Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Probably the best beer I’ve ever had (as far as my preference goes). This is truly the last IPA you’ll ever want to drain. Fragrant, beautiful rich mangoey shade of yellow. The flavor is biiitttterrr!!! As the great poet whose name I’ve forgotten once said: ’It is bitter bitter. But I love it because it is bitter, like my heart’. I sat down at my local pub last night and tried two twenty two ouncers. The chalkboard advertising the specials of the evening had it labeled ’double bitter’ and it cost around 5 bucks but it was well worth it. I had two (I think) and two Sam Adams on draft. Last time I was that tipsy Kennedy’s head was intact. Great beer.
joesf35 (78) - Margate, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a beige head. Medium carbonation, and nice mouth feel, not too thin and not too soupy. The aroma is floral, pine, slight citrus. Taste is awesome, a lot of hop flavor. Floral and piney hop flavor. The malt backbone is amazing and well balanced with the hops.
3sheets2wind (78) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Poured golden from a 22 oz. Bomber into a tulip. Citrus and pine aroma, thick head, and hoppy enough to suit me. This is terrific beer.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was sunshine in a glass. Great golden/orange color. A head that came on very thick and subsided in time to drink the beer without getting it on your nose. Lacing reminded me of the wonderful off-white head all the way down the glass. They say it has 100+ IBU's. They hide it well. The Dreadnaught was too bitter. This is just right. Fine balance of hops and malt with just a hint of citrus and spice. Smoother than any other I2PA, and IPA for that matter. Definitely my favorite beer. A few more IBU's wouldn't hurt, though! :)
JAG55 (77) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 22oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Another great beer from SB. Very similar to it?s little brother their standard IPA. Not as nice a head and presentation as the IPA. Clear light golden color with creamy, fluffy and tan head. This is a hop beast with hop aroma all over and bitter taste to perfection with nice malt balance to the finish. Big, smooth and creamy body. This is IPA - WANT HOPS!
beermanusa (77) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish orange color and formed a nice bubbly off white head and left some nice bubbly circular lace. A decent amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and some floral aspects. The flavor is of hops and citrus with a slight hint of herb. The finish is light and just a touch bitter and extremely astrigent. You won’t be able to taste any other beers for the rest of the day!
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The sum of the parts don’t quite add up to the whole. Beautiful pine and resin hops and cakey malt sweetness wrestle just a little too much on the tongue. Left with the impression of floor cleaner, but in a good way..."no, it’s a dessert topping!" Rich and complex with some distinct vanilla and juniper. Every mouthful offers two distinct flavors.
ShawnC (76) - - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
AGED 2 YEARS. Found in my cooler. Golden cider like. Light lacing. Very muted nose. No hops slight malty nose. Very mellowed hops malts not quite strong enough. Thick mouthfeel but a little unfocused. A little boosy. A fun expirament. But nothing great.
---That dog will hunt!
Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone Ruination IPA. Another great beer from Stone. It pours out a clear golden with slight amber hue. It was a nice white head with respectable retention and slight lacing. It looks like a good beer. Justifiable because it is a very high quality brew. It has a strong aroma of hops but you can also smell slight citrus and floral notes throughout. Be sure to savor the aroma as you drink this beer. The flavor is just as strong as the aroma, if not stronger. This is an IPA through and through. You can definitely taste the hops throughout the beer and finds its footing early in the drink. Medium carbonation holds itself very well and is very refreshing. If you like IPA, then this is a must have.
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Disturbingly drinkable hop-juice, with a lingering teeth-coating bitterness.