and itís like drinking liquid hops only this hoppy hellion is, indeed, nicely balanced with malt. Just enough to take the rough edge off. Also a definate alcohol burn in there as well. Nice IPA.
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper; piney, foresty hop aroma. Hops just clobber the palate. Rich malts come in later - an earthy, resiny brew. Very intense, but I have to admit, Iíve never been thrilled with these over-the-top beers and wouldnít want to drink them as a general rule.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Attention all hop-heads! - go try this beer! Flowery aroma of that is a perfect reproduction of fresh hops. Initial flavor of sweet malt followed by a lingering bitter hop aftertaste. Stone is the only brewery that can have this much hops and till maintain a perfect balance. I have yet to be disappointed by this brewery.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lots of Hops and fresh sawed wood in the nose. Beautiful tight buttermilk head, and a lovely tarnished brass color. Ruination starts with a lot of hops and grapefruit and a woderfull bitterness nicly tempered by a decent amount of malt. For +100 IBUís this beer remains non-abrasive with mild alcohol notes and a plesant grain mouthfeel as it warms. Not Quite the 5th Aniversay IPA but the next best thing for fans of huge IPAís
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden appearance. Lumber is evident in the nose, something of a 2x12x16 piece of quality grade SPF lumber. Touches of malt also in the aroma along with some citrus. The body is really where the malt comes in handy, really hides the 100+ IBUís that this beer claims to contains. Donít get me wrong, this beer is big and hoppy, but the hops are balanced well by the malt. Interesting beer.