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RATINGS: 3509   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate. 100+ IBUs. Bracingly bitter. Thick, pungent hop aroma. We would say that no hops were injured in the brewing of this beer, but that would be a massive lie. In fact, the words "Stone Ruination IPA" are what older hop vines use to cause little hop vines to quiver with fright and lose sleep at night . We at Stone honor the brutal massacre of countless hops with this "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Paganism at its best!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Rich gold color and strong flavor. aftertaste persistent and strong spice flavor. A few of this and your are ruinated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2007
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!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
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.)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chronickles (13) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Acariya (13) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Finally, I have tasted a hoppy beer that just isnít all hops.. theres (as it states on the bottle) some exceptional malt character to this.. theres a perfect (in my eyes) balance of bitterness and malty flavor.. Itís an all around awesome IPA.. Would definitely buy it again,... err.. if it wasnít 15 dollars for a 6-pack..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lucremon (13) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
San Diego tasting note: Preferred Arrogant Bastard but still very impressive: Lighter colour than AB - AB more hoppy (?). Spicy aroma, maybe apricot? Medium-full with nutmeg, cilantro and sweet peanut brittle. Long balanced finish with a hint of citrus.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with thin white head. The aroma expected from a good IPA. Bitter and smooth like it should be. The first and last stop for extreme IPA.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shablinky (13) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Great citrus hops without too much pine. Bitterness through the roof. Buy this.


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