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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,869 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,869
Reviews: 2,945
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 266
Gots: 766 | FT: 10
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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jharkins07

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2012 21:32:32 | More by jharkins07
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funkel81

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-17-2012 21:14:47 | More by funkel81
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BeerShman

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2012 06:47:13 | More by BeerShman
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruination, it’s been too long. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an “in-season” bottle of this stuff for months – they always seem to be at least eight weeks past their best-by date. This one, though, has a couple more months left before it fades, so this “liquid poem to the glory of the hop” should go down well. Bottoms up!

A: Excellent shine on the body, a crystal clear gold. Adorning the top is a thick white foam – four fuill fingers of bubbly glory – with a nice web of lacing. Retention is mostly bubbly, but in a silky-looking way. One of the best looks I’ve seen in this style, especially as the foam takes minutes to settle.

S: Dank, dank hops – explosive pine and sticky grapefruit with tangerine and lemon. It’s so satisfyingly pungent. The malts are a little grassy and grainy, though mainly caramel and toasted bread. Light alcohol presence on the end.

T: Hop flavor is intense and enjoyable: starts resiny, a powerful pine, followed by a less intense (but still awesome) orange rind, lime, and grapefruit. So hoppy it’s almost salty. It’s balanced by a hefty amount of caramel malt, with a bread crust taste and the sweetness of honey and strawberry shortcake to match. The balance between the two flavor extremes is what makes this beer so great: the hop sting is strong, but after the thick malt sugariness, the bitters end up just peeking out behind the sweet flavors. In that way, it finishes dry yet with the sweetness of (orange) hard candy.

M: Mouth-coating for the malts, popping with the hops – just perfect. Overall, it feels pretty foamy; weightless, smooth, and bubbly is the name of the game.

O: Nectar of life! A beer this bitter should NOT be this drinkable…alas, it is, and it’s so damn awesome. The distinct bread tastes contrasting with piney hops remind me of Sierra Nevada’s Celebration, but more intense in the hop department. Legendary beer…this might be the first $20 six-pack I ever buy. Worth every penny, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:11:24 | More by BarryMFBurton
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2012 02:33:07 | More by uvm2003
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zhumphrey

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2012 02:21:58 | More by zhumphrey
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guezarka

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-16-2012 21:37:45 | More by guezarka
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dunix

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2012 16:33:58 | More by dunix
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Tackle42

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

02-16-2012 03:09:46 | More by Tackle42
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-16-2012 01:37:39 | More by JohnnyMc
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smutty33

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-16-2012 01:25:41 | More by smutty33
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joex444

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

02-16-2012 00:45:06 | More by joex444
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tfsimpkins

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2012 22:18:19 | More by tfsimpkins
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7%

02-15-2012 22:08:59 | More by sharpski
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear with medium white head. Smells of heavy pine like I shoved a pine cone up my nose, a hint of citrus, and exclusively highlighting the bitter hops. Flavor follows similarly. Hops are palate killing up front. Finishes with bitterness as well, with some sweet malts in the middle, and citrus aftertaste that just lingers on the palate. I had this right after Founders Centennial and it blew it away. Big resinous mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, with a slightly dry finish. Good stuff, and rather unique (but not as unique as RuinTen--that one is in its own category).

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 22:08:46 | More by BMMillsy
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garyford

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

02-15-2012 21:24:49 | More by garyford
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billybrew21

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2012 17:46:19 | More by billybrew21
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taphouse Grill

A – Raw honey amber with slight cloudiness and a big white foamy head that retains exceptionally and weaves a great lacework all the way through.

S – Big Time HOPS. Citric and floral bitterness. Pineyoils. Get ready to be hop bombed

T – Just like the nose, all about the hops levels of construction. Piney resins and grapefruit bitters floral cut and blended nicely with the alcohol. Tropical fruits with mild sweetness pineapple mango and kiwi.

M - Medium body. Nice carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Bitterness lingers and warms you with the presence of the alcohol

O – Almost but not quite over the top! Ok maybe it is over the top but really not too much A great beer. Highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 17:13:58 | More by muskiesman
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arff406

Montana

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2012 08:00:50 | More by arff406
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ryanpj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

02-15-2012 02:22:34 | More by ryanpj
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-15-2012 02:11:03 | More by HoneyLamb
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phisigben

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7%

02-14-2012 20:27:46 | More by phisigben
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DavidP

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-14-2012 13:09:30 | More by DavidP
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

A - Pale amber color with 1.5-finger white, foamy head that holds together nicely. Great lacing.

S - Pure hops. Citrus, floral, and piney aromas. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Can't get much maltiness with all the hops.

T - Follows the aroma. A definite hop assault and very bitter. Can get the tiniest bit of malt and some alcohol but mostly hops.

M - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Bitterness hangs around in your mouth. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This is a great beer. It looks, smells, tastes, and feels exactly the way an imperial IPA should. I love the hop aroma and taste complexity. I would maybe like to see a little bit more malt aroma and taste to add more balance, but I understand that Stone's intention was to overload it with hops. The alcohol is not very noticeable for a beer that is nearly 8% ABV, but once you get to the bottom of your glass, you know it's there. If you're into double/imperial IPAs, I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 05:56:14 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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EricCioe

Montana

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very clear pale gold with a white head rising up and leaving a bit of lace. On the nose there is no indication of malt, which is fine, and tons of pine resin and grapefruit rind. In the mouth there is huge bitterness up front, almost scorching the middle part of the tongue. There isn't a lot of complexity here, and that's just fine by me. Sometimes scorched earth is the best policy with big IPAs. The body is medium light, somewhat surprising to me, and the finish is medium and shorter than expected.

Overall, this is a nice IPA on the dry side of the style. I think the somewhat small body is an artifact of it being so dry, but the taste is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:47:09 | More by EricCioe
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,869 ratings.