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 itís a perfect beer, perfect DIPA. Crisp, citrusy, bitter and amazing mouthfeel. Thank god for stone. BTW iím not saying itís 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
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Bottle from Bev Mo, San Francisco, sampled July 2008. Pours golden orange in the glass with a very small head which holds in some incredible aromas: lots of grass, a bit of pine in the hops, apricot; floral. The flavour is very well balanced; fairly sweet with much complexity, especially given the hopped up 100 or more IBUs; I pick up some apricot, pineapple, grass, alcohol. A bitter finish.
Bottle, May 2009. This is a pale golden colour with a very long lasting foamy white head. Carbonation is fairly mild. The aroma is really terrific: densely layered and complex. The hop aromas are fresh and very inviting: thereís a fair amount of pine and a whole array of citrus fruits, some floral elements, grass, a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is oily, medium in body. Thereís a fair amount of wood in the flavour and a whole lot of fresh apricot, some avocado, pine, grass, the works. The finish is where the bitterness kicks in, though it is far more subtle than would be expected: thereís some orange and pine along with the hop bitter kick. A standout.
kenko (85) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is piny with hints of citrus and a very faint underlying sweetness. Taste is citrusy, with a pine finish and malty sweetness. Full mouthfeel.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a yellow with billowy white head. citrusy pineapples and some more citrus with full wallop of hops to destroy ur tastebuds for rest of your night.
mmill527 (85) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another hop lovers dream. If you like DIPAís, youíll certainly be happy with this one.
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was great! I expected the bitterness to be over the top, but it really wasnít. Taste a lot like liquid hops (in a good way) with the same balance you get with lesser IBUs. Nice solid head, caramelly. Good balance. Will definately get again.
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
220z poured into tulip, nice amber orange with a soft white diminishing white head, Aroma of fruit and grapefruit. Bitter finish and long duration.
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a good head that fades quickly to a thin film. Warm bready aroma. Full and broad on the palate. Tangy twinge on the tongue that lasts while the bitterness softens but lingers. Complex and likable.
jimmytalent (84) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruination is crisp and elegant. Stone put out another masterpiece with Ruination. It pours a blonde honey color with a tall beige cap. Aroma of lemon and a little herbal. The flavor is amazing. Your palate is greeted with crisp lemon and herbal goodness (lemongrass maybe coriander). This is one of the most solid IPA's around.
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