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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
94
outstanding

9,788 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 9,788
Reviews: 2,993
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,201 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

myersk27, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bitter_Echo, May 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

dbert21, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kendellmarie, Aug 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

drewfromboulder, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of dougbassett
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #45 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Stone makes very good IPAs. I'm not a huge fan of their other offerings, but I like their IPAs.

This is very good example of the overhopped IPA style. Pours a very nice light caramel/toasty golden brown. The nose is extremely nice, there's a hint of citrus/lemon, then grass, then (as it gets a little warmer) a stronger, almost herbal/woodsy sort of aroma under that.

The initial hit is of lemon/grassy hops and is quite pleasantly bitter/biting on the tongues. Smooth and silky going down at first, with some lemon peel in the back, then finishes with a soft wash of bitterness and then, a bit further down the pike, another hit of grassy hops.

Very nice all around, not sure how it ranks in a now-crowded field (of overhopped IPAs) but certainly worth getting.

dougbassett, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MikeLenehan, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JratBones, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

GETTNCRUNKED, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of JulioH
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer right on the expiration date.

It pours a nice dark yellow. Smell has been diminished because of shelf life. A faint hop smell lingers, but not very strong. Carbonation is average. Taste is good, typically bitter like any IPA, although the lack of freshness is noticeable, there is no sweetness like in a fresh beer.

I truly would have like to have a fresh one. Nothing out of this world.

JulioH, May 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ApplePi, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Sean32, Apr 28, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

BrunoPettipas, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

nomomentwasted, Aug 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7%

JNewbs, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Rckmo10, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

ChrisMQ, Mar 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

RandyJ, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

danielp215, Nov 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

iskeptopotamus, Jan 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

BSUBronco, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

broadway848, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of ajmitch4
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Spiegelau tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear golden in color. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a heavy lace.

Smell: A hop-lovers dream. Citrus and piney notes

Taste: The hops hit hard and long, but are balanced out by the malt. Each sip leaves behind that back-of-the-mouth bitterness that begs for another drink. The alcohol doesn't overpower either which is sometimes hard for me with imperial IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Keep coming back to it, but extremely well balanced.

Overall: Stone makes some fantastic IPAs. Not sure why it took me so long to try this one, but I'm a fan. Think I prefer their Enjoy By and definitely their RuinTen more, but this one is certainly a home run as well.

ajmitch4, Dec 04, 2013
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,788 ratings.