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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,485
Reviews: 2,978
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 324
Gots: 1,082 | 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 beermanbrian
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden/orange color with thin white head. Wisp of lacing remain on the glass as you consume this one. Smell is huge citrus hops. It smacks you in the face and just overwhelms the senses. Taste is bitter, but more of a piney, resinous bitterness than the smell. The bitterness is so extreame that it gives the beer almost a burnt taste. Very full and chewy mouthfeel. I believe this is the first DIPA that has lived up to my expectations for hoppiness. Others have seemed to be too sweet but that is not a problem with this one. Don't get me wrong, there is a malt backbone to this that eventually works it's way into your perception but the highlight of this baby is the hops. A beer for the true hop head only.

beermanbrian, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, slightly orangish darker golden color. There was a fair sized white head that drops off somewhat quickly. The aroma is definitely hoppy. It is a good mix, with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange. The taste is quite good. The hopiness is right upfront and strong, but not as overpowering as I thought this one might be. Medium malt body behind the hops, but you can’t taste it at all. There are a few that are better, but you can get this one most anywhere.

Boto, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of caminiti
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinakable brew for the high IBU and IPA.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber from Olivers, the source of most of my beers, on a lousy, cold, snowy, icy night, this was meant to bring me in from shoveling and cheer me up, and it did.
Appearance is orange and a bit hazy, smell is exactly what you would expect from the advertising, hops, hops, more hops a little sweetness/fruit.
The beer goes down well, maybe too easily, for the 7.7%. A great beer and worth it.

caminiti, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden/red copper color. The beer itself is relatively cloudy. Nice head that shows great retention the whole way down. Aroma is extremely satisfying. Very bright citrus hop aroma with a touch of pine. Very vibrant aroma. The taste is just like the smell. Nice malt sweetness with a large over the top citrus hop flavor. Not as bitter as expected, but this ale really packs in the hop flavor. Citrus, candied grapefruit, and lemony tastes all backed by just a touch of malt sweetness. This beer goes down very smooth. Good carbonation, medium bodied feel. Overall this beer is pretty stunning. Crazy amount of hop flavor in this one keeping you coming back for more.

ShemRahBoo, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bosox941827
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served (quite cold) from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass....will taste it as it warms.

Is it weird to almost be *afraid* of a beer before trying it? I consider myself to be a dyed-in-the-wool hophead, but I am somewhat anxious before my first taste of this one...some of the reviews reassure me, but others, including the one directly below mine, add to that anxiety. In any case, here goes...

A - Orange-y,-amber, a bit of a chill haze, with not much of a head; what there is dissipates quickly - "soap" and oil, you know?
S - WOW! What do you expect? Piney, citrusy, SOAPY hops. Gotta say - and still haven't tasted it - it's one of the best beers I've ever smelled - just fantastic....
T - So, still quite cold, but the fact that some malt punches thru the 100 IBUs is amazing - but it does. Of course, what is most obvious are the hops - they're everywhere, but this is a quite drinkable beer, even at 7.7% ABV (which you can't taste at all - 22 oz of this will be fun!). What was I afraid of? Goes like this: hops at the front, transition to slightly sweet w/roasted malt character, which lingers as it goes back to hops.
M - Slightly carbonated and fairly smooth...this will cut through any food you want to throw at it, guaranteed.
D - Surprisingly drinkable, but as I said - the hoppier the better for me.

Gotta say - I thought this was a "show-off" beer - 100 IBUs!! But it is also a "real" beer that, though not for the faint of heart, is also quite good. Will *definitely* get this again.

bosox941827, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Cannabinaceae
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will preface this by saying(though I'm new to BA) that I am something of an IPA fanatic and I have tried about 100 different types in the past year. That being said, I found this to be an excellent IPA. The nose was classic hop-ey, citrus, pine. The taste was very crisp and bitter, and the finish was dry. I would almost consider this a regular IPA instead of a double because it is so dry. For me this is a very smooth drinking IPA. My only real complaint is the price. Overall this is a top notch IPA in my book.

Cannabinaceae, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of originalsin
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top off this growler, eagerly anticipating that loud, intense "pop" but it seemed far more toned down than usual. The pour yielded a fat pillowy head nonetheless.
Smell is heavily of grapefruit - it's very very hoppy. This brew smells like a double ipa, I can't help but think that. A lot of hoppy goodness on the nose...
Taste follows suit - there's a big hop presence here, and a good deal of it presents itself as the mildly bitter taste of grapefruit.
There's also a strong malty backbone to this beer though.
The beer is medium bodied but still it's an easy drinking beer. Always has been a favorite of mine. I wish I'd opened this growler a bit sooner (waited a good month....) but still, it's perfect. I love Stone, and I love Ruination.

originalsin, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of unionturf
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received on trade from Hygmod..thanks!

Poured into pint glass and appearance was a slightly hazy orange. Smell is hops, hops, hops. Taste is sorta like sucking on a grapefruit, which I like. ;) Taste and mouthfeel are good, bitter hop but not thick and syrupy like some other DIPA's that I had to pour out.

Drinkabily is very good as long as my tastebuds can handle it. Can't wait till next Thursday and have it on tap finally!!!

unionturf, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of albertjr21
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Into a medium size wine glass, this poured a densely foggy but bright honey color under a foamy white head that sustained itself at a thin layer throughout.

S: A moderately sweet nectar and big earthy hop nose that you can faintly taste in your throat with a big nasal inhale.

M/T: A light stingy sensation evenly distributes itself front and center with a giant hop presence that finishes unexpectedly smooth but leaves a strong residual hoppy stamp on the palate.
"100+ IBUs"??? Kudos to the "Storm Chaser" that got me closest to the F4 without getting me killed...

D: Beware: The last pour of this bomber was the absolute smoothest...Cheers...

albertjr21, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Avantyawn
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn. 20 ounces! From notes...

A: Golden amber, thin head, nice lacing as beer goes down.

S: Malty citrus sweet, sour, grapefruit. Very nice, typical Stone high quality.

T: Fruity bubblegum hoppy subtle balanced malt bitter , balanced. Tasty! A classic tasty west coast IPA / DIPA

M: Medium bodies, slick oily, some sharp carbonation. Very pleasant.

D: Easy drinking and delicious! I plowed through a 20 ounce pint glass of this accompanying a home made veggie burger and fries. An excellent meal companion beer, strong and clean, goes down easy. I am impressed , I think this is the best Stone beer I have tried. I would even consider paying the slightly obscene 20 bucks for a 6 pack I enjoyed it so much.

Avantyawn, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of aleyeast
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with about a year age on it. Poured into a Stone IPA glass, deep tulip. Color is hard to describe rose-apricot maybe, definitely has some pinkinsh hues, head is white and small. Smell is perfumey hops with a grainey edge, no alcohol on the nose. Taste is hops of course, but also a good blst of citrus, hops are not overwhelming, but they are the main flavor. There has to be a decent amount of malt, but it is definitely in the backseat. Drinkability is extremely high for the style (I2PA). Have a newer one in the fridge I need to check against.

aleyeast, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Newmerator
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber on an empty stomach!

Pours a delightful golden color, nice off-white head with a very sticky icky lace.

Fierce hops right up front and in the back. This thing is a hop sandwich from start to finish with maybe some pine malts, and citrus in the middle.

To tell you the truth, I just have too much enjoyment drinking this beer. i wanna say i can even taste some pear, but who knows... only stone.

Massages my palate. such a tasty IPA. one of my fav's.

Newmerator, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of ski271
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22oz. bottle. Poured a very slightly hazy light amber with a small, slightly off-white, foamy head that slowly diminished to a film. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pine with some citrus backing up this hop-attack. Marvelously hoppy with a pleasant light caramel maltiness backing it up.

Taste: More hop-attack. Pine and citrus. Grapefruit, orange, a little pear. Hmm. I’m getting a lot more hop bitterness than hop flavor here, and the malt is very faint. Long-lasting resiny finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, oily texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a great example of where balance is intentionally thrown off, yet done in a tasteful way. So many subtle flavors underneath the insanely hoppy dominance. Definitely not one for the macro-drinking pansy. This one is for the adventurous and the hop-head that is searching for that hops Vahalla.

ski271, Sep 21, 2005
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold crisp flavors stand out in this beer. Great DIPA! The aroma is nice. After two of these i'm satisfied. Some real good pine and citrus in this one. I love the hints of grapefruit in this. Decent ABV not too boozey. It looks terrific in the glass and the head is nice and oily. The aftertaste could be a little cleaner but its still excellent. Ive had this many times out of a keg and bottles. Delicious either way and the label kicks butt just like most of Stones labels. I will be drinking more of this. I recommend this one.

HOPOLOGIST, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of muskiesman
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taphouse Grill

A – Raw honey amber with slight cloudiness and a big white foamy head that retains exceptionally and weaves a great lacework all the way through.

S – Big Time HOPS. Citric and floral bitterness. Pineyoils. Get ready to be hop bombed

T – Just like the nose, all about the hops levels of construction. Piney resins and grapefruit bitters floral cut and blended nicely with the alcohol. Tropical fruits with mild sweetness pineapple mango and kiwi.

M - Medium body. Nice carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Bitterness lingers and warms you with the presence of the alcohol

O – Almost but not quite over the top! Ok maybe it is over the top but really not too much A great beer. Highly recommended

muskiesman, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Biggness
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice light clousy amber with a half a finder white head. The smell is beautiful! You can smell the hops along with the toasted malts as well as some citrusy smells. For such a high IBU beer this is VERY smooth. The mixture of the citrusy hops flavor and the toasted malts flavor are beutifully balanced. The mouthfeel is nice a slight, I just ate grapefruit aftertaste but a VERY smooth beer for such a high IBU rating. I am certain I could polish off a couple of these in a night but I would have to mix and match them with something sweet. A beautiful beer YUM!

Biggness, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of WankelEngine
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glassy

A: Pours a dark caramel color. There is a foamy, just off-white head that dissipates to a thick cap quickly. Plenty of visible carbonation and light curtains of lace.

S: Grapefruit and citrus hops are powerful, as well as pine. There is a faint but sweet caramel malt in the background.

T: Bitter grapefruit blends with strong pine and floral hops and alcohol to make one bitter experience. As I savor, a grassy bitterness develops which forms a dry sort of bitterness I can really feel on my tongue. A hint of toffee in the background. The finish is fairly clean for such a bitter, hop forward beer, but there is some lingering pine and alcohol.

M: Moderate to thin, but fairly slick and oily. Not too much carbonation but it feels fairly effervescent.

O: Pretty much a palate scorcher. Bitter pine, grass and floral hops just coat your tongue. Relative drinkability for such a bitter beer makes it a great experience.

WankelEngine, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of cafemondegar
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Color is somewhere mid way between orange and copper. Low head that dies quickly.
S: Aroma is a mixture of citrous fruits and hops with a heavy hint of sweetness.
T: Excellent. All hops. A touch of bitterness that lasts.
M: Again, excellent. You can feel the slightly higher ABV as it warms up the throat almost immediately.
D: Eminently drinkable. Highly recommended. Anyone who likes good IPAs will fall in love with this beer.

cafemondegar, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Momar42
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - pours medium orange with losse frothy head. dissipates with no real lacing.

S - heavy citrus hop aroma. grapefruit, sweetness and not a hint of alcohol burn.

T - tangy bitter citrus on the tongue too. as wonderful as i remember it being. loads of citrus up front finishing with a great stinging bitterness at the back.

M - creamy and full. finishes medium and reminds you it was there.

O - had this countless times but decided to review it finally. This fresh really is one of the best, most accessible DIPA out there. There is a reason they have been doing it for 10 years...its just DAMN good. I feel it's underrated because its NOT new. This is a great DIPA that should be tried by all.

Momar42, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of skeeordye11
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A- Pours hazy gold with light tan head that builds as the beer settles and then falls bck into the beer. Decent lacing clings to the glass.
S- Hops obviously dominate. Grassy and citrus. Thereappears to be a hint of malt sweetess as well.
T- Hoppy and bitter, but in a good way. Good toasty malt in the background as well.
M- Very rich and full. Complex.
D- Delicious. I could drink a couple of these, but forget tasting anything else you may drink after. Very strong as well.

skeeordye11, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of rousee
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had tried this once before but never gave it its due until I compared it with other IPAs. Pours beautiful peach apricot honey orange-gold.

Head fades quickly- but very nice lace for a bottled beer. Nose has the malty-nutty aroma but "you no can taste " this part. One of the better IPAs that I have ever tried. Strong hops / a little malt with a bitter berry taste on the back. Not too different from the big orange IPA all over Boston but I am sure this one is my preference- it is no contest.

Mouthfeel: very nice and thirst-quenching. Smooth and spicy/fruity-very good.
Drinkabilty--you gotta drink the 24 oz. in 1 sitting --not too hard to accomplish.

rousee, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a 1-finger off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell here is all about the hops. Subtle notes of grapefruit and a light floral aroma can be found in the background.

Taste is slightly bready at first but the hops kick in fast. Some hints of grapefruit, lemon and hot pepper notes can be detected, but this one is largely dominated by piney hops.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. This is definitely geared towards hopheads and thankfully, right up my alley. Aptly named, and as long as you're a fan of hoppy beers, this should be a great option to turn to.

Vengeance526, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of abeerwiseguy
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 22 oz bottle of Stone Brewery’s Ruination IPA on the way home. The beer style is American Double / Imperial IPA and this one is a hop lover’s fiesta. ABV of 7.7% on the bottle.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass with a large head that slowly left a thick and lacy reside while the beer was eagerly consumed. Poured as a cloudy, hazy, golden color.

Lots of complex smells greet the nose. Had distinct hop dominated aromas of piney lemon / orange citrus and spiciness, with just a hint of malty sweetness in the background.

Rich tastes of citrus fruits and hop bitterness with some malty sweet flavors. This beer tastes just like it smells but is very complex.

The mouth feel for this beer is rich and full bodied with a fully carbonated, lingering hop dominated finish.

I was prepared for a hop bomb and, while it pays great respect to the almighty hop, everything works together to make this beer a very drinkable and well balanced tribute by Stone to this particular style.

abeerwiseguy, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of cratez
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida. Hazy chrome yellow with a finger of ivory head and blotches of lace all over the snifter. Smell and taste are aromatic pine needles, Clementine peels, white grapefruit, and resinous Centennial hops. Malt profile imparts caramel, molasses cookies, and taffy. Aftertaste is pungent and citric American hops. A biting bitterness lingers for quite some time. The nose is sweeter than I prefer (similar to an Amber Ale), but this is mostly what I want from an IPA. Fruity, resiny, and beautifully bitter. Stone delivers once again!

cratez, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of ebit
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color with a frothy two finger cream colored head.

I can smell the grassy hops from 3 feet away, Upon further inspection the spice and floral notes come through. Very little detected in terms of malt. This is a hop bomb on the sinus.

A faint wisp of sweet grain malt flows over the palate before being whisked away by the hops. The way the hops develop makes the beer a true must try to any hophead. Grassy hops similiar to the main body of the aroma come through first before progressing into pine and citrus with a healthy dose of spice that leads towards the bittering finish. Don't look for balance in this beer, but it is still quite interesting and tasty nonetheless.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. It doesn't distract, but rather accentuates the hop bite. Perfect for this beer.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
A very well crafted IPA. It is clean, refreshing, and boasts interesting development in the flavor profile despite being incredibly unbalanced to begin with. Alcohol content and the sheer obliteration of your taste buds lower the drinkability, but this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed over time.

ebit, Jul 30, 2008
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,485 ratings.