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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,200
Reviews: 3,041
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 381
Gots: 1,508 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ moeder lambic " zwanze day "

A - Hazy amber/orange with a short, white head

S - Mild aromas of tropical fruit, lemon grass, biscuit and floral hops.

T - Hop forward, then corn bread with a lemon-caramel glaze followed by bright citrus bitterness. The aftertaste is delicious combining citrus sweetness and deep bitterness that lasts and lasts.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation yield a crisp-yet-smooth feel.

D: very nice brew , reallt well done , i could drink this all night long -:)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy, brownish yellow.

The smell is very hoppy, with a bright, strong citrus.

The taste has an strong, tart grapefruit, with tons of hops. There is also some nuttiness and grass. The tartness mellows as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel has a lot of bite, but some smoothness to balance it. There is strong carbonation, with a creamy finish.

Overall, it does a good job at drinkability despite the high alcohol and hoppiness. It is still largely a one-trick pony. It is a beer for the hop-lover.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Brewery Night at Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

I have seen the beer under the IPA and double IPA categories. To me, it did seem like a borderline beer that could easily go under either category. The beer definitely has more hoppiness to it than some normal IPAs. However, the hops did not completely dominate the taste of the beer like some other Double IPAs that I have had. There was a very complex array of tastes that you get in every regular IPA, but it seemed to have that much more flavor to balance well with the hops. That is why, in my opinion, it is probably the best IPA I have ever had. Not to mention, I got a sweet pint glass with it.

I highly recommend this beer, whether it be in a bottle from the store or on-tap at the bar.

Photo of jeff1973
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

A - Lighter side of burnt orange. Eggshell colored head. Nice lacing.

S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit, peaches. Smells really good!!

T - Grapefruit and pine up front, then mellows into soft peaches before drying out and going a bit bitter.

M - Medium low carbonation. Nice soft creamy feel. Hops leave resiny feel afterward.

D - Medium High. Very tasty and refreshing. The soft mouthfeel helps here also. Only the resiny aftertaste prevents you from gulping this one.

Great DIPA!! I "go to" beer considering the price.

Photo of LAMAGS
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque copper colored pour with modest head nice lacing though. Nose has citrus hops, malt and candy sweetness blended nicely. Interesting flavor, citrus, hops, caramel, with earthy and herbal undertones to round it out. Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth and refreshing, another good brew from Stone , unusual flavor, very enjoyable,

Photo of finkployd
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden hazy amber with a good head that laces well.

S - Pure hops. Piney, floral, citrus aroma. Lots of cascade. Absolutely beautiful.

T - Similar to smell, very bitter kick but well balanced. Grapefruity and earthy. 100+ IBUs.

M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Bitter hop tastes remains in the mouth for some time (not called Ruination for nothing)

If you are a hophead, this is the beer for you. The aroma and taste is strong and will leave you wanting for more. If you want even more power try drinking it at room temperature. My favorite IPA and definitely one of my top 5 beers. I don't know how else to describe it, something you have to just try. Another winner by Stone.

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

A-light amber orange color with off-white head slow to dissipate

S-floral and fruity aromas with slight hoppy notes

T-tropical fruit and pine with nice malty flavor and balanced hop finish

F-smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation

O- a beautifully balanced delicious IPA

Photo of dansmcd
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange Fanta-like appearance in body, a thin half finger of creamy white head, bubbly small sheets of lace.

S - The usual tropical fruit suspects, pineapplae, passionfruit, mango, grapefruit. Lovely.

T - Juicy fruit hop first, followed by the big hop bitterness to balance out. Same fruits as the aroma with the addition of orange, but not quite as intense as anticipated from the nose.

M - Oily, greasy body, some serious lingering bitterness.

O - Pretty typical of the very best US DIPAs, super jam packed bottle of hop goodness.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention.

S - Very hoppy. Citrus hops, touch of bitter caramel and toasted malts on the finish.

T - Earthy hops, citrus hops, piney hops, just plain hoppiness. Very well put together. Was expecting more bitterness from a 100+ IBU, but still very nice bitterness. What you'd expect from any finely made DIPA.

M - Medium bodied, incredibly smooth yet slightly dry. Just enough dry to remind you this is an DIPA.

D - There's a reason this is top rated. Very drinkable and very well made. This could easily be my go to if SN's Torpedo becomes unavailable. Cheers

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet soapy and citrus hops, touch of bitter caramel and toasted malts on the finish.

T - Earthy hops, lemon citrus and earl grey tea notes. Bitterness is subdued and the sweetness lingers on the palette. Touch of caramel comes through.

M - Medium bodied, incredibly smooth and surprisingly wet.

D - There's a reason this is top rated. The drinkability of this is insane and the flavours are bold yet not overwhelming.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Crystal clear, deep amber color. Two fingers of white head recede to a thin coaster.

S- Aromas of citrus, sweet malt and pine.

T- Bitter citrus rind up front balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Notes of orange and grapefruit predominate. Finishes sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

M- Feel is medium with a medium level of carbonation lending a creamy quality to the beer as it warms.

O- A nicely balanced, extremely drinkable DIPA from Stone. This is what I order when I go to the brewery. Very enjoyable.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/03/11. Pint glass.

A: Pours medium golden with a finger and a half of yellowish white foam, very good retention and some nice lacing.

S: Wonderful balance of fresh spicy hops, orange and pineapple, pine, earth and grass.

T: Pine and floral with some citrus (orange and grapefruit) in the background. Kind of minerally. Slightly sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter on the finish, which lasts forever.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, slightly viscous.

O: Excellent DIPA, nice complex aromas and flavors, and well balanced.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- light hazy orange in color, pours with a small fizzy white head that quickly bubbles away to a light lace. tiny bubbles.

s- smells like weed. not as strong smelling as i thought it would be.

t- sweet malts, citrus (mostly orange), piney hops, peppery citrus pine aftertaste. i get a slight honey taste. its got alot going on, the perfect amount of sweetness and hops. the flavors are big, but work together to compliment each other well. tasty and refreshing. not the hop bomb i expected with a dipa, its sweeter.

m - quite smooth. med carbonation with very tiny bubbles. slick feeling alcohol sting that lingers, but the sweet flavors also remain and balance the sting quite nicely.

o- kinda pricey so i wont be able to make this as habitual as i would like to, will most definitely keep this on the repeat list :)

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rich golden copper. I didn't get the head some of the others got, maybe a finger at the most and it didn't stick around long...tiny white bubbles.

All hops in the nose. Citrus, mostly orange, dominates.

The taste is like the smell. It's all citrusy hops with some grassy notes thrown in for good measure.

Not as rough on the palate as I expected, most likely the malt balancing the potency of the hops. It's a hop monster, but it's pretty gentle for 100 IBUs.

A good beer, but a bit of a letdown compared to the regular IPA and the legend of this beer.

Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-09-03 in Columbia, PA from The Fridge in Lancaster.

A - Hazy amber/orange with a short, white head and pretty good lacing.

S - Mild aromas of tropical fruit, lemon grass, biscuit and floral hops.

T - Hop forward, then corn bread with a lemon-caramel glaze followed by bright citrus bitterness and some pine. The aftertaste is delicious combining citrus sweetness and deep bitterness that lasts and lasts.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very prickly and resinous; just how I like it.

D - I never get tired of this brew.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a big white head that laces nicely.

Smells dank, piney, slight citrus notes. Smells like weed.

Tastes of bready malt up front that is hit with bitterness and morphs into resinous, earthy hops, and finishes with a big hop, bitter kick. A real hop attack in the best way.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. The beer is silky smooth. It goes down easy and the booze is well hidden.

A great DIPA that has a dank, pine overtone and is smooth but packs quite the bitter, hop punch.

Photo of tito42
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a Blvd. Smokestack tulip. Best by 08/04/2011, so I'm nearly four weeks beyond this. The Bros. say not to worry based on the hops and alcohol levels in this brew.

A: Unfiltered and deep saffron in color. A frothy white head leaves thick, clumpy lace. Outstanding curb appeal.

S: Extremely pungent aroma of piney, resinous hops. Grapefruit and a floral scent also present.

T: Wow, lots of hops bitterness here, but it didn't hit me over the head as I had imagined. A very strong malt backbone balances the resinous hops and allows some grapefruit and pineapple citrus to come through. I also taste tea. A bit of pepper at the finish. A decidedly hoppy finish that lingers on the back of the tongue, but doesn't necessarily rip the front off. Very well balanced and intricate.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied. Obviously, a lingering hops bitterness on the palate. The alcohol is present but masked well for 7.7 ABV.

O: Very, very good double IPA. I think I prefer this over Hopslam. I need to find Pliny somehow.

Photo of Guden
3.06/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- A very pretty, sparkly gold and perfectly clear showing lots of little carbonation bubbles. A 2 inch head which holds for what seems like forever and leaves big layers of lacing.

S- Huge hops hiding anything else. Pine and citrus stands out with some notes of fruit peel and sugar.

T- Big pininess with moderate hop bitterness throughout and a big bitter bite at the end. There's a hint of malt backbone and alcohol but its mostly lost. Not very well balanced and overly bitter even for the style.

M- Very thin with high carbonation that adds to the biting bitterness.

D- With the carbonic acid and alpha acids tag teaming the tongue it is just too much. It is interesting and strong, but not something I would want again for a while, if ever.

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

Been wanting to review the granddaddy of the style for a while now. Finally came upon a very fresh bottle.

A - Pours light amber, almost straw with three fingers of white foam afloat the top.

S - Juicy, piney, resin-filled hops. Getting quite a bit of citrus as well. I want to stick my nose into it; I may just have done so. Some malt is definitely there, but is not too prominent.

T - Sweet succulent hops hit your palate and give way to huge bitterness. Lots of fruit like citrus and mango as well as pine and resinous earth. Delish.

M - Fairly light in body but this one isn't huge on the malts like many others of the style are. The hop prickle remains on my tongue for quite some time.

O - I do very much enjoy this beer and hugely respect it. I often do find it out of date on the shelves; and that is a shame. I have heard the brewery is attempting to rectify this but I think it is probably more of a distributor problem than anything.

Photo of dcook11
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A- Honey colored. High carbonation. 2 finger head. Sticky lacing. Clear. Resembles elder.

S- Very sweet. Heavy caramel odor melded perfectly with tropical fruits and hops. Also get some brown sugar.

T- Very hoppy, but balanced and drinkable. Pine and citrus hops blended nicely. Also a touch of caramel.

M- Heavy.

O- One of my favorite IPAs. I thought this was going to be a novelty beer, but definitly not. Well balanced and probably going to be my regular go to IIPA.

Photo of ncfranklin
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber into a Duvel Tulip

A: Golden orange with a finger off-white head. Quite murky, but a gorgeous color.

S: Pine, citrus of orange and lemon, all around hop. Pretty strong in the nose, no malt detected.

T: Very, very bitter. Those IBU's are well represented. Orange and lemon citrus, some of the pine notes, overall resinous hop oils. A slight butter sweetness underneath, but it's very hidden.

M: Deliciously full, with a creamy quality. Not much of a crisp carbonation bite however.

D: It's a definitive hop experience, not a "balanced" imperial IPA (Tho at 7.7%, it's not as huge as some others naymore). Must try from Stone, as always.

Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, brilliant clear copper-amber color topped by a frothy off-white head.

Big and hoppy nose, of course. Grapefruit peel, honey, and warm alcohol notes permeate. A fair bit spicy and spiced, faintly berry-like and floral. Fresh and inviting. I'm a bit surprised by the clarity of the alcohol in a beer this relatively low in ABV.

Not the assault on the palate I was expecting. Rather balanced and almost mild. Hops impart a definite bitterness and a distinct chile-like hot spiciness, even a bit vegetal. A bit floral again, with a subtle base of caramel malt. Otherwise this isn't as dense and flavorful as I was expecting. Mild, but not bland.

Medium to fullish in body, mostly soft. Rounded and dangerously drinkable. Not an in-your-face double IPA, but kudos to Stone for making a palatably approachable version (regardless of what the text on the bottle may say).

Photo of mattboyer182
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden color with a thick white foamy head.

S - A decent hop smell. Not overpowering though. Smells a little citrusy and piney.

T - Obviously very bitter. But interestingly enough it more balanced than what I thought. There is still a creamy malt profile.

M - Fairly thick creamy mouth feel. I would say medium body with about the same for carbonation.

O - overall great for what it is. There's just a lot better ipa's out there.

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

A-cloudy amber with a sticky cream colored head

S-smells so good! great citrusy hops! good strength. fairly sweet

T-comes in with a great taste of orange peel, hops, and some sweet grains. its a really creamy and sweet taste with a good amount of bitterness that follows. there's a yummy matching after-taste. this beer is quite a relief to drink after having some really mediocre IPAs.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this was very good and drinkable. i loved the creaminess and drinkability this is an IPA that will not disappoint! i could have this all night long!

Photo of BJA
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: The appears as a crisp, clear golden color with carbonation bubbles steadily rising to the head. I got a solid two finger head. The head is a creamy, slightly off white color and started to dissipate after about one minute. A nice little cap remained and a lot of thick lacing was left on the glass.

S: Smells like hops: dank, resinous hops with a slightly floral and piney scent in there. It is a pungent smell.

T: Tastes like hops. I get a little less of the dank, resiny taste compared to the scent. There are herbal, grassy, piney notes. I also get a little citrus and spice flavor. Oh yeah, and it is bitter. Obviously this beer is built with a hop dominance in mind. It succeeds smashingly in that regard.

M: I think this beer has a medium mouthfeel, but the hops tend to explode on your palate just after you take a sip. The hops leave a strong aftertaste on your tongue and, particularly for me, on the roof of your mouth.

O: I think this beer accomplishes what it sets out to do: fill your mouth with hops. I really like hoppy beers that have their own character and this beer has that. It has the Stone taste with incredible hoppiness. It is right up there with some of the other crazy hopped San Diego IPAs that I drink a lot in this wonderful beer city. I wish I had the ability to describe all the nuanced flavors better. I like these beers because they turn out to be great sipping beers. You really have to like hops to get through one of these though. If you do appreciate hops, you will like this beer, along with the other crazy hopped west coast IPAs. When you spend time with them, you find they have a lot of nuance to them beyond the crazy hops. That is nice. The one thing I don’t like about the Ruination IPA is the aftertaste. It really lingers on the roof of my mouth in a bitter way. I suppose it is just ruining my palate.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,200 ratings.