Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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Reviews: 3,053
Hads: 10,621
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 431
Gots: 2,001 | 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: 3,053 | Hads: 10,621
Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber $4.99 from Mall discount liquors.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a slight head that leaves pretty nice lace down the glass.

S: Aromas of fruity and floral hops hit the nose with a tad of malt thats kinda hidden. Theres also a grassy aroma somewhere in there.

T: Tastes of citrus comes first then a nice bitterness that starts at the back of your tongue and moves towards the front of your mouth.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. The beer seems kind of oily, but its a nice, as it coats your pallete with hoppy goodness. Drinkability is very high on this DIPA. A nice and refreshing offering from Stone. (642 characters)

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this one about two years ago in the beginning of my craft beer drinking days and it was a little over the top for me, but now that I have grown to love IPA,IIPA or Imperial IPA I can say I really had no clue what I was doing back Beer pours to what I can describe as a honey maple with a creamy white head. The smell is tough to describe, no real over the top hops, best I can describe the smell is musty. Taste is great, hops and fruit are very detectable and goes down real smooth. I could probably drink 2 bombers of this one but I would hope to do so at home or with a DD as its got quite an undetectable alcohol kick to it. (642 characters)

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

Nice orange-amber color, with a tan head that has some staying power. The aroma is powerful - it jumps right out at you, a nice blend of soft citrusy hops, some woodiness and slight mustiness, and heavy malt, with a touch of esters. The flavor is powerful too; the hop bitterness and flavor coat your tongue and compliment the maltiness perfectly, and you also get hints of cherry, caramel, and alcohols. Very drinkable. This seems a better balanced and blended beer than the Arrogant Bastard. (493 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey amber. A glorious crown of beige meringue-like head tops the glass. Fine lacing as the head subsides.

Smells of hops (obviously) and pine forest with a trace of citrus.
As the beer warms the citrus is more defined, grapefruit. I did note a citric acid feel on the tongue. Bitter hop finish, but not wholly unpleasant.

Overall, this is a well crafted IPA. I could (and probably will) drink a few of these, no problem. (459 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (594 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is golden orange in Appearance. It forms a resilient and creamy beige coloured head and produces sheets of sticky lace. There are plentiful amounts of carbonation. The second pour is mostly the same except with a larger but less dense head.

The Nose has a vague caramel malt base with an aromatic bouquet of grassy, herbal, and pine resinous hop character. Maybe a bit of grapefruit, but very grassy and fresh overall. Concentrated green hoppiness. Not alot of fruitiness. Hop driven.

The Taste is sweet and juicy with a dry and bitter finish. Not a fruity sweetness, but a sugary sweetness. There is just enough malt to properly carry a double credential without falling into the trap of sickening sweetness. Hops are bitter and drying to the palate with earthy and green notes of grass and sap. The hop aspects are definitely the most pronounced feature of this beer. They linger on and occupy most of the flavour time.

Mouthfeel is medium. The beer is carbonated well and of an appropriate thickness.

Drinkability is good for the style. Respect is due and caution should be exercised. This beer is certainly good but I think I expected more after the standard IPA. (1,194 characters)

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

22 ounce bomber poured a golden copper color with a one finger head. Strong citrusy hop aroma. Extreme bitterness in the aftertaste. A must for all hopheads. Not as balanced as I would have preferred. Definitely a double IPA. Last week I had Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA and would prefer that to this. Although the alcohol content is higher on the Hercules, I think it was more drinkable than this. As the name says, my taste buds have been ruined...but in a good way. (474 characters)

Photo of rustymoore
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone's Ruination IPA starts off with a light head and pleasent golden color when poured. Smells of the strong hops and a piney hint are present. Has a distinct feel of syrup and once has coated the palate you can really taste the bitterness. The alcohol taste is just appropriate enough for this beer. As the ale warms to room temperature, it really becomes something special. (377 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear honey colored body with a nice fluffy head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Perfumed hoppy aroma; sweet grapefruit

Taste: Starts with a toasted bready flavor that quickly gives way to some serious bitterness that coats the tongue like a blanket; there is some residual sweetness but the tastebuds just can't handle it due to the IBUs; clear alcoholic warming as the liquid goes down the gullet

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with good levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Nowhere near as drinkable in quantity as the Stone IPA, this is a brewing achievement on the extreme level; just not something I want a lot of (651 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a glowing honey gold with just a touch of murkiness and a pale yellow uneven head that left a little lace.

Smells of pineapple, banana, bread dough, crisp pine and a pleasant touch of alcohol.

The flavor is a smooth blend of an underlying doughy oat and honey sweetness and a dominant dry hop character. The beauty of this flavor is how the these two are seamlessly blended into one another. It's just fantastic.

The mouth feel is very smooth with a light carbonation that effervesces on the tongue.

Highly recommended. (550 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of peaches and copper from a 22oz'er with no date. Creamy yellow-white head a finger thick that slowly fades to a bubbly, full coating and leaves behind a full wall of sticky, permanent lace.

So much hop in the smell! Such a nice thing to stick my nose into. Big grapefruit scents with just a touch of, to my surprise, espresso in the background; Plums, lime, lots more grapefruit tartness.

Taste - What a kick! So much tart on the beginning with a sleek bitter middle and lots and lots of orange peel finish. Blackcurrants on the aftertaste. Lots of hops, DUH. I like this so much more than Stone's own (totally non-IPA) Levitation Ale, which I found to be way too bitter. The malt and hop profile in this beer is awesome. It's not overwhelming at all but you know you're drinking a hop-oriented brew. Very flavorful!

Mouthfeel is good, a little swishy with lots of tight carbonation. A nice buttery-citrus peel clinging aftertaste. Some alcohol noted, good balancing act.

For an IPA - sorry, 'double IPA' - this is totally drinkable. Alcohol and bitterness become more noticeable as it warms. One more please! (1,139 characters)

Photo of deuschbag
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow. it's been quite some time since i've had this. man has my palate changed(for the better). this beer pours a very nice deep golden/light copper color with a nice white head that lasts quite a while. the smell is such a lovely scent of sweet hops. damn this smells wonderfull. when the first time i had this beer, i thought it was good, but really bitter. but i've developed the taste of the lovely hops. boy they are all over the place on this one. a slight bitterness at first but not that much. the rest is just beautiful sweetness hops. damn, i really did not expect to like this beer that much, but wow.i have been "permanently ruined" by this beer. absolutly wonderful. (688 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze, quite clear. Fluffy off-white head, great retention, nice lace. Exceptional. What more could you want?

S: Fresh hops, citrous and pine, but it also has an earthy aroma, that's a lot more British-like than its 'little' IPA brother (not nearly as citrousy). Maybe some Goldings in this one?

T: Predominantly hop flavour, citrous, pine and earth. It's a little over-the-top, but it's quite pleasant (not harsh). It's balanced with a chewy, bready malt flavour. The bitterness is assertive, but its quite smooth, and very appealing.

M: Moderate to full body is slightly oily and acidic. The carbonation is moderately high (it keeps making head!).

D: It's good, but the abundance of hop flavour and assertive bitterness limits consumption.

World-class brew. (785 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, pours a lifeless orangey yellow with nonretentive standard ipa foam.. tight at first, big airy bubbles but very little lacing. nose is starchy, raw malt accented by navel oranges and waxy hop resin. smells like cooked vegetables. great mouthfeel and drinkability.. just carbonated enough and just thick enough with no limp spots.. nor is it too much to choke down. fruity.. sweet citrus meets its match in a numbing wave of dry hop bitterness.. not fresh, not too smokey.. kind of like the ipa equivalent of mexican brick weed. you get alot for your money, but alot will only get you so far. overall flavor screams "barleywine jr." without creating too much head buzz. a decent ipa from stone.. not as good as their standard IPA, but still drinkable for something so purposefully abrasive. cheap, so ill probably drink it again. (842 characters)

Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this brew questioning whether my palate would be able to handle it. Up until now I've been a malt man, prefering the earthy malts to the spicy piny hops...but i think my palate has finally matured. This was fantastic, pouring a transparent amber hue with a healthy white head on top. Smells of pure hoppy pine and spice, although a very moderate malty backgroud is persent. Tasted how it smells, like having a handful of hop buds in your mouth, oily and Uber-flavorful, but always balanced out by the perfect amount of malt which adds a biscuit like background. Like the bread in a hop sandwhich I guess. Really top notch, If I drink this in another six months I wouldn't be surprised if I gave it a 5. (714 characters)

Photo of clabaugh
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-orange with a creamy, almost fluffy, eggshell head. The lacing is lovely, coating the glass with an admirable persistence.

Smell: Loads and loads of oily hops invigorate the nostrils. This one really opens the sinuses. Some malty sweetness accompanies the hops to produce a pleasant dichotomy.

Taste: Sharp, biting hoppiness asserts itself at once. Nicely balanced with the malts, which embody a flavor of cake. Hints of citrus rind accentuate the hoppy, sweet backbone of this beer. A lot of complex flavor (even some honeysuckle?) characterizes this beer. Quite delicious in any case.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied for a double IPA. Ruination offers a great consistency and tongue sensations. Not too much carbonation, but a warming alcohol presence. It just lingers on the palate in very impressive way.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Delightful to taste, not overly bitter, and tolerable alcohol content. Thanks be to the beer gods that this one comes in a bomber! Sheer bliss.

Notes: Ruination, jubilation, is there a difference? Superb presentation (bad ass looking gargoyle on the bottle), top-notch flavor, and just about all I want in a beer. (1,191 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a great golden color. The head is very large and in charge. About a one inch head to begin with that slowly becomes smaller. Still a large head though, the foam is creamy and white in color. Large amounts of lacing. Very good head retention. The beer is crystal clear and looks very alive due to carbonation.

Very strong aroma on this brew. The moment I cracked the top on this bottle, nay, 'ere I even had the cap off I was entrigued by the wonderful aroma of this beer. Its aroma reminds me of flowers and I can detect no malt aroma in this beer, well nothing strong enough to smell anyway.

The taste of this IPA is very good. I really do appreciate the complex flavor of this beer. This beer is all about the hops. My palate is not as educated and experienced as many people's may be but, I have to say that I really only taste the hops in this beer. I don't taste any malt influence though. The taste is exceptional and is full of complex hop flavor. Just as with the aroma it has a flowery like flavor, typical of an IPA, tastes like the regular Stone IPA to me. Still I think I appreciate this one a bit more, it has a better overall appearance, smell and taste.

The mouthfeel of this beer is just as good as the rest of this beer. In my opinion it is lighter on the palate, the feel of it is quite like water, light. The carbonation which appeared to be over the top from the look of the beer after the pour is complementary to the style. There is not too much, rather there is just enough to make you notice that you are drinking a carbonated beverage. I would definitely buy this beer again, however I probably will buy the regualar Stone IPA because for the amount of money this bomber costs I think that I would be better off in the long run with buying a sixer of the regular IPA. (1,818 characters)

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination IPA in a brown, 22 oz. "bomber bottle" boasting "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" The bottle had no best by or bottled on date. I poured mine into a snifter.

The beer poured a beautiful orange amber color with a short quarter in or so of white head. The beer's carbonation appeared to be moderate. The nose was of incredible hoppiness. It beckons me on and taunts me. The flavor was of a great surprise, while expecting a completely overpowering hop bomb, the malt character of this beer greatly balances it. The beer finished with wonderful hop dryness. Upon putting the beer on the palate the carbonation proves to be less than at first glance. A clear, crispness to this beer leaves a hoppiness lingering on the tongue and beckoning me on. For the 7.7% ABV, this beer is insanely drinkable. This could be trouble.

With great expectations I came to this beer, and with even greater respect I have finished this bottle. Big props to Stone, for they have truly proved what the hype is all about with this beer.

Note: Even the hoppy burps taste good with this. (1,091 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge citrusy hop aroma, with some interesting green (almost minty) notes in the background. Bracing, but not at all harsh, bitterness. Loads of complex citrus flavor notes: lemon, manderin orange and grapefruit. Minor notes of pine and black pepper. The malt component of the flavor profile is surprisingly clean. Somewhat light bodied for an IIPA, but in a really nice way that makes the beer even more drinkable. (468 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear bronze/orange. Three fingers of off-white, dense cream rise and fall very slowly leaving patchy lacework. The nose is intense and amazingly hoppy- fresh-cut whole hops, with that american citrus and pine aroma. There is a just a hint of sweet caramel malt flavor to properly balance the taste, but mostly just alpha hop oil obliteration. The carbonation is tiny and scarce, but the body is light; and that keeps the mouthfeel smooth enough to retain a good drinkability. The aftertaste turns grassy while the orange peel and pine cone flavors all meld together to form a dry and bitter finish, full of complex flavor but never overwhelming. (660 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

I still have vivid memories of the first time I tried this extreme brew. It was about two years previous (sometime in 2003), and I bought a bottle off Liquidsolutions because I thought..hell, the bartender told me Sierra Nevada Pale ale was "hoppy" and I liked that..let's give this a try. The night I tasted Ruination for the first time, "hoppy" turned out to be the understatement of the century. I think I woke up three weeks later and burped up a little hops..and I distinctly remember not tasting the burger I had for dinner that night. Two years later, I've returned to try this again, and finally figured I'd better rate it.

A double IPA by all respects, this beer has a very fresh hop aroma, with floral and citrus hops mixing to create a hop lover's fantasy..pure, unrelenting hoppiness. Tastes are obvious in-your-face floral hops, but with a very surprising malt support as well...well in the background, but it's there. Piney hops continue to harass the tastebuds with every sip, as you begin to understand the lyrical rant on the back of the bottle.

Overall, this is just a downright incredible assault on the tastebuds, and every so-called hophead needs to have this near (or at) the top of their list if they haven't tried it yet. Amazing hop aroma, incredible hop flavor, and another blatently kick ass offering from Stone. (1,361 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into my trusty pub glass.

Appearance: This beer started off with much promise. The beer poured a slightly cloudy dark amber. The head was an off white nearing on two inches. Sadly the head was not to last. The head came down like a collapsed soufle eventually settling into a thin white foam. No lacing was left behind on the glass.

Smell: Smells floral, woody pine, swiming on a citrus fruity base.

Taste: Leads with floral woodyness going into some malty sweetness. This immediately snaps back into bitter hoppy spiceyness.

Mouthfeel: This beer is meduim plus bodied. There is a slightly buttery feel to the mouth. This has totally wrecked my taste buds for the night.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable IPA. Do not plan on tasting anything after drinking it. (798 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, not a bad beer by any means . . . but not a 'great' beer either. The beer pours a delicious amber with tiny little champagne-like bubbles. The smell of hops pervades the room. Mmmmm, hops.
The taste, however, is something of a letdown. Yummy, hoppy, yes. But amazing? I mean, sure, my mouth is all cottony and the hops are present, but what sets this beer apart from the pack? It lacks the balance of Dreadnaught, the subtle beauty of Dogfished 90mins, and the raw, unbalanced hop appeal of Hoppin' Ottin. It exists somewhere in the middle neather regions and I ask why? This is the Point lager of IPAs: Sure, it is head-and-shoulders above the rest, but for as much, perhaps a buck more, perhaps a few bucks less, I can get better. Good, but not amazing. (772 characters)

Photo of Bcant
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I once put a handful of Yakima Magnum in my mouth and chewed, I could not taste anything for a day. Drinking Ruination IPA is not that same thing….but its close.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 0.5l stein appears a light copper with good clarity for an unfiltered brew. ¾ inch white head that leaves good lacing. Bouquet is very floral but not excessively so. When discussing the taste it is logical to start with the hops, which are indeed powerful; yes, dominating too but not overpowering. There are good caramel-like malt qualities too. As the beer rises in temperature (my serving was perhaps a bit cold to start), the malt flavors become more pronounced, and the alcohol begins to warm the palate, giving an almost medicinal quality to an exceedingly dry IPA. The mouthful is very round, almost creamy, finishing very dry and quenching. The complexity and size of this beer do pose some challenge to the consumption of large quantities. (948 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint and 6 oz bomber bottle, brown with no bottled on date, just remarks on the IBU
This beer was aged at least 1 1/2 years.
This beer poured a golden yellow color that was clear at first pour then became progressively cloudy with each pour, which is to be expected, and was well carbonated. The foam that was produced was almost white with shades of an off white/cream color. It was thick and creamy in nature and sticky, it did not last very long which surprised me, and would like to have had it last deeper into the glass. Some lace was noticeable, but nothing really outstanding. The aromas that came from the glass were outstanding and very complex, tons of hop aromas, pine trees, citrusy notes (grapefruits), roasted malts, fruit, and hints of alcohol. The flavors were even better. The first flavors that hit your tongue are a creamy thick malt flavor, kind of toasted, then warming notes of alcohol are felt, fruits (pineapples, pears and grapefruits), then the hops - oh the hops - oh the flavors - herbs, citrus, flowers, fresh grass, pine trees, - oh the medly of flavors. All the flavors seem to blend together like 2 dancers. This beer finishes bready yeast and warming alcohol. Aftertaste was a melody of malts, hops, and bread, but warm from the smooth alcohol. The body was medium. Over all, a really really good beer, a must staple in the fridge. Stone knows how to brew a beer. Seems aging this beer mellowed it just slightly, one of the best out there. Nice and smooth. (1,494 characters)

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,053 ratings.