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!’
t_klose (4) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looking at the colour it looks almost like a pilsner, but it has a good distinct bitter hoppy-taste to it. The taste, that lingers on, is very nice.
rosskyle (22) - - MAR 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy in aroma. Clear golden in appearance. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers. A good IPA.
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Desverger (2730) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden, London - fuzzy amber/orange pour with good white head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma and taste, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, caramel malts, toffee, some herbal hop spice, bitter finish. Lovely.
yourilevesque (122) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Très jolie bière orangée présentant un fin col de mousse blanche en surface. Beaucoup de fines bulles émanent du fond du verre alors que d’autres demeurent agrippées aux parois. Comme cette bière semble rafraîchissante et désaltérante! Le nez est caractérisé par un bouquet de fleurs digne d’un souper de Saint-Valentin! Aux fleurs s’ajoutent un très agréable zeste de citron et un malt bien charpenté qui prennent de plus en plus de place au fur et à mesure que le liquide se tempère. Nez évolutif très intéressant! Le palais est principalement résineux des fleurs fraîches et de la mousse des sous-bois. Les saveurs sont quand à elles bien complexes: houblons fruités, malts grillés, sucre résiduel bien balancé, le tout dans une longue finale amère. Très jolie IPA que je recommande avec une salade jardinière, été comme hiver!
willisread (388) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at watering hole. Golden Amber with a modest head. Big pine needle and resin aromas with grapefruit as well. Tastes sweet and bitter. Big caramel malts balance out the bitterness of the hops. Creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Long bitter finish that lingers and tingles.
dhatton (112) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange body with ample white foam. The head leaves sticky patches as it slowly subsides. Big grapefruit aroma up front with some fresh pine and hay scents creeping through. Sharp citrusy hop flavor balanced by malt/rye backbone. Nice crisp finish, not overpowering considering the imperial status.
nihtila (949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7.6.2014. Intense piny aroma with some grapefruit and sweetness. Taste has exotic fruits, also strong pine and quite dry bitterness. Very hoppy.
721Lance (60) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome. Huge hop aroma mango pine and some plum. Big beer malty for IPA, a little sweet on palate, other than that pure hop goodness!
bartzluke (34) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 pour from bottle from fridge into Spiegelau IPA glass. Big, fluffy, lasting head. Nice lacing. A little hazy. Great carbonation. Golden color. Great nose of pine and citrus. Floral. Creamy mouthfeel. Very bitter. Great floral and piney tastes. An awesome IPA.
Rob_D_UK (1134) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Amber with a thin white head. The aroma is hops on top of hops. Bitter.