thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Awesome hop aroma could smell all day. Very malty kind of sweet...almost too sweet. thick finish cloying????
ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle $6.50 from whole foods. Very hoppy smells great. Pretty bitter up front but calms down. A great beer but your going to need some huevos to really enjoy it.
Buukwurm (42) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours a clear, deep orange-gold with a frothy head that leaves a network of lace in its wake. As beautiful a beer as I have ever seen. The aroma is predominantly citrus with floral overtones. The taste, as one would expect, is very bitter with a long bitter finish. The beer opens up in the mouth with a lively carbonation.
VintageViking (42) - - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A golden amber pour from the bottle, and an aroma full of pine and citrus. Masses of hops, resin and tropical fruits in the taste, and a mouth-filling medium palate. Just bitter enough. (There MUST be malt in there somewhere, I suppose?) I must have been drinking some mad imperial and double IPAs recently, because this seemed very grown-up and balanced. A lovely beer.
KennyGalanif (42) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
pours a clear golden orange, with one finger of head. once i popped the bottle, this beer made my mouth water! aroma is of......HOPS!!! citrus, pine, grapefruit, bread malt backbone, smells very inviting! the taste is more refreshing than i expected out of a 100+ IBU beer! lots of astringency, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pine. along with a decent light and sweet caramel malt backbone. quite bitter, but not till it finishes. without taking another sip, this beer remains bitter on the palate for at least 5 minuets. which is awesome!! overall, this is a beer that changed the way IPA’s are made, especially on the west coast. CHEERS!!!
Paynis (42) - Saco, Maine, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deliciously hoppy! Amazing aroma and wonderfully bitter... Definition of what an ipa should taste like.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange body with a thin light head. Aroma screams hops, it is a loud citrusy aroma. The taste is very bitter, very hoppy, but this is a good thing. There is also a slight alcohol taste in the middle of the mouth. Excellent beer for a hop head.
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle at Great British Beer Festival] Bam! A huge hit of citrusy hops as soon as your nose gets within about a foot of the glass - definitely an indicator of things to come! Pours a clear amber-gold with a loose white head.
When it touches your tongue, you’re blasted with hops and citrus, which gives way to a lingering sweet, tangy hoppiness. Needless to say, there is a *long* dry aftertaste waiting for you.
The words "import", "UK" and "right now" spring to mind. Are you listening, Sainsburys?
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit sweeter than Stone’s standard IPA which is good because it is also a bit more bitter. The balance is nice.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
First let me praise Stone Brewery. Although I love their other products(Bastard and such), no two of their beers tastes the same. In that I mean, when I drink a Sam Adams of any rendition, I know I'm drinking Sam Adams. So with the adventurous Stone, there are no limits and every single brew is its' own entity. After having the Stone IPA, which I feel is a premier IPA, Ruination started showing up at my local. Thank God.....pours nice with beautiful golden color, lace throughout the glass, long lasting. The smell, takes over a room...bold hops, hint of malt. The taste is all hops, with a tremendous mouthfeel that's oily on the hops but finishes dryer than a Sahara Caravan, but within the center of all this, is a tinge of fruit (citrus) that not only rolls out the red carpet to the best hop finish I have every had. Some describe the malt at the finish, I sense it in the center with the citrus....pitching a tent for the ever lingering hops. This beer finishes clean, crisp...at 7.7ABV% don't underestimate this demon of an IPA