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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,056 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,056
Hads: 10,647
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 4.91%
Wants: 435
Gots: 2,043 | 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: 3,056 | Hads: 10,647
Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by: 3.1.15. Drank 12.27.14 Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz shaker. Part of a Stone Mixed Pack.

A: Pours a crystal clear, golden apple hue. Missing the haze and deep colors of other DIPAs. One finger of flat white head which fades to a permeable cap with a slight collar and little lacing. Low retention. Very light visible carbonation. Foamy apple juice is a good comparison.

S: Powerful dank pine, syrupy malt sweetness. Hop bitters in a resinous concentration. Very light citrus, sweet caramel malt, traces of honey... nothing remarkable.

T: Assertive hop bitterness up front, followed by a wave of oily pine, hints of apricot, and a finish of sweet caramel malts that compete with a drying bitterness. Has a certain dirtiness to it.

M: Medium body, prickly... but not the kind from carbonation. Slick and stingingly bitter.

O: Maybe I just happen to prefer more aromatic/floral/balanced DIPAs, but this was very underwhelming. In no way do I find this to be world class, as to me it simply comes off as another bitter West Coast hop bomb. But... if thats what you are looking for, then I imagine it is good for what it is. (1,142 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as part of a sampler pack but I have tried it before but needed to give it a proper review.

A - Bright orange color. Hazy from all of the hops with beautiful head and strong lacing.

S - Extra strong hop fragrance with lots of citrus, herbal, and resiny tones. Could smell it before I picked it up. Almost perfume like from the magnitude of aromatics.

T - Full flavored with a pungent hop character that has citrus, resin, herb, and some fruit with alcohol and malt to round it out. Strong bitterness but there is so much flavor that I feel it just adds to the full DIPA experience. Some may be taken back by the bite but I just relish in the glorious hops.

M - Full mouth-feel with good carbonation. This is definitely a big beer in pretty much every way but I could drink more than one without stripping my teeth.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Great aroma, flavor, feel, appearance, but does have substantial bitterness and some bite to it so it might not be the best beer for your first DIPA. This brew is not a light beer but if you like big, resiny, and complex beer I'd recommended it.

Glass- Tulip (1,120 characters)

Photo of ALewis84
1.99/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I'm an up and coming fan of IPA's. That being said, I was really disappointed with this beer. Far too bitter, and no hint of citrus whatsoever. That's just me though. (166 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really fine double IPA.
Pours partially clear - as if only half-filtered. Light, lacey head.
Flavors of pine, more pine, resin, and citrus.
Little perceived sweetness.
Beautiful, rich unfiltered texture.
Extra bitter on the finish. A little bit more than I prefer.
Idiosyncratic - not a daily drinker for me - but the quality shines through. (343 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden into a std pint glass. Small head with low retention. Some nice yet light lacing. Beautifully balanced lightly citrus/pine hop aroma with a touch of nice earthiness. The taste is very well balanced. Not overly bitter and leaves you wanting another sip. Sip is the keyword as a few of these will really slow you down. Mouthfeel is beautifully round and balanced. When I am stacking beers to drink, I always leave this one for last. It tastes great regardless of what you drank before and after you drink this, other beers are underwhelming. There are other beers that are more floral in aroma and taste, but none have this balance. If you like nice top-end DIPAs, this is a must try. Excellent beer. (735 characters)

Photo of FatBaldGuy
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ya know...the name says it all. The text on the bottle about the name really says it all. Between this and Hop Stoopid I dont think any other beer will ever appeal to me. I am truly "Ruined". (191 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A: Nice, clear, burnt orange. Slightly hazy as it warms up. 1/2 in white head.
S: Deep piney dank hops. Candy-like sweetness. Lot of pineapple. Peach and mandarin orange peek out as the fruit flavors. Hint of caramel malt.
T: A strong bitterness up front. Assertively hopped, with the hop oils giving a very piney taste. Fruit flavors peek through, with orange being the most dominant. Decent amount of sweetness coming from the malt. Slightly earthy. Alcohol is hidden well. Strong hoppy aftertaste.
M: Medium. Slick. Prickly carbonation.
O: My palate has been "ruined". I wonder if you can drink this as a mouthwash? (663 characters)

Photo of Lifes2shortforcrapbeer
4.45/5  rDev +4%

This is a stellar DIPA. Cloudy amber color. Perfect citrus and pine combination in the nose and mouth. Sticky sweet but just the right amount of carbonation to make you want the next mouthful. Great beer! (204 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4/5  rDev -6.5%

A: It pours a light gold color, with a nice one - finger head that holds for a short time. Very active carbonation.

S: The aroma of hops and more hops. There's a citrus note, and a pine twist, but hops are the defining factor here.

T: Again, this beer is an all out hop driven assault on the senses. There's a grapefruit note. I pick up a peppery spice on the finish, and the relatively high ABV makes its presence known, but again....fresh hops.

F: A lighter, very smooth feel combine with pleasant carbonation to really create an enjoyable experience.

O: A fantastic, strong IPA for those of us who love the hop. Definitely a great beer. Cheers!!! (655 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a hop bomb and nothing more, then this would be a go to for that style. This one is pretty much straight hops. It is dank, musty, bitter, and boozy.

Will not purchase again, unless looking for an all out assault of hops. Even then, the dank flavor profile is not my cup of tea. (290 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a golden orange with a one finger, eggshell white head. The aroma is all citrus. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, there's a hint of bubblegum and a good amount of malt sweetness. The flavor is very bitter, but the citrus from the nose remains very present. There us a resin aftertaste that lingers, but I like it. Very solid DIPA. (335 characters)

Photo of psychoticpilgrim
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Simply put, one of the best IPA's out there for your money, and one of the best that Stone has to offer. A true masterpiece. Plus, comes in a sweet bottle! (155 characters)

Photo of zeronumber
4.75/5  rDev +11%

you are sitting on a beach. with your back to the surf. somebody says "look out here come a wave!"
and it hits you with hops hops hops and a bit more hops.

rather than drowning, you ride up over the wave and surf down the other side of the bitter wild slide into another glass of Stone brewery's best bottle evah!

take it all in ! surf's up my friends (354 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(enjoy by 12/15/14 printed on bottle)

L: gold pale with just a hint of amber (peach ... classic IPA/DIPA look); relatively clear for a DIPA; big sticky head, about 1-inch tall, maybe offwhite ... loads of bubbles in the column; pour this into a pilsener and it would look German-lager like with the clarity and bubbles; some lacing of note

S: very floral but as it warms becomes almost 100% caramel/mango

T: bitter up front with that floral note like in the nose dominating; it's what I'd imagine rose petals taste like ... holds onto the floral note much longer than the nose; shows a lot of the mango/caramel sweetness as we go, but the nose is sweeter to the much bitter taste

F: very nice all around, good weight but super drinkable for an 8+ ABV brew

O: good and I can see why it rates so high because the DIPA lover gets everything they want on the mango/caramel end of things with this one. my taste and overall numbers will be a bit off that because I hate the mango/caramel end, much prefer the citrus/grapefruit, but hey ... I can still admit this a well-made beer and more than that, I can tell how it's one of the blueprints for the craft beer craze -- at least half of the DIPAs I've tried taste just like this one (1,270 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Stone Brewing has recently become available in a two provinces in Canada. This is my first Stone beer. Poured into my Odell Brewing tulip glass bought at the Odell a Brewery in Ft. Collins :-) Truly excellent beer! Nicely hopped with a smooth finish. One of the best DIPAs I've had. (282 characters)

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Very, very, very well made. It is perfect, given its ABV%. The only reason I didn't give it a perfect score is because I wouldn't drink this casually. (This has to do with factors of price, general availability, and others.) The demon mascot on the bottle bodes well with the devilishly bitter hops, and its ability to disguise the alcohol. Long live Stone Brewing Co. \m/ >:} \m/ (381 characters)

Photo of PintOh1759
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Wish i could rate this beer higher but i feel like i had too high of expectations for this one.

The smell- WOW hands down my favorite smelling beer I've ever come across, the smell of tropical fruits ( Overwhelming amounts of pineapple) and some piney hints in the back create the perfect IPA aroma

Look- If this beer got poured next to any beer at the pub you wouldn't know it was a world class beer and that the other was a budweiser. pours a golden yellow sunlight color with a 3/4 finger bright white head. a little haziness but nothing like unfiltered beers.

Taste- is refreshing at first and you get that super west cost piney hoppyness, no alcohol flavors, but as soon as you swallow it, it leaves a loooong term lingering bitterness on your tounge that drys you out, wish that there was more presence of sweet malts to back up the bitterness.

overall its a great beer, but i feel like there are far greater West coast IPAs than this that get much lesser ratings. (977 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Gold and Orange pour. Big ol' fat smell of piney hops. The taste is straight up hops all the way. A nice bitterness from start to finish. This is just a flat out great beer. It is straight forward with no bells and whistles. It is another great beer from Stone. (261 characters)

Photo of Hendry
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Semi cloudy orange,fluffy white head,spotty lacing.

A fair amount of sweet malt and grapefruit pith in the nose with some noticeable alcohol.

Taste is pungent and bitter orange/grapefruit with a hint of clover honey, quite malty and aggressively hopped as well with the alcohol prominent in the mix.Enjoy By Date (I hate those, just tell me when it was bottled) was 12/1/14, consumed 11/15/14. Perhaps if it was fresher, often a problem with West coast IPA on East coast shelves.

Medium carbonation,oily,and rich, This is a sipper,not something I'd want to quaff. The bitterness holds firm.

Pricey 4 12 oz. pack is like buying 2 bombers of Stone Enjoy By, which I happen to prefer more than Ruination,and makes me glad I split the 4 pack with my neighbor. This is worth trying, but I don't find it approachable enough to get such high ratings, make up your own mind. (870 characters)

Photo of gjohns1212
4.75/5  rDev +11%

A little overwhelming at the start but the finish is unbelievable. I bought a bomber and poured into a pint glass. I don't have the nomenclature a lot of reviewers have but this is a great Double IPA. I normally don't enjoy doubles because they end up being too sweet but this one is fantastic. (294 characters)

Photo of Adsabine
1.25/5  rDev -70.8%

I was very disappointed in this beer, I paid $10. For a bomber , I didn't get any citrusy notes from the hops, I am a fan of hoppy craft beer, this beer shouldn't even be considered craft, sorry stone, maybe I got a bad bottle? I am blown away by the high scores it got, I don't think I will try it again at $10. A bomber for swill. (332 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), grapefruit rind, touch of pine resin, bready caramel malts.

Taste - Nice punch from the bitter citrus and piney hops followed by the tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), bitter grapefruit rind, pine resin, and bready caramalts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness from the citrus and piney hops and bitter grapefruit rind.

Overall - A stellar DIIPA from Stone. All fronts were well executed that make this a true stand out. I enjoyed the finish in this brew - nice bitterness from the hops and bitter grapefruit rind. This is a definite seek out who like their very bitter DIIPA's vs the more balanced ones. (805 characters)

Photo of Niceroad77
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

I've noticed that this IPA has gotten rave reviews but here's my grain of salt. It does sell as a very hop forward beer and believe me when I say I truly love IPAs. But just like any other beer, a good IPA has to be balanced. This Ruination IPA is everything but balanced. It is very bitter yes (which I don't mind), but the aromas are simply off. Yes it is 100 IBU and so what? I had many other high IBU IPAs and believe me that it is a fine art to balance them. This one is not. (480 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into a tulip. Nice golden color, a bit hazy, 2 finger head. Floral, biscuity aroma. Taste is very well balanced. Slightly floral taste hinged by piney afterthoughts and just enough bitterness to knock it back down to enjoyable level. Very well done. Very easy drinking and satisfying beer. (302 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

The beer poured a crystal clear golden amber with a decent white head. The aroma was of grapefruit and citrus with a hint of tropical fruit and a sweet malt underneath. The taste is aggressively hop forward and takes your palate on a hop journey from beginning to end. After you get over the initial hop overload you get loads of citrus and grapefruit rind that peaks with a malt sweetness and ends with an intense pine palate coating. The Ruination has a nice malty sweetness that helps balance the heavy hops and dry finish. This is a top tier palate numbing hop bomb of a Double IPA. Just because its readily available don’t overlook this excellent brew. (665 characters)

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,056 ratings.