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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,961 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,961
Reviews: 3,004
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 359
Gots: 1,288 | FT: 9
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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, Jul 01, 2012
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JamFuel, Jul 01, 2012
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freduardo, Jul 01, 2012
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TequilaTom, Jul 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the bottle. The cool texture of the golden paint is awesome, the mean looking horned gargoyle gives the beer a nice medieval feel. The disambiguation and description on the back are awesome and also painted on to the bottle which makes it look even more Neo-Medieval. The green text announcing the beers name is a little out of place and the font seems slightly off, but over all this is a cool bottle. I also like nice “Victorian Demonic” feel of the bottle and the description on the back. The golden lettering on the back of the bottle is awesome and very cool to look at.

The beer pours a nice yellowed orange, very much like dehydrated piss, and even the head is slightly yellow, but thick and bubbly, with not a very long retention. Lacing is thick and peaked like a mountain range. The smell is a stupendous kerpow of hops; very piney with slight hints of citrus and not a lot else. The pine hops are very much the dominator in the smell. There might be a slight sweet malt at the end of the smell, but that might just be me stretching to smell. This is just a big bitter punch in the face. This beer is just pine hops blasting over your tongue, but they are great. After taste is like a pine forest bristling in the wind. There is, again, an ever so slight taste of sweet maltiness to it. Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth. Carbonation doesn’t seem to touch the tongue much but the bitterness of the hops is very present on the tongue, and the top of the tongue is left rather dry, but still sticky on the sides with saliva. The overall after-feel in the mouth is bitter. This is a beer that demonstrates the bitters, but not much else. The bottle claims to have great subtle tastes of yeast and malts, but I would say that the real strength and the only true flavor is in the deep piney hops. I don’t know if I would have this one again. I love a good IPA and a good bitter taste but this just seems to be straight pine and nothing else. It’s a great example of the pine flavor but I don’t know how much of the pine flavor I would personally like to drink. The beer is similar to Longhammer IPA by Redhook Brewery, only with more hops and bite and a better smell.

Maxwell, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

erlenmeyer, Jul 01, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Hops are front and center; citrus and a touch of fruit and spice.

Taste: The bottle claims that the hops will have a "ruinous" effect on your palate, and although there is a lot of hop flavor I didn't find that it deadened my taste-buds. Lots of citrus, earthy, spicy and floral notes. The malt adds a fruited bread balance,

Texture: Dry and crisp with warming effect of alcohol.

Drinkability: I had this on my want list for some time and I am glad I tried it. I prefer the balance found in the Levitation Ale.

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

MortarPestle, Jun 30, 2012
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phpfunk, Jun 30, 2012
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carrollmel7, Jun 29, 2012
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mconrardy, Jun 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stones "smoked porter" was my favorite of Stone's beers, then i tried Ruination. a double ipa even though it doesn't say it on the bottle, how could a beer with this high of i.b.u.s not be a double! this is my favorite double ipa out there heck this is probably even my favorite ipa period. there is not one thing lacking or wrong with this beer, the PERFECT example of a double ipa. GLORIOUS. very VERY hoppy but still balanced in an amazing way...pours golden yellow with slight haziness and reeks of bitter/sweet hops. immediate shock to the palate with an overabundance of hoppiness yet still as i said perfectly balanced... i cant come close to describing how great this beer is so just TRY IT 4 YOURSELF!

Beerlover, Jun 29, 2012
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g_jenkins, Jun 29, 2012
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barley, Jun 29, 2012
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mkdeezy, Jun 28, 2012
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Dine, Jun 28, 2012
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pumptrick, Jun 28, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange gold with a tall white head and plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates very slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of citrus and resinous pine. The malt also comes through in the aroma. This is such a hop forward smell. The hop forward nose gives way towards a very hop forward taste. The big piney hops lead into the citrus and sweet malt tastes. The hops are lovely and this beer is well balanced. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is sticky in the mouth. The drinkability is high. This is a well-balanced beer that definitely fits the world class label. Well done, Stone.

acevenom, Jun 27, 2012
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CBlack85, Jun 27, 2012
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look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, golden, clean white pillow-cloud head.

S: Dankety Dank. The Dankest bag of dank you ever stuck your nose into. Hands down the best part about the beer. The earthy DANK gives way to lime and grapefruit around the edges of the glass. No idea what kind of hops were used in this, but I'd guess there is some Columbus in there. THere is a back note of soap, like Dawn soap, but I guess they use a lot of citrus scents, so maybe thats just what I equate it with.

T: Pretty damn good. In 2012, not that revelatory. Big bitterness around the sides of the tongue. Kind of an numbing effect, as well as a spiciness. The aromatic component to this beer just lifts it up and separates it from the rest of the super IPA's out there. Some sweetness, but very light, not heavy or fruity at all. Fairly dry, but balanced. Not bone dry.

M: Medium bodied. Very well carbonated. Smooth.

O: Rad.

jkanavel, Jun 27, 2012
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Sam516, Jun 27, 2012
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davidIPA, Jun 27, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden hue a bit transparent, a nice foamy off white head at the top that left a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drank this goodness.

S: Great nose on this brew, pine, citrus and slight amount of honey on the back end, very nice and sweet.

T: Taste is almost exactly like the nose, piney, grassy citrusy, all mixed together for a perfect blend of greatness, amazing taste.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky at the tail end, well balanced.

O: This IPA is truly world class, cannot wait to have another!

thedoubler55, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

pandajuice22, Jun 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

nitter, Jun 26, 2012
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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