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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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3,062 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,062
Hads: 10,742
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 439
Gots: 2,196 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 3,062 | Hads: 10,742
Photo of orfeu
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden peach juice with a not-quite-white 1" sticky froth. Ridiculous citrus aroma: grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, lime. There's a certain doughy sweetness present in the scent, too. Grapefruit rind dominates the first sip. Bitter indeed, but certainly not out of line. More floral citrus nuances emerge as the beer warms. And a definite malt sweetness is apparent as well. Medium body, juicy mouthfeel. Maybe I like the hops a little too much, but my tongue isn't numb at all from this. While Ruination is a hop showcase, I wouldn't claim that it is at all out of balance. In fact, it's quite measured, all things considered. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be so damn easy to drink. Kick-ass bottle art, to boot.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, slightly orangish darker golden color. There was a fair sized white head that drops off somewhat quickly. The aroma is definitely hoppy. It is a good mix, with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange. The taste is quite good. The hopiness is right upfront and strong, but not as overpowering as I thought this one might be. Medium malt body behind the hops, but you can’t taste it at all. There are a few that are better, but you can get this one most anywhere.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper colored with modest orange-tan head.

S - Aroma is of pine and grapefruit.

T - You can taste sweet malted barley but the hops are pretty prominent as in most IPA’s. The hops give the beer a piney citrus flavor. I have to hold the beer in my mouth for a bit to get much of a bitter taste even though the beer is rated at 100+ IBU’s. The bitterness of the hops combines well with the yeast and malt

M - Moderately viscous with adequate carbonation.

D - If you like west coast hops then you will like this beer if you don't, you won't. It's that simple.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This awesome DIPA pours golden to orange with a small white head that lasts. Good lace is left on the sides of the glass.
Ruination has a wonderfully hoppy/floral/perfumy aroma.
The flavor is strong and hoppy with mellow malty notes behind and follwed with a bitterness that rests in the back of the mouth.
This very hoppy brew bubbles throughout the mouth... you could almost feel the hops... and again the bitterness is left.
This is the beer that really got me into hop bitterness and flavor.
This is truly a great DIPA!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with not much head to speak of, its a bright cloudy orange/copper that seems to glow. Aroma is strong. Smells like grassy hops all the way. The taste is strong and hoppy also. Dank hops, the malt is lightly sweet but overpowered by hop flavor. The finish is quite bitter, but you don't realize how bitter until later on when it is still lingering on the tongue. Very bubbly, smooth and rich, it is medium thick and has a nice crispness to it. I felt is was pretty drinkable, especially for hopheads. I would have expected a little more balance but I don't think Stone was really going for that anyway. Recommended...

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Photo of kmo1030
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orangey amber, and slightly pink i the right light, with a thick white head that lasts.
the smell is perfumy leafy floral hops. some citrus is present as well as some grassy vegetable character. a little alcohol.
floral grassy faintly herbal hops dominate the taste. some citrus and pine is in there too. taste like a healthy dose of amarillo is in there in addition to others, it's got that strange medicinal quaility. struggling out fromunder the truck load of hops is a light caramel and a faint lgihter fruity quality. finishes dry with a lot of bitterness at the back of mouth. citrus is more apparent towards the finish and aftertaste than i originally expected. powerful stuff. given the type of doule IPA they seem to be going for here (the non barelywine like), there is nothing i would change about the flavor of this one. i feel like if i spit on my desk right now it would eat through to the floor.
fuller side of medium bodied with smooth but active carbonation.
i remember my first time trying this beer a couple years ago. i had already taken a shine to the hop flower, but i was in no way prepared for this. i was overwhelmed, though i did manage to choke down the entire bottle. many tastings later, i can say that while harsh, very harsh, but so good.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a tremendous beer! This is not for the faint of heart and non hop heads, need not apply.

Golden cloudy appearance with a nice thick foamy head that lingers and lingers, leaving a nice lacing that lasts throughout the glass.

The smell... man where to begin. Hugely citrus first and foremost. One would only have to smell this, to know that they are in for a hop infused implosion. In addition to the afermentioned cirtus, there is everything from pine, to floral notes. Truly a smorgasbord of aroma.

Taste... HOPS! Huge huge hops. Make no bones about it they are there and in full force. If ones really really tries, they might pick up the slightest hint of malt and a ever so slight alchohol taste.... but this is hopped up to the degree, that nothing's breaking through those hops.

I told myself not to ever give anything straight fives, but this sure came close to accomplishing the impossible. If you love hops, you owe it to yourself to try this beer at least once.

Kudos to Greg Koch and everyone at Stone for this one.

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Photo of badturtle
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I have a favorite beer now. I smelled the bottle after opening and was amazed. It was a complex scent for an IPA. It poured a wonderful dark golden color with a light, quickly fading head. Make sure you drink while there is still some head. The additional flavors you'll get from smelling the head as you drink are amazing. Besides the hops, I noticed citrus flavors. It reminded me of an orange bubble gum I had as a kid. Neither the beer nor the gum tasted much like oranges, but there was a hint of it. The only thing holding back the drinkability is the alcohol content. If this beer was around 5-6%, I could drink it all night. At 7.7%, one is probably enough.

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Photo of aleyeast
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with about a year age on it. Poured into a Stone IPA glass, deep tulip. Color is hard to describe rose-apricot maybe, definitely has some pinkinsh hues, head is white and small. Smell is perfumey hops with a grainey edge, no alcohol on the nose. Taste is hops of course, but also a good blst of citrus, hops are not overwhelming, but they are the main flavor. There has to be a decent amount of malt, but it is definitely in the backseat. Drinkability is extremely high for the style (I2PA). Have a newer one in the fridge I need to check against.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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 now..wow. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,062 ratings.