Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2015 Great floral pine citrus smell. Nice dark orange color. Cellared for a couple of months, and found balanced in bitterness and only a bit palate erasing.
Rune (9661) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One-third pint, 7.2 % ABV, tap at North Bar. Crystal clear amber coloured body. Low, but lasting, white layer. Dried fruity aroma with a touch of pumpkin. Taste is apricot, resin and pumpkin carefully added by malty sweetness. Rounded bittersweet finish of citrus peels that lingers for quite a while. Nice (Leeds 01.07.2013).
shrubber85 (9454) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Bottle. Pineapple orange aroma primarily. Amber with small head. Sweet pineapple juice flavor initiallly that is quickly overwhelmed by piney hops flavor. Sweet, fruity and hoppy
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 10/2/2008: 330 mL from the Bottle Shop in Carrboro, NC. This is the next level of IPA. Everything you would expect in a superior IPA: citrus overtones, hops demolition, creamy, cloudy yellow pour, massively thick head, floral notes, grapefruit. But take one good first sip and youíll realize this is a new dimension. You have the normal intense IPA feel like Dogfish Head 60, and then before it is over you are warped to the next level. There is an onslaught of bitterness and hops that is hilariously overpowering. Maybe some pine resin in there like the Arrogant Bastard Ale. The aftertaste is entirely off-balance. But hey, who needs barley anyways?
8/17/2009: Aroma is less amazing than I remember: lacks the honey sweetness and fresh citrus of say Port Hop-15, Ballast Point Dorado, Bells Hopslam. Has some caramel sweetness and nutty bitterness. It is definitely still a hop-bomb though. Taste is more herbal hops and raw hops than grapefruity, fresh hops. I guess itís all about personal preference.
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Re-rate 3/7/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Daganís place. Thanks Dagan. Clear golden. Aroma of slightly stale hops with some citrus and floral notes. Bitter flavor with light sweetish graininess and some slightly stale hops. Medium-bodied. Past its prime but still OK. 7/3/6/3/13=3.2
Re-rate 2/22/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Daganís place. Thanks Lee. Clear deep golden. Aroma of slightly stale hops and some fruity notes. Very bitter hoppy flavor, a bit resinous, a bit grapefruity and a bit stale. Medium-bodied. Not bad, but past its prime. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2
Re-rate 10/29/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Hazy golden. Pleasant citric hoppy aroma. Flavor has a bit of sweet maltiness and a hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Decent but seems past its peak. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5
(10/23/08) Bottle drank at my hostel room in New York. Clear deep golden color with a medium stable white head. Aroma full of hops, resin, some pine needles, some flowery notes, cookies and some caramel. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, cookie dough and some fruity notes. Continues with a very bitter hoppy attack (but still remains quite balanced) with pine and some grapefruit and light alcoholic hints. A very pleasant DIPA. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
gnoff (9191) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 First rating
Bottle at The Rover, GŲteborg. On December 20, 2008.
Cloudy orange color, white head. Hoppy citrus scent. Bitter hoppy citrus taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Clear golden color, white head. Sweet, hoppy, grassy scent. Sweet, malty, herbal taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at 3 SmŚ Rum, GŲteborg, on February 3, 2015.
Clear golden color, yellow head. Fruity, some pineapple juice, hoppy, herbal scent. Herbal, bitter, pith taste. Pith aftertaste. High to very high bitterness. Medium mouthfeel that feels fresh.
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 1. Cask Stillage at the GBBF Bar Sans Frontiers Earlís Court, London 08/08/2007
Very fruity hoppy aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol very hoppy and fruity with a pine taste. Crisp and dry bitter finish.
2. On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 10/10/2007
Very hoppy aroma. White head. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and very hoppy with a fruity and bitter lasting finish.
rosenbergh (9144) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. From the US. HHOK blind tasting. Thanks Brandman.
Hazy amber colour with small to average white head. Strong hoppiness in aroma with pine/birch/wood, resin, grapefruit and some American hoppy sweetness. Flavour is dry hoppy with resin and sweaty birch (vihta). Long lasting hoppy aftertaste.
leaparsons (9101) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden brown with a big off-white head. Aromas are fairly light malts with earthy dry pine and petrol fume-like alcohol vapours. Flavours are fruity with caramel. Very prickly hops, dry, bitter and mouth numbing in its alcohol. Too strong to drink too many for sure. Almost overbearing.
DrSilverworm (9090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Absolutely the best beer I have ever had. Perfect in every way, I only reserve giving it a perfect score because I donít think my frame of reference is wide enough to accurately do so, yet. Cloudy yellow orange glowy color, beautiful directly-printed-on bottle. Amazing, perfectly crisp texture that is a trademark of Stone makes every one of their brews a refreshing pleasure to drink, terrific tingling mouth-feel. Pairs great with a wide variety of meals. A lot of IPAs are bitter, but this one is deliciously bitter. Supremely hoppy and citrus aroma. I canít get enough of this IPA, Iím so happy that it exists. 9/5/9/5/19
Re-rate, on tap at Dutchís 9/25/14: Double dry-hopped version. Keg filled 8/7/2014 (received from distributor Tuesday this week). Ruination was the first beer I legally purchased the morning I turned 21. Being that this is technically one of my favorite beers ever, and possibly the beer that got me into craft beer, it deserves a revisit. Especially now that I have a chance to try the more rare double dry hopped version, and on top of that the recipe was recently reformulated bringing the ABV from 7.7 to 8.2. I love Ruination and always have, but considering my early rates were pretty inflated compared to how I rate now, a rerate for this beer is long overdue, and no better time to do so then now. First pour from the keg... Half hazy, orange amber golden color. Thin ring of off-white head, some bits of lace. Man, the flavor... So wonderful. Bready biscuity malt, Good piney mildly citrusy big hop, some zesty citrus peel and mild grassiness. Some pineapple. Bigger bitter taste, but I wouldnít call it ruinously bitter. Itís cut by a mild to moderate sweet taste. Malts must have been increased during the recipe reformulation no doubt, but this beer is totally balanced and in check. Plenty of awesome hop character to back jt up. Seems like ~8% has long been the IPA sweet spot for me, and this beer is no exception. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp, light carbonation. It could be just this keg, or the draft system at the moment, but it seems like it could use just a touch more carbonation. Doesnít bother me, though. The flavor is fantastic. Lightly slick finish. Amazing, damn near perfect IPA in my opinion. And the fact that this is so easily accessible... Icing on the cake. 9/4/8/4/17
Update rate, 4/29/15: On tap at Dutchís. Keg dated 4/1/15. Man, itís strange to see Ruination go. I can understand why, but itís still unfortunate. It had an incredible run though, and I have a lot of respect for itís replacement (which I just tried last night). This here is my likely last chance to give it a final thought. Pours an almost entirely clear orange golden color. Good thin off-white head, with good retention. Leaves perfect thicker sheets of lace. Biscuity malt, kind of toasty, mild caramel. Big earthy piney resiny hop. Kind of mildly peppery. Massive hop still, with some mild malt sweetness perceptible to hold it up. Malt is a little bit more noticeable here than in 2.0, but not bothersome at all. Itís a unique malt character that is a part of this beerís character. Medium to bigger body, nice fullness. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly slick texture. Bigger bitter taste, lighter sweet. Very mild hop heat on the end. Love it. A perfectly balanced, yet super-hoppy IPA. Just as impressive as I remember. 2.0 has a more modern "tropical" hop profile, but this one is classically american. Piney, resiny, earthy hop at itís finest.