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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,484 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,484
Reviews: 2,977
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 324
Gots: 1,081 | 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 unHipHopHead
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale honey golden color with a half inch head after it settled down.

S: Bitter grassy hops. Pine and a hint of grapefruit coming through.

T: Bitter hops that linger for a few seconds, mostly on the tip of the tongue... when moved around the mouth some the florals really come out.

M: lighter, not too syrupy, medium carbonation and lingering...

D: Quite drinkable. a refreshingly clean and dry finish keeps you wanting more. The ABV tends towards the average IPA and not necessarily a double.

I've avoided this one for a while in favor of other IPAs but I was pleasantly surprised. It will make its way into my IPA rotation.

unHipHopHead, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, burnt orange, very clear. The beautiful amber-orange gives it an amazing radiant quality, looks delicious and refreshing. The beer is topped off by a stark white, frothy head that leaves a consistent sticky lacing.
There is a hint of grain and malt in the nose with citrus and a resin-like hop aromas. Notes of grapefruit, some bread and herbal, green pine.
Subtle sweet malt up front on the palate which immediately rolls back into a citrus grapefruit followed by a bitter and lingering pine finish.
It is a very clean, crisp and refreshing beer. More balanced than I remember it was when I got it on draft at The Avenue. The bitterness is not overwhelming but might be for some, so don't make this your first IPA.
My opinion is that this beer is best enjoyed on a hot afternoon for that much anticipated first beer of the evening. Also great for the beach, on a deck or patio watching the sun set to match the color of this gorgeous beer, especially since it will go great with chips and salsa.

Lldeegan, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip.

Thick, opaque burnt orange color with an inch of off-white foam. Plenty of lacing.

Sweet citrus, mostly orange, allspice, pine sap, and bitter hops.

Really well balanced considering it's advertised with 100+ IBUs. Very bitter grapefruit and orange flavors from the Centennial hops, some caramel malt coming through, a little depth from white pepper like flavors, and a very clean cedar like bitter finish. Not much to not like.

Plenty of carbonation combined with the clean Columbus hop finish isn't hard to not want more of. At 7.7, you probably won't ask for a second glass, but the first one will be making you want another.

BillyBoysPie, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Beer is fairly clear and golden in color. The head is pretty moderate in size (about 1 finger) dissipates pretty rapidly. Not a whole lot of lacing to speak of, but some large bubbles are left after the head dissipates.

Smell: Great hop aroma with citrus and malt notes shining through. Maybe a touch of pine and some yeast as well.

Taste: The first thing that stands out to me is how well balanced this beer is. I'm used to immediately getting a face full of hops with DIPAs, but with this one the bitterness kind of sneaks up on you. For me, the first detectable flavor was a creamy, malty warmth; but that doesn't last for long, as the hoppy bitterness eventually makes its way to the forefront. There is a bread-like quality that balances things throughout, and a clean, dry finish that doesn't leave you with a face-puckering bitter sensation. There is a nice toasted character that is sometimes lacking in beers of this variety and a warming sensation from the high ABV that makes the taste of this brew top-notch.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, and very refreshing. Carbonation is just right and the beer is surprisingly smooth given the 100+ IBU's as indicated on the bottle.

Drinkability: As far as DIPAs go, this one is really drinkable. It's smooth flavor and clean finish make this a beer that could go the distance.

I really loved this beer and would definitely recommend it. It gives you a big dose of hops without beating you over the head with it!

BuckyFresh, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of icefisherman
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poors a yellowish/amber small offwhite head. Smells like hops great grapefriuty piney hops mmm. Taste verry good hoppy with almost no malt in there. Mouthfeel is as abrasive as one would expect. I could drink this all day and all night if it were avalible in mn. Please oh please more more of this

icefisherman, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pale golden color with a half inch head.

S_Bitter grassy hops. Pine and a hint of grapefruit coming through.

T_Bitter hops up front finishes really clean. There is a slight amount of malt detected but this is mostly hops.

M_Moderately carbonated and coats the mouth well.

D_ Especially drinkable. The super clean and dry finish keeps you wanting more.The low ABV and superb drink ability makes me think of this as an all round ipa and not necessarily a double.

A bit pricey but a must try for hop heads.

nickadams2, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Tasted on 1/24/10 I can't read the "Best by" date on the bottle well. It is either 1/24/10 (meaning this beer technically expires today) or 11/24/10. Hopefully the latter.

Pours very orange with ample off-white head. Good head retention and lots of lacing as expected. Nice streams of carbonation bubble up through the beer.

Lots of grapefruit and pine notes in the aroma. Not too in-your-face, a bit subtle compared to other DIPAs. Hints of nut and a touch of bready malt round out the smell.

I still can't be sure if this is too old or not. The hops were there in the aroma, but they definitely seem faded here. There is not much of the citrus or floral character in the taste. However there is still a bit of pine and a strong bitterness present. Some malt comes through but this is somewhat subtle as well. It also retains some planty characteristics of the hops, which remain on the tongue after the finish along with plenty of bitterness.

A nice medium, not overpowering body. A good drinkable beer still. I expect fresher there would have been more citrus or pine hoppy flavor, but the planty bitterness is still excellent. Also the malts, while subtle, balance the hops well.

goldbot, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Kitt
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours about a half finger head with weak lace that persists. Head dissipates rapidly. Appearance a dense, rich, but relatively light amber -- almost a rosin color.

Aroma of stark bitter hops and malt with a hint of grapefruit.

Taste pure bitter hops in the foreground with heavy lingering on the rear pallette. A sweet malty straw flavor -- reminiscent of a recently cut spring field -- provides a strong background and is touched with a hint of pine. Any former grapefruit has long since been banished: no citrus taste prevalent here! The bitter hops linger marvelously but are not overwhelming...they certainly leave one wanting!

mouthfeel is excellent. Pure, crisp, fluid with little viscosity -- perfectly synergized with the lively and lingering hops.

Drinkability -- nothing short of fantastic. The bitter hops provides a wanting desire for more and that desire is immediatlely quenched only to ressurrect itself moments later. A deadly cycle!

This is a superb IPA -- rich, strong, well developed. A strong hop flavor that is synergized with mouthfeel perfectly. A banquet IPA for the most serious among us. Worth the price. I'll be back for more!

Kitt, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of edwardk
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. Bottle - Enjoy By Date: 01-13-10, almost made it.

Appearance is a cloudy amber with a nice head.

Smell is piney citrus hop lovelyness.

Taste is a hop dominate bomb, but not as harsh as the 100+ IBU would suggest. Citrus with a doughy finish. Delicious and chewy.

One of these and I was done for the night.
I loved this beer and if you're into hops you will too.

edwardk, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BDJake
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- somewhat hazy coppery orange w/ beige head, retaining and lacing well

S- other than the obvious hops, some grapefruit and citrus notes

T- hop heaven! bittersweet citrus/grapefruit as well, and the malt made a nice appearance as it warmed back up

M- medium body, with appropriate carbonation

D- fairly good, but you just can't quaff this one- would you want to? this beast is meant to be savored

BDJake, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of bosox941827
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served (quite cold) from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass....will taste it as it warms.

Is it weird to almost be *afraid* of a beer before trying it? I consider myself to be a dyed-in-the-wool hophead, but I am somewhat anxious before my first taste of this one...some of the reviews reassure me, but others, including the one directly below mine, add to that anxiety. In any case, here goes...

A - Orange-y,-amber, a bit of a chill haze, with not much of a head; what there is dissipates quickly - "soap" and oil, you know?
S - WOW! What do you expect? Piney, citrusy, SOAPY hops. Gotta say - and still haven't tasted it - it's one of the best beers I've ever smelled - just fantastic....
T - So, still quite cold, but the fact that some malt punches thru the 100 IBUs is amazing - but it does. Of course, what is most obvious are the hops - they're everywhere, but this is a quite drinkable beer, even at 7.7% ABV (which you can't taste at all - 22 oz of this will be fun!). What was I afraid of? Goes like this: hops at the front, transition to slightly sweet w/roasted malt character, which lingers as it goes back to hops.
M - Slightly carbonated and fairly smooth...this will cut through any food you want to throw at it, guaranteed.
D - Surprisingly drinkable, but as I said - the hoppier the better for me.

Gotta say - I thought this was a "show-off" beer - 100 IBUs!! But it is also a "real" beer that, though not for the faint of heart, is also quite good. Will *definitely* get this again.

bosox941827, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Kelp
1.83/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a a golden orange color with a nice white head a finger high. Dissipates slowly and ok lacing to the beer.

Smells of piney hops. Then you get the cirtusy smells and a slight finish of hops.

I feel like I am drinking Pine-sol and bitters. All i can get is a strong pine flavor followed by a disgusting bitter flavor. Then grapefruit on my tongue that I just can't get rid of. This is one of the few times I poured the last of my beer down the drain. It is vile to me, unfortunately i just cant go from pine to bitter to grapefruit. This just isn't my type of brew.

Has an oil and water feel in my mouth. The bitterness that follows takes away any thought after that.

I would never buy this. I probably will never try a fourth time. I have tried to drink this beer a few times as my palate has progressed and each time is as bad to me as it was before. This beer is just not for me.

Kelp, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light copper/amber colored ale w/ 2 fingers of off white creamy head that leaves decent lacing

S: Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops.

T: Rich citrus and pine hop combination that dominate the flavor of this brew. This beer features a slightly buttery malt, yet clean finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Creamy carbonation that mixes the hop flavors and transitions nicely into the clean malt finish.

D: Very good drinkability.

Crazy4LegMoose, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm suprised I never sat down and reviewd this one before. Poured from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Golden in color, very slight haze with a thick white head that slowly settles. Carbonation is fine, and lacing is good as well.

S: Smells like the west coast. Citrusy, with hints of pine and floral meadow, with a nice malty, caramel-like backbone.

T: Like the smell, but backwards. The sweet caramel notes from the malt are present, but soon engulfed with a torrent of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, and flowers. Finish is dry, and sweet at the same time, and dances around the palate for some time.

M: Medium-bodied, and viscous. The amount of malt and resinous hops coat the palate and mingle quite nicely.

D: One of the most consumable beers of this style I have ever tasted. If it were a little less expensive, I could drink this beer every day.

WYVYRN527, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber, but this is the first glass from a bomber so I might see some haze on the next glass. The head is large, sticky and eggshell white. It leaves lacing all over the place and has good retention.

S- Strong bouquet of citrusy and piney hop oils. There is a biscuity and toasty malt bill underneath to give this a pretty nice and complex nose.

T- Sweet then bitter then sweet then bitter. Back and forth it goes. It starts very candy-like citrusy sweet, then it breaks to a very very piney hop presence and finishes a bit toasty. The end result is lots of hop oils leaving a bitter aftertaste. There is a strange sappy taste towards the finish that is somewhat off putting.

M- Soft, smooth and refreshing. Average carbonation.

D- Barely noticeable abv and a nice crisp and refreshing brew.

MbpBugeye, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange translucent with receding white foam. Leaves some islands of foam floating in the top.

Grassy pine smell, some malt.

Firm hop taste that builds over time. Bitter throughout and lasting long into the aftertaste. Grapefruit notes.

Very powerful in the mouthfeel. I'm no hop head, but this was much mellower than I would have expected - it wasn't mellow by any means, but didn't kick my ass.

KTCamm, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a super fresh bottle from Bert's tonight after the stone tasting.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden bordering on copper color with good two finger tightly bubbled white head that recedes slowly lacing my entire glass. Smells of pine and resinin mostly. Caramel brown sugar and a touch of alcohol deep within the aroma. Taste is pine and herbal and bitter. Barely enough caramel malt to soften the bitter blow from the hops. Finishes with a long lingering hop blast and a bit of warming alcohol. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and level of carbonation. I've had this many times and just got around to reviewing it now. This is a great go to beer when I need a blast of hops.

johnnnniee, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Tdizzle
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 7th, 2010. This is one of several Stone brews that sparked my interest in craft beer, so I figured it's time for a review.

A- Ruination IPA pours a clear dark-gold color with an off-white head of sticky foam that has great retention, displaying some nice webs of lacing all along the inside of the glass. The head settles to a thick cap that sticks around for the duration of my review.

S- Tons of piney, floral hop aromas that are crisp and clean rather than sticky and resinous. There's a hearty base of cracker-like malts present and the aroma has a spicy character to it that resembles lager yeast.

T- The flavors of this beer come in waves: A deeply piney bitterness leads to a slightly herbal character that hits right before the malts kick in to even things out-- sort of. The malt backing tastes similar to grainy bread and provides a nice balance to the flavor before being overtaken by a deliciously bitter and fairly dry finish that lays on the palate for about a minute after each sip. Again, there's a lagerish quality to the yeast (or maybe it's pilsner malt) that gives the flavor a grassy and spicy note that reminds me of Victory's Hop Wallop.

M- A very full-bodied and lightly oily feel with a satisfying amount of carbonation that provides the right amount of pop to the beer.

D- This is closer to a single IPA given the 7.7% ABV, but the flavor and aroma are packed with hops. A great IPA from Stone Brewing Co.

Tdizzle, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into standard pint.

A- Pours a very transparent golden straw color with about a finger and half's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and a little bit of lacing.

S- A strong scent of citrusy hops with a good bit of piney resin. You can also pick up a little bit of the sweet malt in the background and maybe even some white bread.

T- Good piney hops. You can detect a hint of the sweet malt at the tail end to go along with some breadiness from the yeast.

M- A medium bodied brew that has a pretty good bite to it, pretty standard for the style. The carbonation is good and takes away from the bite just a tad.

D- Like it says on the bottle, this will pretty much ruin your palate after one of these and I think that is pretty much spot on. A good beer to sip on but don't expect to have much else after words.

Wisconsinality, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed form my notes. This beer is nearly translucent with a dark straw color. It has a thick white foam head. The aroma is full of great earth hops. It smells like there may be some yeast aromas present, but it's just as likely I'm just smelling the complex hops and confusing the two. A bit of sweetness appears initially when you taste. This is followed by hearty, grassy hops. The beer finishes with a very bitter hop flavor. Is there a better tasting DIPA out there? Possibly, but I haven't had it. The body feels a bit heavier than what I call medium. There is a lot of tickling carbonation and decent mouthcoating. This is a very hoppy, strong beer. It's hard to drink a lot of these in a row, but individually it goes down very well. Plus, DIPA's aren't meant for chugging, but savoring.

ToasterChef, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before tomorrow's date printed on the label. Close call here.

Poured a brilliant pale color with slight haze into my shaped pint. The head is just a solid cap of foam with good lacing.

The aroma is of course hoppy, but I'm guessing it would be stronger a few months earlier. It has some good tropical fruit notes as well as some apricot, but it could use more strength. Maybe I'm desensitized after trying the double dry hopped version of this beer. Crackery bread scent from the malt also combines with a touch of the presence of alcohol.

The taste is as bitter as can be with a huge finish. There are some good light citrus notes that come through from the hops but they are a bit to delicate to stand up to the bitter finish. Some of the crackery malt and alcohol combo comes back again. The mouthfeel is full as you would expect from a beer this big, but finishes very dry with a cringing bitterness. Carbonation is right where you want it, lightening the beer a bit while carrying the aromas.

This was an enjoyable beer. The alcohol wasn't too strong, but it carried a good buzz factor. I loved the story on the bottle, it really sums up why we love hops. Thanks for the date code, I wouldn't buy this beer without it. +.5 on drinkability score for that info.

jeffthecheff, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Enjoy by 11/09/09 barely visible at the base of the bottle (guess it's past its prime). Poured a slightly hazy orange-gold with a frothy, bright white half inch head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim of a cap, with delicate strands of lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Nicely balanced nose - some sweet citrus and some aromatic bittering hops. Taste consistent with nose - hops character seems a bit diminished; however, its still pretty tasty. Finish is slightly medicinal and lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation level and some acidity that stimulates the cheeks. Pretty solid IPA - I'll have to re-evaluate on a fresh bottle; however, the fact that this has stood up so well past its expiration date is a testament to the quality of the brew.

Jwale73, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Squelch
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. Off white head. low lacing. Golden colored.

Smell: Grassy hop aromas. No malt aromas. This is very nice.

Taste: Tastes as it smells. Grassy hops. slight harshness, but nothing like their other IPA offerings. Excellent balance to the style. Malt is a bit wheaty flavored, which I like.

Mouthfeel: slightly astringent. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA with excellent hop and malt flavors. One of the best out there.

Squelch, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, served chilled. No "best by" date.

Smell: Intense hops as the name suggests. Mostly grapefruit and pine and some citrus peel. Malts so come through though.

Taste: Starts delightful with oily, piney hops and some malt to balance it out. While the first few sips seem coarsely, overbitter, the bitterness becomes less and less during the course of drinking the beer and it turns into an incredibly delicious, but intense, well balanced beer. Quite oily, not so subtle alcohol, citrus peel and pine blend with , though the finish remains bitter. Viscous mouthfeel.

Notes: An excellent double IPA.

4000qtrap, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th review, woo-hoo! Went out to McGregor's tonight and this seemed like a fitting beer for the occasion.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a bout a finger of creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A nice floral aroma mixed with what I can tell are going to be aggressive hops. Grapefruit and pine can also be identified.

T: Sweet tropical fruits blend quickly into a devastatingly sharp dose of hops. The finish is pretty bitter, but somehow not unpleasant. Great complexity and balance is achieved here between the bitter and sweet fruitiness. Very nice!

M: A light to medium body that provides a sharp bite of carbonation in the finish. Pretty crisp and refreshing overall.

D: One hell of a DIPA. It's not quite Pliney, but it's pretty damn close. I think Ruination on draft might be better than Pliney in the bottle by just a hair. Overall another great beer from Stone, perhaps my favorite one. A brew worthy of my 100th review.

MrDanno96, Jan 22, 2010
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,484 ratings.