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!’
Brettsky06 (146) - Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light orange color with a lot of citrus aromas. Taste has tonnes of good and citrus. Really bitter but well balanced.
gr_pa (364) - siemianowice, POLAND - AUG 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden, clear, nice, big head. Aroma: tropical fruits, hay, caramel, overall not vey intense. Medium sweetness, medium body, high bitterness. Clean profile, only delicate sweetness and some hoppy fruits at end. Whole flavour is dominated by bitterness, bit floral i long lasting. Also very soft alcohol notes at finish.
allanmb (167) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear golden with good white head. Aromas of fresh pine, tropical fruit and light malt. Decent carbonation and big mouth feel. Taste is tropical fruit and big lemon zest with a touch of malt. Finish is dry and very bitter but so well balanced
Inbreak (4402) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
13.08.2016, 0,33l can (1 month old) @ Ujevnt:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly fresh and sweet grassy, leafs, citrus peel, lawn, minerals, alcohol, moss, light malts, fresh hops. Taste is slightly harsh grassy, weeds, citrus peel, lawn, leafs, minerals, alcohol, cardboard, light malts, fresh hops, medicine. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.
Diabobale (445) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - AUG 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dal colore dorato brillante quasi limpido, con un bel cappello di schiuma bianco abbondante e discretamente persistente, questa double ipa offre note tropicali al naso (mango e frutto della passione), lievi note citriche e una buona base di crosta di pane. Al palato entra ben decisa in amaro, con un corpo medio e dalla buona carbonazione, seppur dolciastro. Sul finire l’amaro vira verso il terroso-resinoso con una peristenza lunga e un’ottima secchezza. La bevibilità è eccezionale.
samires (60) - POLAND - AUG 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden clear with medium white head. Resiny and grapefruit in aroma with solid dose of citrus fruits. In taste it’s dominated by hops with long unpleasant bitterness, grapefruity, resin and citrus. Dry to the bone, medium carbonation.
Can from Stone Berlin.
beerplace (690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at St. Augustine’s. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Aroms and taste are candied citruses, resin. Piney, resin aftertaste. Very good balanced and pleasant beer. Excellent.
Aggiebob (709) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear gold with white head and lacing. Notes of citrus, pine, some caramel and florals. Lasting bitterness.
Johnstledger8 (705) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours a lightly cloudy golden orange with a fading off white bubbly lacy head. Aroma is of grapefruit, orange, caramel, passionfruit, caramel. Taste is of resinous pine, grapefruit, citrus, orange, hint of apple, hint of caramel on the finish. Thick oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Maricarmen (13) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un cervezón! A esto se le puede llamar una bien IPa.
Aromas bestiales a resina de lúpulo.