1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,033 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8033
Reviews: 2916
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 8,033 | Reviews: 2,916 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
Reaper16

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip (consumed in August 2009)

Pours an intense yellow-orange color, bordering on a saturated tawny shade. It is dense but not cloudy. A gentle pour yielded 1 1/2 fingers of pure, white foam. Lacing is wall-like around the glass.

The aromas are appropriately hard-hitting. Loads of lupulin make for a beer whose hop smells run the gamut from earthy to floral to tropical citrus fruits. Tangerine and pineapple play with rose petal, and there is just enough dirt/root to hold it all together. Some caramel malt opens up as the beer warms. I'd score it higher if not for the slight alcohol presence that distracted from the intensity of aroma.

Immediately I can tell that this bomber is past its peak and is in the declining stage. The intensity of flavor is not there in the maximum effect that one would desire. That isn't to say that this is disappointing, however. The hop flavors are still bright and aggressive but also well-rounded by time. The most noticeable, and pleasurable, flavor component are the citrus lupulin flavors. They hit the palate like a burst of juice. Mango, tangerine and occasionally pineapple flavors that taste like they were fresh-squeezed cover the whole mouth but quickly recede. An aggressively floral summer-garden thing dominates the finish; its like eating flowers in a salad if you've ever had that. There is a lot of malt sweetness, but it takes the background somehow. It never gets in the way of the real focus -- the hops. The pine does open up with warmth and the finish is mostly bitterness given the slight age. Everything is so well-crafted, though. The flavors are deep and in harmony with each other.

The mouthfeel is pretty light considering the amount of malt that goes into an Imperial IPA. Its thickish in ways but not sticky; it goes down smoothly. Like fruit juice. Drinkability is kind of insane for an IIPA. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. And everything about the mouthfeel and flavor profile begs for constant drinking. This bomber is going to disappear in a flash. Perhaps the beer is harsher when fresh, but at this stage the rounded flavors make for the most drinkable IIPA I've ever had.

I'd love to have this beer super fresh. In the state that I enjoyed it in, however, it is still close to world-class in its style. Beautiful, bright flavors working with each other make for a wonderful drink. It is only lacking in intensity on the palate. A couple of weeks longer and my score may not be as high as it is today. Either way, this is a treasure of a beer. Man, I wish that I had regular access to Stone in MO.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 06:00:06 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
Photo of ezperkins2
ezperkins2

California

3.75/5  rDev -13%

04-24-2014 17:13:51 | More by ezperkins2
Photo of JohnG190
JohnG190

New York

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold, much lighter than most DIPAs, with a thick bright white head that dissipates slowly to a nice foam cap. Little lacing to speak of. The aroma is subtle, but definitely hints at the hop bomb that will assault the tongue. Lots of sweet tropical fruit and bitter, pithy grapefruit dominate with hints of other citrus and a hint of caramel. On the taste, there is a burst of sweetness followed by a wave of astringent bitterness. Ruination is aptly named, yet quite balanced thanks to the strong malt backbone. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, a well crafted DIPA that truly is a "liquid poem dedicated to hops!"

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 16:00:25 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Reeks
Reeks

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-24-2014 15:34:24 | More by Reeks
Photo of Hopped_up_Chuck
Hopped_up_Chuck

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-24-2014 05:32:18 | More by Hopped_up_Chuck
Photo of andrewsando
andrewsando

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-24-2014 04:36:23 | More by andrewsando
Photo of itsscience
itsscience

Florida

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy sunset orange with a finger of bright white head and good head retention. The nose is full of citrus and other fruit: a big orange aroma, grapefruit, lemon, pear, pine needle, subtle black pepper, and a malt characteristic of biscuit and caramel. At the front of the tongue I get a nicely balanced grapefruit and biscuit malt taste, then this thing explodes into a resinous, earthy, dank assault on the palate. There's bitter herbal and pine notes on the end, which are cut by sweet caramely malt. Yes, it's an extremely hoppy beer, but it has plenty of balancing elements. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 04:13:18 | More by itsscience
Photo of RebeccaMB
RebeccaMB

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

04-24-2014 04:06:34 | More by RebeccaMB
Photo of Lobina
Lobina

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-24-2014 02:28:06 | More by Lobina
Photo of sommersb
sommersb

Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-23-2014
Freshness: Enjoy by 05-15-2014
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Hazy and honey in color, the beer shows a very nice creamy white head of 3 fingers. Pretty fingers of lace stick around as the very good head retention fades.

Aromas are of citrus hops plus tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple. Very nice nose.

Taste is heavily bitter in the first sips, followed by some caramel malt flavors on the back end. The 100 IBUs make for a somewhat harsh taste, but it is still good overall.

Body is in between medium and full, with lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel. The finish has strong bitterness and flavors of tropical fruits and the ABV provides some warming.

Overall a very good beer, although I prefer a DIPA to have more malt character then this one does.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 02:27:51 | More by sommersb
Photo of Jofroi
Jofroi

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-24-2014 02:03:02 | More by Jofroi
Photo of KMitch
KMitch

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-24-2014 01:15:39 | More by KMitch
Photo of maniaczak
maniaczak

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-23-2014 21:35:48 | More by maniaczak
Photo of GrumpyGirl
GrumpyGirl

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

04-23-2014 18:35:52 | More by GrumpyGirl
Photo of Mack
Mack

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-23-2014 16:41:03 | More by Mack
Photo of EvilAsh
EvilAsh

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-23-2014 15:52:31 | More by EvilAsh
Photo of IllicitEloquence
IllicitEloquence

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-23-2014 01:59:07 | More by IllicitEloquence
Photo of profholt82
profholt82

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-23-2014 01:17:51 | More by profholt82
Photo of ParkbrauFan
ParkbrauFan

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-22-2014 20:34:41 | More by ParkbrauFan
Photo of HeavyDandtheGirls
HeavyDandtheGirls

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-22-2014 17:56:43 | More by HeavyDandtheGirls
Photo of ipc2000
ipc2000

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-22-2014 04:09:54 | More by ipc2000
Photo of Gator_Nation
Gator_Nation

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-22-2014 02:33:52 | More by Gator_Nation
Photo of michaeljstraub
michaeljstraub

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -13%

04-21-2014 23:59:34 | More by michaeljstraub
Photo of Nefarious
Nefarious

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

04-21-2014 22:19:13 | More by Nefarious
Photo of AndyEdgar
AndyEdgar

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-21-2014 18:41:54 | More by AndyEdgar
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,033 ratings.