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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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world-class

10,370 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,370
Reviews: 3,072
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 396
Gots: 1,690 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Ratings: 10,370 | Reviews: 3,072
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - I grabbed this at a grocery store in Austin, Texas late last year, opting for the smaller version, the better to pack back home through the not always so friendly skies.

This beer, poured into a standard American pint glass, appears a slightly hazy, medium apricot-orange hue, with a few skinny fingers of thickly foamy, and densely bubbly off-white head, which leaves some melting iceberg lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of rather bitter white grapefruit, underripe navel oranges, lemon Pledge, and further unnameable tropical fruit, gritty, somewhat grainy pale malt, ethereal caramel notes, a certain chalky flintiness, and a sort of separated at birth floral perfumed character. The taste is a salvo of unchecked bitterness at first, the tart citrus (orange, grapefruit, and lime, mostly) and pine resin fairly intense, before the seemingly behind the scenes pale and caramel malt barely sticks its head up over the horizon, along with a still pervasive flinty, um, er, 'stoniness', and those big flowery, well-soused sister hops carrying on like that one particular aunt at a family reunion.

The carbonation is moderate, just giving some pleasantly frothy pep, if only to distract somewhat from that swingin' hop party, the body a heady medium-full weight, and smooth in a well dissonant cognitive sense - the hops and elevated alcohol can be ignored (at your own peril), if you really try! This ruinous beauty finishes dry, like there was any doubt, with a nice warm, lingering citrus and piney bitterness.

Everything promised by the still amusing and enjoyably overwrought labeling is delivered, so I cannot, in good faith here, fault truth in advertising. As I fancy myself a connoisseur (hah!) of the style, it did indeed take an acclimatizing first few sips, before this went down as nice and smooth as it was meant to, soon disappearing way too quickly, for my liking and my needs. Woe upon me for only having the one bottle at my disposal.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 don’t 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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -7%

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,370 ratings.