DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a glowing honey gold with just a touch of murkiness and a pale yellow uneven head that left a little lace.
Smells of pineapple, banana, bread dough, crisp pine and a pleasant touch of alcohol.
The flavor is a smooth blend of an underlying doughy oat and honey sweetness and a dominant dry hop character. The beauty of this flavor is how the these two are seamlessly blended into one another. It’s just fantastic.
The mouthfeel is very smooth with a light carbonation that effervesces on the tongue.
deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow... this thing is not for the weak-minded or faint of heart. This is one absurdly hoppy beer. Nice golden color. It will take all but the biggest hopheads a long while to drink, but the flavor is good if you can handle it.
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light copper with a thin white head. Aroma is hoptastic. Just enough body to balance the hop bite, seems short of the 100 ibu claim, though. Probably a lot of ibu’s contributed through late hops. I want another, then another.
VVilliam (50) - USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a nice amber with large thick head. Smells great with citrus and honey, hops, hops, and more hops. One of the most complex beers I’ve had, shifting from sweet grass to several layers of hops to a very bitter, but not too bitter, finish. Strong, but not too strong, a fantastic beer. Would buy again, but would definitely have someone to share it with.
Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A butal blast of grapefruity hops. As bitter an aftertaste as I have ever encountered. There is some good maltiness in there somewhere but its buried. The bottle warns you exactly what you are going to get, but this is over the top IMHO. Too much is not always better than not enough, no matter what Dobbs says!
dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale amber in pour. Bursting with citrus, grapefruit, pine aroma.
Great soft carbonation. Very bitter, yes, but not in a way-too-bitter-pucker face way. Light sweetness. Halfway through it did numb the sides of my mouth a bit. Awesome!
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy golden orange color with quickly dissipating white head. Lots of hops in the aroma. Flowery and piney as well. Flavor is citrusy with some piney notes. Sweetness and bitterness both up front. You get the sweetness first which is light and then you’re immediately slammed by the heavy bitterness which lingers on as a resin flavor for the finish. Mouthfeel - it coats the entire mouth with its presence and doesn’t give up. Even though the bitterness is so heavy, it isn’t offensive. This is probably the most drinkable Double IPA I’ve ever had and I love it for that. Amazing beer.
Pecan (49) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, hazy yellow with small white head. Aroma is dominated by hops, citrus and pine prevalent. Initial taste is all hops, but transitions to a point where I can actually taste a small amount of malt flavor. The best part of the flavor for me was the aftertaste, a lingering pleasant lemon flavor with a bit of pine. This beer appeals to the hophead in me, one of the best IPA’s I’ve had.
sgallant (49) - USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 The flavor hits all at one rather than relying on the aftertaste to round out the flavor. This is an impressive improvement on the base Stone IPA.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, so we"ve all seen the stupid ad on television about ’bitter beers’ and what that Brand X says, ’bitter is bad.’ Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that"s good) bitter beers. We"ve all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don"t let the Ruination IPA slip you by,
Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, ’that"d knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!!’ This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time.
Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6’ high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won"t budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass.
An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic.
I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its increadibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- ’by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!’