Bludwig (31) - USA - JUN 21, 2010
Aroma: Hops. Stone is such a fun company. Hops. Ahh, the refreshingly bright, full of citrus and pine aromas of the west coast IPA are incredible! The only perceptible malt on the nose of this beauty is the light creaminess, which acts like a dressing on top of this hop salad.
Appearance: Light golden/amber in color with a frothy head which was as solid and white as the new fallen snow. The one finger head dissipated quickly but the ale retains a nice, solid, foamy head, even with repeated sipping.
Taste/Palate: The first sip of this beautiful ale is full of pine needles and resin allowing no chance of tasting anything else. Now that the shock and awe campaign unleashed in my mouth has subsided, slightly, I can pick up some different characteristics of the hops which when blended with the malt, hint at grapefruit and dried apricots. Then more hops! There’s a wonderful tannin character to this ale which blends well with the moderate acidity.
Overall: This ale is a celebration of the hop and what an American style IPA can be. Anything. This ale would rival a raw hop sucked on and chewed, blended with saliva and creating the overwhelming sense that your mouth was going to explode with joy! Bravo to the definition of west coast IPAs. Blackdemon (8) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010 does not count
I love this beer. Very strong flower aroma (which is the Hops). The label is painted on so you don’t have to worry about pick or peeling a wet label. The taste is hoppy, bitter, and slightly dark. It will ruin your Palate if you start with this beer at a party you can not change to any other, kinda like brushing your teeth and then eating something 5 min after, everything else will taste nasty. found it pairs well with classic college food, pizza and burgers. Overall this beer is exactly what its supposed to be bitter strong beer, or a liquid poem to the glory of the hop! laggy311 (5) - Enter City, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2010 does not count
This is by far my favorite brew...Well-balanced citrus going into a botanical frenzy of rose, lavender, pine and juniper..layers of toastiness rock through to a orange and tangerine spike on the back palate and a finish that begs you to try it all over again. thebrood1987 (22) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
You can smell potent citrus and pine mixing together along with some actual malt smell. You get that hop bite right away as it hits your tongue followed by a bready almost wheat malt like taste in the middle and then completely wiped away but a huge pine spruce dry finish. This is all about the hop bitterness. Even though you get a malty bread wheat flavor with that citrus hop flavor the finish and aftertaste just overrule with that dry pine taste from the hops. It’s just like the Stone IPA but its amped up in bitterness. Where some IPA’s focus on having that hop flavor, hop bitterness or mixing the two... this one just beats them all with that bitterness. It really can be compared to a resinous pine cone sharp orange like bitterness. If you want to be blown away by IBU’s get this beer... definitely one of the best IPA’s ever made. HulaBeans (4) - California, USA - APR 15, 2011 does not count
I thought nothing could hold up to Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA, but then Stone came along... I’d say while 90 Minute is the epitome of the East Coast IPA, Ruination is that to the West Coast. Color is a beautiful copper, with minimal head, but beautiful lacing that sticks around. There’s a good deal of stickiness on the tongue and a definite bite from the hops, but not overpowering like you’d think from the label description. And while it does not "ruin" your palate as promised by its name, per se, it could ruin your palate if you try to compare another beer directly against it, for that other beer, because it’s amazingly good.
EvanFriend (592) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2011
This is probably my favorite beer overall. Smells like hops, tastes like hops, bitter as all hell and just wonderful in every regard. I only wish they sold it in my neighborhood. jgurley (4) - Panama City Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2011 does not count
This is as close to perfect as I’ve had so far. I love good strong gin, so IPAs are my thing. This beer pours a pretty light amber with a creamy head and good lacing. The smell is like a late fall pine forest in a bottle, opened on a hot summer day. On the tongue I get strong juniper and mango. Warms well also. Alcohol is not offputting, but gives a nice warm feeling in the belly. I will definitely drink this regularly. tia (2221) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2011
This is currently my favorite beer and has been for a year or so. In fact, my profile pic is of this beer. Yay hops! Long last the hops! Nick_J_A (7) - East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 8, 2011 does not count
Serving type: bottle (6 pack). I love the aroma, color, head, taste. Overall one of my favorite beers. Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
IMO it’s a perfect beer, perfect DIPA. Crisp, citrusy, bitter and amazing mouthfeel. Thank god for stone. BTW i’m not saying it’s a perfect DIPA, but i just love it.