Joealpizar (23) - - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy in the mouth. Nice citrus. Foamy head. Great ipa. Bottle. 12/31/12. Great ipa and not to heavy on the belly
Kpbutsko (23) - - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
For not bring an "ipa guy", I certainly enjoy ruination. Great foggy golden/straw color with bright white lacing. Extremely floral & hoppy smell.. You can almost smell the bitterness thru your nose. Taste is well, very bitter & floral. Not a whole lot of room here for any citrusy tastes with how hopped it is. Alcohol is very well blended for how high it is. Great beer & very drinkable.
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DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Definately my favorite from Stone Brewing Co. Big hops taste with a kick. The color is deep and rich. Highly recommended to IPA fans.
LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 6, 2005
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I love good IPAís. And then there is this from Stone. The 100+ IBU is just silly. I could barely taste any beer. As to the Hop flavour, who can tell? It is wasted away by the dominance of the IBUís.
I donít understand those who equate Hop flavor with bitterness? I love a good hoppy IPA with nice aroma and strong hop flavours, Ruination is no such beer. You want a strong IPA that has a disinguishable Hop character Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA is the way to go.
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good beer but very dominant in taste so be ready. definitely for those who appreciate a strong and unique taste. one that is good for one bottle.
JasonBMoore (22) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber topped with a bubbly off-white head that gave way to swiss cheese lacing. Smells of lemons, perfume, earth, and nutty bread. Quite bitter from start to finish, the hops definitely overpower the malt in flavor. Dry mouth feel followed by an astringent, alcoholic finish. Not bad but their stock IPA is better.
stetzel (22) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i love stone.they are in my top five breweries.this is my go to beer with them.bright copper color.very thin white head.this is a grapefruit suckerpunch to the palate.the flavor lingers,long,long after the first sip.i truly love this beer.
NextBestThing (22) - Westtown, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too much. Over the top hoppiness, more than necessary. I love Stone but prefer their basic IPA to Ruination. I don’t get even the whisper of a malt backbone, just hops for the sake of over-hoppiness. Not horrible by any stretch, a reasonably drinkable brew but there are other more desirable alternatives. If you get a reasonable example of Dogfish 90 Minute you’re drinking a better beer. Still acceptable if it’s the only bottle of Stone at your disposal.
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very light orange. Big floral and citrus hops, and honey on the nose! Perfectly rounded nose! Very clean and crisp. Flavor holds to the citrus floral hops, pepper, and a bitterness that subdues the malts. Very easy to drink!
thebrood1987 (22) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
You can smell potent citrus and pine mixing together along with some actual malt smell. You get that hop bite right away as it hits your tongue followed by a bready almost wheat malt like taste in the middle and then completely wiped away but a huge pine spruce dry finish. This is all about the hop bitterness. Even though you get a malty bread wheat flavor with that citrus hop flavor the finish and aftertaste just overrule with that dry pine taste from the hops. Itís just like the Stone IPA but its amped up in bitterness. Where some IPAís focus on having that hop flavor, hop bitterness or mixing the two... this one just beats them all with that bitterness. It really can be compared to a resinous pine cone sharp orange like bitterness. If you want to be blown away by IBUís get this beer... definitely one of the best IPAís ever made.