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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,677 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,677
Reviews: 2,941
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 258
Gots: 682 | FT: 11
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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BeardedRiker

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time I had Stone's Ruination was years ago before I had really got into craft beer. I remember it being insanely hoppy. Double IPAs are probably my favorite type of beer. I'll admit that I'm a hop head. Now it's time to drink this beer and again and give a proper review from a much more experienced beer lover.

Despite the name "Ruination", there is no ruining in how the beer looks. I poured this into a sort of snifter style glass and the head, it being an off-white color, grew almost two fingers but I kept pouring delicately so that the head went above the top of the glass. The head was creamy and like a fluffy pillow. A decent amount of bubbles rise to the top. The beer itself is a clear golden.

It's not surprising that this beer smells insanely of hops. I can smell it from my chair while it sits on the table in front of me while I type of this review. To me it's much like many of Lagunitas' excellently-hopped beers. Ruination is citrusy, with lemon and orange peel being strong with grapefruit and pineapple in there too. It also has a pine resin sweetness that I love about many hoppy beers. Spiciness tingles the nose as well. Underneath all of the hoppiness is a fair amount of malt graininess that keeps it from seeming like a one trick pony.

The taste is stronger than the smell and that makes this delightful. Again, this is just what I love in a DIPA. It has great bitterness but there's plenty of citrusy goodness and pine sweetness that make the hops very enjoyable. Being from Texas, I get pick up some ruby red grapefruit in there, even though I don't actually like grapefruit. :P Again, this reminds me of what Lagunitas does so well: hops to the extreme but not overwhelming. The malt brings the bready graininess that was present in the smell. Although this beer is 7.7% ABV I can hardly tell.

I'd say this beer is on the lighter side of medium-bodied but it's not lacking in body nor does it feel watery. It's very smooth but he medium carbonation keeps it lively while I'd say despite the hoppiness it the sweetness gives it a sticky finish. Exceptional drinkability.

This is an excellent beer. Great hops, but not overwhelming, and oh so drinkable. You know, I may be a bit biased with this review. I'll be honest. If this was a Lagunitas beer I probably wouldn't give it such a high score, because I'm used to this from them, but this is a Stone beer that is distinct from their other offerings and they've delivered well.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:48:11 | More by BeardedRiker
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,677 ratings.