rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Incredible. This is what IPA should be. A big, badass, hop-smelling hairy bear of an IPA.
Aromas of citrus, pine, flowers, and acetone with a stiff body and enough bitterness to keep you thirsty for more. BuckeyeBoy (8455) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2006
22oz. bottle. Pours out a goldish color with a tall white head. A GREAT Aroma of HOPS. Very nice. Also some citrus. Very nice IPA marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 One of my absolute favorites. Rerating this because it has grown on me so much since I first tasted it a few years ago. Cheers to Stone! schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bomber. Poured a nice gold color with a small, mostly lasting white head. Nice clarity. Super hop bomb-a-thon aroma, touching off notes of pine, citrus (orange), grass, and flowers. Some butter and honey. Initially quite bitter with flavors of pine and metal. Lightly sweet in the middle with some alcohol warmth, then the bitterness picks up speed again for a very long, dry finish. Velvety smooth, medium carbonation. Not my style, but I can appreciate this brew. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Pours a brown-golden color with slightly tan head. Aroma is sweet, complimented by citrus and floral hops and sweet malt and roasty barley. Flavor is extremely well developed; I almost taste a hint of roasted soba in the finish. Orange and grapefruit shine through a roasty wheat backbone. Well balanced with a complex palate. A must try.
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Julios Spring Beer Festival. Distant one dimensional Cascade aroma. It seems fairly unexciting at first. Pour of amber clearsih with a copious head of off ivory. Here come the hops. A crushing hop blow, with cloying fresh ruby red grapefruit, light tangerines, a good dose of Loblolly pine resin and smack of centennial. Very sweet and redolent with a plethora of lighter malt character. I feel this draws closer to a standard IPA, than a double. Needs more backbone, alcohol and heft for a double. But, the hop character in this beer is well built and the nice touches of creamy malt play out fairly well. I wish the hop aroma was more distinct. Palate smacks of sweet lemongrass and bean curd. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2006
From a distinctive 22 oz. Stone brown bomber bottle with a length blurb on back, no bottled/freshness date, served at cellar temperature.
Made a good appearance, poured a clear reddish orange hued copper with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing with a minimal amount of sticking, moderate carbonation overall.
Had a floral and citric hop nose, oily and piney as well, with a sweet maltiness in the background.
A crisp, hop textured slick and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Floral oily and citric hoppiness, piney leafiness follows, a smooth, rolling bitterness, a toasted grainy maltiness struggling to surface, a subtle alcohol warmth sleeking in at the middle of the taste, a little yeasty butteriness towards the end and a dry earthy and citric hop finish with the hops lingering in the palate.
An excellent D/IPA from Stone, what else can be said, a must try. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Been trying to get my hands on this one for a long time. Killer IPA, pretty much perfect in execution. As the description states, this one is bitter as heck. I can’t really fault this beer, though my perfect IPA would feature the hops more with aroma and flavor with less focus on the bitterness. But this is still great, and it has a cool name. Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
I understand that this is a extremely popular beer, but it just doesn’t work for me. I appreciate that Stone has always pushed the envelope, but I have always thought that Ruination is over the top. It is just too bitter for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love all things hoppy, but this stuff is just too much. jhwarfield (133) - USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with medim white head. Nice carbonation. Strong hops flavor, just on the verge of overdone, but not quite.