mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Uh, wow. Piney yet sweet bouquet gives appropriate warning for the upcoming delicacy. Bitter hops prickle the tongue but are balanced with a sweet grapefruit nectar. No malt balancing here, thankfully, this is a proper IIPA without grain interference. Iím guessing itís the Citra hops that smooth out this monster and keep it at bay. Carbonation is perfectly unnoticed because itís all about the hop bomb. Yet it doesnít make you sick with bitterness (re: Palate Wrecker, no offense.) This appears to be the perfect blend of the best hops without moderation. GET THIS BEER NOW before itís gone.
jujubes (2) - - JUN 22, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Imagine the stone ruination except stronger. Itís almost twice the power in the same quantity. A really fun beer to drink overall. Enjoy it slowly with some earthy food (as is best with most Stone beers in my opinion).
Nocardia (38) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a Stone Ruination IPA shaker on principal. Pours a deep, coppery orange with a slight haze to it. Two fingers of pure white head with copious, tiny bubbles towers over the beer with lots of bubbles rushing up from the base of the glass. Lacing is abundant. The nose is dominated by piney and citrus hops, but has a surprisingly sweet background of sweet, caramely malts. The taste, rather surprisingly comes very malt forward, and then bam, the hops hit in the back end. They are lots of citrus and pine, grapefruit. The palate is chewy, malty, full, with a long-lasting bitter finish. Overall, I was very surprised at how much of the stage the malt takes in this beer. I would actually say I like the original Ruination more, but this beer is damn fine. Damn fine indeed.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Beer. I had high expectations for this beer and it met or exceeded all of them easily. It is a very well balanced brew that has the nice bitter noted that are synonymous with the Ruination brand.
mikesaum (571) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an awesome DIPA. Pours an amber/orange color with a thin off white head, looks syrupy as well. Aroma is quite tropical, mangoes and peaches, cat urine, but in that good ipa way,and a good caramel malt backbone. Taste at first is mostly sweet malt and orange peel, very hoppy upfront but it doesnít linger at first. But as the beer warms the bitterness tends to linger a bit more but the overall taste is still caramel malt and orange.
Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This starts with a huge blast of grapefruity hops. It pours a clear reddish-amber, with a thin white head that retreats to a ring fairly quickly. If you like balanced IIPAís, stay away from this one. This is a total hop bomb, with just enough malt there to give it a nice body, and act as a buffer for the grapefruit bitterness to ride in on. Thereís a long lingering bitter finish, and a bit of dryness. The alcohol is a bit noticeable as a touch of heat. I have the feeling Iíll be buying lots of this while itís available.
bhensonb (10197) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred is unquestionably a great beer entrepreneur. Pours light amber with a 3 finger foamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma is hop. Sort of light cat pee mixed with resin over warm caramel. Who needs Mary Jane when you can just inhale this into your inner being. It has me imagining chinese food! Full bodied with frothy carb. Flavor is oh so resin. Also floral, and I think even a little citrus. Heat? Maybe. The hop burn is so strong itís hard to find the heat. Finish is super hoppy. Nuff said. Except: Brilliant effing ale!!!!!
rader58 (758) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear bright copper color. Aroma of pineapple, mango, spruce, peach, a Grateful Dead show minus the pachouli. Flavor is pineapple, alcohol, grass, resin. Finish is dry and bitter. WOW! This one does a number on the taste buds. You definitely wonít be able to taste anything after one of these.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoy this. Peachy, mango, soft, piney, bit sticky, light booze. I havenít had a nice fresh Ruination in a while and the 10th is hitting the spot nicely.
DrSilverworm (4738) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 22oz bottle. I had high expectations for this to begin with, but as others have said, this surpassed it... I ended up completely geeking out, and writing 3 pages of notes in my moleskine. Classic glowing clear amber / orange color that Ruination always has. Thin off-white head, fading a bit, leaving faint webbing on the surface, and good rows and bits of lace. Crisp, very light carbonation, dry texture. Awesome big resiny hop aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruits, big pine... Mango, and bubblegum in the aftertaste. Very tasty and complex (truly a liquid poem to the glory of the hop). Big bitter taste, but it?s merely a by-product of the huge hops, which are the main event here, it doesn?t overpower them. The 10.8% alcohol is unbelievable. There?s just a bit of warmth, but it isn?t intrusive at all, works well with the hops, actually. Each sip has a long, delicious aftertaste, that?s bitter, but even more so, incredibly hoppy. Such awesome tropical aromas - pineapple, bit of peach. Every sip leaves a fresh landscape of lace even a half-hour into the second pour, impressive for an 11% ABV brew. Going into this, I knew I was probably going to end up raving about this, because Stone Ruination is probably my all-time favorite brew. I expected this to top it, but being aware of that expectation, I really wanted to avoid over-inflating my score. WIth every sip, I tried to be as critical as I could, making sure every point was earned... But I?m really having a hard time detecting flaws, and I don?t know what this could improve on. Even this bitterness is deliciously tasty in it?s own way. It?s got a hint of sweetness to it, maybe a little verbena zest -- reminds me of that taste that makes me love Jackie-Os session ales so much. This is an incredible brew. The only thing stopping me from giving out 10s is the fact that there are a hundred thousand brews out there that I?ve never tried before... How could I know what a perfect 10 is? It?s a weird source of anxiety for me. But based off of what I?ve personally tried, I feel pretty good about saying that this is the best -- it?s definitely not for everyone, but it?s pretty much exactly what my dream brew is made of. Well-done, Stone. 9 / 5 / 9 / 5 / 19
Re-rate 7/8/12: Another 22oz bottle, shared with two friends. Lowered taste and overall a point each. A little heat. But itís a hoppy heat. Still a phenomenal beer. Robby called it "Damn Good".