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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,703
Reviews: 2,941
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 262
Gots: 694 | FT: 11
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 jal30


3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is one of those beers that for me was just overhyped, and I never came around on it. Really nice amber appearance with very little head. I consider myself a big hophead, but this is one of the few big IPAs that I find really undrinkable. There is a really nice piney hop aroma and boy is the taste just a magnification of that smell. I just find Ruination to be too uncomplicated in its bitterness--an overload on hops as I often enjoy, but just in an unpleasant manner. Certainly a solid beer, but not one I will continue to seek out. I have had it four or five times now, including on tap, and it just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 04:17:01 | More by jal30
Photo of KSac4115


4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, golden orange with about a one finger, white head.

Strong floral scent with hints of pine. Some fruity smells and a mild citrus smell. Smells very sweet and almost sappy like.

Taste is citrusy and hoppy. Very well blended flavors. A fairly good hoppy, bitter bite to it but nothing overpowering. Again, very well blended flavors. A mild grapefruit taste mixed with other sweet tastes to start finishing off bitter.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for its alcohol percentage. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer despite its high alcohol content and hopiness. Extremely solid Imperial IPA. Very pricey but I really can't get enough. Will definitely be going back for more. Highly recommend for IPA lovers.


Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 01:21:48 | More by KSac4115
Photo of PicoPapa


4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with lots of words on it. Hazy yellowish orange with some head and great lacing the entire duration of the beer. Smells of citrus hops and pine. Taste is damn good. Lots of hops taste with pine and citrus as well. A solid bitter beer and a great beer. Has that classic "Stone" taste to it, just with more hops. Enjoy this hoppy concoction, but don't waste any of your good beers for afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 04:42:09 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of punkrkr27


4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper pour with a dense white head. Wet grape-fruity hops coming out int the aroma balanced by honey sweet malts, and some leafy/grassiness. Grassy wet grapefruit hop flavor with a sticky sweet malt body and bitter pine finish. Medium-full body with a nice gentle carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 17:39:49 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of Spica66


4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz into pint glass.

A: Deep amber/orange color. Decent head formation with minimal retention.

S: Citrus and pine hops are the only smell coming out of this glass!

T: Hops with hops and a sprinkling of hops.

M: Take note all other brewers of the world: You don't have to have sticky or syrup mouthfeel in your DIPA!!

D: With the the great taste and smell, light mouthfeel and reasonable ABV, I don't see how a DIPA could get any more drinkable than this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 13:58:50 | More by Spica66
Photo of drinkiusmaximus

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nice deep golden color with a two fingers width head which dissipates but never disappears. I wouldnt call it lacing as much as i would a coating,nice sticky lacing everywhere!!

S-Nice floral/citrousy hop aroma touched slighty by malts.

T-Hop bitterness dominates but is mellowed by a nice touch of malts on the back end.

M-medium bodied and the bitterness lingers but I welcome that with open arms. Very nice to see/taste/feel and smell 100+ IBU's in a single IPA. wonderful.

D-Although i may prefer more citrous/grapefruit in the taste of my hops This is one Brew that certainly stands alone and makes one never lament for a second having opened it!


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:07:45 | More by drinkiusmaximus
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice hazy golden color with orange hues and 1 finger head that leaves light lacing.

S- Hops, Hops, Hops. Nice citrus and pine hops front and center with a slight sweet maltiness on the backend, definate west coast Imperial IPA.

T- Nice light caramel malt with the 100+IBU's kicking in quickly to add tons of hops and bitterness. Loads of pine and light citrus hops dominate the taste buds.

M- Good medium body with ample carbonation that cleanses the tounge and with 100 IBU's it is definately a West Coast IPA....

D- I finished a six pack within several hours with no hesitations, but I am a HOPHEAD and at less than 8% this is definately drinkable for those who love hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:03:02 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Pours a hazy straw color, with a slight twinge of orange. Provides a small white head that ends up as a small film. Very spotty lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops hit the palate right away. There is a small amount of bready malt in there. Very nice aroma.

T: Hops hops and more hops. Lots and lots of pine hops, with just a tad, of bready malt.

M: Leaves a bitter taste on the palate. The beer boasts about 100+ IBUs and it certainly does taste that way.

D: For me, I can drink multiple in a sitting despite the higher ABV. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 21:06:50 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of lou50rp


4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a white head. Little carbonation.
Smell was a mild grapefruit aroma with hops in the background.
Taste is citrus with a hop finish and a touch of alcohol at the end.
The mouth fell was of a medium body.
Definitely drinkable. Another good brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 11:07:00 | More by lou50rp
Photo of originalsin


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top off this growler, eagerly anticipating that loud, intense "pop" but it seemed far more toned down than usual. The pour yielded a fat pillowy head nonetheless.
Smell is heavily of grapefruit - it's very very hoppy. This brew smells like a double ipa, I can't help but think that. A lot of hoppy goodness on the nose...
Taste follows suit - there's a big hop presence here, and a good deal of it presents itself as the mildly bitter taste of grapefruit.
There's also a strong malty backbone to this beer though.
The beer is medium bodied but still it's an easy drinking beer. Always has been a favorite of mine. I wish I'd opened this growler a bit sooner (waited a good month....) but still, it's perfect. I love Stone, and I love Ruination.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2010 06:12:01 | More by originalsin
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into Stone I.R.S. tulip. Pours golden-orange with two fingers of fluffy head. The aroma is a very pleasant blend of orange, apricot, lemon, a bit of pine and piles of hops. The taste is dominated by the citrus flavors with a bitter hoppy finish. The 100+ IBUs stay at bay for much of the experience, and the mouthfeel is oily and memorable. It doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 05:32:36 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold, short white head, low carbonation.

S - Earthy and floral hop aroma that accentuates the sweetness from the malt that comes through.

T - Hop blast, but it is the immense hop flavors that hit you first. Lots of citrus, with some grapefruit sweet and bitter flavors. A nice pungent flavor to counter the citrus. Finishes with a bitterness level that is high but countered nicely with warming effects of the alcohol.

M - Light to medium body even for a bit beer, would appreciate a touch more carbonation to help clean up the palate after a sip (would also help keep the meager head around longer).

D - Extremely bold with tons of flavor, but manages to pull it off by countering the extreme bitterness with tons of flavor, aroma, and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 23:32:54 | More by steelerguy
Photo of CONOR8832


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber with a touch of honey, a little cloudy, overall make a good looking pour, nice froathy head, good lacing as you drink.

S - Exceptional smell, earthy, citrusy, very hoppy, touch of pine.

T - Good stong bitterness, explosion of hoppy flavor with an added milded sweetness after it sits in your mouth. Once you swallow it leaves your mouth craving and urging you to take another sip.

M - Not to heavy, not too light, very medium bodied, leaves a unique coating on the mouth that entices you to drink more.

D - Definatley one of my favorites, very easy to drink a couple of these a day if I could. Highly recomend for any hophead, Stone hits a home run with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 14:16:25 | More by CONOR8832
Photo of joeland


4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance- a copper haxey color, with very little head to srart that fades quick.

smell- a leasing hop aroma that is not over powering at all

taste- the perfect amount of bitterness i would expect. Does not leave a bad bitter taste in my mouth. Also got a noticable malt taste in there.

mouthfeel- a creamy mouthfeel

drinkability- this is a sipping beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 23:02:01 | More by joeland
Photo of jmarvin4189


4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper color with white head that disappeared quickly

Smell - very hoppy smell with some floral aroma

Taste/Mouthfeel - very hoppy but leaves your mouth watery just looking for more.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, can i have another?

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:29:59 | More by jmarvin4189
Photo of ridglens


4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a portsmouth snifter, poured a thick, dark orange. hazy beer. a thin island of head sticks around, a little lacing on the glass. smells first of great fresh hoppy goodness, like fresh greapfruit. there is also a definite woody malt profile, though it'n definitely not center stage. taste is of course bitter, with a touch of malty goodness that smooths it out. just a great beer, tastes truly amazing. the mouthfeel is a good level of thickness, but i guess the one thing this beer is not made for was long sessions. the hops are good, but the lasting bitter gets just a little harsh/tiring at the end of the glass. not a bad thing, just a thing!

great beverage, had it along side a sculpin and a PTE, and place this ahead of the sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:07:50 | More by ridglens
Photo of thatsfine


4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a pint glass.

This is a dark, cloudy gold color. A thick one finger head that stays for most of the glass but is just about gone by the last sip. Nice rings of lacing the whole way down.

Definitely hoppy. That goes without saying. But I am picking up a little more sweetness and a tiny bit of smoke. Very cool.

A pretty large amount of hops right away, but the malts are well-balanced so it's not brutal. The tiny bit of sweetness balances the hops nicely. The back end is a little smoky and has a nice bitter aftertaste. Very delicious.

The way it felt was nothing spectacular. What it should feel like. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Creamy feeling.

One pint was perfect. I would finish a bomber, but that much of this beer might be a little much. But refreshing for the style. Another awesome beer by Stone. They have never let me down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 03:30:31 | More by thatsfine
Photo of GottBier

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey and smoky - a beautiful sight. A lovely, rich, long-lasting head. It gives you a sense of security - "this beer's for real"

Smell: Complex - banana, rye bread, and indefinable aromas.

Taste: Almost too much going on. Everything from citrus to banana, followed by a sharp, hoppy bitterness. After that, an almost woody depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and thick. Like liquid velvet.

Drinkability - One bottle is just right. How many times do you want to listen to a very intense, complex Chopin Etude?
This will take some getting used to for this beer advocate. There's a sort of hybrid confusion going on, a battle between a smooth, thick mouthfeel and a malty sensation on the one hand, and a bitter IPA hoppy citrusy punch on the other. Leaves you wondering. A postmodern beer?

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:59:51 | More by GottBier
Photo of ithacabaron


4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very appetizing shade of peach. Honey highlights and a foamy, pockmarked head finish out the appearance. Would like to see a bit more staying power from the head.

Aroma is a pure blast of fresh mango, with that fruit's distinct juicy/pine combination in full force. A whisper of guava, and just a touch of fermented, cool alcohol fill out the nose. Remarkably fresh.

Taste presents a full range of flavors, starting sweet with notes of ripe pineapple and orange zest, flavors soon cut off by a bitter lash of resinous, tar-like hops. On the swallow, the true depth of this beer's bitterness rises to the surface, manifesting itself in a slightly burnt, acrid dryness that lingers on the tongue. Like an uneventful flight that ends in an emergency landing, this beer presents every dimension of the hop, for better and for worse.

Mouthfeel is just right, with lively carbonation that never gets too aggressive.

Drinkability is decent; a dedicated drinker could put away an entire bomber, but this 12 oz. bottle is fine for me. Even with such a strong alcohol content, this beer remains light on its feet.

All in all, a great brew -- a pure, uncut, blissful rush for the dedicated hop head. Consider it welcome in my fridge anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 05:53:02 | More by ithacabaron
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3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Augustiner liter glass.

A. This beer is lighter than I remember. Dark golden color. Huge fluffy head that lingers for a long time.

S. Thick overpowering hop aroma. Strong pine and citrus notes.

T. Good beer. Overwhelming hop flavor. Citrus again with some malt flavors.

M. Very bitter. Almost painful in fact. Medium body with good carbonation. The only thing that stands out though is the intense bitterness.

D. Not very drinkable. I can enjoy one than I am through.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 04:23:06 | More by californiakulak
Photo of JunkYardJake


4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
Big ol'fluffy head on top of a red-orange sunburst color brew. Lacing and retention is excellent. Smell is a beautiful assault on the nostrils. Floral and perfumy aroma hops are abundant. First sip reveals an intense floral and earthy hop flavour. Warm alcohol and a very dry and bitter finish follow. There is alot to take in. Pretty drinkable considering the crowded palate and the level of bitterness. Although I prefer Stone's IPA, this is certainly a worthy brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 13:58:02 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of Mancer

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a gold color with a two finger high off-white head. The head slowly dissipated throught out the life of the beer. Thick lacing coated the glass. The initial smell of the beer was citrus hops with light a malt backbone. The initial taste of the beer was the citrus and grapefruit flavor of the hops. This progressed to a slight malty sweetness and finished with a lingering hop character and dryness. The beer had a medium body with medium carbonation.

I've had this beer several times now and can't believe that I never reviewed it. I find that I am repeatedly blown away by the quality of the beers from Stone. This is no exception, Ruination is an excellent example of what an American DIPA should be. When I satiate for a dry kick and tons of citrus, this is the beer that I pick up. I highly recommend this to any IPA or DIPA lover out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 16:14:34 | More by Mancer
Photo of OlieIPA


4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone Imperial Pint glass.

A: Light copper hued body that supported a massive off-white head and thick coat of viscous lacing.

S: Tons of bitter hop aroma and less floral and estery like characteristics. The malt body comes later in the smell, providing ample amounts of sweetness that help counter act the surplus of hops.

T: A definite palate wrecker, this DIPA immediately coats the back of your tongue unlike any other IPA I've had in recent memory. Good and bad at the same time, the malt has just enough sweetness to balance this beautiful example of a "West Coast Hop Bomb".

M: Not overly dry, but it's definitely a signature characteristic of Stone Ruination. The carbonation also helps amplify the hop bitterness...which I vastly enjoy in this case.

D: Even with it's sometimes over-the-top hop bite, this beer is quite drinkable.

Overall: A perfect example of an SD DIPA. A must try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:01:27 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of scottfrie


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into sniffer.

A: Pours a hazy honey gold with about a finger of cream colored head the dissipated quickly into a thin film and collar around the glass.
S: Resiny sticky hop notes. Very floral, grassy, and perfumey. Sweet malt and a little bit of bread shine through the hops.
T: Follows the nose with floral and piney hops balanced by sweet toasted malt. Finish is full of citrus rind, grapefruit and honey. Bitterness is crisp and lingers in the aftertaste along with some sweet fruity flavors. Slight viscous alcohol feel in the finish as well.
M: Very flavorful with a good hop punch that is fairly balanced by the sweet malt. Medium body with even and soft carbonation all the way through.
D: Very well rounded. Loads of hop flavor but not as bitter as one would think. What a DIPA should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 23:27:42 | More by scottfrie
Photo of 404UGA


4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive gold color. Hoppy but not excessively so, still flavorful. Extremely drinkable beer for the type. Very smooth. Could have easily had a couple more. Not really what I expected, but still certainly one of the better IPAs I've had. Will not be my last Ruination IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 21:43:11 | More by 404UGA
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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