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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,719
Reviews: 2,991
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,179 | 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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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 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 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
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Photo of ricp215
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber
The aroma is all hops - citrus and pine. Nice balance of a walk in the woods and a citrus grove.
The taste is everything an IPA should be -varied hop flavors. Grapefruit, orange, pine, flowers. It's all in there in a perfect balance.
It has a wonderful bittery/buttery finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Welcome to Alberta, Stone Brewing Co. And welcome to my belly, Ruination. A pale cloudy peach hue with some fluffy, frothy whitish head that coalesces down into a more manageable and firm puck floating on the top of the aromatic liquid below. Nice lacing on my mason jar style mug. Immense hoppy aroma, full of citrus rind, floral perfume, tropical fruit juice, and pine needles. A subtle sweetness almost like those candy cigarettes. Citric, floral, assertive yet not abrasive, almost cleansing in a way. As for the taste, believe the hype. I do not dole out perfect scores very often; in fact, this might be the first occasion. Basically the Platonic ideal of a DIPA. Comfortably medium-bodied and supremely smooth with gentle carbonation, incredible drinakability for such a big beer. Epic heavy duty marmalade citrus flavors, getting lots of tangerine, grapefruit, and lime, with a little sour lemon and green banana in the finish, along with further pineapple, papaya, and nectarine notes. So much rind and resin yet nothing coarse and astrigent .... Perfect sublime hop balance. Bready honeyed malts also make their presence felt although the citrus fruit keeps wrestling away my attention. Brace yourself for the finish, peppery resins and a huge pine bite, although again, somehow the beers falls just short of too much bitterness, reigning itself back towards a reassuring citrus/tropical vibe that one could exult in for days, liver permitting. Not much more to say ... Essential imbibing for the hop head and even the aspiring hop head ready to learn via experience (alternatively, I am a sadist for recommending a beginner try this ... You be the judge).

CalgaryFMC, Tuesday at 11:29 PM
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4.96/5  rDev +15.3%

fruitybrisket, Tuesday at 11:27 PM
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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