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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

9,548 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,548
Reviews: 2,983
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,104 | 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 BeerNemesis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination IPA. 22oz. bomber. 2010.

Appearance:
Cloudy, pale yellow with a frothy white head. Anemic head retention was a minor disappointment.

Aroma:
Sweet hop oils with a round burst of citrus. Some malt fruitiness.

Taste:
Immediate malt flavors are followed by a prolonged flow of intricate hops. Floral hops are mixed with citrusy and piney flavors. Some earthy tones in the background. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Perfect level of carbonation for an IPA. Creamy mouthfeel. The hops abound, but work well for me. It's has a bit of a pucker-inducing finish, but the aftertaste is enjoyable even though bitter.

BeerNemesis, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Ruination straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, semi-hazy honey-amber color that lights up with honey overtones when held up to the light. Has a smallish two-finger, foamy head that has decent retention and leaves some very sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: You don't have to try too hard to get a whiff of this one, and I could probably review the scent just fine with it sitting next to my computer. Immediately you know this is going to be a West Coast hop bomb. This just has a huge scent of floral, piney, resinous and citrusy hops that is wonderfully complex and bold without being too overpowering. There are also some traces of sweet malts to be found somewhere behind the enormously diverse plume of hop smells.

Taste: A very smooth DIPA. It starts with a bittering hop sensation before moving onto the citric and primarily grapefruit hop profiles. This one is certainly a hop bomb but the presence of an undercurrent of malts is also detectable and refreshing. For me, though, the taste is not so beautifully woven together as the scent, and I fear this may be because of the age of the bottle I have (it's almost about to be out of date). Nevertheless, if you're a hop head (I am), you will be glad you tried this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is almost as good as a mouthfeel as you will find in a DIPA. It's very thick for the style and nicely carbonated to prevent any cloying from the copious amounts of hops. The bitterness from all the hops lingers around for awhile, maybe a touch too long, but I bet if you had this with a spicy meal, it would be the perfect complement.

Drinkability: This is a pretty drinkable DIPA at only 7.7% ABV, but with the huge hope profile, I think I'll just stick to this one bomber. That's not a knock on the drinkability either, as this is a smooth beer that goes down easily.

Overall, this is a very nice DIPA that goes overboard on the hops, in a good way. If you are a hop head like me, you need to try this beer. The hops might be a bit overpowering in the scent and not as intricately linked as perhaps I would like to see, but again, this may be different with fresher bottles. All in all, though, this is a really interesting and powerful example of the style.

zoso493, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 into a weizen glass. Color was a golden orange similar to hopslam with a nice soft white head and sticky, lingering lacing. Smell was a very sweet, floral - hops combo pleasing to the senses. Great, tangy orangeish taste with a nice bite to the tongue and palate. Taste stayed with me a good bit. mouthfeel was medium to light. Drinkability was good and enjoyable to the point where i would be comfortable with these all night. Then again, i am a strong hop, dipa lover, so take that into consideration. In other words, this beers got a bite to it but not an overload to the tastebuds. Highly recommended and surprisingly available.

kalkavekkian, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of kifn2
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - golden with a minor amount of cloudiness. the head is white and retains well.

s - floral and pine hop aromas. no apparent malty smells.

t - high hop bitterness, which is a characteristic of the style. for lack of a better word, the "maltiness" is not apparent to me at all. the hop profile seems to be of an american character. citrus and pine flavors dominate. the bitterness persists on the tongue. appropriate for the style.

m - slight acidity and moderately carbonated. there is some hop derived astringency, which is the one area in which this beer digresses from the style. i cannot detect much alcohol warming at all.

d - yes i can drink it. can i start a petition to eliminate this category, please?

kifn2, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of SDHoffers
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I generally tell newcomers to this beer that if you are gonna have more than one type of beer you may want to save this one for last. This is an explosion of hop! A real pallet smasher. The hop really sits on your tongue for a significant period and you probably won't taste much of anything else for a while. Appearance is golden but not necessarily transparent. Smell is where this beer gets me. The floral notes of pine and citrus are great. Initial hit almost makes my eyes water. Mouthfeel is good and not too thin. Drinkability can be a slow process so take your time with this one.

SDHoffers, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I have had several times but never reviewed it for some reason. If you have a chance to try this double dry hopped on cask at the brewery, and you like cask beer, i would jump on that opportunity. This is the IPA that got me into IPA's. I didn't like them untill I had this one so it's special to me.

Pours a beautiful golden color and more on the clear side of hazy. I have seen way hazier IPA's, especially double ones, and this one is more toward clear. Very nice head but it could be bigger. The lacing is awesome though.

Smells great. The smell of a fresh IPA is the best. Tons of citrus and pine and a little bit of pineapple and peach or mango.

Taste is a tongue buckler but the hop flavor is great too. It's a little more on the piney side of the hop flavor. Maybe that says slot about the flavor addition.

Mouthfeel is great for this style. Great carb and viscosity.

Overall I will drink this many times, especially in a fresh cask. And I can for sure finish a whole bomber by myself.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of ocmpoma
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- poured out a deep copper-gold. No head, but a thin film that persists throughout the drinking session.

S- ah, Ruination! Bitterness overwhelms just about anything else in the aroma -- in a good way. I do get some IPA citrus notes, but it's almost entirely a zesty tang on the nose.

T- same on the palate. Zest and bitterness all up front, down the middle, and in the back. It's phenomenal. IPA citrus and even some hints of sawdust are there, but the hops and bitter tongue-pucker are dominant. Not one-sided, though, or unbalanced. It's a great, lasting flavor that has plenty of complexity.

M- light and quite carbonated, which helps to balance the taste.

D- For me, a beer with average drinkability. One is definitely enough to satisfy any jonesing for hops that I might be experiencing.

ocmpoma, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Light clear orange. Receding frothy head with web-like lacing. Very herbal woody aroma with traces of tobacco.

Aggressive bitterness (100+ IBU's) but not overwhelming. A shock to the senses at first but mellows nicely. Pine and grapefruit flavors with a little bit of cinnamon. Subtle malt sweetness and lingering hop spice with lemon peel and white pepper on the finish. Unctuous mouthfeel.

An intense yet well balanced beer.

MikeGill, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of darthmiles
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Has a nice deep amber cloudiness under a slightly off-white head. The look certainly precluded the big taste that was to come. Nice aroma of mostly hops and some hints of fruit. Since this is a Stone we expect plenty of California hoppy goodness to be present and this brew doesn't disappoint. Lots of flavor here but certainly not overdone as one might expect from a Stone DIPA. Even though this beer is all about hops it's not overwhelming, you can still taste the malts and the finish has a nice bitterness.
This is a great beer to have with a big rare steak, don't bother with the veggies as you'll get enough greens from your beverage. Highly recommended with just a few peanuts as well if you're lucky enough for your local watering hole to carry this gem.

darthmiles, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of eat
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this bottle with a friend at Volo's Stone release. Pours slightly cloudy and honey coloured. Hazy cover of white head, bits of lace.

If hops were made into a really tasty hop candy, they would smell like this. Candied citrus and pineapple, sweet malt and flowers. Awesome.

Pine, cat-piss hops, floral, subtle, light malt background. This isn't balanced but I don't think it's meant to be. Hops are definitely featured here.

Good feel. Viscous medium body with a mild carbonation.

In spite of tasting pretty great, this is too intense to drink much of. I do love IPA but there are just so much hops here that it would literally make me sick to drink three of these. I don't think I'd even want to drink more than one at a time. I would not say this is sessionable.

eat, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Lukecook
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A- 1 finger of head, quickly reduces to a thin head, nice honey color, lots of lacing left on glass.

S- mainly pine and light citrus

T- mild malt up front followed with citrus and pine. this beer seems pretty balanced to me.

M- creamy, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

D- very drinkable and refreshing, ABV probably makes it a sipper, but you will want more !

Lukecook, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours our a harmless pale yellow color with about an eight an inch of head. The smell is powerful pine, and resin with a hint of citrus. The taste follows the smell very closely. Very aggressive hop presence. Lots of pine and resin up front. A hint of lemon at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and solid. Drinkabilty is a bit of an issue because of how much the hops assault your taste buds. Definitely a Stone beer based on it aggressive hop presence!

pdoran10, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of rwdkosak
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from chilled bottle into tulip. A light copper color under a short-lived head; and a small amount that clings to the sides of the glass for most of the drink. Smell is great. Hops... obviously, strong citrus and essentially reminds me of harvesting my own Zeus and Cascades in the backyard...just take a handfull of both and stick a nose in there...same for this beer. Taste is exactly the same for me...it's got the same bite and bitterness as I've gotten from my own hops, some high AA's and good citrus to balance. Mouthfeel is ok..it's a pretty strong DIPA...not so much in the ABV department but certainly IBU's are up there. It's not something I'd call sessionable...it would certainly be tough for anything to follow this without having a big cleansing of the palate. Overall a good beer, especially if one is in the mood for massive hop flavor.

rwdkosak, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of WJVII
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a golden color with a sticky white head. The aroma is a punch in the nose. Hops, hops, and more hops. Pine, floral, clove and some sweeter cinnamon aroma. Moderate carbonation, medium body and very tasty. Not much more to say about this brew but it is hopaliciuos!

WJVII, Feb 06, 2010
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
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,548 ratings.