verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Dark copper body with a medium beige head. Appearance is the last boring/average thing about this beer. Aroma is straight hops. The first sip reveals a huge, piney flavor that is followed up by a nearly excessive dry aftertaste. Truly extreme - this lived up to its reputation. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
I’m surprised that this has such a high rating. I kinda felt it was a bit one dimensional. Hoppy. Hoppy aroma - smells like hop pellets. And you wont be surprised that it tastes like hop pellets too. Virtually no malt flavor. I wouldn’t consider this a "full bodied" IPA. Especially when it’s contending with the likes of Great Divide Hercules. I know I’ve tasted a beer or two that was more hopped up than this one, but this is still pretty intense stuff. If you’re a crazy hop head and don’t care about anything else, you will enjoy this beer. It’s attractive to the eye and doesn’t taste bad. jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Deep golden color with a white head. The taste is a full body with a very balanced yet complex hoppy pattern. A light alcohol sharpness really fits this bitter beer. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 Big bottle. This beer blew me away. Huge hops, grapefruit aroma, flavor and after taste. Liquid gold. Followed this one with a GreatDivide Hercules - and Herc couln’t touch this one. Some time will have to put Ruination up against DFH 90 (hate to say it, but my money is on Ruination).
5-30-05: Lots of DIPAs lately - and I’m upgrading Stone’s Ruiniation. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Hazy gold color with a small white head.
Strong hop aroma along with pine notes and citrus. Flavor is all hops! A little bit of malt sweetness on the finish but the
hops dominate here. Could be a little more balanced but who cares? This is a
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is all hops. Strong grapefruit and equally strong pine. Pours a transparent orange without much of a head. Lacing is there, but nothing special. Not a whole lot of flavor in the initial taste, but great balance of citrus hops and sweet malts in the finish. No real sweet presence at all in the aroma, but very noticeable in the flavor. Alcohol flavor is noticeable in the finish as well and could possibley be covered up a little better. Long bitter aftertaste. A little over the top, but still good. I prefer the regular IPA. Ungstrup (39097) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2004
A clear orange beer with a disappearing white head. The aroma is very grass and hoppy on a sweet background. The flavor is sweet caramelic with loads of grass and hops, besides hints of alcohol. A lovely 2IPA. Thanks to Dave (Rodolita) for trading this one. HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a clear light copper color with great head and lacing. Resiny pine and some floral/citrus notes in the nose. Intense bitterness in the front end that flows into a earthy and grapefruit flavor. Edgy at first and then becomes smooth at the finish. This is a very enjoyable double IPA. 1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2004
suprisingly light gold in color, belies the
sensory facts about to confront you. Definately reveals all that hops have to offer in terms of aroma, fruit, and astringent bitterness. Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Makes a fluffy white head, with a nice pale golden body, nice lacing on the glass. Nice floral aromatics, piney hops, sweet malts, very balanced nose. Starts out bitter as f*ck, then enter sweetness and piney flavor, its yummy. Bitter dry finish, alcohol is there but not overdone. Medium body coats the mouth nicely and leaves a light sticky reside on the throat. This one is spot on, the ABV is just right in that you could enjoy a few of these and not completely leave yourself face down, dick in the dirt. Praise Stone.