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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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Reviews: 114
Hads: 435
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 66
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
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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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 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 BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deliciously resiny, bitter hop soup of citrus, pine, and fresh grassy goodness. Very few beers showcase hop character in such vividness, cleanliness, and refreshment as what Stone displays here.

Bright golden with a hazy orange glow, the beer seems to suspend hop resins in the hue of the beer. Somewhat sticky with a white airy head that blankets the beer throughout the session while clinging to the glass with intermitten patterns.

Juicy and sprite aromas of white grapefruit, orange zest, fresh cut grasses, and sappy pine notes attack the nose with a great amount of intensity and nearly overwhelms the sense. Only the faint scent of thin caramel malt supports the ramped hop dominance, and nearly gets lost with the complex hop profile.

Hops, hops, and more hops continue throughout the taste. A mix of white grapefruit with ruby red grapefruit pulp borrow flavors from the zest of under rippened oranges, grasses and herbs, pine, and a pep of lemon acidity. Very resiny, it's hard to tell if these juicy flavors are all hop derived or part of the skim malt backbone. Lightly must from fresh hopped character, the beer keeps comming wave after wave. Alcohol flavor remains moderate but only fuels the bitter flavor and elevates the intensity of citrus fruits.

Medium creaminess early makes quick work across the palte and makes a b-line towards a bitter resiny finish of supreme dryness and minty cooling. All making this beer much more drinkable than it should be- dangerously so.

This beer is a malt lover's nightmare and a hop head's dream. The onslaught of hops both intimidate the senses and waters the mouth all at once. Both the remedy and the curse, the beer makes the tongue sweat with anticipation and shrivel in delight. This should be the blueprint for the design of all imperial IPA's.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey during the Stone 40 tap takeover. Served side by side with San Diego session and the double dry hopped versions of the IPA and 14th.

Pours a bright light leah with a nice bubbly white head and some clingy rings of lacing. Nose brings forward a pretty good amount of citrus and floral hops, but not nearly what I would expect from a double dry hopped beer from Stone. Taste is similar, in that I don't feel like this fulfills my hophead cravings any more so than a normal bottle of Ruination would. Feel is nice. Fairly thin and quite bitter. Drinks very well but is not nearly as good as the DDH IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

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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 oline73
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Naja's

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger's worth of white head and sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Goodness does this beer smell awesome. Incredibly intense citrus hops in the form of grapefruit and lemon rind. Pungent and resinous pine, and even a bit of a floral aroma. Malt? Not here.

T: That brutally bitter flavor of Ruination is on display here with lots of fresh grapefruit (fruit and rind) and pine flavors all the way from start to finish. Again, the malt is almost non-existent.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being much along the same lines.

D: Ruination can be a bit much at times, but the overpowering bitterness was appropriate and welcomed on this occasion.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 5/18/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus and caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, great representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey during the Stone 40 Tap Takeover event.

a - clear golden one in white head

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, and some floral notes. Smells great; lots of fresh hops.

t - Tastes of citrus and pine hops, with a pretty big bitter kick in the taste. Also some lemon and fruit.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I liked this one a lot; I thought it was one of the better beers I sampled at CK. Smell was fantastic; would love to have again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Shane for sending me a 1L swingtop. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Shared with d0b for New Beer Sunday.

A - Pours with a late-rising finger of off-white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of spotty lacing. Lightly haze glowing golden color that is super attractive.

S - Tons of dank pine, lush tropical fruits, orange zest, and a light doughy malt backbone. The difference between this and regular Ruination isn't as pronounced as the difference between Stone's double-dry hopped IPA and the regular IPA. That said, it's still quite excellent and aromatic

T - I actually like the taste even more than the smell. It's full of tropical fruit goodness - mangos, peaches, guava - as well as some citrus zestiness. Minimal malt character, and palate-shredding bitterness, but I would expect nothing less from Ruination. This is verging on a 4.75 for me - so I'm going to bump up mouthfeel and drinkability by .5 each.

M - The carbonation level is quite low - verging on cask levels. I actually quite like it, as it makes the beer very soft and creamy. The body might also be a little thin, but this isn't the highest ABV DIPA either, so it's not wholly inappropriate.

D - Downing half the growler was pretty easy, and I definitely would have gone for another glass. Even with the palate shredding bitterness, the lower carbonation and ABV made is near sessionable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey, this has been on my short list for a while. If this was the only beer on draft I still would have gone.

Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a big head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low, head leaves lacing on the glass.

Beer smells strong of simcoe and cascade hops, mild malt in the aroma.

Beer is medium to full bodied and has some hop chewiness to it. I think I like the regular ruination better, this beer is TOO hoppy with the resiny feeling on the palate and strong hop flavors throughout. I still thoroughly enjoyed it though. I would definitely have it again.

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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 stakem
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cascade version on cask served in a nonic. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a frothy white finger of head that slowly fades leaving a pattern of webby lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is bright with hops smelling of citrus juice, specificially grapefruit, grass and oily herbal aspects. After just having several bottles of normal Ruination the day before, this version stands levels above with a brighter and deeper focus on the hops in a more fruity/floral way than herbal and piney.

The taste is very similar to normal ruination but stepped up with rinds and a fruity to floral punch of hops. It gets grassy into the aftertaste with a warmth of alcohol coming out. The increased serving temperature provides a unique twist to the experience. The sheer flavor of the hop peeks with the bitterness being an afterthought. Which is quite opposite to what I find in the base beer.

This is medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. It is so smooth and easy drinking which lends itself into the dangerously drinkable realm. Overall this is a solid improvement over an already enjoyable hop bomb base brew.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at The Grey Lodge in a Sierra Nevada glass.

SRIPADDH came to me in the glass looking very golden, olympic medal gold with some faint orange peeking through. A nice full cap of off white foam that left sheets of lace, notches on the way down, nice.

Smell is downright amazing, Ruination smells great, this smells like heaven. It's so pungent with dry hop scents that attack the nose senses. Pine needles basked in pineapple, grapefruit and just hops. A small biscuit malt like nose when I got around to it. Holy shit.

A hop bomb in every sense of the word. Pungent juicy hops giving off the dankest of citrus flavor. Grapefruit, pineapple, a whole shit load of pine, yet the needles meld nice like with the citrus. Holy guacamole!! The dank pungent citrus never leaves, and unlike some other overly hoppped beers, the slightest bit of malt kinda evens it out in the end. This will wreck your palate as it did mine, but the balance is just amazing.

This kicked my palates ass. Swishing this around in the mouth only brings out the best and it lingers oh so nice. Semi astringent though and more bitter than my thoughts regarding Sarah Palin. At 7.7, the alcohol does not show but the bitterness does. Great aftertaste, medium body, carbed up nice.

Knowing that Stone produced this, I got what I came for and they BROUGHT it. I could not drink a bunch of this, a pint is enough, unlike the double dry hopped stone IPA which is a bit easier to chug more. Stone knows hops, and I love stone, and miss getting stoned.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy orange yellow with a medium white head, solid lace and retention per the style.

S: Strong assorted citrus notes, grass.

T: Hop dominated, a full-flavoured brew. Green hop flavours, grass and grapefruit, citrus abounds. Malt is nowhere to be found.

M: Medium full body, long aftertaste, resiny, fairly smooth.

O: A nice beer, I wasn't blown away, but hopheads will love this.

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

16 oz pour in a Stone pint glass at Rustico in Alexandria. Double dry hopped with cascade hops.

Pours a hazed light orange color with a bubbly off white head that leaves decent amounts of lacing. Aroma is strong with fresh citrus hops and a more subtle version of the strong malty body from the regular version. Cask conditioning produces a smooth, thick body, with light carbonation. Not overly bitter, but plenty of intense citrusy hops, very fresh and wet. I think I might enjoy a non-cask version of this spiked version of Ruination a little more, but still amazingly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


500ml bottle - Quingenti Millilitre series. Ruination double dry hopped with Citra and Centennial. Thanks for sharing!

A: Transparent golden orange with a frothy white head. Great retention and lacing

S: Grassy, with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Malt imparts bread and cracker. Faint pine with floral notes. This smells maltier than I expected.

T: Orange and grapefruit flesh. Upper moderate bitterness. Malt is bready and crackery with a little caramel. Finish is very dry with orange pith and flesh. Again, more malt than I expected and it seems a lot maltier than regular Ruination or any double dry hopped iteration of Ruination that I've had.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.

Overall: This was maltier than your typical Ruination, though I'm not sure why. Pretty good, but not as good as I'd expected.

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Photo of John_M
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico last night. For a retired beer, it was pretty tasty.

Like the regular Ruination, the beer pours a light orange color with decent head retention and lacing (considering this was from a firkin). On the nose this beer is DIPA hop nectar. The beer has a pronounced orange coolaide citrus aroma, with some underlying pine as well. Good lord, the aroma this beer has is amazing. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and I would point out right off that this beer is considerably drier and hoppier/bitter then the regular Ruination. The beer is at most medium bodied and is very easy to drink. There is a little added smoothness due to the cask conditioning and low carbonation, but not as much as I thought there would be. This is still a very lively, very hoppy on the palate beer.

Delicious. Wish Stone made this beer more often as I like it considerably more then the regular Ruination.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a a clear goldeinish yellow with good carbonation, nice white cap. Minutes later the lacing is hanging tough

S: Jizzed in my pants. Again. Sweet, dry, fresh citrus and flowers. Nose was pungent and I can now believe this is double dry hopped.

T: Wow. This beer really worked wonders coming from the growler. The citrus was aggressive;lemon, light orange peel. The floral notes were big and nice not overly floral or perfumey but down right perfect. The beauty of this beer is that it still is a balanced beer.

M: Light to medium body, crisp and refrshing, A palate wrecker no doubt

O: Exceptional!

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of corby112
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very dark and completely opaque burnt orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Chunks of lace left behind.

Dank, earthy aroma that's bursting with juicy, über fresh hops.  Nice balance of earthy pine and sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes.  Beautifully fragrant with grassy, piney hops followed by hints of mango, papaya, pineapple and orange peel.  Very faint pale malt presence with some biscuit and graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, earthy hops that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a crisp, dry finish.  Never becomes too bitter because it's excellently balanced by citrus/tropical fruits and light malt presence.  Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange peel followed by bready biscuit and graham cracker.  Excellently balanced and extremely quaffable.  Really refreshing with dry, bitterness and sweeter notes complimenting each other.  Highly recommended.

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

From notes taken at the Stone night at the Armsby Abbey.

A - A nice burnt orange pour with a very tiny white head that fades to leave a small amount of side lacing.

S - Like your typical ruination, just amped up with citra hops. This stuff is really nice, juicy hop aroma with a very light malt backbone.

T - Oh yeah, this is definately a ruinator! Like others have said this is like chewing on a hop cone. Super bitter, super hoppy. Juicy grapefruit here. If you enjoy hops, this is all it.

M - Nice mouthfeel, kinda creamy and thick but nice carbonation on the tongue.

O - Wow, this was a great way to end the night. Definately ruined my taste buds with the hops. Gotta love this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of this beer's reviews are on tap, but I was able to try a bottle of it courtesy of UrbanCaver at a Jackie O's tasting (thanks Cam!). Apparently one of around 50 bottles made to test the the bottling line. It pours a light orange color, clear with a thick cap of foam. Huge citrus nose on this (being dry hopped with this isn't surprising).

Too bad it doesn't taste as good as the aroma would have you expect. It's hoppy for sure, but to a fault in the aftertaste. Lasting bitterness that almost tastes chemical. It also tastes less like standard Ruination than I would have thought, not sure if they changed the recipe some in addition to the dry hopping? Good carbonation, nice body.

A good beer for sure, not a mind-blowing one but I was absolutely pleased to get a try at it.

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3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color and quite hazy, good head retention.

Tons of hops, more grassy/piney than citrus, similar to Ruination but much stronger. Do not pick up any malt in the smell.

I love regular Ruination and I think the dry hopping in this one messes with what is a great, balanced, hoppy beer. Not a bad beer at all, just a bit overwhelming. Seems more bitter than Ruination, too, which is strange presuming that the only difference is additional dry hopping.

Mouthfeel is clean, but thin. Overall I enjoyed this beer, but not nearly as much as a fresh Ruination.

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