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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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395 Ratings

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 61
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 12-27-2006)
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a goblet.

Appearance: On tap this has a deep hazy gold and tangerine color with a thick, sticky white head. A soft sheet of lace hugs the glass on the way down. This even looks hoppy.

Smell: Somehow Stone managed to double dry hop this without it completely losing its mind. Slightly caramelized grapefruit, orange zest, a barrel of sappy pine, and a little grass contribute to a blur of a hoppy aroma. I could say there is some pale malt in there, but that would pretty much be a lie.

Taste: There is a bit of a biscuity malt base - the flavor would come through a bit more if the hop bill didn't just smash it to bits. Some residual malt sweetness helps to coat the grapefruit and orange zest, which complements the sappy pine and grassy hops quite well. Although hoppy as hell, my palate is left mostly intact at the end of the glass, at least intact enough to order another.

Mouthfeel: For a DIPA, it is medium bodied, with creamy carbonation that comes in just above medium. Very smooth.

Overall: I am not sure whether my palate has just been blasted by so many hops at this stage in my beer drinking career or whether I just love the aroma / taste balance of the dry hopped version, but I prefer this over the regular version. A great beer.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at proof
Served in ommegang tulip

A: dark golden amber color with one finger of solid white bubbly head. Some legs and Lacing hang around. Not much visible haze  
S: piney and citrus amazing aroma on this. I'm getting strong resin and pine 
T:holy hops, malts hit up front with huge pine and citrus notes as a finish. This is great flavor. Booze not really detectable, dank resiny hops. Very complex
M: Chewy and thick this is a full bodied d ipa I love how it feels, smooth with a prickly finish as it coats your mouth with delicious hop goodness. Only downside is it is a little bit syrupy but not overpoweringly so.
O: this is what I imagine the perfect super hopped double IPA to taste like

fields336, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of BJA
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 liter growler into large snifter

A: Deep, golden color and hazy. Unable to see through, but very attractive. A one finger head appeared on a hard pour and left decent lacing as I drank the beer down.

S: Very strong aroma or fresh evergreen; strong, super fresh hops with floral notes. It reminded me of sticking my nose into fresh growing hops at the Redhook brewery several years ago.

T: Very bitter, and hoppy with a similar profile to the smell. Pretty crisp for the outrageous bitterness. Leaves a strong aftertaste that lingers on for some time. That can get a bit annoying.

O: To me the taste is very similar to the regular ruination IPA but with a fresher hop taste and slightly stronger, fresher hop aroma. I will review a regular ruination IPA soon as I have a few in the fridge. It is a very good beer for what it is: a crazy hopped IPA. The first time I had this beer, it paired deliciously well with very spicy enchiladas I made. It should be noted that I love hop forward beers.

BJA, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.6/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Hoptomic. The formulation of this brew varies, apparently. This one is not a winner.

A - Pours a hazy golden hue and is capped with a wispy ecru head.

S - The nose is piney and rindy, with notes of unripe mango sap, grapefruit peels, green oranges and tannic lemonwood. It is very bitter, and obscures any reference to malt.

T - This beer has been literally poisoned with hops. It is not terrible, but it is more like bitters than beer. The taste of essential oils, incense, and perfume are all evoked; not transposed from the aromatic, it is as if I have a mouthful of incense et al. Malt is not to be found, but alcohol is. Strike two. There really is not a strike three, but it doesn't get much better as I drain the glass.

M - I am not a huge fan of IPA on-cask, in general. That said, this was not horrendous.

O - Not impressed; far too bitter to show any dynamics. This is 'extreme beer'; take that FWIW.

ktrillionaire, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy amber with a thin cream colored head

S-smells like an orange creamsicle and hops. pretty sweet and creamy smelling, medium strength

T-comes in with a light taste of cream creamsicle and a stronger taste of hops. its instantly bitter, a good amount of bitter. the bitterness will stick and stay for awhile. there's a certain spicyness that comes along with the taste as well. the after-taste is fairly herbal with slightly citrusy hops and a touch of spice. there's a slight hint of alcohol within.

M-medium carbonation with a pretty dry finish

O-this is definitely a decent IPA but it feel that its not too tame or well balanced. I wish that I could say I've had the normal Ruination before so that I could compare it to this. I feel that in this one, there's too much alcohol and not enough hops. In this case, I'd much rather go for the little brother over the big brother, I much preferred the Stone IPA to this.

AdamBear, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Rampage1
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to do a update on this beer today. I had it last night--9-17 at Papago's Hopageddon and it was must of been a much more fresh batch than the first time I had it. I thought the dry hopping really was evident this time aground and the flavor was really fresh tasting as well. Would love to get a sixtel of this some time. Thanks papago for a great IPA night.

Appearance: Has a nice golden, hazy color to it with a pure white head. Lacing is really good. Held a slight head the whole time while drinking.

Smell: This has a great citrus orange smell to it. Slight tangerine smell as well. Much better nose than the normal Ruination. I was actually picking up a slight,biscuit, malt note to it. The last fresh Ruination I bought a six pack of had a better nose to it actually.

Taste: This as it's dry hopped twin brother has a mostly bitter note to it. When first drinking it had a decent amount of tropical flavors like mango and some orange to it but after drinking for a few minutes the taste mostly changed to the bitter side. There did not seem to be any malt to this in the taste but the regular version it seemed to have a slight malt component to it.

Mouothfeel: Nice, normal amount of carbonation that delivers the Ruination's bitter bite.

Overall: I had pretty high expectations for this one. The dry hopping it on this had a hell of a nose to it. I am blown away what the dry hopping did to this. Top 3 best IPA/Double IPA I have had this year easily. I wish stone would bottle this because it is one hell of a winner.

Rampage1, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of kaips1
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

kaips1, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Allpe45, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of crusian
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

crusian, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

snpub540, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

xnicknj, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

drummermattie02, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chico1985, May 19, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

cbutova, May 19, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sideswipe, May 07, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ehammond1, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Halcyondays, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of jampics2
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jampics2, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

largadeer, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of RankRefugee88
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RankRefugee88, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

jpro, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jrallen34, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

mdfb79, Oct 06, 2010
Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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