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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

10,077 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,077
Reviews: 3,015
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,356 | 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 SHODriver
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light orange with an acceptable amount of head that recedes quickly
S: Bittersweet on the nose with notes of citrus and pine with a touch of herbal qualities
T: delicious hoppy bitterness fairly piney, slightly citrusy, barely herbal with not a lot showing from the sweetness with an herbal aftertaste that is very pleasant
M: Very smooth with adequate carbonation
O: one of my favorite double IPAs

Photo of twoheadedboy
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. A beautiful deep amber.

Smell is extremely hoppy, very floral and earthy but not excessively so. Taste is ridiculously hoppy as well, with sweet citrus, grass and fruit notes. Some rough bitterness showed up early on but disappeared as the beer warmed.

Overall a very good ipa; not sure it quite lived up to the hype, but still a very solid brew.

Photo of psuKinger
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This has always been one of my all-time favorite beers, so I'm excited to see how it holds up on a formal review.

A:Pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that sits on top and clings nicely to the glass. In the middle of the glass it's formed that big frothy "pancake batter" head that I like.

S: Big big bold scent of grapefruit and citrus. This IPA doesn't have a lot of nuances; it plays one chorus, and it plays it loud-and-proud.

T: This beer starts smooth before the the hops rush in. Lots of grapefruit and citrus hops that coexist in perfect harmony with a thin but present malt backbone. This beer sings my favorite melody: west coast hops. It's simple, direct, and gets straight to the point. And then it finishes with a delightful amount of pure hop bitterness.

M: Dry and sticky with good carbonation, this beer leaves plenty of sticky hops on the palate as it finishes.

D: Easily one of my top 3 favorite beers, drinkability and overall impressions are obviously quite high. I love this beer.

Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden, with a large frothy head. Very lovely and thick 2-finger lace. A beauty!

Aroma is pineapple, sweet citrus, and some pine. No problem there.

Taste is bitter, but there's a smooth malt backbone to support the hops overload here. Delicious, and worthy of some repeat tastings in the future.

Photo of Rizalini
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a clear golden honey color, 2 finger off-white head that sticks around for a while. Nice head retention.

S - Hopy and citrusy. Oranges and grapefruit. Whiffs of pine are present.

T - Dry and bitter. Great bitter hop flavor that gets you in the back of the pallete and tongue. Grapefruit and orange aftertaste that stays with you for a while.

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A very good IPA. Great crisp hop flavor, slight warming as is goes down.

Photo of rbd13
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden straw with two fingers of head that quickly dissipates. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.
Smells of citrus and sweet alcohol.
Grapefruit citrus, alcohol and even some malt is present in the flavor.
Medium to full body, full mouth coating of hops.
Long lingering finish...

Photo of rdpoint
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice orange color, solid 2 finger head that slowly dissipates.

S-Orange, hops, and maybe a little faint smells of bread

T-Up front with hops followed by light citrus tones and ending with a dry bitter bite at the end.

M-Medium carbonation, nice head that lingers.

O-A nice well rounded beer, hoppy with a nice bitter bite at the end. Not a beer that you could drink all day but a couple to a few are nice.

Photo of mdr4669
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Very clear amber content body with over 2 fingers of bright, yet slightly off white head and consistent chunky lacing.

Smell: Overwhelmingly hoppy as well as some citrus and pine.

Taste: First are the hops, but I also notice some fruitiness, not the normal citrus effect presented in most IPA's but instead the sweet presence of peaches or perhaps apricots. There are also some malts and grains to balance out the after taste.

MF: A high viscosity IPA, very thick and creamy.

OA: When a brew reaches beyond what it's pre-consumption characteristics allude it is a beautiful thing. This is a well-balanced yet different IPA, thanks Stone, it's a jewel and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of JonathanG
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this at Hops & Pie, straight out of the freshly tapped firkin. I have not yet had this out of the bottle, but would love to try it that way as well, for comparison.

A: Nice and cloudy since it's unfiltered, but evenly cloudy. Sort of a golden-orange/amber color. Minimal head, but good lacing.

S: At first, I got a whiff of hemp oil, then the Simcoe hops really kicked in and fragrant pine notes dominated, along with light malt and citrus notes. Mostly it's all about the pine though.

T: Again, the pine dominates in the hops category, with a bit of citrus as well. Certainly on the drier side. Fantastic bitterness!

M: Medium-bodied and dry. Doesn't have the thickness or sweetness of some DIPAs. Nice and refreshing. Safe to say that this is a palate-wrecker, but in a good way, provided you like high-IBU beer. And if you don't like bitter beer, then what are you doing drinking this?!

O: I am happy I got a chance to grab a pint of this right out of the firkin! Would I drink this again? Without a doubt, yes! If you're looking for a bitter beer that is still refreshing and decidedly easy to drink, give Ruination a try, no matter how it's served.

Photo of AndersonGT
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this lived up to all the hype!

A-Great amber color. Nice head.

S-Super piney, super hoppy

T-Oh so good. Excellent hoppy hit that lasts all the way through.

M-Easy drinking. I could knock out quite a few of these if they were not so expensive.

O-If I ever want to splurge this will be a good choice. Very pricey but well worth the money. Top 5 beer for me.

Photo of Treebs
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into founders snifter

A: Great light brown/orange hued pour with an off cream/orange colored head, about 1.5 fingers.

S: Cider like smell with sweet apples and green grapes coming through. Big hops at the end.

T: Not as impressed with the taste as with the smell. None of the sweetness notes from the smell come through in the taste. There is a slight bitter taste at the front end fades in the middle to almost nothing then kicks back in at the end and lingers.

M: Pretty crisp with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and has a lingering hop taste.

O: This beer did not match the hype for me. The flavor profiles of the hops and dried fruits fell flat and it most falls to a less enjoyable bitter state.

Photo of fox227
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden with a bit of orange. The head is frothy white. Retention and head size seems to vary depending on what glass I used. For this review, I'm using a tulip, and the retention in much more impressive.

S: Hop overdose (the happiest way to die) of nice citrus, then piney notes.

T: The first few sips seem to be all hops - pine, grapefruit, lemon zest. But as it warms a bit, more sweetness from the malt is apparent, a bit of toasted biscuit, and offers more balance than the beer's press release would have you assume. I feel that this is a safe beer for hop-novices. But also it is an impressive beer for hop-heads!

M: Hops pervasively take control of my tongue, but the middle part is creamy, and the end is nice and sticky.

O: This is a rare DIPA that is not very high in the ABV category, which means it's fine to drink a few. I wish more doubles were like this - one of my favorite beers.

Photo of vespahulb
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about this beer that hasn't been said already? My local watering hole put this on monthly special for $4 a pint!! It was good to retry a beer that is pretty much a benchsetter DIPA

Massive hoppy aroma, almost like peeling a grapefruit under the nose! In the mouth, it's a level of pithy-bitterness that few beers can attain, yet still be throughly satisfying to drink. This is one of the few. Yeah, the hops are over-the-top and take center stage over the malts. Yet, somehow, it's forgiven with a zipping acidity that cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting more.

Photo of Kelly88
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Russian river Belgian glass.

A- a pale yellow with orange highlights. Very strong fluffy white head that is leaving intermittent gobby lace hugging the glass.

S- strong smells of hoppy pine cones balanced nicely sweet syrupy malts that blend into Nice citrus alcohol scents.

T- huge hop bite starts off the flavor, pine pine and a little bit of hoppy sweet grapefruit. Alcohol rounds off the taste. Real nice very bitter bomb.

M- medium lightish with a stellar combination of carbonation and hop bite for a IPA. Creamy and carbed, I like this.

Overall one of the most bitter beers I have ever had. The pine is the main flavor with great balance. I wouldn't pay the high price again for a sixer but definitely a great experience

Photo of lennerja
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Aroma of crisp hops with citrus grapefruit notes.

T- It is a crisp taste right away and you get the citrus notes right away. It fades to a nice hop bitterness.

M- Has a medium to light mouthfeel.

O- A very enjoyable beer that has really nice citrus notes and a refreshing crispness.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden yellow/orange hue, 1 finger head, solid lacing

S: whiff of pineapple + orange peel, big clean pine/grass

T: sweet citrus front, firm earthy pine middle, sticky long bitter finish

M: medium body, sticky/oily

O: A sessionable Double IPA? WOW! Stone just makes mighty fine beer.
Is this a weak Imperial IPA or powerhouse IPA?
Who cares? Just a damn fine beer.

This should be a sipper, but find myself wanting to gulp it down.

GREAT BEER; SEEK IT OUT!

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber and let it sit angrily in the fridge for a few days.

Pours a cloudy light amber. Nice aroma of fresh lemon, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. I am ready to ignore the warning on the label and ruin myself. Here goes...

Woah baby! The hops bite into your tongue like fire ants. You get a crazy firefight of citrus on the back of your tongue. It's pointless to try to pick out individual flavors. Bitter bitter everywhere, with just a touch of malt sweetness.

I love these punchy, hoppy beers. Very crisp and potent. For me, this one has just reached the peak of the ``over-done-ness'' hill and has just started coasting down the other side (as opposed to Founders Double Trouble, which is right on point for my palate). I couldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting and I certainly couldn't drink it every day, but I'll definitely try it again sometime soon.

Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden honey color with a small bone white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Very pungent hop perfume with sweet grapefruit, a bit of tropical notes and a dose of toffee malt.

T: Bitter and astringent. The hops are damn strong and long lasting. There is some tropical fruits trying to break through, but mainly its just the grapefruit and citrus hops that provide the subtle sweetness. There is a bit of malt lurking in the background to give a nice addition. Its just so bitter and palate destroying.

M: Medium to full body. Good level of carbonation. Dry because its so bitter in the finish.

O: Palate recking for sure. Because of that, its a little hard to drink more than one in a sitting and you can't have anything else if you really want to taste it after you drink this one. Kind of reminds me of a less sweet hopslam.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Another great beer from SB. Very similar to it’s little brother their standard IPA. Not as nice a head and presentation as the IPA. Clear light golden color with creamy, fluffy and tan head. This is a hop beast with hop aroma all over and bitter taste to perfection with nice malt balance to the finish. Big, smooth and creamy body. This is IPA - WANT HOPS!

Photo of wcintula
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've passed up numerous opportunities to try this beer, when finally I took the dive. Pours golden and a bit hazy with a small head, but seemingly proportionate for a 10 oz(?) pour. The smell is just a barrage of hop variety, floral, citrus pine. The taste hits you as such but a proper sweet malt spine to keep it all together. The pine flavor is the one that seems to stick and coat the palate. A very bitter beer, palate crushing as everyone has said. I would give higher on the mouthfeel, but I just feel it was a little too syrupy.

I drank this along with a salad of arugula, and other peppery leaves, which complimented the beer well. I guess I didn't drink the salad, though.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally was able to find a fresh bottle. It really pisses me off that even in California, it is very hard to find fresh Stone beers. This one doesn't expire until mid-June. Pours a bright, clear golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY hop forward. Lots of citrus aromas and hop aromas, mixed with very little malt and a ton of pine. Taste is initially citrus fruit, followed very closely by strong hop oil and intense bitterness. There is hardly any malt, which is what makes for a great west-coast IPA. There are some bread flavors as well. Tons of pine sap and just bitterness throughout each sip. Very intense IBUs here. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little sticky. Crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a great DIPA when it can be found fresh...which can be very difficult.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel Tulip.

A-Pours an almost completely clear,vibrant orange with a two inch creamy,alabaster crown that shrunk to half it's size after a few minutes but lasted for the duration of the pint and left chunky ribbons of lace.

S-This beer reeks of hop muscle.Some tropical notes,big floral qualities,slick and clean pine,tangy grapefruit and raw hop flowers.The toffee-like malt that is there is faint at best.

T-Delivers as advertised on the nose.Bright citrus(grapefruit,Meyer lemon),pine sap,hop oil,perfumey hops,some musky tropical fruit.Beautifully bitter but not recklessly so.Flavors are bold and aggressive but this beer is not predictable.

M-Bitter and unctuous in the best sense of those words.This beer has bite and the bite stays with good carbonation and a medium/full body from start to finish.

O-This beer delivered on all fronts.I can't wait to have it again.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant clear golden color with lots of effervescence and color. Nice white head and medium to low lacing.

Smell is serious... nice and balanced hops. No overwhelming fruit/bitter aroma. Notes of tropical fruit and bitter.

Taste is astringent and balanced. A nice bitter backbone balanced with some sweet fruit and malt.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry, sweet, and bitter!!!

Overall this is a solid brew and I'd like to try it just a tad fresher!!!

Photo of quine
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange-amber with a fluffy white head. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is fairly light.

S: Huge aromas of hops. Lots of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. I can also smell a sweet malty backbone.

T: Intense flavors of pine and citrus. Intense bitterness that lingers for almost too long. Malts are barely there.

M: Medium carbonation. Finishes dry and a little sticky.

D: No trace of the ABV. Flavors are good. Aromas are fantastic. However, the bitterness was a bit overwhelming for me. Not a huge fan of the palate wrecking aspect.

Photo of jggibbs
2.7/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a pint glass

Crystal clear yellow gold with a slight orange tint. A big fluffy white head with some visible carbonation

Smells of pine and citrus. Some sweetness is there as well. The scent is much like their standard IPA just more intense. This one lets you know its gonna get you.

The taste is much the same, just in GREAT excess. This one hits you... hard. Big bitter hop flavor, right up front. Pine is right behind, if not right along side the bitter taste. Then a tart citric flavor of lemon and orange comes in. After I swallowed, that bitterness comes back and bites yet again.

Feels medium bodied. This one had a real astringent quality to it. There's this stinging feeling, kind of like the way sucking on a lemon feels, bitter, tart and harsh. Difficult to get down at times. The drying quality of the alcohol comes in at the very end.

I enjoy hoppy IPAs but this one is just too much. The flavors are there but are there in EXCESS. Hops. Pine. Citrus. All there. All in a big big way. Stone's regular IPA is delicious, far more enjoyable and much more drinkable for my palate.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,077 ratings.