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!’
AtronSeige (594) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 29, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: Medium-high hops, resiny, fruity, guava, citrus. Medium bread crusts.
Appearance: Body: Clear, dark gold. Head: Medium, white, good retention, lacing.
Flavour: High bitterness, Medium sweetness. Medium-high hop flavours, resin, Medium-light bready. Slight roastiness. Dry finish with lingering strong bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Slight warming. Medium body. Medium, creamy carbonation. Slick/oily feeling in mouth afterwards.
Overall: Definitely hop orientated! Aggressive and bitter, but not harsh. My palate may be ruined, but it was worth it. A great example!
355 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Esme and Lambert!
14C. Imperial IPA
ineedbeer (750) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a Best By date of 11/18/2014.
Aroma is rather hop forward with a lot of grapefruit and pine resin. Some woodsy notes with some light orange and stone fruit. Light cracker malt notes. Not as fruity as the regular IPA.
Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange with a small, moderately thick, slightly off-white head that displays decent retention as it recedes steadily to the edges. Moderate lacing and medium long legs.
Flavor has some light sweetness with some cracker malt notes. Fairly high bitterness with some medium light alcohol notes. Flavor has more citrus, though still mostly grapefruit than the aroma has. Moderate pine resin and woodsy hop notes, but less than in the aroma. A slight spiciness to the hop character as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low to medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a decent DIPA but I’m not a huge fan of the hop character; it has too much pine resin and woodsy Noyes and not enough fruitiness. This is my typical complaint about Stone beers.
RobertLiley1 (21) - - SEP 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer lots of malty Carmel flavor along with hops galore very very good need another
adster (388) - HUNGARY - SEP 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Teaszínű ital a megszokott krémes habfedővel, illata azonban már nem a kitaposott ösvényen halad, masszív komlóaroma csap arcul minket a legelemibb gyantás, szegfűs, hagymalekváros illatok mentén, az édes, savanyú és sós jegyeket egyaránt felvonultatva. Egy cseppnyi likőrös hangulat is vegyül a képbe, az alkohol jelenléte tehát nem marad rejtve. A test a már jól ismert eleganciával tárul elénk, nem egy szirupfolyam, dzsúzszerű tulajdonságoktól mentes, mindenesetre egy lágyan szénsavas és kellőképpen feszes, sima karakter jellemzi halmazállapotát. A komló harapós, vadul tör előre, de van annyira jólfésült, hogy a címkén jelzett komponensek érvényesülését nem gátolja. Így tehát marad hely a sós kekszes, gabonás hangulatoknak, a virágos, élesztős jegyeknek, ezáltal lesz tökéletes az alkotás.
geologyguy (694) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Orange smell, not as big a smell as expected, taste isnt nearly as hoppy as they lead on...taste is poor though, what do people see?!
Enwiebe (131) - - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/12/14. Draft at surf club. Full onslaught hops. Not quite my cup of tea. Like IPAs and like Stone's West coast style. However, this is a little over the top for me.
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GenkiGonzo (279) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from CBB. Nice pale amber. Aroma is super hoppy with pine and some malts. Flavour has malts like a IIPA, along with great fruity, piney hops. Phenomenal beer!
orangesol (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes. Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - Pours amber orange with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of pine and citric hops, grapefruit, and a small amount of caramel malt. This one is all about the hops.
T - Lots of hop bitterness throughout. Hints of pine, citric fruit, caramel sweetness, and a touch of bread dough. Finish has plenty of bitterness, lingering for some time. One of my all time favorite IPA’s.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky feel with plenty of lingering bitterness in the finish.
O - I have been drinking this beer for a few years now and it has never let me down. Sure, there is the occasional out of date bottle but that isn’t the beers fault. Still one of the best IPA’s of all time.
R4N5H (86) - SINGAPORE - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught pint at Smith Street Taps, Singapore. Small head, quickly dissipates. Cloudy amber. Small nose - some citrus. Good carbonation. Bitter, grapefruit, continues on the finish. Nice double IPA.
John25 (514) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light amber gold, nice lacing. Huge grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Big malt backbone but, mainly juicy bitter hops through the taste. Some alcohol on the aftertaste. An overall awesome big imperial.
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