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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,954
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 280
Gots: 806 | 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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Photo of bbb099


3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Shared with mjyoung.

A - Pours a clear, deep amber with an ivory-colored head.

S - Ample herbal hops accompanied with a substantial alcohol aroma and some grains & malt on the side.

T - Strong bitter hops that lingers for awhile. Some alcohol taste on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and decent carbonation. Nice and malty, not watery at all.

D - Drinkability was not bad, though I expected less liquor-ish aroma and aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:07:12 | More by bbb099
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an ABA shaker pint, growler was filled from a 3 week old keg. Poured a golden hue with some orangish hints, fluffy snow white head & outstanding lace blankets glass.
Strong hop nose that runs herbal perfume pine resonous & grapefruit rind.
WOW, LOVE THIS STUFF!!!Thick bready malt holds up well to a hop forward flavor profile here.Sticky pine reson citrus grapefruit with a long bitter dry finish.
Oily creamy mouth on this.
Love it, drink it!!!

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 02:12:23 | More by welldigger888
Photo of YouSkeete


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A healthy dark amber/brown. One finger off-white head.

S: Strong fresh stingy/spicy hop aroma. Honey sweetness, thick sweet malts. Booze is well hidden.

T: Brilliantly fresh and extreme hop flavor! Syrupy sweet body with a bitter upfront. Floral and gentle, but MANLY. A fantastically balanced flavor. Really refreshing.

M: Full body, medium to high carbonation. Smooth and dry, yet very refreshing.

D: Love it. A great IPA for hop-heads.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 01:07:04 | More by YouSkeete
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew will cause my ruination. One finger head of white foam, some lace, but little cling. Color gets the rating better, lovely hazy 7 on the SRM chart, looks very drinkable. Smells are aromas of more citrus than is in the book. Taste are flavors of lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pine, pine wood...bark, earthy nodes. Full of bounce in my mouth, filling, creamy. Great bitter beer...but I chew on lemons. More for my pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 20:34:50 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of rfabian


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a half inch of suds with good lacing of the glass. The appearance is cloudy and golden. The aroma is strong with citrus hops. The taste is lightly malty and strongly bittered with hops, 80 IBU at least. The body is medium heavy with a clean finish.

This is an excellent imperial IPA, highly enjoyable. I'll be looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:46:05 | More by rfabian
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very cloudy bright orange color with about a finger's worth of solid, marshmallow-like head that melted down to a mere ring around the brew within seconds. Beautiful!

S: Not totally in-your-face, but a nice citrus scent of grapefruit, orange, and a good bit of hops. There was a nice fruit (almost candy) sugar presence as the beer warmed.

T: This was a tongue bruiser and then some. All 100 IBUs attacked my palate at once and didn't let go. The bitterness reminded me of the same sort of taste one gets from biting into an unsweetened chocolate bar. I don't believe that was alcohol that dried my palate on the finish...

M: Like I stated, extremely bitter, but the nice bubbly carbonation aided somewhat in cutting it. Not much sugary-syrupiness here which I appreciated.

D: It said on the bottle to store at cellar temperature. I know this is an IPA, but if you're looking for a more mellow experience, you might want to leave it in there for a bit. This was a brew designed by hopheads to please more hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:02:16 | More by Chaney
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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle (exp. date 2/28/11) into Leffe glass. Pours blonde golden with tiny white head that fades to a collar quickly with no lacing. Smell is tinny and subtle, some pine, slightly spicy hops. Taste is mostly bitter hops backed up by a bit of alcohol. Some pale malt but overall a very dry beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not the Ruination I remember. I would buy the bomber again, but there are much better beers available in 6 packs that I would take a pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:25:28 | More by nkersten
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North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Stone Brewery. I got pretty excited about this, because Ruination is my favorite offering from Stone.

The beer is a briht, cloudy golden color. It pours from the cask with a 1 and a half inch foamy, light, white head. The nose is a blend of pine and hops, a little heavier to the pine scents. The beer is much smoother on cask, with heavy hops undertones. There is a bitter aftertaste, with an extremely smooth finish. The cask not only smooths out the beer itself, but also brings out the pine flavors that are more muted in the draft version. Very good beer!

Serving type: cask

01-02-2011 21:28:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a huge fluffy white head.

Smell: Lotsa pine, lotsa citrus to get your attention

Taste: Crisp, clean with a very strong bitterness that Stone balances perfectly with the right amount of malt.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but that 7.7% ABV will sneak up on you. Also, this much flavor will fill you up fast.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:20:41 | More by frognot
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amazing copper color with a ton of white, rocky head, which produces loads of lace. A very pretty beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus and floral notes. Very pleasing to the nose.

Taste: Plenty of malt flavors on the front of the tongue and follows with a blast of hops, and concludes with hoppy bitterness. The flavors are layered and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full body and thick. You can slice the hops like ther're a fine piece steak.

Drinkability: A tasty beer and a treat for all fans of hops. Fantastic beer that's not a brewer's dare based on too much alcohol and hops. What all IPAs should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:48:12 | More by cudmud
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are a true "hop head" his one's for you. Enough IBUs for the entire crew. If you are a novice, stay away and leave it for someone who appreciates a work of art. Not for the Harpoon/Sam Adams fans. Body is just right, aroma when you pop the cap is fantastic. If you are sampling a few different beers this will ruin your pallet for the rest of the day as nothing compares to the bitterness and everything after tastes like water. Pricey but worth the $. Hop feel lingers and lingers. Congrats Stone! Truly a winner!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 19:56:38 | More by IPAIPA
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I've always been a huge fan of this beer. Pours a wonderful light golden-honey w/ nice white head and nice lacing. Blast of floral aroma, lots of citrus and pine. Lemon and lime zest. Grapefruit rind. Tastes pretty bitter, but very balanced with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry, but slightly juicy. This beer definitely packs a punch at 7.7%, but it's very drinkable, due to its great flavor.

This is a classic Stone brew! Amazingly similar to Stone IPA, just amped up. Very enjoyable, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:44:07 | More by BB1313
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Muted orange-yellow and a little cloudy. Looks delicious, ambrosia came to mind. A smaller head that didn't last that long. Decent lacing.

S - Best aspect of the beer. Very refreshing, citrusy and floral.

T - As the label says, the hops hit the senses. Very fresh, citrusy, piney. The hops are bitter, a bit metallic, but not so overpowering that you can't enjoy it.

M - Good carbonation and balanced nicely, all the flavors work together.

D - Definitely and IPA you can have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:27:43 | More by LuthersMug
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured in to a Duvel Tulip.

A: Very clear light golden with bright orange hues. Two fingers of fluffy off white head. Lacing is nice and sticky.
S: Big cirus! Orange grapefruit tropical fruits.
T: Just what the doctor ordered. Huge bitterness from begining to end. Citus and tropucal fruits again. Touch of sweetness.
M: Light creamy body. Great lingering bitterness.
D: SCARY Drinkable! @ 7.7 ABV this one is very drinkable.

This is a Top 3 DIPA for me when fresh no doubt. When I can find it less than one month old in Michigan I buy it everytime!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 02:00:25 | More by jmich24
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


A hazy orange-amber color with a large amount of thick fluffy off-white head. About 2 fingers worth.


Large malt smelt with some resiny hops. Citrus and piney. Perhaps some slight flowery hops.


A Very bitter IPA. Similar to nose. Citrus rinds and resiny pine with a huge malt finish. I've had better IPAs, but this one is still good.


about medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A little dry finish and a slight resiny mouthfeel.


A bomber is a little too much for me. One glass and I'm good. This is a massive IPA that is for "professional" IPA drinkers. Readily available but just a little too much bite for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:39:35 | More by cetherid
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- White head, much lacing, pours a ripe apricot color.
S- Hops is here! Has some tropical fruit notes and pine resins can be smelled.
T- Balanced and balanced. This beer bready characteristics as well as some of those tropical fruits on the nose.
M- Smoother than I expected.
D- More so than I would expect, yes this is a drinkable DIPA!
Stone never fails to impress. Got some of these from my wife for my birthday. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 14:52:05 | More by gskitt
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, cloudy amber-orange, with about an inch tall, airy head.

Smells so fresh and citrusy that I wanna just keep breathing it in!

The taste is very piney. Hops way up front, bitter and dry and crisp. I can taste the alcohol somewhat in the aftertaste but it doesn't linger to long.

This should be a standard for any Hop-Head, IPA fan. Stone always comes through with great beers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 04:47:04 | More by Palesmith
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy 1 finger thick off white head that faded very slowly and left great lacing with rings down the glass. Good looking beer that is par for the course for most Stone products.

Smells of huge hops, including grapefruit, floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, flowers, caramel, orange peel, lemon zest, grapes, grass, light alcohol and sweet fruit; what a tasty smelling beer.

Tastes like it smells with a huge blast of grapefruit and orange zest up front, followed by floral hops, piney hops, tangerine, citrus hops, sweet malt, flowers, caramel, pineapple, lemon, grapes, graham cracker, grass, toffee and a mild spicy alcohol burn that brings a little heat and some spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander. The malts show up for balance, but the hops dominate and the alcohol shows but is not a distraction. A very hoppy beer that's pretty spicy, but spicy in a good way and full of complex flavors.

Creamy mouthfeel, that's oily and smooth, with a medium body that's a little chewy and has light carbonation; this is very smooth considering how aromatic and flavorful this beer is, and how well it hides the ABV. Always delivers the right amount of bitterness that trails off slightly grainy mixed with hop oil juicyness.

The drinkability was high for me, as I'm a hophead and love most of the Stone products. If you're looking for a great, almost taste-bud numbing IPA that you can quaff down and get a buzz from, then this is your beer; it always delivers - always!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 05:14:35 | More by CHickman
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruination pours a light brownish orange with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice spiderweb lacing. Smell is of piney hops with bready malt. Taste is a smack to the face of piney and citrusy hops. There is also a delicious malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very crisp with a linger oily hop residue. The aftertaste sticks with you. I find drinkability to be quite high, but I dont believe an hop novice would. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:44:52 | More by BigBlacke
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice two finger head and light brown color. A very nice start. Besides you gotta love the Bottle art, too bad it is painted on and I cannot use it for homebrew. lol

S - Wow, you can really smell the hops coming thru on this one and for the style it is very good. Cant wait to taste at this point.

T - Excellent balance but the hops rule this brew. One of my current favorites is the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, and this one beats it in flavor.

M - Nicely carbonated, good for the style

D - I am going to have to support Stone and buy a few more of these. Perfect for that hot day at the beach!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 20:33:29 | More by CheckmateBrew
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: cloudy hot amber, with a big fluffy head that dissipates in 1-2 minutes to a solid 1/2" layer. The bottle has some sediments on the bottom that I will sample.

Nose: Bright citrus hoppiness! Grapefruit, orange peel. Did I mention the bright hops kick? Some sweetness hiding in there, smooth.

Taste: A massive bitter kick, one only an IPA drinker could love! The hops totally dominate this beer and beat the other flavors into submission. As it warms a little, a dry smoky caramel presence comes out from the malts, but the bitterness of the kick ass hops just stay like a bad neighbor (or a good neighbor in this case).

Mouthfeel: Medium thin, medium low carbonation. The hops leave a massive after taste that stays and stays, and a coating on the inner cheeks that is simply wonderful.

Drinkability: Rated at 7.7% ABV, you would not know it, the hops over ride any alcohol presence. I could drink this repeatedly but the ABV will catch up with you.

Overall I rate this way up in the IPA's I have tasted. If there is a better one I can't wait to find it. 9.5 of 10. Beginner IPA drinkers beware, you either will love the IPA's after this, or avoid them completely :-)

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:02:29 | More by keith712
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, best by Jan 27th 2011, which puts this at about 6 weeks. Fresher than I've seen in a while, so I had to grab it.

Pouring darker than I remember it being, this beer is a clear, bronzed color with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. The nose is just wonderful. Bright citrus with lemons and oranges, there's a mild candied orange character as well. A delicate, peppery spiciness is present as well, along with a light earthy hop character. Moderately floral as well, there's some almost jasmine-like aroma present. An excellent expression of hops, there's a touch of caramel and biscuit to round out the nose.

The palate opens with a pleasing, pungent bitterness with pine needles, juicy grapefruit and quite a bit of flavor with citrus and pine again. Unlike some other San Diego-style IPAs, this leans a little heavier on the bittering hops, and is all the better for it. Juicy and resiny, this is pretty excellent. Again, the sweetness is low, but substantial and complex enough to add a lot to this beer. Mild caramel and mildly toasty/biscuit-like, it perfectly accents the hops. While this beer is light in body, the oily, resiny character does make it seem bigger than it is, and the moderate carbonation make for an excellent beer. I was supposed to savor this, but damn, did I inhale it. Exceptional stuff, I will drink this more often, despite the rather high price.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:16:17 | More by DefenCorps
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tall flute. Cloudy golden color, still opaque with an inch and half of clean-white head.

S - Lots of floral and citrus scents; mostly grapefruit and a little pear.

T - There is no doubt that this is an IPA from Stone. The bitterness just claws in and does not let up until minutes afterward. It is difficult to find any other flavor in here; perhaps a little malt sweetness buried in there, but it is still really good.

M - Light moving towards medium body with moderate carbonation. A slight smoothness to it also.

D - Very drinkable if you know what you are getting into; this is not an entry level IPA. Hops dominate.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 22:32:36 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Cheesemoose


4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into my tulip.

A toasty amber hued yellow on the pour. Pillowy white head that rises high, giving a good 3 fingers of head. Recedes into a nice film with a solid bit of lacing.

Pine and citrus hops nose leap from the glass. Malt base is solid, giving a candy like presence that is just lovely.

Bitter start. Hops come into play fast and hard. Starts with a pine/citrus hop character. The finish sees a malt backing, though it is in the background. Malts are toasty, adding a mild caramel sweetness. This one is solely a hop monster. Finish is great. As you breathe out you get a resurgence of the lingering hop flavors bringing back all that once was. This one does not go down lightly.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth, with a light syrupy nature. ABV is felt more than sense. Mild warming and definitely a sipper.

A great DIPA and a must.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 00:32:58 | More by Cheesemoose
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes reviewed on 11/18/10:
12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours Golden orange, 2-finger white foamy head, becomes frothy as it slowly dissipates, leaves little lacing.

S: Pine hops, bready malty, citrus, some flowery esters. smells really intense and inviting.

T: Holy hop! A surge of pine and citrus hops quickly backed by rich malt, almost a resin taste, esters in the finish. It's pretty bitter, but decently smooth. Has a fruit sweetness like a tangerine, alcohol is present in the finish but isn't overwhelming.

M: Medium carbonation, full body, very chewy and sticky. Goes down fairly easily and has a bitter aftertaste, but isn't unpleasant.

D: Very rich and filling, hard to drink more than one, but the incredible flavor and good mouth feel has me reaching for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:20:56 | More by Satchboogie
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,954 ratings.