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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

10,374 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,374
Reviews: 3,072
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 396
Gots: 1,698 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Ratings: 10,374 | Reviews: 3,072
Photo of BigJace21
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tater90
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPAlmighty
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MPIjohn
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cancer
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Caramel colored. Great clarity. Fine-bubbled off white head retains at a half inch. Broken rings of thin and wispy lacing.

S: Dank, pine, resin, wet and herbal, earthy, grapefruit rind, passion fruit. Caramel malt base backs up all the hops.

T: Hops come out with brute force. Earthy, strong pine and resin, herbal and spicy, cannabis, grapefruit rind. Stiff jab of alcohol. Fleeting bubblegum. Big malt flavors of caramel and toasted grain put up a good fight, but the hops soundly defeat them for overall dominance. Long, bitter and oily hop finish.

M: Hefty malt body and a creamy and silky texture. Carbonation scrubs briskly with fine bubbles. Some gripping astringency.

O: This is an awesome beer, and one that really helped to define the style. It's a shame to see it go. It stacks up with the best of them, but competition in the ipa categories is brutal these days and consumers have proven to be very fickle. Brand loyalty is a thing of the past and drinkers are obsessed with what's new and trendy. Rather than trying to breathe new life into some of their flagging classic core brands, Stone seems to have chosen to get on the same wavelength as the average craft beer geek and offer a constant flow of new, quirky, collaborative brews. Adaptation is necessary in a fast-paced, ever growing and changing industry like this, and so far their strategy seems to be working. Their social media game has been great at supporting these new beers and even creating demand to a certain extend too. However, the danger is overloading markets, especially slower non-metro ones, with more skus than their shelves can handle and causing a traffic jam within their own portfolio. Managing all these new skus and one-offs is going to be a juggling act on all three sides of the industry.

Now I'm rambling. These problems are not unique to Stone. Many breweries face the same issues, especially in the more competitive markets. I bet Ruination 2.0 will be excellent anyway.

Photo of Laugookneetuss
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TripelMark
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdphill
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brijmac
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jwburns75
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised to read about Ruination's impending revamp, had to go back to it again seeing as how it had been a good 6-8 months since my last bomber. What I had was a bottle dated enjoy by 5/6/15, poured to a snifter. Two finger head that laced beautifully. IBUs are listed on bottle at 100+ and yeah this is one bitter beer. Beyond the sharp bitterness I got a lot of that piney flavor, I just had a bunch of Alpha Kings a few months back and this reminded me of a "bigger" version of that beer. This is a classic but I respect Stone for rethinking some of their beers that have been around for a while that people might be taking for granted. Hopefully version 2.0 does this one justice. RIP

Photo of kickinlicks
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tommygunn
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pfaucett
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kenmac19
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SethWeinberger
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of RBrenchak
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkermitj
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Camel2Humps
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The second best IPA next to Pliny the Elder.

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Imperialjake
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my first DIPA. Its been nothing but love ever since.

Photo of Rush0930
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beers that turned me onto the ipa scene many years ago. Sad to see that Stone is changing up what at one time was the best beer I ever had.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,374 ratings.