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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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7,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 7992
Reviews: 2913
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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Photo of BreakfastStout


4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one extremely drinkable Imperial IPA. I was going to sit down and go through my standard pour, smell, taste review process when I looked at my pint glass and realized it was 3/4 gone! Damn!! This is one of the easiest drinking IPA's if tried (and I've tried a lot!!). I live in Michigan so the gold standard for comparisons in IPA taste tests is the Two Heart. This one is right there with it, just no steelhead on the bottle. And Two Heart isn't an Imperial.

Pours a clear amber, not cloudy at all, with a decent 1/2 inch head with a fair amount of lacing. The lacing stays on the glass through out the 20 minute taste test. Solid!

Reeks of citrus hops of course, but without the bitter lingering mule kick that so many IPA's deliver.

Taste: This may be the tastiest drinking Imperial IPA's I've ever tried. I need to do a blind test vs. a Two Heart to see how they compare head to head. This beer is that good!

Mouth feel is surprisingly light for an IPA, again without the lingering bitterness that far too many IPS's deliver.

Overall this is an outstanding IPA. I with absolutely be coming back to this one. Fantastic!!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:34:23 | More by BreakfastStout
Photo of soju6


4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper color with a small head that fades to some lacing. The aroma is is a blend of citrus and pine, with a trace of of fruit in the background. Taste leans towards pine, with just a trace of sweetness. Has an ideal bitterness and a surprisingly dry finish. Medium body, crisp smooth and refreshing. Great balance with no hint of the 7.7% ABV. This beer sets a good standard to compare other DIPAs to. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:57:48 | More by soju6
Photo of heygeebee


3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Warners. BB 25/11/13. Oops.

A - hazy amber - lighter than usual. Three finger head, spotty lace.

S - muted grapefruit, floral hops, solid malt.

T - a bit muddled really. Hops have died and malt is doughy. Ah well, still quite good drinking but bitterness is astringent and unbalanced. Only notable element is grapefruit/pine, more like an AIPA not a double.

M - medium carbonation, slick to being almost oily. Hides ABV nicely.

O - good drinking but am left wishing I had bought earlier.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 11:09:51 | More by heygeebee
Photo of jedijezus


3.31/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This IPA wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Appearance was great. Orange and clear with 2 fingers of frothy head. Overall taste and smell seems rotten in every sense. It tastes like rotten tomatoes except hoppy as all hell. Not watery yet surprisingly smooth. It might have been just a bad batch, but this is my review.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 18:37:20 | More by jedijezus
Photo of ajmitch4


4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Spiegelau tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear golden in color. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a heavy lace.

Smell: A hop-lovers dream. Citrus and piney notes

Taste: The hops hit hard and long, but are balanced out by the malt. Each sip leaves behind that back-of-the-mouth bitterness that begs for another drink. The alcohol doesn't overpower either which is sometimes hard for me with imperial IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Keep coming back to it, but extremely well balanced.

Overall: Stone makes some fantastic IPAs. Not sure why it took me so long to try this one, but I'm a fan. Think I prefer their Enjoy By and definitely their RuinTen more, but this one is certainly a home run as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:23:30 | More by ajmitch4
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale orangey yellow, with good white head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Perfumey, citrusy, piney hops. Some toasty malt and fruit behind the hops

Taste: Floral and herbal hops up front, then bitterness with piney and citrusy hops. Not to be outdone, it hits you with bready, toasted malts with some fruitienss.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent beer, though it doesn't seem as extreme at it once did.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 03:09:57 | More by MadCat
Photo of reebtaerG


4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a cloudy light orange with a nice white head
S-great citrus,maybe orange and pine
T-taste is citrus, great pine taste and a nice bitter finish
M-medium balanced with nice carbonation slight sticky and resiney
The top dog of IPAs great oily hops that is very clean

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 03:19:39 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of zookerman182


3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a golden orange color with a two finger head, very clear.
Aroma is peppery and piney and malty.
Taste is slightly malty but mostly pine and peppery with just a little bit of grapefruit.
There's a nice balanced mild bitterness throughout that I enjoy but this beer to me tastes a tad malty. Mouthfeel is ok.
Not my favorite offering from stone.

This beer was supposed to be drank by 3 days ago, take this not consideration if you are reading this review.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:30:08 | More by zookerman182
Photo of tmm313


4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Semi hazy, light amber body, with creamy 2 finger head. Incredible retention, lacing, and trailing.

S- Big pine up front with tangerine, grapefruit, orange, peppery spices, malts, subtle floral, and dank.

T- Changed fairly dramatically as it warmed. Straight out of the tap, the pine and bitter hops were huge up front with just a slight wave of citrus and malt on the back end. As it warmed, the pine would hit first, but would almost immediately be met with stronger grapefruit, malts, and citrus sweetness. One of the most complex and balanced IPAs I've ever had.

M- Creamy, oily, and slightly heavy. Great carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste.

O- I loved this beer. The Stone people have it figured out. In your face hops with flavors moving around and mixing the way they're supposed to. It was one of those you were sad to take the last drink of. I will be having this many more times to come.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 12:53:13 | More by tmm313
Photo of Stevedore


4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, enjoy by 1/6/2014, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/16/2013. First time I've had this, surprisingly. Glad I finally got around to picking up a single of this and ticking it off.

Pours a fairly standard Stone IPA appearance- golden amber body with a fairly fluffy white head with good retention. Lacing sticks on the glass as it goes down. Nothing über special but nothing to fault here.

Smells fairly sweet actually. Biscuity and caramel presence is predominant here. Some sharply floral aromas, a bit of grapefruit but not a ton of it. Actually quite balanced.

Flavour profile is nice and hoppy. Lots of floral notes accompanied by a bit of grapefruit, accentuated most by a decent bit of sharp, to the point, pine. It's quite bitter as you can imagine. The malt backbone isn't shy here either. Biscuits, honey, caramel round things out and cuts through the hoppiness a bit. But make no mistake, it is quite bitter.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, creamy and goes down well. Quite a bitter aftertaste that lingers quite a while, a bit more than I'd like but why should I be surprised when it comes to a beer named Ruination?

Very solid DIPA, nowhere near the best that I've had, but given that this is a shelf beer and is usually found fresh when its on the shelf, it's really not a bad purchase at all. Focused on the bitterness and the explosiveness of the hops, it's the strong malt backbone that balances the entire beer out that is a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 04:14:16 | More by Stevedore
Photo of not2complex


4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very enjoyable very hoppy can be a bit to much for other very Strong has a good hang seriously the taste stays in your mouth quite a bit but can be addicting to drink after the first sip its not a beer I would recommend for someone trying an IPA for the first time but over all to its a great beer to have especially with some food

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 21:30:24 | More by not2complex
Photo of Hergestridge


4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stone Ruination IPA is Perfect!!! and IS the best IPA I've enjoyed.
The bitterness is the best I've experienced in the Pale Ale beer quest. The mouth feel is nirvana and my taste-buds sing with thanks to this excellent entry. Well done and Bravo Stone Brewing!!
Had this beer on the Pacific Surf-liner on a day trip from San Clemente, Ca. to Old Town San Diego. Ask Jeff to make you Bloody Mary.. It was AWESOME as well!!!
Carry on Citizens

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 16:38:29 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of SteadySippin


3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - Light copper/gold with off white head. Pretty clear looking in the glass, not too foggy.

S - This beer smells strange. Not bad, but strange. It smells a lot like bread or yeast, with some fruit in there. I don't personally mind it but I can think of other IPA's that smell better.

T - Wow. This beer tastes very unique. It is sweet upon entering my mouth, and by the time i've swallowed it I can really taste the bitterness from the hops. There is some fruit notes in there too, possibly grapefruit? The bitterness lingers for quite some time after a nice gulp, then slowly fades away until you take another sip. Really nice tasting beer.

M - Feels kind of light in the mouth, thicker upon swallowing. Covers the whole pallet equally.

O - Definitely not a bad beer by any means. I probably wouldn't drink more than two in a row, but I would definitely buy a few more singles from total wine in the future. Overall it is a great beer, but sort of different from other good IPA's I have tried. Would recommend if you like hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:51:55 | More by SteadySippin
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A clear golden, Carbonation is apparent, but not overwhelming.
S-Grapefruit right off the bat. Must be Simcoe...I still get some breadiness to it. This may be the double-dry hopped version...
T- Starts off with some intense pine bitterness, follows with a woodsy finish. The finish lingers for a long while.
M- The malt produced a nice color and bready flavor, which is masked by the hops in the flavor and smell.
O- This beer lacks the resin note many Double IPAs can have. I felt the balance was perfectly done in alignment with the style, it almost had a pilsner body with a nice bitterness level, and the nose was also not to be forgotten; it had everything.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 07:18:01 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of arescan


4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very mild color with a bit of haze and a nice head. The bottle is a real work of art.

S - Very earthy aroma.

T - Very rich and flavorful. Lots of competing flavors that don't overpower you. The hoppiness is very strong, but it's complimented by some earthier flavors that really accentuate it.

M - Goes down very smooth with little bite. Makes that next sip very easy to take.

Overall - I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for an enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 04:56:20 | More by arescan
Photo of WadeBridgman


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very pretty pale orange color with a little haze to it. A nice looking brew for sure. The bottle is really creative, Stone does a great job with their image.

Smell: The smell is fantastic, so many aromas are colliding with this beer it's amazing; definitely a solid intro.

Taste: A great bitter taste with 100 IBU's, this brew comes on strong as a sweet and fruity flavor then ends with complete hoppyness and a pleasant bitter flavor that hangs and leaves you craving more. One of my favorites to date, very enjoyable very powerful.

Mouth feel: The feel is great in total honesty, a smooth beer that has a nice carbonation. A solid bitter taste is left in your mouth that creates a unique trait for this beer.

Overall: Stone has done some good work on this brew and I am impressed. Ruination is a strong hoppy bitter beer that is quite pleasant and just fun to drink. Definitely suited for people who enjoy bitter tastes (much as I am). This is a beer I would drink regularly and recommend to all the beer fanatics out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:29:26 | More by WadeBridgman
Photo of SDBP123


5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No question, it's hoppy, but in the perfect way.
If you don't like bitter beers then it's probably not for you, but it is worth a try to see if you would enjoy it. It could be your gateway to the wonderful world of hops up on hops.

Stone has sort of made themselves famous for their use of hops and it truly shows.
The smell is not offensive, rather a bit sweet and enticing.
The carbonation is just right.
The flavor is very balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 00:44:50 | More by SDBP123
Photo of GrizzleFist

New York

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought in a 22oz bottle

Appearance: The bottle itself is amazing, love the picture, love the paragraph long description of the beer and what to expect from it. The beer also looks great, light in color, good amount of carbonation.

Smell: So many it was hard to really pick anything out. Hops, Pine, Citrus, several spices and fruity aromas.

Taste: Very bitter, but in an extremely tolerable way. It didn't make me gag or wish I didn't buy a 22oz bottle of it. No one flavor really stuck out, pretty much an accumulation of everything I mentioned in smell and then some.

Mouthfeel: Had a normal carbonation, my whole mouth and tongue tasted nothing but the beer and no part of my tongue tasted the beer any stronger than the others.

Overall: An outstanding beer. Not sure what they initially were planning when they were making this beer, but I'm sure after they tasted it and realized the whole mouth and tongue tasted it almost equally and it completely "ruined" their taste palette; that they decided they couldn't call it anything else but Ruination.

Will definately buy again in the near future

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:46:53 | More by GrizzleFist
Photo of Cramletram


3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I started out great on this one. It is very strong, and I was in the mood for something strong. The attack of bitter hops is undeniable. If you're in the mood to get punched in the kisser by a beer repeatedly, this is the one for you. But a guy can only take so many lickin's. Eventually the hops power of Ruination got me.

I used to think too much hops wasn't possible. I now stand corrected - for my taste. I love how strong and aggressive this beer is. That alone makes fun to drink. But it's a tad too piney for me to enjoy an entire bomber. Maybe I'll get there some day, but I had trouble finishing this one.

Of course, I did finish it. Duh.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 07:48:15 | More by Cramletram
Photo of MikeWard


3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Best by 10/20/13, so may be pushing the limit on this one. Bottle says 7.7abv, bros say 8.2. Duke it out between yourselves.

Poured an excellent slightly hazy golden color with a little under 2 fingers frothy white head. Ok carbonation, decent lacing.

Hops on the nose, some floral tones trying to fight through.

Taste was heavy on the biting hops all over the tongue. Nice citrus flavors too.

Mouth was a little under medium, finish was strong, and left a long lasting impression .

A very good beer, perhaps a month earlier would have seen a great beer. Certainly not afraid to try this again, though I do prefer some other stone offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:48:49 | More by MikeWard
Photo of Smooth-Hoperator


3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful in color, a bright, clear, light-orange color.

S - Piney, floral, mild citrus undertones.

T - I can only describe it as a long-fading dull bitterness; grapefruit that leaves a dry feeling on the tongue as it fades. This beer is fairly one-note in my opinion.

M - Very nice and crisp, the way and IPA should be.

O - A decent IPA. I know I do not like it as much as others as it just simply doesn't fit my taste for what I look for in an IPA (I prefer less lingering, dull bitterness and more bright citrus). With that said, I can see why others like it so much. Clearly it is well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 16:34:47 | More by Smooth-Hoperator
Photo of Vincent_bros

New Hampshire

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What can I say.

Instant classic, shoulders of giants... nahh. This one stands alone. In my opinion Stone's best offering, it's what a double IPA should be.

Grapefruit describes only one part of this beer. Not overly sweet, it has a bitterness that builds slowly like a crescendo and fades slowly. The sweetness is balanced it a prefect sacrifice to bring the taste to climax.

Mouthfeel is decently light without any give, it's not soda but it's not hot chocolate either.

Go get a bottle, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:52:55 | More by Vincent_bros
Photo of danieelol


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely slightly tanned orange/gold with nice head/lacing.

Grapefruit. All grapefruit. See why grapefruit is so widely (mis)used in reference to other beers now.

Bitter and dry. Almost seems drier than Stone's single IPA.

My second brush with this beer, and it lived up to its rep this time.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 09:47:03 | More by danieelol
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

Picked this up on a trip to NY state. It poured a coppery gold with a one finger head that broke down quickly leaving a nice lacing. The aroma was all citrus and pine. This was not the freshest bottle, so I am sure the smell was somewhat dulled compared to its peak. The taste followed the nose. It was citrus and pine with a sweetness that followed with a bitterness. It had a medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am impressed with this beer. I am admittedly not the most refined IPA person, but I can appreciate a good one when I taste one. I think the next time I am able to I will pick up a few more.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 21:21:19 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of rievelx6


4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours with a mixture of orange yellow color with white head.

S- Great smell with a bunch of hops with a slight scent of citrus.

T- Great taste to match the smell loaded with hopes with slight citrus.

M- Good carbonation on the tongue pretty smooth as well.

O- Overall this is one of my two favorite IPA beers great choice for any IPA fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:56:43 | More by rievelx6
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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