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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 60
Gots: 11 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 12-27-2006)
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kaips1

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

On tap at the beer trappe into a snifter

It's a solid orange glowing dense globe in the glass, it started with a finger and half tall head that has subsided into a faint white ring, leaving some lacing along the walls. It is a citrus bomb on your nasal cavity, wonderful hints of orange and lemon with some piney undertones. The taste washes a combo like the smell but with more of a piney jaw locking bitter, I would assume the dry hopping helped in this. It's a lively drink every time it passes your lips full of carbonation and vibrant tingle. Overall it's an amazing beer Im now just sipping causes it's hitting hard now, drinkablity not for the faint of heart. If you like stone and get a chance to drink this by all means do so

06-17-2011 23:28:27 | More by kaips1
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Allpe45

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

On tap at Whole Foods
Appears hazy orange with a creamy eggshell head. Leaves small spots around the sides of the glass. Smells like tons of piney hops with a sweet malt base, some grassiness but mostly resinous pine. Powerful and pungent pine flavor assaults the palette, followed by a touch of caramel malt that failed to really balance this tongue bruiser. There's a bit of warming alcohol in the finish along with the standard lingering bitter finish that is common in stone beers. Active carbonation in the mouthfeel makes the hop bite and alcohol warmth even more pronounced. This is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

06-15-2011 22:51:14 | More by Allpe45
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crusian

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

on tap at the holy grail...
pours a nice light golden with a minimal amount of head.
lacing streaks down the glass with lilttle to nothing keeping it clinging.
Nose is all pine and grass... no citrus, which is a disappointment. I am on a mission to find out what this is dry hopped with. it is a powerful nose though, dont get me wrong.
Taste follows up the nose. Stong pine and grass flavors dominate, but again, I am a bit disappointed, I was looking for some citrus here. I have not had the regular ruination for a while, so I may be off the mark on this, but I was hoping for a bit of divergence from the regular.
(regular is next after my food)
Edit: This one is actually, believe it or not, a bit smoother than the regular ruination. Trying side by side (with a bunch of fries in between) the regular has a harsh finish, while the finish on the double is very smooth. If I had to guess on the dry hopping, I would say chinook maybe? but seems like it may be a couple varieties.
Mouthfeel is thin and oily and easy to drink... nice on a hot day.

Overall, I was hoping for something else coming into this, but it is still a great beer. It has been so long since we have had some fresh ruination around here it is ridiculous. All the bottles are well past their best by date, so i have not had any in over a year.

06-14-2011 21:58:17 | More by crusian
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snpub540

California

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Had on tap at The Bottle Room in Whittier.

Poured a very hazy orange hue with a small maybe one finger cream colored head. It did leave some nice delicate lacing on the glass.

Aroma was a nice mix of all the hop spectrum. Floral, spicy, pine, and a faint tropical fruit mix.

Taste was super smooth compared to the normal Ruination which I love. Seemed more balanced between malts and hops.

It was nice and smooth on the palate. A very easy drinking double IPA.

06-12-2011 03:56:38 | More by snpub540
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3%

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed golden color with a fluffy white head resting on top. Plenty of rings and patches of lacing left on the glass while drinking.

Huge, wild hop nose with pine and grapefruit backed by plenty of rind and pith. Some faint touches of sweet malt and fruit with a touch of booze.

The hops attack the tongue instantly, drying out the taste buds while delivering a blast of citrus. Grapefruit and orange with some underlying sweetness. The malt is definitely there but not exactly in the spotlight, quickly overlapped by pine hoppiness which finishes up and lingers on the tongue.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, dry, bitter, and aggressive on the palate. This essentially takes what's already a pretty extreme IPA and adds an extra punch. I've had this a couple times before and would definitely go back for more.

06-09-2011 02:58:55 | More by xnicknj
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

06-08-2011 20:12:33 | More by drummermattie02
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

On-tap at Sierra Grille.

Pours a hazy rusty orange, half finger white head retains as a thick ring leaving decent lacing.

Strong nose quickly becomes tamer after a few mins, big hop bomb of pine and danky fruits.

To me not TOO much hoppier than regular Ruination, although how much hoppier can you get? Loads of resiny pine combined with grapefruit and tropical notes, only a bit of malt to help balance it out. Solid mouthfeel, bitterness is not overpowering.

A little less of a total hop bomb than I expected, pretty much regular Ruination with a bit more hop flavor and less malt noticeable.

05-19-2011 22:13:57 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

On @ Sierra Grille.

A- Deep golden body with a white head. Frothy ring leaves some nice patches of lace.

S- Citrus and peach off the top with big pine and floral as well. Dominated by hops but doesn't have an overpowering aromatic strength.

T- Huge hoppy notes of pine, citrus and floral as well as some herbal, earthy and tropical fruit notes. Tiny bits of malt and yeast.

MF- Moderate body and high carbonation. Bitterness ruins my tastebuds.

Big and bitter like regular Ruination. Burping ends up tasting like delicious fresh hops. Good but not great like I always feel about regular Ruination. I guess it feels a bit more jumbled than regular Ruination, which always delivers a solid, flavorful palate destruction.

05-19-2011 00:15:31 | More by cbutova
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Sideswipe

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

Growler poured into my New Belgium snifter.

The beer pours a hazy amber color topped with an inch of white foam. Excellent lacing. The nose is citrus and pine with a bit of bready malt. Tastes of oranges, mango, pineapple and grapefruit make their presence known up front with a piney bitterness following up. The malt bill does a nice job of trying to balance the hops but this is a wonderfully bitter brew. The finish is juicy with a lingering bitterness. Feel is medium with an appropriate level of carbonation, not sticky or cloying at all. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Better than the original. Stone should double dry hop this beer all the time and bottle this version. If you see it, get some. It will not disappoint.

05-07-2011 06:45:49 | More by Sideswipe
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ehammond1


4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

04-26-2011 04:51:49 | More by ehammond1
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Halcyondays

California

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
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jampics2

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap @ the Winking Lizard for the Stone/Craftbeer meetup. Served in a pint glass.

The beer looks nice in the glass, but the haziness kills the score a bit. It's a murky yellow/orange with touches of gold around the edges. A nice white head crowns the hoppy beast within - certainly the king of palate killers.

The smell is really, really nice. I would almost call it a perfect smell if it was just a touch more tropical. Instead, notes of cascade's sweet grapefruit aroma couple with some pungent simcoe pine and cat. The beer is hugely expressive. The smell is the best part.

The first sip was awesome. Then my tongue went numb. Seriously, though, this is a huge beer with barely any discernable malt base. Grassy and bitter hops slam with huge flavor notes. Some notes of grapefruit rind and pine linger on and on. Could this be too much? I think so, not in terms of flavor, but in terms of the bitter peak and resonating devistation left in its wake.

I expected some oil in the mouthfeel, but this actually impressed me with the relatively clean feel and the medium body is pleasant. Enough carb is present to keep this from being too creamy. It's drinkable but you won't taste anything after the first. A great beer but a touch too hoppy for my tastes.

12-02-2010 16:03:45 | More by jampics2
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largadeer

California

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
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RankRefugee88

New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-19-2010 00:42:38 | More by RankRefugee88
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jpro

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

Picked up a growler at the CBX cask event over the weekend... (from notes typed into phone...)

A: hazed orange; no head (cask) or lace.

S: lemon; grapefruit rind; dank, resinous hops.

T: big time hop bite: pine, resin, grass and citrus rind; malt lends just enough to provide some mouthfeel - there might be a scant hint of caramel hidden deep within the monster hop profile.

M: medium bodied; low carbonation (cask); a touch oily.

D: wow - so damn hoppy it hurts; splitting the growler is tough - but a nice experience to have one or two; crucially hoppy, though!

*Dry hopped w/ Centennial and Chinook

10-18-2010 20:05:55 | More by jpro
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at Small bar into a tasting glass for the Stone 40 tap take over...Ruination is an amazingly hoppy beer, to dry hop it would seem that its going to way to hoppy and only fit for a hop heads dream. However, this beer being dry hopped actually comes across with about the same strength of hops but they are much smoother and easy to take in. Makes you really want to just keep smelling this beer. The aroma and taste are both strong but nice hops. So easy to drink.

One of the best beers of the night, one to search out for sure.

10-10-2010 01:17:13 | More by jrallen34
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womencantsail

California

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
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mdfb79

New York

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
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

10-05-2010 14:02:08 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -41.1%

I feel bad slamming this beer, but given Greg Koch was in the audience, I feel like I'm entitled to it. On tap at Church Key today.

Light amber with a dense white head with exceptional retention and lacing, this looks every bit as good as the regular Ruination. The nose is not as good (I drank them side by side). Soapy and grassy in hop character, there's not much malt. Ultimately, the hops are just that - soapy and grassy. The palate opens grassy, vegetal and mildly soapy with a lower bitter than Ruination, there's a noticeable (but mild) cheesy hop character. Bitter and dry on the finish with cheesy, oxidized hops. Light in body with moderate carbonation and some bitterness, the oxidized hops really take away from the beer.

10-05-2010 01:25:33 | More by DefenCorps
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

10-02-2010 04:38:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

This was a really great cask at the Avenue.
Golden straw with a tight white head.
Smells of green grass, grapefruit
Taste is the same with some bitter pine on the end.
The mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, really made this beer awesome. Cask is the way to go, don't miss this one.

09-21-2010 07:51:27 | More by Lldeegan
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -3%

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.

06-06-2010 02:57:14 | More by yourefragile
Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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