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Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 18 5 10 2010
Loved everything about this bad boy!
Wow, what a fantastic looking glass full of necture if I ever saw one! Super clouded and deeply paled yellow with a golden orangey brown tone, head is small, compactedly thick and frothy, lace starts in huge thin sheets eventually breaking into spots and a thin haze on top always present.

Smell is a wonderfully complex hop nose, sweet soft pine, honey, flowers, light sour citrusy fruits of mango and lime, backing of caramel malt is nice along with a touch of alcoholic warmth. The pine is so intreging, lots of needles of nearly every kind, cedar, spruce, and Norway/Red. Yummy, super awesome nose!

Taste is lovely with a terrific hop bitterness lending solid pine fragments of needles, resin, and sap; fresh, a bit of dried sense and herbal calming, not over the top all that much but the presense is strong and balanced quite nicely with a caramel/toffeeish candied malts. Hops are so smooth on the palette in this its amazing. Quite a nice surprise.

Feel is very smooth and warm, medium to nearly a full peak at the midaway point, some creamyness and the hops linger with easy pine and slight spiced factions with some caramel chewyness. One easy drinkin' IPA, goes down smooth with solid hop character with a considerable malt backing. 7.7 ABV? Really? Wow, that doesn't show in any of the taste, sure, a bit in the aroma, but does begin to take over alot in the noggin once you've got through some of the bomber. And out of the etched labeling that Stone Brewing has on its bottles, this one is the coolest. Something about the color choice and the pose of the Gargoyle strikes me.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 0
Pours from a 22oz. bottle a nice dark gold color and has a slight hop smell with some grassy overtones. The initial taste is very bitter, but in a good, flavorful way. Mid way the flavor is very herbal, grassy and hoppy w/that highly hopped bitterness. The finish is an incredible amalgam of hops, resin, motor oil, pine, and a bit of fruit.

Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 3 8 2010
22oz Bomber

I've been anxious to try this. I can't get it here in IL so I picked some up in Indiana a couple weeks ago.

Poured into a snifter. When I cracked the lid on this it smelled just like I'd broken open a handful of hops. Poured a bright orange that almost glowed when held to the light. A generous white bubbly head sits up top and doesn't look to be going anywhere anytime soon. Small clumps of lacing as I drink.

The smell is really appetizing. I actually pick up more malt than I thought I was going to. There is a caramel like sweetness in the distance but hop oils take front stage. A strong but not overwhelming pine freshness.There is also unsweetened grapefruit that makes my mouth water.

This one will briefly give you bitter beer face from the 100+ IBU's that Ruination boasts. When the beer first hits the palate the caramel maltiness comes through just to establish itself. By mid-palate you find yourself chewing a mouthful of pine needles with a couple squeezes of grapefruit juiced dribbled along the top. Hop oils coat the entire mouth. The bitterness hits at the swallow and lingers till the next drink.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Thick and coating. I love the mouth numbing effect from the huge amount of hops.

The drinkability suffers a little bit from the syrupy mouthfeel and the mouth numbing. It would be easier to drink more but I'd almost hate to because I wouldn't be able to get the full flavor out of it.

Overall Ruination is one impressive IIPA from Stone. On the back of the bottle it states "so called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate". They weren't kidding either. Give this a try if you see it. It's an enjoyable expierence.

Reviewed: 11/4/06

Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 12/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 11 15 4 7 0
Old Review
22 oz bomber thanks to Redwood21. Poured into nonic.

A: A nice golden brown with a low head, but what forms stays for the whole beer. Bubbly, sticky lace set on the side of the glass. Very nice.

S: This is where this beer shines. Pine, floral, bitter hops. Still there is the sent of malt balancing this sucker out. Damn near perfect.

T: This beer has bite. The hops hit you first and hard. Floral and bitter hops assault the tongue. There is some nice pine notes in there. Malt comes in at the end and cools the bitterness slightly, but doesn't kill it. Still a nice bitter aftertaste. A little alcohol burn on the end.

M: Not as heavy as I was expecting but not too light either. Has an oily feel on the mouth. Coats and tickles the back of the throat with bitterness. Nice medium carbonation that matches this beer.

D: Won't have a problem killing this bomber but that is enough for me. Still a great beer that I won't mind drinking from time to time. Worth keeping the cellar for sure.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
Nice slightly hazy, orange-ish golden color. Pours a 1/2 finger white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma of floral, citrus hops. Slightly sweet.

Taste is where this offering really shines. Nice bitter hops, orange peel and grapefruit, pine. Honey. Delicious. Yum. Taste carries throughout, carrying into the aftertaste. When I think Double IPA, this is what I want for taste...

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body. Nice and dry, as it should be. Carbonation is good.

Excellent representation for it's style. Aggressively hoppy, crisp, refreshing. I will always be up for a couple of these...
Highly Recommended!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 2 12 20 4 9 2008
I have a 22 oz bomber that I picked up at Citywide Liquors.

This beer is crystal clear. The color is a deep gold/light copper. Very nice, long lasting foamy white head.

Very nice, citrus (lemons, oranges, grapefruit) some piney notes. If there’s one thing Stone Brewing has over everybody else, they make the most fragrant beer.

This has to be the easiest drinking Double IPA ever. I’m going to go out on a limb and say they use something like Magnam of Horizon for bittering because there is zero harshness. Very well done. I just looked in a copy BYO. They say Magnum.

This may be one of the fuller bodied IIPAs on the market. I have had some where the brewer tries to get the alcohol up there, but it comes at the expense of the over all brew. Again, Stone has their stuff together.

Like I said before, this is the easiest drinking IIPA that I’ve had so far. Very dangerous. Kudos the Stone.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Originally reviewed 07/30/06

Poured from bomber into a stemmed Goliath glass.

A - Nice full, soapy white head. Amber color that is nice and clear. Great lacing.

S - Hops. Hops. Hops. Surprisingly sweet, with tones of grapefruit, orange and pine.

T - Don't have this as you first of the night. Quite literally will ruin you pallette to only like more and more hops. Intense grapefruit and pine.

M - Medium, but somehow it is fine for this beer. Drinks easy and smooth.

D - Another Stone masterpiece. Have they done anything wrong yet?

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 10 15 3 8 0
I've had this many times. This is for the review:

22oz bottle

Served chilled and poured into a 23oz Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Clear, rich gold color with many carbonation bubbles rising toward the thick, yet small, head. Lacing is impressive.

Smell is very good. Large, fresh pine and floral hop fragrance that dominates with a noticeable juicy malt presence. Inviting smell for sure.

Taste is good. Once again, huge, fresh pine and floral hops jump out. One of the more unbalanced DIPA's I've sampled but in a good way. Malt bill is apparent yet a small part of the flavor. After 3-4 sips you feel your palate slowly being destroyed.

Mouthfeel is good. Mouth-watering after every sip. Not a huge presence in the mouth, though.

Drinkability is very good. I could kill a few bombers of this stuff easily. One of the easier DIPA's out there too drink, imo.

Overall: A good brew by the fellows at Stone who know a thing or two when it comes to hops. DIPA's usually fall into two general 'types,' imo; Juicy, sweet, balanced with hops dominating and Piny, floral, bittering with hops dominating. I love both types of DIPA's. This one i rank in the top 3 in the latter category.

Served In: Pint Glass

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