Hanan (86) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
As advertised. Strong hops yes fresh. What stands out most is I don't taste alcohol for such high hops. Fantastic. Pure. Smooth. Great aroma like I'm in a hop garden.
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Another hop lovers dream. If you like DIPA’s, you’ll certainly be happy with this one. BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2007
This was great! I expected the bitterness to be over the top, but it really wasn’t. Taste a lot like liquid hops (in a good way) with the same balance you get with lesser IBUs. Nice solid head, caramelly. Good balance. Will definately get again. PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Bottle from Bev Mo, San Francisco, sampled July 2008. Pours golden orange in the glass with a very small head which holds in some incredible aromas: lots of grass, a bit of pine in the hops, apricot; floral. The flavour is very well balanced; fairly sweet with much complexity, especially given the hopped up 100 or more IBUs; I pick up some apricot, pineapple, grass, alcohol. A bitter finish.bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle, May 2009. This is a pale golden colour with a very long lasting foamy white head. Carbonation is fairly mild. The aroma is really terrific: densely layered and complex. The hop aromas are fresh and very inviting: there’s a fair amount of pine and a whole array of citrus fruits, some floral elements, grass, a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is oily, medium in body. There’s a fair amount of wood in the flavour and a whole lot of fresh apricot, some avocado, pine, grass, the works. The finish is where the bitterness kicks in, though it is far more subtle than would be expected: there’s some orange and pine along with the hop bitter kick. A standout.
pours a yellow with billowy white head. citrusy pineapples and some more citrus with full wallop of hops to destroy ur tastebuds for rest of your night.
kenko (85) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Pours gold color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is piny with hints of citrus and a very faint underlying sweetness. Taste is citrusy, with a pine finish and malty sweetness. Full mouthfeel. rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
220z poured into tulip, nice amber orange with a soft white diminishing white head, Aroma of fruit and grapefruit. Bitter finish and long duration. philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a good head that fades quickly to a thin film. Warm bready aroma. Full and broad on the palate. Tangy twinge on the tongue that lasts while the bitterness softens but lingers. Complex and likable. jimmytalent (84) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Ruination is crisp and elegant. Stone put out another masterpiece with Ruination. It pours a blonde honey color with a tall beige cap. Aroma of lemon and a little herbal. The flavor is amazing. Your palate is greeted with crisp lemon and herbal goodness (lemongrass maybe coriander). This is one of the most solid IPA's around.
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Dark golden pour into a snifter leaves a one inch head that dissipates slowly and hangs around as rocky lacing throughout. Powerful on the nose - thick resiny, piney hops. Tastes thick and creamy, and an unsuspecting maltiness completely balances out the powerful hops. I wish I had more than 12 oz; this is hands down one of the best IPAs I have ever had.