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RATINGS: 3705   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hops4thebest (11) - USA - JAN 18, 2007
I canít figure out why people fuss about this beer. I like hops, and so the high IBUís are a plus for me. But to me the citrus, pine, grass, etc., etc., that others describe in this beer are not nearly present enough. This is a very good beer, sure, but compared to other top DIPAís I think this one has a notably one dimensional flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Very bitter, but at the same time there is a lot of sweetness going on. Hops are the focus for sure, but all around, they didnít ignore the rest of the beer, which rounds this beer out to be a killer IPA. I just donít care for my mouth feeling like I have drank this 5 hours later.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2007
Pours a dark straw colour with an off white head, good lace work. Dark Banana cake on the nose and on the palate with blistering bitterness to follow, immensely unsubtle but I guess thatís what itís all about!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Big Bottle. Poured an orange amber with a small off-white head. Some lacing. A strong sweet grassy hops nose. Potently bitter with a sweet floral resiny hops. A good strong ipa with a nice lingering bitterness and full creamy body. Very nice, but not an ideal hop profile for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear amber / orange, white head that doesnít stick around long. Aroma is hops and grapefruit. Flavor is a little sweet, hops & citrus. Bitter baby, bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Bottle. Golden amber color with a white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of intense citrus, hint of alcohol. Hoppy flavor that dances on your tongue along with a light alcohol flavor. Although very bitter I found a sweet taste somewhere in there that I canít put into words. Good for someone who loves bitter. Also, has a slight warming in the throat.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2008
From bottle : Big citrus aroma comes off this from the start. Grapefuit mainly. Pours a hazy, carbonated orangish color with a thin white head, that bubbles on the surface, and works down to a foamy ring around the edges. Taste is interesting, following the hype and description of the beer. It claims it is so hoppy and bitter and whatnot, but it really isnt. Dont get me wrong, it is good, a bite and the beginning, followed with a hop flavor in the middle, the end with a little hint of alcohol. But not at all the hop monster that it is made out to be, mainly by Stone. Aftertaste is faint and watered down it seems. Palate is smooth and fast, with a medium body, turning kinda light on the end. The main problem is when it warms, i find that it is very watered down and bland, not good at all. Cold, its good. Warm, its not good.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
From bottle. Poured cloudy golden color. Huge fluffy white head. Had to let it settle. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was all grass. Flavor grassy, citrusy, with mild sweet caramel hints in the finish. Thick but smooth mouth feel. You definitely get a hop bite out of this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 26, 2008
pleasant hoppy flowery aroma, thin soapy white head and a nice hazy amber color. not as intense as i was expecting. its immediately bitter, and goes to the roof of your mouth, then begins to mellow and ends with an earthy wheaty type flavor

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2008
Golden with a white head. Resiny aroma, sweet, hoppy with not much maltiness or caramel... kind of feels really green. Quite a mild mouthful, fairly bitter but not a íhop bomb í as Iíd expected. Lots of perfumey, resin flavours, a bit of pinefresh. The finish almost has a citrus twang, and quite a serving of alcohol. Not a standout, but pretty good all the same.


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