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!’
skatanarchy (46) - - APR 17, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
스톤 브루어리-루인 네이션 IPA 8.2% ABV 참 곱다 고와. 프루티한 맛에 푸르른 잔디밭에서 뛰노는 강렬한 알콜향의 테일을 가진 IPA. 거친 이미지로 무장한 스톤이지만 맥주는 이렇듯 여성스럽고 예쁘다 미친 맥주들이 마구 쏟아져나오는 이천년대 중반 크래프트 비어 생태계에 여전히 스톤이 존재해야하는 당위성이 있을까, 새로이 내놓은 비 IPA 계 맥주들도 실망스럽긴 마찬가지.
martin00sr (1240) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @Brewdog Sheperds Bush. Cloudy amber, frothy offwhite head. Fruity, resin aroma. Caramel malty flavour with piney bitterness and orange. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, long dry finish. Good.
Nsanders (656) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Burgr. Slightly hazy, with moderate lacing. Grapefruit, resiny, a little herbal and bread. Bitter throughout. Body is heavier with a soapy feel.
rjplumer (588) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sharp malty pine aroma. Deep clear copper colored body with a slim head. My palate was overwhelmed with bitterness. Straightforward malt in background with only a hint of sweetness.
Cerberus88 (6) - - APR 12, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
LOVE ME MY Stone RUINATION!
Great taste, smooth palate, righteous buzz................!!!!! via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jjsint (1162) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at BrewDog Camden. Dark gold, almost copper. Small white head. Intense pine aroma. A bit of caramel. Bitter hoppy taste, rolling around the tongue to a slightly more bitter finish. Long, harsh bitter aftertaste. Big syrupy mouthfeel. Mmmm. A gorgeous and intense IPA.
Gluepot (104) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another hoppy jewel in the Stone Crown. A relatively understated fruity hop and malt nose wafts from a hazy tan head. Predictably, a gripping hop profile leads the taste profile, activating the jowls and the roof of the mouth. Juicy Grapefruit and tropical fruit accents are fresh and three dimensional. The buscuity malt is an appropriate counterbalance to the hop celebration. mmmph.
antg8989 (1) - Califon, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy in color. Not a lot of lacing. The aroma smells alcoholic, but the taste is of a semi-sweet citrusy IPA.
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect double IPA, scores a 10/10 every time when fresh ( as with all IPA’s).
OliverJ1990 (4) - - MAR 31, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drinking this beer is like opening a treasure chest. I actually don’t believe the perfect beer exists, but this is easily one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Tons of hops- to all the fellow hopheads out there- before you die, ya gotta have this beer!