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99
style
Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 3719   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Please note that the Ruination produced in Europe is the Ruination Double IPA 2.0
So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate. 100+ IBUs. Bracingly bitter. Thick, pungent hop aroma. We would say that no hops were injured in the brewing of this beer, but that would be a massive lie. In fact, the words "Stone Ruination IPA" are what older hop vines use to cause little hop vines to quiver with fright and lose sleep at night . We at Stone honor the brutal massacre of countless hops with this "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Paganism at its best!

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3.7
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Draught at the Parkway Tavern Day of IPAs. Pours a clear pale amber with a scant white head. Medium creamy body. Aromas of fruit and toffee. Starts sweet with oranges, and fruit, bitter finish but not as much as 100+ IBU would indicate... nice balance.

4.1
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2006
Pours a hazy copper-gold with a decent head which collapses and forms around the edge. The aroma is mildly hoppy and not overpowering. This makes for a decent marriage of the hops and malt. Anymore sniffing and I lose the hops as I acclimatize to them. The flavour is all hop and itís as though I could munch on a batch of hop cones...itís that crunchy and good. I think the label saying 100IBUs is misleading...Iím not catching that much. Perhaps this is due to the balance with the malt. For 7.7%ABV, the alcohol is well-camaflouged as there is usually a distinct burn which is absent here. The palate is full and grinding. I am glad to have finally sampled some of the Stone products.

4.6
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Each time I try a Stone product, I forget how badass these guys are. This is one stand-up-look-at-me-punch-you-in-the-face GREAT beer. Even if you arenít a hophead, this is something to get and get it quickly. If you canít, make your way to California and get it NOW. The aroma alone is simply pefect as perfect could possibly be. I wonít bother with words, just the advice of...get it. Appearance was copper colored, slightly hazy with barely any head. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, yet alive and bright. Flavors are the near perfect balance of hops and malts. The combo of those two profiles in this beer make it a must have. I donít say many beers are must haveís, but this is one of them.

3.7
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2006
22 oz. Bottle: Cloudy gold with a white head and sticky lacing. It wafts large sweet citrusy aromas and floral notes alongside some typical juniper action. It is "bracingly bitter" but also has a delicate flowery (almost sweet) sense to the hops which is immediately followed by a huge citrusy, bitter trailer. I thought this beer was really good, but I guess I thought from the commercial description and the reputation of Stone that it might be more robustly bitter.

3.6
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Crystal clean orange/tan color, with a large foamy white head. The aroma is all hops. There is no scents present. And the feeling one gets is that these are strong hopps. The flavor is all hops, very hoppy nose, very hoppy finish. Very clean, while seemingly heavy, still easy to drink and very refreshing. The finish is not quick, and the aftertaste is highlighted by bitterness. Very ugood.

3.8
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2006
22 oz bomber. Clear orange with off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet orange/grapefruit hops and some cheesy yeast. Flavor of hops (what else?) very citrusy and piney and some dry slightly toasty malt. Leaves that wonderful bitter hop aftertaste. Youíll be licking hop oils off your teeth after each sip. Great beer.

3.8
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2006
Notice the grapefruit predominantly on the nose which was ok as it didnít transfer fully to the taste, sure the bitterness was right up there, along with the malt, which made it balanced and very drinkable. Sampled at local homebrew club. Enjoyed but not my best IIPA.

4.1
BigHarryDeehl (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
I like IPAís in gerneral. IIPAís are a n occasional treat that I enjoy. This is a hoppy beer that reminds me of Great Divideís Hercules. Hoppy with a nice malt character. Not over the top hops as others say. There is only so much hoppiness you can get in a beer and the IIPA style is all about reaching that limit. Nice beer.

4.7
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bitter, hoppy, sweet, and delicious. Dark goldedn pour, sweet hoppy aroma, hops all the way through with some slight fruity sweetness, and a bitter fantastic finish.

4
mattdmb (5) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2006 does not count
Fruit/summery aroma. Pours blonde, dominated by citrus flavors. Balanced flavor, although prefer other IPAs


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