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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: 434
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 66
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews: 114 | Hads: 434
Photo of jethrodium
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a hazy golden amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves a huge amount lacing. The aroma is big grapefruit, some pine, a bit of caramel, some orange, and tangerine. The taste is fairly dry throughout with grapefruit, pine, a hint of caramel, and some orange. The finish has a pretty strong bitterness and is drying. Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. This beer is exactly how I like my IPAs. Quite dry with just a bit of malt coming through the hops. Fantastic. I would say this is slightly better than Pliny the Elder. (575 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a dense half inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is more malty than expected, considering the double dry hop additions. Caramel malt, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a bit of dank basement, and resin form the aroma, finishing with pine.

Flavor is dominated by grapefruit, pineapple, green apple, mango, and tangerines, supported by a slightly bready malt backbone, which serves only to tire the citrus flavors together. The finish is fairly bitter and resiny. Dank flavors of cannabis surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderately high carbonation, and a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, not terribly different than the original, from what I recall. Another great brew from Stone! More fruit focused than the 10th Anniversary, which has more complex flavor. (847 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very similar to 10th Anniversary Ruination in color, a light golden brown. however a thinner off white head and no carbonation

S - all pine hops, big time pine, with a hint of floral hop qualities

T - pine pine and more pine all accompanied with that floral twinge, a real hops punch on my tongue

M&D - some smoothness, but the hoppiness with distract some, Hopheads will want to wallow in the hoppiness and chew this beer for a while (441 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of frognot
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light amber/orange body with a two finger foamy off-white head

Smell: A lot of citrus with some piney hops in the background

Taste: A lotta citrus hops that is balanced superbly with citrus and sweet maltiness

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a nice crisp edge from the hops

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Looks and smells like should be heavier but has a wonderful balance of hops and malt. (404 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A golden copper color body with a two finger ecru cap. Some stray bubbles pushing their way through the liquid. The head fell rather quickly, but left some clingy lace.

The aroma is mostly earthy. Dank, dry, earth with pineapple and grapefruit undertones. A sturdy malt bill imparts some caramel/toffee flavors.

The flavor profile follows the nose, for the most part. Pineapple and grapefruit up front with some caramel/toffee through the middle. A sweeping earthy, weed-like, piney hop blast in the finish.

Medium feel, sticky and chewy. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness, but nothing that really invades your palate and takes over. I was a little underwhelmed in that regard.

I was a little disappointed in this beer. It is still delicious, but I was expecting something bigger, badder, and hoppier than this. Don't get me wrong, this is hoppy and an amped up version of the regular ruination, but I was expecting this to go in a different direction. Too earthy for my personal taste. (1,026 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of huge citrus hops with some sweet caramel malts and a bit of lemon peel. Almost candied citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Starts off with lots of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit, bitterness, lemon peel, and some sweet caramel malt. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness comes through with a bit of pine, and some more sweet malts. The finish is a mix of strong citrus hop with some mellowing pine and bitterness and some sweet malt.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth nice a nice dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big and full hop flavor from start to end. The overall beer still feels balanced and is able to handle the hops. (841 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to pint glass @ Breforia Beer Market, Meridian ID.

A: very clear golden color, tons of carbonation rising for several moments, good lacing along the glass.

S: A pretty dry and bitter nose...astringent as well. Definite citrus rind, and some herbal, piney & wood notes. Not really as impressed as I thought I'd be, still good stuff.

T: Follows the nose, good hop bitterness, decent dryness, tropical fruit, bitter citrus, touch of grapefruit and pine. There is some astringency and resin as well,, but not at the forefront.

MF: Medium-to-light body with good carbonation. Medium dryness.

O: With Ruination being the palette-wrecker that it is, I expected more hop flavor and and punch from this beer. While its good, its not really anything more than that. (766 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft to imperial pint glass. Looks good; burnt orange with a nice head. Smells great! The double dry hopping is noticeable and very pleasant. Taste is great too! A much-improved version of an already delicious beer. The dry hopping really adds some nice flavor to the beer. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall, this is an outstanding brew that is definitely worth seeking out. I'd probably sit here all night if there wasn't a CBS tapping tonight. I LOVE Cincy Beer Week! (468 characters)

Photo of Intrik
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of Jonster02
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass

A: light golden straw at the base of the weizen and a hearty golden waist.

S: earthy citrus hops

T: almost flawless (as the bottle states, and, if your into DIPA's) big bitter bite of floral greatness. Long lasting pine or sprucey finish.

M: Slick, bitter. (302 characters)

Photo of Bob38
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured somewhat carelessly into a Pilsner glass.

Extremely clear strawberry gold color with a 1+ inch head which hung out for a while.

Lots of citrus notes and the generous hopping is evident in the smell.

Slowly enjoyed over 30 minutes and approaching room temperature at the end the blast of citrus hops morphed into a balanced blend of hops and malt.

Somewhat expensive where I live, so it becomes a question of value. There might be others that compare favorably at a lower price point. It depends how you roll. (519 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of bljebd
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i love ipa...and was interested in this particular one cause all the hype...dont get me wrong...it was decent...look was very pale...decent head...lacked a little in the smell catagory...but taste was average...low alcohol taste...hopiness was good...but i was looking for more citrus smell/taste...i guess i was expected to be blown away and i was just pleased (361 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh growler provided by ehammond1

Look: Yellowish orange in color with 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Like most stone beers there is a nice citrus aroma to it especially from the citra but the more and more I smell this one it reminds me of cat piss with a citrus note to it

Taste: Similar to the nose in the fact that the beer is pretty much all citrus hints of orange and grapefruit are very present mixed in with a nice malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to high carbonation and just a bit dry

Overall: Pretty decent beer was expecting more to be honest. But still recommended if you have not tried it (637 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.92/5  rDev +15%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Split with mrmarmot.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger head that disappears in a few minutes. Spotty, inconsistent lacing.

S: Wonderful citrus hoppy aroma hits first and foremost even though this bottle is a few months old. It doesn't appear that this beer has lost a step in the aroma department. Very nice malt balanced backend that has yet to take over here.

T: Citrus hop front end is here but has definitely faded over the course of time but it is certainly a wonderful IIPA. It has not lost balance and it has not become a malt bomb. The age can be tasted but the aftertaste brings forward a taste of what this beer used to be, which is really delicious.

M: A touch thin, a touch undercarbonated but the hop oils definitely pull out a pucker. The alcohol is hidden nicely and it dries enough to make me want more and more with each sip.

O: Fresh I bet this puppy could stand up to Pliny as one of the best IIPAs around. I really really hope that Stone makes this again because if this beer was as limited as it seemed to be, it will be a travesty. (1,154 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Sean via nickd717.

A - Orangish beer with a decent head that left behind a bit of nice lace on the sides.

S - Hops have faded on this one a little bit, but it stil smells pretty nice. Citra tends to be the most prominent hops sell, although I feel like I get some Amarillo in there. Decent malty backbone.

T - No real bitter, but there is some residual bitterness from faded hops. Some decent citrus, and a nice malt cracker backbone.

M - Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer! Would like it fresh, but no complaints. (551 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nickd for this one. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours orange, spotty lace, think cap, thick collar.

S - Light hoppy bitterness, big grapefruit notes, citrus. You can def tell the hops have faded, but at least there's still something left. The sweetness hasn't overtaken the beer by any means, still lots of grapefruit and citrus.

T - Hoppy bitterness, citrus, some sweetness on the finish. Tastes a little more faded then the nose but at least there's still some citrus and bitterness there. Wish this one was fresh...prob outstanding.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A good DIPA, but this one has def faded. That said, it's still a good beer, which says a lot for how this one would have been fresh. Thanks for the opportunity, Nick! What a rare tick! (781 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, found this gem at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder.

APPEARANCE: Just like the regular Ruination, the Double Dry Hopped version pours a light, yellow straw color. The head was about a quarter-inch thick in a large snifter and there was no lacing at all.

SMELL: Intense hoppy aroma that was lacking in the regular Ruination. The grapefruit is very intense along with a little lemon and orange as well.

TASTE: Again, this is a lot like the regular stuff, but with a ton more grapefruit flavor. There are a ton of hops in here, but there is just a touch of malty sweetness that keeps this beer balanced enough to keep enjoying for a long time.

MOUTHFEEL: Oddly, despite the large amount of hop character in this beer it is not quite as dry as the original. The sparkle is strong and despite being high in ABV and IBUs, this is a light feeling and very drinkable beer.

OVERALL: The DDH really does seem to literally be a hopped up version of Ruination. The short version of this review would be Ruination IPA + Grapefruit = Delicious DDH Ruination IPA. Real good beer. (1,071 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml C&C bottle. Bottled 6/22/11. Served in a 22oz glass.

I was able to grab one of these last week while picking up my barrel aged Kona porter. I know it's a few months old but I still think it's cool I was given the chance to buy the first in the Quingenti Millilitre series (which wasn't even supposed to hit the general public).

As I was warned by Stone, the cork was a little hard to get out, but not nearly the hardest I've dealt with. The bottle was a little overfilled, leaving sticky residue on the cork and bottle lip, but I imagine learning things like that is what testing a bottling line is all about.

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a 3 finger head of off-white foam. Some chunky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells great. Even given the age I still smell some fresh hop flowers, honest. Big citrusy orange and pine aromas, slight floral notes. Sweet caramel malt quickly follows the brighter notes to back things up.

The taste reveals more of a fade imho. The sweet maltiness is stronger than in the nose. There are certainly plenty of rich hop oils mixed in that remain as the sweetness fades through the middle. Citrusy orange and pine, just like the nose. Finish is nice and bitter and more hop forward, but caramel notes never completely leave.

Body and carbonation seem to both hit about medium, medium-low. Given that the ABV isn't crazy high (and is well masked) this is very drinkable. (1,417 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (807 characters)

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