49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, so we"ve all seen the stupid ad on television about ’bitter beers’ and what that Brand X says, ’bitter is bad.’ Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that"s good) bitter beers. We"ve all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don"t let the Ruination IPA slip you by,
Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, ’that"d knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!!’ This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time.
Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6’ high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won"t budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass.
An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic.
I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its increadibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- ’by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!’
ESPh (41) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Florida grapefruit. No it's not. Very hoppy, nice head, good color and a nice level of carbonation. The flavor is fairly unique and very good.
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Berard (180) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours orange with thin white head that dissipates. Nice firm hop aroma over medium carbonation. Reasonable complexity over resin flavors.
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tillmac62 (120) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBD 1/14/14 Light amber pour with a light red cast. Well formed head with lasting lacing. Nice nose of citrus and pine hops against a toast and caramel sweet background. Light body with a smooth texture. Just enough carbonation to give a light effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is pretty much one dimensional - hop flavor (grapefruit over pine) flows to a prominent hop bitterness which resembles grapefruit rind. The malt is present, but only in a slight background fashion. The finish is all bitterness, but with a focus on the pine hop aspects.
BennyBinion (8) - Canyon, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really enjoyed this beer, it has a very bitter hoppy aroma and flavor with accents of citrus . A very solid IPA overall.
jehoesefat (214) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral hoppy aroma. Pours clear amber with a white head. Bitter flavor stays bitter through the long finish.
mmill527 (53) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another hop lovers dream. If you like DIPA’s, you’ll certainly be happy with this one.
Ch3wy (9) - Delmar, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very familiar beer for its category. Most average beer drinkers will turn their head and cough at the SIP of this concoction. Extremely well balanced for how much hops resonates in this brew. this s*** will turn your face inside out and I love it. A hop heads nirvana. Supreme
CpyNPrnT (120) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid 4 for a solid beer. A nice palate wrecker that has lots of hops. Exactly what I wanted it to be, but other than hops, not much here.
MrHult (81) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från Bishops arms Sundbyberg. Ljus bärnstensfärgad vätska med ljust skum. Söt humledoft med maltigt känsla typ mörk sirap. Humlig pepprig smak. Riktigt god
MSBrindbergs (61) - - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska på Bishops Arms, Sundbyberg.
Vacker gyllene dryck!
Slår verkligen till i munnen och "ruinerar" som den påstår.
Kraftig IPA, lite barskare än vad jag älskar men mycket bra.