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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,297
Reviews: 2,967
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 303
Gots: 992 | 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 gtn80


4/5  rDev -7%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a hazy, golden color with a bright white head that lasts throughout the pour. Lacing clings to the glass as the beer is drank.

Aroma is tremendous, huge, piney juicy hops. Nothing else in the nose, but what can you expect at 100+ ibu. As the beer is drank and the head dissipates the malt comes through a bit.

Taste is exactly what you would expect on a west coast ipa with that many ibus. Huge hop flavor up front, sticky, resinous hops. Malt is there, but damned if I can pick it out with all those hops. Big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Hop heads wet dream.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, almost creamy. Good weight, good carbonation.

Drinkability is surprising with this amount of hops. Bitterness is lingering, but what do you expect when you pop this beer open.

11-20-2010 01:50:22 | More by gtn80
Photo of dpnelson1978


4.13/5  rDev -4%

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.99 / ea.

A: Bright copper body topped with a rocky off-white two-finger head of moderate retention that leaves behind thick sticky lace and a big rocky cover.

Note: A big ass fly also happened to float to the top after I poured. Yeah, it came out of the bottle. Pretty gross, but most likely a rare occurrence.

S: Big grapefruit citrus and pine aromas over a sweet caramel backbone. Prototypical West Coast IPA. Simple, but wonderful.

T: More balanced than the aroma suggested. Starts off with big sweet caramel malt flavors, transitions into hot and grassy flavors, and then finishes with a strong hop bitterness. Each drink is a journey. Very interesting.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and defined hop oil smoothness.

D: Really nice flavors, but at 7.70 abv this isn't something to over indulge. Have one before and during your meal and then take it easy for a bit. Not a craft beer for "beginners".

O: Right in Stone's wheel house and they wasted no time knocking it out of the park. Great IPA.

11-19-2010 05:53:30 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of FanofHefe


4/5  rDev -7%

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Slightly hazy yellow color and double finger head that dissipates quickly with some nice lacing.

The aroma is shockingly great. Hops - overwhelming (not in a bad way). Pine and grapefruit notes as well. Sweet citrusy aroma as well. One of the best aromas I've had.

Taste follows the aroma, but with some sweet malty flavor backing up the piney hops. That's what makes this taste work so well; it's got a great strong bitter hop flavor but balanced well enough with sweet malt to enjoy.

You can't drink too many of these without the ruination of your palate, which detracts from the drinkability. But, this is a must have brew for any hop lover.

11-19-2010 01:00:38 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of OhSoHoppy


4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

From a bottle to a glass.
This beers color was a cloudy, pale, golden-brown. The head of the beer was frothy and Lacy but didn't last very long.
The smell was of Pine and a variety of strong hoppy aromas. (Very Enjoyable)
The taste of this beer started out just as the scent had suggested. and then the complexity of the hops was ever more present. Hops definitely the largest contributing factor to this beer and kinda hard to extract lots of other flavors through it. it had the Perfect bitter taste to it (not a killer, very pleasant) More smooth and sweet than i would have expected, The hops bring out very herbal notes in this beer. the aftertaste is also dry and quite bitter as well.
Mouth-feel is very pleasing. medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. leaves you feeling very warm.
The bottle warns you of how this beer wrecks your palate, so don't even try to eat anything you really want to enjoy while drinking this beer. other than that I wish I always had a steady supply of this beer because one could drink this every night. HIGHLY recommend this beer. Epitome of west coast IPAs.

11-16-2010 00:16:55 | More by OhSoHoppy
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz bottle

Poured aggressively the brew produces a foamy inch and a half head, eggshell in colour. Very cloudy orange amber in appearance. Sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a strong auroma of pine and citrus notes. Taste is very delicious, goes down smoothly on the sip, almost a creamy taste of the pine hops then leaves a bitter taste in the finish. Medium bodied and good carbonation present. This is a very good IIPA, a good hop kick to it. Reasonable ABV means I could have plenty of these.
Appealing bottle and silly writeup on how good the beer included with every Stone beer...

11-14-2010 19:44:32 | More by heebes
Photo of wesclaypool


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

a - Very pale and unfiltered, giving it a cloudy, yellow but slightly orange appearance. Looks great.

s - Hops for sure, really powerful aroma. The heavy pine smell also has some citrus, but not as strong as some other IPAs.

t - The first gulp is almost too much. Super hops. The sides of your tongue feel like they've been jabbed with pine needles. Then you acclimate to it. If you're into hops, its a winner. If you're not, what are you doing drinking a double IPA?

m - Pretty light and crisp, not much substance. This is a pro in this case, as any more substance and it would again become overwhelming.

d - This is a very strong brew. When I picked up a six-pack, I had every intention of having more than one that night. As it turned out, one was plenty.

11-13-2010 20:06:10 | More by wesclaypool
Photo of NefariousR


4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a tangerine, pale-orange. Hazy with a decent amount of sediment visible. Head is white, foamy, and sticky.

S - HOPS. Citrus notes, perhaps grapefruit. "Bright", fruity aromas.

T - Citrusy, with lots of unnameable fruit flavors. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting (from the smell or the label's "100+ IBUs" boast).

M - Oily and medium-bodied. Carbonation is present but not incredibly assertive. Sticks to the mouth and throat, making the flavors linger.

D - I was quite surprised by the drinkability of this brew. Yes, it is hoppy, but if you're an IPA fan then you will find a lot to like about this beer.

11-12-2010 19:04:55 | More by NefariousR
Photo of IIPA

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Currently enjoying this brew!

A = amber / golden, clear

S = good, malty, but too mild on the aroma hops

T = nice hoppage, hardly ruining the palate though, ends crisply, cleanly, excellent balance between malt and hops

M = light but slightly thick

D = very. I took a few sips before glancing at the 7.7% abv, I was surprised. Really drinkable.

11-08-2010 20:20:17 | More by IIPA
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -24.9%

22 oz bomber poured a beautiful hazy orange with huge bubbly white head which stuck to the glass nicely. Nice hop aroma with some pine and earthiness. Taste is like bam! of bitterness. Medium body. Nice hop flavor but super bitter. Quite drinkable for 7.7 abv.

11-08-2010 00:19:02 | More by acurtis
Photo of AgentMunky


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale golden-orange. Slight head devolves into light, small bubbles.

S: Hops scream and citrus whines in the background. Nice and bracing. Oh, did I mention the hops? There are lots of hops. Lots.

M: Hm...Chewy, bready, hoppy. The maintaste is a carbonated hopbomb followed by drying, biscuity hops. At 100+ IBU, Ruination is intense and not entirely pleasant. Still, a good taste, with some supporting malts that just can't touch the hops.

M: Good, drying, bitter, hoppily stimulating.

D: Overrated. Although it's not unilaterally hoppy, it's definitely unbalanced. Too bitter and overwhelming to be drinkable. 7.7%, but it feels a lot stronger. Tentatively recommended...

11-07-2010 19:37:21 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours orange/amber with a large white lasting head.
Nose shows floral, grassy, earthy and resinous hops first, later giving way less complex pine and grapefruit. Underneath is some cookie dough-like malt, plenty of clean sweet crystal and some confectionery-like sweetness.
Flavours first consist of loads of sweet clean malt before being quickly overtaken by fruity, piney hops and a overbearing aggressive bitterness.
Carbonation is a little high, cuts through the malt too much.

11-07-2010 10:09:24 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of yankiac


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Bright golden yellow with an nice long lasting lace

S - One word.... HOPS!!!! Piney ones...

T - Piney hops up front and a nice malty body. Very nicely balanced. Hops are noticeable, but not overbearing

M - Medium bodied

D - I could only have a few of these before my palate gave out.

11-05-2010 23:47:19 | More by yankiac
Photo of biggjohnstudd68


4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: A light, yet rich and unfiltered amber hue sets the tone for the rest of this wonderful drinking experience...

Smell: A deceptively light aroma right off of the top of the head... You can DEFINITELY detect the hops here... And a mellow after tone of that semi-sweet maltiness which will be discovered in the tasting...

Taste: The hops is bitter and bold right off the bat... A very welcome kick in the teeth! That slight of sweet maltiness that you smelled before the tasting definitely comes to life almost immediately after the parade of the bitter deliciousness of the hops passes over your palette...

Mouth: The cloudiness that is rendered upon the initial pour is not at all present in the finish... Surprisingly clean and crisp for and I.P.A.!

Drink: It's clean... It's crisp... It's complex... Some will tell you to only have one. I will tell you that it is very addicting and as a HUGE fan of ALL I.P.A.'s, I urge you to have another. I doubt I would have to twist your arm though...

11-04-2010 17:13:52 | More by biggjohnstudd68
Photo of NODAK


3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

Certainly a bitter brew on the nose....lots of pine resin. Really that's about all I get on this one. I think there's a little biscuit in the back but it's beaten down.

I know Stone derides "fizzy yellow beers" but that's certainly the appearance here. Golden with a one finger head.

Initially quite bitter, with a predominately pine resin bitterness to it. As far as hoppiness goes, it's up there with the most bitter of DIPA's but probably not THE most bitter. There's a little malt sweetness that peeks through...a hint of biscuit. Again though, pretty secondary here. A pretty decent resiny finish to it, lasting a bit into the aftertaste and beyond. Not unpleasant.

Pretty good, though I do like a bit more balance in a DIPA. This isn't the most exciting or interesting beer of its style but that isn't really what they were going for either.

11-03-2010 03:53:30 | More by NODAK
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance -- Pours a bight cupric orange with a slender sludsy head. Head retention is pretty woeful. Lacing also a bit lacking. Not thrilling, but I know it's all better from here on in.

Smell -- Okay, things are picking up now: Pine resin and citrus by the bushel. Big grapefruit and tangerine notes so bright and sweet that they are almost perfumy. Also present is that signature mineral aroma that seems to be a trademark of Stone's brews - I'm convinced it's the water. Malts akin to biscuit and honey. Also some buttery diacetyl, but not at Alpine levels.

Taste -- The nose knows: grapefruit pulp, tangerine, and lemon zest float above a baseline pine resin and leafy vegetal bitterness. Malts temper the resin with caramel and honeyed biscuit. Faint diacetyl lends a bit of additional richness to the malts. Again, that trademark mineral flavor makes itself known. Finish is pine resin, grapefruit must, and a bit of leafy vegetal bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with medium carbonation that's both lively and gentle. Immensely drinkable.

Drinkability -- This is what immediately comes to mind when I think of West Coast IPA's, even though it's considered a DIPA. While it might not be the standard bearer of it's style, cough-Pliny-cough, but it's certainly one of the archetypes. Amazing aroma, good hop profile. Total hop-head maker. Now if only they could get the price down...

11-02-2010 02:48:54 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of wallaceandvomit


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

a- nice faded slightly opaque orange color, small to medium head, minimal ring lacing
s- very hoppy smell with a little bit of fruit, mainly citrus
t- follows the smell in a very good way, just the right amount of hops without it taking half an hour to scrub the taste off your tongue later, possibly the best tasting ipa ive had
m- medium mouthfeel, mildly creamy
d- great beer, looks pretty good, tastes and smells great and those are the things that matter the most

11-02-2010 01:20:22 | More by wallaceandvomit
Photo of DeliciousSeeker


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A- Carmel like coloring, with moderate amber tones. Low carbonation. Head about 3-4 mm after a couple minutes.

S- If there was such a thing as to much hops, this beer would certainly be in the top three. Made for hopheads. Some very faint fruit smells, and some woody scents too.

T- The smell matches the taste; extremely bitter tasting. Definitely will erode your taste buds. This is one of the more extreme beers I've had. Hoppy aftertaste even after a minute or two, along with some faint fruit flavoring. This beckons for hop heads.

M- extremely smooth, and surprising amount of body.

D- This definitely is more of a one beer scenario for me. I love double IPAs, but only within some moderation. And make sure you don't try anything tasty after having this, your tastebuds will pretty much be useless. I urge all to try one sometime.

11-01-2010 19:23:31 | More by DeliciousSeeker
Photo of EgadBananas


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark orange/copper in color, with a huge 2 finger of white head. Lacing is nuts.

Smell is gorgeous, with lots of floral hops, and accompanying citrus and tropical fruit aromas. There is a perfect, slightly sweet, malt profile lingering on the very end.

Überbitterness and tropical fruits. Good amount of mango and pineapple. Little finishes of malts.

Medium in body, fair amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Intensely good, but at the same time, intensely intense. Too much would be sensory overload. A bomber is money.

10-31-2010 02:40:01 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a cloudy orange/light amber color. Pours with two fingers of thick foamy head

S: beautiful smell of hops with a slight citrus addition. The hops are by far the most present

T: truely tasteful hops that don't overpower the brew that some imperial ipas do. Citrus notes are slightly present in the taste

M: nice carbonation tingle leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue and slight dryness on the back of the tongue

D: really love the way this brew drinks. Smooth yet definitly there

10-31-2010 00:05:37 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of terrapinfan88


3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance: One finger head, golden with and orangish hue, good lacing

Smell: Intense grapefruit, Pine

Taste: Pretty bitter, grapefruit and orange peel

Mouthfeel: Awesome like having a nine volt battering on your tongue, definitely a palate wipe out, the bitterness is awesome

Drinkability:Surprisingly easy to drink for the style, The mouth feel will wear you out before the ABV does.

10-30-2010 01:20:38 | More by terrapinfan88
Photo of emmasdad


4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Picked up a 6 pack of this one up in Highland for about 16 bucks, figuring it was a better deal than the bombers. Poured a medium golden color, medium carbonation and a little white head. Huge floral hoppy aroma, but not much else; the nose is all hops, in a good way. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, with a sweet backbone and a ton of hops. A very drinkable and delicious DIPA.

10-28-2010 03:08:54 | More by emmasdad
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A - First off, I love the bottle design, but it's not fair to count that, just thought I'd mention it. It pours a clear, medium amber with a finger of white head with nice retention and good lacing.

S - Aroma is wonderful. Grapefruit and pine hops and bit of grassyness. I can also just pick out a bit of bready malt character. Big hop bomb.

T - Oh it's all about the hops, sure, but there's still a nice malt character. First you taste a slight sweetness that's gone quickly, next come the strong pine and citrus hops, followed by a hint of bready malts. Finally you are left with a bitter hoppyness that stays with you for a very long time. It's phenomenal.

M - Thin to medium body that has very nice carbonation. It feels exceptional, really. The body fits the style perfectly and the carbonation compliments it well.

D - If you're a fan of DIPAs, you will love to drink this beer. That said, the bitterness and strong hoppyness will undoubtedly turn off many drinkers. Even as a huge fan of IPAs and DIPAs I probably wouldn't drink more than one in an evening, and I'd make it my last beer, because the bitterness does indeed dominate your palate. This is not a negative, just a reinforcement of the warning on the bottle. A wonderful beer, but with so much hop it takes some effort to drink. And at 7.7% it is a little weak for a DIPA.

10-27-2010 23:40:19 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a golden orange with a white head - good lacing.

In th nose is orange, bitter lemon, grass, and pine.

Sweet orange coats the mouth to prepare for the onslaught. Pine and grapefuit pound away at the back of the mouth giving way to lemon and grass in a dry finnish.

A very good beer with a powerful punch.

10-26-2010 21:44:17 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of rpardon7


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a bomber a beautiful hazy bright yellow with a thick frothy rocky head that dissapated and left lacing for the entire beer. The smell is that of citrus and grass hops with a small bready malty undertone. The taste is not dominated by the hops that the smell begs you to think. This beer is wonderfully balanced with bready bisucuity malts and warming alcohol with nice citrus/piney hop undertone. Not a bitting or bitter taste but a clean smooth balance between malt and hops has almost a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability of the strong IPA is very pleasant and I could easily have more than just one.

10-26-2010 19:26:28 | More by rpardon7
Photo of MLucky


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

This is even better than I expected. Much better, in fact.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, honey colored body, persistent thin head of white foam, some lacing.

Smell is amazing. Apple and citrus hops dominate.

Flavor is off the charts. I had been expecting a fierce bitterness, given the 100+ IBUs, but the hops aren't overbearing at all, nicely balanced within caramel malt, until the hops snap in at the end.

Drinkability is rather amazing, given the IBU and ABV. I could suck these down one after another, though I might regret it in the morning.

This is one of the few IPAs I've had that I honeslty enjoyed almost as much as a Pliny. For me, this easily beats out Sculpin and any number of other contenders. Damn. I'll be buying this a lot.

10-26-2010 04:59:55 | More by MLucky
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