Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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Reviews: 3,052
Hads: 10,613
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 430
Gots: 1,990 | 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: 3,052 | Hads: 10,613
Photo of saskguy
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2003 at the Liars Club, San Diego. Pleasant copper appearance. The ivory head disappeared fast.

A nice strong hop aroma.

Starts off with a nice floral hop flavour and ends with both floral and bitter characteristic. Malt balance is not bad for a 100+ ibu beer. (275 characters)

Photo of nomad
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my tulip glass this beer glows with a slightly hazed orange color. On top is a tough and thick foam head, spreading decently thin and spotty lace and stain.

Smells of sweet malt, tickling pine, spicy spruce, big scents of melon rind, and that signature peppery Stone hop presence. A straightforward display to my nose. Taste is spicy with alcohol-burning honey tones and a highly spruce/pine dryness. A definitively textured hop profile, the bitterness is a pure high-alpha sort, chalky dry but juicy at the same time because of the latent acidity. Malt comes through with warmth - its not pale, not caramel, but tasty and interesting. Thinnish mouthfeel.

Very drinkable on purely interesting craftmanship, but still one of the best tasting enormously hoppy and bitter beers I've found. Yet another unique take on the big or Imperial IPA style, very much Stone through and through. (890 characters)

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

Beautiful, bright orange color...fine, 1/2", bubbly head.
Aroma: Big, bad, gorgeous hoppiness, fruit aplenty, some grapefruit, yeah, but peach, orange, tangerine, non-stop, glorious sweet, so utterly pleasant, abundantly delightful. Bright, luscious, lively...all bow in honor of the almightiness of humulus lupus!
Shall we sip? Do we dare?
Full force of hops on the palate, a devastating wave of hops across the palate up, over, around, about, and above the senses! Dominant to say the least, absolutely overpowering and spreading nothing but delight to those of us hopheads who revel in the luxury of an immersion of such bitter, tasty delights!
Each time you put down the glass, and finish your gulp, the flavor subsides on the palate, resides fully in the senses, and you eye that glass and are eager for more. You don't need it, for the flavor has never left your senses, but it tempts, it the label says, it ruins you for anything of weaker flavor, and why would you ever want that, anyway?
Fantastically delicious, this super-hopped ale, one I'd return to as often as I could, when fortune provides. This is the IPA that should be the emblem, the acme, the standard any IPA should strive for!

Big thanks to LongBeach Bum for this bottle, allowing me to retaste it, re-review it, relive it, re-invigotate myself! (1,351 characters)

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

A complex malt and hop taste at work here that is really over the top. That's the only flaw I see in this brew. The hops are too overpowering, hence the name Ruination. I could not drink more than a pint in one sitting or I would have no taste buds left. But I do enjoy it from time to time, because Stone brews excellent quality beer. (335 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light orange/honey color. Nice thick foamy off white head that left great sticky lace. Nice big fresh hops upfront in the nose. Citrusy and piney. Sweet malty aromas help to even it out.
Big malt flavor. Lightly sweet and fruity with those citrusy, resinous hops riding shotgun. Spicy, slightly floral hop bitterness that really lingered on the tastebuds.
Thick, full, round and creamy mouthfeel. Great drinkability for this hop monster. Another quality Stone brew. (476 characters)

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

Pours a clear pale gold with a nice head of white. The lacing drapes the glass in sheets.

Aroma - Floral hops dominate the nose. The sweet malts and hops invite you to drink. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

Taste - Abundant hop flavors assault the senses but are muted by the subtle presence of malt. Its hoppy, but not too hoppy.

Mouthfeel - The tongue is enveloped in hoppy comfort. Delightful hops bite the tongue from beginning to end. I would have liked it to be a bit fuller.

Drinkability - Thoroughly drinkable. An absolute delight to drink.

This is a good beer and I can understand why it is in the top 50. (639 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve been intimidated by this beer for quite a while. Its reputation as a monstrously hopped über-IPA has kept me from trying it until now. Released from its 22oz bomber, Ruination had a clear burnished copper color, slow-moving carbonation, and a bubbly jaundiced head that deposited sticky gobs of lace on the glass walls.
The aromas of grapefruit rind and pine sap were by far the dominate fragrance. However, a noticeable sweet malt scent was there to keep things from going completely off the rails. The taste was initially of caramel malt before it was trampled by a tidal wave of hops. A juicy, resinous grapefruit rind flavor coated the tongue, morphing into a more pronounced pine taste that left my tongue with a vaguely numb feeling. A light alcohol bite hit the back of the throat, leaving a soft warmth in the chest. Ruination had a full, creamy, and ends up dry.
I haven’t had an IPA yet that left my tongue wondering what the hell happened the way Ruination did. It is quite easy to drink although after one Ruination, you won’t be able to taste any other beer. After that, I was done for the night as my palate went into meltdown. The resulting hops burps almost killed my dog, who got too close once. Ruination is one of the biggest, baddest, hugely hopped IPA’s around. If you want to challenge your tongue, go no farther than Ruination. (1,384 characters)

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

A very solid IPA that is of the American over-hopped persuasion. The beautiful clear amber body has more than a little red hue to it. The small (one finger) ivory head is nicely packed, but dwindles to a film rather quickly. The lacing is spotty but seems to follow down the glass.

A nice malt nose with some caramel-like hints is in the fore while citrus hops lurk in the background. The taste is grapefruit with some nice malt back, rather the reverse of the nose. Quite puckering and bitter, the hops really let you know of their dominance. This lingers long on the back of the tongue, almost to a fault. This beer impresses me as needing to be accompanied by a fine dish of food, probably a fish or pasta dish would be perfect. The flavor by itself is too much for the palate by itself, thus the "ruination" factor.

The feel is great with a nice creamy body that finishes with a crisp departure. Drinkable in some quantity when mated up to a good main course. (969 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, almost straw colored IPA by Stone with little head. The smell wss very fruity, almost citrusy. The taste was very fruity, yet semi bitter. It had a very hoppy taste as well. This was not as good as Arrogant Bastard. I found it to be somewhat unballanced. Too hoppy for my taste. I'm a big fan of IPA's, but this one doesn't do it for me. (346 characters)

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

Hazy peach color with an average amount of off-white head that laces quite nicely. I expected the nose to be a full-on dose of hops alone, but the malts were surprisingly evident as well. Sweet, flowery hoppiness abounds with a hint of what I liken most to molasses-like malts. It took me a few minutes to adjust to the taste, but I grew to really like this one a lot. Hops ebb and flow throughout as they dance quite gracefully with the base malts. An anise-like spice flavor amidst the citrus and floral tastes. The mouthfeel was quite remarkable--neither clingy nor astringent. This beer is not a mere novelty, as I feared it could be; it's a keeper. (653 characters)

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

Ruination IPA - a beer so feared by all of my friends that they won't even taste it. The smell is enough for them.

When you crack the Ruination IPA, you are actually startled by the hops. You assume something must have gone horribly wrong. Something has gone horribly right.

The beer pours out a decent gold-velvet with a nice bleached head. There is lacing, albeit a slight one, that appears after the fluffy head quicky dies away.

For most palates, this beer is devastatingly hoppy and bitter. To be quite honest, I think the Ruination is not all that bitter. It does have a very nice hoppy character, but its 100+ IBU are not what you would expect. Seems to me that SN Celebration is much more harsh in terms of bitterness.

This beer is sweetly malted and has a lovely mouthfeel. It goes down quite well with seafood, one of my favorite pairings. The sad part about this beer is when I first tried it, I thought it was the best hoppy beer there was. I still love it, but it just doesn't even seem that hoppy anymore. Maybe its time at the liquor store (could be as long as 6 months) has really mellowed out the hops and created a more well-balanced beer.

Altogether wonderful, but not one of the hoppiest beers around. This beer could win an award for the hops-belch alone. (1,291 characters)

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

Pours a lovely deep dark gold color with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is incredible - hops, hops, and more hops. A bit of tartness was also detected by the nose, but maybe my nose went haywire from the hops.

The flavor followed what was sensed by the nose. Huge hops flavor that did not offend as the malt level were just right to balance the hop overload. Some sweetness and fruitiness were also detected. Slight crispness on the tongue.The bitterness lasts long (I mean long) on the tongue after swallowing. This is a slow sippin' IPA and the alcohol is barely noticable. I could have had another bottle after this was emptied, so drinkability is very good.

Not to drink with any food, as I had a shrimp cocktail as my glass was almost done and it was tasteless. My tongue was still in shock. Great beer. (820 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one wonderful brew!

It pours a deep golden color, the color of apple juice. On top is a thick white head. The head stays for quite some time and gives away to a thick and sticky lace that lasts to the bottom of my glass.

The aroma reminds me of walking through a pine forest after a strong summers thunderstorm. The smell of fresh pinesap that is running down the side of a tree that just lost some of it’s branches. Sticky, sweet, and a bit bitter aroma of pine is present through out this brew. There is a slight hint of citrus present, but the pine overrules.

The flavor starts of with a mild hint of malt, but after that, it is hops, nothing more nothing less. You can’t even get a hint of the 7.7% that is in this IPA. The feeling is smooth and creamy in the mouth and there is always some movement in my glass. (carbonation) There is a mild but pleasant bitter after taste on the back of your pallet.

Overall: This IPA kicks ass. There is enough going on in this brew to enjoy repeatedly. NO WAY could I get burnt out on drinking this brew. It is easy going down the gullet and enjoyable to sit and sip, or just flat out enjoy. Thank you to all at Stone! You people ROCK!

And thank you Eyechartbrew for bring this from West coast to East coast. (1,275 characters)

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

My second taste of a Stone beer.Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a very minimal head.Reeks of hops,hops and more hops-citrusy,almost lemon like.Tastes of hops,hops and more hops as well.Nice after bite on the tongue.Extremely bitter.Full bodied-not as smooth as the Arrogant Bastard but not unpleasant.A great beer overall-really enjoyable.As the remainder of the bottle warmed a little it was even more pleasant. (417 characters)

Photo of smitty1080
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. I got citrus and pine from the aroma. I detect a bit of hops in this one, yeah right. Once the initial attack of the first sip was over I really got into this beer. As it warmed, in the hour and a half I milked it, I started to understand the enjoyment people get form heavily hopped beers. One hell of a beer.

P.S. I thought hop burps were just a joke. Wrong. (416 characters)

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

Stone pours a rich golden color with a large white head that reduces after a minute or so. The smell is sweet hops that just seem to jump out at you. The first sip is an attack on your tongue, hops explode in your mouth and seem to numb out all other taste. Despite the initial reaction Ruination is not over powering. It is balanced with a nice amount of malt and even minutes after you can still feel the alcohol esters evaporating off your tongue. Truly delicious. (467 characters)

Photo of Ianhockey91
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice hazy orangish color wiht a fading head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. Hops hops and more hops on the nose, i love the smell of this beer, very spicy. The taste has much more malt then i expected wich is great because it really holds up well to the blast of hops. This is a top notch offering with a nice mouthfeel, wuite chewy and smooth. I could drink it all day. (384 characters)

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

Appearance was great. It was a nice rusty orange color with i nice offwhite head that faded to a beautiful lace that crawled up the glass.

Smell: A mild sweet malt flavor with spicy hints of different hops. A small floral smell and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Much more malty than I expected. A lot of sweet malt at the begining with plenty of spicy hop flavors and alcohol that come slow and explode at the end. Leaves a bitter and sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: A nice consitency with plenty of carbonation. Leaves mouth a little dry.

Overall a good beer. Drinkable and delicious. (592 characters)

Photo of skar
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger, NYC 10/8/03 Night of the Imperials Part 2

Appearance/Head: A surprisingly light orange color. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Massive resin and hops. It reminds me of a brew kettle after you throw in a large dose of hops. There is an interesting complexity to the aroma of this beer, but the strength of the hops makes it difficult to discern specific smells.

Flavor: It starts with moderate malty character, that quickly makes way for an extreme hop flavor that has a long finish. The beer is slightly sweet with a big, full body. The massive hop attack gives it a concentrated character that makes it seem like the beer is higher than 7.7 abv. It really takes over the tongue.

Bottom line: Another interesting, powerful brew from Stone. A real treat. Despite the intense flavors, the beer retains its drinkability. I would love to get a chance to have this again. (892 characters)

Photo of winomark
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep gold with a beautiful off-white head.

Aroma: Hop citrus and spiciness can be smelt from across the room! Sweet malt and alcohol give depth.

Taste: Massive hop bitterness, yet good malt balance. The finish is all hops.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and hoppy mouthfeel. Good malt and alcohol lend some balance, but hops dominate. A hop lover's dream!

Drinkability: One of my top 5 beers ever. Tons of hops, but still balanced. Stone = Good. (468 characters)

Photo of ColForbin
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color with a 1cm head into a pint glass with some beer to spare in the 22oz painted bottle. Without even really trying, all I smell is hops. Citrusy, piney resinous hops. In fact, if I take too deep of a breath, I can feel an itch on my soft pallet the aroma is so strong. The taste is more of the same - hops, hops and more hops. You can feel the hop oils trickling down your throat - don't believe anyone who says this beer is balanced. It has enough malt to have a good, heavy mouthfeel (and high ABV), but I'll be damned if I can taste any of it. Probably the hoppiest beer I've ever had or will have. (635 characters)

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

Poored from the bottle with a nice golden amber color and a nice off white head that stays for the duration. Wonderful floral, cirtus, and a pine smells accompany this beer. I expected this beer to have more of a bitter taste, instead it is very smooth with a just little bit of a bite to it. The bitterness becomes more apparent upon warming, but is still very smooth. Ruination IPA is quickly becoming one of my favorites. (424 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a cappuccino-like white head that leaves a beautiful white lace down the side of the glass. Aroma is fairly medicinal, and obviously quite hoppy. Also, there is some citrus going on. There's also some pine and a touch of malt. Taste is absolutely hoppy. Starts out floral. The name of the beer is "Ruination" because it ruins your tastebuds after the first few sips. This is dead on. Eventually this goes to malt, and finally it ends earthy. Medium-bodied. Fairly creamy mouthfeel - not at all what I was expecting. This is a tasty beer, but doesn't seem much different that Stone IPA. For a hoppy beer I prefer Hop Devil. (648 characters)

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

Ruination pours beautifully golden orange with an off white (slightly orange) frothy head that has nice staying power. There’s a slight haze. The lace is sticky and holds onto the sides of the glass. The nose is citric (orange and grapefruit) and a little sweet. The body is slick and somewhat thick. There’s a smooth, sweet start that has a little caramel malt up front. Not for too long though... The hop bite quickly kicks in and continues for the rest of the ride. The citric notes from the nose are very evident in the palate. There’s a juiciness to this brew and a long bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth. Although there are tons of hops here, they never seen to be over the top like other highly hoped brews I’ve had. The malt base, that is most noticeable in the start, remains in the background the entire time and balances the beer quite nicely giving it a very smooth character. The alcohol never seems to be noticeable, yet it can be felt by the end of the bottle. As the beer warms, the malt undertones become more prevalent, but the hops never subside.

I really enjoyed this brew. I was continually impressed at how smooth this brew was despite all the hops. I was incredibly drinkable, and while I probably couldn’t drink too many of these (simply because I wouldn’t be able to walk to the fridge after more then a couple) it sure would be enjoyable to try my best. (1,397 characters)

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

Appearance: Golden-copper with a soft, creamy white head with large bubbles stuck in it at random. Sticky, grabbing lacing. Minimal, but adequate, carbonation.

Smell: Like every IPA you've ever had, all rolled into one. WIth some fresh whole leaf hops thrown into the mix. Loads of spicy citrus, with lemon zest, definite juicy orange, a pine needle blast, and a softer backbone of rich malt.

Taste: I don't mean to sound cocky, but I expected more bitterness. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty to go around, but I just expected more. So much more balanced than I expected, with so much fresh citrus flavor I feel like I've just bitten into a slightly under-ripe orange, peel and all. I've never had a beer this juicy. It reminds me of a much more intense SN Celebration. A slight earthy, funky flavor jumps into the mix for a second, only to be beaten down by more orange-citrus flavor. I can feel my mouth watering as I drink this. Excellent, excellent beer. (967 characters)

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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