hanihotdog (14) - blah, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 1/20
wow... wow! wow!!! the bottle description does not lie.. this beer will truly ruin your taste buds!! I recommend this beer to everyone, yep everyone... for the sole purpose of comparison.. on a scale from 1-10 this baby delivers a 10 on bitterness... with over 100 ibuís ruination is a great barometer for rating the bitterness of a beer. Only the true counisour will drink this beer and enjoy it. I hated it!!! I shared a $7.00 12oz bottle with a friend, 6 oz was all i could handle!!!!! Try it for sure...
Hophead1977 (14) - , Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the IPAís I have had I would put up against any of the Dogfish Head IPAís, and still be torn between the two brands. This is a stellar IPA. Great Hops, great flavor, appearance. Pours hazy, with a little head. Tastes so good to a hophead. Great IPA!
Drury (14) - Incline Village, Nevada, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
stone ruination is fucking impressive. what a smell. great head retention and lacing in my bottle. the aroma is sick-good. almost like pliny. lots of good citrus, so pungent. this is my pliny the elder light. iím getting no malt and all hops. i need to drink more. but this is a great beer.
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing smell! Drinking in a pint glass from the bottle. This did not seem nearly as bitter or alcoholic tasting as I was bracing myself for, which is a good thing. Honey notes. Oh, thereís the bitterness! Pretty tasty if you are into IPAs!
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
They don't lie. This beer will "ruin" your palate for any beers you drink immediately afterward. Dark color, with heavy hops. Definite pine and citrus overtone.
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich gold color and strong flavor. aftertaste persistent and strong spice flavor. A few of this and your are ruinated.
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful orange cooper colr. Great Thick meaty head. Initial sweet floral taste, becoming a bit more complex as it opens up over a bit of time. A great brew from Stone, took me a long time to find!
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Nose is mostly Chinook piney/resiny. Perhaps a little caramel malt underneath. At serving temperatures the beer has noticeable chill haze (probably from the large amount of hops.) Warms to a beautifully clear deep amber. Head sticks around for quite a while.
In taste the balance is hugely towards hop bitterness. Again the Chinook piney/resiny quality came to the from with hints of citrus and perhaps some earthiness. The malt backbone was solid and could go with being a bit lighter as this trended towards barley wine like cloyingness.
I had the first bottle on itís own and found the hops and bitterness to out of balance with the malt. The second time I tried it I paired it with a very strongly flavored food, peppered beef jerky. Amazingly the perceived bitterness dropped dramatically and the balance totally changed. Iíd strongly recommend pairing this with something bold like a pepper steak. On itís own itís just too bitter (and Iím a fan of west coast hoppy beers.)
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Aromas of sweet malt and orange citrusy type hops. Flavor starts out with a gripping bitterness and carbonic bite then leads into a sweet malt finish with some hot alcohol flavor at the end. I feel this beer is over rated for what it is. A good beer but a little two dimentional with sticky sweet, quiet boring malt profile and domanting bittering hop quality. Not enough flavor and aroma hops. Sorry.
Chronickles (13) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíam not so good at pointing out the distinct flavor differences in beer. Instead I choose to point out the obvious. Of all the stone brewery beers, this is by far the bitterest. That is why I like it. It goes great with pork. Also a very drinkable beer if you have the alcohol tollerance. As with all stone brews alcohol content is up there.