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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
95
world-class

3,056 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 3,056
Hads: 10,648
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 435
Gots: 2,044 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3,056 | Hads: 10,648
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Caramel colored. Great clarity. Fine-bubbled off white head retains at a half inch. Broken rings of thin and wispy lacing.

S: Dank, pine, resin, wet and herbal, earthy, grapefruit rind, passion fruit. Caramel malt base backs up all the hops.

T: Hops come out with brute force. Earthy, strong pine and resin, herbal and spicy, cannabis, grapefruit rind. Stiff jab of alcohol. Fleeting bubblegum. Big malt flavors of caramel and toasted grain put up a good fight, but the hops soundly defeat them for overall dominance. Long, bitter and oily hop finish.

M: Hefty malt body and a creamy and silky texture. Carbonation scrubs briskly with fine bubbles. Some gripping astringency.

O: This is an awesome beer, and one that really helped to define the style. It's a shame to see it go. It stacks up with the best of them, but competition in the ipa categories is brutal these days and consumers have proven to be very fickle. Brand loyalty is a thing of the past and drinkers are obsessed with what's new and trendy. Rather than trying to breathe new life into some of their flagging classic core brands, Stone seems to have chosen to get on the same wavelength as the average craft beer geek and offer a constant flow of new, quirky, collaborative brews. Adaptation is necessary in a fast-paced, ever growing and changing industry like this, and so far their strategy seems to be working. Their social media game has been great at supporting these new beers and even creating demand to a certain extend too. However, the danger is overloading markets, especially slower non-metro ones, with more skus than their shelves can handle and causing a traffic jam within their own portfolio. Managing all these new skus and one-offs is going to be a juggling act on all three sides of the industry.

Now I'm rambling. These problems are not unique to Stone. Many breweries face the same issues, especially in the more competitive markets. I bet Ruination 2.0 will be excellent anyway. (2,016 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised to read about Ruination's impending revamp, had to go back to it again seeing as how it had been a good 6-8 months since my last bomber. What I had was a bottle dated enjoy by 5/6/15, poured to a snifter. Two finger head that laced beautifully. IBUs are listed on bottle at 100+ and yeah this is one bitter beer. Beyond the sharp bitterness I got a lot of that piney flavor, I just had a bunch of Alpha Kings a few months back and this reminded me of a "bigger" version of that beer. This is a classic but I respect Stone for rethinking some of their beers that have been around for a while that people might be taking for granted. Hopefully version 2.0 does this one justice. RIP (701 characters)

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beers that turned me onto the ipa scene many years ago. Sad to see that Stone is changing up what at one time was the best beer I ever had. (150 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with sustaining creamy head and lace. Complex aroma hops giving off blanketing floral and fruity scents. Carmel malts hit the palate first, followed by strong and slightly earthy bittering hops. Sweet nutty flavors sneak their way through. Finishes dry on the palate. (287 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

Pours a clear golden-copper with a half finger of bubbly white head that leaves some lacing. Lots of bubbles, evidence of active carbonation.

Nose is lots of pine and citrus. Very bitter from the get go, and also quite floral. Typical Stone IPA aroma, very sharply bitter citrus and floral.

Taste is orange peel, grapefruit juice, and pine. The malt is there as faint and cracker-like presence, just enough to uphold the onslaught of hops. It finishes fairly dry with a long-lasting and pungently bitter, resiny aftertaste. Not for novice IPA drinkers, but definitely something a seasoned lupulin fan would come to crave.

The mouthfeel is medium. Perhaps slightly heavier than Stone's regular IPA, but not by much. Carbonation is medium and makes it very drinkable.

Overall, this is basically Stone IPA on steroids. It's not too different except for being slightly hoppier and stronger. No alcohol is perceptible, but I can tell it's stronger by the thicker body. Very good beer. Highly recommended for any IPA fan. (1,079 characters)

Photo of trainingwithkev
2.89/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look was great! Smell didn't rip my taste bud apart. Taste wasnt too good. Feel was ok. overall okay. I would drink it if someone gave it to me for free but other than that im not buying it again. People are way too hopped out and i am a hop lover! (249 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lively, slightly hazy orange color with a big fizzy, white foam head. Recedes to a very thin layer with good lacing around the edges and sides.

Smells of strong citrus and floral hops. Good deal of bitterness. A bit of pine. Just the slightest hint of some bready and caramel malts.

The taste starts with the citrus hops from the aroma, and a great deal of bitterness. Grapefruit and mango. The pine isn't overpowering and actually forms a tasty trio combined with the citrus and bitterness. Speaking of, not agreeing with the people knocking this for the bitterness. Yes, this beer is bitter, but it accomplishes it whilst allow the other flavors to showcase themselves.

Medium bodied. Not too much carbonation. Despite the bitterness, I was able to down this one in no time, and could do a few more. A bit resinous, which makes it a little more difficult to chug.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I would like to try a fresher one, as this one was actually quite close to its drink by date. Still thoroughly enjoyable. If you like bitterness, this one's for you. Even if you don't, its still worth a try. (1,123 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just a little too bitter on the back end, but I want to try a fresher beer and see if that makes a big difference. Still an incredible beer and the smell is phenomenal. (168 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a white head. Laces all the way down.

Smell: A lot of hops.

Taste: Even more hops. Bitter. A little citrus and floral Maybe a bit of malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: So smooth with a nice medium body.

Overall: A great beer for IPA fans. A ton of hops that drinks well. (329 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a two finger white head. Aroma is hops, bread, and resin. Taste follows with bread, resin, some pine, and a big bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and mouth coating. Overall, it dies what it says, ruins your palate for the time being. (261 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with thick, clinging head. Heavy pine, with some nice malt comes through to the nose. The hop bitterness is perfect in flavor, and again well-balanced by a bready taste. The lingering aftertaste is a bit much, and really my only complaint. Very well done overall. (281 characters)

Photo of chaseparker9
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

For some this will be too strong of a taste. Lots of hops which I'm into, if you're not a hoppy guy then stay away. This thing has a great smell and gnarly taste. (162 characters)

Photo of Jrhockney
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A level of bitterness to satisfy just about any hophead. I'll take this one whenever I can get it. I've found its best in a bomber. For some reason, in a 12oz, it doesn't have quite the effect or consistancy from my experience, but I suppose it could have been sitting on the shelf longer. The look is almost terrifying as the taste. The descriptions on the back of all Stone bottles is half worth the cost...I'm starting to wonder if they really are written by demons... (471 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- An over the top hops and citrus aroma.
Appearance- The beer is a murky golden yellow with a small white head. Looks good.
Taste- Very hoppy, I noticed the high scores and I guess I am not a follower. The flavor was OK
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The hops made this a very dry beer.
Overall- I thought this was OK, not great or even real good. I much prefer Arrogant Bastard over this.
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Photo of snilsen13
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This may be the gold standard for super hoppy ales, for many. I think its an open forum, with few contenders. Definitely a must try for hop heads and, like all Stone beers, its huge hop bitterness is balanced by a letting the malts shine through early and late in the tastes. Right on - my only complaint is that this could be even more hoppy if it were to live up to its name. I would compare this to favorably with Six Point's Resin but put it below Green Flash West Coast IPA. There is something a little commercial to the flavor, too smooth so to speak, that is also present in most Stone beers. Green Flash seems to pulls better/truer malt flavors than Stone, which is chiefly why I rank that beer higher. (716 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-white head that dissipates quickly, cloudy golden yellow color
S-there is a dank smell that accompanies a nice hop citrus, but more on the piny side of things
M-carbonation is perfect for an IPA
T-not too sweet, and a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate, nice malt backbone that compliments the hops
O-I recommend this beer, a solid IPA, thank you Stone. (363 characters)

Photo of Lard_City
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pine resiny hoppiness. Still, very well balanced and not overly bitter or spicy. Citrusy with just a note of sweetness. A bitter, slightly metallic aftertaste. A definitive West Coast IPA. (188 characters)

Photo of JordanAlster
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a good one for hops lovers. Super hoppy, but flavorful. The smell got me excited to take my first sip. Not perfect overall, but damn close for what you pay. (164 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing 'Ruination IPA' @ 8.2% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottle's purchased for $8.70 each
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy gold in the glass with a tight white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-slight pine presence
T-big tasting Imp/Dbl IPA , very smooth
MF-ok/decent carbonation , nice full body
Ov-good beer , almost great (sampled alongside Russell'Hop Therapy')
prost LampertLand (433 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous colored beer. Soft orange and slight golden hue. Light lacing with nice tiny bubbles streaming from the top.

Aroma is quite forward with the hop citrus and floral notes. Definitely heavy in the hop department just based on the nose. Some nice under-ripe lemon and grapefruit rind on the nose as well. Slight pine aroma.

Taste isn’t as great as I would have thought. Still their best IPA is Enjoy by. This beer just doesn’t live up to it. It is full of hops, so if that’s what you are going for then this may do it for you. It’s not all that well-balanced. Immediately your mouth is coated in a thick-bitter hop taste. You get some nice citrus notes near the middle and some slight pine, but these true beautiful flavors are short lived. The end flavor is just a harsh un-wanted bitterness that lingers and stays for too long. It prevents the next sip from fully being experienced due to this. I like bitter IPA’s, but I don’t like harsh IPA’s. This one doesn’t allow the citrus to play through, nor does it have the malt to cut back the bitterness to make the beer enjoyable while drinking. It tastes thick and bitter. Not my idea of a great IPA… their Enjoy By is what they should stick to!

Overall, this isn’t worth the time. Not well-balanced and just too harsh in terms of bitterness. The beer gets thick and overcoats the palate. The beautiful citrusy nose isn’t allowed to shine… Bummer. This really doesn’t pair too well with that many foods, but If I was to pair food with this beer, I would have to go with a spicy bowl of ramen. The spiciness will help compete with the level of bitterness of this beer. I give it a 79/100. (1,685 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big citrusy hops with some grass notes, a touch of alcohol, pale malt, and light fruit on the nose. I have several of these and most pour amber with a slight haze that grows brilliant as the beer warms. Occasionally I get one that is cloudier but it is still good. The 1" creamy, off-white foam collar produces thick sheets of lace that break into classic gothic cathedral window designs as they dissipate. A rich hop palate with some citrus rind bitterness rides on a solid malt backbone seasoned with yeast driven fruit flavors and a hard to pin down spiciness that give way to long, lingering hop aftertastes. An initial sweetness tempers the hops. Medium body to a little above and medium low carbonation. A true classic. (725 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Slightly cloudy; dark straw color with some orange. With lights around it, it seems to glow from within the glass. The head is white, and sticky with lots of lacing, but is not overly persistent.

S - Strong citrus hops with an herbal note in their background. Malt is equally prominent with sweetbread and brown sugar aromas. Very well balanced and appetizing in the nose.

T - Flavors are hop-forward. Sharp grapefruit with some earthy and herbal flavors as well. Malt flavors are muted in the background, but contribute some low biscuit. Flavors end quickly in a dryish finish.

F - Medium body. Super strong, puckeringly sharp hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol heat. Low carbonation.

O - The aromas are superbly balanced and inviting. However I don't think the flavors live up to the promise. For me this beer is over the top on hops sensations and flavors when a double IPA should have more malt to balance. Not the best of the breed in my opinion, but still enjoyable. (992 characters)

Photo of Joncasso
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really felt it was a nice beer that went down smooth and was very enjoyable. I shared it with my Australian father who doesn't like "foo foo beers" and he really enjoyed it.

It's not my favorite ipa, but I still really enjoyed it. (Not being my favorite is not a negative)
The taste was smokey. I dug it. (309 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really great hoppy taste with a slight boozy taste. Not too much malts either which is great. Very refreshing on a hot day. Very crisp. The only problem is that it leaves a bad after taste in my mouth.

Edit: gonna try this and 2.0 back to back. Taste is more bitter than I remembered. Then it just goes skittle flat and still has the bad aftertaste (349 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single into a Great Divide Cervoise glass

a: pale clear apricot with a 2 finger off-white head, decent lacing
s: warm wheat bread, sweet toffee, herbal and piney hops, with just a tiny promise of grapefruit
t: follows the nose, more piney than herbal, more herbal than citrus; kind of sweet for a Stone offering but not in an unpleasant way. As it warms a bit, it becomes more complex.
m: a nice bite but not as overpowering as the IBUs might suggest, fairly slick, carbonation is about right (medium toward high), not at all heavy and the alcohol is warming but not forbidding.

overall: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not in the upper echelon of great DIPAs, but still very good. Would like to try it on tap.... (725 characters)

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,056 ratings.