Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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Reviews: 3,052
Hads: 10,612
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 429
Gots: 1,986 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3,052 | Hads: 10,612
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruination is a deep copper hue. The liquid is bright annd clear. A 1" off-white head tops this beer off. The head fell to 1/4" and had good retention. Good lacing.

Tangy hops. Citrus, pine (Pine-Sol cleaner? But in a good way.) The citrus smell is like a tangerine or an orange peel. There is a candied sweet smell in there also.

Spruce, grapefruit, sour orange. Alcohol. This beer has a good deal of bitterness but it is not over the top. I expected it to be screaming. There is definite malt presence underneath the big hops. The bitterness is reminiscent of biting an orange peel. Very unexpectedly balanced DIPA.

Ruination has good carbonation. The beer coats the mouth with a full body that is rich and far from thin or watery. A nice bitter bite that vanishes all of a sudden and then reappears out of nowhere for another round.

The drinkability on this Stone DIPA is high, it is about as drinkable as Stone IPA. The beer was so remarkably drinkable and balanced that I am wondering if it already had some age on it when I bought it. This is the first bomber of Ruination I have had so I am not sure what to compare it to. Stone has definitely taken hold of the title of My Favorite Brewery. (1,210 characters)

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

A verys solid DIPA, but I wasn't overwhelmed as I expeced to be. Clear copper body, nice whtie head. Smell does have a fair amount of hop aroma in it, but it seems like there could be even moreso. This does have a nice sweet presence that is missing from way too many big beers these days, which helps to accompany the larger hop profile. This did fulfill my hop fix, but it could've been more over the top, which I almost expect from the style. Or have I become tollerant of high hopiness? Either way, thanks to Twilight for sending me this long sought after sample. (567 characters)

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

Got this on tap as 'Double Dry Hopped Ruination' at Anam Cara. It was claimed that it had 200 IBUs.

Cloudy amber in color with a creamy head which was moderately strong but gave in eventually.

The aroma was hoppy and light, sweet, with some orange notes.

The flavor was very hoppy, in an earthy/herbal way, tasty and tangy. It has a creamy mouthfeel. The bitterness shows up later, and grows - at first I would have guessed this beer was not bitter at all, but by the time I finished it, I was really getting into most of the "200" IBUs (though, I'm not sure the last 100 really made it onto my palette). The finish was floral and bitter, a bit smoky.

Overall, this was a good, creamy, colorful beer. "Luscious," said Grover - and I agree. (751 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark flourescent orange with a huge white head and stubborn lace throughout the tasting. Flowers, hops, resin dominate the nose. The nose pales compares to what follows. Crushing, oily hop juice with some carbonic bite in the middle. Long bitter finish with a medium to full mouthfeel. Unfortunately, for me, unless you are just a serious hop-maniac, a pint is more than enough for this brew. Maybe it is the ad copy on the bottle, but I can't really taste anything else but hops, even now. I guess it's unfair to say this beer has a "finish" at all. Maybe after a garlic clove and some Scope. It is a fine beer while your drinking it, but like an annoying ex with your unlisted number, it never seems to leave you alone. (721 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember how I puckered the first time I sampled this. Now, I kneel at the altar of the hop. Poured into a tulip, the beer is a clear, light golden color. There is an inch of head.

The nose is floral, and infused with a dry, citrus aroma. The taste is, "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop, " as the bottle says. There is just enough malt to prevent this from being unbalanced in a bad way. As it is, this is unbalanced in a good way. The hops are a rainbow of citrus flavors, and they do run the entire gamut. Bitter oranges and lemons, grapefruits, and then, a slight pineyness at the end. The mouthfeel is light for the style, but it does coat one's throat. I must give this a lower drinkability than I would normally give the style because of the extreme hops. Do not drink this if are prone to heartburn, or face the consequences. I am not afraid. (861 characters)

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

22 oz. brown bottle.

White head on a clear amber fluid.

Alcohol right up front in the nose, underscored by piney hops and a sweet toffee like malt tinge.

Medium body with ample carbonation for the ABV. Alcohol is a bit out of proportion--even compared to the massive hops. Great herbal/citrus hop with matching burps. Booze is spicy and burning in the finish.

I hate to say it, but the booze was really out of control for me in this beer. Still pretty good, but the least best I've had from Stone. (509 characters)

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

Appearance is hazy amber with some white foam, but little lacing. Aroma is (as a Stone beer should) mostly hops. Grapefruity, leafy, aromatic, floral hops. Initial taste is sweet malt, surprisingly, but the hops are there! Sourdough bread, toasty crackers, and creamy smooth. The taste mellows in the mouth down to some nice fruity flavors, drying nicely to a smoth finish with some yeast bread. This is a good IPA – and lots of alcohol! (438 characters)

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

Browsing the beer aisle today and it dawned on me that I hadn't had this beer in a while. Good choice Kevin, good choice!

The beer opens with a coppery-orangy tint, obvious haze from dry hopping and froathy head formation. The head laced well but I expected more. Lots of lacing left behind.

Sharp, spicy, citrusy, piney, and acidic hop aromas assault the olfactories and promise a hop-forward beer. Only a timid caramel malt character wants to compete. No esters, no phenolics- a pretty clean aroma.

Hop flavor makes the hop aroma look pansical. Juicy hop flavors of grapefruit, orange zest, grapefruit, piney-grassy, grapefruit, and lemon-grass, and, ...oh yea, grapefruit! The clean malt character that I found in the nose falls by the waistside in flavor- this one is all about the hops.

As expected, a clean hop bitterness dominates with a malt roundess that offers little sweetness on the palate and even less balance. Cracker-like in the body, then caramelized malts don't stand a chance. A piney, grapefruit aftertaste persists as the beer dries out wonderfully in the end.

Has a truer American IPA ever been brewed? (1,129 characters)

Photo of LPorter33
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 22oz bomber from Martignetti's

Appearance = Semi-transparent golden honey colored hue. Very nice lacing and adequate head retention.

Smell = Raw oily hoppiness with the typical powerful citrus blast coming through. Smells like a very well crafted double IPA.

Taste = Excellent. Wonderful balance. The hops are there and fierce but the sweetness comes in perfectly to tone it down a bit so it doesn't overwhelm the palate. A very spicy, peppery taste is mixed in which adds additional kick. Great aftertaste that leave the mouth craving the next sip.

Overall = Right up there with Dogfish Head 90 and Hercules as my favorite Double IPAs. Highly recommended to fans of this style. (701 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kind of an experimental bottle, aged 2 1/2 years.

Appearance - brilliant orange, thick creamy head with shiny crystalline lacing.

Aroma - highly aromatic with orange and pineapple, good persistence as well.

Taste - sweet citrusy flavor atop a decent malt and light alcohol base. Strong bitterness ensues, like concentrated grapefruit rind oil. The swallow is a clarifying of the hop profile on the palate. Very bitter as alcohol warms the finish, truly a hop head's dream come true.

Mouthfeel - thick, average carbonation, resinous and coating.

Drinkability - a great balance of big beer alcohol, hops, and malt that make this beer this good this long after purchase. (682 characters)

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

One of Stone's best as far as I'm concerned.

The Ruination is a golden orange with thick and chunky head that sticks to the glass. A nice amount of CO2 bubbling up from the bottom. It smells of potent hops, citrus, and sweet smelling flowers. Tastes just beautiful...intense hops!!! Almost like chewing on a fresh hop (which if you've never done I recommend trying) Slick, sweet peel maybe. I think the mouthfeel is perfect...not as dry as some double IPAs. I give this a thumbs up for drinkability. Not weak, which keeps it from getting a rating of 5 on drinkability. But other than that it is just great to drink. Cheers to Stone for a great double IPA!! (676 characters)

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

Sampled at the 2005 American Beer Fest in Boston.

I love IPAs and Double IPAs, but, like the late 90s chardonnay craze in which virtually every winery started over-oaking their wines, so many breweries have gotten carried away with the whole IPA thing: let's just dump a shitload of hops in our ale and make an IPA... And double IPAs are usually even worse...

But Stone has done a good job with this one. The beer has a nice dark red body with a thin lacy head. The aroma is what wins me over on this one---it's not just a menthol-ish overhopped aroma, it's a nice well-rounded floral hops aroma, with some light orange/citrus notes. It just smells crisp. Taste matches the smell very nicely: sharp bite of hops on the front, some nice mellow malt rounded out with a citrus tang, leaving a more mellow hops note on the finish. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, this just dances around on the tongue with a bit of zing.

I wouldn't get carried away with this, it's definitely not a session beer, but it's a very well done IPA, and one of my favorites. Stone comes through again. (1,080 characters)

Photo of HopHeadKen
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The sweet barley is only a vehicle to deliver addictive quantities of hops.
So you had better be a hop lover when you try this beer.

Pours orange copper clear with creamy ivory head.

I am suprized that I can even detect the sweetness of the malt over the obvious bushel of hops per bottle.

Nice mouthfeel. I had hop flavor hanging on 30 minute later. (361 characters)

Photo of Buildscharacter
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can you say about Stone that's not already been said?

This DIPA is a great example of the breed. It opens up with a beautiful floral hop aroma that is sweet and begs you to take a sip.
It's in typical Stone fashion to really overload..well put quite a bit of hops in there. I wouldn't say that it's overdone, especially for an DIPA.

The brew is smooth going down and leaves a warm feeling in the gullet. There is a sort of vegetative flavor in there. Reminds me of Gin? Don't know why, but it does. I suppose there's some sort of fruit flavor in there that's I'm missing.

Either way, this bottle if quite a good one. I'm a big fan of the regular IPA but I would have to say that I prefer this excellent brew from Stone. (738 characters)

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

Bottle purchased from Midtown in Nashville and enjoyed as a night cap last night.
Poured super clear golden orange. Big, frothy, tight bubbled head with excellent retention and textbook perfect lacing.
Smell of citrus laden hoppiness with orange peel and grapefruit rind.
Biting, shockingly bitter hop residue assaults your tongue. Man, this one is bitter.
Chewy mouthfeel that was light medium. I didn't really detect the alcohol previously mentioned. Finished juicy on the mouth but slightly astringent if you wait too long to have another.
Surprisingly drinkable. Where did the bottle go? (596 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone beers are starting to dominate the space in my beer fridge. This one did not dissapoint and will have to be added to the stable

The smell is ultra hoppy and the taste does not dissapoint. For some there may be too much of an alcohol finish but for me the slight twinge of some alcohol was a nice fit. This seems like it would be a nice nightcapper type of beer. (370 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber, nice tight head forms. Smell is unmistakenly hops, as soon as the bottle is cracked pine fills the room, very spicy and my nose is ruined now. Taste: I don't know, my taste buds won't function after the first drink of insane hoppiness, seriously. Slight alcohol burn/warming, but pleasant. My taste buds feel numb, insanely hoppy with a very thick and chewy backbone, this is one kickass beer, I could drink this all day every day. Thanks for the import DrJay. (488 characters)

Photo of scooter231
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty shocked by this one. With a name like Ruination IPA (and coming from Stone, at that) I was expecting a love it or hate it kind of thing, except if you loved it, it'd be more like... tolerating it. And yet, I loved it.

It's a gorgeous red-golden color, with not much head that disappates pretty quickly- but very appealing looking. The smell? Hoppy hoppy hoppy, so hoppy, with some citrus notes. Taste is exactly how it smells- hoppy, with citrus and lemon flavors, a bit of an earthy taste. Mouthfeel plays on the tongue- bubbly, tart feeling, tasty.

I can see the hoppyness getting to you after a while, but this was a pretty darn drinkable beer- besides being tasty, I couldn't sense any alcohol in it at all- a great find. (744 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful 22oz. bottle. These guys know how to make a bottle!

Pours a clear yellow/orange, with a creamy white head. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smells like hops, and plenty of em. I could sit and smell this sucker all night.

Tastes like hops, and plenty of em. Bottle says 100+ IBU and it's no lie. Hops up front, in the middle, and kicks you in the ass on the way out. Could use a hint of malt somewhere in the mix, a litte too unbalanced for my liking.

Body is good, about perfect for the style.

I can drink one of these from time to time. But nothing like Alpha King, which I can dink all night. (617 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice froth is set aloft above a bosc pear skin-colored beer. The froth never dissipates, it lives with the beer, it laces the glass.
Sports a blast of citrine - citrus and pine - hops. Layers of chewy sweet malts. This is like a napoleon - it's not terribly complex, or anything, but it is spectacularly good. It's totally rewarding. (336 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber. 1/2" of heaf, white, quite compact. Not perfectly clean, but even not really hazy.
The smell: hops, I think... Cascade, I think... Yes, that. Obviously grapefruit, pine, balsamic.
The taste: slightly bitter ;-) A lot of hop; 100 IBU, well it could be. A good malty background, to support all. Maybe the hops is too aggressive? I don't know, but the taste seems more balanced than the smell. Obviously, on the bitter side.
After all, good, toady.
Medium body.
Bitter in the aftertaste. Yes, but after that? Good, but maybe too hop-oriented? (558 characters)

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

Orangebrown beercolor and a light yellow head. Nose is almost pure C(itrussy)-hops, lots of peachfruit and a light mostly caramellic amber maltnote. Taste is very bitter, hanging, citrussy but with it litle roasty and malty. Carbonation is ok but mouthfeel is mostly bitter. Good and well drinkable beer if you like your beer bitter to the max. (344 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a 22oz bomber bought at Union Jack's on the Manatawny.
Bottle is beautiful, embossed, stunning. No date, however.
It pours a clear deep, golden color with a slightly off-white, creamy head, @1/2 inch. Slight carbonation is evident. Head stays @1/8 inch throughout. Not much lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grassy/fruity hops up front. Maybe pineapple.Slight bready malt way in the back. Alcohol is present as the beer warms.

This beer tastes like it smells. Grassy citrusy. Not overly bitter. In fact, this is very well balanced for a DIPA. Malt sweetness is present, but not overdone. Alcohol warmth finishes the flavor.

Wonderful hop oils coat the tongue and mouth, even after swallowing. Soft carbonation almost reminds you of cask ale. Sweetness and bitterness seem perfectly balanced. A long, lingering hop and heat finish.

The guy that designed this beer had drinkability in mind. This is so well done, it's hard to criticize anything. I could drink this 'til the cows come home! (1,011 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Immediately upon cracking the top hoppy aroma fills the air around me. This could get interesting...

Appearance: Transparent light caramel color with a one finger white head that reduced to a somewhat lumpy layer with scattered large bubbles.

Smell: Dominating citrus and grapefruit mostly. A good floral hit as well. Sweet overall though, I even detect some cotton candy in there.

Taste: Taste is somewhat different that the aroma. This is a pretty bitter brew that offers itself with biting pine and straw flavored hops. Not really much citrus in the taste as would have been expected with the aroma on this. Bitterness hits fairly hard. This is just a very agreeable taste. There really isn't any portion of it that one could complain about. The hoppy burps that follow are pretty tasty as well, containing mostly pine resin flavors ( review...not a burp review...back to business...)

Mouthfeel: A good solid feel on this one, relatively full bodied with a slight bit of oilyness. This one coats well and lingers for a good while.

Drinkability: The flavor profile and relatively light ABV percentage for the style factor well here and make this extremely drinkable. The mouthfeel and very inviting aroma make you want to keep coming back for this. Could be one of the most drinkable DIPAs I've run across and I feel really garners a '5' in this category.

Amazing beer...'nough said... (1,430 characters)

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

Thanks to both WVbeergeek and Gueuzedude for samples of this fine elixar.

Aroma is wonderfully full of hops with grassiness and a slightly sweet malt backing. There is a creamy quality to the aroma that isn't quite diacytel but there nonetheless and it is pleasing.
Gold yellow and clear. Head leaves early, but starts heavy and full. Looks lighter than it is.
Flavor has great balance between the hops intensity and the malty fullness. Constant movement of flavors. I like the softness of the malt and the grassy intensity of the hops with the strong enough bitterness.
Thick and almost chewy. Not quite syrupy. Nice fluffiness and softness from the carbonation.
Well done. Highly drinkable, although too much hops tends to make me not feel too well in the long run ( a weird hang-over kind of thing), so that takes away some in that it limits the amount of the hop monsters I can drink in one sitting. (910 characters)

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,052 ratings.