tendency (26) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
lemme just say this up front: this IS the standard bearer for west coast IPAs. this baby slips and slides on a massive hop bed between the IPA and double IPA line IMO. huge grapefruit, pine and orange chewy resin. sticky icky bitter aint no quitter. thank god you will not find your thick candy bar malted milk in this brew (yes im calling you out colorado IIPA brewers! ;)) however the malt that is supplied is wonderfully creamy but must labor mightily to support the massive hop drop. and labor it does to wonderful effect. west coast represent!
CPH2200 (295) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2014 Bottle. Yellow golden with small head. Very bitter with spices and citrus. Hides alcohol very well. Very dry mouthfeel. Great ipa.
jbuskirk (466) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sadly my 4-pack of Ruination had an Enjoy By date of 12/13/13. At the time of my purchase, this batch was more than 6 months past its prime according to the bottling date. Happily, Ruination was no worse for the less than ideal conditions. Yes, the caramel character of the malt had been given time to poke through the dense hop profile in the aroma and taste, but the hops had hardly lost any of their edge. As promised, Ruination delivered a hell of a lot of grapefruit and pine bitterness. The finish is predictably crisp thanks to the 100+ IBUís and the 8.2% ABV provides a bit of warmth. Whatís surprising is that the lingering conclusion is juicy rather than dry. Perhaps "juicy" is the wrong word. Itís mostly an orange rind sharpness that sticks to the roof of the mouth but thereís also a hint of sweet orange juice mixed in. When compared to the bone-dry finishes of many Imperial IPAís, Stoneís Ruination is surprisingly refreshing. Tread (or drink) with care, though. This ale is unabashedly created exclusively for hop heads and will seem masochistic to just about anyone else.
SlimHabib (197) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour. Cloudy golden with with medium white head and small lacing. Extremely hoppy aroma. Taste is bitter hops with a long lasting aftertaste.
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biirusaikou (811) - - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Killer Californian hop bomb. A machine-gun of citrus hops to the mouth. Indeed a total palate ruination, dry and brutal, not sure it is worth drinking anything past that one...
arnold931 (600) - Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours light amber with small white head. Nose is mostly earthy and floral hops. Some nice caramel in the taste. Great DIPA.
RRistow12 (269) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with white head. Aroma is tropical and citrus fruits with pine. Grapefruit, orange peel prominent. Taste is definitely bitter. They weren't lying on the description (which Stone always does an impeccable job). More pine on the taste but still flavors of grapefruit and orange peel, papaya. Just a hint of malt present as a backbone. Definitely a top tier IPA.
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Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft a wob. Comes out a light golden color. Smell is all hops. Taste is more of the same. Very good. Pretty much everything you want in a nice DIPA.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Bulk_Carrier (2224) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter and a tulip. There wasnít any difference between the two glasses.
The appearance had a semi - dark orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing stuck nicely to the glass.
The smell had a super sharp pungent bitter piney and citrus hops overpowering my nose.
The taste had a great bitter pine and citrus hops pummeling my taste buds into submission.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body that wasnít exactly as sessionable as I had hoped it would be as the bitterness just takes over.
Overall, I realize with this one, though Iíve had this several times in my life, I really think a good two months of age works wonders for this beer. Itís just too bitter and unbalanced when itís only 6 days old.
TXBadger (1478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Floral notes, pine, and lots of citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more pine.