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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,464
Reviews: 2,976
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 322
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 8
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 mtschmitz
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mtschmitz, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

DeltaGolfSierra, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ryantho00, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of NoHipTee
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

NoHipTee, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of EA728
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

EA728, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of OutFox
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OutFox, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of beerpirates
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -:)

beerpirates, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

dorianmarley, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of BeerNoobNC
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

BeerNoobNC, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of jeff1973
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jeff1973, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of LAMAGS
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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,

LAMAGS, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of finkployd
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

finkployd, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

MDDMD, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

dansmcd, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of danielespen
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

danielespen, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

andrenaline, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Sideswipe, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

pmarlowe, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 :)

cindiwindi1025, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rich golden copper. I didn't get the head some of the others got, maybe a finger at the most and it didn't stick around long...tiny white bubbles.

All hops in the nose. Citrus, mostly orange, dominates.

The taste is like the smell. It's all citrusy hops with some grassy notes thrown in for good measure.

Not as rough on the palate as I expected, most likely the malt balancing the potency of the hops. It's a hop monster, but it's pretty gentle for 100 IBUs.

A good beer, but a bit of a letdown compared to the regular IPA and the legend of this beer.

RickS95, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-09-03 in Columbia, PA from The Fridge in Lancaster.

A - Hazy amber/orange with a short, white head and pretty good lacing.

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 and some pine. The aftertaste is delicious combining citrus sweetness and deep bitterness that lasts and lasts.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very prickly and resinous; just how I like it.

D - I never get tired of this brew.

Tucquan, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a big white head that laces nicely.

Smells dank, piney, slight citrus notes. Smells like weed.

Tastes of bready malt up front that is hit with bitterness and morphs into resinous, earthy hops, and finishes with a big hop, bitter kick. A real hop attack in the best way.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. The beer is silky smooth. It goes down easy and the booze is well hidden.

A great DIPA that has a dank, pine overtone and is smooth but packs quite the bitter, hop punch.

TenHornsProud, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of tito42
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a Blvd. Smokestack tulip. Best by 08/04/2011, so I'm nearly four weeks beyond this. The Bros. say not to worry based on the hops and alcohol levels in this brew.

A: Unfiltered and deep saffron in color. A frothy white head leaves thick, clumpy lace. Outstanding curb appeal.

S: Extremely pungent aroma of piney, resinous hops. Grapefruit and a floral scent also present.

T: Wow, lots of hops bitterness here, but it didn't hit me over the head as I had imagined. A very strong malt backbone balances the resinous hops and allows some grapefruit and pineapple citrus to come through. I also taste tea. A bit of pepper at the finish. A decidedly hoppy finish that lingers on the back of the tongue, but doesn't necessarily rip the front off. Very well balanced and intricate.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied. Obviously, a lingering hops bitterness on the palate. The alcohol is present but masked well for 7.7 ABV.

O: Very, very good double IPA. I think I prefer this over Hopslam. I need to find Pliny somehow.

tito42, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Guden
2.98/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- A very pretty, sparkly gold and perfectly clear showing lots of little carbonation bubbles. A 2 inch head which holds for what seems like forever and leaves big layers of lacing.

S- Huge hops hiding anything else. Pine and citrus stands out with some notes of fruit peel and sugar.

T- Big pininess with moderate hop bitterness throughout and a big bitter bite at the end. There's a hint of malt backbone and alcohol but its mostly lost. Not very well balanced and overly bitter even for the style.

M- Very thin with high carbonation that adds to the biting bitterness.

D- With the carbonic acid and alpha acids tag teaming the tongue it is just too much. It is interesting and strong, but not something I would want again for a while, if ever.

Guden, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to review the granddaddy of the style for a while now. Finally came upon a very fresh bottle.

A - Pours light amber, almost straw with three fingers of white foam afloat the top.

S - Juicy, piney, resin-filled hops. Getting quite a bit of citrus as well. I want to stick my nose into it; I may just have done so. Some malt is definitely there, but is not too prominent.

T - Sweet succulent hops hit your palate and give way to huge bitterness. Lots of fruit like citrus and mango as well as pine and resinous earth. Delish.

M - Fairly light in body but this one isn't huge on the malts like many others of the style are. The hop prickle remains on my tongue for quite some time.

O - I do very much enjoy this beer and hugely respect it. I often do find it out of date on the shelves; and that is a shame. I have heard the brewery is attempting to rectify this but I think it is probably more of a distributor problem than anything.

LiquidCucumber, Sep 01, 2011
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,464 ratings.