Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
09-29-2012 09:32:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
10-05-2010 12:02:10 | More by Thorpe429
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
06-18-2011 16:26:41 | More by BEERchitect
4.53/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
10-09-2010 23:29:06 | More by womencantsail
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.
08-24-2014 21:11:36 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
11-04-2010 16:40:23 | More by largadeer
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
05-24-2012 00:30:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
11-29-2009 21:16:49 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-05-2010 15:49:13 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev -3%
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.
10-20-2012 20:25:46 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-08-2011 00:58:36 | More by oline73
4.25/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-06-2010 17:44:05 | More by mdfb79
4.1/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-24-2011 04:49:11 | More by Halcyondays
4.53/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
06-25-2012 21:21:53 | More by corby112
Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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