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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

9,696 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,696
Reviews: 2,989
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,168 | FT: 8
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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Reviews by Gravelost:
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Gravelost, Jan 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The Ruination pours a gorgeous orange color with a terrific head that laced the heck out of my Ruination (what else?) glass on a modest pour. This one is thick through and through. I could stare at this all night if I didn’t want to drink it so bad.

Smell – This one has a big, complex hop profile. I can pick up everything from nice floral notes to big citrus to very smooth pine resin. There’s also a good malty sweetness that gives this Double IPA an incredibly full bouquet. It’s balanced but assertive in its style. The aroma announces the above-standard qualities of this ale.

Taste – This is very distinctive. It’s big and complex with a huge hop flavor that screams, “quality ingredients,” mixed reasonably with some very attractive malts and a good caramel sweetness for balance. It is perfectly executed for the style and demands attention by the thoughtful beer drinker.

This is like a full course meal with different flavors all around but that satisfies in the end. The hops are very floral and mixed with a pinch of table sugar and a six-inch grapefruit wedge. You can learn a lot from this beer.

Mouthfeel – There’s just enough carbonation to make this one entertaining. It is full in the mouth and incredibly smooth. It’s thick and chewy just like an American Double IPA should be.

Drinkability – My body loves this as it does oxygen. This brew is awesome. You don’t want to drink it with any food because it’s so filling and so flavorful.

Update – This is a staple in my house, so I thought that I’d re-review it with a batch from 2004. Is it still a perfect 5? Even after a bottle or two a week of this stuff it’s still perfect and I still haven’t found a better IPA.

RoyalT, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a soft yellow-amber color with a bit of opaque haziness in the middle of the glass. The slightly less-than-white head looked very foamy and stayed on top of the brew all the way down. The lacing was magnificent - truly amazing.

The nose is just as advertised - FULL of hops. Hops, pines, and hop oils crowd your nose and send your nostrils on quite a trip. A hefty dose of citrus creeps up from the back as well. Very aromatic and perfume-like, just what you expect from a top of the line IPA. Walk through a field of pine trees. Stick your nose into a rose bush.

The taste jumps up and runs a goddamn number on your palate. Hops, hops, hops, and more hops. The hops have a huge pine taste surrounding them, kind of like drinking a liquid tree. Earthy and floral flavors also come out, especially as the beer warms. Grapefruit is noticeable, as are other citrus fruits, perhaps pineapple and orange zest being the best description.

The combo of the wet and pungent citrus rinds and the oily, hoppy bitterness assault is surely a palate destroyer, but in the best way possible. The tongue is left with a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of saltiness that keeps you thirsty for more. Medium-thick body with a sticky mouth-feel. The alcohol doesn't go unnoticed, but it doesn't hinder, either; it provides a nice, solid body that ties everything together.

Probably the best tongue-scrapingly-bitter DIPA that you can get almost anywhere. If you haven't had this beer, I suggest that you try to find it. Be prepared to take a few days off from drinking after you have this one, you'll taste nothing but hops for a while.

tectactoe, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly murky, golden-orange into an oversized wine glass. Its one-finger head is pure white and leaves some wild sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. There is a dancing man contained in said lacing.

S: I mostly smell bitter citrus notes, some lemon peel and really bitter grapefruit. A decent amount of dry biscuit mingles with the hop aromas and a hint of pine complements the citrusy hop smells. There is not much balance to this aroma; the semi-sweet, caramel malt backbone that I crave in an IPA is absent. I think this absence leads to a bit of a transparent, watery smell.

T: An alpha acid hop-drop kick to the tongue is pretty much how I would describe the Ruination IPA. The lemon peel and bitter grapefruit aromas translate almost perfectly to the taste, but as the palate warms to the flavor, some sweeter orange and tangerine notes emerge. This is a pleasant surprise, as I was thinking my tongue would just be abused throughout the duration of my tasting experience. That said, this beer is a little light on an appropriate malt balance.

M: Relatively light bodied in the mouth, but with a killer hop backbeat on my taste buds, like a Steve Gadd/hop love-child. My brain says that I should crave a fuller malt balance from the mouthfeel, but my hop loving mouth says "nah, man, just let the bitterness dominate me. It's cool."

D: Pri-tay goood. I will have another in the future, but I do think the price tag is a quite steep at $3 plus per bottle. That is a little silly.

TCHopCraver, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear honey colored body with a nice fluffy head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Perfumed hoppy aroma; sweet grapefruit

Taste: Starts with a toasted bready flavor that quickly gives way to some serious bitterness that coats the tongue like a blanket; there is some residual sweetness but the tastebuds just can't handle it due to the IBUs; clear alcoholic warming as the liquid goes down the gullet

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with good levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Nowhere near as drinkable in quantity as the Stone IPA, this is a brewing achievement on the extreme level; just not something I want a lot of

brentk56, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange-amber and lighter than expected. The cream colored head is tinted with a hint of lemon yellow and looks like a thick dollop of whipped cream sitting atop the beer. Glass decoration is very nice. There's a copious amount of sticky lace in sheets and rings.

The nose is a wonderous thing to behold, with loads and loads of pungent, floral, fruity, piney hops. The flavor is wall-to-wall hops, but it isn't as abrasive as expected. A tidal wave of hop flavor hits the taste buds instantly and maintains its intensity through the long, bright, hoppy finish. Flavors include grapefruit, lemon, orange and pine in one glorious, sticky, sweet rush.

There's an undercurrent of malt, but it remains in the background where it belongs. Stone Ruination is definitely bitter, but this brewery has a way of making beer with a massive amount of IBUs seem almost sweet and buttery. Which brings me to...

... the mouthfeel, which is all kinds of wonderful. It's full and rich and silky smooth and heavily creamy and perfect. The alcohol is expertly masked, with no hint on the palate, though it does result in a pleasant warming sensation as the beer is swallowed.

I have to hand it to the boys at Stone once again, this is truly a wonderful beer. Both IPA and Ruination are great, but I'll have to give the nod to the little brother. This DIPA is still a treat and will be a 'go to brew' whenever huge amount of hops are required. Which is most of the time.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden color with a very sticky head.Whoa what a aroma almost made me sneaze,big piney and zesty hop here no malt aroma to speak of but very appetizing.Taste to be expected was highly hopped to say the least zesty grapefruit and light pine even a slight medicinal note in the finish,.a hop monster I have wanted to try and got exactley what I bargained for here.

oberon, May 07, 2004
Photo of cam477
5/5  rDev +16.3%

cam477, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Bmm281
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Bmm281, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of legalag11
5/5  rDev +16.3%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was worried that I had left this in my cellar too long but damn it still delivers even after 6 months. The pine resin is so damn aromatic and delicious. Butter toast and caramel follow. Rich and creamy, very bitter. Grapefruit enters too. Light on the carbonation, thick bodied. Brilliant orange color. Super drinkable. Super rich. This is just a fantastic brew.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of ricke
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow color with a nice white head that settles a little to fast. Some lacings.

S: Smell is very hop forward, but still rather balanced. Lots of hop resins and citric notes. It goes a little perfumy, but not overly so. Hints of pine-needles. However, the hops seem a bit faded and have probably lost some definition since the bottling. The malts get through really well with a nice complementary caramel-like sweetness and aromas of white bread.

T: Loads of hop resins and grapefruit in the mouth. But again, the hops seem to be on a downward slope, so I guess this bottle isn't completely fresh. A hint of tobacco and more floral and grassy hop notes. The malty backbone is fresh with a pleasant semi-sweet taste of caramel and white bread. The finish is very very bitter with lots of hop resins and pine-needles. The bitterness actually gets a little overpowering since the hop aromas doesn't seem to hold up.

M: Medium body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Refreshing carbonation.

D: A very good DIPA with lots and lots of hops and complex flavors. Despite the massive bitterness in the finish it really manages to come off quite balanced. Too bad I suspect that this bottle was a little old.

ricke, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool, somewhat hazy golden color, with a bone-white head, attractive, big at first, though ultimately short-lived.

Feels like it's dry-hopped. Piney, citrusy. Continues on the tastebuds, bitter, yet sweetish and slightly fruity.

A bit light in body, a tad lacking in the malt department...it's all over, under and thoroughly about the hops (wish I could which ones). Quite an interesting approach, bitter, yeah, but not too much, and still drinkable.

Not Stone's best offering in this style but worth a try.

ExtraStout, Feb 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

OhioBobcat, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Zakk, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -7%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -7%

Tiernan, May 15, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

F'n great. The Ruination shines like a glass full of honey and smells like a florist. The most balanced IPA I've had this year. A happy medium between the Euro and American versions. Great lacing from first sip to last though the head itself dissipates rapidly. The flavors have a great balance, from teh hops to the alcohol, etc. The best part of the beer for me is the lack of a syrupy texture. Great body, good drinkability, a hell of an IPA.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best stone beer there is!
First off i can't walk by one in the Broudy's store without buying it. An exceptional brew.

A- Medium orange with a thin off white head that remains though-out the whole beer. Leaves heavy lacing from top to bottom of the glass.

S- Smells great like a summers day with the fresh cut grass aroma in the air. Some malty hints as well.

T- Taste is golden with a hop hit as soon as you sip it. On the regular drink it is very refreshing if you have not had a good drink in a while. Citrus and floral notes are there.

M- Smooth and easy is all i can say. GREAT!
Rolls over the taste buds as it was ment to be there.

D- Drinkability is excellent and easy to have many. Be carefull high alcohol content!!

wesbrownyeah, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of weatherdog
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL served in a 10oz. snifter. This was my first local Stone beer purchase since they came to Chicago a few days ago.

It pours a hazy amber with a dense head and just a touch of lacing that clung to the glass.

The nose was just an absolute explosion of piny resinous hops. A little bit of orange citrus sneaks in there as well at the end. Its a huge noseful of hops and as the name suggests this is probably going to be an assault on my mouth.

First and foremost an overwhelming spicy type bitterness hits me and doesn't let go until well after I had finished the beer. The flavor of the bitterness is piny and grassy and seems as if I had extracted pure alpha acids and mixed it with some tre sap. Make no mistake this is the most one sided DIPA I've ever had and doesn't even attempt any sense of putting some malt flavor in the beer. While I don't fault that approach on principle this example lacks the cohesiveness I've found in other similar beers. In addition to the hop flavors, a fair amount of alcohol taste was present. This was surprising at only 7.7% ABV and I'm sure a pound of hops per bottle and it didn't make for a better taste.

The redeeming feature in this beer was the mouthfeel. The beer was full bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carb in order to put forth an effort to rid my mouth of the pure bitterness.

Drinkability was average at best but not all of that was attributed to the insane bitterness. The alcohol presence was just off putting.

I can appreciate this beer for what it claims to be, an utter assault on your palette, but i just don't see what the long term appeal to this beer is. I guess I just prefer my DIPA's with less bitterness and a better hop taste.

weatherdog, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tbryan5, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of SteadySippin
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - Light copper/gold with off white head. Pretty clear looking in the glass, not too foggy.

S - This beer smells strange. Not bad, but strange. It smells a lot like bread or yeast, with some fruit in there. I don't personally mind it but I can think of other IPA's that smell better.

T - Wow. This beer tastes very unique. It is sweet upon entering my mouth, and by the time i've swallowed it I can really taste the bitterness from the hops. There is some fruit notes in there too, possibly grapefruit? The bitterness lingers for quite some time after a nice gulp, then slowly fades away until you take another sip. Really nice tasting beer.

M - Feels kind of light in the mouth, thicker upon swallowing. Covers the whole pallet equally.

O - Definitely not a bad beer by any means. I probably wouldn't drink more than two in a row, but I would definitely buy a few more singles from total wine in the future. Overall it is a great beer, but sort of different from other good IPA's I have tried. Would recommend if you like hoppy beers.

SteadySippin, Nov 05, 2013
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,696 ratings.