itfitz (10) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This DIPA hasnít made its way to the top of most expertís taste lists by just being "average." Yes, itís strong. Yes, itís VERY bitter. Yes, itís known as "hophead heroin."
Those who complain about Ruinationís lack of maltiness are not familiar with the style, nor with the philosophy of Stone Brewing Company. Stone hit a home run with this liquid gold, and those lucky enough to find it (and fortunate enough to be able to afford it) will surely have a memorable experience.
Alengrin (3148) - BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Stone on Tap event at BeerTemple in Amsterdam. Lacing, cream white, medium thick head over a deep orangey blonde, almost clear beer with lively sparkling. Complex and refined DIPA aroma of grapefruit, baking pork fat, freshly cut nettles, bitter honey, green tea, celery, hemp, wet hay, barbecue sausages, bell peppers - in all, less sweet citrussy than usual for the style. Clean onset of dried orange peel, sweetish peach, dried herbs and a touch of pineapple, never turning sweet but instead íhaltedí by a powerful, resiny, lemon peel-like hop bitterness, complex, herbal and spicy, drying for a very long time but still allowing some subtle, juicy malt sweetness to peep through; hint of whisky-like warming alcohol as well, just in the right place. Refinement and balance is key here, and is achieved to a very high extent. One of the most íaristocraticlyí restrained DIPAs I tasted so far, while still retaining the hoppy force typifying the style. Impressive.
Bacchus66 (41) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yowsah. Pours light amber, with a thick rocky everlasting head with good lacing. This is all about piney grapefruity hops, in the nose and in the glass. Lively, bitter finish. Probably not what you want to drink everyday, but when aggressive hops are called for, this is the one.
graham_murphy (420) - - JUN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thatís certainly a lingering bitterness. My cornflakes tasted of hops. It goes well with my coffee. Malty with bold citrus, grassy bitterness from the hops. Hops, hops and more hops.
davidtjm (887) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is gold with a thin head, aroma is strong fruity. Taste is fruity, pine, resin.
bennetporter (318) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy gold from a bottle, off-white head shows good retention and lacing. Aroma of ... i donít even know what really, something pretty good and familiar, maybe a little pipe tobacco someplace in there, almost caramel but not quite. Flavor is pine resin, soap, some floral notes, butterscotch. Bittersweet, somewhat oily, very full mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very good beer. Iím not big on brewers shoving hops into beers the way pizza joints find new places to hide cheese on pizza, but this one does it right without overdoing it.
JonnyConga (119) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy orange. Nice aroma of fruity citrusy hops. Initial sweetness and hoppyness give way to a bitterness finish that lingers. Don't feel like 100 IBUs though - perhaps I've broken my tastebuds...a tasty beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kalki (20) - - JUN 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Among my least liked IPAís. Too bitter, too thick, seems overly hopped and lacks the balance of some of the other Stoneís. Glory to the hops, I fully agree, but somehow just couldnít get on board with this one.
RCx240 (114) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden, hazy amber. Foamy off white head, low retention, some lacing. Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, clove, and resin. Taste is tart and acidic, with underlying notes of sweetness. Finishes bitter and astringent, lingering. Full bodied, softly carbonated, slightly creamy texture. Impressed with this one.
stevoj (2835) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another superlative beer from Stone. An ode to the NW hops, biting, bitter, pungent, resinous, hints of caramel, pine, soap. Bracing, a wake up call for your palate.
Ratpatrol1019 (52) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hop aroma of mango and grapes. No real head and kind of flat, why the poor mouthfeel rating. Flavor was great and intense with the hops. Wish some more carbonation but it understand.