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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,730
Reviews: 2,991
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 346
Gots: 1,184 | 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 sholland119
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Station Taproom, 3/5/11.

A-clear copper with a thin frothy white head, some nice sheets of lacing.

S-Bitter hoppy goodness. Heavy citric blast of grapefruit.

T-Funny how your tastes evolve over time. A few thousand beers ago, this beer bordered on too hoppy for me. Now it seems almost middle of the road. The balance is really beautiful in this beer. Great hoppy bitterness with a very nice malt backbone.

M-medium bodied, great carbonation.

D-A classic, worthy of its reputation.


sholland119, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn. 20 ounces! From notes...

A: Golden amber, thin head, nice lacing as beer goes down.

S: Malty citrus sweet, sour, grapefruit. Very nice, typical Stone high quality.

T: Fruity bubblegum hoppy subtle balanced malt bitter , balanced. Tasty! A classic tasty west coast IPA / DIPA

M: Medium bodies, slick oily, some sharp carbonation. Very pleasant.

D: Easy drinking and delicious! I plowed through a 20 ounce pint glass of this accompanying a home made veggie burger and fries. An excellent meal companion beer, strong and clean, goes down easy. I am impressed , I think this is the best Stone beer I have tried. I would even consider paying the slightly obscene 20 bucks for a 6 pack I enjoyed it so much.

Avantyawn, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious DIPA...not overly boozy, and certainly not lacking in flavor.

Good looking brew.. Nice golden color...lacing that just sticks to the glass with each sip.

Piney, sappy scent. Certainly grabs your attention.

Very good tasting beer. Bitter as hell, but in a good way. Pine dominates, then citrus, coating the tongue, your teeth, tonsils...everything.

Carbonation is low to moderate, not overwheming in the least. I can still taste this beer minutes after each sip.

Certainly drinkable, if it's the only beer you're drinking that night. Wish I had another bomber.

Great job Stone!

obrike, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of patreely12
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. a fiery copper. tall, 2 inch foamy head. off-white, maybe even a hint of orange in the color of the head. lots of carbonation. dissolves to a more film like rim around the top. leaves some web like lacing. very pretty beer.

S - strong citrus and fruit. some orange, grapefruit and pineapple even. some hoppy bitterness, a little pine. the bitterness is not overpowering, it's balanced nicely with the sweetness from the fruit and citrus. underlying hint of alcohol. really great nose, makes my mouth water.

T/M - very much like the nose, almost everything I got from the nose is well represented in the taste. citrus and fruit up front providing a mild sweetness on top of the bitterness from the hops that makes up the backbone of this flavor. nice creamy malts that also help maintain the balance between the hops and sweetness. really, very tasty stuff right here. reminds me a bit of nugget nectar. moderate to high bitterness on the finish with a somewhat warming feeling. moderate carbonation as well.

D - the label boasts an almost abrasive bitterness, one that might be enough to turn those alway who are not brave enough for it's bitterness, but I found it very enjoyable and smooth. I'd definitely enjoy a six pack of this. My bomber was empty before I knew it.

patreely12, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poored from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Clear Gold Orange appearance, great carbonation, and solid 2 finger head. Attractive lacing that lingers on the glass.

S- Great Hoppy aroma. Very citrusy, hints of malt, floral and grapefruit aromas stick out making the aroma very appealing.

T- Very bitter, hops stand out. Has a bitter after taste with a lingering malty flavor, hints of grapefruit and citrus as well.

M- Smooth and bitter on the palate. Well balanced though, the bitterness doesn't over power the drink.

D- The aroma is the best part of this brew, still tastes excellent. The bitterness separates this from other great IPAs, which makes this unique. Bold name for a bold beer, highly recommend this one.

Chriscrundwell12, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of scoand
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris Crundwell for hooking me up with this one. Poured into a 8 ounce sniffer.

A: Pours a light gold color with approximately a one fingers worth of head. The head doesn't stay around too long dissipating to about one quarter of an inch.

S: Smell is wonderful with primarily citrus and pine. It is a really well balanced scent that doesn't over power you like some DIPAs. I am also picking up a hint of sweetness through the nose which is becoming more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Again the taste is similar to the smell with great citrus and floral notes. It is really nice because nothing over powers you and the beer tastes super "solid" and well balanced.

M: A lingering bitterness that doesn't over power but leaves a rather nice pucker on the tongue. The alcohol can be felt with a slight warming sensation. I like the mouthfeel of bitter DIPAs and this doesn't disappoint.

D: Very easy and enjoyable to drink because it is so well balanced. I could easily throw a couple of these back.

scoand, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Ipatsfans
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated "Enjoy by 04-27-11". Poured into a Victory pint glass.

Appearance is a light golden-burnt-orange color with one finger of head. Smell is very piney, lots of citrus too, almost burns the nostrils. Taste is like mowing the lawn with your mouth open, hop explosion, very dry and bitter. It's taken about 3/4 of the bottle, but now I am tasting the malt too. Leaves a grassy hop taste in your mouth, a subtle reminder that your palate is being ruined. Drinkability is a tough thing to assess; on the one hand it's beyond hoppy and one bomber is probably enough. On the other hand it's delicious, and if you have been deprived of hops lately then two bombers would be easy to take down. 7.7% ABV makes it easy to dispose of at least two bombers as well.

Overall I like this beer a lot. Not sure I would want to drink it all the time, but it's very good. I will certainly drink it again. Would love to try it on tap.

Ipatsfans, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apple juice-like pale, crystal clear light orange yellow, with thick foamy head (about 3 fingers) that laces pretty well and retains for a while. Bubbling is very fine, and after the initial rush to the top, the body of the beer is ridiculously glassy. Excellent appearance.

Aroma is a grapefruit and lemon punch, with nice malt backbone. It isn't sticky or sweet smelling, but rather just a subtle graininess that offers just enough contrast for the hop-derived scents.

Taste is full on hop assault, with grapefruit juice and rind combining with lemon and orange to create an immensely powerful tasting beer. Malt graininess comes in a little bit as in the nose, but promptly gets shoved aside by the hop bitterness that eventually ends up shoving a leafy hop in your mouth for a bitter finish to remember. The citrus of this beer really comes out under the tongue for me, and has a kind of candy feel to it, although it is not exactly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, crisp, and medium bodied. The carbonation is perfect, and the weight of the beer is just enough to keep it from devolving into a watery mess while still teasing the tongue with every sip. Drinkability in this case is a matter of personal taste, as the bitter finish is very strong, but I happen to love that (and judging by the reviews for this, most people do.) Each sip starts out zesty and sparks the flavor cascade to start anew - it really is an awesome beer. Probably has become my go to six-pack for IPAs.

madvermin, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of KEL
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, crisp, hazy golden color w/ 1" head that lingered for a little bit.

S: Floral, citrus, leaning towards a heavy grapefriut prescence.

M: Good carbonation, dances around the tongue with complex tastes. light and smooth

T: A very welcome explosion of citrus and hops.

D: This is a great beer and an equally great representation of it's style. Absolutly makes you want to reach for another one. Highly drinkable despite the fact that it's 7.7%. Stone definitly knows what they are doing!

KEL, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

The color of this beautiful stone brew is a nice pale cloudy gold hue with a nice half inch head of off white foam sitting on the top.

The smell of this one was a piney hop smell with a touch of wood earthiness and some slight alcoholic goodness.

The taste of this one definitely is ruinous to me it starts off with a nice bread like splendor which fades off into a very nicely hopped taste loaded with pine and earthiness. The bitterness never is overbearing, and I was actually not that impressed the first time I tried it but now I stand corrected. This beer has one of the smoothest hop flavors I have ever had and I find it to be perfectly balanced.

The mouthfeel is a dry shot of pine straight to the throat ( but in a pleasant way)

The drinkability of this to me is extremely high and I could see myself drinking 2 or more of these if then opportunity presented itself. The alcohol is really hidden well behind then perfect forest of hop flavor in this IPA.

In conclusion I truly appreciate the flavor of this stone brewing gem and am glad I tried it again. Now I know it is not the beer I thought it was, and that it is actually a truly great brew.

IchabodcraneIpa, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of wogreen
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - poured golden amber,good clarity

smell - could smell a good amount of hoppiness as i opened the bottle and as i poured. im an ipa fan and the smell alone had me salivating

taste - very good balance of hops so as not to punch you in the mouth, but definitely felt like i was drinking a man's beer

mouthfeel - for a lack of better words, its definitely one of the most balanced in terms of flavor and hoppiness ipa's i've had. on the first sip you're ready for a strong bitterness, but has a good balance of sweet that makes it a mild sting

drinkability - are you kidding? there's a reason they make this in a 22oz right?

wogreen, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Beautiful redish sunset color, 1 finger almost snow white head and some nice lacing

S - Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, mango, pineapple. Lots of passion and tropical citrus). Very nice sweet smell, maybe some toasted malt. Very sweet floral and maybe a bit of champagne

T - Citrus right away, sweet in the middle and a gnarly bitterness through and through. Pine, passion and tropical fruit citrus, grapefruit and blood orange. Very complex but awesome

M - Coats the mouth in bitterness, carbonated and a bit of fluff

D - BITTER, but an awesome bitter. Goes down nice, but you have to love bitter sweet hops and maltiness

Final thought - Price sucks $15 for a sixer? But it is a must for any IPA lover. Maybe even a staple

whatthehull, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of misinformed
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11/11, reviewed 2/25/11. Tulip glass.

A- Clear light-medium golden orange beer poured with 1 1/2" of slightly off-white head. Head quickly settled to a thin pad then a dusting by the end.

S- Bitter hops, pine, grapefruit citrus. A definite sweet orange/peach note as well. Some alcohol by the end.

T- Nice range of bitterness here. Pine, citrus pith, grapefruit, but with a noticeable sweet malty backbone. Long mild finish with notes of citrus and grapefruit pith. No trace of alcohol.

M- Light bodied with just a hint of oiliness. Faint carbonation. Nice and dry.

D- Very easy to drink. Lighter bodied than I'm used to in a DIPA. A bit weak in the nose as well, although what was there was really nice. Great bitter flavor while still keeping it balanced and not overwhelming. While it is very bitter I don't really consider it a palette wrecker because of the light body.

misinformed, Feb 27, 2011
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
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,730 ratings.