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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,937
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 278
Gots: 801 | FT: 10
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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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a light cloudy orange. This one had a thin white head that settled down to a thin halo. Nice lacing as the foam sticks to the glass quite well.

S. The scent is of piny hop and citrus taste. It has some definite bready/biscuit scent as well.

T. Fruity hops are at the front then the piney hops give a bitter taste. Some bready yeast taste as well as a slight sweet malt taste. I could use a little more malt balance.

M. This one was very creamy and a bit oily. Light carbonation and pretty easy going down.

D. This is a pretty good DIPA. Stone doesn't disappoint at all. It could use a little more balance overall but that's being nitpicky on a very solid beer. Wish I could get more of this in Louisiana.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 03:25:54 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of ryrust5301


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Looks like a good one. A very hazy orange gold color with a foamy clumpy white head. Generous amount of the head hangs around on top the rest of the way through.

Smell - Very citrusy, but a lot more malty than I expected. Hops are piney, yet very smooth and somewhat oily.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Crisp bite but not overly harsh. It's paired with just enough smoothness to give it balance in the mouth. A little bitter bite comes through in the end due to the hop bitterness. The malt creaminess really gives this beer it's identity. Stone did a great job blending it together with the hops. Citrus melon flavor with a gentle breadiness adds to the overall experience.

Drinkability - Stone really doesn't make a beer I don't like, and this was another winner from Cal. A wonderful job of not letting the hops kill the palate with the blend of sweet malts and bready notes. A great experience!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 03:21:11 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of oneeye


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

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours a copperish orange with lots of carbonation racing up to a thick soapy head. There is an orange glow that surrounds this beer that gives the head an orangish tint. Great sticky lacing at the pour and some left clinging after every drink.

S. The aroma of piney/citrusy hops in abundance upfront. You can detect the bitterness within the aroma. Citrusy as in grapefruit rind and piney as a fragrance of a ripe pine cone. The malts are present as well but not so much as a balance. Sugary bicuits.

T. Hops, bitter and resinous dominate the flavor. Bitter pine with a touch of citrus. Citrusy grapefruit with a touch of floral lemon. Caramel bicuity malts are of a light backbone. This beer finishes bitter and sweet.

M. The mouthfeel is creamy and oily. Bitter and warm with alcohol.

D. Drinkability is great if you are a hophead. Easy to drink and bursting with hops every drink. Once you have your first one, it will be all that you crave for the rest of the night.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 18:34:11 | More by oneeye
Photo of kinger


4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Leave it to Stone to take it over the top and do is successfully. What a fabulous Imperial IPA. Aroma is hops of course, but there are hop aromas of pine, citrus, flowers, and fruit. I can hold the glass about 8" from my nose and still detect the aroma, it makes the hair on my arm stand up. Pours a great gold hue with lots of thick white head that creates a decent amount of lacing. Great mouthfeel, surprisingly full and creamy. Flavor is jam packed with hops which wasn't a surprise. Fortunately you can also enjoy a good amount of malts. What is truly spectacular is that although it bites you right away the incredible amount of hops actually blend well and fade into a nice smoooth finish. I'm sure that I shouldn't be talking very close to anybody right now but this one works well. 100+ IBU's is crazy and for this beer to mesh and work out as great as it does deserves a round of applause.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 16:39:32 | More by kinger
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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! Talk about a beer that is appropriately named!

A: Poured nicely with a 1.5" head. Light orange, cloudy color and leaves nice lacing.

SM: Total hops and citrus, fruity and alcohol.

M: Light to medium body, very quick finish. The quick finish gives it a dryness.

T: BIG HOPS flavor! Spicy on front of tongue at first, citrus-orange/lemon zest, then bitter finish.

D: Big, Bold and Bad! And as much as I like hoppy beers, this one was a little too much with no balance with the malts, probably as the brewer intended. It's straight up a hop-head's beer. I do think it would go well with a spicy meal though as the hops would complement such a dish well.

Also, about the name... forget tasting other beers after this one! Your palate will be Ruined.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 06:02:23 | More by BeachBumC
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A: Cloudy orange with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly but leaves some very nice lacing

S: spicy and piney in the nose

T: Aggressively hoppy up front with an oily and resinous hop flavour. slight alcohol warmth comes through with some sweet maltiness. the hops finish with some high fruity notes and some bitterness dwindles on the aftertaste

M: Beautiful creamy medium body gives something to hold up the huge flavours of this beer. Soft and smooth to balance out the cutting hops.

D: This bomber will be enough for me at 7.7%. a beer to savour and sip for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 00:37:56 | More by mike24
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark-peach color, with hazy golden edges. Thick, white foamy head, lacing down the glass.

S: Strong hop smell. Very earthy, slighty floral. With strong hop smells, I always sense a smell of spearmint, which I definitely get with this one.

T: Talk about a beer that attacks your entire mouth. One sip gave a full on attack on my tongue, throat, and nostrils. Obviously very hoppy, but the hops flavors are definitely layered. I get a little leafy taste, a little astringency, and I can tell this is a little on the heavy alcohol side. The hop flavor in the aftertaste is nice, and it definitely leaves a taste of alcohol on the palate.

M: Good body, a little slick on the tongue.

D: This IPA punches you in the face. So, one bomber of these is plenty. But, a great imperial IPA and a nice treat here and there. It does have a refreshing quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:51:30 | More by Beefeater57
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2.9/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Amazing light amber color with an interesting aroma. Heavy in hops, malt, and alcohol scents. Definately too strong for my general taste. The creamy fizzy alcoholic flavor stays well after you are done. Definately one of the best IPAs out there, but it is not on my list of beers I want to repeatedly drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 04:03:42 | More by flipshevanel
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours liquid gold into a mug. A small head forms and retains well.

S. A boquet of fresh west coast hops. Piney and fruity, citrus, pineapple. Similar to the Stone IPA but enhanced.

T. A hop smack in the face. Piney, earthy, resinous. Bitter. A bit of caramel malt tries to balance. I said tries, as it does not succeed. Not as fruity as the stone IPA. Scorches thy palate with hops and I like it.

M. Medium bodied. A bit heavy for what it is.

D. This is my night cap, I could have had more but one did me just fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 01:14:01 | More by Stinkypuss
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North Carolina

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

this one is my first 5.0 a+ beer, this one is not for the faint of heart, this is big and bold and the bitterist beer i have ever had, if you like hops as much as i do than this beer is for you, but if you are a biggner or scard of the hops than this is not for you, this beer boast 115 ibu's and the name and bottle say it all, your tast buds will be signifantley ruined to all outher tates after drinking this one. this one is perfection in a glass and the standard b y witch i judge all outher ips's

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 19:58:29 | More by orcasteve
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything the Stone IPA just gets a little wrong, a little "off," Ruination NAILS. More flavorful, more complex, better hops. Delicious. Bursting with hops, pine, and citrus. Full-bodied and incredibly bold with some good spiciness. A surprisingly clean finish though. Looms in your mouth well afterward making you feel like you won't need to take a second sip for minutes as the taste just doesn't leave your tongue.

Gets better the more you drink it. And, yes, it really does ruin your palate and make other beers seem worthless by comparison. It is top notch. One of the best double IPAs on the planet.


Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 04:39:34 | More by TheViceBlog
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color with a frothy two finger cream colored head.

I can smell the grassy hops from 3 feet away, Upon further inspection the spice and floral notes come through. Very little detected in terms of malt. This is a hop bomb on the sinus.

A faint wisp of sweet grain malt flows over the palate before being whisked away by the hops. The way the hops develop makes the beer a true must try to any hophead. Grassy hops similiar to the main body of the aroma come through first before progressing into pine and citrus with a healthy dose of spice that leads towards the bittering finish. Don't look for balance in this beer, but it is still quite interesting and tasty nonetheless.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. It doesn't distract, but rather accentuates the hop bite. Perfect for this beer.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
A very well crafted IPA. It is clean, refreshing, and boasts interesting development in the flavor profile despite being incredibly unbalanced to begin with. Alcohol content and the sheer obliteration of your taste buds lower the drinkability, but this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed over time.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 04:29:11 | More by ebit
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P- a declared 7.7% abv in a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a crystal clear, golden beige color with a small amount of whitish head and good lacing.

S- floral, fruity/citrus, hops.

T- very good balance of sweet malts followed quickly with strong hops that start floral and turn bitter woody with a bit of alcohol at the end.

M- smooth, perfect balance of carbonation to move this medium bodied flavor experience across the palate.

D- yet another wonderful brew from Stone, is there anything these guys make that doesn't make me want more right away.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 23:50:59 | More by Sticket
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing Company

The Ruination is a transparent pale yellow straw color with a small white head. Bubbles erupt from the base of the glass. The head fades quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Not a very strong or overpowering odor, however, the smell is dominated by hops. A balanced combination of floral and citrus hop aromas is in the smell. Typically, I have found, one or the other dominates. This brew has an excellent balance.

An excellent amount of bitterness is consistent throughout the drinking experience. A sharp, piny hop flavored bitterness hits the palette upfront. Next, while the bitterness remains on the tongue, a splash of malt flavor and a slight suggestion of alcohol hit the roof of the mouth near the back of the throat. The malt and alcohol flavors are short-lived, leading to a dry, piny, bitter finish. The bitterness creeps back and tickles the tongue in the aftertaste. Excellent complexity and range of bitterness exist in this experience.

Ruination has a light to medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation, but not nearly as much as I expected from the appearance, which is a good thing.

The lighter body makes it drinkable and intense bitterness of this brew makes it a delicious sipper. With 7.7% ABV, Stone's creation is very drinkable, so long as one can handle the complex bitter hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 20:29:58 | More by Ben4881
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New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick and creamy two-finger off-white head that recedes slowly to a thin cap. Beautiful lacing and concentric rings left with each sip.

Smell is grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pine and caramel.

Taste begins with an assault of bitter grapefruit and oily, piny hops. Sweet caramel and doughy malts lead into some citrus fruit and pineapple flavors, trying to keep the bitterness in check. Finishes semi-dry with a slight alcohol warming. Bitterness is prevalent throughout, but never overbearing. Great hop flavor all the way through.

Medium-bodied, very smooth, slightly oily mouthfeel.

With a rather low ABV for the style, this is quite drinkable, as long as this is the only thing you want to drink all night. A great nightcap with more than enough for my hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 22:30:19 | More by MrMonkey
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3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange color. Small, almost 1 finger white head that drops rapidly. Faint citrus hop aroma dominates, with a little floral character as well.

First sip is very good, lots of floral and grassy flavor, with some citrus from the hops too. There is a bready malt in there, but I really have to focus on it to taste it. The hops really overwhelm me, but that was the intention obviously. A little warming in my chest from the alcohol, but that's fine with me. I am not a hop head, and I thought this might be to hoppy for me, but I am pleasantly surprised to find I rather like it. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, but I could have used a bit less carbonation myself, but other than that minor side note, this is a tasty beverage. I'm feeling hops on my tongue for about a minute after each sip. I would have to place drinkability in the medium range, because I wouldn't want to drink more than a couple of bottles before I lost all sense of taste. But if I was looking to drink just 1 bottle, or looking for a bottle to end the night, this would be an excellent choice for a nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 03:22:27 | More by dancinwillie
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden piss yellow. (Sorry, that's literally what I think when I see it.) Large amount of off-white head, laces well.

Smell - Citric hoppy with slight malty tones.

Taste - Buttery hops flavor. Citrus is there as well, but there's not a whole lot of complexity. Still works well.

Mouthfeel - Slightly oily, slightly under what I was hoping. Carbonation works well for it.

Drinkability - Goes down extremely well, especially for an IPA. This is a solid IPA, almost what I was hoping, but not quite, from a 4.3 rating from 1200 reviews. I like it, might get it again, but its not an absolute favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 09:08:35 | More by sevopie
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a pint glass, pours a rather golden copper with a pleasant lingering head. The head actually developed a bit after the initial pour. Color was surprisingly light and clear compared to Stone's flagship IPA, and a bit unusual for the style.

Very hoppy on the nose with mostly earthy notes of pine and peat and some deep floral, yet any hope of more fragrant floral or citrus evades me after the head dissipates. Interestingly, this is just the opposite of my usual experience.

Taste is initially sweet and buttery/diacetyl and rather rich on the finish, ever so slightly chewy on the malts. Feel is smooth and balanced yielding a nice drinkability. Very nice, yet I find this brew to be too sweet to make a habit of. Try it on cask if you can, exquisite...Otherwise head to Alpine.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 07:13:42 | More by HalfFull
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination IPA is a muted orange and hazy. The creamy, sticky head leaves plenty of lace

A blast of hops in the aroma. No need to stick the nose all the way in the glass before getting the first whiff...the aroma hits you as it's poured. Bitter citrus peel dominate, but all kinds of aromas come out...grapefruit, pepper, pine woods, hard candy. It's pungent and in your face.

The bitter citrus also dominates the palate, but there's a surprising sweetness; it's like having grapefruit with honey. It's smooth, refreshing, and very satisfying. Big hops but not harsh in the least.

Highly drinkable for packing such a hop punch. I think the relatively lower ABV for the style really makes this stand out.

Found at the bottom of the label: "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop." Well said.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:27:07 | More by wolffman17
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly clouded dark orange. Two inch coarse light tan head; disapated fairly quick. Medium thick lacing all the way to the end.

S: Big piney, citrusy, and floral hops right up front. Some sweet caramel malt in the aroma after I settled in a bit. Also light buttery note.

T: Good malt up front that turned into smooth caramel and breadiness. Really strong dry hop finish. Hops in this beer are huge and citrusy. Beer did have a sort of balance though.

M: Creamy and smooth, Warm, spreading coating to mouth and tongue. Leaves your mouth dry and tingly.

D: Balance was a very nice surprise and makes it way more drinkable than some without giving up anything you want in an IPA. This will be a top repeat for me when I need an good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 00:01:37 | More by Haybeerman
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth pour. Contains about 1/2" head that is spotty and lingering.

Rapid carbonation in a cloudy, golden colored body. The sediment of dry hops is very apparent.
Contains a citrisy aroma that also has floral hints mixed in.

The taste initially has a sharp flowery bitterness quality that contains numerous spicey notes in it. Some citris is present, but the floral hop bitterness overpowers the citris flavors.

Fluid mouthfeel overall in the body of the beer.
The aftertaste is pleasant as notes of flowery hop lingers in the mouth.

Overall, a nicely complex IPA with different hop flavors present (floral, citris, & peppery notes).

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:11:06 | More by jdaelhousen
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a clear golden amber. Had a nice thick bubbly white head that clung extremely well and left a small layer on top. Aroma was slightly sweet, but mostly fresh green olives with a touch of garlicy onion. Flavor was smooth, hoppy bitter, small trace of lemon and white bread. Felt slightly over sticky in the mouth, but was perfectly carbonated. Def a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 22:26:09 | More by mountdew1
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Predominately hoppy aroma smelling of an aromatic blend of gooey pine resin and oily grapefruit rinds. Some lesser candyish notes in the nose, as well as hints of bread and sliced melons.

Taste: Citric grapefruit juices and packed with pine needles. Touch of peppermint, some floral hints as well. Citrus and melon fruitiness. Meek pale, lightly bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness make an appearance when they can. Full, tongue-scalding bitterness. There's a tiny bit of sweetness in the finish and lingering aftertaste, but, by and large, it's all hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: About as smooth as 100+ IBUs is going to get.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 20:08:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow... just wow.

Poured as a perfectly honey-colored color with an amazing head that laced very well. Easily got 3 inches of head off a slow pour and that just exploded my visual senses.

Smell was of hops but oddly enough, not so hoppy compared to some other dIPA/iIPAs. Could smell notes of spruce somewhat along with that familiar standard IPA scent. Very appetizing.

Taste was great - could taste spruce and hops and a few other notes but it definitely lives up to its promise to "ruin" your palate... although it backfired a bit since you're still able to sense that this is a great brew.

Mouthfeel was quite exceptional, smooth, clean, crisp, and creamy all at once. Qualities that a dIPA shouldn't have, especially the creamy sensation, but quite honestly, I wish they all had this mouthfeel.

Drinkability is outstanding. I sucked down this brew while trying to savor it. I'm definitely going to search and stock up my cellar with a few more bottles of these. The hunt's on!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 23:04:49 | More by xare
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this all day... 1 Pt. 6FL oz. poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark murky honey color, fantastic off white head with great retention and tight/thick lacing. Gorgeous.

S - Very fruity, like pineapple juice. There is something on the back end that I can't put my finger (nose) on.

T - Wow, not as bitter as I had expected. Fruity hits the taste and nose first... Don't get me wrong, this baby has Mega Hops and I see why they call it Ruination. There is a great kick to this brew.

M - Between the great carbonation and high alcohol, it gets my attention!

D - A bomber of this is a great way to start or end an evening, but you're not drinking a bunch of these things at once!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 20:48:48 | More by ectomorph
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,937 ratings.