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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 8007
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 Alieniloquium


4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - A little bit hazy. Orange body. Nice white head. Sticky lacing and nice lacing.

Smell - Pungent grapefruit hops. Resiny. Intense.

Taste - Equally intense grapefruit hop flavor. Immediately bitter. Resiny hops. Mild caramel malt. Bitterness is intense.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Detracts a little from the drinkability as it lasts on the palate. Medium body.

Overall - When I think about it, it's too abrasive. When I just drink it without worrying about how to describe the flavors, it's delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 23:47:03 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of TheMagnanimous


4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: Citrus fruit predominates, some piney/resiny dankness as well.

Taste: Sweetness from strong malt backbone up front with citrus fruit (tangerine, mango) from hops finishing with bitter lingering grapefruit notes. As hops coat the palate with each sip it becomes more difficult to detect the subtleties in the hop flavor profiles. Tremendous job by Stone of imparting massive hop flavor without being overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium/full bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium/low in my opinion (maybe just the draught system) but this is key as too much carb in this beer would make the hop bitterness biting rather than smooth and creamy as it is.

Overall: Personally I like this a lot more than Stone IPA. It has surprisingly few rough edges for such a big beer, just a massive amount of delicious flavor and a malt profile that almost perfectly complements the avalanche of hops in the finish. Probably my favorite IPA/DIPA that is widely available.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 17:59:40 | More by TheMagnanimous
Photo of jedijezus


3.31/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This IPA wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Appearance was great. Orange and clear with 2 fingers of frothy head. Overall taste and smell seems rotten in every sense. It tastes like rotten tomatoes except hoppy as all hell. Not watery yet surprisingly smooth. It might have been just a bad batch, but this is my review.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 18:37:20 | More by jedijezus
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale orangey yellow, with good white head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Perfumey, citrusy, piney hops. Some toasty malt and fruit behind the hops

Taste: Floral and herbal hops up front, then bitterness with piney and citrusy hops. Not to be outdone, it hits you with bready, toasted malts with some fruitienss.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent beer, though it doesn't seem as extreme at it once did.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 03:09:57 | More by MadCat
Photo of reebtaerG


4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a cloudy light orange with a nice white head
S-great citrus,maybe orange and pine
T-taste is citrus, great pine taste and a nice bitter finish
M-medium balanced with nice carbonation slight sticky and resiney
The top dog of IPAs great oily hops that is very clean

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 03:19:39 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of tmm313


4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Semi hazy, light amber body, with creamy 2 finger head. Incredible retention, lacing, and trailing.

S- Big pine up front with tangerine, grapefruit, orange, peppery spices, malts, subtle floral, and dank.

T- Changed fairly dramatically as it warmed. Straight out of the tap, the pine and bitter hops were huge up front with just a slight wave of citrus and malt on the back end. As it warmed, the pine would hit first, but would almost immediately be met with stronger grapefruit, malts, and citrus sweetness. One of the most complex and balanced IPAs I've ever had.

M- Creamy, oily, and slightly heavy. Great carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste.

O- I loved this beer. The Stone people have it figured out. In your face hops with flavors moving around and mixing the way they're supposed to. It was one of those you were sad to take the last drink of. I will be having this many more times to come.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 12:53:13 | More by tmm313
Photo of SDBP123


5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No question, it's hoppy, but in the perfect way.
If you don't like bitter beers then it's probably not for you, but it is worth a try to see if you would enjoy it. It could be your gateway to the wonderful world of hops up on hops.

Stone has sort of made themselves famous for their use of hops and it truly shows.
The smell is not offensive, rather a bit sweet and enticing.
The carbonation is just right.
The flavor is very balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 00:44:50 | More by SDBP123
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, lots of lacing.

S - Hops, orange, flowers.

T - Very hoppy and bitter. Dry with lots of spices. Bold tastes.

M - Medium bodied.

O - A good IPA. A little too dry and bitter for my liking. Could use more citrus. But very solid regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 01:03:52 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

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

Definitely hoppy with huge mouthfeel and earthy/piney bitterness.

A: amber and clear with mild to medium lacing.
S: Nose of earthiness that does not betray the taste, light scent if orange.
T: A little sweet initially (and a slight tinge of alcohol) before being dominated by the hops. Earthy and piney bitterness, with a slight note of peach down deep.
M: Hops pulls on the tongue after an initial note of alcohol, melding into a dryness that lingers on tongue.

Edit one month later: I don't notice the up front sweetness as much. The alcohol taste I mentioned I also don't notice as much, but instead I note a more resin tone (maybe a little metallic) in its place.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 23:25:15 | More by cjgiant
Photo of HopsGoblin


4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is some good stuff, plainly said. Even better is their actual brewery, which is a beautiful slice of heaven in Southern California.

It is everything you want in a bold IPA, and does not disappoint whether in a bottle or on draft. Beautiful color and a lot of bold aroma followed by bold taste. Not for the weak of palate, but a real treat for those who love a bitter IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 04:11:45 | More by HopsGoblin
Photo of 57md


3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy dark straw color with a finger of white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly, but left a touch of lacing behind.

The nose was hoppy with a touch of citrus. The flavor certainly had plenty of hoppiness, but the malt profile is definitely lacking.

This offering is certainly hoppy, but does not quite live up to its name. I have yet anything more tongue shredding than Moylan's Hopsickle. Neither Hopsickle nor Ruination quite crack my personal DIPA top ten.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 02:17:23 | More by 57md
Photo of Dirty_chavez


5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this regularly and is a fav & go to. Visited World of Beer in Columbus, Ohio after it opened and requested it be mixed with Left Hand Milk Stout NITRO. Was an amazing mix, and hope I can get one more before I have to leave town.

* The stout mellows out the bitterness of the Ruination but, if your a real hop head it still has enough bite. I'm not a huge fan of stouts but, this mix has greatly opened my taste...

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 05:04:55 | More by Dirty_chavez
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Darker amber color, with a white head.

Smell: Holy hops! Nothing but citrus/hop smells.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, and smooth. A very hoppy, citrusy beer. Great taste!

Overall: Very enjoyable brew, always heard good things about this one, so I am very glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 14:24:22 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a rich golden color with an inch head, amazing lacing.

smell is of bitter nw hops, citrus. taste is on point. big hop taste , great citrus flavor. very piney. huge bitterness. malts are apparent even through all the hops. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a great dipa. one of the best in the categories.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 00:40:39 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of tobelerone


4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Lightly hazed orange color, two fingers of foamy white head settling slowly; nice creamy lacing remains. Nose is assertively hoppy; malt and subtle caramel sweetness are present but firmly in the background; lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple; some floral notes.

The taste is certainly aggressively hopped as well but the grapefruit-y bitterness is counterbalanced a bit by a stronger, sweeter malt character. Again there is an array of hop flavors with various citrus fruits and floral and pine notes. Dries up pretty well in the finish; the bitterness remains during a lengthy aftertaste.

Medium to slightly full bodied, medium carbonation; a little smooth and sticky. Typical of the old guard of this style.

This is certainly a classic DIPA but no longer a top favorite of mine. It’s big and bitterly hoppy and a bit boozy and yes, maltier than I might like. Not the most subtle or intricate DIPA; something like Pliny (to say nothing of Hill Farmstead or Alpine IPAs) has this beat on overall flavor, complexity, and drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:58:45 | More by tobelerone
Photo of argock


3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Newcastle "schooner" at The Lodge (Hilton Head Island, SC).

A: Almost identical hazy golden as Stone IPA with a short cap of almost white head with a collar of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Aroma is not as strong or as varied with mainly pine and pineapple/lemon fruit aromas and no malt component to speak of.

T: The flavor is very bitter but still somewhat well balanced with a huge dose of pale maltiness and a bracing hop barrage of pineapple, orange, lemon, and pine.

M: Despite the bitterness this is smooth and easy to consume with a body that is much lighter than the flavor with good dryness to improve consumability.

O: Kind of like visiting an old friend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 00:35:11 | More by argock
Photo of BierStein711


3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a 10oz snifter for a pre engagement apertif

Smells: floral hops, hemp, malt, booze, and pine.

Taste: Apricot, grapefruit, citrus, and pine

Mouthfeel: Smooth, gentle carbonation, and warming

Overall, this is a splendid beer! I doubt it will ever be in my fridge, but do try it sometime!

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 00:40:25 | More by BierStein711
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a DFH Signature Snifter.

Pours a Medium, 1/4” white head, which rapidly diminishes to thin film, good lace and easily revived with a swirl. It’s a live ale.
The color is medium amber

The aroma is one of light/medium floral piney hops, bitter and lemon, followed by medium rich roasted grain malt and ale yeast. Refined.

Crisp, bitter entry on the palate of medium distinct piney and resiny hops, followed by rather light to medium malt. The malt does have a nice richness and is quite elegant. Some light ale yeast.
Medium crisp acidity with a full body and fine balanced carbonation, along with the off dry sweetness makes for a balanced brew

Long finish of mildly bitter hops and some light malt, lasts.

I have had this on tap and in bottle with similar taste profiles. Don’t know if I am just getting poorly handled beer or what but I just don’t see anything about this ale to get excited about.
It is extremely drinkable but just does not wow you. Lots of better IPA’s out there IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 00:37:17 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of Khazadum


4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great lacing, sticky white sauce. Not the greatest cap. Thick pond scum. Ruby clear body.

Big mango and peach scents .. shame they dissipate quick. Caramels try to back it up with some strength. It just falls short of long living.

Flavors....wow! Huge bright hops. It's sweet firstly but turns to a tremendously, palate destroying bitter monster. The sweetness can barely contend. It peeks here and there but this pine cone and fronds rip into my teeth. Finishes more generic than pine bittering. Just a nice organic acid bite. Some vanilla sometimes which confused the hell out of me. Like a custard vanilla.

Thick body, creamy, slick, bristling carbonation. Long long long sticky power.

Not bad. Not something I would drink again, but that's me. It's best in the first six ounces.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 01:05:04 | More by Khazadum
Photo of mactrail


3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall a workmanlike IPA with all the standard equipment. Classic amber color in the pint glass, topped with a fine-grained foam. Rich and fruity. Plenty bitter-- you wouldn't mistake it for anything but an IPA. Serious resins are the main flavor. some pineapple and a little lemon peel.

Medium body with a pleasant burst of flavor. Nice big sudsy mouthfeel. Still, it gets bitter and not much else after a few sips. But a decent choice for a hop blast.

Why is this supposed to be a Double? It's an IPA. Maybe there has been some category creep since this was first released. On tap at Bergie's Pub in Old Town.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 06:36:36 | More by mactrail
Photo of BMMillsy


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

Pours golden and clear with medium white head. Smells of heavy pine like I shoved a pine cone up my nose, a hint of citrus, and exclusively highlighting the bitter hops. Flavor follows similarly. Hops are palate killing up front. Finishes with bitterness as well, with some sweet malts in the middle, and citrus aftertaste that just lingers on the palate. I had this right after Founders Centennial and it blew it away. Big resinous mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, with a slightly dry finish. Good stuff, and rather unique (but not as unique as RuinTen--that one is in its own category).

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 22:08:46 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of muskiesman

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 17:13:58 | More by muskiesman
Photo of dejrrma


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.50, around 14oz, served in a pint glass at Leon's Full Service.

a- golden, hazey yellow. less than half an inch of head, and minimal lacing

s- um, there's not much going on here. there's some hops and lemony scents. that's about it.

t- hops all the way. incredible. this is one incredibly bitter beer. seriously, what is the IBU for this? Out of this world. There's very little malt presence (if any). Instead, i get a slight yeasty taste. honestly love how this tastes.

m- high level of carbonation, and super bitter and dry after taste. medium body. this is not a beer i would call "balanced" by any means, but that doesn't work against it. it is a double ipa that is hops all the way.

o- i love west coast (d)ipas. even though there's not much going on in the appearance/smell categories, i love this beer. i wouldn't drink it every day, but I sure as hell would want to.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 05:53:54 | More by dejrrma
Photo of maximum12


2.58/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Valley Tap House, a solid new place in the South Metro with good food & very decent taps. That qualifies for a win/win down this way. Pint quaffed while having lunch & waiting for a new windshield to be installed.

Pours a clouded pale yellow, unfiltered. Nose on this IPA is very nice initially, bitter, citrusy, but after the beer begins to warm, the onion comes through & messes with the experience.

Ruination is a beer I've revisited a few times to try to understand its sterling reputation. Massive doses of onion throw me off immediately, with a rank bitterness that makes me think of chewing onion bubble gum. There might be pine or something else pleasing hereabouts, but I can't get past the bulbous sharpness. It's a chore to get down.

I specifically sought this out because the keg was put on the day before, thinking I'd had bad experiences with, perhaps, old bottles. But no. I just don't like this beer. Doesn't even reach mediocre for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 02:41:49 | More by maximum12
Photo of Clembo1957

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Euston Tap in London, a long way from Escondido!

This is a Prince among beers, i was tempted to give it a 5 for taste but i'm still in search of the perfect beer but this is close!

Ruination is big on the hops and citrus, VERY hoppy with an intense hoopy aroma and a well balanced body.

One of the best.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 21:49:33 | More by Clembo1957
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,007 ratings.