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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,159
Reviews: 2,957
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 290
Gots: 926 | 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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Photo of vdread


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Stone Ruination IPA pours a pale golden color with a big frothy multiple finger white head that leaves a nearly solid wall of lace. somewhat hazy, which settles to the bottom after a minute.

the smell blew me out of the water. i could smell it as soon as i popped the cap. smells like pine sap and marijuana. maybe some light malts.

the taste is of...HOPS! overwhelmingly oily, sappy, and piney, with some grapefruit and other citrus hop flavors lingerr on the palate. bitterness is scalding and sits on the tongue long after the last sip. pale malt comes up from behind for additional support and relief.

true, there is a lot of oily, acidic bitterness here, but the actual taste of the hops is minimal. the focus is on the bitterness rather than the taste.

good mouthfeel. light, smooth, nice and biting and leaves you wanting another sip. this beer is easily enjoyable if you are a big time hop head.

+ like it says on the bottle, it does do its job. and well. it's a palate ruiner- a tongue annihilator. a face destroyer...okay i think you get the picture.

- though very flavorful, the flavors take a backseat to the harsh bitterness. if you don't like harsh flavors, stay far away.

= the smell reminded me of sappy cannabis. this convinced me to pull out the trusty hash pipe and enjoy the complimentary flavors.

not recommended for the inexperienced palate.

10-17-2009 23:53:55 | More by vdread
Photo of NorCalYeti


3.78/5  rDev -12.1%

taste- sweet bitterness with a present malt component

color- honey

clarity- clear

smell- bitter fruit, aromatic alcohol tones, hint of soap

body- medium-light weight, lean, hop bite at front of tongue, bitter medium-length finish

appearance- active carbonation, pours with a nice white fluffy head, lots of residual lace

overall impression- good beer, flavors are a little off and i'm always a little disappointed considering this beer is the big brother to the regular ipa which i think i prefer to this one

notes- 7.7% abv, 100+ ibus. this review is for a 2009 vintage tasted in 2009

glassware: pint

serving temp.- 58.3 degrees

song- "pressurecooker"

10-17-2009 04:34:53 | More by NorCalYeti
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle. Comes as advertised. It will ruin your palate and any beer you have after that. Very tasty and easy to drink though, just don't expect to have anything else that night. Pours a very golden yellow clear colour. Pretty solid over all. More please.

Had two bombers of this again, and its an ok beer. Its quite drinkable and easy going down. But its not blowing me away. Honestly, this feels sessionable to me.

10-16-2009 00:52:26 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of flagmantho


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly cloudy with a tawny-golden hue. Big, bubbly white head with good retention.

Smell: well-balanced hops; that is, well-balanced between spicy, earthy, floral and evergreen-ey. I can't wait to taste it.

Taste: well, my friends, this is indeed a hop bomb. It is not in any way balanced, smooth or compromising. There is a little maltiness in the background, but it is completely subsumed by the intense hop flavor. The beer is fairly bitter, but the hops really show themselves in flavor. It's quite delicious, though possibly out of my league at this point.

Mouthfeel: good body with a relatively oily texture which coats the mouth and promotes the hop flavor.

Drinkability: quite good, considering its intensity. This is probably best consumed with some heady or unctuous foods.

10-15-2009 02:28:36 | More by flagmantho
Photo of mightymoksha


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Served in snifter glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden-brown. Rich, thick, off-white head, with beautiful lacing. I almost don't want to disturb it. Almost.

Wow. I can smell it from a couple feet away. Oily hops all over the nose. Pine and sweet fruit aromas also present. Very overpowering.

A sweet and toasty malt hits the palate first, followed immediately by an assault of herbal hop flavors. Malt, hops and the alcohol tingle coalesce perfectly. Aftertaste is spicy and citrusy.

A smooth, moderate carbonation and hearty body make this beer delicious on the tongue.

Outrageously delicious and drinkable. It wreaks havoc on the taste buds, which is awesome. One of my favorites.

10-13-2009 07:03:41 | More by mightymoksha
Photo of mcsquint


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle poured into pint glass at Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco:
A - Amber in color, a bit cloudy with two finger white head
S - Citrus and pine
T - Classic American west coast IPA. Although the malt and hops were balanced more than the smell would suggest.
M - Light and refreshing. No bitter aftertaste like some hop bombs.
D - If this were readily available in Kansas City it would be my favorite IPA for session consumption.

10-12-2009 21:25:24 | More by mcsquint
Photo of sirdrinkwell


4.47/5  rDev +4%

a: pours a cloudy amberish yellow with fair head and lacing.

s: sweet tangerine citrus and hop aromas abound.

t: the hops pack an expected punch in both the front and back end, coupling with the wonderfully sour citrus element to create a nice taste bud explosion.

m: this is a rich mouthful, well carbonated; dry on the back leaving what feels like a couple pounds of hops on your tongue hehe...

d: excellent taste and just enough aftertaste to convince me that i need another gulp to wash it down (and another) ...this is another Stone home run.


10-12-2009 03:12:13 | More by sirdrinkwell
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's pint glass.

A: Poured a vibrant golden orange color with a chilled haze and a thick two-finger head of dense white foam. Carbonation was lively and the lacing left was ample.

S: Smells of toasted grain and a lot of resinous hop oil aromas: hop leaf, grass, grapefruit and clove.

T: Taste reveals a quick hit of sweet toffee malts at first, but its just a flash in the pan. The real flavor pours hop resins all over the palate in a puckering manner. Big time herbal and lemongrass hop flavors combine with a bit of white pepper, coriander and spiciness. The burn tastes so good.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and oily, but citrus flavors thrown by the hop makeup with some sweet, lighter sips.

D: Start and end with Ruination, and you won't have a problem, besides a splitting headache the next day, probably accompanied by heartburn. A really nice DIPA for the hop fan, and a nice high ABV to keep it fresh tasting off the shelf, which it certainly is. Palate shot. Thanks, Stone!

10-11-2009 21:53:39 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of alleykatking


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy deep copper orange color. Good sized 1 1/2 finger fuffly cloudy white head. Leaves nice sticky lacing on the sides of glass....I mean lacing is everywhere with this beer.

S- This is all hops everywhere in the nose. Big upfront of sweet citrus (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) hops with a piney/floral hop hint to it as well. Sweet malts make up the backbone of this beer and are present in faint clashing with the hops. Vey hop forward to say the least.

T- Big bitter hop bite right off the bat on this beer. This leads to a citrusy hop kiss right afte that with pineapple and grapefruit highlights in there. Middle of the beer is where all the sweet caramel malts in the nose of the beer come into play. Nice malty balance on this keeps it from being just a overly hopped beer for the sake of hops. Don't get me wrong I like hoppy beers too. Clean citrusy/light bitter ending on this beer makes it for a complete and balanced beer. Very tasty!

M-Medium mouthfeel. Very crisp and clean feeling in the mouth. Carbonation is good and helps glide the hop bomb across the palate leaving hop resin over everything you could think of. NIce clean bitter/citrus hop combo on the aftertaste wanting you to go back for some more. Very nice to say the least.

D- This is a highly drinkable beer that I would recommend to someone who wants to take the hop plunge but wants something that is not going to wreck it for them. I only wish I could drink more than two bombers of this before going onto something else. I mean I could drink it all night but who wants to stay with one beer?

10-08-2009 04:10:30 | More by alleykatking
Photo of rickmick


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a beautiful mix of golden brown and yellow straw. Small head that fades. Heavy lacing, and a beautiful aromatic nose of hops. Definitely drink this in a snifter.

The taste, is intense. Very balanced hops, not too piney. A really fantastic DIPA.

The mouthfeel is great: syrupy, thick, but never excessive.

The intense tastes makes it a little less drinkable than, say, an equally ABVd beer (like Founders Centenial) but for an DIPA, very drinkable.

10-08-2009 02:53:54 | More by rickmick
Photo of SpdKilz


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance - Pours into my SA perfect pint a light hazy orange leaving about an inch and a half of thick head which leaves great lacing.

Smell - Smells of bitter hops, some pine, grapefruit, then the sweetness/maltiness comes through. Very pleasant. Not overly floral - a nice balance.

Taste - Tastes similar to how it smells. Begins with a smack of hoppy bitterness which lends itself to a nice grapefruit peel that then ends with a thicker, malty taste. Honestly, I was expecting it to be bitter the whole way through but it had a nice malt back to it (maybe this sat on the shelf for a while and mellowed a bit? I keep hearing about how the hops destroy your mouth and I did not get that feeling).

Mouthfeel - Light to moderate thickness. Not overly carbonated but just enough

Drinkability - This was the first drink of the night and it was a bit tough to finish it but only because I was so incredibly full from eating fondue. Overall I was impressed and look forward to getting some fresher bottles soon.

10-06-2009 22:02:32 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of HopHead84


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Consumed on 9/29/2009 on tap at Stone. The beer is copperish orange with a fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are both decent, and that's all I'm going to say on the subject.

The beer was served ice cold. It seriously seemed like it was in the low thirties. I couldn't smell anything for nearly 25 minutes. If there's some point in serving a craft beer that cold, I'm missing it. At about the 30 minute mark the nose opens up and reveals orange pith, pine, and grapefruit. It's all very dry, and malt imparts a low level of caramel. Tropical notes become apparent with further warming.

The beer is very dry with an upper moderate level of bitterness. It tastes of bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and pine resin. Caramel notes are quickly overrun by the delicious hops. The finish is very, very dry.

10-06-2009 06:20:02 | More by HopHead84
Photo of ditch


4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Man O Man this is good!

Poured a light bronze with a thick creamy white head. Head hangs around for quite some time before receding to thin clumpy bubbles and a thick ring around the glass.

Smells of hops, hops, and more hops. Floral, citrus and pine. A woody barley tries to poke through. Also I'm getting a bit of the booze.

Taste is actually well balanced for a beer this hoppy. I expected by the 100+ IBUs, that I would be making a pucker face after the first swig. Flavor is all over. Grapefruit, pine, sweet grain (pretty bready), pineapple... some others in there too, one I can't put my finger on. Oh, this is good!

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

Drinkability is frighteningly good for this style. I could drink quite a few of these bombers in one sitting.

Not sure that this is a beer to drink on a regular basis. This is a beer to get for those times when you need a hop fix. Like the label says, I think my pallet is ruined for trying anything else tonight. I'm actually new to the hop bus, but I now understand why these beers are so popular. Thank you Stone! This one is amazing!

10-05-2009 22:09:04 | More by ditch
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


4/5  rDev -7%

This is the IPA that got me into IPAs. Simply put. I haven't had this beer in well over a year, and in that time, I have had dozens and dozens of stellar IPAs. Lets see if it is as good as I remember.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Head is not very large, but lacing is very nice.

S/T: Smells very hoppy and citrusy. A touch of pine in there as well as some grassyness. Taste is actually very well balanced and not overpowering at all. I get a lot of citrus fruit upfront. Lots of lemon and orange. Not as piney as I would like. There is an almost mint leaf like quality in there. Malt is right behind the hops and give off a strong bready flavor. Overall, a solid IPA, but far from the best of the best.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. Drinks like an IPA should. Not overpowering and the dryness makes you go for another sip.

I am admittedly not a huge Stone fan as I find their beers very one-noted and simply lacking. This is one of their better efforts, however. Very nice hop flavoring with a nice balance make this a very good IPA. Not as good as I remember it, but still a nice IPA I would revisit in the future.

10-04-2009 17:39:05 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

A lucid, dazzling orange that is blindingly bright when held into the light. Whether it's a naturally occurring haze or those florid rays that bewilder the eyes, one or the other is preventing me from seeing my finger on the other side. Its surface is bundled up with a thin but bubbly strip of white twine.

Chinook and Centennial hops make for a heavenly scented balm. We've since seen this again and again with American IPAs (and DIPAs) but Ruination may have been the first and the one that continues to most clearly illustrate it. Its perfumy solution combines festering, candied and ethanol-soaked citrus fruits and tickles the nose like a feather.

Dissecting these hops turns up flavours of spiked coconut milk, candied pink grapefruit and bubble-gum wrapped tangerine wedges. The flavour is fresh, fruity, floral and lively - like a citrus fruit salad infused with crushed mint leaves, roasted pine nuts and drizzled in honey.

The malts are not entirely inconsequential either. Bready, bakery-fresh muffins and syrup coated pastries make a fairly sturdy base for all this acidic, near-spicy hoppiness. The bitterness isn't crushing, as its name would suggest, it's brisk and snippy and massages the tongue. One thing it isn't is overpowering.

In fact, I'm looking forward to having, not a full bomber, but a full growler of this to drink today. The beer is quenching, its electric blanket-like warming effect notwithstanding. The alcohol is ever-present but fuses well into the acidic citrus. Besides, I'd much rather take the extra percent or two and go with the Ruination over Stone's regular IPA.

Ruination IPA will ruin your chances of ever enjoying an industrially produced lager again. It will ruin your taste for mass-processed beer and even ruin your tolerance for others drinking them. This is a lesson in how beer should be made: with character and with pride. Look at the American micro scene - Ruination IPA has actually built a lot.

10-04-2009 16:40:57 | More by biegaman
Photo of alpinebryant


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

Had this one before, but thought it was time to put a review up after getting it again...
Pours a clear marigold color with miniscule bubbles on the sides, minor lacing following down the glass.

Smells of an evergreen forest and a slightly sweet afterthought.

Tastes extremely piney, almost like I have been chewing on a pine tree. Extremely bitter with some two row malt flavor which becomes hardly noticeable with the overpowering flavor from all of the pine hops.

Medium mouthfeel, and a dry afterbite make this drinkable. If you love northern pine, drink away. You may feel like a logger after drinking this one.

10-04-2009 16:13:56 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of jd6stringman


4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

I was expecting a brighter taste, but overall not a bad beer. The finish is what one would expect from an IPA, but the mid was a little off as far as I am concerned. This would work well if it had more of an Imperial feel too it. Overall, I would not buy it again, but it was certainlly worth the money to try it.

10-02-2009 22:50:48 | More by jd6stringman
Photo of GordonQuid


4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

Sunshine orange with a two inch rocky head that dissapates to a half inch frothy white wisp and ample lace.

Smells of juicy ripe citrus fruit, earthy lemon grass and spicey herbs.

Taste is explosive cirtus hops, ripe mellon blended with carapil malts a wonderful blance in the middle and a bitter slick finish with lingering spicey hot pepper.

Love it! Complex, and enjoyably drinkable.

10-02-2009 14:17:52 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of ChugsMugs


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

A- light orange peel brown. smaller head, and mild lacing on the way down.

S- sweet at first but then a little tartness comes in towards the end. Flowers and fruits.

T- Pow. extra bitter goodness. Bitter orange/grapefruit peel.

M- light and easy to drink. crisp, refreshing.

D- very well put together. a tought looking label for a tough beer to put down.

10-01-2009 01:07:56 | More by ChugsMugs
Photo of PappinAce


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance: Had this in a snifter-style glass out of a bottle. It poured a nice golden yellow, almost resembled a pale lager. Not much head after the initial pour, maybe a half-inch thin layer. Strong lacing throughout the duration of the drink.

Smell: This is rather aromatic. A few fruits hit you up front, mainly citrus and orange notes.

Taste: Now this is unique. It starts off with a slight hint of malt, but it is soon brushed aside by the dominant flavor of citrus, which bridges the gap from the smell. This is literally the most bitter beer I've ever had, but it fits rather well considering the citrus-y, orange-y flavors. Imagine taking a bite out of a lemon. This all sticks with you on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: HOPS HOPS HOPS. My tongue got raped by hops, took me completely by surprise. It complimented the flavor well though, and they pop around on your tongue after you've swallowed the sip. The alcohol presence isn't too hidden; you can feel a sort of tangy kick to the alcohol. It was stronger than I expected; one bottle buzzed me, but then again I hadn't eaten in like seven hours beforehand.

Drinkability: Exceptional. It was weird at first, but the hops lingered around on my tongue and made me want more. As I grew used to it, I realized that the bitterness actually gives this one its defining characteristic. This is the Stone's unique quality that really gives it personality, and it grew on me.

It was good, but not something I would drink over and over again. I don't agree with the "world's best IPA" label it seems to get.

09-30-2009 20:08:46 | More by PappinAce
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Saw this on the top 100 list so I bought a bomber.

Poured into a 16oz. glass. Had an orange/golden color with cloudiness. A nice head clinging to the glass throughout. The hops, I loved the hoppiness.

Very crisp and refreshing to drink.

I'm going back for more

09-28-2009 17:11:59 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Arrives a nice tawny golden with a layer of off white head, light lacing down the glass.

Nose is all hops, oranges, grapefruits, pine resin, floral, a touch soapy but bright and beautiful.

This is pretty much an all out hop attack and yet it doesn't seem overwhelmingly unbalanced, reminds me a little of Green Flash's IIPA. Tons of hop bite, lemons, grapefruit, tall on the pine resin, just a hint of malt to ride shotgun and keep it from being all hops. Bright carbonation, a really drinkable IIPA.

Need a hop fix? Hard to say no to this one. Looking for balance? Probably not your thing. As for me, loved it.

09-28-2009 15:38:06 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of Shakujin


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Stone Ruination IPA

Appearance:Very light, cloudy, orangish color, perhaps 7 SRM. Poured off tap into pint.

Smell: Very hoppy, cant pick out any specific hops, although citrus is certainly predominant

Taste: Burns so good! Very hoppy and tangy. I think I can taste the liquor and the malts but mostly the hops are just destroying my palate. Maybe its due to that but I thought I got something liquorish like for a second there. The finish is well, it doesn't really finish at all, hops just stay with you. Very harsh, yet refreshing

Mouthfeel: Light and burny.

Drinkability: Fantastic sort of a catch 22, its probably not the kind of beer you want to drink a lot of , but once you start drinking it your not going to be able to drink anything else. So, quite drinkable. I had three

09-28-2009 13:39:28 | More by Shakujin
Photo of velosuds


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

From a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $6.25 at local health food store.

From the label: "God bless the yeast, the malt, and the HOPS!"

Amen. Good beer and faith mix just fine with me.

A-Pours a beautiful orange amber with a two finger head that recedes into a sticky lace all the way down my glass, whether I drink this slow, or faster. A nice effect. Head is bone white.

S-Wow. Very fragrant hops. Piney and citrus. Reminds me of very ripe, sweet tangerines. This is wonderful.

T-Bitter. Yeah, bitter. Insane at 100+. Stone won't disclose the IBUs, at least not publicly. Ruinous to the palette? Could be for some, but not mine. I guess mine has been matriculated. Gotta read the label. I love Stone's labels. There is just enough malt presence to balance this. But the overwhelming flavor characteristic is bitterness. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Surprisingly smooth for a beer this bitter and with a 7.7% ABV. Carbonation is spot on. Not as smooth as Russian River's PtE, but very nice.

This is a very good DIPA, but not great IMO. I gave drinkability a lower score since there are other much more affordable DIPAs, including PtE, that are better, or nearly as good. I especially enjoyed this today after my 100-mile Salem Bicycle Club "Peach of a Century" bicycle ride after enjoying Arrogant Bastard Ale. A nice combination on what appears the last warm day of summer-early autumn in the PNW.

09-28-2009 02:15:21 | More by velosuds
Photo of pmccallum86


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a 22 oz snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, thick creamy head which leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell is of hops, very hoppy nose. Citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes.

Definitely lives up to the name, a ruinous amount of hops, very bitter with a smooth malty finish which nicely compliments the bitter hops. Lots of hop oils, bitter hop tastes which linger for minutes on the tongue.

Thick viscous mouthfeel, medium carbonation which feels very refreshing in the mouth.

Great DIPA, just not very drinkable, one bomber is enough. Ruination is on the more bitter end of the DIPA spectrum, but this is a must try for hop heads everywhere.

09-26-2009 23:45:48 | More by pmccallum86
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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