Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 9,240 | Reviews: 2,963 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Hazy orangy-yellow color with a solid 2-finger white head. Lacing clings to the glass from start to finish.
S: Grassy, piney, skunky hops fill the nose. Not much balance from the malts in the aroma.
T: Pale ale all the way. Bright, citrusy hops with a ton of malt to back it up. But the malts never take over, as the bitter hops dominate from start to finish. Not a one-trick pony, however, as the flavor never really gets boring.
M: Low- to medium carbonation keeps it all together. Crisp and dry, not much creaminess here.
O: A solid DIPA. I don't get the sense that this is 100+ IBUs. Bitter, for sure, but not puckering. The malts, as minor a player as they are, maintain a decent balance but don't really affect the flavor that much. A good DIPA, but not sure it's worth the price tag. A solid B+/A- in my book.
09-28-2011 00:26:10 | More by DrewV
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Overall, it was pretty solid in every respect. Gave a good hazy appearance with a good head.
The smell was strong with hops, mostly citrus. I couldn't discern too much else.
The taste was very good, if you like being assaulted by hops. I do, so I found it to be very enjoyable, but found the hops dominated the taste. It does indeed ruin your palate. I finished it about 30 minutes ago and my mouth still has not recovered. Highly recommended if you want a hop bomb, but not if you want something more mild.
The mouthfeel was pretty smooth. Carbonated to the correct level. Really woke up the taste buds.
Overall, I would say definitely try this if you're looking for a hoppy beer. I'd be hard pressed to say if this or Hopsickle by Moylan is my favorite extremely hoppy beer right now, but both deserve a try for a true hop head. Definitely give it a try if you like strong IPAs and you can find it.
09-26-2011 00:49:18 | More by nrs207
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Before trying this beer, I wondered if I would have anything different to say from the thousands of positive reviews. Alas, I too fall in the highly positive review category. If you're looking for a counterpoint, move along...
A) Good color and good lacing, without getting a "sudsy" appearance some other IPAs pick up.
S) Really strong smell of hops at first, which overpowers everything at first. Once you start drinking it, though, the smell of rich pine comes through, and really complements the taste.
T) Well, bitter, but I don't find it overpowering at all (I actually find the taste to be less bitter than the 90-minute IPA from Dogfish Head...maybe due to overload?). Somewhat fruity and citrus-y...I almost want an orange slice to finish it out.
M) Surprisingly, there is a very light feel (and aftertaste) to this beer.
Overall, very enjoyable. Strongly recommended for an IPA fan.
09-25-2011 22:14:08 | More by cheMan
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Bomber with "Enjoy by" date of 11.10.11. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. (Sorry, don't have a tulip...)
Appearance: Radiant golden orange body with a firm and sticky head of bright white foam. Body is fairly clear with just a bit of haze in there. Carbonation jets up to the top of the glass. This head never fully goes away and leaves massive strings of lacing behind, stubborn and unmoving. Incredible looking beer.
Aroma: West Coast to the core. Huge notes of citrus fruits, including but not limited to grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, and who knows what else. Big notes of bitter pine as well. Backbone of firm caramel malt. Maybe a little sweeter than I expected, but incredible smelling no less. No alcohol noticeable.
Taste: Big bitter pine and grapefruit on the front, very sharp and citrusy. Bracing bitterness endures throughout. There's a malt sweetness, very caramel-like in taste, that comes in mid-palate. More malt sweetness, bready flavors, emerge as the beer warms. The finish on this is ridiculously bitter, with floral and pine notes merging together for an extremely bitter but satisfying finish with hints of alcohol. Not for the faint of heart. Take this slowly.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth with a good carbonation kick. Full, rich body. With so much hop resin and oil, the finish is sticky and dry, with flavors of pine and floral hops sticking around for what seems like ages.
Overall: More than enough for your hop fix. The taste of hops will linger in your mouth for... a really long time. Even as brash and bitter as this is, it's still very well balanced. A great achievement from Stone.
09-25-2011 01:44:08 | More by Groomsy
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1/4" of thick, foamy head. Good retention. Bready malt notes and citrusy hop aromas in the nose. Taste is bready malt followed by a decent hop bitterness that adds some citrus fruit, pine, and a welcomed earthiness. There's a faint yeast taste in the finish as well. Mouthfeel medium bodied, warm, and smooth.
A solid IPA. All around balanced, well hopped, and drinkable. The bottle claims 100+ IBUs, but in my opinion it's not overly bitter. Worth checking out.
09-24-2011 21:12:37 | More by tdm168
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
(A) Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a golden hue to it. Even colored throughout. Decent medium and small bubbled head that leaves some lacing.
(S) There's some pine. A decent amount of grapefruit and orange, with some lemon zest. Hops are obvious. There is a bit of sweetness from the malts.
(T) The front taste is definitely the hops. Big and bold. Grapefruit with pine. Has some orange peel/zest that comes out of the hop bitterness. There is a decent amount of malts to this brew but its overshadowed by the bouquet of hops.
(M) Medium bodied, bold, and bitter. Oily on the tongue.
(O) Really solid DIPA. You definitely experience the 100+ IBUs and is true to Stone fashion with the overly used love of hops.
09-23-2011 23:43:24 | More by cjacobsen
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
A) A nice golden color with light carbonation, light head
S) Very balanced smell with no overpowering hops. A good clean hop profile with citrus notes, orange, honey and lavender
T) Plenty of hops up front but like the smell, very well balanced. Spicy and not too bitter. Plenty of citrus - fresh orange. Very slight piney taste.
M) Thin spicy up front and slightly bitter in the back, not sticky, no bitter aftertaste.
O) I'm a fan of this IPA. A lot less hop profile from their regular IPA and a lot more balanced. If you're looking for super hoppy go with something else. A well-balanced IPA. Refreshing.
09-22-2011 03:15:34 | More by mtschmitz
4.9/5 rDev +14%
Color is a beautiful clear light amber beneath a nice white head. Head retention and a lack of lacing knock a point off the appearance score. Wonderful citrus and floral scents hit the nose full force, and the taste buds as well. Hops dominate throughout, but the bitterness is welcome and pleasing, not at all offensive. Wonderful mouthfeel rounds out an exceptional beer experience.
09-22-2011 00:00:07 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured into a pint glass. This exhibits a nice frothy white 2 finger that laces the glass but fades down throughout the drink. Some nice cloudiness in this pumpkin colored brew.
Inhaling deeply gives way to tropical fruits, alpha hops, some malty and breadiness there as well.
This beer is wonderful, I get fresh hops, tropical fruit like grapefruit and pineapple, some yeasty bread flavor and some malty sweetness that's balanced very well with the piney alpha hoppiness. This well balanced IPA is not as bitter as some of the Stone brews, but its very well done in my opinion.
Its a medium bodied well balanced beer that fits well int he Stone lineup.
09-21-2011 22:43:50 | More by ryantho00
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
An easy pour into a tall chilled glass. Not too frothy. Perfect light amber color that just screams "drink me".
Smell is sweeter than I anticipated. Fruity undertones.
Taste is also a bit sweeter than I expected but has a very smooth pine hop finish that is not over powering. The hoppyness also does not linger for tooo long on the palate like similar IPAs.
Mouthfeel is a good mix of carbonation and flavors that combine for a light feel despite the full flavors, if that makes sense.
Overall a very good beer. Not the top of my IPA list but would certainly choose this over most others.
09-21-2011 17:33:23 | More by NoHipTee
4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
A: Beautiful clear orange color with nice small white head.
S: lots of hops and mild orange-like citrus
T: very hoppy, pleasant bitterness and lots of it, subtly citrus flavors in the background.
M: reasonable carbonation and very refreshing hoppy aftertaste, that does leave your palate "ruined" to other flavors.
O: this is my go-to beer. its a little pricey at my local liquor store ($16.70 for a sixer) but completely worth it. never disappoints, one of the most accessible DIPAs around.
09-18-2011 16:28:17 | More by EA728
4.43/5 rDev +3%
22oz bottle, enjoyed on 9/13/11 taken from notes.
A - Poured into a Hofbrau mug. Very clear, see-through copper/orange color. Pure white head. Good retention and lacing.
S - I could smell this from like 15ft away. I think I could smell it through the damn bottle. Citrus and bitter hops combined in an aroma to please the God of beers.
T - Wow. Its so bitter. Doesnt posses that counter balancing sweetness that seems to have become popular in Double IPAs. This is like eating a hop. Can easily tell the IBUs are like 115 or something.
M - Classic IPA mouthfeel. Not to heavy, not to light.
O - I love this beer. Its big and unforgiving. Its a bash in the mouth with a sh!t-ton of hops. THis is why we love Stone.
09-18-2011 04:02:57 | More by OutFox
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Had this on tap @ moeder lambic " zwanze day "
A - Hazy amber/orange with a short, white head
S - Mild aromas of tropical fruit, lemon grass, biscuit and floral hops.
T - Hop forward, then corn bread with a lemon-caramel glaze followed by bright citrus bitterness. The aftertaste is delicious combining citrus sweetness and deep bitterness that lasts and lasts.
M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation yield a crisp-yet-smooth feel.
D: very nice brew , reallt well done , i could drink this all night long -:)
09-17-2011 16:29:54 | More by beerpirates
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
The appearance is a cloudy, brownish yellow.
The smell is very hoppy, with a bright, strong citrus.
The taste has an strong, tart grapefruit, with tons of hops. There is also some nuttiness and grass. The tartness mellows as the beer warms up.
The mouthfeel has a lot of bite, but some smoothness to balance it. There is strong carbonation, with a creamy finish.
Overall, it does a good job at drinkability despite the high alcohol and hoppiness. It is still largely a one-trick pony. It is a beer for the hop-lover.
09-16-2011 02:35:49 | More by dorianmarley
5/5 rDev +16.3%
Had on-tap at Brewery Night at Flying Saucer in Raleigh.
I have seen the beer under the IPA and double IPA categories. To me, it did seem like a borderline beer that could easily go under either category. The beer definitely has more hoppiness to it than some normal IPAs. However, the hops did not completely dominate the taste of the beer like some other Double IPAs that I have had. There was a very complex array of tastes that you get in every regular IPA, but it seemed to have that much more flavor to balance well with the hops. That is why, in my opinion, it is probably the best IPA I have ever had. Not to mention, I got a sweet pint glass with it.
I highly recommend this beer, whether it be in a bottle from the store or on-tap at the bar.
09-15-2011 18:08:26 | More by BeerNoobNC
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.
A - Lighter side of burnt orange. Eggshell colored head. Nice lacing.
S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit, peaches. Smells really good!!
T - Grapefruit and pine up front, then mellows into soft peaches before drying out and going a bit bitter.
M - Medium low carbonation. Nice soft creamy feel. Hops leave resiny feel afterward.
D - Medium High. Very tasty and refreshing. The soft mouthfeel helps here also. Only the resiny aftertaste prevents you from gulping this one.
Great DIPA!! I "go to" beer considering the price.
09-14-2011 00:41:48 | More by jeff1973
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Opaque copper colored pour with modest head nice lacing though. Nose has citrus hops, malt and candy sweetness blended nicely. Interesting flavor, citrus, hops, caramel, with earthy and herbal undertones to round it out. Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth and refreshing, another good brew from Stone , unusual flavor, very enjoyable,
09-13-2011 21:30:13 | More by LAMAGS
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
A - Golden hazy amber with a good head that laces well.
S - Pure hops. Piney, floral, citrus aroma. Lots of cascade. Absolutely beautiful.
T - Similar to smell, very bitter kick but well balanced. Grapefruity and earthy. 100+ IBUs.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Bitter hop tastes remains in the mouth for some time (not called Ruination for nothing)
If you are a hophead, this is the beer for you. The aroma and taste is strong and will leave you wanting for more. If you want even more power try drinking it at room temperature. My favorite IPA and definitely one of my top 5 beers. I don't know how else to describe it, something you have to just try. Another winner by Stone.
09-13-2011 01:52:26 | More by finkployd
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
A-light amber orange color with off-white head slow to dissipate
S-floral and fruity aromas with slight hoppy notes
T-tropical fruit and pine with nice malty flavor and balanced hop finish
F-smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation
O- a beautifully balanced delicious IPA
09-13-2011 01:50:34 | More by MDDMD
4.13/5 rDev -4%
A - Orange Fanta-like appearance in body, a thin half finger of creamy white head, bubbly small sheets of lace.
S - The usual tropical fruit suspects, pineapplae, passionfruit, mango, grapefruit. Lovely.
T - Juicy fruit hop first, followed by the big hop bitterness to balance out. Same fruits as the aroma with the addition of orange, but not quite as intense as anticipated from the nose.
M - Oily, greasy body, some serious lingering bitterness.
O - Pretty typical of the very best US DIPAs, super jam packed bottle of hop goodness.
09-12-2011 04:13:52 | More by dansmcd
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention.
S - Very hoppy. Citrus hops, touch of bitter caramel and toasted malts on the finish.
T - Earthy hops, citrus hops, piney hops, just plain hoppiness. Very well put together. Was expecting more bitterness from a 100+ IBU, but still very nice bitterness. What you'd expect from any finely made DIPA.
M - Medium bodied, incredibly smooth yet slightly dry. Just enough dry to remind you this is an DIPA.
D - There's a reason this is top rated. Very drinkable and very well made. This could easily be my go to if SN's Torpedo becomes unavailable. Cheers
09-12-2011 01:57:04 | More by danielespen
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.
S - Sweet soapy and citrus hops, touch of bitter caramel and toasted malts on the finish.
T - Earthy hops, lemon citrus and earl grey tea notes. Bitterness is subdued and the sweetness lingers on the palette. Touch of caramel comes through.
M - Medium bodied, incredibly smooth and surprisingly wet.
D - There's a reason this is top rated. The drinkability of this is insane and the flavours are bold yet not overwhelming.
09-11-2011 01:23:31 | More by andrenaline
3.7/5 rDev -14%
12oz Bottle poured into a tulip.
A- Crystal clear, deep amber color. Two fingers of white head recede to a thin coaster.
S- Aromas of citrus, sweet malt and pine.
T- Bitter citrus rind up front balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Notes of orange and grapefruit predominate. Finishes sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste.
M- Feel is medium with a medium level of carbonation lending a creamy quality to the beer as it warms.
O- A nicely balanced, extremely drinkable DIPA from Stone. This is what I order when I go to the brewery. Very enjoyable.
09-06-2011 09:34:26 | More by Sideswipe
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Best by 11/03/11. Pint glass.
A: Pours medium golden with a finger and a half of yellowish white foam, very good retention and some nice lacing.
S: Wonderful balance of fresh spicy hops, orange and pineapple, pine, earth and grass.
T: Pine and floral with some citrus (orange and grapefruit) in the background. Kind of minerally. Slightly sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter on the finish, which lasts forever.
M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, slightly viscous.
O: Excellent DIPA, nice complex aromas and flavors, and well balanced.
09-06-2011 06:16:50 | More by pmarlowe
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
a- light hazy orange in color, pours with a small fizzy white head that quickly bubbles away to a light lace. tiny bubbles.
s- smells like weed. not as strong smelling as i thought it would be.
t- sweet malts, citrus (mostly orange), piney hops, peppery citrus pine aftertaste. i get a slight honey taste. its got alot going on, the perfect amount of sweetness and hops. the flavors are big, but work together to compliment each other well. tasty and refreshing. not the hop bomb i expected with a dipa, its sweeter.
m - quite smooth. med carbonation with very tiny bubbles. slick feeling alcohol sting that lingers, but the sweet flavors also remain and balance the sting quite nicely.
o- kinda pricey so i wont be able to make this as habitual as i would like to, will most definitely keep this on the repeat list :)
09-06-2011 02:05:49 | More by cindiwindi1025
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,240 ratings.