Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,089
Reviews: 3,019
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,376 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can't believe I hadn't reviewed this before! One of my favorites.

Poured to a tulip from a bomber.

A - Perfect. Gorgeous gold with excellent clarity. Rich tan head that persists as a thin, soft layer leaving lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - Very complex. Sweet honey malt up front quickly overpowered by dank hops. Plenty of pine, resin, and a hint of citrus present as well. Rather clean fermentation.

T - Similar to aroma. High hop bitterness, but balanced nicely by the sweet, toasty malt. Dank hop flavor somewhat overwhelms the other hops. Some pine and citrus, as well as a little cattiness add to the complexity.

M - Medium body, but high carbonation makes it seem a bit lighter. Very drinkable for a DIPA. Subtle alcohol warmth, but well-hidden. Dry, hoppy, slightly alcoholic finish that lasts and lasts.

O - Outstanding and one of my favorites. Only improvement (to me) would be a bit different hop character, upping the pine and citrus over the dankness.


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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

S - Super grapefruit and floral notes punching through after popping the cap. Getting a lot of pine too....just dank hop...some lemon like essence to it. As it warms you get some sweet malts that noticeably catch your nose. A real flowery, funky smell to it....not bad though by any means. Definitely gonna be a real powerful IPA. Moderate spotty lacing left around the glass.

A - Very nice solid orange color with a one finger frothy white head. Not see through and well carbed.

T/M - Definitely a Floral pine bomb. Not getting much citrus, and tropical fruit. Very floral. Very Bitter. a little bit of a booze tinge but not overwhelming at all. Very "East Coast". Floral Earthy hops linger on the palate well after the swallow. For a stone beer this doesn't have anywhere the amount of tropical fruit I was looking for. A person of my preference definitely prefers there normal IPA.

Overall - Its a pretty good beer...Am i going to rush out to get it again, no. Is there a chance i would order it if the place had it on tap...yeah, maybe... You can't really go wrong with stone and this was a solid offering. Not BAD by any means, not my preferred style of IPA i usually go for..I myself prefer there regular IPA over this...but then again everybody has there own preference, and thats what makes this website frigin awesome. Long live the craft beer movement!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

As a budding enthusiast, my palate might not be as refined as a veteran connoisseur, so forgive me if my review seems sophomoric. I also realize such a statement compromises my credibility and enables bias, but I hope to appeal to those who are budding enthusiasts as well, and to establish a sense of comrade among the green-horns; to facilitate the transition from interest to passion.
The Ruination IPA has been a beer I've been wanting to try for a while now, but decided to gain a certain degree of comparative reference in tasting other IPAs from various companies first. Today I decided to take the leap and dive into this long awaited hop-beast, and this is what I discovered:

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Appearance: A light amber color, with a golden hue. The head left a bit to be desired, as it was about a finger width, but that could have been fault of my own and not necessarily the IPA itself. Small bubbles effortlessly made their way to the top after I finished my pour, joining the head in concert of aesthetic appeal. I noticed the head retained its form for a while, and this pleased me. Although lacing might come into play later, chronologically speaking, it did not lace as well as I thought it would, but it did lace fairly consistently--again, the lack of desired lacing might be due to user error, as moisture may have been present in the glass prior to the pour.

Smell: Mostly citrus notes with floral undertones. As many have said in other reviews, notes of grapefruit are highly present, but not overpowering, The aroma was as well-balanced as the rest of the beer.

Taste: My first impression upon tasting this beer was that it was very well-balanced. The bottle reads 100+ IBUs, however I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was not as bitter as I initially expected it to be. I very much enjoy bitter, but I would much rather drink a well-balanced beer than one that primarily features bitterness. The notes that were present in the aroma came through in the taste, as the citrus (primarily grapefruit) and floral notes (akin to pine) danced upon my taste-buds. Absence of alcohol in taste, as well as in smell, fit my criteria for a good beer.

Mouthfeel--A tad light and crisp, but without devaluing it's credibility as a big ale. The finish left a lingering bitterness, almost a dry, puckering, kind of taste--which I thoroughly enjoyed. And although the finish was bittering, it was practically refreshing at the same time.

Overall: It was what I anticipated it to be, I set the base for reference a while ago with the original Stone IPA, and in my opinion the Ruination IPA takes the proverbial cake. I will definitely buy this beer again, and perhaps the second time around I will notice something I didn't before; perhaps more accommodating glassware in terms of aroma will help flesh out more subtle nuances in flavor and aroma. However, someone who has never had an IPA, or drinks for only the buzz, will most likely walk away with a different perception of what Ruination means. To me, Ruination symbolizes a certain beauty and balance in chaos, whereas others might only absorb the connotations relating to destruction--of palate and mind. For those who enjoy IPAs regularly, but are starting to feel stagnant, this beer will definitely put you on your toes.
Simply put: this beer is akin to a heavy metal song: to those from the outside looking in, it might seem like a bunch of noise, but to those willing to spend to the time to appreciate it discover the hidden melodies and complexities that make it a brilliant piece of art.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,089 ratings.