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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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 22, 2003
This brew poured a small head of fine to large sized white bubbles and amber orange transparent body. It has a strong hoppy aroma and a strong hoppy flavor to boot. It has an initial hop flavor and a strong hop finish. You can summarize the brew in 1 word! HOPPY. A true hopheads delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2003
This beer pours a couldy orange color with a small head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - like most micro IPA's. The flavor was very hoppy and spicy as the aroma hinted at. This is a good representation of the IPA class and if you're a hop head, this one is for you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shotgun1431 (126) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Looks like a glass of honey. Not a lot of aroma. Flavor is fruity and very hoppy. Maybe a little too hoppy for my taste. A decent beer that I think is better alone than with most food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Has that cake-like flavor and aroma I find in some beers (usually American Strong Ales) that just gets my gag reflex going. With all the hype about how bitter this was going to be I was hoping to drink something resembling Pine-Sol but alas I was dissapointed with this cloudy orange beer. Nice lacing and great bitter finish are a few redeming qualities but it was a miss-fire in my opinion, especially considering what a perfect example of the style that their IPA is. I would expect the same result from Stoneís Imperial IPA offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Very fresh (month old) bottle. Seemingly lifleless aroma, with notes of cat urine and orange rind. Poor mouthfeel, flimsy and force carbonated. Grainy, crackery malts are accompanied by a disappointingly flat bitterness No obligatory hop-derived juiciness is perceptible. Utterly devoid of hop flavor, and what little flavor IS there consists of grass and grapefruit. No brightness whatsoever, and the lack of bright hop burps make it obvious that they skimped on the dry hopping. By no means is this flawed (maybe a bit grainy), but overall itís way too dull and simplistic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
Light copper; piney, foresty hop aroma. Hops just clobber the palate. Rich malts come in later - an earthy, resiny brew. Very intense, but I have to admit, Iíve never been thrilled with these over-the-top beers and wouldnít want to drink them as a general rule.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
How do you rate a beer that is well crafted, and suits the style that it is brewed for, when you donít like the style so much? The epitome of the West Coast style that I do not enjoy, it is still a better beer than many.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is moderately hoppy (pine, resin, grapefruit, flowers), lightly malty (cookie), with a light note of ashes. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Nothing new...if you like Stone IPAs, you'll like it. If not, you won't.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 I have had this a few times since itís entry to the Chicago market and itís just not doing it for me anymore or not like it used to. I chaulked a few up to less than perfect bottle conditions but, frankly, while it has a nice, fresh hop aroma it is simply to dry and one dimensional to really grab my attention. It is a decent example of a straight down the middle IIPA but it lacks any real magic.

Original rating: (4.0) If you drink enough of this, the hops will actually preserve you. Youíll look like Keith Richards but youíll live forever. Reddish golden color, thin head. It just sits there completely still on the table. The calm before the storm.

Citrus aroma--grapefruit and lemon rind. Bitter like an unemployed Vietnam vet. The hops slightly overpower the subtle malts jumping out of the brush. Not as well balanced as Stoneís regular IPA but thatís the whole pont.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2004
i love hops i have to say. yes. but i love hops when they're flowery, spicy, peppery, even citric, but not when they taste solely of pine-o-cleen. anyway. full marks for a bitterness so big it goes in my mouth and exits through my nose like swimming pool water. but loses some marks for the carlsberg elephant-style bad vodka fuselcity finish. lurking under the smokers toothpaste and assorted cleaning products is some surprisingly mellow pale malt, not as much as in dreadnaught though.

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