Named for its disastrous affect on the palate by way of resinous hop oils, Ruination is sure to hit home for any hop head. Aromas are bright and clean with citrus, very floral, and a little piney. Flavors actually begin pretty mellow with toasted malt, honey then layers on with satisfying sweetness only to be outmatched by a quick and aggressive bitterness. Hop flavors are very floral, loads of pink grapefruit, orange zest, lemongrass, hints of tropical fruit, and pine oil. Alpha acids continue to develop for a long and bitter conclusion. I should also mention the prominence of American ale yeast on the palate. The feel is creamy, it’s fairly easy to drink due to the slow onset of bitterness, and it finishes out dry and sticky. Its funny because I know the IBU’s on this exceed 100 but it just doesn’t come across tasting near that bitter and I haven’t yet discovered why. By about mid-glass the bitterness won’t appear near as intense. I find the 7.7% ABV is maybe a tad low for a double, but there really isn’t much else to complain about. Stone knows their IPA’s, you know it’s recommended.