Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 3,053
Hads: 10,619
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 431
Gots: 2,000 | FT: 7
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Beer #5 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Stone Ruination IPA pours a copper-gold color into my class. Atop the ever-so-slightly-hazy liquid sits a 1", off-white head, which slowly collapses. Low carbonation, high lacing. It's a thing of beauty. The aroma is of hops, pure and simple; it's like having a fresh hop leaf in your glass. (There is a sweet malt/alcohol presence, too, it's just that the hops are so overwhelmingly dominant).

The taste is just what the aroma promises - bold, brash, and hoppy. The hoppiness has a strong citrus element to it. There's just enough sweetness available from the malt and the alcohol to provide a shred of balance. The mouthfull is slightly wet, moderately full, and somewhat acidic and sour. Finishes crisp, quite bitter, and with a lingering citric aftertaste.

This beer is about as all-out as it gets. It's big, it's hoppy, it's flavorful. I now understand why this beer is so well-loved on BA - it's hophead nirvana. Definitely worth checking out. (1,008 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle which reminds me how this beer will ruin my ability to drink lesser beers. Poured into a DFH oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a bright golden color with a nice thick foamy two finger white head sitting atop it. Some light gets through. Nice lacing from the head after each sip. A great looking IPA.

S - You can smell the hops as you pour. A mix of piny and floral hops. Now for the initial whiff, stick your face in a pine tree while squeezing lemons and oranges. It really has an overpowering pine/citrus smell that is purely relentless. Everything a hophead wants to smell while looking into a beer glass.

T - This beer is a pure hop monster. From the initial sip the hops hit hard, then a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of maltiness tries to creep through. It is here that the hops (very citric with a nice touch of pine and the littles bit of floral hop flavor at the end of the whole rush) bitch slap the malt back a few feet. The aftertaste is a bitterness that is simply brilliant. Definitely a great taste experience.

M - Very nice, not huge on carbonation but just enough to keep the huge hops from being sticky and nasty (sorry no other word I could think of) in your mouth. Very good.

D - I think this might be my first 5 for drinkabilty. Mainly because this beer has its own taste that makes you want more. Plus, it tastes great which makes you want more. Last, I think the extreme bitterness eradicates any true "aftertaste" that this beer has. Thus, it makes you want to go for another sip to experience the hop punch again. Extremely well done.

Notes: This is my favorite IPA and one of my top three beers now. However I should note that if a non hophead were to review this every score except appearance would probably be reversed. This is a beer for hopheads only!!! I could see my friends who drink crap beer simply spitting this out, and even craft beer drinkers who prefer a lot of malty goodness finding this beer over the top with the bitterness. Oh well, glad I'm a member of the middle ground, who can enjoy malt monsters and complete hop bombs. I'll drink this one any day of the week. (2,141 characters)

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crisp clear light coppery body with a rock yellowish-white head that last for awhile. A nice gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles rises to the surface.

S- During the pour, the smell of green floral hops fills the air. The faint smell of pineapple, and a hint of green grass give the hops good depth. The smell of pale malt give a nice balance to the hops.

T- The burst of green hops with citrus and a hint of pineapple are very powerful. The finish is a nice hop bitterness with a slight alcohol taste to really accentuate the hop bitterness. The hops almost have a sour spicy note to them in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full but there is no real alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is bold if nothing else. It has a nice big flavors and some faint complexity to the hops. The malt and alcohol offer a nice support to make the hops stand up even more. (928 characters)

Photo of nickss
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful copper color with a monster head... moderate carbonation can be seen in the constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Huge odor... mounds of citrus and orange peel, with a healthy dose of a hops... wonderful.

Not as big of a flavour as I expected from this one... but the flavour that is there is breathtaking. Loads of citrus, and a grassy flavour derived from the hops. Also, unlike many DIPA's I've tasted, this one is beautifully balanced, with enough of a malt backbone so that the hops don't entirely overwhelm your palate.

Active on the tongue, but with enough weight to it that it doesn't seem too "crisp". Just about what I was looking for here.

Very drinkable for a DIPA... surprisingly gentle on the palate.... all in all a wonderful brew that I wish I had easier access to. (837 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is sweet with malt and noteable hop presence. A good sweet caramel malt flavor that is firsted noticed. But it makes way for a citrus hop backbone with almost a musty characteristic to it. One thing to notice is take a whiff of the beer before you try it, as once you taste it then you won't smell anything afterwards.

The taste is a kick to the taste buds. Hop-tastic for sure. The bitter hops are the first think to kick up. A strong precence with some mellow earthy tones mixed with razor citrus zing. The bittering flavor lasts throughout the tasting and competes with other tastes till the end. A caramel malt base is the next taste but is really overwhelmed by the hops. It brings a good base to the beer and as your mouth adjust to the hops it balances everything well. Last is the citrus floral taste that has a bigger piney flavor. When the floral and bitter hops mix at the end, it leaves a tart almost grapefruit flavor to the aftertaste. A great fully hopped beer.

The beer is not overly oily as some big hop beers can be, but there are hints of the hop taste in the aftertaste. A good tangy and somewhat tart flavor that can almost be described as chalky. But still good.

An exceptional hop-tastic beer. For a double I would have liked more malt but for a beer it is a not-to-miss experience. (1,318 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good copper color, with a full white head topping the pour. Oily residue indicated a nice hop presence and it wasn't joking.
Smelled huge hops with a slight bitter fruit but that's it.
Man is this sucker bitter. I love hops but this isn't anything like I expected. Hops, and grapefruit and even then the bitterness of the hops was too powerfull. Not even close to balanced.
Mouthfeel was slick and chewy but the stinging hops almost kept me from finishing it. I'd love to give this another shot sometime just becuase I love Stone beers but I may be hard pressed to do so. I hope this was a bad batchor something. (615 characters)

Photo of auntfloyd
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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, (1,841 characters)

Photo of nephlim
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I was a bit frightened by the whole "ruination" tag. I think the only IPA I had before this was Ipswitch. Fear not.

This is a hoppy bear, no doubt. However, it is not as bitter as one might think. I got tons of hopps in the nose and the taste, but there was lots of fuit; blueberry to be exact, with other citrus notes. Bitter, but no worse than a strong Italian coffee. Nice head, nice lacing. It's smell is intoxicating.

A friend of mine that drinks pabst blue ribbon split the bottle with me and loved it. I think that says something.

This is the IPA that I judge all others by. (595 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Quaffed happily at Eulogy in Philly)
Beer Review #100, and a nice pick for the occassion:

This is a hop bomb, no doubt, and the first sip is a hops smack upside-ya-head, but soon a bevy of other flavors emerge: strawberries, cherries, nuts, grains. I think it was even a little tart at one point. This is sold in a 22 oz. bomber bottle, and I think you need that much beer to appreciate all the different flavors it offers. The citrus flavors go way beyond just being lemony--they impart a set tastes so complex that they are hard to catalog. The smell is terrific too. It's floral and grainy, really pleasant.

The hops taste remains throughout. It's dry and grassy, but the hops also work with the malts to impart so many other flavors that the beer never becomes overly bitter, even after a full 22 ounces. I say that it is never overly bitter, true, but it toes the line at times, limiting how quickly you'll want to swig this awesome brew. (951 characters)

Photo of Hagbard
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, Ruination sits in my Stone IPA glass a nice clear golden color. A thick and rocky white head forms, filling the empty space of the glass. It's a very pretty presentation. As the head dissipates a great deal of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is the first of the many intense sensory experiences this beer delivers. A huge grapefruit and citrus fruit aroma greets your nose with a very intense bitterness lying in the background. There is also a very apparent strong malt backbone that holds the whole beer up. The taste hits you like a freight train. Grapefruit and other citrusy fruits lead the charge followed by an intense bitterness. Underlying all this is a wonderfully nuanced malt base that is the equal of the intense hops. As intense as the hops and resulting bitterness are, it never seems harsh or abrasive. It just has the devestating, enamel-dissolving, tongue smacking, eye watering, tooth itching, tastebud killing, skin quivering hoppiness that hopheads adore and crave. For a beer this powerful, it is awfully drinkable. 22 ozs down the shoot before I know it, but the 7.7% catches up to me fast! Wow...what a great beer, a true experience. (1,205 characters)

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

Another big boy from Stone. Geez, they put out the hammers. A clear amber/org with a sticky ivory head, nice lacing all the way. Whew, an intense floral hop fest, this thing is like drinking a rose bush dipped in a citrus bath – and I luved it!

Oily on the tongue – and which the hairs were burned off by third sip. Puts a decent buzz on ya by the end of the bomber. Only thing to bitch about was the way it thinned out as it warmed up. Still a thing of beauty to behold and quaff. (487 characters)

Photo of les1721
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The appearence is a beautiful dark orange with a thick head. The first thing you smell is intense hops; perfumy, citrus and grapefruity. The taste is unbelievable, the hops are intense but not overwhelming. It's very bitter but the sweetness from the malts balances it out. A very crisp finish with a great hop aftertaste. It's kindof a happy medium between stone I.P.A. and Arrogant bastard with more alcohol then both. It's hard to believe this bigger than life beer didn't get a better raiting then 91.

An incredible Double IPA from a great brewery. (554 characters)

Photo of grindcore666
2.76/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a faded butterscotch coupled with a nice fluffy milky froth which dissolves in clusters. Smells floral with orange citrus and fruit. Hop is strong and up front as usual. I taste astringent grapefruit with an everlasting linger and a touch of sweetener. Good for the style, but it's my least favorite Stone thus far. (321 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy, dark radioactive orange pour. Not too much of a head, the 1/2" that was there fell off very quickly.

Hop nose. By Jove, this is the heavenly aroma of the gods! Rich bitter, bitter hops, and I like it.

The taste is bitter, strong hoppy IPA. No real attempt to be balanced at all, and a big thank you to the Stone brewers for that. It is exactly what it sets out to be. "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop". Lots of citrus and piney flavors, but not simply a grapefuit blast like some other West Coast IPAs I have had. Yep, if you love hops, this beer rocks!

Mouthfeel is tart, tangy, not overly thin, even somewhat syrupy. None of the "tooth enamel-stripping" qualities as seen on other IPAs and DIPAs that are out there.

Drinkability is exceptional. If you like what this beer is, and obviously I do, it is almost compulsively drinkable. If only I could get this beer on tap... (900 characters)

Photo of waldowin
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very light amber, with a head that was just ludicrously large. I've never seen a beer with this much foam, and I tried to pour as smoothly as possible. After a ten minute wait (no exaggeration!), I was able to pour the last 1/3 of the bottle into the glass. This foam is just insanely dense. It doesn't fade away quite so much as collapse in the center, with the sides holding it up. Just sheets of pure styrofoam almost. And lacing? You can't see through the sides of the glass as the beer level drops. Nothing else compares.

Smells *very* intensely of pine, just overwhelmingly so. Think "pine-sol." I could actually taste hops when I smelled this beer. This fully prepares me to just not like this beer. And now I see the "100+ IBU" stamped on the back of the bottle.

And, what do you know, it's pretty damn good. Has a dry crispness to it just after the malts that almost reminds me of a tripel. And then the hops step in, and it's just pure pine trees and grapefruits. There's no way you can taste anything other than hops when you're drinking this, I don't care what food you pair it with. This is hop juice, pure and simple. Yeah, there's a bit of malt up front, some nice light, airy sweetness. But the hops beat it to the ground, and send it home without any lunch money. Just gorgeous.

This feels pretty thin on the lips, and thickens only marginally as it works its way back. Carbonation is evident throughout.

If you're a masochist, or a hophead (is there a difference?), this is your brew. Just a super-bitter aftertaste, you'll need something either sweet or pretty neutral to eat with this, or you'll have a hard time finishing it. But oh those hops keep calling you, and you drink more when you know you shouldn't.

This was just too much hop juice for my gut. I was pretty sure if I finished the last few swallows I'd be sick.

...but I was sorely tempted. (1,898 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awesome!
Bar far the hoppiest beer I've ever had.
Bright golden yellow color white a thick foamy white head. Nice lacing
I could smell the hops before I even stuck my face in the pint glass. Strong hoppy scent, almost like Simple Green it's so powerful.
The first sip was like a pop in the mouth, so bitter.
The finish was actually a little smoother and sweet.
Very nice Double IPA. I don't think I could pound a bunch of these but I could do a couple pints.
It's true, it really does ruin your palate, so don't plan on tasting any other beers afterwords. (565 characters)

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

This is one hoppy monster of a beer.

The appearance is a cloudy amber with a good head that laces the glass heavily.

The smell is herbal, flowery, and citric.

The taste hits you with hops and lots of citrus flavors. Not too bitter, but definitely hoppy. There is some toasted malt flavors in the middle to balance things out before the hops obiterate your tastebuds. The mouthfeel is smooth as can be, and very drinkable. This beer hides it's ABV well.

Overall, a very, very impressive Double IPA. An absolute must try. (532 characters)

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

Gorgeous thick tan head, covering a light brown, cloudy beverage, with noticeable but not overwhelming carbonation making it's way to the surface.

Aroma is hops, floral spice, citrus fruit (maybe orange, grapefruit, tangerine..), and I detect some underlying toasted malt.

Tasty, I expected no less based off the appearance and aroma. Hops are definately at the forefront of this one, but it is kept under control by the other ingredients. I've tasted "hoppier" doubles, than this, but this one is top notch as it manages to find good balance in a category that is inherently un-balanced. Still not for the faint of hops though. (634 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) a couple days ago. Pours a lushious clumpy light tan two finger head over a nearly clear rust (lightly browned) liquid. The smell during the pour in really enticing. Wet sweet with piney floral hops and mango. Some kind of frutiy ester mixes with the hop sting to make a really delicous aroma. To the nose, the fruity esters predominate over the hops, which are pithy piney. Peaches, oranges, honey malt. Tastes...hoppy bitter initially seems high, but then the thickness of the beer steps in and the bitter gets long in the tangle. Grapefruit pith is so strong it almost stings. It leaves the mouth with an chalky aspirin-like dryness. Behind the hops is the malt sweet. Noticable mostly, but poking it's head up for a view on occassion. Fruity esters are difficult to find. Peaches may be there, lost behind the hop bites. Thick chewy syrupy body with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is flat out grassy hop bitter, accompanied by a touch of heartburn. Fairly enjoyable, but I don't need any more. The malt is so far below the hops that this beer is way out of balance. That's kinda to style, but not particularly drinkable. Vastly over-rating, IMO. (1,202 characters)

Photo of qwert59
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Ruination IPA pours a pleasing golden-amber color, with very light carbonation. Not a whole ot of head, and the head that is there settles very quickly, but it did leave nice lacing on the glass.

Not surpisingly, I smelled hops. And then more hops. The hops are very piney, with a nice touch of citrus.

The taste is massive. The taste is bitter, hops, very piney, but good. It reminds me of getting a back rub that's too hard; it doesn't make sense why, but it still feels really good.

This beer didn't let me forget I'd tasted it. It leaves a very strong after taste, and a slight film on the tounge, which kinds of dried my mouth out, but then I immediately wanted more. It has a thicker mouthfeel than most IPAs. Ruination IPA is also very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude, even though it's dried my mouth out.

One of the nice things about this beer is that it could stand up to spicy food. I think this beer would be great with anything hot, because I don't think there's any food hot enough to overpower this beer. I like a lot of hot food, so sometimes it's hard to have a beer with dinner, cause not every beer can stand up to a meal that makes you tear up, but Ruination can.

Overall, I think this one of my favorites. I've had it before, twice in the bottle and once on draft. Every other time I'd tried it, it blew me away, and it didn't disappoint tonight. (1,398 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I brought some more Ruination back to Florida from my trip to San Diego. Tonight I wanted to celebrate, seeing how I just finished a big project at work. Let's see how the beer compares to the bottles I had last year ...

It pours a beautiful amber color, very clear, with small bubbles and a lovely foamy head. Very nice.

The smells is great. It's hoppy: floral and citrus notes abound. This smell reminds me of California and all their great hoppy brews.

What a taste! Wonderful hop bitterness is of course the main flavor. And what a flavor it is. But there are some nice sweet notes from the malt. The aftertaste is a teeth-cracking bitterness. It's fantastic.

The body is very good. The higher ABV no doubt assists with this beer's smooth, glass-like mouthfeel. It glides over my tongue.

To show how good this beer is, consider that it's very, very drinkable despite the massive 100+ IBUs.

Hell yes! This is the best Stone beer I've had, and they make some damn good beers. For those of us in the East, seek out this beer. You won't be disappointed.

Note: I see I've given it a bit higher score than before and that pushed this beer to my No. 2 spot at the moment. Either my tastes have changed or I got a fresher bottle this time, although I would imagine this beer could age well. (1,307 characters)

Photo of EPseja
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah! My 100th beer review... and a friggin' crazy killer beer to celebrate with...

Kickin' gargoyle, gold and green texture-screened in negative onto on a 22oz. bottle. Nice presentation! Very cool bottle. Served into a Duvel tulip (my favorite tasting glass) at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a very faintly hazy, thick golden-orange color with a sticky, tacky head. Barely any movement inside the glass. Head drops to a thin mat after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty at best.

S - WHAM the scent hits like a delicious Mack truck loaded down with hops. Sweet citrus; grapefruit dominant. Definitely pineapple. Dried kiwi fruit. Lemonhead candy... or is it the crystal sugar bottom of a Marino's Lemon Italian Ice? Oily pine-sap in lesser amounts. Light malts. Bold as hell. Constantly improving as the temperature rises. Wonderful.

T - The first thing that you get is like poor Ralphie's punishment for cursing -- perfumed soap in the mouth. Instantly bitter -- even at the tip of the tongue where the bitter taste buds do not reside...

The taste sweetens up considerably in the middle where the hidden malts play out like a well-meaning but unskilled understudy next to the superstar hops. This malty middle-point is Ruination's Eye of the Storm.

Once the beer makes its way to the back of the mouth, the brief moment of gustatory solace is quicky shattered as Ruination proceeds to execute an astringent ninja ass-kicking on your bitter taste buds. Even as you are swallowing, the bitter hops stick their hooks into every untainted crevice of your throat, leaving a hot, dry, perfumey legacy that works longer than any mouthwash could ever hope to.

After the Ruination's passing, you're left with a warm belly, a numbness on the tip of your tongue, a throatful of insane hop bitterness and a hyperventilation-style headrush from your body thinking you've tried to breathe the ethanol laced air of some alien planet.

M - Due to the anisthetic qualities of this beer, it's hard to judge the mouthfeel. It's definitely viscous and slippery in the mouth. At first it seemed a little bit too carbonated, but as I drank further, it seemed to mellow a touch. It does effervesce a bit too much in the mouth, and the swallow isn't exactly a water slide. I guess that's the price you pay when inventing a beer for the sole purpose of going over the top, and in turn "ruining" people's taste buds.

D - The only reason I gave the drinkability better than a 3.5 is because of the sensory rush and sense of urgency you get when drinking it. Ruination is genuinely delicious, but the IBUs are so cranked up that it ultimately becomes a test of fortitude -- almost a dare -- for you to continue on to the next sip. However, the raw bitterness left in your throat is so strong that much like an addict, you *need* to take that next sip to quell the demons that are despoiling your palette.

EPILOGUE: All I can do is shake my head in disbelief. This is one crazy ass beer. The smell is euphoric and sublime. The taste is demonic and deep as the Laurentian Abyss. Unfortunately, the bitterness is so over the top that it creates mouthfeel and drinkability detriments that would otherwise be near perfect.

I retired for the evening about 20 minutes after completing the 22 oz. bottle, and sitting in bed, I noticed that the feeling I had was strangely reminiscent of the Codeine buzz I got from the medication I took last time I was ill. This beer is no joke. (3,486 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22oz. bottle. Poured a very slightly hazy light amber with a small, slightly off-white, foamy head that slowly diminished to a film. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pine with some citrus backing up this hop-attack. Marvelously hoppy with a pleasant light caramel maltiness backing it up.

Taste: More hop-attack. Pine and citrus. Grapefruit, orange, a little pear. Hmm. I’m getting a lot more hop bitterness than hop flavor here, and the malt is very faint. Long-lasting resiny finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, oily texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a great example of where balance is intentionally thrown off, yet done in a tasteful way. So many subtle flavors underneath the insanely hoppy dominance. Definitely not one for the macro-drinking pansy. This one is for the adventurous and the hop-head that is searching for that hops Vahalla. (873 characters)

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

The up front hop bitterness is something to be hold. I poured this into a snifter. There was not as big a head as say their IPA, but the aroma was floral hop oils. The taste was a big smack in the face of bitterness followed by a smooth malt backbone and finished with a tingling hop presence. This a must try for any true hop head. (332 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish yellow color with a quarter inch of tanish head made up of small bubbles. There was some pretty decent lacing after consuming the beer.

Aroma: Oily, citrusy hop aroma. There may be a tad of malt there, but it is nothing compared to the hop presence. I can pick out Oranges, Lemons, and Grapefruits specifically.

Taste: Boat loads of citrus! It is rich and oily, while being bittering. I compare it to drinking orange juice, because the entire profile is lodged on the hop side of the balance.

Opinion: Well, I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, and this beer in particular I would be inclined to say that it was too one dimensional. Not that they didn't put enough dimensions of hops in there, but there is barely any malt to balance it all out. It is pretty good, but I personally prefer some others more...like their regular IPA for example. Hey...this may be blaspheme to some...but it is my OPINION (945 characters)

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