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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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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 435
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 66
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 12-27-2006

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Reviews: 114 | Hads: 435
Photo of T_Hass
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have this beer on tap at provisions market in Santa Ana. What can I say it's a type of IPA I thoroughly enjoy record a clean Chris yellow with a fluffy head that lingered. The nose was was phenomenal citrus, fresh fruit, oranges, lemon zest, very floral just a lovely scent. The taste was the same fresh juicy citrus. Overall I think this is the epitome of a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

On tap at Max's.

I'm not the hugest fan of Stone, but this beer is pure hop goodness! The appearance of this is sunset orange with nice soapy white head. The aroma is out of this world! It's a cyclone of Tangerine Citrus and Dank Resinous hops! I get a lupulin high just smelling it! The taste is just as great. Resinous and citric hops flourish with some hop spice. Nice sweet malt backbone with a Dry-Bitter finish with a lingering bitterness. The feel is medium-light smooth body with active carbonation.

Overall: This brew is a hop heads daily drinker...if you like 8% as a daily drinker. The brew is balanced, smooth and popping with in yo face hops! It's sweeter than I remember regular Ruination being, I'm not complaining though. Stone really knows how to nail a hop bomb. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of MattyBones
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to have this on tap earlier this year. I'm a big fan of Ruination and was excited to give this one a test run when I saw it.

Appearance: Golden, copper color with a nice head.

Smell: Super funky hop aroma. Smells like the regular version x3 with a little more of a piney smell to it.

Taste: Super bitter hop bomb that smashes the palate the second you taste it followed by a slight malt backbone that doesn't seem to balance out the hops. Pine and citrus. Definitely a palate wrecker for sure, but quite enjoyable. Very fresh tasting as well.

Mouthfeel: Not too oily but just enough to coat the tongue, doesn't matter because the hops go crazy in your mouth.

Overall: Anther solid effort from Stone. Ruination is a delicious brew so to get this stronger, fresher tasting version was a treat. Hopefully I'll catch this one on tap again at some point.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft, but forget where. Pours a nice golden color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of huge vegetal hops, pine, grapefruit, some pale malts in the background. Flavor follows the aroma exactly. Very much like regular ruination with some additional grass and vegetal hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine, big bitter as expected from the name. Slick mouthfeel, slightly dry, medium high carbonation. Great beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange in color with a thick head at pour. Head dissipates to minimal. Really nice lacing.

S: Hops. Grassy and spices. Really enticing

T: Bitter from front to back. Again more earthy hop flavors. Excellent flavor.

M: A bit watery but I think this is the tap. Otherwise nice medium body.

O: I'll have another.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Public House in Vegas. Poured into small goblet. Nice copper color with great lacing. Very grassy flavor at the start, but the hops take over. And did thy take over. This had a nice mouthfeel and a staying carbonation. But this had a great hop blast. Very good beer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a clean golden pour with a finger of off white head. smells of cat piss, skunk, bready. by the hop taste/smell this is the simcoe edition. straight up mind numbing bitterness, burnt tire, skunk, cat pee, caramel malt profile. medium body with moderate carbonation. bitterness lingers and creates a hard to swallow drink.

don't get me wrong, i like bitter beers. i make super hoppy beers (over 200 ibu is not above me) but this was just such a palate wrecker with its burnt rubber-like lingering bitterness that it is just hard to drink. with that said, i really enjoyed the challenge of drinking a whole growler of this.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Pacific Gem, Mosaic, Helga, Southern Cross dry hopped version.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a thick, oily, off-white head that left tons of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Fresh raw hop cones on the nose. Hops are stanky, dank, piney, and bitter smelling. Ridiculously fresh.
T: Again, super duper fresh with crushingly bitter notes of clean and crisp pine and grass. Faint citrus. Fresh fresh fresh (and bitter).
M: Medium-full body, greasy fresh hop resin mouthfeel, perfect smooth carbonation.
O: This took fresh hops to the next level. I'd love to try this or the other dry hopped combinations again.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at cheeky monk colfax, an exquisite beer for the refined hophead. this one pours light and clear, honey colored, with a delicate pure white lace on top. smells sticky and fresh, big bold hop nose mixing pine and grapefruit to create a bittersweet sappy aroma, just beautiful. the taste is a degree or so less intense and fresh. the hops are still huge, but the oily fresh picked vibe is all but gone. some sweetness comes thorugh, like clover honey, this beer tastes more floral than anything now. maybe from the yeast. mouthfeel is brightly carbonated but not too heavy on the body. i also like the fact that the alcohol is low key, even though its super strong. i enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Far Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on beer engine at Fountainhead. This is the simcoe dry hopped version, I'm not sure I this is the right entry I am reviewing this under, if anyone knows differently, please shoot me a BM.

Poured in pint glass, clear gold appearance with loose soapy bubbles up top. Nose is night with deep piney and resinous hops, the Simcoes really shine. Not much in the way of citrus qualities. Some caramel malt is present. Taste is hoppy as expected. The hop profile doesn't differ a whole lot from the standard ruination, the main difference is that it tastes fresher and there is a bit more depth to the hops. The mouthfeel is where this shines, nice cask conditioned creamy body with minimal carbonation. Body is smooth and moderate. Overall, quite tasty, not significantly different from Ruination.

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Photo of bstave
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my favorite watering hole. This was an amazing DIPA! I was very impressed. Poured a nice golden with nice lacing. Smell was big pine and citrus hops. Taste followed nose and was super resiny. Mouthfeel was medium. Overall, this is a great example of a true DIPA. Big hops and not a big malt bill. I am a fan and will seek this out in the future.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at iTap-Soulard for StL Craft Beer Week. Copied form notes.

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap.

Gorgeous orange and golden yellow hues with some awesome haze start this off. Nice 1 inch head forms that is soapy, dense and sticky. Retention is amazing and it leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

Peach, pineapple and grapefruit notes start things off. Awesome grassy notes are very present with some herbal and dank character. Yum. Citrusy and delicious nose.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter sweet pineapple notes with tangerine and grapefruit notes. This is a perennial and classic west coast super IPA. Flavor continues to be bitter and citrusy with a slight grassy and herbal notes as well as some good pine notes. This is fefinitely a hop bomb. Crisp and dry with a resinous hop finish. Quite bitter on the finish.

Nice dry and classic IPA. The dry hopping adds a bit more of an “umph” as if its needed. Citrusy and flavorful with nice grapefruit notes. Great iteration of Ruination.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16. Enjoyed side-by-side with the 10th Anniversary version.

A: Cloudy orange body with a persistent finger of creamy tan head. Tons of lace. Great.

S: Dank, herbal, and almost medicinal with the raw hops. Very leafy, floral, and piny. Quite nice.

T: Even pinier and hoppier than the nose, with some powerful grapefruit pith as well as just raw bitterness on the finish. A hint of pineapple lightens things up on the aftertaste. It doesn't get much more "west coast" than this. Terrific.

M: Fairly light-bodied with lots of lively, frothy carbonation. Ok.

O: Intense and aggressive, just like I remember from having Ruination years ago as one of my very first forays into hopbombs. Great stuff.


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Photo of dannydetox
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a big white head. The head fades fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell –Just like the non dry hopped, a sweeter citrus hop aroma is heaviest. There is a nice breadiness that was also present that creates a very nice sweet aroma overall.

Taste – A sweeter malty base with good notes of caramel and citrus are the first to meet the tongue. A slightly bitter lemon flavor comes in and removes some of the sweetness. The citrus hop flavor intensifies in flavors of grapefruit and as the taste advances further some lighter pine hop flavors become evident. These hops take the taste to the end. At the very end the lemon and grapefruit hop flavor are strongest and create a more bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation; both suiting the brew rather nicely.

Overall –A good brew with a nice balance between hoppiness and malt. The transitions are quite well between sweet malt and hop.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(from notes)
On tap at the Easy Tiger in Austin.

Look- Hazy amber with a hint of orange, served with no head, and leaves the glass squeaky clean.

Smell- Musky pine, wood, borderline catty. Heavy on the simcoe, I would guess. Weak aroma for a dry-hopped anything.

Taste- Less bitter than the standard Ruination, which surprised me. Fairly malty, very musky flavor. Lime, umami, subdued sweetness, resin. Finishes with toasted pine needles and herbal tea. Next to nothing in regards to the bright florals or citrus I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel- Slick, light carbonation. Moderate astringency. Moderately dry finish. Middle of the road for a DIPA.

Overall- I went in expecting a bigger, bolder, more tongue-curling rendition of Ruination with plenty of sweet citrus aroma and flavor, and was sorely disappointed. More balanced, I suppose, but that wasn't what I was looking for when I ordered a dry-hopped DAIPA. Not terrible, but moving a portion of the hop addition from the boil to the keg isn't worth an extra $2/pint. Probably would have rated this one higher if they had called it something else and left out the "double"

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tribes Alehouse & Grill - Mokena, IL

Pours amber in color, slightly hazy, with a foamy off-white head, good retention and lacing. Juicy hop aroma with grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, biscuit, and faint tropical notes. Tastes are pungent grapefruit, fresh dank hops, caramel, biscuit, loaded bitterness hangs on the palate with string, resiny pine. Mouth-feel is excellently smooth and creamy, medium-to-full bodied. Overall, a nice treat to come across on tap. This is excellent stuff; I like it more than regular Ruination, but quite not as much as I liked 10th Anniversary Ruination.

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Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.