Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.4/5 rDev -44.2%
The workers at my local beer and wine store rave about Stone beers. I am a huge double IPA lover and go out of my way to try every IPA that my local stores carry. This is my honest opinion of this brew in comparison to all other double IPAs that I have tasted.
After pouring into a glass I was struck at how pale the color was and how effervescent it became. Besides the clarity, the thin head also indicated a light bodied beer. It was quick to foam but also quick to settle leaving almost no webbing on the glass wall at all. As I was drinking, webbing never quite appeared on the glass.
The aroma was correct, prominently hoppy, but lackluster. The bouquet of hops was there and in plenty but wasn't as aromatic and crisp as other high quality double IPAs. This indicates a one dimensional hop selection. Typically, one has to balance their hop selection of aromatic hops to high alpha-acid hops and I don't feel as if Stone did this well.
The taste was what I expected form the appearance and I was disappointed. The beer is very nicely hopped but has no body or malty balance what so ever. It instantly had me thinking of what a Rolling Rock might taste like with a magnitude of hops. The quality of hops was not that impressive to me either. They did not taste fresh and crisp but rather dull with a powerful bitterness.
Quite lite and effervescent. I like to think of this brew as the champagne of double IPAs.
It is light and easy to drink.
This beer is not In the league of Bell's Hopslam, Victory's Hop Devil, or Hebrew's RIPA. Ruination just doesn't compare. To me, it tastes like an amateur's attempt at a double IPA who had a small budget and wanted to get the highest IBUs as possible. I feel like Stone's only goal was to create a brew with a high IBU count. They seemed to skimp on the aromatic hop selection and completely avoid a malty support as if to trick the drinker into focusing on the bitterness. This beer lacks the complexity and balance that I like to have in a double IPA.
03-24-2009 19:04:58 | More by SpinachEater
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Light orange with a miniscule head that leaves plenty of lacing.
S: Hops, hops, hops. Hops in all their piney, grassy, citrusy glory. And not much else.
T: Same as the smell. All hops, all the time. Imagine sticking pine needles and grapefruits into a blender and drinking what comes out. The malt only really serves as a delivery vehicle for the hops.
M: Much lighter than most DIPAs. Almost like a pilsner.
D: Another winner from Stone. How is it that such an uncompromising hop assault is almost sessionably drinkable? I wouldn't turn down a 90 Minute or a Hopslam for one, but that's no knock against it. If you're jonesing for hops, look no further.
03-23-2009 04:58:28 | More by BarrelO
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
A - Hazy golden color with a rocky white head & copious lacing.
S - Earthy aroma of citrus and grass. Actually somewhat mild compared to many DIPAs.
T - A slight touch of sweetness up front, but the piney, grapefruit bitterness takes over and doesn't let go. Not much in the way of balance here, but what do you expect with a name like Ruination?
M - Full, thick body that clings to the tongue. Carbonation is mild to medium.
D - If face-numbing bitterness is your thing, I guess you could drink it all night long. For me, I enjoyed a bomber, but that was plenty. This beer is something of a legend & it's worth a try for that if nothing else. But I'd had other DIPAs that I liked a lot more.
03-22-2009 01:41:43 | More by gabe23
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
A bottle from my cellar that has a little age on it and is begging to be imbibed.
A-Slightly hazed, Dark golden amber with a medium off-white head that reduced a bit and left copious, sticky lace.
S-Strong dose of sweet caramel malt up front. Not a real surprise as this bottle has aged a bit and the hops have fallen off. With a bit of warming a fairly strong citrus and spicy pine bitterness emerge.
T-Even with the loss of the hop pop this is still a damn tasty brew. Good dose of malt sweetness up front is followed by citrus rind bitterness and spicy pine.
M-Medium body with good smoothness and lingering hop bitterness.
D-Even a bit long in the tooth this brew still deserves respect. While the hops dont pop quite like they do when fresh the balance simply shifts to the malt side. Still plenty of hops....just not as bright as they use to be. I surely will not have any trouble finishing this bomber on my own.
03-19-2009 23:07:15 | More by Deuane
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Amber color, nice cakey head. Very fruity smell that mimics the taste. Strong ester that tastes a bit like berries, completely hidden alcohol, good balance with the malts. The malts don't really stand out much but the bitter hops aren't really overpowering. A nice beer for a meal, alone, or whenever.
03-18-2009 01:11:02 | More by cracgor
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Three fingers of thick, but somewhat foamy head. Head was quite stable and about an inch of it stuck around the whole time I was drinking the beer.
Color is a slightly hazy light-tan to golden.
Nose is grassy, spicy hops with a note of grapefruit.
Flavor is dry. No malt sweetness. Really just enough malt to provide a backbone for the bitter hop finish. Bitterness develops nicely after swallowing.
Mouthfeel is actually quite light.
Good drinkability. This beer has a great flavor, and while there is an assertive hop flavor, it is not overdone by any means. This is truly one of my favorite beers.
03-18-2009 00:59:20 | More by Florida9
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Classic double and another good one from Stone. Solid accross the board so far with me.
appearance: golden amber and reddish hues, decent lacing residue
smell: loaded loaded hops, very plesant for a hop fans. Extreme freshness
taste: Very strong hops aroma, this beer is loaded, nice grapefruit taste
mouthfeel: high carbonation and very tasty
drinkability: classic IPA, perfect, but still like HopDevil as my #1
03-17-2009 13:54:35 | More by CampusCrew
4.43/5 rDev +3%
22oz Bottle poured into a big mug.
A.Beer looks slightly hazy, maybe unfiltered. Almost an orange color.
S. Wow that is one hoppy smelling beer: Perfumey, floral smell is the most prominent.
T. Hops come through strong, very floral and a little citrusy. Malts are picked up on after a few sips, initially the wonderful hops dominated my taste buds. And as the bottle says this beer really kills your taste buds, in a good way I think.
M. Medium mouthfeel, lots of oily/resiny feel from the hops. decent carbination.
D. Very drinkable, not balanced as the hops dominate, but not too bitter for my taste buds. A top notch DIPA
03-16-2009 23:51:34 | More by JamesP123
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Review from notes made yesterday.
4.0 A: Light orange color. Two fingers thick creamy head. Excellent retention and good lacing.
4.5 S: Hoppy as all hell, excellent. Orange citrus hoppiness. Some sweetness from malt, but screw the malts.
4.0 T: Damn good hoppiness again. All sorts of citrus, herbal, and grassy hops. Hops done exceedingly well with lots of complexity but the malts don't show up for the party to add depth.
3.5 M: Lacking the creaminess I want in a DIPA. Otherwise very smooth with good carbonation.
3.5 D: Lack of complexity from malts makes this hopbomb less drinkable.
03-16-2009 22:04:48 | More by DavoleBomb
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured into a large wine glass.
A: Amber and orange slightly hazy body with a finger of a very creamy off-white head. Sticky webbing of lace all over the glass. Head retention could be a bit better.
S: Nice bouquet of floral with a sweet pine aroma in the back.
T: Smack of bitter hops is most present on the palate; herbals and florals that are expected in a DIPA. A yeasty/doughy flavor weaved throughout. As the beer warms, the bitters die down significantly and the perfumey hope flavor dominates.
M: Medium body with a huge perfume residue clinging onto the palate after each sip.
D: The head needed a somewhat aggressive pour to create. Could have used a bit more citrus to balance out the heavy floral/perfumey flavors. Overall a good DIPA, but nothing overwhelming.
03-16-2009 05:27:23 | More by washburnkid
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured dark amber color with a large rocky off-white frothy head that lasted the majority of the beer. Aroma was a heavy citrus hoppy. Flavor was moderate bitter with a bittersweet finish of long duration. Medium to full body with a oily texture and soft carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.
03-14-2009 20:50:48 | More by tmoneyba
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance: Very clear orangy amber with a nice creamy/soapy head to it, tons of lace.
Smell: Perfume-hops dominate this aroma, a bit floral in nature but there is this definite herbal/earthy undertone that is absolutely making me want to down this immediately.
Taste: There are pletty of really flavorful hops in here that really explode in your mouth, very similar to the great aroma. There is even a bit more of that piny/earthy undertone that gives this brew so much depth.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that seems to just stick in your mouth.
Drinkability: Absolutely awesome, although drinking anything after this under 80 or so IBU's would be completely wasted. This creates absolute havoc on the taste buds.
Notes: Stone has been my favorite overall brewery for some time now. I keep thinking that I just need to experience more breweries out there, and I won't be one of those cliche Stone guys. But they keep me coming back and never ever ever disappoint. Guess I am one of those guys, and proud of it.
03-14-2009 02:25:41 | More by BigIrishman
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
This is my first official review, so please bear with me. It poured a beautiful golden, wheat color with a nice two-finger head which eventually led to some absolutely stunning lacing. The smell was mostly hops, I sensed much a lot of pine, but also some nice citrus. I was so excited when I got my hands on this beer that I pretty much completely forgot to note the mouthfeel, but the overall experience was great and I remember a kind of thickness that I really enjoyed. The hops were almost overwhelming right off the bat and the bitterness that they brought hung around almost indefinitely. There was citrus followed by a nice malty afterglow. This is a beer that deserves to be enjoyed sip by sip; absolutely delicious. I'm sure I will be coming back to this beer in the future. In other news, I find the curvy brown bottles that Rogue, Stone, and some other West Coast breweries use is the sexiest bottle out there. It's curvacious, just like a good woman should be. Also, I find Stone's paragraph long descriptions/rants to be incredibly witty, arrogant and appealing. Great experience, great beer!
03-14-2009 02:04:55 | More by CrossansWright
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
On-tap at Woody's City Market, served in a standard pint glass a nice crisp orange with beautiful frothy head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and some sweet malts. The taste is wonderful balance of citrus hops and sweet malts in the initial that quickly turns over to loads of hops in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with nice smooth carbonation. This has been one of my favorite Double IPAs, and it certainly doesn't miss on draft.
03-13-2009 19:48:39 | More by atsprings
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Pours a nice head that sticks around a while. I had a thin, bubbly head throughout the glass. Color was a hazy straw. A little light on the SRM's for an IPA
S - A clean lemony-spice
T - I liked this IPA a lot. Very tasty, clean, and hop character wasn't overbearing. Hops were the showcase, but not the overall presence.
M - Clean and very crisp for an IPA also very well balanced.
D - I had a bomber, and it went straight to my head. Yeah, I wanted much more, it was very drinkable.
03-11-2009 01:23:12 | More by HalenRush
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Beautiful, foamy head with light lacing. Nice amber color, not as thick as the taste would lead you to expect.
Smells of fresh, wet cement and citrus.
Attacks with heavy grapefruit and malt that immediately shifts into a hoppy, bitter overdrive as it goes down. The finish is VERY bitter with a leafy, vegetal linger. It really sits there on the palette long after the swallow and refuses to be tamed. As the flavors fade, bitterness becomes almost the only note left on the tongue. This is an anti-hophead's worst nightmare.
Incredible delivery and potent hoppy flavors make for a slightly unbalanced, yet VERY enjoyable beer. The flavors are VERY defined, and if you don't enjoy that style, this will be your worst enemy. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the intense finish that almost demands slow consumption.
03-10-2009 06:10:48 | More by TequilaSauer
2.95/5 rDev -31.4%
A = Nice amber yellow with about a finger head. Light to moderate lacing.
S = Very nice smell. Earthy sweetness. Citrus and grassy.
T = Mellow sweetness initially, then a very bitter hop that lingers way too long. Almost a bitter grapefruit taste. Something out of balance here.
M = Pretty good in the mouth. Nice carbonation. Not too thin.
D = Found this to be a chore to drink. Not much alcohol taste, but the bitterness controls this brew.
03-10-2009 01:18:45 | More by JonMich13
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
A: Pours an oily, translucent but vibrant yellow-gold with a fizzy white head that leaves some spotted lacing as it falls to ring.
S: Hops and hops: earthy, citrusy aromas with hints of herbs and a rich, fruity, bready malt backbone.
T: Extremely bitter. Flavors are earthy, pungent and overpowering. The fruity malt backbone is almost an afterthought. Bitterness lingers with flavors of oily, resin-like hop juice.
M: Medium to full bodied. Oily and slippery. Carbonation is fairly mild.
D: You're either ready for this one or you aren't. It's certainly a palate-wrecker, but can be quite quenching on occasion. If you're prepared for this beer, it's a world class hopped-to-hell IPA. If not, you may be overtaken by your glass.
03-10-2009 00:37:17 | More by kasper
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Shared a 22 oz. bomber in two separate pint glasses.
The pour looked good from the start. There was a deep rich color (picture a hazy orange) with a decent, noticeable head. From the start the beer looked very appealing.
The smell was rich with hops. Heavily scented, but not over bearing.
The taste proved to be one of the best. A hoppy IPA that was high on flavor. It was tangy, bitter yet sweet, and well balanced. Rather low alcohol at 7.7% made this particular IPA light and refreshing.
The mouthfeel was decent. The light carbonation played well on the tongue, and was a fine example of what other beers should feel like upon each sip.
The drinkability was outstanding. I could easily drink this beer every day and not even think twice about it. The light alcohol flavor made it feel even (slightly) lower than the 7.7%. Wonderful on all levels.
Final Thoughts - One of the best brews I have had. Price is the only thing holding me back from drinking this one again and again. Definitely worth the money though. Grab a bottle and find out what its like.
03-09-2009 15:29:58 | More by bsend
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
Getting ready to review a bev I've had a number of times. I'm interested to see how it'll compare to some other favs.
Appearance - Beautiful light copper color. Almost two inches of nice foamy head. It's really a great looking beer.
Smell - Lots of hops! Plenty of grapefruit up front. Plenty of pine follows. It's like an awesome bouquet. Nice sweetness.
Taste - Pretty good. It's a little too mellow up front. Then it follows with that hop stickiness. It really sits on the tongue. Making the follow quit bitter, and astringent. Not terribly pleasant.
Mouthfeel - Not bad. A little thin, and then the sticky hops just sit.
Drinkability - The follow is rough. It's so bitter and just downright unpleasant. It's still a nice beer, but I almost have to prep for the next sip.
The balance of this one is just off. It smells awesome, but the first taste is not much. Then it follows pretty heavy on the hops, but it lingers a little too much. A nice DIPA, but just not my fav.
03-09-2009 05:03:09 | More by callmescraps
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Not for the faint of heart.
A = Yellow-orange. Thin white head. Perfect lacing.
S = Piney hops. Fresh cut grass.
T = Hop bomb. Dank piney hops have a devastating effect effect, which I love.
M = Clean and refreshing.
D = If you can handle the extreme hoppiness it goes back well.
03-07-2009 21:32:30 | More by johlendorf
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured straight from the source at Stone brewery...A nice medium orange and slightly hazy color with a perfect head and nice lacing. The smell was nice and citrusy...what you would expect from a west coast IPA. Hops up front with a well paired sweetness is what I got from the taste. For an IPA like this with a little more alcohol content, it hides it very well. Outstanding IPA from an outstanding establishment
03-07-2009 20:33:01 | More by hophead247
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
This is by far the best stone beer there is!
First off i can't walk by one in the Broudy's store without buying it. An exceptional brew.
A- Medium orange with a thin off white head that remains though-out the whole beer. Leaves heavy lacing from top to bottom of the glass.
S- Smells great like a summers day with the fresh cut grass aroma in the air. Some malty hints as well.
T- Taste is golden with a hop hit as soon as you sip it. On the regular drink it is very refreshing if you have not had a good drink in a while. Citrus and floral notes are there.
M- Smooth and easy is all i can say. GREAT!
Rolls over the taste buds as it was ment to be there.
D- Drinkability is excellent and easy to have many. Be carefull high alcohol content!!
03-07-2009 01:09:45 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Ruination pours a cloudy copper with a 1-finger yellowish white head. The head sticks around throughout. Moderate lacing. The smell is not real strong but citrus & pine are apparent. The taste is very strong of herbal/bitter citrus hops, lemon & some toasty malts. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated. Drinkable beer but very bitter & alcohol can sneak up on you.
03-06-2009 04:04:43 | More by theghost3
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.
A: Pours just a slightly hazy orange color with a nice large off-white head with great retention that becomes very rocky and ends up leaving some nice spiderweb lacing.
S: Smells pretty bold grapefruit and hops with subtle complexities of some caramel and floral scents.
T: Smell is a good indicator of this one. Strong grapefruit peel all throughout the drink, bitter from start to finish, but not too bitter as to bring down the drinkability. Floral hops along iwth some other citrus notes. There's a bit of a caramel flavor hidden in the strong hops.
M: What you expect for the style, good level of carbonation and a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Can't say it was perfect but really nothing wrong with it.
D: For the bitterness and style it's quite drinkable. The alcohol is fairly low for a DIPA and doesn't come out at all in the drink. This is a great beer from Stone pick it up.
03-05-2009 21:11:54 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,233 ratings.