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.
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.
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite douple IPA but you should either be a hop head or in a hop mood before drinking a bottle. Great aroma with floral and a slight tartness. It is a little heavier than expected but finishes clean.
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
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.
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
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: there’s 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. There’s 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: there’s some orange and pine along with the hop bitter kick. A standout.
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 DIPA’s, you’ll certainly be happy with this one.