GeorgePratt (77) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2017 49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, so we"ve all seen the stupid ad on television about ’bitter beers’ and what that Brand X says, ’bitter is bad.’ Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that"s good) bitter beers. We"ve all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don"t let the Ruination IPA slip you by,
Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, ’that"d knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!!’ This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time.
Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6’ high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won"t budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass.
An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic.
I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its increadibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- ’by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!’
Aromas of fruit - pineapple more specifically. Pours a hazy straw with a loose head. Taste of grapefruit. Really drinkable. riksal (2) - - JUL 10, 2017 does not count
Bold aroma. Light in color for a double IPA. Very smooth flavor not overpowering. Awesome beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gatheringfarts (6) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2017 does not count
If this were the first beer, no others would need to be made. It always reminds me of when I first tasted the nectar of gods, sneaking a sip as a yout. I’ve stopped drinking anything else, crept on a golf outing when we shotgun Jacobs best. vinivini (2410) - Gomel, BELARUS - APR 13, 2017
Can from Stone Berlin at 8.5. Very hoppy tropical aroma. Medium body. Tons of hoppy bitterness on tongue with additional nuts. Heavy astringent bitterness. Still drinkable. Good.Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2017
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Classic DIPA from can served in a Chouffe glass:
Creamy sticky airy white head. Hazy yellow body.
Nose of sticky hops and it fruits. Quite cliché but oh so nice.
Flavour starts sticky hoppy with hoppy fruit tones, sticky yellow fruit, little floral and light malty.
Into the afgertaste the bitterness grows very well and becomes a strong bitter pattern with some grassy/herbal tints.
Low carbo, creamy oily silky mouthfeel, between medium and fuller bodied but closer to medium... very nice stuff!
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2009, Parsons Green, London in July 2009 - Also Bottle - Pale Amber in colour. Mega-Hoppy; piney oily resinous spicy hops. Very Fruity; very citrus-grapefruit and lemon. Malty; solid malt base, caramel. Very bitter citrus fruity and hoppy. Bottle was less extreme than the keg version tasted at The White Horse 2009. Better balanced; malts more noticeable; hops less aggressive. Nice 2IPA! (2009-07) Lowenbrau (4277) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 9, 2016
Keg @BierCab, Barcelona. 05-10-215.SebBrews (180) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - NOV 25, 2016
In short: nice robust IPA.
Pours deep gold with frothy off white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Tropical fruit, caramel nose. Medium body, average carbonation, little crispy texture. Taste follows the nose. Solid brew.
Pours a clear-ish amber color with a foamy, persistent head. Aroma: tropical fruits, mango, pine. Taste is a bittersweet juice bomb - mango, pineapple, papaya, honey. Heavy body, thick texture, medium carbonation, long bitter finish. Great. brewtalita (330) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2016
SPicy aroma, aggresive hop profile, bit of garlic.Palate watery, low carbonation. Taste sweetish spicy like your mommas stir-fry!
Very nice. ulrikolsen (576) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2016
Pours hazy orange with tight lazing offwhite head. Aroma has light malt, bread, biscuit, grain, straw, grass, pine and resin. Taste is light malty with biscuit and light bread, slightly fruity, grainy and hoppy with straw, apricot, floral notes, pina and resin. Finish is balanced malty, semi-sweet, dry and moderately bitter. Good stuff!