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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,941
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 278
Gots: 802 | FT: 10
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 tlazaroff


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A little light on the nose, but what I get is nice, bitter hops. It pours a beautiful light orange and is perfectly clear. The head sticks around a while and is white with big bubbles. Taste is unimaginably delicious! This is a bitter beer, which Stone has won me over with. I buy these to celebrate just being me.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:43:16 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of albertjr21

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Into a medium size wine glass, this poured a densely foggy but bright honey color under a foamy white head that sustained itself at a thin layer throughout.

S: A moderately sweet nectar and big earthy hop nose that you can faintly taste in your throat with a big nasal inhale.

M/T: A light stingy sensation evenly distributes itself front and center with a giant hop presence that finishes unexpectedly smooth but leaves a strong residual hoppy stamp on the palate.
"100+ IBUs"??? Kudos to the "Storm Chaser" that got me closest to the F4 without getting me killed...

D: Beware: The last pour of this bomber was the absolute smoothest...Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 20:05:42 | More by albertjr21
Photo of drizzam


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my awesome BA buddy JDostal for this generous offering...a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!

A - Poured a cloudy orange/amber color topped by a fluffy offwhite head. Head retention was excellent and generous lacing was left down the inside of my glass.

S - My nose is instantly greeted by the aroma of floral and citric hops. There also seems to be the slightest twinge of malt playing with the hops as well, though the malt is easily overwhelmed by the arse kicking hops.

T & M - The flavor is Hoptastic (or would that be Hoptacular?) Big earthy and citrus hops dominate the flavor, and again, there is just the slightest bit of malt to help balance things out. The alcohol is very well masked and I certainly would not have guessed that this is a 7.7% ABV brew. Medium bodied with a creamy, mouth coating, sort of mouthfeel. Finishes with a (you guessed it) bitter hop aftertaste.

D - The fellas over at Stone know what they are doing, and certainly know their way around a hop. I would recommend this to any friend and lover of great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:54:20 | More by drizzam
Photo of vkv822


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a cloudy orange hued golden color with a foamy white head. The aroma is of resinous and juicy grapefruit citrus, with pleasant pine notes, and some tropical fruit notes as well. The taste is a bit less up front than the aroma, but the same grapefruit and pine characteristics are still there.
The mouthfeel is good, but seems a bit light bodied when compared to the more active carbonation. This is a very drinkable DIPA, although I probably say that more often that not about DIPA's. . .though I do wish it had a bit more body to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 02:40:22 | More by vkv822
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is light amber-copper in color and poured with no head or visible carbonation.
S: There is a moderate aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: A big burst of hop flavors and bitterness dominates the overall taste, yet these are nicely balanced by the underlying malts and are not too overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat sticky.
D: For a beer with this much bitterness, it's rather well balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: cask

06-11-2010 02:03:45 | More by metter98
Photo of ChadQuest


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden colored with a bit of tangerine hue to it.

personally the Aromatics are one of the big reasons i love DIPAs, so other beer style has such a captivating aroma to it that almost crave one for the scent alone. Ruination is darn solid in this dept, not the absolute best(hopslam,pte), but one to keep in mind that is very easily available anytime. its got a great citrus peel, with a little bit of tropical thrown in, and that tropical notes are what keeps me coming back.

i could tell this was a fresh bottle, and it confirms i am withen the freshness date. nice and bitter upfront with the same tropical and tangerine and clemintine hop flavors, and since this is from san diego there isnt much of any malt to speak of, but a bit of bready qualities in lite kisses.

I love the carbination of this beer, its medium to full carbs, with a slightly viscious body, just slightly, enough that it is at home in your glass in summer and winter months.

Good price and a great beer, now that its available in chicago i will probally get it often.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 07:02:44 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of jsanford


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Lovely orange/yellow with a foamy white head

S - Hops, pine, citrus. Pretty typical of a west coast IPA, but delicious nonetheless!

T - Pretty much follows the nose. Bit of tropical notes blended in nicely. For 100+ IBUs, a really balanced flavor profile.

M - Medium with moderate carbonation. Bubbly and refreshing!

D - Amazing DIPA, 22oz goes down easy. To me, this beer is the prototypical example of a west coast IPA, and one I am always comparing others to. Great work, Stone!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 03:32:48 | More by jsanford
Photo of larryi86


4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- A crisp orange/copper with a two finger white head.

S- Very strong, mostly hops with a hint of pine and citrus. If you love hops the smell just screams "Drink me!"

T- Dominated by bitter hops in a good way. There are hints a semi-sweet citrus fruit taste.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, could be a light heavier.

D- Just great. The reason I bought this was the fast the the bottle said "100+ IBU's" and it delivers. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 00:57:06 | More by larryi86
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this infamous brew; just started being distributed to CT recently and man, it does not disappoint. Not much else to say that anyone else hasn't covered. It's an absolute hop bomb, full of floral aromas and flavors, nice fruity hoppiness to it, amazing mouth feel. Finishes so smooth and clean, hard to find anything wrong with this beer... for the ABV it is super drinkable, I could easily down a few of these no problems. Just a super tasty, well balanced beer, with tons of hops.. love it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 22:46:08 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Mondial de la bière 2010 in Montreal without any notes, so this is from pure memory so the review can be somewhat inaccurate.

A: Orange translucent color with a good pure white head with good level and good retention. Ok lacing.

S: This was juicy, I mean fruit juice level of juicy. Mango, tangerine, lemon and a lot of grapefruit.

T: Really reminiscent of the smell. Lots of tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon and tons and tones of grapefruit. Some floral hops also present. Finally some kind of fruity sweetness that goes perfectly with the brew.

M: Mid to heavy AFAIR with medium carbonation. What you'd expect.

D: Very very high, drinks just as easy as juice.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:58:58 | More by flipper2gv
Photo of brewerburgundy


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Sam Adam glass, 'Enjoy By 06 24 10'.

Pale but rich straw yellow with darker, full tones leaning towards orange but not crossing the line. There is a creamy eggshell head that disippated for the most part but still clings to the glass well.

Huge mango in the nose that is backed up by pine. The whole hop presence is leaning towards tropical but is mostly pine and mango with some honey sweetness. Any way I slice it, this is immensely pleasing, There is a solvent, cheap vodka-like alcohol that develops and while it can be off putting, it signals a good ole dry West Coast IPA.

Slightly bready malt, a little honey sweetness, soapy and citric bitterness. The hop flavors are a mix of grapefruit and pine.

Dry and therefore not too thick in the mouth, this beer falls off slightly in this category with a little overly fizzy carbonation.

Even at 7.7% ABV this one is getting to me. I love it, but the bitterness is lovely because it is palate wrecking, and therefore not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 21:49:37 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of garuda


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've now had this on cask, tap, and bottle. The bottle version had the best appearance with thick white sudsy head and spotty lacing down the glass. Potent aroma of orange, grapefruit, and pine resin, with slight hints of the toasted malts in the background of this hop bomb. Taste follows smell with strong hops front to back. Solid medium body, ample carbonation, sticky finish with hop oils coating the mouth. When I want a hop bomb with a toasted malt content, I'm grabbing this one without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 23:32:03 | More by garuda
Photo of dkfick


2.68/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought a bottle. Pours out nice with a nice slow falling head. Dark golden color.

Smells yeasty and piney.

Tastes like bitter pine sol....Aftertaste makes me thinking maybe i've been sucking on pennies instead of drinking beer....

I'm wondering if i got an old bottle or something because this is in no way a 'good beer'....

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 22:55:40 | More by dkfick
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass poured for me at Pour 24 (New York, New York), Las Vegas.

The beer has an orange hue to its amber body, on top sat a thin off-white head of random sized bubbles.

The smell was your typical hop head US IPA, meaning a selection of hop aromas, each trying to outmanoeuvre and control the variety of its mates within the brew.

The taste/flavours are also all hop, some malt is there in the background, but the hops that dominate the smells change around so other hops take centre stage in the bitterness stakes.

Obviously the hops rule this beer, but it has other factors (unbalanced/yet different/engaging/yet annoyingly nasty) which help to make it worth finding, glad I did.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 19:25:02 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of bceagles39


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

On draft from the Publick House (Brookline, MA) on May 28, 2010. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a slightly hazy light orange. Perfect fluffy white head that stuck around for a while and left great lacing with each sip.

Burst of citrus and pine along with the hops on the nose. The hoppiness is floral and very strong. Exceptional.

The taste is bold. Big big hops with grapefruit. This is a strong hoppy beer but there is some sweetness to add a bit of balance. Not as bitter on the finish as I would have expected.

Medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel. A good, moderate amount of carbonation.

Extremely drinkable for the style.

For me, this beer IS DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 18:31:08 | More by bceagles39
Photo of Manoftyr

New York

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance-Pours a pale yellow with light tinges of orange giving it a practically golden character. A sumptuous fluffy white head rises from the pour and slowly settles itself back down.

Aroma-Oooh, wow; this beer is an upfront attack of sweet, sticky, zesty, citric hops; I smell lemon, orange, pear and a variety of other fruity smells amidst a piny kind of woodsiness. Even though the hoppy smell is prominent and upfront it doesn't obliterate the malty, buttery undercurrents; a testament to the craftsmanship that went into this brew.

Taste-An initial flood of bitter-sweet, sticky, piny and zesty-fruity hops leads off rather suddenly into an undercurrent of caramel malty sweetness that adds a powerful depth of character to the overall flavor. The hops don't dwindle and remain in the forefront all the way into the finish lending all their flavor and character yet still without utterly overwhelming the malty undercurrents. There is no alcohol on the palette whatsoever, it is completely and utterly masked.

Mouthfeel-Thick and creamy without being heavy, it's all kinds of perfect for what the brewers were going for.

Drinkability-Perfectly drinkable, I could have this all damned day.

Notes-This *was* my favorite DIPA, until I had my first Pliny The Elder; now it's been firmly relegated to a rather distant second, it's still an awesome DIPA though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:43:15 | More by Manoftyr
Photo of Beerfayce


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

Tap into goblet
A: coppery and clear with a ring of soft white foam that hugs the glass and laces slightly
S: lots and lots of citrusy hops, no doubt about what is to come
T: Immediate piney citrus followed by resiny hops bitterness. Wonderful long bitter hoppy finish
M: smooth and a little heavy, in part due to the resin that coats my mouth. carbonation is light
D:the hops punch lasts just long enough, and the assertive hoppy flavor keeps me drinking. Well balanced malt for it's bitterness makes all the difference

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 02:21:35 | More by Beerfayce
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer about 5 years ago when I was just getting into better beer, and I remember thinking it was just too bitter. I liked IPA's but this one was too much for me. For some reason, I always just looked past it since then. It's about time I revisited it!

The beer pours a hazy copped with a fluffy head and beautiful lacing. I tend not to trust a clear IIPA. The aroma is grassy, herbal and overwhelmingly citrusy hops. The pungent grapefruit alludes to the bitterness to come. A bit of sweet caramel malt pokes through upfront in the flavor, followed by more big, bold grapefruity bitterness. The intense resiny bitterness lingers for what seems like an eternity, I feel like I was just chewing on some fresh cones! The alcohol is masked, but the extreme bitterness lets you know you are drinking a fairly strong beer. This is one nasty IIPA! I can feel a little heartburn coming with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:57:28 | More by ericj551
Photo of itfitz


4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This DIPA hasn't made its way to the top of most expert's taste lists by just being "average." Yes, it's strong. Yes, it's VERY bitter. Yes, it's known as "hophead heroin."

Those who complain about Ruination's lack of maltiness are not familiar with the style, nor with the philosophy of Stone Brewing Company. Stone hit a home run with this liquid gold, and those lucky enough to find it (and fortunate enough to be able to afford it) will surely have a memorable experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 10:39:03 | More by itfitz
Photo of rosmhuire

New York

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber poured into my pint glass.

A: Golden yellow with a significant white head. Beer is a bit cloudy, which would make sense, as I believe this is an unfiltered offering.

S: As expected - it's all hops. Citus and pine all the way.

T: Obviously, the hops are front and centered here. Very good and refreshing. As the name indicates, your palate is ruined after consuming this bomber, so be forewarned.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: I can't very well rate this low on the drinkability scale, since it's a DIPA and you're not supposed to be able to pound these! I rated it average, though I could not consume more than a bomber of this in a session.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 20:30:37 | More by rosmhuire
Photo of THORN


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Golden brown with thick frothy white head. Many CO2 trails form on bottom of pint. Thin head retention. Leaves large splotches around pint.
S: Hops. Very fruity and sweet.
T: Bright citrus and resin filled hops. Pale malts are sweet and spicy. Bitter linger.
M: Medium light on tongue. Very crisp.
D: Big hop flavor. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:00:46 | More by THORN
Photo of JamisonM


4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice orange color with lace head retention is not that good it goes down rather quick

S: I only get peaches from the smell I know thats not what most people get but I swear to god peaches peaches peaches and nothing else. hoppy peaches thats it.

T: bitter peaches in the taste I am thinking this is the freshest ruination I have ever had! or the hops that they used in this batch was off the hook! like some grapes have good years this was a good year for the hops in the beer man

M: med-light mouth med carbonation

D: yeah very drinkable hops build on you but hell if you like hops its a good thing

overall: I never got this much peach from any beer its bitter peach that is very refreshing. I always like this beer but this bottle was off the hook!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 01:03:10 | More by JamisonM
Photo of elvisnj

New Jersey

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Duvel chalice.

I am not a huge hop head and only rarely go with the IPA's so I admit I am not the best judge for this beer. However I know a good beer when I drink it.

Pours medium-golden color, with a cloud like white head, and good lacing. A cacophony of hop aromas mixed together with good malts.

Taste is all IPA. Man, the hops steal the show and are sharp and spicy. Has a nice rich body, as it slides over the tongue. I know there is some malt and yeast in there behind the hops!

Deep in the end there may have been some phenols and citrus.

Stone was right, it caused ruination to the palate.

I am no extreme hop head but I can tell its a winner of an IPA.

I wont be jumping back in right away but its not Stone's fault I dont like IPA's in general.

Cheers to Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 01:41:57 | More by elvisnj
Photo of rootbeerman


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into generic pint glass.

A: pours cloudy, probably chill haze, dark yellowish orange, two finger white head that fell slowly to a finger then to a thin layer. lacing is almost creepy, one long sheet to almost the bottom of the glass.
S: far from the glass its a mainly lemon citrus. right in the glass its more of a heavy sugared lemon, light pine.
T: hops are more piny on the palate than on the nose, sweet lemon citrus. strong bitterness on the aftertaste as well a pine.
M: coating hop flavor sticks to the roof of my mouth, the rest lingers long, carbonation is in the medium range.
D: other than the 7.7%abv its very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 09:52:10 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber obtained at McKinnon's in Salem NH. Pours a hazy golden color with about an inch of off white head that leaves a bit of lacing. scents of herbal/earthy hops immediately hit the nose and dominates the smell. tastes of earthy hops with a bit of wood with bitter taste in the finish. medium bodied and light/moderate carbonation. definitely a sipper but a great beer even though the resin from the hops leaves a very bitter quality to the finish but also very dry as well. Two Thumbs way up!!


Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:29:54 | More by CheckMate
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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