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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
96
world-class

9,194 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,194
Reviews: 2,959
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 296
Gots: 941 | 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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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Orange, hazy, decent head and sparse lacing.
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Smells great. Very piney, grapefruit, dry malts and a little earthy. Very hoppy.

Tastes of rich, thick malts and tons of crisp hoppiness. Great beer.

Lingering bitterness and a nearly full body. Smooth with a medium degree of carbonation.

Drinks typically stone. Great.

Upon re-drinking this beer at every chance, and despite the rather hefty pricetag, this remains one of the top IPAs and all-around top beers in the US.

02-18-2011 20:16:21 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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SacredBeverage

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

A: A nice golden color with a reddish hue. Slightly cloudy.

S: A strong citrus aroma but not too overpowering. Good overall.

T: It is a good IPA, but with a slight bitter aftertaste, almost like an orange rind. The bitterness seems to take away from the taste some, but the beer quality is still great. It does have a nice refreshing taste to it.

M: The Mouthfeel might just be the best part to this Beer. Very smooth feel to it, very nice.

D: The drinkability is not very high for me because I'm not a real big fan of IPA's in general but this was definitely the best I've had. I wouldn't have this over and over again though. Overall, a good Beer but just not my style.

02-18-2011 20:05:49 | More by SacredBeverage
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Shrews629

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance - A pale amber, burnt orange color with a glowing white head that was creamy and frothy. Excellent retention with some fabulous lacing. Looks really good. Cloudy through and through. The head settled to a white cap that remained with the brew until it was gone.

Smell - A nice, robust grapefruit citrus at first. Very floral and piney. A touch of orange peel. The smell is phenomenally well balanced and sweet. Bits of bread or biscuit add some malty notes also.

Taste - Wonderfully appropriate splashes of bitterness. Especially from the grapefruit. Very piney and floral tasting, but it has a surprising malt undertone that tones down the bitterness. A touch spicey. Wow!!! Really tastes nice.

Mouthfeel - A very solid, medium mouthfeel. Very dry and crisp. Notably smooth considering how bitter the brew is. Completely overwhelms the palate with flavor that hangs around forever. Very, very nice. Surprisingly refreshing also despite the dryness.

Drinkability - This is an outstanding beer. What aroma and flavors!!! At 7.7 ABV one would need to take the time with this one, but it's so easily drinkable that it makes it difficult. I can just imagine drinking this on a beautiful Spring day. Worth a try and, for sure, one that I will pick up again and again.

02-18-2011 17:58:44 | More by Shrews629
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fsimcox

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%

Poured a slightly cloudy, but still transparent straw yellow. Fluffy white head with lots of bubbles. Dissipates rather quickly, with some lacing.

Smells of hops, and citrus. Perhaps some grass and pine in the background. Nice, but not overpowering.

Creamy hops up front, with a grapefruit finish. Some carbonation in the finish. Grapefruit aftertaste. Not too much hops, but certainly not too little.

Mouth feel is creamy. With an all around hop presence.

A simply wonderful IPA. I will have another.

02-18-2011 01:18:32 | More by fsimcox
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ksmi116

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +7%

This is absolutely one of my favorites, and it punches me in the mouth every time in the best way possible.

A - Clear golden pour with a white foamy head, mild retention and lacing

S - HOPS! and pine, smells fresh and crisp, wonderful.

T - Heavy on the hops up top, obviously, and refreshing and pine on the back. Alcohol is masked well on the way down.

M - Well carbonated and is not heavy. Doesn't overly coat the mouth, but makes you know that you're drinking a real beer.

D - I could drink this one all day, but beware that it will rock your tastebuds so you shouldn't immediately follow one of these with any beer that you want to taste.

02-17-2011 05:07:35 | More by ksmi116
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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev -7%

Golden with. Thick head 3.5

The smell is of citrus and pine very nice I could smell this all day

This beer is smooth throughout starts with a airy carbonation and slowly becomes very earthy of pine hops, slightly unexpected as I thought there would be more citrus hop flavors based on the aroma. That said it is a wonderful hop taste and finishes with a bitter taste which is balanced.

I like how the hops shine to many dipas can't balance this well and end up tasting like a barley wine

02-16-2011 12:53:01 | More by bishopdc0
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

A- Pours orange with a slightly creamed-white color head of one and a half finger thickness. Head retention is good, some lacing but not particularly spectacular in this regard.
S- Hoppy aroma consisting largely of pine notes, and some citrus. Noticable malt aroma, but the multi-level hop aroma is predominant.
T- A kick of grapefruit but this is almost immediately followed by an evergreen flavor. bitter with notes of slightly biscuity malt. is it balanced? no. Is it awesome? Yeah.
M- Perfect mouthfeel. Creamy with a slightly oily finish. Alcohol is not noticed. At all.
D- Super easy drinking. I don't know if the ratings bear this out, but I would say this is just a quarter-step behind IRS, making it my second favorite Stone beer. A super easy drinking beer, by IIPA standards.

02-15-2011 06:26:32 | More by jsprain1
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance. Slightly hazy gold with a hint of red. One finger of sticky looking white head. Some thick and oily lacing.

Smell. Sweet white grapefruit, a little orange. Some fruity hops and pale malt.

Taste. White grapefruit, lemon, a small malt hit that doesn't even try to provide balance and finally, lasting bitter herby hops and grapefruit rinds. This is awesome.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. A great drinker. ABV is well hidden and the taste is something I can't get enough of.

02-15-2011 03:46:13 | More by Rutager
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mbusster88

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from bottle with best by 4-10-11.

A: Pours light yellow color with a two finger white head. Good amount of carbonation on the glass. No haze here at all.

S: Very grapefruit and overall citrus in the nose. Good amount of hop presence in the aroma with some drying characteristics. Very fresh smelling with some resin like aromas in the end.

T/M: Tastes like biting a fresh red grapefruit. Very strong hop profile, bitterness is very high. Great clean flavors, somewhat drying on the back end. Good palate feel with real nice cleansing feeling. Fantastic hops make this one just really enjoyable.

D: Really great hop character and good amount of bitterness. I will be getting this one again for sure!

02-14-2011 20:10:23 | More by mbusster88
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RTJakarta

Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a nice rich golden color with nice white head and absolutely outstanding lacing. Lovely.

A top flight DIPA smell. Rich pine scent.

Tastes like hop heaven. A good deal of citrus on the back end for me. Mostly hops. Which I very much enjoy.

Mouthfeel is a perfect level of carbonation for this beer.

I love IPAs, and while I couldn't drink them all the time, this is a beer that truly tests that statement. Incredibly tasty DIPA, and one of my favorite brews in the world!

02-14-2011 04:02:54 | More by RTJakarta
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Had this bottle shipped to me from Brusin' Ales out in NC. There was no bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- Pours a light amber to gold color. Gives a small maybe half inch of head that was light light tan almost white in color. Lots of carbonation bubbles come to the top. Not fully opaque but very hazy and difficult to see through.

S- Hops and lemon, bread, grain, slight malt, grape, apple, pineapple scents are all noticeable.

T- Amazing. this is hops slamming my mouth hard. A very slight and non present malt character is just there to mellow this brew just a little bit.

M&D- A great drinkable beer. A full character that kills any kind of taste other than hops. Smooth and tickling from the carbonation.

02-14-2011 02:08:15 | More by HOPPYKC
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

A classic from Stone, another beer which got me into craft beer years ago.

A: Amazing fluffy white head and lots of sticky lacing, a clear orange hued body as the base. A very nice look.

S: A very solid Double IPA smell of piney spicy hops, a little citrus lemon zest hop, sweet but not overly sweet cerealy malt, some orange notes, and some outdoorsy woods smells that are hard to describe well.

T: A great taste with huge citrus and tropical fruit notes, and that great stone signature bitter biting back of the palate which is great! Some base malts round out the hops a little, but I love the piney and grapefruit hop notes that are the centerpiece of this great beer.

M: A nice carbonation level and great bitter finish with a medium body.

D: Very good. An excellent Double IPA, one I would maybe use as an example of the style to newbies. The smell is the only thing that isn't really great about this beer, so I see why there are double dry hopped versions of this beer.

02-13-2011 19:23:05 | More by Dreadnaught33
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2late2brew

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

To be honest a little disapointed after sampling Lucky Bastard yesterday. Tried two bombers, first one cap was stained with oily coating, pretty sure cap was compromised so I tried a second just to be sure. It was clean as a whistle, clarity of beer much improved as well which just means there are bad bottles out there.

Anyways, nice medium pour down the middle, moderate to good retention with some lacing. Color a harvest yellow slightly pale & incandescent. Hops firm assertive grapefruit, amarrilo maybe? with some lingering hop flavor from dry hopping. A in your face tour de force of hops but to me a little one dimensional although a good one at that. enjoyed but prefer to be Lucky rather than just good.

02-13-2011 06:02:50 | More by 2late2brew
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dutchlq7

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

A-Pours a deep gold, 2 finger fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Smells amazing, very floral with a piney punch too. A slight hint of caramel malts too.

T- Lots going on here, begins with a nice big hit of toasty caramel malts...but then the hops come. Big floral taste and an almost leafy/wood like flavor but thats kicked out by the pine/citrus hops that finish it off and leave a bitter taste hanging around.

m- Big and chewy mouthfeel to this one. a bit of an oily residue but thats expected with all the hops.

D- Really good beer with so much flavor in there. Gotta grab it if you see it, def worth a try.

02-13-2011 04:35:26 | More by dutchlq7
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -14%

Cool, somewhat hazy golden color, with a bone-white head, attractive, big at first, though ultimately short-lived.

Feels like it's dry-hopped. Piney, citrusy. Continues on the tastebuds, bitter, yet sweetish and slightly fruity.

A bit light in body, a tad lacking in the malt department...it's all over, under and thoroughly about the hops (wish I could which ones). Quite an interesting approach, bitter, yeah, but not too much, and still drinkable.

Not Stone's best offering in this style but worth a try.

02-12-2011 23:37:10 | More by ExtraStout
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aasher

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -4%

This beer pours a rich copper in color with a one finger white head a ton of carbonation. This beer has a lot of activity going on. The second I opened this I got hit in the face with hops. There is a good combination of pine and citrus, which are fighting for dominance. You definitely get your money's worth here. The flavors are very hoppy, as expected. I get a lot of pine and grapefruit with a good amount of bitterness. It drinks very fresh and very crisp and has an excellent crisp bite to finish. It's a very drinkable IPA and doesn't leave behind the severe cotton mouth that some IPAs do. I really like this beer but do prefer their 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA to it.

02-11-2011 17:34:04 | More by aasher
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Dan3279

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A few coworkers were telling me about Ruination and wouldn't leave me a alone until I bought a bottle. I got a bottle that was two months away from its "enjoy by" date so it seems like I got a somewhat fresh bottle.

As soon as I cracked the cap off the aroma hit me right away. I poured it into a pint glass to reveal the amber glow. The first taste was intense and extremely hoppy, the after taste was excellent and at the same time I wanted more. After the initial shock to my pallet it became very easy and enjoyable to drink.

If your a fan of hops I would suggest giving it a try, this will defiantly enter my regular rotation of drinks!

02-11-2011 15:52:49 | More by Dan3279
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AwYeh

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a finger of foamy white head; good retention and decent lacing. Tons of carb bubbles streaming through the beer.

S: Tons of citrus/grapefruit, piny, and grassy hops. Some light hints of yeast and bready, caramel malts.

T: Bitter and tasty; lots of the same hops present in aroma. Bready, slightly sweet malts offer a touch of balance to keep things interesting with each sip.

M: Thin-medium body; smooth, just a bit of a sticky finish and a palate-coating bitterness.

D: Very enjoyable and fine to drink moderately quickly despite the bitterness. Great example of a DIPA; its availability and clearly stamped date on the bottle mean Ruination regularly rotates through my fridge.

02-10-2011 01:59:59 | More by AwYeh
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a clear copper color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label, into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. Massive, really massive frothy head that doesn't want to go anywhere. Some really good head retention here.
Aroma as soon as I cracked the bottle was all hops. Hops, hops and more hops with intermittent pine and citrus coming through. Very faint malt aroma escapes as the beer warmed up.
Oh boy, this is a seriously hopped IPA. Feels like the hops are out the ruin your palate. It's hoppy all the way, however, in aftertaste there are hints of sweetness coming through. This is one hell of an IPA. Brutal attack of the hops on the taste-buds.
Excellent lacing drapes the insides of the glass.
Damn, this is one of Stone's finest brews. This is one of my all time favorite IPA's. A must-try for every hop head.
Very highly recommended.

02-09-2011 04:41:42 | More by CaptDavyJones
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HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%

A - Golden orangy, yellow
S - very nice hoppy aroma
T - An enormous Rush of Hops, a bunch of clean hops. Hopheads will and do love this one.
M - very nice, crisp, not too heavy
D - Drinkability is very good, very sessionable
Stone is so consistant with offering great hoppy beers

02-08-2011 02:54:51 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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bourbonbock

New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a fresh pint glass.

A. Golden orange with a slight haze and one finger of fluffy white head that reduced to a foam after about two minutes.

S. You can smell the hops running up to your nostrils as soon as the cap is popped. All hops with some yeast aromas in the background.

T. Very complex flavor of hops, perhaps several different strains, with a oiliness, and salt, with some pine and a slight sweet base malt under all of the above.

M. Smooth and creamy with a slight bite to the last bit as it is swallowed almost as if its trying to hang on. It hits on the side of the tongue and sticks near the front for a for a dry finish.

D. I would definitely pick this up again but not sure for what. It would go very well with pork chops and applesauce but not with a baseball game.

02-08-2011 01:56:15 | More by bourbonbock
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Ty1erC

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: it's very clear and yellow-gold in color. there's tons of frothy head that stays around for the duration. thick lacing. awesome.

s: the smell is all hops. tons of grapefruit and pine.

t: again, all hops. it's definitely a blast to the palate. there's also some very subtle maltiness and breadiness.

m: medium-bodied, medium/high carbonation

d: really drinkable. i love it.

02-08-2011 01:14:20 | More by Ty1erC
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weizenbob

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Stone products do find their way to Michigan but Ruination has eluded me to this point. I received this 12 ounce bottle as an extra in a trade with Azurescens. Thanks Dan. The bottle shows an Enjoy by date of 09/01/10 so I'm going into this with the expectation that this beer has fallen off a bit. However, I did recently have a past-date Arrogant Bastard that was fantastic so you never know.

This bottle was poured into a goblet. I swirled the sediment in the bottom of the bottle and poured that as well. A beautiful two-finger fluffy white head forms. Retention is very good. Thick lacing lines the goblet. The beer is golden colored with enough yeast from the pour to make it as hazy as a wit. That may not be the intended look for this beer, but it remains attractive none the less.

For an eight month old beer the aroma is still hoppy. Mild grapefruit and orange greet the nose. A bready yeastiness follows in the middle. Alcohol is still noted. Subtle clove spiciness lingers toward the end.

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this is not how the brewmaster intended this beer to taste. That is not to say that it is bad, but the "ruinous effect" that the label claims the hops will have on my palate has been heavily mellowed by age. Hey, it happens to the best of us. This is a moderately high alcohol brew though so the malt bill has held up nicely. If this had turned out to posses a fowl taste I would have stopped reviewing on the spot as that would not be fair to Stone. As this is still quite enjoyable I will continue.

Caramel flavors coat the tongue, leaving a "cuddly-puppy effect" on my palate. There is still a nice hoppy bite in the form of mild grapefruit flavors. A hint of chocolate fades into sweet citrus flavors and still-noticeable alcohol. The finish is still bitter with more earthy grapefruit flavors coming from hop oils that are coating the back of my mouth and throat. It's not "ruinous" but I'm still made well-aware that this is a DIPA.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot on. A big malt bill and 7.7% ABV create a body that is on the high end of medium. A good amount of carbonation keeps the beer a little prickly. A few such barbs should be expected from the style.

The drinkability is still pretty high for this beer. The alcohol content is prohibitive to sessioning but I didn't have a problem getting through this one. Taking the beer's age into account my expectations were pretty low, but this bottle of Ruiniation still delivered a lot of the goods. I think most breweries would be proud to call this their fresh DIPA. As such, I still look forward to that elusive fresh sample of Ruination. If this sample held up so well, a fresh bottle ought to be epic.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I would not hesitate to give two Schlitz for an eight-month-old Ruination.

02-07-2011 03:47:29 | More by weizenbob
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Pours a medium orangish-amber color, with a nice head that sticks around for a little bit. The smell is really good- mostly citrus and hops. Great lacing on the glass. The taste is like a big hop bomb, but it's really good, and amazingly smooth. Citrus, floral, grassy overtones w/ the taste, w/ malt in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty amazing. For such a hopbomb, this beer is amazingly smooth and drinkable. One of my favorites for sure. At 7.7%, it's not going to catch up w/ you either... Stone Ruination is definitely on my short list of DIPA's, the boys at Stone did it again. Cheers!

02-07-2011 00:04:25 | More by jayhawk73
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Medium orange color, somewhat hazy with a lasting white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Medium aroma of tangerine and pine. The flavor starts with a hop astringency, that shifts into a big grapefruity citrus middle, followed by a long spicy bitter finish. Some sweetness shows in the middle but quickly resolves into a lingering dry finish.

Medium body and quite drinkable.

02-06-2011 17:47:35 | More by CliffBrake
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,194 ratings.