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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,701 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,701
Reviews: 2,941
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 260
Gots: 694 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 8,701 | Reviews: 2,941 | Display Reviews Only:
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iJyuken

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-13-2014 16:57:07 | More by iJyuken
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TheosTheories

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-13-2014 19:45:04 | More by TheosTheories
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Mmcdonald79

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-06-2014 13:26:58 | More by Mmcdonald79
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Jamco_76

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-27-2014 19:05:46 | More by Jamco_76
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heatherzbeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-15-2014 04:09:59 | More by heatherzbeer
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auntfloyd

New York

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a cold 22oz bomber into an official Stone Ruination IPA 17oz mug. Ruination IPA pours a hazy light orange color with a thick head, which leaves quite a lacing on the glass. The smell announces what you should already know if you'd read the (rather long) text on the silk-screened bottle: this is a hop lovers beer, (I'd append "plain and simple," were it not the case that Ruination, like all Stone brews, is hardly "plain" or "simple"). The nose is pure hops, with traces of citrus, very much an IPA. The preliminaries out of the way, let's move on to the most important part.

Stone is known for creating big ales, full of flavor and character (some would say overwhelmingly so, but I digress), and Ruination IPA is no exception. The initial flavor is full-on hops, which mellows into strong, somewheat sweet maltiness. The flavor is bitter, but well-balanced. If you don't like bitter beers, particularily IPAs, this might not be the beer for you, although it's definitely something everyone should experience.

The place where Ruination IPA lets you down is in the feel; it has a slightly oily consistency which makes drinking it not as easy as other beers (though perhaps not moreso than other beers of its class). Definitely not an every day beer.

Ruination IPA is, like all Stone beers, anything but routine. If you, like me, are a fan of IPAs (probably my favorite style beer), then you simply must try this ale if you get the chance. If IPAs, especially double IPAs like Ruination, aren't your thing, you probably won't like it, simply because it's sort of the "Spinal Tap" amp of IPAs -- it takes everything about them and cranks it to an 11. Also, it's very likely to overwhelm you're non-craft beer drinking friends. Stone also brews another IPA, the Stone IPA, which I think is actually the better of the two,

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 02:12:18 | More by auntfloyd
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dustinjkline

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-25-2014 00:54:57 | More by dustinjkline
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elmore

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle claims 7.7 ABV and 100 IBU. A brisk pour gave it a tight, white, 2 finger head with decent retention. Some lace left on the side of the glass. Pale golden color - lighter than most IPA's. A bit hazy as this is an unfiltered ale.

Floral hops dominate the nose. Malts not very apparent.

The taste is mostly hops. The hops are citrusy up front and develop into a piney taste in the mid palate and finishes with a dry sharply bitter aftertaste. The bitterness lingers for awhile. There is some biscuity malt, but to me the taste is nearly all hops. Alochol is not apparent in the taste or feel.

Clean, light and refreshing. Somewhat thin and watery. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable for the alcohol content.

A good, and unique IPA. I really like the wide variety of IPA's stone produces. I recently had the Stones 11th aniversery ale, which was an IPA with more of a dark, carmel-like malt. I think this is nearly the polar opposite as the malts are very light, which allows the hops to dominate.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:22:27 | More by elmore
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rwrk42

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden color that has a nice froth and lace

Smell: HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. A bit of a bitter finish from all the hops but it is just perfect.

One of the best Im perials IPAs you can buy. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 05:23:23 | More by rwrk42
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nc41

North Carolina

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

A classic Double IPA, and my favorite. Pours nice, creamy head, obviously very floral, very nice bitter finish that stays around a while. Very well mannered for a double, and nicely balanced. They advertise this as a 100+ IBU, but it's so well made you would never know it. Also the ABV is about perfect for this style of brew, you can have a few and enjoy yourself without getting dead drunk.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 13:26:31 | More by nc41
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THORN

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Golden brown with thick frothy white head. Many CO2 trails form on bottom of pint. Thin head retention. Leaves large splotches around pint.
S: Hops. Very fruity and sweet.
T: Bright citrus and resin filled hops. Pale malts are sweet and spicy. Bitter linger.
M: Medium light on tongue. Very crisp.
D: Big hop flavor. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:00:46 | More by THORN
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mattdbh

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-24-2012 22:04:11 | More by mattdbh
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dac0152

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-03-2012 19:34:12 | More by dac0152
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IHyphySF

California

3.75/5  rDev -13%

08-31-2013 15:40:04 | More by IHyphySF
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davistabuff

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-29-2013 11:28:00 | More by davistabuff
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Polarslag

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-08-2013 19:49:26 | More by Polarslag
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peteh2112

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-03-2014 03:25:54 | More by peteh2112
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Michael_DaBeers_IV

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-03-2013 20:25:27 | More by Michael_DaBeers_IV
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wanderlust389

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

08-11-2013 18:42:10 | More by wanderlust389
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_RL_

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-01-2014 03:29:01 | More by _RL_
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Shakydog68

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13%

12-23-2013 04:30:04 | More by Shakydog68
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BRoss242

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

05-10-2013 09:50:24 | More by BRoss242
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inanity

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16%

05-15-2013 23:22:05 | More by inanity
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lou50rp

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a white head. Little carbonation.
Smell was a mild grapefruit aroma with hops in the background.
Taste is citrus with a hop finish and a touch of alcohol at the end.
The mouth fell was of a medium body.
Definitely drinkable. Another good brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 11:07:00 | More by lou50rp
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a hophead's dream. It pours a beautiful amber color and gives off a subtle hop smell. This is a delicious IPA, maybe the best I've ever had. It has a great balance about it's flavor. Not too bitter, and doesn't have a strong aftertaste. This is very drinkable, and recommended for any hophead out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2007 12:51:42 | More by WillieMoe
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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