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!’
Franckg (774) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille bue en avril 2014. 8.2% bien caché! Bel équilibre, longue amertume. Pamplemousse. Zeste d’orange. Ne réinvente pas le genre mais c’est efficace.
RhetoricalAns (729) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep gold pour, medium frothy light tan head, fair bit of sticky lacing. Mango and pine aroma, quite strong. Taste is a hop blast as expected, though there’s some caramel malt that comes through in the heavier body. Medium body and just enough carbonation to keep it smooth.
eloimv (81) - - FEB 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une belle amertume malheureusement pas
Assez révélée par un nez plutôt faible.
Guilow (8) - Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2016 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Love Ruination, and I do most all Stone products. The hopping here is fantastic, lots of intense flavors with citrus and to me almost a mint/piny taste. A tad to "bitter" for me, but I still buy this all the time.
gopherfan99 (1140) - CROATIA - JAN 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; pours hazy gold with an off white head; aroma of citrus fruits, pine, and a hint of malt; taste is big citrus flavors with some pine and caramel notes; finish is bitter citrus; delicious
dynamiteninja (1710) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Large white head. Fizzy gold body. Spice, pine resin, grapefruit. Bitter. Dry finish.
Tognetta (532) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On tap) Alaranjada levemente turva, espuma branca de boa formaçao e persistência. Aroma resinal, caramelado, lupulado, manga, maracujá, intenso. Paladar de dulçor e amargor médio. Aftertaste resinal, adocicado, duradouro, álcool presente.
daniele (7210) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap oro carico quasi ambrata buona schiuma agrume resina note fruttata bel amaro buona beva
burg326 (5085) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a golden yellow with aromas 9f malt, hops, resin, and some malt. Flavors are the same light hops and mild bitterness solid dipa. Little pricy for a bomber but solid.
angel77 (1918) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella 33 cl tomada en el momento en alt strase Gijón 24..12..2015. Embotellada 21..09..2015 hasta 17..06..2016 (grabado en botella). (r3429). Color amarillento dorado velado con espuma blanca persistente. Aromas y sabores intensos destacando sobretodo lupulos verdes y frescos acabando con amargo no muy pronunciado. Cuerpo medio a intenso bastante líquido, fino y fácil de beber apesar de sus 8.5 vol. Bastante buena. Para repetir sin duda.