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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,296
Reviews: 3,055
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 395
Gots: 1,627 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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2.84/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass; pours a hazy orange color with a light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. It's a nice looking beer.

Smells strongly of hops, and that's pretty much it. Not much depth in the scent.

Tastes very, very hoppy. The bitterness is a lot to deal with. On the bottle it speaks of this IPA being ruinous to any food you plan to ingest. It is. All you can taste is bitter, bitter hops. That's okay if that's all you like in a beer (and maybe a lot of IPA fans do), but I like a little more depth.

Mouthfeel is okay. It's a little thin, and has some bite, but it's okay.

Overall, I see a lot of people think this beer is a gift from the gods. Not so much my take, but hey, at least I'm honest. this is just too hoppy.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Poured from 12oz/355 ml bottle into a UK half pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange colour with a good fingers worth of fluffy white head.

Hop explosion on the nostrils !!! Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit and general all round hoppy goodness shooting straight up your nose !!!

Very bitter hop flavour on the palate backed up by citrus fruits and a little malty sweetness which teases the mouth in an on / off bitter, not so bitter fashion! Very well made in this respect, you get a hit, then it calms down, then you get another big hoppy kick!

Just the right level of carbonation for a smooth and silky mouthfeel and with 100+ IBU's bouncing about in the glass an excellent dry hopped finish and bitter feeling in the mouth.

Excellent IPA, will return to this anytime without hesitation!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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

22oz bomber with an enjoy by date of 02.29.12. Pours a clear dark gold with three fingers of head that recedes to about two. Maintains a sticky, substantive head with great lacing on the glass. Good carbonation evident.

Nose is a mix of a citrus grove and a pine forest. Also some tropical fruit salad. Mouth-watering aroma. I can pick up subtle hints of an underlying malt foundation. Most of all, there is that pungent hop aroma from the resins.

Taste is primarily pine with some grapefruit-citrus flavors on the edges. There is a malt backbone there, believe it or not, which produces a little sweetness. But, primarily, this is a full-steam-ahead hop assault that produces some lip-smacking, mouth-puckering bitterness. A little alcohol comes through with the hops and the resins.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily from the resins. Nice substantial body on this imperial IPA. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, Stone has produced a hop-lover's dream--an oily/resinous/bitter/citrus/pine bliss.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful hazy IPA color with a solid 1.5 inch head giving way to very nice lacing.

S - Powerful hop aroma, to be expected, with heavy zesty notes with a slight pine background. Emphasis on the citrus. Not finding any hint of the malt.

T - Wow, hops. Pine comes through much more prominent than in its bouquet. Citrus finish but lacking the malt to completely balance out the full effect.

M - Light sparkly mouth feel with a drying finish.

O - Great for its category, I'm partially biased and double IPA's are just a little beyond palate comprehension at the moment but I can appreciate this beer for what it is, a phenomenal example of an American Double IPA.

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

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Best by 2/7/12...guess I missed this by a bit.

A: Nice two finger head tops a very clear light amber body. Heavy lacing throughout.

S: Hoping the aromatic hops haven’t faded too much, but if they did then this must be super intense when fresh. Lots of resiny floral hops with some pine mixed in there too. I can smell some sweet light caramel malt. There’s a bit of the unfortunate onion characteristic that I personally get from certain types of hops.

T: There is a big floral, citrus and pine hop presence, but not as face melting as I initially expected. This is actually pretty balanced with a proper dose of malt holding up all that hop goodness. It’s not the most citrusy, floral, or piney beer I’ve had, but it’s interesting that they are able to work so many hop profiles in without it being a total mess. Finishes with a bit of warmness and you do get some alcohol in there as well.

M: Medium body, medium carb. There’s a good amount of astringency involved...I feel like it’s removing a very thin layer of my taste buds.

O: Far from balanced, Ruination works on an extreme level even if it is a style of IPA/DIPA that I only crave once in a blue moon (no, not THAT Blue Moon). I’d love to get this fresh on-tap sometime soon and if it’s very different then I’ll re-review.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,296 ratings.