DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Ruination has a sweeter and more robust maltiness and a slightly more bitter hops character than Stone's standard IPA, and so the beer has better balance overall, but is light on malt for the double IPA category; Ruination also has a maltier and less hoppy nose than the standard IPA; Nose is floral with hints of bubble gum; The malt dies away to reveal a very hoppy finish with some citrus; Golden color and completely clear; Average head retention but with excellent lacing JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
This beer does not live up to it’s own hype. It’s good, but not *that* good. Totally lacking in real character aside from a whole bunch of cascade hops. Whoop de doo - like there aren’t 500 other IPAs out there with a ton of cascades in them. Dogfishhead has 3 or 4 beers that hop that pants off of this dull-edged ale. And somehow, this beer just wasn’t bitter enough. I’ve heard that the human tongue can only taste up to 70 or so IBUs and this beer is allegedly over 100. But still it is just not quite hoppy enough. It also lacks the powerful yet refined malt presence of beers like Speakeasy’s amber or Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Golden color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of slightly piney hops with caramel. Strong piney and spicy hops flavor with caramel. Strong bitter finish,medium body. A good assertive beer but not excellent. badgerben (5178) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Original Rating Sept 13, 2004: (Thanks to SDbruboy for this!) Dark amber color with a medium head. Sudden onslaught of hops up front in the aroma and taste. Kind of mellows out after that. It tones down into an actually smooth hops taste with a good citrus zing and malt backbone. Not nearly as overpowering as I was expecting. One of the better balanced IIPAs out there. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate July 17, 2008: Man... been ages since I’ve had this. Ages, and lots of beers. Copper color with a large head Strong citrus aroma right off the bat, then it fades into a kind of grassy-ness. Piney taste. Very resinous. Moderate caramel malt, more of the grass flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Oddly, not too bitter at all. I would call this a pretty solid IPA. A double? No way. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 first off i gotta say the beer looks beautiful.it has a very nice dark golden color.i really liked it overall,but it was very hoppy,and you taste the alcohol a bit.this is a stone brew for sure.RE-RATE 1/13/05
golden brown brown with a nice head that does leave lacing.less hops then i mentioned before.mouthfeel is a bit light.but still a solid brew.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Thanks for the bomber, lamas! Bright copper color. Short head with slowly popping bubbles on the surface, creating a near grey head. You can smell this baby from several feet away - floral hops, honey, pineapple and oranges. Flavor is grassy and fresh. Pine and lime, with not much sweetening. Dry hopped bitterness, like licking a hops flower. Margarine-like coating on the palate. Definitely balanced in favor of the hops with malts not playing much of a role at all, and definitely not sweetening it much. Finish is hops, hops, hops. Boldest hops aftertaste ever. Reminds me a lot of Smuttynose IPA, which I’d give the nod to over this one. I know, I speak heresy. I guess I’ll see you in hell. ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Pours an amber body with a moderate head. Grapefruity and citrusy hops dominate the aroma with resiny notes. Some caramel backing, but not a lot of malt complexity. It’s funny to look back and think this used to be one of the most bitter beers I had. One of my favorites from Stone, but that doesn’t say much. Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Clear amber with a thick murky hop aroma. Strong hop flavour, and bitter but not that bitter. There’s better flavour in their regular IPA. TBone (17530) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottledbeerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - OCT 20, 2005
Copper brown, small white head. Very hoppy, but also oaky and smokey aroma. Hoppy flowery and very bitter. Some sweetness in the front. Long bitter aftertaste. Hopheads paradise.
Overwhelming and not to be taken lightly? I found this to be a wonderful Imperial IPA but somehow it didn’t live up to my expectations. Fantastic aroma but the hop flavor seems a little low due to some malt overload. It’s bitter but the hop complexity seems one dimensional. Still enjoyable and will try it again.