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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,427
Reviews: 2,975
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 323
Gots: 1,059 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

poogas, May 03, 2012
Photo of cragus
4.43/5  rDev +3%

Stone ruination
355mL bottle into snifter
A - Pours a clear amber with a finger of off-white head
S - Floral citrusy hops with a small hint of soap
T - Juniper up front supported by pine with grapefruit on the finish. Fairly bitter.
M - Fairly light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a long finish. Some astringency is present.
O - A very good IPA - lots of hops, lots of flavour, plenty of bitterness. Would get again.

cragus, May 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Aschap, May 03, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

22 to tulip. No date.

A - orange-gold. Pretty white head that lingers a while and then gets really loose and diffuse, which is neat to see. Haven't seen that much.

S - Pungent hops that almost give me a leather smell, overlapping with something honey sweet and breadlike, which I wasn't expecting in a hop bomb. Towards the end I almost got something soaplike, but not in a bad way. The aroma promises to pound you.

T - I was expecting my tongue to get obliterated but this is really nice and not all that bitter, period, much less for 100 IBU. No idea how old it is though, so the hops could have faded. There's definitely still an IPA bitterness there but it's pretty manageable and nice. And while it definitely lingers in the aftertaste, it's not as sharp and invasive as many. My taster may be off its game today, though, because I'm not picking out the component flavors beyond the same things going on in the nose. It seems to be more sensations than flavors, or else the hops just make it hard to parse the rest of it. Whatever it is, it's really nice.

M - Medium soft, but with some tingle, and ending tastefully dry.

O -

BrownNut, May 02, 2012
Photo of JimmyTango
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Hazy yellow to orange fade with off white big ‘ol sticky head.

Smell: Sooo hoppy. Pine trees and verbena soap. Malt? Nope, just luscious, overpowering hops. This must be a f***ing fresh bottle.

Taste: Peppery, pineapple, soapy, bitter, more bitter. Some pine, but I can’t really say anything besides hoppy. Hoppy like hop extract. Herby? Fruity? Piney? Weed? Somewhere in there there is a bit of a bread dough taste, but just subtly enough to help secretly up the bitchin-ness.

Mouth feel: Prickly, and a little sticky. Light to med bodied—Just fine for an IPA like this.

Overall: Don’t know how I missed this last time I had it. I love it. Maybe I got luck this time around and it really is just another IPA like I used to think. This is a super duper unbalanced hoppy beer without anything to distract you from the squeaky clean hop flavors. Serves a purpose.-

JimmyTango, May 02, 2012
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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an orange-yellow color with a big white head and a nice haziness. The head fades moderately fast and leaves a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – Citrus hops are the heaviest with a little bit of sweeter orange and bread aroma as well. These two are the dominant aromas, but there is a lighter pine and floral hop mixed into the nose as well.

Taste –For a brew that is touted by the brewers to “have ruinous effects on the palate”, due to the bitterness, I found this brew to have transitions in the taste are very smooth and quite wonderful. A sweeter malty base is the first to meet the tongue; it is of bread and caramel. A sweeter fruit taste then comes in as a good dose of citrus hop comes on the scene. The citrus sweet is mainly orange and the hop is of grapefruit nature. The citrus hop flavor intensifies as the taste advances further and some lighter pine hop flavors become evident. These hops take the taste to the end. The pine dissipates a bit though and a lemon and grapefruit hop flavor are left on the; leaves a souring bitterness on the tongue which is actually is quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The body is a bit on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation. The body matches the taste transitions quite nicely-both very smooth. The creaminess also is great for the flavors and really lets them sit on the tongue. Very nice.

Overall – Smooth. That is the best way to characterize the beer. Even with its potent IBU content it has some nice transitions and is very drinkable.

Darkmagus82, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip
A: Brownish-orange with a 1/2-finger head that lingers
S: The initial smell is overwhelmingly floral. Underneath that are heavy hops- toasted pint nuts and citrus zest. A third layer deep is light bready malts. Very complex nose.
T: Like the nose- lots of floral, citrus/pine hops, and light malt. Tasty but not quite as intense as I expected given the intensity nose.
M: Extremely crisp, extremely drinkable.
O: A fine beer. I like the floral notes which I don't often get from IPAs.

ONUMello, May 01, 2012
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,427 ratings.