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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,005 Ratings

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Ratings: 8005
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 Tone


3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark maize. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Suspended hops are present. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop oil, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness and slight dryness. Tastes of citrus hops, hop oils, fresh hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, weak appearance and blend, but good aroma and body.

Serving type: cask

01-16-2013 14:36:18 | More by Tone
Photo of kojevergas


3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-cask at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica into a New Belgium goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of some cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a non-opaque caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy floral hops - cascade, certainly. Clean malts. A bit of butterscotch. Oily piney hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Quite light, a result of the cask serving type. Oily pine, resinous grapefruit hop character, fragrant clean floral hops, a bit of pear, and some clove. Grapefruit is dominant but not overbearing. Clean malts form the foundation. Butterscotch is present (diacetyl?). It's fresh, tasty, and clean. Nicely layered. A bit simple, but mostly balanced and enjoyable. Some dry hop bitterness surfaces on the climax - though only briefly. It's decently concealed. Not a real subtle flavour profile, but subtlety has never been Stone's strong suit.

Mf: Light, clean, undercarbonated (a victim of the cask), smooth, wet, and thin (again, the pesky cask). Doesn't suit the flavour ideally, but generally so. A bit oily.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd prefer it on tap, no doubt. It is nice, though. Beats my low expectations. A nice beer from Stone, but nothing to write home about. I'd like to try it on proper kegging. Hides its ABV well. Priced highly at $8.00 for the underwhelming quality.


Serving type: cask

11-16-2012 01:31:22 | More by kojevergas
Photo of srandycarter


3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice, fairly clear, has good head retention for a cask.

S- As expected, the hops take the show. Overwhelming. Malt is a background.

T - Malt comes up front, unexpectantly, then those hops take over!

M - Medium body, good balance, and pretty good carb for a cask.

D - Very easy to drink and I think my favorite cask to date!

Serving type: cask

09-14-2012 02:48:17 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Merkur


4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at 12 South Taproom in Nashville.

Beer poured a nice orangish-yellow with about 2 fingers worth of very rich, creamy head.

Beer smelled very citrusy and sweet. Also a bit grassy.

Beer tasted sweet initially from the citrusy hops and then finished very bitter with hints of grapefruit.

Beer tasted very creamy since it was on cask and was a much nicer mouthfeel that normal. Really worked well with the bitterness.

Great bitter DIPA.

Serving type: cask

01-25-2012 01:21:02 | More by Merkur
Photo of JonathanG


4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this at Hops & Pie, straight out of the freshly tapped firkin. I have not yet had this out of the bottle, but would love to try it that way as well, for comparison.

A: Nice and cloudy since it's unfiltered, but evenly cloudy. Sort of a golden-orange/amber color. Minimal head, but good lacing.

S: At first, I got a whiff of hemp oil, then the Simcoe hops really kicked in and fragrant pine notes dominated, along with light malt and citrus notes. Mostly it's all about the pine though.

T: Again, the pine dominates in the hops category, with a bit of citrus as well. Certainly on the drier side. Fantastic bitterness!

M: Medium-bodied and dry. Doesn't have the thickness or sweetness of some DIPAs. Nice and refreshing. Safe to say that this is a palate-wrecker, but in a good way, provided you like high-IBU beer. And if you don't like bitter beer, then what are you doing drinking this?!

O: I am happy I got a chance to grab a pint of this right out of the firkin! Would I drink this again? Without a doubt, yes! If you're looking for a bitter beer that is still refreshing and decidedly easy to drink, give Ruination a try, no matter how it's served.

Serving type: cask

05-08-2011 15:17:36 | More by JonathanG
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North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Stone Brewery. I got pretty excited about this, because Ruination is my favorite offering from Stone.

The beer is a briht, cloudy golden color. It pours from the cask with a 1 and a half inch foamy, light, white head. The nose is a blend of pine and hops, a little heavier to the pine scents. The beer is much smoother on cask, with heavy hops undertones. There is a bitter aftertaste, with an extremely smooth finish. The cask not only smooths out the beer itself, but also brings out the pine flavors that are more muted in the draft version. Very good beer!

Serving type: cask

01-02-2011 21:28:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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New York

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

A: The beer is light amber-copper in color and poured with no head or visible carbonation.
S: There is a moderate aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: A big burst of hop flavors and bitterness dominates the overall taste, yet these are nicely balanced by the underlying malts and are not too overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat sticky.
D: For a beer with this much bitterness, it's rather well balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: cask

06-11-2010 02:03:45 | More by metter98
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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rerate on 7/6/09. On cask with amarillo hops at Daily Pint, Santa Monica. Absolutely amazing grapefruit, lemon, and orange aroma. Also has a touch of sweet toffee and vanilla. This was a beautiful hazy golden pour, with typical cask frothy head. Very well balanced flavor, then a wonderful dry bitter finish. This is an amazing brew, and the cask only adds to it.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2010 02:02:36 | More by ChrisPro
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4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Aroma's in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of all kinds of hops - floral, grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal - with an emphasis on the citrus family. Pale malt lurks in the background but doesn't play a huge role.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by huge hits of citrus and pine hop flavors with herbal undertones. The hop flavors carry through to a strongly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall there's really not a whole lot that could be improved with this beer. Give it a shot if you haven't already.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2009 04:53:50 | More by glid02
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY

Appearance was cloudy with a minimal amount of head. The carbonation was low (as I expected from a cask) but this actually worked in this beer's favor because it made this otherwise very aggressive DIPA a bit more smooth and mellow. The mouthfeel was that resulted was subtle with a nice lingering bitterness.

The smell was suprisingly aromatic considering that it came from a cask. Very fruity and sweet actually. Some grapefruit notes came through. The taste was excellent. I think I prefer this beer on cask because it is much more drinkable despite being just as hoppy.

Exceptional beer.

Serving type: cask

08-30-2009 06:07:40 | More by wd40
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4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on cast at O' Brian's pub in San Diego in a pint glass, July 2nd, 2009 this review is a little overdue

A: A nice thick golden pour, it was noticeably more cloudy on cast then from the bottle. Nice frothy two finger head with good lacing

S: Very aromatic, the cast brings out the melon a lot more, along with this the hops. And more hopes. Very sweet tangy, but not overbearing citrus smell

T: Its hoppiness is first noticeable, and then grapefruit follows and possibly lemon. Definitely characterized by piney hops, however it wasn't over bearing and had a very nice balance with the citrus fruits. The bitterness comes out more in the Cast, which I thought it made it the perfect amount

M: Very nice mouth feel, and very crisp, and less carbonation in the cast, which I greatly preferred over the bottle. Nice lingering in the back of the palette leaving a constant reminder of how enjoyable this beer is

D: I could drink this stuff all day long, but I have to save up for a car...

Overall: I have loved this beer for a long time now, but if you have the chance to get it on cast it makes a huge difference. The flavors pop out even more and the lighter carbonation allows the beer to really linger in your mouth

Serving type: cask

08-24-2009 16:43:38 | More by ledomelor
Photo of nomomentwasted


4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask today at Stone after having had it out of the taps at Stone a few times and out of a bottle many more times. My friend's first legal brew as today's his 21. Not a bad way to start, lads.

Appearance: Minimal head, as tends to happen from the cask, and carbonation looked low from the get-go. But a brilliant orange-brown hue that laced decently for a cask beer.

Smell: Not as incredibly hoppy as its brethren in other forms, but the hops are still there for certain, but it smelled so much sweeter, like esterified and fruity, even. Not quite like a Belgian, but much more so than on tap or in bottle. Interesting.

Taste: Still a palate demon, but not nearly to the same effect. I felt like I was drinking Ruination with less hops and more sweet malt, like it was balanced. What?! Is this right? A beer designed to not be balanced being balanced? The huge hops are both blunted on the front and back end by that fruitiness, making for an entirely different drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Still brutal on the palate, much more of a tongue lashing than Pliny the Elder or Pure Hoppiness, but not necessarily in the taste department. Carbonation is lower, yes, but the sweetness makes in not quite so enamel-eating, tongue-buckling as it otherwise can be.

Drinkability: Due to the relatively warm temperature for an IPA, it's a little less-so than a cooler D/IPA, but still very nice and enjoyable. Definitely glad I could enjoy it on cask as well.

Serving type: cask

08-08-2009 00:38:05 | More by nomomentwasted
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3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For me, it seemed like the chance of a lifetime to have this on cask while visiting the Pizza Port Solana Beach location.

The draw settled into a finger-and-a-half of thick, tawny head with fantastic retention, especially given the heat and (relative) humidity. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very estrous with banana being the prevalent smell. Mouthfeel was really smooth with a light, honey-like taste on the tongue. Finish was smooth with a slight hoppy biterness that reminded me to slow down. Yow!

Serving type: cask

08-06-2009 19:11:01 | More by woodychandler
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy from the cask at The Linkery in downtown SD, has a bit of the nitro-thing going on (I doubt it's nitro, just whatever happens in the cask that makes it look like that.) The smell is heavily of Northwestern hops, maybe chinook and centennial, not as fruity as cascade though. IIRC, stone uses an assload of chinook. The taste is everything you want in an IPA. My dad was drinking a different, "normal," IPA and this made it taste and look like a german lager...muwhahaha!!! It's truely sad that I think this is a balanced beer now. Other IPA's now pale ales, and pale ales, well, weak. Look what you did to me homebrewing! A bit hard to quaff down, but boy it's tasty. Stone just destroys all.

Serving type: cask

06-19-2009 23:27:35 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of charlzm


2.65/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed on cask 07/11/08 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Fairly clear golden hue with a one finger white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is old cheese and used sweatsocks. Ack.

Mouthfeel is dead average (nothing notable), which is odd for a cask pull.

A little grassy flavor, a fleeting flirtation with crystal malt, but mainly lots and lots of hop character which is mainly expressed as bitterness. Some earthy green hop notes as well, but they were hard for me to pull out.

Not a very good beer to my palate.

Serving type: cask

07-12-2008 19:41:58 | More by charlzm
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say about Ruination on Cask is WOW. A beer ment to be on Cask. Just smooths and rounds out this intense beer. Still mounds of hops, but adds texture and a smooth lengthy finish that this beer from bomber doesn't have. This beer is usually the beer to end all beers because it can linger and disrupt other beer samples, not from cask. Really something to behold.

Serving type: cask

07-10-2008 03:17:51 | More by paytoplay
Photo of gwood


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

Served cellar temp at McG's...

Huge airy head from the beer engine that just absolutely coated my glass with thick sticky lacing from the first sip to the last...stunning.

Smells of oranges, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and some floral notes as well - strong almost astringent feel in the nose when breathing it in. As if there weren't enough hops aromas and flavors in this beer, it's been spiced up with Columbus and Simcoe rounds of dry hopping. They both contribute a great deal of complexity to a big beer that is already heavy on the hops. There are blasts of citrus, pine, black pepper, and a slight grass hint in the finish. Same malt signatures as the bottled version but the real treat here is the cask presentation. The beer has smoothed out considerably, mouthfeel is soft and silky, this is just a treat to consume. So highly and dangerously drinkable after three pints I knew that things were going to go south if I kept going at that pace, but it was hard to stop. Just a wonderful presentation of what was already a great beer. Cheers to Stone for getting some of this up to us LA folks!

Serving type: cask

07-03-2008 18:26:12 | More by gwood
Photo of dac


4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask Ale available a couple places in SoCal.
Copper color with a fine thick off-white head from the hand pump draw.

Big hop aroma of pine, citrus and cat piss that knocks your socks off!

The hops attacks the senses from all directions, aroma, flavor and intense bitterness.

Ample malt supports the onslought of hops and perpetuates the sensations long after
swallowing. The hand pump lends a creaminess to the mouthfeel and the hop resins give a
prickleing sensation on the gums and roof of the mouth.

After the initial hops shock is gone this beer actually has a lot going on. Complex malt and ester flavors of caramel, plum and raisin are discernable and the warmth of an ample alcohol content becomes apparent.

This beer is quite drinkable for a "sipping beer". Finishing a pint of it makes you long
for the next one.

Serving type: cask

01-11-2008 01:51:47 | More by dac
Photo of Floydster


4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Naja's Place and one of the best cask beers I have ever had

They added even more hops to a beer that is already not lacking in that category

Pour was a cloudy golden brown with 3/4 inch white soapy head

Smell was bitter and had a strong smell

Taste was a little more mellow than normal surprisingly but had more of a sweet finish

Could have drank a lot of these, nice addition to a great Stone beer

Serving type: cask

09-19-2007 16:38:26 | More by Floydster
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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask pour at Stone's bistro, 4/11/07.

Poured a very hazy, dirty orange-gold color. Small off white head.

Primary aroma was pine resin. Some biscuity character there as well. Not much sweet about this one!

Packs a hop wallop - balance is not a word that applies! Hints of caramel and biscuit struggle to peak through, but then drown in hop flavors - pine & citrus. Some pepper at finish.

Medium in body, low carbonation. A bit rough/grainy and quite dry.

Got my wish after my last bottle (wanted a fresh one). This is as fresh as it gets! A little rough (bottled version seems a bit more tame/domesticated). I didn't go to Stone for the tame stuff, though....

Serving type: cask

04-25-2007 14:35:56 | More by
Photo of Dogbrick


4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask version at Barley’s 4th Annual Mini RAF (05/13/06): Easily the best beer at the event, it almost seemed unfair. Luckily it was not a competition though. Pours cloudy orange/amber with a fluffy off-white head with good retention. Quick, thin lacing. Robust hops and citrus aroma. Rich, smooth body with an achingly good hops flavor, full of citrus and floral notes. Some malt and caramel flavor in the background as well. The cask-conditioning does wonders for this beer's drinkability, and it is frighteningly easy to drink to begin with. The finish is smooth with a lingering hops taste that begs you to keep drinking. Superb.

Serving type: cask

05-25-2006 16:22:45 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of mattcrill


4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this @ Barley's mini-RAF 5/13/06. Cask-conditoned with Simcoe.

Aroma: A citrus hop slam! Fruity, floral, citrus with a hint of honey. This is the kind of aroma that you get when you put your nose in a bag of fresh hop leaves. Just incredible.

Appearance: Hazy river water orange fading to yellow edging with a sudsy white head. Looks impressive...it has to have a ton of hops infused to have that lovely cloudy color.

Flavor: What an awesome balance of hop resins, bitterness, orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit rind, a touch fruity and a little sweetness to help temper this hop maelstrom. Just heavenly.

Mouthfeel: oily, slick, resiny, and it leaves a powdery hop coating on the palate.

Overall impression: Pure heaven. This is the nectar of the gods. What an awesome showcase of hop balance. World Class.

Serving type: cask

05-14-2006 15:17:47 | More by mattcrill
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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
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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
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,005 ratings.