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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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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 surprenant1138
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color into a snifter with only slight head and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is of flowers, citrus, and hops. It tastes of all of the above and very dry with a mouthfeel of dryness also. This has recently become one of my favorite DIPAs.

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

Crystal clear strawberry blond liquid with tiny dancing bubbles keep the creamy head afloat a long time. Glass etched all the way down with spider webs.

Smell is all hops: pine, resin, citrus, grass. Well balanced among assertive players.

Taste starts warmly bitter and dry. Wrings your palate like a washcloth. Then lingers long enough for your taste buds to come-to, then slams them again with lingering bitterness, particularly as it slowly dissipates from the palate. There is enough sweet malt to keep this from becoming harsh. Finishes floral & astringently dry. It s just a little too-light bodied, but that's me quibbling.

Overall, this is an incredible peak in the IPA world: lives up to its name as it's hard to pop open lesser beers. This one will be craved. I'm thrilled I was able to find a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles.

There's a throaty-into-the-chest warming that I've only ever experienced with Hoptimum. I likened that to the chili-high that chiliheads get with the spiciest dishes.

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

Enjoy by 4-10-11. Glad to find this fresh(ish) on the shelf.

A - Crapload of bubbly offwhite head from the first pour...I was being nice, too. Dark yellow body with some bubbles rising. Good lacing.

S - I can smell some pretty killer hops from here...under my nose it's kind of like a bitter pine tree that sprouts light smelling flowers and grows some sweet oranges. or something

T - It's my fault that this isn't very cold, but I can't be blamed for the light bitterness that this beer has. It's also got kind of a muted grapefruit flavor. I thought it would be (i.e. it probably should be) bigger and crazier. Still good.
Edit: corked the bottle, stuck it in the freezer, now it's much better. these flavors pop a lot more when cold

M - Somewhat bland and smooth, not so good for the style. Big body, though.

O (D) - Ya know, this is good, and since it had a pretty bad pour and wasn't very cold, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. I'll try it again and pour it better, and I'll expect more. As it is, it's a good beer.

Photo of LSUPT
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a pint glass and reviewed from notes taken at the bar.
Beautiful creamy foam head one and a half fingers and a nice small layer remains throughout the beer and leaves leaves beautiful creamy lacing with amazing retention. Resiny hops in the nose. Bitter smell. Grapefruit tropical mango and very bitter as the name indicates. I typically would say this beer was too bitter but its just so delicious Dry bread-like mouthfeel highly cabonatrd with small light bubbles. . Incredibly drinkable at such a high bitterness. Ended up sessioning it because it truly ruined my palate.

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

served in pint glass

A = creamy 2 finger head over clear amber liquid.

S = VERY citrusy hops (mainly orange) with trace of caramel malt

T - largely follows aroma, but starts sweet before strong bitter! (brewer says IBU > 100!) hop hit. Excellent with spicy food.

M - smooth but unremarkable.

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer labelled "enjoy before" 04-11-11.

Beer is a translucent golden orange in colour, with a generous finger width of white head that slowly reduces.

Hops are present in the smell, of course. Bitter citrus, grapefruit. Very faint pine smell.

Taste-wise, the bitterness comes through strongly. The citrus is more subdued, but certainly present, grapefruit in particular. The juicy citrus flavours become more pronounced the more I drink it, perhaps as I get more used to the bitterness which was initially almost all I tasted. A floral taste abounds as well. A bit of caramel near the end, but the aftertaste is all bitterness. Alcohol is quite subdued.

As for mouthfeel, it is moderately carbonated, and very nicely medium bodied. Flows around really nicely, feels great to swish around. It really does have a big juicy feel to it.

Overall, a very good beer. The bitterness is almost too much, particularly the aftertaste, which is quite mouth-drying. However, as the bottle progresses, it gets very tasty. I was underwhelmed at the beginning, but it started to open up for me. Very enjoyable.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Neck dated Enjoy Before 5/22/11.

Quick review: Crystal clear orange with some thin white head. Nose is like fruit loops: orange, lime, lemon and a little cereal grain. Palate is crisp and bitter right off the bat! Lemon, lime and the big orange. A little pine, but very citrusy. Bitter and dry finish. Texture is a little lacking in bottle form. Draft version I recently enjoyed had better texture.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this beer very fresh at my local liquor store.

Appearance-Light Golden/Orange color, white head that leaves plenty of lacing, it's nice to just stare at.

Smell-Hops, Grapefruit, Floral Notes, alot like the IPA.

Taste-Hops. 100+ IBUs is no lie, hops are the star. You do get the citrus and floral notes as well. It tastes like a roided up Stone IPA. The bitterness and dryness makes you keep going back for more.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Bitterness coats your mouth but the citrus really keeps it balanced.

Overall-Stone says this beer will "Ruin your Palate" which is pretty true, don't think I can drink something after this one. I recommend sipping it, especially if your planning on drinking a bomber on your own. As the beers temp rises you get more citrus which is really nice. Great beer to finish the day with.

Photo of tdawgydog
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been working my way through the best of the best of DIPA's. Stone Ruination was next on the list.

A - Pours a nice golden yellow. A good two finger head recedes to leave a nice lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Strong hop scent, not as piney or flowery as one might like.

T - A very good DIPA. Maybe a little more bitter than I typically like but otherwise very well done. Definitely deserves to be in the top tier of IIPA's.

D - Goes down easy, a little aftertaste from the bitterness, but otherwise an all around tasty beer.

M - Good body and carbonation, no complaints here.

I've definitely rank a couple of IPA's higher on my list than this one. Pliny and Green Flash to name two West Coast and Captain Lawrence and Flower Power on the East Coast. This one is easily in the top 10, just not at the very top of the list. Will drink this again.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In tap poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice light pale orange with a small white head. Nose is fruity, bitter and hoppy.

Taste is obviously very hoppy. Lots of vegetal and grassy flavors along with some earthy and sweet notes. Mango fruit flavors are nice and balance out the bitterness.

Medium carbonation with a light body make this very easydrinking.

Photo of dcloeren
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter.

A: Poured a bright golden hue with 2 fingers of white frothy head. The head slowly dissipated while I drank my glass but left great lacing down my glass.

S: Pungent to say the least. Great piney and citrus(grapefruit, orange peel) hops dominate the senses. Has a very sweet caramel background , very very enticing.

T: Hops, hops and more hops!! The taste follows the nose. Has a great grapefuit/orange peely citrus taste that mixes perfectly with the sweet pine notes. Has a great caramel background complimenting all of the hop domination.

M: Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. You get all of the flavors with a drying bitter after taste.

O: This is an amazing beer. It is very hopforward but very complex at the same time. Stone did a great job on keeping this a west coast styled IPA and still keeping it somewhat balanced. Don't hesitate, pick up a sixer or a bomber today! Cheers

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best by date is 4/11/11. Pours a bright, slightly cloudy yellow orange with a finger of foam. Nice carbonation. Great lacing. I love the way this beer smells. Lightly sweet and oh so hoppy. Mango, orange peel, and peach. The malt lies submissively underneath it all. It knows its roll. Carbonation is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine flavors play lightly on the palate. Not too resiny so it goes down relatively light and easy. Finish is dry, long, and hoppy. This is where the IBUs get you. Its not until long after you swallow that you feel like you've been chewing on a mouthful of fresh hops. Still one of my favorite DIPAs. I don't know how Stone managed to craft such a hoppy, bitter beer and keep the flavors light enough to make it very drinkable but I'm glad they are keeping it up!

Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From our bomber we pour a beautiful brew of golden honey color. Despite a relatively hard pour a minimal one finger head of white bubbles is produced. It recedes at a medium pace, leaving little bits of particulate lace, and a nice film of hefty bubbles across the top of the beer. There is a definite haze to the beer, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation look slowed by the syrupy thickness of the beer. As we sniff, bitter leaf and pine hops hit the nose hard. There is a sickly sweet orange citrus twang floating among them, and earthiness pops through. Malts act to balance the aromas nicely, imparting a bit more sweetness to the bitterness that is the hops. Yeast and a pinch of booze are just palpable over each hop wave. The taste begins with grassy hops that seem, briefly, somewhat floral. Cleanliness and sweetness of malt immediately balance what would otherwise be extreme hop bitterness. The middle shows more bitterness, but it rides tight against the top of the palate. The rest of the mouth is filled with malts and some simultaneously biting and sweet citric character. As the taste rounds out for the finish, earthiness bubbles up. This is, again, from the hops, but also from a faint mineral flavoring prickling the tongue. The aftertaste breathes with sweet and bitter hoppy nectar, with hints of more grassy hops and some booze thrown into the mix. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. Each sip imparts a thickness to the lips, with a generous coating down the throat with every pass. The mouth, in the end, is left astringently dry, and suckling. The brew is creamy to sip, and nicely palpable. The abv is within range and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was its unabashed hoppiness. Many IPAs and even DIPAs will go lighter on the hop flavoring, while delivering much of it to the nose. Here there is a wonderful amalgamation of taste and aroma, where the flavors and smells seem to match up expertly, making this a contender for the style.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful hazy orange yellow color with tiny hints of amber. Very nice white foamy sticky resiliant head and very nice lace.
S - very nice aroma of hop, sweet malty pine notes, grapefruit, sweet citrus, and some earthy notes on the back.
T & M & D - Great pine sweetness that opens to citrus juice and some pinapple. There is a tiny roast caramel finish to the front end. Then the hop bitterness comes in a great way and finishes the middle taste with a after burn of floral exhale. There is a slightly earthy bitterness and alchohol warmth that sits on the back of the palate after each sip.

Very good and complex IPA that is hopped up but still manages to be balanced and a great all around beer.

-Cheers

Photo of nicnut45
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a enjoy by 3-27-11 date.

Pours a hazy orange tan color. A nice fingers worth of off white head. Quickly subsides into wispy patches across the top. Chill haze clears up as the beer warms. A bit underwhelmed by the smell, more then likely due to age. I pick up grapefruits, and cedar at first. Also there is some alcoholic scents, if you know what I mean. Hop smell diminshes as time passes and im left with malty aromas of fresh dough and a bit of maple. This beer is mighty tasty and more balanced then you might think. Hop flavors have subsided but the bitterness aspect has not. I pick up pine, grapefruit, a cedar wood like taste. I get tastes of vanilla and maple from the malt. There is a pleasing charred taste tha kicks in at the end of each sip, its very nice. This beer clears the palate quickly and leaves a dry taste in your mouth.
This beer held up well despite consuming near its best by date. I know its not what it is fresh but it is still nice with some time on it. I definetly want to try this beer as fresh as possible.

Photo of goalie33
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Best by 4/11/11
A) Slightly hazy, but still transparent golden orange color with a thin off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaves good lacing on the sides of the glass as well as some alcohol feet.
S) I can smell the hops from 2 feet away. When I stick my nose in the glass, I get lots of citrus, grapefruit notes. Underlying malty sweetness beneath the hops. Smells great.
T) Big citrusy hops upfront along with lots of bitterness. Dry finish. Citrus returns in the aftertaste along with bready malts and a lingering bitterness.
M) Medium body. Not overly carbonated, but not flat either. Dries out the mouth but not as much as other West Coast IPAs that I've had.

Overall, this is a solid Double IPA, but I've had better. Looks and smells great, but I would have liked a more robust flavor.

Photo of henryd30
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great initial appearance. Clear amber with 2 thumb head that has lasting lacing.

S: Scent of citrus and resin. Very fresh and inviting. I hint of carmelly malt towards the end.

T: Extremely tasty. Hop heavy smoothly transitions into a warm finish. Love it.

M: Slightly thicker and less carbonated than some other double IPA's, but it is very enjoyable.

D: Extremely drinkable from a taste perspective. Deliciously smooth and flavorful. The slightly high ABV at 7.7 keeps this from being an all nighter.

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

A - Poured a beautiful hazy orange from the bottle into a tulip glass. Epic 3 finger eggshell head gently subsided as the beer diminished.

S - Picked up mostly on the pine resins with hints of grapefruit and orange.

T - The taste predominantly follows the smell. Immediately picked up on sweet pine resin, joyous citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, cantaloupe, and tangerine. All this was complimented with a subtle bitterness and backbone of creamy caramel malt.

M - Medium-bodied, a touch oily, pleasant carbonation...overall good.

D - Enjoyable...could easily indulge and put back a couple of these.

Photo of dizknee24
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CLoudy amber with little to no head apparent. Smell was great. yeasty hoppy malty. It smelled like one great ipa. this taste was not what im looking for in an ipa. too strong for my liking. I want to be able to taste something after. i understand that ipas will do this but it should be the first one that i have had all day. over all i will not be getting this again. not saying its bad just not for me.

Photo of ferrari29
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Mug glass

A - Beer poured with a cloudy copper body; one finger beige color foam formed; the head held very well even with a little amount of visible carbonation

S - Citrus; pine and hop notes come up immediately; slight malt back-end

T - Extremely bitter; beer washes over the front-end of the tongue with soft hints of citrus and malt flavors and then explodes with extreme 100+ IBU bitterness around the bitter taste buds of my mouth; pine; strong aftertaste

M - Flavors lingers on the tongue for a long time; thin body with a very astringent flavor; citrus and pine flavors add to beer sourness; this beer is all aftertaste; did I mention its bitter?

D - If you're a bitter beer fan, this is your brew; for others who prefer a good drink, I would try to find something else; another classic hopped beer from Stone; keep them coming

Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light orange color. Big three fingers of white head from an agressive pour. Recedes to one of the thicker films I can remember seeing. Lacing coats the sides of the glass. Nearly perfect.

S: The smell is a little more muted than I would expect, but still good. A dank, resinous, piney smell with sweet and toasted malts that become more apparent as the beer warms.

T: Quite a lot more floral than I expected from the nose. Still get a piney and resinous flavor with the sweet and toasted malts present. The malts to a good job of balancing out the bitterness.

M: Sticky, dry and coats the mouth with a bitter after taste.

D: Bitter and dry, but remains very drinkable. Alcohol isn't terribly noticable in nose or taste either.

Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light dull gold. white bubbly head didnt stick around for long. a mix of big and small carbonation bubbles.

S: a melody of hops. not clearly a citrus or pine, but really a cultivation of several big hop profiles

T: a little bit of alcohol. sweetness on the tail-end that really helps to balance this hop monster. but you have to look for it. hops all over the place. chalky and smooth one sip, then bold and floral the next.

M: solid carbonation bubbles work well with the bitterness. big body, on the border of full.

D: just one of those all-time great imp IPA's. readily available and a beer everyone should sample if they like big hoppy beers.

Photo of vfgccp
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light honey.

S - Nice. Earthy, floral, fresh cut grass.

T - Bright fresh green hop flavors. Some funky hay notes pop up every now and then.

M - Light, well rounded bitterness. Light-medium body.

Photo of rcusick
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a very bright golden/caramel color from a bomber into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass with a good 3/4" of frothy white head that slowly dissipated

smell - very piny nose, but not an overpowering hop smell (though, this bomber is at least a few months old)

taste - strong hop flavor, with out much else going on here for me. the description of ruining your pallet is not inaccurate. Induced a strong dry mouth feeling from the first sip

mouthfeel - about what i expect from this style beer, not to thick, not to watery, just what i want from such a hop forward beer

drinkability - very drinkable if you are in the mood for a hop bomb and i could see knocking back a couple of these in a single (aggressive) sitting, but dont expect to pick up the subtleties of a Belgain or wheat beer after it.

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

bomber poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - cloudy, opaque golden; great thick head that fades; good lacing

S - supersized smell of citrus hops; a little boozy

T - malts surprise with the level of their presence -- toasty, but the hops are super-prominent; sweetness turns to bitterness rather quickly; hops seem more piney than citrusy on the tongue

M - very creamy; moderate carbonation

D - hop-bomb, but relatively drinkable; think a single bomber is my buds' limit, though

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