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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,286
Reviews: 3,053
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 394
Gots: 1,607 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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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.

Photo of logmacschlog15
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Dogfish snifter.

A: Pours about one finger of white foam that dissapates rather quickly leaving behind a thin layer of head. A deep and hazy amber with tinges of orange. Very few CO2 bubbles.

S: A fragrant bouquet of grapefruit, pear, and mango notes as well as some more sublte spicey, piney notes from the hops. There is a fairly good amount of caramel malt sweetnesss coming through the hop aromas as well.

T: A wave of citrus and tropical fruits hits the tounge but slowly recedes producing some very deep piney undertones as well as a huge kick of bitterness. This is all built on a backbone of sweet caramel malts and a slight biscuty note as well.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a somewhat dry finish.

O: This is a really great beer if you're a hophead! Surprisingly though, the hoppy goodness also allows some of the malty backbone to shine through. Really, really good offering from Stone. Wish I could try one SUPER fresh on tap at the brewery!

Photo of DTJPPR
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes combined in March and August 2011

A - This pours a beautiful burnt-orangish/copper color that makes you just want to throw it down your gullet. It is free of any clouding, and is clear despite its darkness. Leaves a decent 1-1.5 Finger head that fades somewhat fast leaving small traces of a fine lacing.

S - Not as strong of a hoppy smell as you might have thought. There's a piney scent that seems to linger the nose underneath the citrusy hop smells. Overall it smells very earthy, like walking through a hot Orange Orchard in Summer.

T - This is where things get fun. There's an upfront citrus pleasure that fades swiftly into a punch of warming bitterness. There's an intense hop flavor here that is remarkably complex in the mixture of flavors. With an exhale, the tree-barkesqueness/pine flavors come through along with more of the fermented orange flavors in a nice swirling mixture. This is a fantastic fruity/earthy IPA. Definitely delivers on its promise of strong hoppy flavor and a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Smooth and easy to pass, much like its appearance would suggest. Not quite watery, but close. The bitterness lingers after the swallow, which is nice with the flavors it leaves.

O - This has become one of my favorite's from Stone, and has become a real staple in my beer fridge. I can always count on being satisfied, especially if I only have time for a single pint of it. Give it a try.

Photo of nitro0292
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 9/28/11. Thank you Stone for putting a best by date on your bottles.

Easy pour produced 2 fingers' worth of bright white foamy head. Beautiful golden color with slight haze. Excellent retention, the head never fully disappeared. Left gobs of lacing.

Smell was all hops (just what I want when I have any kind of IPA). Wonderful citrus, pine and earth.

Taste was actually a touch sweeter than I expected, given the 100+ IBUs on the label, but then again this is a bottle that will be past expiration in a little over a month from now. Still very good, with a nice balance of hop flavor, malts and bitterness. Bitterness lingers on the tongue after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is very good, medium body, but not slick or syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is one of the best DIPAs I have had. If this were more fresh, it might very well be the best.

Drink it as often as you can.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 9-6-11 12 oz bottle. $3.25

Pours a nice one fingers worth of somewhat creamy off white head. It settles out to a very nice creamy thick cap.

Smells awesome! Floral, citrus, lemon, fresh cut grass mixed with earthy notes.

Tastes of sweet sugary crystal malts, earthy hops, quite grassy.
The alcohol is very well masked.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, medium carbonation. The finish is very oily and coating. A solid lingering bitterness remains along with the oily slickness of the hop oils.

Overall this is one big, pungent, well crafted, hop forward beer. Fear the hops. This one keeps kicking as you get to the bottom of the glass, they will win.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of eggshell head which recedes but leaves some lacing.

S: Smells of juicy hops! Pine, grapefruit, tangerine, a little caramel.

T: Wave upon wave of grapefruit bitterness! You can sense some sweetness there but each time it seems like it's rising to the forefront, it is obliterated by the bitterness.

M: Medium-full body, fairly sticky; carbonation level is maybe a little higher than I'd like.

D: For a palate wrecker, drinkability is very high. The alcohol is well hidden behind the hoppy onslaught.

Photo of Whobody
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A- dark golden color. The glass I'm using skews the look so I can't add much. Long lasting head.

S- as advertised, hops punch you in the face with the first wif. Smells like an open bag of fresh whole hops just about to be added to the brew kettle. Impressive.

T - made for the hop head. Awesome resiny bitterness in the finish. Light malt character. My wife swears that she tastes something like soap. I'm not sure how to describe that. Alcohol is masked well for a beer over 7%. The bitterness lingers.

M - light body, bitterness , dry

O- I love IPA's. I could drink this all night. If you are unsure if you enjoy hoppy beer, choose something else. On the other hand, this is pure gold for a hophead.

Photo of boutleg32
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A-Beautiful orange color with inch thick head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell:The hops hit you immediately. Very strong citrus smell that waters the taste buds.

Taste:Boom! Those 100 IBUs hit you immediately. You understand while its called Ruination after the first sip. Its surprising smooth and the 7.7% alcohol is definitely present at the end. Great aftertaste if you love a lingering bitterness. Awesome!

Mouthfeel-Medium body with good carbonation. Definitely numbs the tastebuds!

Overall-Simply one of the best IPA's you can find. Stone is building a great name for themselves. Definitely will have again

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

Poured 12oz Bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Hazy orange color. Good size head, about an inch and a half to two inched thick. Great Lacing.

S: Grapefruit upfront with some pine and then a healthy malt backbone.

T: Hop bitterness. Mainly citrus. Good bready, caramely malt finish. Very well balanced.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation. Oily hop flavors linger.

O: Excellent DIPA from Stone. Good flavors and well balanced.

Photo of mjgooner13
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Served in a bottle about a month past its recommended date**

A- Pours a hazy orange, gorgeous looking beer, 1 1/2 finger off-white head with a mixture of small and large bubbles...good bit of lacing as i take this down

S- Getting lots of tropical fruit in the nose, pineapple is the most prominent for me with a slight hint of orange..

T- Hops def first and foremost appear on the scene with a slight bit of malt in the middle only to be hit with a nice bitterness from the hops at the backend...kinda with i got those tropical notes from the nose in the taste but still a tasty beer...i can only image how good this beer would taste if i got it fresh...getting some of the alcohol as i get towards the end.

M- Light to med body, dryness has me wanting the next sip. I could take this down quickly for sure...kinda refreshing as the carbonation fills the mouth nicely

O- Again I have to point out that I am drinking this beer past its recommended date, but the look and the nose are still of a high quality...small let down that I am not getting those tropical flavors in the taste...good bitterness and carbonation a B+ for sure, i would def buy this again and i'll try and search out a fresh bottle..

Photo of chocosushi
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a dang paragraph on the back,
as well as "store at cellar temp,"
but no best by/bottle date. Hmm.
Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours the color of a healthy clementine. Mild head, but good lacing. Great carbonation.

S ~ Forest (grass, leaves, sap) Also Flowers & a little bit of doughy bread. There's citrus peel buried under the ton of pine. Really pleasant & hoppy.

T ~ S A P, Hop cones, Bitter lemon, Grapefruit peel, Overripe citrus, Pale Malt, Dandelion-leafyness... There's the slightest touch of Tropical Fruit. The Forest notes are really singing, but I wish the fantastic floral notes were more prevalent.

M ~ Bitter & full. Carb is light (tiny bubbles). Very bitter. Enjoyable.

D ~ Wears its 100 IBUs well. While a really good IIPA, I wish the nose would have followed through a little better. Not a letdown...but I enjoyed the nose so much

Photo of zander4dawin
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark golden beer with a hint of amber, pillowy creamy head rests on top.
Smell - Smells delicious, sweet, floral like a freshly picked flower.
Taste - Bitterness hits hard fast and lingers. Grapefruit flavors are present naturally but not over-baring. Mostly tasting pure hop flavors. After taste is nice.
Mouthfeel - Has a nice feel and a crisp snappiness about it.

Overall - A good hop forward Imperial IPA by Stone.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was awesome from the moment I popped the top. I poured this brew from a bomber into a snifter. It poured a light blond hue and first and foremost you are introduced to the hops and pine in your face. At 100ibu's which I do believe is an understatement this brew is highly drinkable. allthough this beer did seem to rip the enamel from my teeth I will most definitly seek out and drink over and over. This brew was great.


Photo of sdmvd6
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent straw color with about a finger and a half of fluffy, white head that mostly dissipates. Light lacing is left behind.

S - Nice dominant hop bitterness up front with a hint of pine. Aromas of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and other (mangoes and dried apricots) fruits quickly take over with subtle bready undertones.

T - Similar to the nose, hop bitterness hits you up front intertwined with pine, citrus, and tropical fruit notes. Grapefruit and mango are very apparent. Toasty malt provides a balancing backdrop for these sweet and bitter flavors.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Definite hop resin as well. Very nice for this style.

O - This is such a solid DIPA. One of the first ever brewed, it truly captures the style wonderfully. Due to the fact that I bought it in MO, all of the bottles at the bottle shop had a best by date of 8-10, so I am not able to experience its full potential. It is amazing that this IPA still impresses me this much with as much age as it has.

Photo of paxchristi
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one badass beer, yo!

This beer is exemplary in every facet of my experience. In fact, I sit here and crave simply thinking about pouring this beer. I poured the beer from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a chilled glass mug. It was like taking it straight from the tap; which happens less often, in my opinion, when pouring from a bottle. It had a kick-ass head that left an intense lacing down the glass and would sustain longer than the life of most beers I’ve ever had. It was a very frothy head (my favorite) that took on a vivid orange hue. I took one smell of it and I thought to myself, “HOPS!” To complement the hops, there were some very citrusy smells to it. At times it I caught hints of a premium tobacco shop. It was intensely aromatic. The taste is a medium body with am almost silky feel in the mouth. The malt seems to complement the hops very well, as it is a very soft malt roast. The third character are the rest of the undertones of piney, citrusy, and woodsy flavors. The alcoholic esters add to the flavor some real pungency. It finishes dry. Overall, this is one of my favorite IPAs (top 10 or so). Its a special beer. Whenever I have the money, I will get this again. Hopefully, I find it on tap in the city (Saint Louis).

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,286 ratings.