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RATINGS: 3433   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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dekeq (36) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
I poured it out into the glass and it produced a very nice golden color. Transparent characteristics with a fine white head. In my opinion, a great looking brew. Smell? First red flag. It smelled somewhat of oranges, but it seemed a little stronger than that - in a bad way. It was a little sweet but every time I kept smelling it I was reminded of orange cleaning product. Not pleasant. Taste? Second red flag. It had a very strong taste of hops with a strange fusion of oranges in it. Problem was that it tasted just like it smelled. It reminded me of cleaning solution and I did not enjoy it at all. I had two other people try it and they agreed with my conclusion. The texture was actually nice if you rule out the other characteristics. It was a pretty smooth beer with an interesting contrast of flavors. Although it was a little too sharp.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2009
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (923) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours golden with nice dense white head. Pine hope aroma, hint of citrus. Green hop flavor, low malt profile. Dry but a pretty clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 22 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a murky old gold color with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Awesome aroma that I’d sum up as ’pine and pot,’ though it also has notes of resinous and pine hops, citrus, caramel malts, grass, and perfume. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the beautiful aroma, but it’s a nice blend of bitter, earthy hops, grapefruit citrus, caramel malts, tea, resin, and earthy notes. Long bitter finish. Medium-bodied, with the mouthfeel of sticky juice. Active carbonation for a good bite. Great DIPA. Re-Rate, 5/3/11: Fresh bottle from The Royale. Wow, am I ever downgrading this one. The nose is nice but doesn’t quite have the pop I remember. The flavor is just bitterness and not much else. So harsh, bitter, and boozy. Not a bad DIPA, just not the kind I go for.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
espenra (869) - Kurland, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2010
35.5 cl bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Best before 2009-12-14. It poured a hazy orange colour with a medium big, white foamy head. The aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus, grapefruit and other assorted tropical fruits. The flavour is very bitter and hoppy as you would expect for a beer with over 100 IBU. Again the citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits makes its mark. Some pine as well. It has a long lasting and bitter aftertaste. A classical IPA with the Stone twist.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerNinja (6) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010 does not count
has a pale golden color. huge hit of hops during the pour that didn’t seem to lessen as the pint was consumed.. Slight hazy, cloudly color, due the slight yeast cake formation on bottom of 22oz bottle. Has a distinct bitter taste with a light sour finish.. Palate texture was a little to bitter for my liking (from the 90+ IBU’s) but still a tasty pint.. floral, spruce, low citrus flavor, which i found rather odd...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours pale orange with a slight golden hue with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, faded hops, pine, and weed. Flavor a little heavy on the malty side with some woody, piney, earthy hops followed with some light citrus notes. Possibly an older bottle. Finish is rather on the bitter side with a high, lively level of carbonation. Solid, but I’m assuming that this is way better fresher.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuckbudlight (49) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Wow, they just retired this, huh? Nice beer, decent amount of hops with a nice floral scent and taste (though my boyfriend, Petkus331, though there could have been more hops). Hate to see any Stone beer retired... better go pick some of these up and make a killing on eBay!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
acurtis (53) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Poured a beautiful hazy orange with huge bubbly white head which stuck to the glass nicely. Nice hop aroma with some pine and earthiness. Taste is like bam! of bitterness. Medium body. Nice hop flavor but super bitter. Quite drinkable for 7.7 abv.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
It’s from Stone, it’s an IPA, it’s called "Ruination" - hop-driven goes without saying. The back of the bottle talks of the ’assault’ on your taste buds and the way it "permanently ruins you from being able to enjoy lesser beers.’ If you want to have a battleground in your mouth, then this is for you. If you think that ’pale ale’ is a poor man’s IPA and every IPA would benefit from being doubled or imperialized or oaked, then this is for you. If you think every porter should be a baltic porter and every baltic porter should be a Russian Imperial Stout, then this is for you. Forget ever having tried a saison, or a mild ale and from now on cease to look back with fondness on that stolen bottle of Red Wolf that you drank in a friend’s backyard while skipping school one day lo those many years ago. You’re a man/woman now so put on your big boy/big girl palate and stop wasting time with beers that don’t rip your taste buds off, after all, the bottle is threatening you.


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