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RATINGS: 3351   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!

49degrees' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 16, 2003
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!’

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (334) - Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bomber. Pours a cloudy orange with a medium frothy head. Aroma is typical west coast IPA with classical citrus and pine hops, a bit of earthiness. Taste is fairly bitter, but great for the style. Bitter, dry finish. Not sure why it took so long to pick one of these up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (357) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 A wonderful beer that warns of mountains of hops and fills the valleys with malt to match. A brilliantly balanced brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (222) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2014
There are plenty of hops elements along with citrus aromas. It is golden clear with a white head that provide some clinging to the side. Plenty of floral elements, very hoppy, with a big citrus bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (218) - - APR 12, 2014
Pale amber, tight head, Full body, dense flavor concentration, rich and balanced mouthfeel, little alcohol jeat, long palate. Intensely bittersweet which balances the low acidity. Hoppy, very citrusy. Great IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mastelefish (53) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pours a cloudy orange with a medium frothy head. Aroma shouts Western style IPA with classical citrus and pine hops. Taste is fairly bitter, but in line for this style. Also has a medium body with a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew to enjoy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TYearby (7) - New Prague, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2014 does not count
It is hard to find anything wrong here. The hops are in your face with an amazing finish. I would drive 2 hour for several of these!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabic (385) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
Ar: Orange pith, a hint of onion - pine, lemon, and grapefruit. Ap: Crystal-clear gold-copper - large off white head with excellent retention, leaves a trail of foam and settles to a medium-thick cap. T: Toasted malt, pine, and lemon up front - high, clean bitterness - orange, a bit of raisin, very floral - pepper and grapefruit on the finish. P: Medium-light body with high carbonation - finish is dry. O: A mainstay 2XIPA - wonderful flavor, clean bitterness - hoppy, full of taste, and pointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NaturalIce (146) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
Pretty delicious. Although, I’m following up a Firestone Double Jack and that’s a tough beer follow. Hops are definitely the overarching theme here. Very smooth; almost a hint of malt in the finish to balance the bitterness. Great beer but not elite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJOHN (5) - California, USA - APR 1, 2014 does not count
Definitely hoppy, not balanced at all. Hop lovers will enjoy. Personally I would have rated it a bit higher if it just had a little more complexity. Either a little bit of a floral or citrus character. The pine was definitely there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gmellison (368) - Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy gold color, with a lingering white head. Aroma is floral, hoppy, piney. Flavor is hoppy and resiny, with a powerful bitter finish. Not balanced, but i guess thats the point. Not syrupy or boozy at all.

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