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RATINGS: 3646   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
A clear burnt gold color with a medium creamy white head. A mouthwatering aroma of floral pine, yeast, and frozen orange juice concentrate. Bitter hops are omnipresent, yet allowing spectacular background flavors ( caramel malts with a ever so slight hint of chocolate) to come through enhancing the overall effect. An extraordinary IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2003
I must be jaded. Or my pallette has been destroyed (ruined) prior to tasting this. I found it rather nice and once again as I approached a Stone beer with trepidation, I found that I had no need to squirm. It took me by the hand and walked me through a happy, hoppy tase. Sure, don't get me wrong - there's all the hops and more than most could ever want. Have just had a few over-zealous brewers in this city that love dosing a kettle with as much as it can handle when it comes to the bitter. If this is what you crave, fear not, but enjoy as I did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Holy hop-tastic batman. This is pure hops with a little bitter taste to compliment. This is the hoppiest beer I have sampled in my 120ish ratings. If you want hops, you want this. If you don't care for hops, stay away, very far away.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Beautiful clear orange with a thick white foam head. Large, hoppy aroma. This is much maltier in both flavor and aroma than regular IPA, as well as hoppier. Medium bodied and almost creamy. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Pours with a clear orange amber body topped by a medium thick off-white head with lots of lace. Wonderfully sweet citrusy (grapefruit) hop aroma. Sweet, piney hop flavor with notes of grapefruit and malty undertones. The finish is bitter from hops and lasting. Medium to full bi\odied and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Doesn't get much better than this. Extremley hoppy. In fact Don't know if I could stand much more. Damn this is good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
A perfect IPA. Beautiful amber color and a nice head. The nose screams citrus, floral, and herbaceous hop character. The perfect blend of hops lends a flavor that is so prominent that it takes a few moments to really appreciate the masterfully crafted beer underneath. A titan of IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Hm. Bitter! Tastes essentially the same to me as the standard Stone IPA. I get the same citrus (grapefruit, mostly) flavors, just more hops. Very very good but I have to rate this below the regular IPA because as far as I can see the extra bitterness only serves to mask some of the very good flavors in these two beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Re-Rate 11/10/05:My tastes and palate have changed over the last few years and I decided to give this highly acclaimed beer another try. Now I find it to be a wonderful, hoppy, citrusy experience. I still find it quite bitter but in a good way. 6/23/03: (3.2) Bitter, bitter, bitter! As much as I like Stone’s "other" IPA I have to admit that this one is way over the top for me in regards to bitterness. If typical IPA’s don’t do anything for you anymore then this would be a good ale to try. Did I mention that it’s quite BITTER!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5161) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 22, 2003
This brew poured a small head of fine to large sized white bubbles and amber orange transparent body. It has a strong hoppy aroma and a strong hoppy flavor to boot. It has an initial hop flavor and a strong hop finish. You can summarize the brew in 1 word! HOPPY. A true hopheads delight.

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