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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
94
outstanding

9,786 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 9,786
Reviews: 2,993
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 347
Gots: 1,200 | 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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Photo of zgunder
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

zgunder, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A-Orange/copper color, slightly hazy, nice bubbles. Solid 2-finger head with sticky lacing.

S-A citrus and bitter hop explosion. Not a pine scent anywhere near here.

T-Another citrus and hop bitter explosion. Grapefruit, orange, lemon. lots of flavor w/o any alcohol overload.

M- full body and carbonation. Tart on the tongue and lingering hop flavors.

O-A big American IPA, true to form.

NiceTaps, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of MichaelBuck
4/5  rDev -7%

MichaelBuck, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Cistem
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Cistem, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of stairwell2811bre
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

stairwell2811bre, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of dczernic
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

dczernic, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of crashoveride
4/5  rDev -7%

crashoveride, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of distvan
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours beautiful golden color with thick white head. Looks awesome!

S: smells bitter! Piny, cat litter mixed with subtle citrus smell.

T: very bitter right off the back. Almost overwhelming but I like it!

M: medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. The bitterness sticks around well after you gulp it down.

O: A very bitter IPA which I love. It's up there with the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

distvan, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dsauter, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of PuckPuck
4/5  rDev -7%

PuckPuck, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TWStandley
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appeared a nice slighty hazy golden color with a giant frothy white head that stuck around for a while.

Smelled upfront of grapefruit and pine - pretty standard IPA smells, only multiplied by about 5.

Taste to me is solid, though I find it to be very 1-dimensional. There isn't much complexity in this beer, just straight up IBUs.

Mouthfeel felt correct - maybe could have toned down the carbonation a tad bit.

Overall a solid beer, definitely what the brewery intended though I find that there are many more imperial IPAs that I would prefer to this one. With that being said, I am sure I will drink this again.

TWStandley, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of bsu2005
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

bsu2005, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

satownsend, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jmarklan
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard a whole lot of hype around this beer and i'm pumped to try it.

Pours a clear golden color with beautiful dense head that doesn't go anywhere for quite a while. So far so good.

The Smell.... my oh my. The most complex and delicious hop aroma i've ever witnessed. Slighty earthy/musky first, then floral, sharp citrus with orange and grapefruit, then pineapple. A touch of alcoholic sweetness. Fantastic aroma that stings the nose a bit.

Taste: A hop bomb, more floral flavor than the nose let on, there's pine and mint here as well, resting on a very lean but well crafted malt backbone of cracker/biscuit. The alcohol doesn't go unnoticed but fits in well. Sharp bitterness in the finish.

Feel: Light/ medium bodied, slightly syrupy from the alcohol and slick with hop resin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel like the taste wasn't as good as the aroma promised but it's still excellent. Certainly worthy of the hype.

jmarklan, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rydev24, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kruthy, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

1Adam12, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer at the store...Heard a lot about it, and I like IPA, so here we go! Poured from the bottle into an Imperial pint glass

Appearance - Nice golden color with a big, fluffy three finger head with superior lacing and head retention. Its not transparent, but certainly not dark either.

Smell - Wicked strong fruit aromas, lemon, citrus, grapefruit and pine. Did I mention hoppy?

Taste - Obviously given the name and description, not to mention the brewey's obvious intent, this beer is aggressively hopped. However, it isn't just some hopped-up one dimensional freak show. There are nice citrus and grapefruit flavors to it, and just a touch of malt in there to kind of ease the finishing tranisition.

Mouthfeel - Pretty clean finish, you certainly can't get away from the hops. I can taste the hops even when I burp.

Overall - I really like this brew as a one time drink, although I don't think I would drink it very often. I like IPA's, but this one is a little too aggressively hopped for me. I know plenty of fellas, and it looks like plenty of BA's, who love it and would drink it every day, but not me. But that doesn't mean it isn't good! Because it is! But it is not a neophyte's beer, or someone just getting into the craft scene. It is quite potent, strongly hopped. To use boxing as a comparison, it's like a charger or inside fighter, vis a vis Mickey Ward. This thing will keep coming at you, you can't duck it or dodge it, the only way around it is to just man up and face the punishment!

TheCondor, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JGilbrech, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of hockenbeer
5/5  rDev +16.3%

hockenbeer, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow, but the symphony of bold hops in the smell tell you to prepare for an assault. Starts out with a bit of orange marmalade before the hops attack. Tons of pine and grapefruit, but just enough lightly toasted malt to give it some backbone. So bitter you'll pucker and might even get goosebumps.

A punisher, this. But there is enough complexity here that it's not just a one note hops bludgeoning. But it's a 100+ IBU from Stone. What else would you expect?

McNealc31, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ixodus
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear gold in color with a thin white head that sticks around. Sexy legs on this one.

S: Pine resin, herbal hops, lemon peel, grapefruit, garlic, with a touch of alcohol esters.

T: Bitter grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin, biscuity malt with a touch of honey. Very bitter. Hops aggressively attack the palate at first while the malt rolls in afterwards and try's to sooth it leaving a bit of lingering citrus hops on the tongue.

M: Medium to full bodied, smooth yet sticky, carbonation was pretty soft.

O: Overall a delicious IPA, definitely a palate wrecker. Must try for any hop head.

ixodus, Feb 03, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle served in a pint glass

A - Slightly hazy golden amber with an amazing 1.5 finger cream head with great lacing around the whole rim and great head retention, this is how an IPA should look.

S - Pine with citrus grapefruit with a hint of lemon.

T - Close to IPA perfection. A smooth full palate experience with a flood of great citrus and pine hop flavor coming at you immediate mid and front palate with a malty sweetness next up front, then the final smooth bitterness in the back palate at the end.

If it was just a little more bitter and have a little more alcohol flavor for balance I would give it my first perfect IPA taste score.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body.

O - Damn good. If you like IPAs you will love this one. I'd drink this any day! A great drinking experience.

williamjbauer, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -7%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,786 ratings.