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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,434
Reviews: 2,975
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,061 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Tunguska, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DanE, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

aztraz, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bigred1311, May 25, 2012
Photo of FlemingVSKing
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%

If you don't enjoy a good hoppy character, this beer will not be a 5 to you.

But if you are a hop fan, this is the pinnacle of the IPA craft.

You begin by looking at a golden and lightly cloudy brew that has the appearance similar to a German hoffweizen.

The aroma is not immediately overpowering, but it is clearly full of strong and various hops. I wasn't sure how to place the aroma until after tasting, but I realize now that I was enjoying the mixture of several different varieties, from fruity to bitter.

The taste is smooth. I was expecting something to immediately knock me back, but the brew begins with a very acceptable but intensely strong bitter hop that is made so by a balance of darker flavors within the beer. Those background notes don't intrude on the hop characters, but serve to embolden the entire recipe.

Next comes a very enjoyable floral hop note, which I wasn't expecting. I was expecting extreme bitterness throughout and this was a pleasant surprise.

Finally the beer finishes on a more fruity hop character with a more apparent flash of the darker background flavors. A solid finish that leaves you refreshed and wanting more.

FlemingVSKing, May 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

beerrooster, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

beernads, May 25, 2012
Photo of Carillon
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Carillon, May 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bigbeerfan, May 24, 2012
Photo of duracell
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

No freshness date. 7.7% ABV.

A - Bright golden color with little apparent carbonation. Beautiful white rocky creamy head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Strong hoppy aroma: pine, grass, citrus. Some nice honey sweetness at the back. A really complex and pleasant blend!

T - Taste is similar to smell. Hop flavors are amazing. Herbal, grassy, almost medicinal flavors dominate but, at the same time, some toasted malt help at the balance of the beer.

M - Very smooth feeling with a perfect carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Despite the high IBU, the bitterness is not overpowering as the name might suggests.

O - One of the most amazing IPA I've ever tried!

duracell, May 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

erha2, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

zahara15, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

yankees31, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ddelozier5, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

lewbeer, May 23, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Appearance is a hazy gold with a billowy 1.5 finger head with awesome retention like every other Stone beer I have had.

Wonderful bouquet of pine and citrus hops. Largely citrus, though with tons of grapefruit along with some orange thrown in. Some light biscuit undertones but hops by far dominate.

The flavor is tons of citrus with some wood underneath along with a bit of caramel. A strong bitterness takes hold right away but doesn't completely drown out all of the other flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at the end but this is extremely drinkable for being almost 8%.

Overall, this is a nearly perfect representation of the style and an all-around world class beer.

rangerred, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CCR557, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jeff96gt, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

FrankK, May 22, 2012
Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A-pours an orange/light amber color with a foamy white head with excellent retention
S-Bright citrus aroma dominates the aroma with pine following, and a dash of malt in the background
T-citrus, pine, oaky characteristic, malt doesn't lend much flavor but provides a nice balance with the big hop flavors. Definitely a hop dominate double.
M-medium bodied
O-excellent double ipa with tons of flavor. I'm a big fan of the more hop forward doubles and this one is an excellent example. Very well crafted.

atr2605, May 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JohnNasso, May 21, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

How have I not reviewed Ruination yet!? Poured from a bottle to a pint glass the beer arrives a hazy yellow orange with a 1 finger white head. Good retention and lacing, looks good. The nose is terrific with huge hoppy citrus and pine character, more fruity than earthy. Smells like heaven. The flavor is very bitter with the same citrus, earhty hop flavor as detected in the nose. "Ruinous effect on the palette" according to the bottle is right. Dominates. Sweet caramel malt base but not even close to the hop bitterness and flavor. A hint of the alcohol warmth. Full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is dominates your face so no use drinking anything of quality after as the bitterness destroys your palette. Very enjoyable.

hopfacebrew, May 21, 2012
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,434 ratings.