Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 9,195 | Reviews: 2,959 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
A double IPA experience. Great floral pine citrus smell. Nice dark orange color. Cellared for a couple of months, and found balanced in bitterness and only a bit hoppy. Was interesting with heavy meal. Had it 4.5 years later and its supurb bitterness was apparent.
05-30-2004 03:59:34 | More by Sammy
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Best by 2/27/12.
Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely hoppy with an emphasis on herbal and citrus zest aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, herbal hops, and some slight honey flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA that I have put off trying entirely too long. A very pleasant surprise.
02-18-2012 07:32:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
A: Pale orange and slightly hazed. Good white head.
S: Lots of floral hops that overwhelm the nostrils in a very good way.
T: Continuing from the nose, there is an overwhelming sense of fresh floral hops in addition to a nice bready malt base. Some citrus and tropical hops as well.
M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.
D: Drink this FRESH. I've sampled this several times, and the fresher it is, the better it is. Fresh hops overwhelm in a good way, almost to a sweetness rather than a bitterness. An amazing DIPA.
05-01-2009 14:42:18 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
06-11-2010 02:03:45 | More by metter98
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
03-15-2004 21:51:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear honey colored body with a nice fluffy head and plenty of lacing
Smell: Perfumed hoppy aroma; sweet grapefruit
Taste: Starts with a toasted bready flavor that quickly gives way to some serious bitterness that coats the tongue like a blanket; there is some residual sweetness but the tastebuds just can't handle it due to the IBUs; clear alcoholic warming as the liquid goes down the gullet
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with good levels of carbonation
Drinkability: Nowhere near as drinkable in quantity as the Stone IPA, this is a brewing achievement on the extreme level; just not something I want a lot of
01-07-2006 00:05:07 | More by brentk56
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Browsing the beer aisle today and it dawned on me that I hadn't had this beer in a while. Good choice Kevin, good choice!
The beer opens with a coppery-orangy tint, obvious haze from dry hopping and froathy head formation. The head laced well but I expected more. Lots of lacing left behind.
Sharp, spicy, citrusy, piney, and acidic hop aromas assault the olfactories and promise a hop-forward beer. Only a timid caramel malt character wants to compete. No esters, no phenolics- a pretty clean aroma.
Hop flavor makes the hop aroma look pansical. Juicy hop flavors of grapefruit, orange zest, grapefruit, piney-grassy, grapefruit, and lemon-grass, and, ...oh yea, grapefruit! The clean malt character that I found in the nose falls by the waistside in flavor- this one is all about the hops.
As expected, a clean hop bitterness dominates with a malt roundess that offers little sweetness on the palate and even less balance. Cracker-like in the body, then caramelized malts don't stand a chance. A piney, grapefruit aftertaste persists as the beer dries out wonderfully in the end.
Has a truer American IPA ever been brewed?
07-16-2005 05:27:51 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Pours a deep cloudy orange with a small creamy head that quickly faded but left a bit of lace. Smell was hoppy heaven! Pine and strong citrus overtones are really all you can smell. The taste was right behind, just up in your face hops! Truly a DIPA if I have ever had one. Not as strong on the alcohol as some others which made this much more drinkable, which could be a problem with the high ABV. Could drink this everyday, truly a great beer and another treasure from Stone!
12-16-2006 01:59:43 | More by mikesgroove
3.23/5 rDev -24.9%
22 oz bomber poured a beautiful hazy orange with huge bubbly white head which stuck to the glass nicely. Nice hop aroma with some pine and earthiness. Taste is like bam! of bitterness. Medium body. Nice hop flavor but super bitter. Quite drinkable for 7.7 abv.
11-08-2010 00:19:02 | More by acurtis
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a bright copper color beer with a nice foamy bright white head with great lacing and retention. Beautiful floral aroma with solid sweet malt as a backbone. Taste is also dominated by the floral texture of the hops with a great nice bitter finish. Great balance between bitter and floral malt and great presence of malt. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I was really impress since I am not the greatest fan of IIPA.
05-01-2006 14:54:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +3%
A: A clear pale gold color with about 1 finger worth of foam that slowly drifts away. Pretty decent lacing.
S: Pine and citrus, hop resin, some floral qualities as well. Some malt sweetness, but very minimal.
T: Very bitter, lots of pine, some floral background. The hops are primarily on the front with a slight amount of malt on the finish.
M: Not much carbonation, medium body, kind of sticky on the tongue (especially as it warms).
D: Bitter and boozy, but a delicious DIPA.
07-26-2009 19:11:11 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
ON TAP at Stone. Disclaimer: I have to disclose that in bottle this is the beer that is my "go to beer" when I don't want my usually favored stout. This is my "every day beer" so I may taste it with some prejudice. However...
Orange color with a short white head and nice and heavy, long lasting lacing (more than from a bottle); assertive orange citrus nose that gives way to pleasant and heavy grapefruit.
Big and appealing orange/grapefruit flavor with a big, full bodied mouthfeel and with a long lasting and pleasant grapefruit/hop finish.
This is always a winner and the beer on tap mirrors the nice drink found in a bottle. Nice mouthfeel and character all around.
05-24-2009 19:52:21 | More by GRG1313
4/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a full, foamy, white head.
Smell: Predominately hoppy aroma smelling of an aromatic blend of gooey pine resin and oily grapefruit rinds. Some lesser candyish notes in the nose, as well as hints of bread and sliced melons.
Taste: Citric grapefruit juices and packed with pine needles. Touch of peppermint, some floral hints as well. Citrus and melon fruitiness. Meek pale, lightly bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness make an appearance when they can. Full, tongue-scalding bitterness. There's a tiny bit of sweetness in the finish and lingering aftertaste, but, by and large, it's all hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.
Drinkability: About as smooth as 100+ IBUs is going to get.
07-15-2008 20:08:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
This brew poured out as a murky golden orange color. The head was really big and foamy. The lacing was very sticky along the glass. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, they aren't fooling around with this beer. The aromas are mostly earthy to me, there are some qualities of citrus that peak through but not much. The taste of this beer is loaded with monster hop flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and even a bit heavy. Overall as much as I like this IPA, I feel there are much better choices out there. For some reason the hops they use in this don't really do it for me.
07-07-2011 20:06:05 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a nice clear golden color with a very sticky head.Whoa what a aroma almost made me sneaze,big piney and zesty hop here no malt aroma to speak of but very appetizing.Taste to be expected was highly hopped to say the least zesty grapefruit and light pine even a slight medicinal note in the finish,.a hop monster I have wanted to try and got exactley what I bargained for here.
05-07-2004 00:20:31 | More by oberon
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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