45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Stone Ruination is an excellent IPA. After I drank two of them i tried to drink some other beer and they tasted like water jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Very nice ipa. Just over 1 year from bottled. Aroma is great, very hoppy! Strong initial taste that attacks your palate with hoppu flavor. Good mild bitter finish. Best when fresher. Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bottle at home. Thank you Stone for coming to Chicago...finally. Pours a beautiful clear orange with a frothy head that lasts. Smells of pine, orange zest, and fresh cut hay. Quite different from other IIPAs. There is definitely a bitterness that cuts to the quick but it is not at all overpowering. The malt is present in the background and this tones it down quite a bit. The palate is nice - full and heavy. An all around great beer. BluePhish (93) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2010
Pours a nice orange-tinted amber with a stately pure-white head with good retention and lacing.
Floral hoppy aromas of honey-suckle, light citrus, and a bit or resin. Very layered and deep nose.
Taste is hop forward obviously, with balanced notes of citrus, resin, and a sweet honey-suckle finish that balances nicely with the hops.
Palate is medium bodied and carbonation in perfect balance, slight bite in the palate is welcome and refreshing.
Overall an excellent example of the IPA, hoppy certainly but well balanced and wonderfully drinkable. 400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Tried on tap at the one and only Sugar Maple during the Stone Brewery release party in, I believe 2008. The first drink was dry, piney, crisp, and resinous, then subsequent laps were continually increasing in bitterness. I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish the beer before we had to skip to the next nearest bar on the bus tour for the release party. Unfortunately Stone Brewery is no longer available in WI, as the lagtime between brewery and consumer stretched beyond it’s tolerable levels. I may not be able to try this beer again until my Cali friends bring some home with them. But, I’m trying to get to San as soon as I Can. See ya soon!
sheep (93) - FINLAND - MAR 24, 2013
330ml bottle, enjoy by 11/3/13. So not quite as fresh as possible. Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head that leaves a little lace as it recedes. Nose reveals caramel, dank fruity hops, citrusy notes and slight piney resin. Taste is citrusy lemon, caramel, slight pine and grapefruit. Huge, puckering bitterness lingers in the finish. Palate is crisp and soft with medium carbonation. IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark amber. Nose was strong hops and more hops. Carbonation was moderate to weak. Head was thin, though. Tasted like hops and lager (interesting). VERY HOPPY! Excellent beer!!! brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Alefest ’05 - 100+ IBU!!!!! This and Buckeye 76 at this festival combined to outduel the combination of most of my other samples IBUs! Near perfect product as expected from one of the excellent breweries out there! IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is very pleasant, fruity and sweet. I must admit I was surprised by its taste. It starts out with a milk chocolate flavor with a hint of grapefruits. Eventually the fruit takes over and in the end blends into a hop finish. I would say it is a bit soft and sweet than I expected, but it is still very enjoyable. (In fact this makes it even more drinkable) I am still wondering how I missed this although I often see it in stores. I will definitely try it again. exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle. Poured a very clear, burnt coppery straw color, with a half finger of head. Citrus and floral nose. Great balance of hops and malt for a beer that is overpoweringly hoppy. Finishes smooth and hoppy. Great on the palate, and doesn’t have the bit that I expected. Tastes amazing with rosemary bread.