aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle from The Jersey connection - thanks Nick!
Aroma: Hoppy (surprise) malty, resinous, fruit esters (peach and apricot) Low pool water aroma
Appearance: Golden copper with light head showing a tight bead of bubbles that disappears quickly
Flavour: Agressively bitter with apricot and peach esters from the nose coming through in the flavour. Honey, malt, arrowroot biscuits, light saltiness. Again, very bitter with a long hang but balanced with malt. Toffee and lemon
Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied with fluffy carbonation
Overall: Chewy, malty toothsome, very complex, very bitter with malt and toffee and fruit esters coming through to balance intense resinous bitterness. It invites you back for more but at 7.7 % and a 22oz. bottle, it’s a dangerous invitation. mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - APR 2, 2007
Amber with a little head despite the chugging. Huge grassy/hop aroma. Tastes like liquid hops. As intended in completely ruins the palate because of it’s bitterness. Full bodied and a little malt evident. Huge flavor, huge beer. Yum! fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
A nice hoppy full-bodied brew, loads of grapefruit in the flavor as well as lemon and pine. pretty smooth and drinkable for such a "ruinous" concoction FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review 2/5/2009...
22 oz. into Duvel tulip. BBD says...11/19/2008?! WTF? I just got this a couple of weeks ago. Let’s see how it fares; may review a fresher one soon. There’s always room for more Ruination...
Pours a perfect butter creme 2-finger head with nice lacing and solid retention. Body is an excellent caramel/honey blend. Lighter than I remember...closer to its Stone IPA little sister. A bit of chill haze on this one.
There’s a nice floral tone to the hops but it’s muted by huge caramel viscosity in the malt. Could be a function of time. Alcohol is subtle, but it’s there. Very enjoyable wafting scents.
Well, the hops are there on the palate. More citrus emerges in taste, as well as some bitter grapefruit rind. Malt is huge and gelatinous...in a good way. A little lighter than I recall but solid nonetheless. Incredible balance, believe it or not.
One word...silky. As huge as this is, this is not unbalanced, at least to me. The viscosity of the sweet caramel-tasty malt is cut perfectly with the poignant hop brightness of floral and mostly citrus feel. A slight tinge of earth is in there but it’s very negligent. This is pretty well perfect.
This drinks well but there is a little weight on it - the grapefruit rind slows it down a touch, as does the huge viscous malt and slight boozy profile. Will look at this one periodically and soon get a fresher one to sample. Having said that, it’s still amazing and an all-time favorite.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Golden beer with white, two-finger, frothy head. Hazy. Very pretty. Uneven and interesting lacing. Like a Rorschach.
Aroma is all hops! When I cracked the bottle, the air filled with hops aroma. Wow. Citrus, pine, grass. Smells both bitter and sweet.
And then the taste follows through--all hops. I don’t know that I’ve had a beer so overwhelmed by the hops. I taste citrus and pine with some grass, but the bitterness from the hops mutes their flavors. It’s a good beer, but the hops come out better in the aroma than they do in the taste. There’s some buttery, light malt in there, in the finish after the hops, but it’s well hidden behind all the hops.
Smells great, tastes good.
DnAuK (112) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Hugely bitter beer from Stone, but with just enough malt backbone to back it up. Typically impressive American Imperial IPA aroma, but not quite enough sweetness to balance it. Still a very good drink.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 13, 2013
Fantastic......one of the best Double IPAs I’ve had, worth the wait! Need to get hold of the more limited edition stone ones and soooooon! PlinyDad1952 (112) - - MAY 8, 2015
WOW I CANT BELEIVE THE BOTTLE SAY BRACING BITTER BECAUSE THIS IS NOT BITTER. I CAN REED ITS’ ONLY 100 IBUS. THEY PORBLY DONT DO THEY’RE OWN HOPS NETHER. RUINATION IS VERY PEDESTREAN. JUST MORE PROOF THAT PLINY IS THE GREATEST BEERS EVER. PLINY MAKE RUINATION TASTE WHAT WATER? laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Draft at Hopleaf...Hoppy bitter deliciousness. Great full body with some citrus in the nose. Crisp clean finish. Fantastic! jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick tan head that dissipates at a moderate rate with great lacing. Aroma is quite citrusy and piney. Tremendous over the top hop blast upon the first sip that melds into a slight maltiness that just barely keeps the hops in check. Nice heavy mouthfeel. Another winner from Stone!!