Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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Reviews: 3,059
Hads: 10,669
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 430
Gots: 2,083 | 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: 3,059 | Hads: 10,669
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This potent, multi-directional brew pours a hazy honey amber color with a thin off-white head and some patchy lace.
The big aroma is undeniably floral and piney hops. A light sweet malty smell emerges as does a bit of chopped fruit and alcohol fuminess.
There is a solid sweet malty foundation here, with caramel and buttery dough to notice, but this brew is all about HOPS!
White Grapefruit (fresh from the tree), lemon zest, strong pine, oranges and a bit of peppery spice, along with a pungent cannabis bud-like bite awakens and lights up the olfactory senses like no other IPA. A constant alcohol fuminess is there to remind us of the potency of this big brew. I'm Stoned...not that I know what it feels like!

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

Pours a bright rich gold with a thick white head. Smell is, you guessed it, all hops. Citrusy (grapefruit mostly) bitter hops. There is no malt aromas that I can pick up.

The fruity bitterness of the hops overpower anything else in the beer. That's not a bad thing. Big bold bitter hops. So strong they almost burn. Damn tasty though. This beer says it will ruin your palate and it means it. You can forget about tasting any other brew for the rest of the evening. Except this one. Pour me another.

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

Golden orange pour with a thick head that sticks around for a while. The smell is incredibly hoppy, with lots of sweet pale malt notes. Very fragrant and citrusy, bit of herbal earthiness as well. Taste is awesome. I think I let this one sit just long enough. The hops are not harsh at all, very smooth bitterness, and very complementary of the malts. Pale malt and honey notes, hints of caramel, it is all surrounded and supported by subdued piney-citrusy hops about as perfectly as one could hope. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and the beer is very refreshing, and my only complaint is that it could stand to be a bit better carbonated. It's far from flat, but just under what I would subjectively consider perfect. This is definitely on the "Buy Again" list.

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Photo of granger10
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange color with a medium sized white head. Lots of lacing. The smell is pure hops and the hoppiness almost burns my nose hairs. But the taste brings about much more complexity and shear brillance. Many different hops. The hops start out floral then become bitter then almost a crispy, citric hoppiness finishes. Malt is weak but is definitely needed. The malts seem earthy and provide some sort of base. The alcohol is not noticeable at all, I don't know how considering its strength. This beer was very crisp and every taste lingered in the mouth. I had to control myself not to race through the entire bottle. It was that good.

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

Poured in a Duvel tulip from a 22 oz. bomber. Color was a sexy and luminous molten gold-orange with no haze. A substantial sticky white head formed, with excellent lacing left behind.

The smell....Wow! It was loaded with an up-front fresh complex of hop notes. The most prominent was of raw unadulterated hop resin (amazing), with strong strawberry and other fruit esters, and citrus-rinds. This is masterful!

The taste was equally well done. The hoppy bitterness danced on the palate, melded with the aromas perfectly, and sent me into hop nirvana. Malt characteristics were just right..subtle. Extremely powerful but never harsh, the beer has a deft touch.

The mouthfeel was full, smooth and satisfying...and complimented the above aromas and flavor. The drinkablity was very good considering the power contained within this high IBU brew. Overall...a simply fantastic high IBU complex IPA that is a must try for any hop lover. You'll probably want a case of this.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange color with a nice head. Had a really big floral sweet and grainy malted smell. First thing that hits you and last thing that hits you are HOPS. Very tart and almost bitter hop juice twang with flavors of grapefruit rind, orange and resinous raw hops. It does have some floral notes and has a good sized backbone of malt to help a little with the enormous amout of hops. I am a hop head to some degree and this one is over the top.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Why do so many breweries make so many different Pale Ales? After trying this, it's the ONLY pale ale Stone should be offering.

A wonderful hop aroma, good (but not great) malt balance, good color. The hefty alcohol presence is masked well, which is tough to do with an IPA. Stone comes through. A bit syrupy.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,059 ratings.