Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.
The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour motors forth! This stop pours a clear light amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lime, light lemon zest, light orange zest, caramel, and pine resin. The taste holds notes of caramel, pine, very light lime, black pepper, lemon zest, light pineapple, and balsa. The body is on the heftier end of the light medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this is one beastly DIPA, one that wrecks the tongue with its massive hop concentration but still goes down eerily easily. Good times.
11-09-2011 05:34:30 | More by TMoney2591
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Glowing orange body, tight head with a creamy surface texture. Lace forms in sheets, and really looks amazing as it slowly dries into webby capillary shapes.
Grapefruit is the distinct aroma, delivered by a pungent load of hops.
Nice hint of sweetness melded into the heavy load of hop bitterness. Alternating pine and citric bitterness, juicy at first, then fairly dry in the aftertaste. Pine flavor wins out in the end, balanced by light malt flavors.
It's not so over the top that you can't take a big swig without stripping tooth enamel. It's actually pretty drinkable, but the alcohol can limit a session somewhat. Try mixing it up with their regular IPA.
05-07-2008 02:07:19 | More by emerge077
4.43/5 rDev +3%
A - Poured out a clear orange/auburn color with foamy, off-white head. It left lacing.
S - It smelled extremely floral and fruity, like grapfruit and orange.
T - This was incredibly hoppy. Very bitter with some malty sweetness. The hops almost overpowered the senses.
M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.
D - This is an outstanding DIPA. Very strong and powerful flavors & aromas.
06-18-2008 02:09:15 | More by zeff80
4.3/5 rDev 0%
22 oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.
Appearance: Honey-colored with a fluffy white head that leaves behind a ton of sticky lace.
Smell: Spicy, resiny hops and little else. The fresh pine aroma is absolutely huge.
Taste: The taste closely follows the nose with a massive resiny hop flavor attacking the palate from the get-go. It sits on your tounge with a piney, oily, intensely hoppy taste, but the finish is smooth and even somewhat malty. Unexpectedly smooth, and even pretty mellow. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and very smooth.
Drinkability: One of the most drinkable double IPAs out there. Too strong to session, but not so strong that you couldn't easily enjoy a pint or two.
11-18-2006 03:33:03 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
I grabbed a bottle of this at a grocery store in Austin, Texas, opting for the 12oz version, the better to pack back home through the friendly skies...
This beer, poured into a standard American pint glass, appears a hazy apricot-orange hue, with a few fingers of thick foamy white head. The smell is bitter grapefruit hop essence, with mild caramel maltiness hanging in the background. The taste is a salvo of bitterness at first, the citrus and pine notes quite intense. The hoppiness moves across the palate, never wavering, supported by a behind-the-scenes caramel malt body that is only detectable by its minor mellowing affect on the hop assault. The carbonation is moderate, giving some pep to distract only somewhat from the hop party, and the elevated alcohol is entirely lost to the senses. This beauty finishes dry, with a nice lingering citrus bitterness.
This is everything promised by the still amusing but overwrought labeling, and I cannot fault truth in advertising. After an acclimating first few sips, this went down nice and smooth, disappearing way too quickly, for my only having the one bottle at my disposal.
02-01-2009 01:15:33 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Hazy, golden-orange with a foamy ivory head that holds extremely well and leaves brilliant lace. The aroma is boldly full of citrusy, grassy and earthy hops including flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. The flavor is also boldy full of citrusy, grassy and earthy hops including flavors of orange, peach, and tangerine. But there is also some distinct, sweet caramel malt present beneath the hops. This beer is big! Truly an assault on the senses! INTENSE. RICH. FULL. Definitely a "one beer" beer - especially in the 22 ounce bottle! And yet it's balanced with enough sweet malt that you don't fall over with "bitterface"! However, the alcohol might get you to fall over at a full 7.7% by volume. Astonishing! However, it should be noted - as it is on the back of the bottle - that this is for the "matriculated imbiber". Albsolutely worth searching out for the hop head.
09-11-2002 18:47:34 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev -7%
Pours clear straw with a one finger head and strong lacing. Nose is light - lighter than the Stone IPA. Has a mild citric smell. Flavor carries heavy citric tones with more bitterness throughout. I am drinking this one right after the Stone IPA and I find this one to be more robust and thorough. The IPA is a bit tamer and this one is a bit..."harsher", shall we say. I give them both the same ratings because I feel they are both different, but the same in quality.
12-30-2007 05:40:40 | More by RblWthACoz
4.9/5 rDev +14%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle (which has the quote "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!") into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright gold with a thick, foamy, white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: Strong aroma of hops with some citrus and malt and a slight hint of alcohol.
T: Nice intense burst of hops hits you right away and dominates the whole time you drink it. There's a little bit of a citrus malt background to it, but this beer is ALL HOPS.
M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation clean finish.
D: It's very tasty and there's no trace of the alcohol, definitely one I had hang with for the whole night.
This is yet another flat out EXCELLENT beer from Stone. I'm always amazed how they can consistently leave their signature in the flavor of a beer, while still representing the style magnificently, no matter what style it may be. Within the style, Dreadnaught is that only one I've had that's better and it's not by much. Since this beer is more accessible and cheaper than Dreadnaught, from now on when I want a DIPA, this is the one I'll choose.
06-15-2006 03:17:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.5/5 rDev -18.6%
A - One and a half fingers of bone white head on a yellow-orange body with good clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves a thick ring of lace on the wall of the glass.
S - Strong, grapefruit hop aroma with an underlying note of earthy, pine resin. It is hard to get past the hops, but there is a malty aroma under there with some mild caramel notes.
T - Strong, spicy bitterness with lots of pine resin and astringent, almost sour texture. Some malt breifly tries to break through but is beaten back down by sour grapefruit and intense bitterness.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish with very high astringency.
D - Take the description on the back of the bottle seriously; if you are not the kind of perverse hop head who enjoys masochistically high levels of astringent hop bitterness then this beer isn't for you. I found the aroma a bit weak and one dimensional, and the flavor more so. I hoped for more flavor and aroma emphasis, but sadly, this was the kind of flat, bitterness oriented IPA that I don't care for. Drinking this was kind of like sucking on a grapefruit filled with juniper berries, and while I do enjoy both grapefruit and gin (often together), that is not the experience I am looking for in a beer, even an IPA.
02-15-2009 02:20:29 | More by nickfl
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date not to worry because between the amount of hops and the higher level of alcohol this brew should have quite a long shelf life.
Appearance: The head looks like a foamy off white head of a cappuccino and not only stays think and cake like but leaves an awesome trail of lace down the glass. The pale sunset orange colour is vibrant and clear.
Smell: Perfumy sweet hop oils with big yet rounded citrusy smells, a bit piney and tobacco like sharpness within. Some alcoholic esters, soft toasted malt and fruitiness makes for a very diversely aromatic brew.
Taste: Sturdy medium body with a deeply smooth mouth feel from the even carbonation. After a second of limbo and a quick shot of malt the taste buds start to comprehend the amount of hops and all of their intricate flavours. At first there is an initial rush of floral, soft but every evident. Next is the onslaught of bitterness which comes in quick with a level pungency pushing out piney, citrus rind and leafy / woody flavours. The malt swings in with a mild toasted grain character and light fumes of the alcoholic esters come forth. Then the malt is pushed aside as the coarse side of the bitter hops drops tobacco and earthy flavours far into the finish. Finishes semi dry with a sizeable puckering effect.
Notes: This is one hell of a hoppy brew, not overkill like other massive IPAs but more over aroma, flavour and bitterness as a whole. BTW this beer is devastating to the palate so dont drink anything that you may want to taste after this beer as the taste buds will become numb in a way. A daring brew that gives you more than enough hops.
08-19-2002 12:55:44 | More by Jason
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Wow!!! I have finally gotten ahold of the Ruination IPA, and I feel that there is so much anticipation behind the rating of this beer. First of all, I love this style and equally important it is brewed by Stone. IMO Stone brewing is revolutionary from the Bastard to the Smoked Porter. So, here it goes, the beer is poured into an official Stone Brewing Co. Pint glass leaving about two fingers of head. A deep copper goldish tint is the hue that this beer represents. As the gargoyle on the bottle stares at me, I attempt my first sip of this creation. WIth my first gulp, I took a deep breath to absorb all of the hop aroma that engulfed my senses. The hop aroma is a floral, citrusy, and earthy mixture of wonderful hops, with a sharp sweetness to the nose it bitters as it splashes down on my tongue with the welcoming bitterness (100 + IBU's) a trace of sweet maltiness tags along to balance out the beer to become a masterpiece. On the back of this bottle there is a warning of the what this beer can do to the palate. I agree that it is hilarious, and that I would not start out with this beer at tasting event. However, it is not to overwhelming for my tastes.... I love hops. If this beer and the Dogfish Head 90 min IPA were tried side by side a lot would be confused about which be was delivering which flavor. I think they are both sickeningly yet amazingly hoppy, yet I think I prefer the 90 min IPA. Definitely amazing a must try for all beer advocates.
01-06-2003 19:24:51 | More by WVbeergeek
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured amber to amber/copper with a slight haze that made me think this was stronger than the actual ABV. Huge fluffy active white head that retained very well and left a large amount of lacing
Smell: Hops bouquet, makes you think you're in hops' heaven; floral motes mostly, but some oilier scents present
Taste: Large fruitiness up front gives way to a persistent but but not overpowering hops finish.
MF: Despite the IBUs the fruitness and chunkiness of this effort hold together well
I think I could drink this all day, but since I only have one bomber, we'll never know. Yummy
01-10-2006 04:32:31 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
I like this beer quite a bit, but bottles in Chicago are rarely as fresh as they should be. I was elated to discover a bottle at Whole Foods that was best before 8/18/2011 - less than two weeks old! Served in a Bell's tulip.
A - Two fingers of white foam settle to a thick ring and near-complete cap, leaving some minimal lacing. The body is a transparent dark golden color.
S - A plethora of hop aromas - tropical fruits, pine, dankness, citrus and perhaps a faint note of alcohol. Some brown sugar malt character and a hint of cereal malt.
T - Lots of piney hops, initial grapefruit bitterness that surprisingly dissipates by the time the finish rolls around. Cereal grain malt backdrop. Not as palate-destroying as I remembered - I must have undergone palate shift since the early days.
M - Medium body, super dry, lower carbonation. Resinous with plenty of residual hop oils.
D - Forgot how easy to drink this beer is - the 7.7% is well-hidden outside of the nose. I split a bomber with Mike and it went down very quickly as a warm-up for some bigger brews. Wish it was this fresh all the time.
06-02-2011 01:36:16 | More by MasterSki
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz bottle into a Stone IPA Flute.
Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of off-white poofy head. Wow, there is still a ton of release even several minutes after the pour. Even when it shrinks down some, there is still at least a 1/2 finger of retention left that leaves just massive hop lacing all over the glass. The aroma is a volatile hoppy mix of pine, floral notes, citrus, spice, thick malt sweetness, and alcohol.
The taste is more of the same, with a sticky resinous hoppiness that is nicely balanced by a beefy backbone of citrus and spicey malt character. The bitterness just lingers on the palette and mixes with malt sweetness and heat to give it a slightly medicinal feel that just coats the mouth and sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy with a syrupy feel from all the heavy malts and alcohol.
Wow, this definitely one brawny beer that leaves it all out on the table. Heavy hops, heavy malts, and heavy heat? Check! Check! and Check! Even wiht all those big flavors and feel, I still find this bruiser of a DIPA to be quite drinkable. It may lack the magic and panache of some other West Coast Hop Bombs, but this palatte wrecker from Stone can more than hold its own.
02-25-2008 17:50:09 | More by Kegatron
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
Beautiful, bright orange color...fine, 1/2", bubbly head.
Aroma: Big, bad, gorgeous hoppiness, fruit aplenty, some grapefruit, yeah, but peach, orange, tangerine, non-stop, glorious hops...so sweet, so utterly pleasant, abundantly delightful. Bright, luscious, lively...all bow in honor of the almightiness of humulus lupus!
Shall we sip? Do we dare?
Full force of hops on the palate, a devastating wave of hops across the palate up, over, around, about, and above the senses! Dominant to say the least, absolutely overpowering and spreading nothing but delight to those of us hopheads who revel in the luxury of an immersion of such bitter, tasty delights!
Each time you put down the glass, and finish your gulp, the flavor subsides on the palate, resides fully in the senses, and you eye that glass and are eager for more. You don't need it, for the flavor has never left your senses, but it tempts, it teases....like the label says, it ruins you for anything of weaker flavor, and why would you ever want that, anyway?
Fantastically delicious, this super-hopped ale, one I'd return to as often as I could, when fortune provides. This is the IPA that should be the emblem, the acme, the standard any IPA should strive for!
Big thanks to LongBeach Bum for this bottle, allowing me to retaste it, re-review it, relive it, re-invigotate myself!
01-01-2004 11:36:28 | More by feloniousmonk
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle with out a "BEST BY" date into a St. Bernadus goblet. Beer is orangish yellow with a thin white head and low carbonation. Head diffusely forms a thin broken film on top of the beer. A little lacing is left on the glass, not much to speak of. This beer has a lot of haze, as is customary with DIPA these days, it is not clear at all.
Aroma is strong but not overpowering. Some alcohol in the nose, not much, a lot of citrus and a considerable measure of pine. I can pick up a little malt in the aroma as well.
Beer is slightly warm in the mouth. Not a strong alcohol content in the flavor though. Moderate mouthfeel, not too thick not to thin. The definite feel of the beer is in the hop character. There is a lot of back end bitterness, mostly pine in nature, an interesting beer. The midpalate flavors are covered by the high malt. Drinkability is fine. The bitterness grows on me and ends up slowing the consumption.
10-27-2009 01:11:01 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
My fiancee bought me a bottle of this for my first review of this beer. I was eager to taste it on draft. Served chilled in a pint at Fins fish house and Raw bar in Rehoboth Beach DE.
A - a light amber/burnished golden w/ a thick white cap, great lace collects in rings
S - A floral citrusy grapefruit aroma w/ mild piney and lemony aroma. The nose has rind scents w/ very subtle sweet aroma accenting the citrus bounty
M - An astringent bitter feel w/ a moderately high carbonation and moderately high on the bitterness level . The sweetness is there as a backbone, but no mistake the emphasis of this ale is soley in the hops
T - An intense grapefruit rind and pine needle taste w/ a lemony accent. Spicy w/ an almost medicinal astringency and dry effect w/ alchol and hop essence giving a unified taste. Prickly w/ a nice bitter citrus and orange taste delived easily with effervescent chutzpah as it goes into the last sips w/a gentle dry malt element
D - A great double IPA true to the west coast integrity a beautifully bitter and intense beer which is probably better sampled with food. The beer lives up to the name Ruination
06-27-2009 17:44:56 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev -7%
this is a good imperial ipa, but i think i like the regular stone ipa better. this one pours a mostly clear honey color, a tint of orange to it, and quite a nice sudsy head. the nose is all lupulin, hop essence, and a touch of fruit, maybe apples or something to this in smell only. flavor carries the big bold hop nose, but it also has a nice medium malt body underneath it. possible wheat additions become curious towards the finish, but this is a hop bomb all the way. it tastes fresh, almost as fresh as the enjoy by, but it lacks a real hop identity i think, i dont know which hops are used, but i know its not quite bitter, its not quite sweet, its just sort of hoppy, if that makes sense. good carbonation, sessionably smooth, lots of alcohol but it can hardly be tasted. overall an outstanding version of the style, but i think a more distinct hop varietal would really pop this beer off.
11-16-2012 17:54:47 | More by StonedTrippin
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick creamy white head; beautiful. The aroma is great! It has a nice mild malt scent with an intense floral hop arrangement. The aroma hits you as soon as you pop the top. The taste is great as well. It has a rich pale malt core with some light crystal malts. The hop flavor is very nice. It is extremely bitter and piney. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great drinking beer. It is quite complex and full of flavor. It goes down easy and finishes very bitter; a fine sessions beer.
05-17-2004 01:33:07 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -7%
First had: bottle at some bar in the Denver airport
Poured into a nondescript tumbler, a slightly hazy golden orange with a small, foamy, white head that retained and laced well. Seemed like a beefed up version of the regular IPA. Strong floral and citrus hops in the aroma. More of the same in the taste: floral and citrus, with a sweet caramel flavor coming thought, and lightly toasted malts in the background. Strong and flavorful, medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.
06-29-2011 01:34:04 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
The beer pours a light yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of orange and pine hops. The beer just smells hoppy. The flavor is a lot of bitter oranges with some caramel malt mixed in. The flavor is very juicy. High bitterness, but still pretty drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
09-12-2010 02:45:10 | More by Mora2000
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from the bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of off white head. The head leaves a layer on top of the pour and some lacing.
Smell: Juicy citrus notes up front. The hops remind me of citrus peel along with some pine. There is an overall sweetness as well.
Taste: Thank goodness, it taste a lot like it smells. Hoppy right off the bat with a nice sweetness to balance things out. Juicy citrus peel hops along with some pine needles. The finish is rather bitter and a bit peppery.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: A very good IPA from Stone. I enjoy this beer and will have more in the future.
08-15-2012 00:24:30 | More by oline73
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,169 ratings.