Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An IPA, you say? I tried Ruination back-to-back with Stone IPA, and Ruination is more similar to the barleywines I've tasted than it is to the other IPAs I've tasted (which is not a bad thing in my book). Ruination is still dominated by floral hops, but I found it to be richly complex, and caramely, as opposed to bitter. 'Tis interesting to see how different styles are interpreted by different brewers. Both thumbs up; Ruination is one to look for at your favorite ale shop.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this beer and do not think it is as "over the top" as I have read. Color is light for the style and the aroma is sweet with little hoppiness. I am not scared as suggested by the verbage on the bottle and I expected this to be virtually impallatable based upon the review I have read. Good hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Not as balanced as I would have liked.
Needs to be a bit more sweet
TheBelgian (24) - USA - MAY 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful hoppy IPA. Stone knows that people will either love it or hate it, not many will be on the fence. I love it. Great aroma and flavor.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
im almost afraid to say it... but i feel this Stone brew is a lil over done, the ipa is outstanding... but to have the try and out do it is a little crazy, a good beer by any means but not the best
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Now, don't get me wrong, I like hoppy beers, but this was not a well done hoppy beer. It has an average appearance, a thick
but not long lasting head, but it is extremely unbalanced in my opinion. It has a sickly-sweet smell to it when opened, it is
overloaded with Cascade hops, mainly due to dry hopping. The malt flavor is simply overwhelmed by the over-use of so many
hops. Stone brewing has great beers as a rule, and I like their Arrogant Bastard, and their Double Bastard, but this one was
just too much for me. I couldn't even finish the 22 oz. bottle I got, so that should tell you something.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Distinguishes itself from other IPAs by NOT having a strong grapefruit flavor. Extremely crisp, no unwelcome tang. Soft citrus nose, w/caramel undertones. Mellows and softens as one's tongue begins to surrender.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 so it is brutish, western, astringent, tea-like, rough and husky, sweet. scrolling.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright golden amber, average head, hop citrus apricot honey aroma. Very bitter beginning and finish, little bit malt finish, keeps getting more and more bitter as I drink it until I start to get used to it, somewhat. Too bitter to have often, prefer the regular stone IPA. At times this has the same apricot taste as the arrogant bastard. I think this is where I draw the line and say uncle.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As the description says, very bitter but surprisingly well balanced for a beer with over 100 IBU's. Strong alcoholic aroma and you can definitely taste the alcohol. Wonderful, hoppy finish. One of my favorite beers.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hoppy aroma. Nice golden color with unremarkable head. Extremely bitter taste with medium body. Finish is also bitter and substantial. When looking for it, can also detect some malt.