kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale yellow orange. Not much head to this one at all. Mild hop aroma and some sweet malt. Less than impressive. It comes with a monster bitterness that surges every time the malt backbone tries to surface. Felt their regular IPA was much more balanced.
bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a great IPA from stone, single hopped with centennial as far as im aware. one of my favourite hops in homebrewing. it really shines here and has got a good kick. good stuff.
pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1. Look - A clear pale amber IPA with an excellent white head.
2. Sniff – This Ruination IPA has a deep malty carmel aroma with a big piney hop nose.
3. Sip – Initially, there is an instant bitterness followed by an alcohol finish. This is a strong medium bodied IPA –packed with an abundance of flavor and taste.
4. Another Look – Ruination has a very long lasting head with exceptional lacing. This ale is very appealing.
5. Evaluate – Overall, Ruination is a well balanced IPA. It has a sweet malty flavor balanced with a striking bitter finish. This is an excellent IPA that pushes the boundaries of the style. I would only recommend this IPA to family and friends who are long time IPA drinkers.
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours cloudy yellowish - orange with a 1 finger white head. Nose is bitter and piney. Taste is bitter then malty - heavy on the bitter then finishes with a touch of pine. I was really expecting more from this one. According to the bottle if I don’t know what good hops taste like I will perceive this is as bitter. That is not the case. I know what a good well balanced IPA is, and this beer is bitter. Go get a Two Hearted from Bells to taste a good IPA.
beardfear (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange pour with a fine, short-lived head. Pine resin, sweet caramel and citric hops. Destructive bitterness that lingers forever in the mouth. Toffee malt peeks through the astringency. Not really balanced at all, but what did you expect?
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
IMO it’s a perfect beer, perfect DIPA. Crisp, citrusy, bitter and amazing mouthfeel. Thank god for stone. BTW i’m not saying it’s a perfect DIPA, but i just love it.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SO, perhaps I am not worthy. I cant tell if I liked this one. Pours a dark yellow/orange color with a rocky white head. The aroma is HUGE of hops. The taste, initially sweet tapers off quickly to extreme bitterness. I am actually a fan of bitterness, but this exceeds even dogfish's 120 minute IPA. Finishing this monster was kind of like a -strong cigar. It took some work. Overall, mixed impressions, interesting to drink, but not something Id drink often
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 golden in color with a strong aroma of hops with an undertone of hay. the flavor is of bitter hops, overall a great beer
VAAC (86) - Middlebury, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grapefruit colored, not much head but what’s there is thick. The aroma is overwhelming, I want a scented candle with this aroma! As suggested on the bottle, hops are dominant. Lively and intense, you’ll love it if you like hops obviously, but even if you never liked other similar beers you may still like it.
robzilla (86) - - FEB 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral and citrus like a punch to the nose. Nice malty backdrop with maybe a little nuttiness, it balances itself out towards the finish. It is definitely bitter. It is a nice beer just a little aggressive which I seem to find Stone to generally be.