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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,717 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,717
Reviews: 2,991
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,178 | 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 chcfan
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into New Belgium globe. Best by date is March 13, which would make it almost exactly 2.5 months old. This is definitely pushing it on the freshness factor, but it was in the cooler and, to be honest, it's rare to find it any fresher 'round these parts.

I'm revisiting Ruination after over two years and many many different IPAs, some bad, some amazing.

Bonus points for actually being PALE. Big, fluffy head that lingers.

Big, multifaceted aroma that's all American hops.

Taste follows it up nicely. Not overly bitter, but still huge on the palate.

I wasn't sure that I would still care for this beer after having beers like the Plinys and HopSlam, but it really does hold its own.

chcfan, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is best before sometime in April so it's pretty fresh. Enjoyed on 02/26/10.

A - Pours a light gold color with a one finger white head. Big bubbles. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit and citrus hops. No malt at all. Very clean. Smells great.

T - Follows the nose. This is the most bitter beer I've ever tasted. Grapefruit and citrus. Finish is dry with a lasting bitterness.

M/D - One of the thinner DIPAs I've had, the bitterness would be overwhelming if it were any thicker. Very drinkable because it's delicious.

I've had this beer many times and it's one of my favorites, I love it.

Janderson91, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of perryw
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a pint glass.

Pours an almost translucent copper color with a thin white head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top.

If the smell is the greeting, this beer had me at hello! A bright, sweet grapefruit / citrus scent smacks you in the face when you take a whiff.

The beer tastes great but I don't think the citrus taste is as strong as the smell.

I will end up buying this one again. Good stuff!

perryw, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours a hazed golden orange, frothed white head, plenty of film and streaky patchy lacing.

Strong scents of grapefruit rind and pine hops, flair of sweetness and alcohol.

Intensely bitter with citrus and grapefruit. Citric and rind qualities before slight pineapple sweetness. Doughy biscuit malts with a small dollop of caramel. Another wave of super bitter hoppiness, lingering dryness in the finish w faint heat.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and dry, wraps around the tongue. Excellent drinking, alcohol is really masked and this is a total hop beat down. Great beer hands down.

xnicknj, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of sjverla
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Reviewed from notes

Nose: Sweet fruit and citrus and pine resin. Lime citrus, specifically. I don't recall any extra special features, but it smelled like a good IPA.

Appearance: Hazy gold with bright white, creamy head. The head was thin, but could have been poured off the the bartender/server. It did lace, but I don't remember any OMG feelings.

Taste: Super-grassy that turns into woodsy bitterness. Citric hints. The malt is only there to hold it together--practically hop juice.

Overall: Tough to be totally certain. I know I enjoyed it. I'll have to revisit.

sjverla, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of mixitchugit
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a rich, bitter, and hoppy beer. I bought a couple bottle of this brew by Stone and had to back for more after i finished the first. If you are a hophead at heart this is the beer for you. I didn't detect the hints strong alcohol content. This is also not a beer you can pound because of the hoppy bitter notes.

mixitchugit, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

A: Pours a lighter yellow color than most DIPA's. More like a golden yellow with a slightly darkened tint. One finger white head with some lacing. Very inviting brew to look at.

S: Not extremely aromatic, but the only nose is hops, hops, and more hops. Some grapefruit and orange, maybe some pine and grassy notes.

T: Bitter! A hophead's dream. I haven't had this beer in quite some time and I forgot how many more bittering hops Stone uses with this brew than other DIPA's. The brew starts bitter, a little bit of citrus fruit and pine come through mid-palate, and finishes grassy and bitter. There is not a lot of malt flavor, which works for me.

M: Medium body with a the right amount of carbonation.

D: Might be tough to drink for some due to the high bitterness, but this is a great and readily available beer. It's a great go-to for anyone that loves hops and bitter beer.

dmsohyea, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. The color is closer to amber than orange and more clear than I expected. The bubbles keep rising promising a refreshing experience. The head is huge and when it receded it left sticky lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops with a sweet malt presence. Grapefruit, orange, lemon peel and pine are all present. The hops are even more intense in the flavor. Notes of lemon and sweet malts describe the first couple of sips. The finish is bitter and it lingers until the next sip. At about the end of the pint I felt the flavor was a bit cloying. The citrus element became harder to find and the pine took over. Where did the malts go? When I compare this with the Stone IPA I had on Saturday and the two Hop Slams I had yesterday this is not in that league in terms of good flavor. It's not a balanced hop profile, just more for the sake of more it seems.

The mouth feel is medium and refreshing, but the drinkability is medium to low. I'm getting through the bomber, but I don't want another. Nor will I buy this again.

Is this a bad beer? No. I can see why some people might like it a lot. I like more citrus, less pine, sweeter malt and just better flavor. Of course, taste is subjective. If you're a hop head, you need to give this a try and decide for yourself..

airheadmtrcycle, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of mckeowbc
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium golden colored, slightly hazy, ample almost explosive white foamy head. Lots of lacing. Very pretty beer in the glass.
S - Floral, grassy, citrusy. Lots of hop presence.
T - Clean hop punch. A bit grassy, maybe a little bit of grapefruit, but not overly citrusy. A bit of malt rounds out the taste. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste on the back of your tongue.
M - Mouthfeel is full, but not cloying. The alcohol content isn't really apparent but it gives a fullness to the beer that other weaker brews don't have. Still finishes clean though.
D - The amount of hops in this is almost too much. I love it, but I think I'd have to cleanse my pallet after one of these before attacking another. It gets to be too much after a while. You need to give yourself a break from the hop onslaught.

mckeowbc, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a nice straw color with good carbonation and a 1 1/2 finger sticky white head that laces the glass. The smell is piney and citrus and it sticks with you. the taste folows the smell with a huge hop flavor and very little malt character. this beer is dry and bitter and full of flavor. the mouthfeel is great. good carbonation leaves you wanting more. the drinkablity is high for us hopheads. overall a very solid dipa.

rowingbrewer, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Deep golden and amber with an inch of bubbly white head and lots of visible carbonation. Head sits down eventually but never completely leaves. Gobs of sticky lace left on the glass. A stunning and beautiful beer, especially when consumed in the gorgeous Stone outdoor gardens.
"I know that I sound opinionated
Maybe biased and quite possibly jaded
But sooner or later..."
A beautiful beer on a beautiful day in a beautiful location.

Lots of pine and grapefruit and resin in the nose. The nose has a brightness, cleanliness, and simplicity I don't find in the other "great" DIPAs. While it's abundantly hoppy, it's not knocking me out of my chair like the others.

The taste is certainly knocking me over though! What a splendid and complete hop experience. The biting bitterness stays from start to finish, but the pungent grapefruit and citrus flavors aren't missing either. A complete ode to the hop!

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Inviting and pleasant.

About as drinkable as an incredibly hopped, super-high IBU beer can be.

ehammond1, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After years of drinking ruination, probably time to review.

poured from a 22oz bomber, beautiful light straw, impossibly fine bubbles and an aroma of hops that smacks your senses.

the taste of ruination is in-line with stone's other hop-heavy offerings - great blend of malty-caramel first to come across, and then the hops just keep coming and coming. the alcohol and dryness are apparent, but the hoppy aftertaste begs you take another drink - once you start, you can't stop!

this beer begs for fish and chips, or in tonight's case - carne asada. tremendous dichotomy, also probably requiring a proactive tums or 3!

the stone perfection that started me down the path to hopheaded bliss.

robbrandes, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of cdrogers
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to wine glass.

A: Amber in color with a rich off-white head that persists and nice lace.

S: Medium hop notes with some pine. Definite malt and some light citrus as well.

T: Medium to Medium-high bitterness, hits toward the end. Spicy with the citrus coming through again as well. Slight tartness at the end as well.

M: Somewhat dry with the tartness, but the citrus and spice make it interesting. Bitterness at the end let you know this is an IPA for sure.

D: Smooth and dry with the hops coming through. Very good IPA.

cdrogers, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of bbarrows
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to pint glass
A: Clear golden color with persistent 1" white head
S: Grapefruit, orange, and lime. Strong but pleasant aroma
T: Bitter to start, followed by tart grapefruit and lemon. A touch of malt for balance.
M: Lightly malty, keeps this beer from feeling too dry on the tongue from all the hops.
D: High. There are a lot of great flavors intermingling here, I could drink this for a while without getting bored.

bbarrows, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

A very nice pour, with a clean apple juice color. A thick off-white head held firm for several minutes. There's an immediate, crisp, hoppy aroma that is citrusy but not distinctive. It made my mouth water.

The flavor has excellent bitterness that was clean and without an offensive bite, which I sometimes worry about with beers that claim to be so aggressively bitter. This beer has a perfect mouthfeel for the high alcohol content. Good lingering hoppiness on the tongue.

Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

mjrod2142, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of bboelens
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip

A-Gorgeous bottle, gorgeous pour, gorgeous beer, a vibrant bubbly tangerine orange with flakes of copper and amber when held up to the light. An excellent fluffy 1.5" stark white head sat for a couple minutes and dissipated into beautiful lacing.

S-Floral and citrusy hops, slight yeasty smell as well

T-Similar to the smell but expanded upon immensely. The initial taste is of course grapefruit and hops, slight yeast and honey-esque sweetness come next with a great malty/alcohol finish. All of these blend together flawlessly to create an amazing taste.

M-Medium body, excellent carbonation, slight silky aftertaste.

D-Soooo drinkable, this just may be the best DIPA I've ever had, I don't know how they do it but this is just another exceptional beer from Stone.

bboelens, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of InIBUsWeTrust
2.08/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'm pretty lopsided in my verdict with the Ruination IPA. In fact, I demand a fresher keg! Maybe this time it will suit my hop friendly palate.

Appearance - Flat

Smell - Atrocious

Taste - Average IPA

Mouthfell - Gargle & Rinse?

Drinkablity - Serve this to your dormitory frat wannabe's

InIBUsWeTrust, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange, hazy, decent head and sparse lacing.
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of SacredBeverage
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SacredBeverage, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Shrews629, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of fsimcox
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

fsimcox, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of ksmi116
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ksmi116, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

bishopdc0, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

jsprain1, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rutager, Feb 15, 2011
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,717 ratings.