Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry HoppedStone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 66
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 12-27-2006

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Ratings: 407 | Reviews: 116
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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours into a nonic a clear medium golden with a frothy whitehead atop.Alot of hop complexity in the nose with some fresh cut grass,herb,and tropical fruits,a bit of toasted grain and mild sweet alcohol as well.Flavors start out herbal and grassy and then kind of a drunken fruitiness comes into play with a bit of toastiness in the finish.Not big and sharp and/or bitter just great hop complexty and I like the little toasted grain element.

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has nice retention and leaves good lacinf.

S - Citrus and grassy hops. Some biscuity malt as well. Nice and herbal.

T - Very grassy to start with, with some nice citrus hops. Hopping is nice and assertive, but not over the top. Enough malt to provide some balance but definitely hop forward.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth, with consistant hop bitterness throughout. Finish is earthy, dry and bitter.

O - Almost a little tame considering the base beer, but not at all in a bad way. Very tasty.

Photo of Intrik
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, copper-ish color with minimal head retention.

S - Very lively citrus smells from the crazy amount of hops used in creating this beer. Very much a cistrus-y hopped double IPA with a sweet, almost fruit syurp smell to it.

T - Immediate bright bitterness hits my tounge that is complimented by a citrus fruit tone that coats the bitter hop taste. The after taste is a limited amount of bitterness on the back of the tounge that begs for another sip.

M - Mmm the hops are oozing with character that invites you in for another sip. I can't get enough of this beer. So far the empitome of my hop head experience.

O - Amazing beer! Dry hopped beer are always worth a shot for someone that can appreciate hops. If you are looking for a great example of citrus hops then this is a beer you want to try.

Served at Petrol Station into a pint glass.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Columbus & centenial dry hopped on cask poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow amber with a small thin white head. Nose is amazing! Hops hops hops on the nose! Amazing!

Taste is very hoppy but on cask it's actually really drinkable. It does ruin your pallate but it's still very smooth. Great beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Deep golden and amber with an inch of bubbly white head and lots of visible carbonation. Head sits down eventually but never completely leaves. Gobs of sticky lace left on the glass.

Lots of pine and grapefruit and resin in the nose. The nose has a brightness, cleanliness, and simplicity I don't find in the other "great" DIPAs. Abundantly hoppy.

What a splendid and complete hop experience. The biting bitterness stays from start to finish, but the pungent grapefruit and citrus flavors aren't missing either. A complete ode to the hop!

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Inviting and pleasant.

About as drinkable as an incredibly hopped, super-high IBU beer can be.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hopfest! Everything else double dry hopped from Stone has been superior to the standard version, so it wasn't a tough choice.

Standard energized orange appearance of Ruination. Nothing different there. Ah, but the aroma. Magnifique. Smells dry hopped with a ton of varieties, nothing stood out in terms of single hops going on here. And what's with all the different tropical fruit varieties, very enjoyable, but its like where'd that come from?

Taste, brutal palate wrecker as the name still implies, massively bitter and hoppy. Taste isn't really much different, just a little edge to the hops and the nose, makes the mouthfeel more tolerable (well its always good, I guess it moves it into the excellent category).

The only thing I could complain about this, is that the only time I see it, there's always like 30-50 other super excellent and hoppy brews around it, so you lose focus on how good this is.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cask at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta. Dry-hopped with Simcoe and Centennial.

Pours a slightly murky copper color with a half-finger, large-bubbled, light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving surprisingly decent lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit, citrus, and floral hops with good amounts of mildly bready pale malt aromas backing them up. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hop aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly bready pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of citrus and herbal hop flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of brighter citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors along with light hints of vanilla. The flavors begin drying out a bit midway through the sip and a mild bitterness intensifies through to the end, although it's still relatively mild compared to the normal version.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the relative lack of bitterness really makes this an easy-drinking version of an already great beer. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Brouwer's Cafe

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head on top. Decent retention with foamy lacing randomly forming on the glass.

S: A very intense aroma, lots of citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit and lemon zest with plenty of pine on the back end.

T: Nice and bitter, but never really too bitter for me at least. More grapefruit with a bit higher percent of pine/resin than was on the aroma. All hops on this one as there really isn't much in terms of malt on the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and bitter with a slightly dry finish.

O: Going in I thought this beer was going to over the top bitter, but it was very nice. Amazingly the malt kept things in check enough to make it surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for this great growler pick up for Bottleshare.
Fairly hazy orange color. Bubbly eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.  

Fantastic nose. Big bright Citra and Centennial hops stand out. With Nice citrus notes along with sweet Pineapple.

Amazing flavor. Sweet nice citrus and floral hops. Great balance. Mild bitter back end and finish. Nice candy malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very fresh and crisp. 

Overall an amazing beer. Too bad they can't dry hop all Ruination this way so we could have this awesome beer with the same accessibility. Big beautiful Centennial and Citra hop nose and flavor just make this already great beer exceptional.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy, golden with a slight orange hue. Big, slightly off-white 3 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Big citrus aromas; fresh orange, backed by a biscuity malt undertone.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit hop, with a nice, sweet, bready malt presence. Cracker or biscuit. Almost more sweet than bitter, especially in the aftertaste. A hint of tropical character comes through in the end. Great balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Smooth. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall - Better balance than the regular Ruination; the malt is more pronounced, but also does well to compliment the hop profile; certainly better than the normal version does, anyway.

Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap at The Mayor in a tulip glass.

Hazy light copper colored ale with tight sticky head and nice lacing.

Aroma is super hoppy, as I expected. Citrus and pine in equally huge amounts.

Flavor is so intense, I wonder if I'll be able to taste anything else the rest of the day. So bitter but also has tons of hop taste. Almost like when I tried eatting a hop pellet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and not really balanced at all.

Overall a crazy big IPA and one that really lives up to its name.

Photo of dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ beer junction

Another ruination Deviant - batting 1.000 thus far...the dry hopping has a similar effect as Racer 5000...really imparts a leafy green bite to the already fiercely hopped ruination. Bright, grassy, fiercely citrus. Strong stuff.

Photo of dannydetox
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was anxiously awaiting the pleasure of double dry hopped ruination, and now that i’m sipping it down I fully appreciate the extreme bitterness of the brew. Golden in color with a centimeter of persistent head and considerable residue clinging to the side of the pint. Lemony aromas mingle with hints of herbs and grassy notes. I get more of the malt body in this inception of ruination (maybe I need to try them side by side), but the delicious bittering hops come in on the back end to dry the palate. Solid west coast ipa to be sure, but the price tag at this bar ($7) doesn’t warrant a second round when I can purchase a bomber of standard ruination for $3.99 at select markets.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I too am in the same spot as SV650TN below because I had this tonight at Stone for their Wednesday night cask special and movie on the lawn and mine was also dry hopped with the amarillo but centenial hops were used as the 2nd dry hop andI too also can not add a beer because I have not reviewed enough. This has to be one of my favorite beers and im not even a hop head.

First coming out of the cask it looks beautiful with a white fresh-look untill it settles for a second with a nice creamy looking head and a golden creamy looking body.

The smell is amazing with those two hops combined, this my turn me into a hop lover because now thinking about it I am craving those hops.

The taste is a perfect balance of anintence hop flavour with a nice malty base to balence it all out.

The mouth Feel reminded me of a good crem ale on a nitrogen tap.

I drank two of these and if I hadnt shared a westy 12 and a Tommy Arthur Signature Brew Master Colaboration with Linden from the Stone Store, and also a stone IPA, I would have drank that all night with my beer Mac-n-Cheese.

Simply one of my Favorite Brews.

Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, corked and caged, from Stone Bistro. What a whale this is - 262 bottles released!

Hazy orangish-copper in color with a small off-white head and great lacing.

The aroma is pretty intense despite the fact that this is a couple months old. Citra hops are evident with big orange and grapefruit, along with earthy and piney notes. Some sweet malt and buttery hints in the background.

The flavor is damn good. Mild malt base with a huge brutal hop punch. Big grapefruit that almost adds a sourness as well as some earthiness, and the bitterness on the finish is almost off the charts.

Medium-full body with a brutal enamel-stripping mouthfeel. Nice carbonation level even though the cork was tough to remove.

Haters be damned, this is a very good DIPA. Packs a punch and is enjoyable to drink.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was just about the best IPA I think I have ever had on tap anywhere. And I have had some really awesome IPAs. The floral noted from the dry-hopping were right up in your face. I had this side by side with the double dry-hopped IPA and the 10th Anniversary Ruination and this was my favorite of the three. It was so excellent. Funny because the first thing my friend Joel told me when I walked in the door of 1702 that night was that I had to try this one, it was the best. The most "Stone" he said. The hops were so out front but not overpowering in any sense. Excellent.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First glass served off a freshly tapped keg into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, and litter box. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine hop, and a refreshing/crisp bitterness. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The additional hoping really took this one to a new level. Instead of being an in-your-face bitter brew like the base beer, this one had developed a more well-rounded character to it. The hop profile is definitely noticeable, but was not overwhelming. I could see you palate getting worn out after a few glasses of this though. Definitely worth trying if you can for sure.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the churchkey. Pours a clear amber, with a one finger off white head that has nice retention and left some nice lacing. Smell is amazing, with loads of tropical fruit, citrus, and a bit of pine. Nice pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon notes.

Taste is nice, but loses a bit of the tropical fruit I got from the aroma. Still grapefruit, pine, and lemon, but no pineapple, and no passion fruit. I can feel the hops. This is a completely hopped out brew! Nice offering from stone.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden yellow, with a one inch head, and tree ring like lacing down the glass.

Smells incredibly resinous, lots of pine needles and sap, along with grapefruit.

Similar taste. Searing, shredding hop bitterness on display here- just zaps your tongue over and over again- feels like it's getting ripped apart. That makes it sound bad, but I didn't mind it. I'd prefer a bit more complexity of flavor, but it's mainly just piney bitterness, with a bit more bitterness from grapefruit.

Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Good carbonation. A sipper.

One of the hoppiest beers there is- actually manages to add on to the hoppiness of regular Ruination. This works much better than RuinTen, in my opinion.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Devils in Hollywood. The body is pale amber, showing the slightest haze. A small white cap retains solidly.

Loads of hops on the nose, very floral and grassy; much more grassy than regular Ruination. There's no malt to speak of, but the hop bouquet has a pleasing floral-earthy-grassy complexity.

Hop flavors are excellent, very floral with grassy undertones. Some grapefruity citrus character, but largely it's floral. Pretty palate wrecking, bitterness is enormous and attacking, though the body remains medium-light and it's quite clean and well attenuated. Couldn't drink a ton of this, but one glass was enjoyable.

Photo of RankRefugee88
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from cask into snifter glass at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica.

A - Vibrant and wholesome orange golden color. Bubbly white head. Not too thick but 1/8 of an inch of it sticks around. Cloudy body.

S - Nice hoppy and piny smell to it. Definitely some wheat in there. Orange peel. Very good smell overall

T - Hits the taste buds quick. Has that original IPA taste, piney, crispy and has a kick too. Really nice flavors for an IPA. Hops are very nice on the taste buds and are complimented by hints of fruits.

M - Hits the taste buds nicely, crispy dry mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Just stopping in this for a drink before my flight to NY but I can see myself having a lot of these, despite the ABV. The hops are good but might overwhelm if I kept drinking more of these. Overall easy drinkability.

Good beer, one of the better IPA's, and my first beer out of a cask! Awesome.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at kickbacks in jax. Poured into a snifter. Medium off-white head and retention. Clear, oily lacing. Aroma is pungent grapefruit and pine. Intense hops to the highest level of comprehension. Some alcohol in the aroma but really totally dominated by one of the most spirited hop aromas of all time. Taste is dominated by grapefruit and i think it actually tickled by tongue and made it curl a little bit. Really a delicious taste and awesomely drinkable. Really one of the best double ipa's ever.

Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of off white head. There is a good amount of retention.

Smell: Juicy citrus hops, reminds me of pineapple and grapefruit peel. A slight sweetness accompanies the hops and it works quite well.

Taste: Bitter, citrus peel hops hit the tongue hard. Not quite as interesting as the smell, but I'm sure it is when it is fresh. Some sweet malt in the background, but the finish is pure hops. This is really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm really happy that I got to try this beer. Has a really great hop profile. I would definitely have another.

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells mainly of citrus, earthy, piney hops with some malt mixed it, but it's mostly all hops on this one.
T: Not as hoppy as I was expecting. It has a nice mix of citrus, piney, earthy hops with a little bit of sweet toasted malts to balance it out all mixed with some orange in there as well.
M: Crisp, clean, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable beer as it did not feel as high gravity as it is. It was a good take and the dry hopping was a nice touch.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary party on 8/13/11.

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Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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