ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2005
I was expecting the hops... after reading reviews and the label... but I was surprised to taste the strong citrus and pine flavors that come out. Bitter aftertaste - great stuff - will have again!!! timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
this beer tastes like vodka mixed with pine sol and grapefruit juce. just kidding this was a good one. a lot of alcohol is apparent in the aroma and it is a little unbalanced, but i guess that is the point. i prefer stone’s regular ipa to this one Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a dark golde, with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. a litle sweet malts surface too. Taste is an explosion of bitter and aromatic hops. Grass, hay, flowers, all the superlatives you can use about hops. Taste is surprisingly well balanced for a beer this bitter. The malts do make a firm broad foundation for the wonderful hops. Aftertaste is long and bitter. P.S. Did i mention the hops? roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a hazy dark gold/orange color with a small amount of offwhite head. Aroma is delicious, perhaps one of the best ive ever smelled...huge amounts of citrus fruits and floral gardens. Flavor is slightly fruity and malty, then totally wiped out with a huge amount of hoppy bitterness and then finished with a dry sweet fruit aftertaste. Overall, I found the beer enjoyable. I drank it out of my sniffer and it was pleasant. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Amber colour with a white head. Hoppy, fruity aroma with lemon and pine notes. Malty and light caramel sweet flavor with a dry hoppy pineapple sweet finish.
Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a small white head. Hoppy aroma and a light sweet dry hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a great dry finish. joergen (29598) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Orange coloured with a white head.
Nice hoppy aroma with notes of malts and fruits.
Hoppy flavour with notes of malts and pine needles. barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 update 02/26/08 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Illini08. golden amber with a quickly fading white head and spotty lace. citrus & pine nose. flavor is just as good as I remember, malt forefront quickly taken over by the citrus & pine resin hops. very smooth and drinkable! TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 15, 2005
22oz. bomber courtesy of Eric ( Heemer77 ) very similar in appearance to the Stone IPA but with much less head & lace. the alcohol is more noticeable than in the regular IPA and definitely a quality brew. the malt front taste is quickly overshadowed by the bitter hop aftertaste. I liked this one, not as balanced as the Stone IPA but overall, a damn fine beer.
Bottle. Pours deep golden with hints toward amber. Thin white head with dense bubbles, mostly diminishing. Aroma of grapefruit and spruce. Taste is liquid hops with a spicy tingle covering the mouth. Very bitter finish, but it is also somewhat sweet at the same time. This is where the high IBUs show up the most. This is also where the relatively high gravity is most evident. Alcohol is heavy in the aftertaste but it is covered by the hops, of course. A big bottle of Ruination kept me sipping into the early hours of the morning. Pretty damn good.. I should have enjoyed this one with something spicy, but it was good by itself. IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - JUL 12, 2005
Great appearance. Very hoppy beer that is smooth and leaves a bitter flavor with each drink.