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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 8002
Reviews: 2913
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)
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Photo of sorryifyoudont

South Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Nice head, maybe 1/4" thick. Wonderful bubbly foamy head with good lacing. Golden-yellow pour that looks delicious. Smell is citrusy and leaves you wanting to taste the beer as the smell isn't to strong. Taste is also citrus with a strong mouthful of hops. Presence is great not to bitter or much bite on the back of the tounge from the hops. Wonderful beer not only to recommend but to drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 00:37:49 | More by sorryifyoudont
Photo of jpayne04


4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite all-time beer to date. Hoppy deliousness. Great taste. Great finish. Doesn't get much better this. If you enjoy DIPAs and hoppy IPAs. then you will enjoy this. Very hopforward with the perfect amount of bitterness with a piney, citrusy finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:03:10 | More by jpayne04
Photo of MaineBrewing


4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a slightly Hazey golden almost orange body with 3/4 finger loose white head with large bubbles. Head was fleeting lasting only seconds, but left decent lacing.

S - massive hops, dominated by piney citrusy and grapefruit notes. Strong sweet and sticky malt character wafts through, with a slight fruityness.

T - very fresh tasting example, hop dominant up front, less piney as the nose more of a citrusy herbal tea flavor. Malt provides a very strong body and sweetness to keep the hops in check. Finishes less bitter than I expected, and actually a little sweeter than I would prefer.

M - thick n syrupy for the style, very stone-ish in its feel and is just delightful.

O - overall, as expected very enjoyable stone quality. Great fresh hop nose and flavor with a sticky and sweet body. Finish is clean but a little sweet and less bitter than I would expect. Great example of the style only thing i wish is it would be a little more attenuated.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:05:19 | More by MaineBrewing
Photo of dougbassett


4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #45 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Stone makes very good IPAs. I'm not a huge fan of their other offerings, but I like their IPAs.

This is very good example of the overhopped IPA style. Pours a very nice light caramel/toasty golden brown. The nose is extremely nice, there's a hint of citrus/lemon, then grass, then (as it gets a little warmer) a stronger, almost herbal/woodsy sort of aroma under that.

The initial hit is of lemon/grassy hops and is quite pleasantly bitter/biting on the tongues. Smooth and silky going down at first, with some lemon peel in the back, then finishes with a soft wash of bitterness and then, a bit further down the pike, another hit of grassy hops.

Very nice all around, not sure how it ranks in a now-crowded field (of overhopped IPAs) but certainly worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 09:05:30 | More by dougbassett
Photo of Murph-Dawg


3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was highly disappointed, was told it was excellent and maybe I got a old batch, because it was not good to me. I would not buy this again.

It was not my style, to Carmel ish and was not excited about its overall hippiness or lack of hoppiness I should say.

I am a fan of Stone and some of their other brews just feel this one is not what I was expecting. ;-(

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:26:14 | More by Murph-Dawg
Photo of PA-hunter


4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into glass. 6/15/14 freshness date. 8.2% abv.

Appearance- Quite transparent and amber/orange in color. A big fluffy white head with great retention.

Smell- Big time citrus. Bready malts hiding beneath the citrus cover. Sweet aromas of pineapple and orange.

Taste- Earthy pine with a fresh biscuit like flavor. The floral and sweet qualities are apparent. The sweetness on the back end mixes well with the bitterness. Not as bitter as I thought. The malt/hops blend great and make this easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- Moderate, but still on the thin side considering this is a DIPA that is over 8% alc. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall- A smooth ale that goes down easy. Not insanely complex but a good example of the style. Stone knows how to make a brew right. My palate was not "ruined" as the name implies but the humorous labels Stone comes up with adds to the likeability in my opinion. A great choice for one seeking a quality DIPA with good floral hop qualities.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 02:56:48 | More by PA-hunter
Photo of Roser


4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- ivory white foamy head that lasts for a good bit. Decent lacing left behind. Semi clear/semi cloudy golden hue.

S- sweet notes of honey with a floral touch. A little light citrus tinge.

M- very full,very bitter, very spicey. Big, big bite!

O- an excellent brew! One of my favorites. Definitely not an entry level IPA, so anyone drinking it (or reading/reviewing it) likely isn't a craft beer rookie. I enjoy it as much as some of the other top notch releases that are limited/seasonal, so love that it's a year round offering.

Cheers all!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:40:54 | More by Roser
Photo of jhartley


4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Troegs Mad Elf chalice.
Enjoy by date of 05/27/14.
Pours out a golden orange color with a bright white head full or tiny white bubbles. Tons of great lacing left inside the glass.
Aromas astringent hops, lemon some pine.
Tastes of lemon and a bitter astringency that just coats the palate and lingers on and on and on and on. Which should be expected (and is welcomed by me) with a name like Ruination.
Really loved this beer and was really happy to be able to find this one as fresh as I could when I went out on my monthly beer run! If you like Stone beers and haven't had this one; my suggestion is to pick it up if you see it! Don't plan on having any other beer and enjoy it after this one as your palate is wrecked.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:42:02 | More by jhartley
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: Very clear amber color - like a dark apple juice. Has a small white cap that fades mostly leaving just a think layer and nice lacing.

S: Nice fruit smells, citrus and pineapple. Some pine and hops smells are present but not as powerful as the citrus.

T: Citrus start - with some astringent qualities that seem to build with each sip.

M: Smooth all of the way through. Nice mouth feel. Right level of carbonation.

O: This is my second Stone beer in a row that seemed to have an overpowering astringent aftertaste. This had a best by date of one month from now. I am hoping to buy the new Stone 12 pack, which will definitely be fresh and retry a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:45:46 | More by fscottkey
Photo of BigMurph


4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear golden, Carbonation is apparent, but not overly strong.
S-Grapefruit right off the bat. Some breadiness to it.
T- Starts off with some intense pine bitterness, follows with a citrusy finish. The finish lingers for a long while.
M- The malt produces a nice color and almost sweet flavor, which is masked by the hops in the flavor and smell.
O- The balance was perfectly done in alignment with the style, it almost had a pilsnerlike mouthfeel with excellent bitterness level. Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle poured into pint glass

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:04:15 | More by BigMurph
Photo of tone77


3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of malts. Taste is hoppy, bitter, piney, caramel malts are present, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, and enjoyable beer, but didn't live up to the hype, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 12:45:39 | More by tone77
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a foggy honey orange color with a moderately large foamy white head that retains nicely, but eventually fades to a creamy cap that seems like it'd stick around for the rest of the night (if the brew lasted the rest of the night). Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

S: No surprise in the nose here. An epic aromatic tale of hops, with strong grapefruit and herbal and floral notes. Some pine and grass as well, but this one lingers more towards citric rather than rustic. Superb, either way.

T: Gloriously hoppy. Overflowing with grapefruit, lemon zest, bits of orange peel, a little grass, a dash of pine, and a bit of honey-like sweetness from the malts that's expertly blended with the flavors to add just a small semblance of balance. Honey lingers on in the aftertaste as well as some bitterness towards the back of the mouth. The booze is completely masked. Not a single trace.

M: More towards a full-body that's wonderfully creamy and sits kind of heavy on the palate, which truly allows the flavors to shine. A crisp, bright carbonation does well to keep this from feeling TOO creamy. I can't detect alcohol on my tongue, and the only hint that it's even present is the lingering warmness in my face and throat. Terrifyingly drinkable, this one is.

O: I've gotta hand it to them... Stone may be arrogant, but it's rightfully so. I'm starting to believe these guys (and gals) can do no wrong when it comes to beer. Ruination is another example of a world-class IPA and is anything and everything a hophead wants. Simply scrumptious.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:26:33 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.A cloudy golden color with white frothy heading. That stays throughout the session. Smell is very alive very hoppy citrus notes and the smell of grapefruit.Taste is very malty with alot of earthy taste, bread, etc. Aftertaste is very dry again exactly like grapefruit. After the good thing's I heard about this beer I said to myself I must try but did come out a little disappointed.

Edit: Don't know what I was talking about, damn novice beer drinker I was.
I hadn't tried this one since I last tasted it and my how the palate changes and appreciates a solid IPA. Grapefruit, piney and grassy. Very well hidden alcohol , one of the very best I've had in a little while now. In the world of IPA's this one is in my top ten easily. Very tasty and very hoppy I just can't believe I hadn't tried this one in five years. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:54:13 | More by TheFightfan1


4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: An aggressive pour into snifter yielded a great off white head that hung around for several minutes and settled down to a solid ring. Lacing is strong with this one. The color is a slightly hazy, clear amber color.

S: Strong fruitiness up front (grapefruit mostly) with an earthy tone and a malty background

T: Awesome profile that starts with a fruity, grassy tone with the hops very clearly present to give it the bitter undertones. The label states 100+ IBU but it hides behind (kinda like an elephant would hide behind an SUV) the other complex, fruity (not sweet!) flavors of this great brew. The finish is my favorite of any beer I've had to date, a smooth balance of the alcohol, hops and Jesus they use in this fine beverage.

M: Almost perfect with just the right carbonation, texture, and bite to make this my current favorite.

O: This went to the top of my list and I will definitely be trying to find anything that could top it. By all means, please try this beauty!!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 07:50:16 | More by JOPA_FRESH
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBD 1/14/14 Light amber pour with a light red cast. Well formed head with lasting lacing. Nice nose of citrus and pine hops against a toast and caramel sweet background. Light body with a smooth texture. Just enough carbonation to give a light effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is pretty much one dimensional - hop flavor (grapefruit over pine) flows to a prominent hop bitterness which resembles grapefruit rind. The malt is present, but only in a slight background fashion. The finish is all bitterness, but with a focus on the pine hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 19:40:43 | More by tillmac62
Photo of lochef81


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

This ale pours a hazy golden copper color with a small short lived white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is just what it's namesake implies. ..ruining. it is super bitter with loads of citrus and pine hops. There is a slight malt backbone but it is subtle at best. The mouthfeel is traditional dipa, medium bodied and mouth coating. The flavor is everything the name and nose promises, nothing but palate numbing hoppy bitterness. Like being socked in the tongue by a lemon, a grapefruit, and a bag of pine needles. This beer is not well balanced nor well crafted, but it us exactly what it vows to be; an utterly mouth destroying, taste bud ruining hop bomb of an ale(imagine a less fresh version of Hopslam). This is by no means my favorite dipa or my favorite Stone offering or even something that I'd frequently return to, but it is exactly what it is meant to be. All others will effectively be ruined for the night following this. Not great but exactly what its meant to be...and then some.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:35:08 | More by lochef81
Photo of snaotheus


4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by 05/11/14.

Pours amber-yellow, slightly hazy, medium white head, medium carbonation. Smell is grapefruit and flowers.

Taste is heavy grapefruit rind bitterness, some pine, slight (very slight) honeysuckle sweetness. Such a long, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium body. Overall, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 04:12:58 | More by snaotheus
Photo of jj139


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A - Pretty golden/orange with a 1/2 inch beige head which subsides after a minute or two. Laying was plentiful but faint.

S - Very shy nose,even after warming up, of Grapefruit, citrus, and pine.

T - Grapefruit hits you right off the bat with hints of malt. This brew is all about the bitter hops however.

M - Medium body and carbonation but the bitter hops aftertaste stays with you for awhile after each sip.

O - A big hoppy beer, Stone let's you know right off the bat what you are in for and it doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:36:46 | More by jj139
Photo of TaylorMade2014


4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another gem out of Stone Brewery. This is a must drink double IPA.

Poured into a tulip. Poured a nice golden color with a firm white head that lingered for a good long time.

Smell was citrus (pineapple, grapefruit) and pine. Perfect hoppy smell

Taste was well balanced citrus sweet with a bitter, grapefruit end. Leaves you wanting to immediately take another sip

Medium body, smooth and refreshing

Outstanding beer that will be a staple in my refrigerator

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:38:49 | More by TaylorMade2014
Photo of Beer4B


4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: very unprofessional review...just like I like them.

Really enjoyed this bomber. Fantastic price too.

Had a lot of hops in the taste, but finished much smoother than I expected. If you aren't an IPA fan you won't really like this. But if you are, this is a great buy. I will definitely be buying more of these - very drinkable bomber and great to share.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:27:01 | More by Beer4B
Photo of GinjaSlice


4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: great golden orange color to it with some clarity. nice white head with good lacing that fades quick
S: Was really hard to figure out what i was smelling but I decided it was kind of a grapefruit and piney smell. Very nice
T: This is where this beer shines and is currently one of my favorites. Has a nice grapefruit bitter front with a kinda of sweet malty mid and a hoppy finish. My only slight complaint is the after taste is quite bitter
M: Seems nice a light to me with just the right carbonation.

One of my favorite beers

Edit: just wanted to add as i'm finishing the beer there's almost a slight peppery flavor on the end

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:04:15 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of Flopjack


4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Nice full orange, golden, about 1 finger white head.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, pine, resin, subtle peppery ness.

Taste - Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and mango. Sort of a sweetness and heavy bitterness that almost peppery. Moves onto a more heavy pine, resin heavy earthy bitterness. The end is a mixture of a dry subtle bitterness like grapefruit zest blanketed by alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Full flavored intense bitterness. Will be buying more at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 22:37:11 | More by Flopjack
Photo of TheMarkE


3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy gold, very good head and lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Citrus hops, caramel.

Taste: Hops, Citrus hops, hops, pine, malts, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with a very strong bitter hop finish.

The Verdict: I like it. It’s a hop bomb, and full of bitterness, but there’s enough flavors to keep my tongue happy. I prefer something less bitter, but this will do when I’m in the mood for something hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:03:19 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of brutusmuktuk


3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a little bit of grapefruit flavor, but this beer is all bitterness. Like the bottle proclaims, the bitter flavor dominates your mouth for a long while after you drink it. I admire and respect the beer, but I also have to admit it’s a bit much for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 21:08:36 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of nmwilliamson


3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber with copper highlights. Fine particulate matter suspended throughout - not yeast, no idea. Two fingers of slightly off white foam, settling to an eighth inch. Nice lacing on glass, low carbonation.
Aroma: citrus hops with caramel maltiness in the background.
Taste: hoppy obviously; citrusy, mostly grapefruit. Some sweet maltiness in the background.
Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, but enough to be satisfying.
Overall: not a huge Stone fan as I find the bitterness fairly harsh in many of their beers, but Ruination has just enough malt character to offset some of the grapefruit pith bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 18:10:05 | More by nmwilliamson
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,002 ratings.