KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear deep golden large off white head. Sweet aroma with loads off hops, caramel, grapefruit and piney notes. Sweet flavor with grapefruit, citric, mild caramel and delicious hoppy notes. Very bitter end.
adnielsen (10368) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Burnt orange appearance with a fluffy white head. Resiny hoppy nose. Sticky mouthfeel. Fairly intense resiny hoppy flavor with a pretty large malty flavor. Sticky hoppy finish.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep bit hazy golden colour with a very nice medium creamy head. Sweet, very fruity, hoppy, flowery aroma. Very good dry mouthfeel. The flavour is very dry with some sweetness, lots of flowers and ripe fruits and stuffed with hops. Very, very dry hoppy finish. Great dryness!
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This nice beer has a wonderful warm amber color and a huge, white head. The aroma is wonderfully hoppy with notes of citrus, resin, grass and something that reminds me of a nice cheese (not old/smelly). The flavour has notes of citrus, fruits like tangerine and melon, caramel, a light sweetness, nice resin and bitterness. The body is very full and very harmonic - I’m in love!!! Thank you Tom/Afeter4ever for this very nice beer!
shrubber85 (9948) - 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
rosenbergh (9685) - 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.
DrSilverworm (9672) - 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 don’t 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 can’t get enough of this IPA, I’m so happy that it exists. 9/5/9/5/19
Re-rate, on tap at Dutch’s 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 wouldn’t call it ruinously bitter. It’s 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. Doesn’t 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 Dutch’s. Keg dated 4/1/15. Man, it’s strange to see Ruination go. I can understand why, but it’s still unfortunate. It had an incredible run though, and I have a lot of respect for it’s 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. It’s a unique malt character that is a part of this beer’s 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 it’s finest.
deyholla (9642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma was full of hops, mainly citrus and piney. Flavor had very similar notes to that of the aroma with the citrus being the most present.
leaparsons (9505) - 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.
gnoff (9417) - Mölndal, 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, Göteborg. 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 Små Rum, Göteborg, 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.