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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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403 Ratings

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 65
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 403 | Reviews: 114
Photo of Lerxst
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a semi hazy gold with orange hints. Creamy one finger white head has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Hoppy goodness abounds. Strong citrus and pine resin, earthy, grassy hops as well. Not picking up any malt, but it smells very good.

T-Follows the nose on the hop profile with citrus, pine and earthy/grassy hoppy goodness. A subtle malt back that was not in the nose is there as well acting as a faint complement to the pleasantly bitter hop bite. Tastes very good.

M-Medium body and carbonation, this version is slightly creamy-something I don't get in the bottle of regular Ruination.

O-A very enjoyable DIPA that provides a great hop fix. I'd love to see this as a regular offering.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at kickbacks in jax. Poured into a snifter. Medium off-white head and retention. Clear, oily lacing. Aroma is pungent grapefruit and pine. Intense hops to the highest level of comprehension. Some alcohol in the aroma but really totally dominated by one of the most spirited hop aromas of all time. Taste is dominated by grapefruit and i think it actually tickled by tongue and made it curl a little bit. Really a delicious taste and awesomely drinkable. Really one of the best double ipa's ever.

Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First glass served off a freshly tapped keg into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, and litter box. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine hop, and a refreshing/crisp bitterness. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The additional hoping really took this one to a new level. Instead of being an in-your-face bitter brew like the base beer, this one had developed a more well-rounded character to it. The hop profile is definitely noticeable, but was not overwhelming. I could see you palate getting worn out after a few glasses of this though. Definitely worth trying if you can for sure.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of IcarusComplex
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My notes on this one were pretty minimal, unfortunately, a napkin affair. Anyway...

Appearance: A golden agave colour, not entirely translucent, with a thin ring of white foam

Nose: Bright, hoppy, sweet fruit in there too, very fresh, lively scent. Citrus burst, milder pine.

Mouthfeel: Soft mouthfeel, low carbonation with a light-to-medium body

Flavour: Well-layered and surprising tame hop profile (for Stone's standards), sweet golden fruit flavours and leafy green herb, slight honey in the finish and a lingering hop zest.

Overall- A very enjoyable IPA, not my first pick for the style, and not my favorite try from Stone by any means, but solid. Would definitely repeat, though honestly prefer the standard Ruination a bit better as of this review.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a glass of this beer on a recent visit to Rattle N Hum in Manhattan's midtown area. I almost didn't notice that it wasn't the double hopped ruination and didn't order it. I'm glad I finally noticed because it was great.

Appearance is much like regular ruination, straw color, a little hazy, average/good carbonation.

Aroma is all hops. Citra and centennial make it very citrussy and very inviting.

Flavor was very hoppy, with a distinct bitterness at the beginning and then the flowery hop flavor on the end. A very enjoyable beer to drink and definitely not too hot.

Overall a very good beer. I hope to see it again, both on tap and in a bottle.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.59/5  rDev +6%
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.

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

Photo of BJA
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.7/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of kaips1
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of Allpe45
4.07/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of crusian
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of snpub540
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

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