Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2002
What a beer! The hops creep in under the auspices of a mellow party on your tongue. Then they bust out the heavy metal gear and tear up your palate. Still the hops are well balanced with some maltyness that keeps the hops from being overbearing. A very well crafted beer that I thouroughly enjoyed. Way to go Greg, now send me some Russian Imperial Stout!!! belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
WOW. Not for those sensitive to hops. Aroma is that of a fresh growing vine just buddung with that years crop. Slight maltiness in body countered by a big hop bitterness and a slight bite to finish. Definitely one of the top IPAs out there. maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - JUN 23, 2002
Woody, good bitterness early and throughout the entire tasting experience -- from entry through swallow. Thankfully, and I say again, thankfully... this one, although measuring in at 100 IBUs (bitterness units), is not the palate destroyer that Stone's Double Arrogant Bastard is. a great beer to pair with cigars. If you like big, powerful (7.7% ABV), insanely hopped and bitter (100 IBUs) beers, with little sweetness and loads of woody, herbally flavor... then the Ruination IPA is a fantastic ale for you. It's new on the market and may be a little hard to find, but it is definitely worth the effort. Personally, I find the Arrogant Bastard to be a better beer, and when compared to the Double Arrogant Bastard -- a 100+ IBU palate destroyer -- I find the Ruination IPA to be a better, more stable and enjoyable beer. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2002
Penny colored; Head was semi-dense but faded to thin quickly; DRY DRY hops in the nose- almost astringent and definitely intriguing. The ibu's are amazingly well balanced- I am very surprised. Will it ruin your palate? Yes. But there is still room for a bit of malt balance there. Taking a deep breath directly before each sip sends the senses into overtime! It sis not scorch the tingue with hops the way I might have expected- the hype might just over prepare you for this one- dive in head first and enjoy! JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 re-rated on 3 Jan 2004 after an Imperial IPA side by side w Victory, DFH, Alesmith, Marin & 3 Floyds
Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Beautiful honey golden color, very clear. Great hoppy taste. WOW
A very nice IPA with a twist. This is unike any IPA I've ever had and is recommended to all. papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 18, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 6/18/02 Yeah it’s bitter, pungent and hoppy, but so is AleSmith’s I.P.A., without all of the hype !!! Kinda intense, but a good I.P.A. none the less. jstewart99 (1) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2002 does not count
5/22/04 Pours a rich amber color with a small off white head. Nose is sweet and floral with a touch of pine. Flavor starts syrupy sweet followed light citrus and pine and finishing with a lingering dry bitter aftertaste. Smooth on the palate, this is a hop monster!
Picked up a couple of bottles the first day of release. Beautiful aroma immediately after opening. Slightly deeper amber color with a beautiful head that sticks to the glass. Flavors include grapefruit, honey, fresh cut grass and floral notes. The 100+ ibu's are intense but balanced out beautifully by the maltiness, which has a really nice sweet undertone. Started this one out at cellar temperature but it seemed to get better as it warmed up. I must get some more of this beer, it is definately the best offering from Stone yet.