Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
3.33/5 rDev -22.6%
Pours a great golden cloudy orange. Nice foamy head that fades to some nice lacing. Nice citrus/pine aroma with pleny of hop scent. First sip is nice an hoppy, but then ends quite bitter.
The bitter stays in my mouth and lingers. Not sure if this is a beer for me. I love hops, but this seems to have distinct bitterness that I don't seem to like. It gets a little better as it warms up. The bitterness tends to fade. I'm glad I tried it, but not sure how many I could have in one night.
PS. It is one of the coolest bottles, I love the etched gargoyle.
03-04-2009 19:42:14 | More by Liverpool08
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
I'll preface this by saying Stone is one of my favorite breweries, but I much prefer the 90 minute IPA to this offering. As some other reviewers have said, after all the hype I came away from Ruination thinking "is this it?"
A - Golden/tan/beige, depending upon the light. Small head, but it sticks around. Good for the style, can't complain.
S - Quite good. Hops (big surprise). Centennial's floral notes -- I prefer the fruitier Cascade, but still, again, quite good.
T - I really had a "meh" reaction to this beer. Grassy/celery notes a big part of the profile. Note that I'm not referring to bitterness and/or hop flavor, which I love, but an off-putting taste that is a result of either Stone's hop choice, method of hop infusion, or both. Certainly not anywhere close to bad, but at the same time I really don't feel it deserves the raves it's been getting.
Malt present, although perhaps not to the degree of 90 minute. Perhaps a darker crystal would have improved things, but then that may have nudged it out of style.
M - Appropriate for the style. Can't knock too much of anything in this regard.
D - Good, but suffers somewhat from the aforementioned funk.
A quality beer, lovingly produced -- but I can't see myself buying this one again.
03-04-2009 07:06:29 | More by JJBlanche
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
A - Pours slightly cloudy, gold/ amber color with a one inch off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring leaving moderate lacing.
S - Hops - citrus and piney.
T - Bitter and citrusy, grapefruit-like. Hops dominate, but mild malt character can be tasted in the background.
M - Bitterness in the back of the mouth that lingers long after the drink. Warm on the way down. Nice tingle. Moderate body.
D - I love this beer, but if it has a fault, it is here. I don't think one could drink a bunch of them, but afterall - that's not what it is made for.
Overall - You have to practice to like this one. It is definitely an aquired taste that I must have aquired somewhere along the line.
03-04-2009 01:26:56 | More by ghebel
4/5 rDev -7%
Pours clear deep golden color with one finger off-white head which dissapeared fairly quickly. Smell - pine and grapefruit hit the nose first, the some sweet notes come through (almost like strawberry flavour) and hops all the way of course. Taste - it is a palate killer - very bitter and hoppy, grapefruit faded now it is mostly pine. Well this is probably my first palate killer and it's interesting. Very dry finish. Rich and creamy.
Well I can't complain about the bitterness, it ment to be this hoppy and it's brewed very well. I'll enjoyed it once in a while, but it is not an everyday beer for sure.
03-03-2009 23:25:03 | More by Voonder
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Best Before: 4/19/09
A- Pours a 1 finger thick white fluffy head. The body is a hazy golden/yellow color.
S- Nice big piney aroma, hop oil, some grapefruit. Quite a bit of hops but still some malt presence. Overall, despite the freshness of this beer, The nose is a bit underwhelming.
T- Starts out with a bunch of tart grapefruit and pine notes with a bit of malt hiding underneath. The the finish is quite dry and semi-astringent. Nice long finish.
M- Low carbonation works well. I like the very dry-astringent finish.
D- This is a nice hop bomb, but just seems simple to me. I think Surly Furious has quite a bit more to offer than this.
03-03-2009 03:24:25 | More by Greggy
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
A hop lover's dream! This beer pours a perfect golden color with a light hint of orange to it. The head is extremely light in color, an off white, that is almost two fingers thick. It sticks around too and leaves a nice white lace behind.
It smells of fresh hops with a nice piney, slightly yeasty aroma. It does not have the overwhelming citrus scent to it that a lot of other American IPAs have. It seems more earthy and slightly floral. While the malt is there it is very hard to pick out.
As far as taste goes this is a delicious beer. A very complex flavor would be the most appropriate way to put it. Upon the first sip you get a nice almost caramel malt flavor before the hops become dominant. It is almost like your mouth explodes with hops leaving a nice citrusy-piny blend that is very enjoyable. It is the perfect amount of bitterness. Not too overwhelming but enough to let you know that you are drinking an IPA done right.
The mouthfeel is very nice. Medium-bodied and a little more carbonation than expected but it compliments the complex flavors nicely. I think the carbonation has something to do with why the bitterness of the beer is not overwhelming.
I def. can drink this beer as much as I can afford it. It is probably one of my favorites beers altogether and certainly one of my favorite IPAs. I would give it all 5s but I figured I'd save that for the rare occasion I might find something I like more. An excellent beer overall.
03-03-2009 02:05:43 | More by herbalist
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
I must say, after drinking the Bell's Hopslam, the Harpoon Leviathan IPA, and this in three successive nights, this is certainly the hoppiest of the three.
The color doesn't tell much of a story and the head is very thin and clear. Hops are admittedly the most prominent character to the smell and body, however the beer is superbly balanced, with light snippets of sweet honey and malt to the taste.
The initial taste is deceivingly warm and caramely, but the hops come back to bite through the finish and remain lingering on the tongue for longer than expected, sometimes a full 30 seconds after a big sip.
A standout among extreme beers with extreme hop character for its simultaneous harshness and its subtle charms.
03-03-2009 01:06:42 | More by TLove
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
From a 22oz bomber with a lot of writing I am temporarily ignoring, but with no visible freshness marking, into my cervoise. It's a bright, clear golden honey color, capped with a thin head of white foam and a bit of clingy lace. There's a very small amount of precipitating carbonation; otherwise not much going on carbonation-wise. Nose of distinct ruby grapefruit, at once sweet and bitter with clean citrus hops and lemon rinds. Bready with candy-like caramelized sugar sweetness. On the palate, it's not as punishing as the hype had lead me to believe. Rather, it's cleanly hopped with the flavor delivering on all of the nose's promises. Crisp with biting citrus hops. Hints of malt and caramel sugar hold it together. Alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering. Mouth is lightly viscous, perhaps a bit thinner than I'd have liked, yet certainly crisp and refreshing. Yes, I use the word crisp a lot here, and there's a reason for it. Drinkability is deceivingly good; it's an easy drinker though no doubt potent.
Overall: A very solid Imperial IPA, good citrus character, clean, crisp mouthfeel, and good overall drinking experience. A clear standout; recommended.
03-03-2009 00:48:10 | More by jettjon
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
12oz bottle poured into a bavarian pilsner
A - amber color with an ~2cm head that eventually settled into a 1cm head which crowned the beer the whole time.
S - lots of hops: grapefruit, pineapple, pine
T - more hops: grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin. it has a pretty bitter finish too, more so than Arrogant Bastard or Double Bastard. i didn't taste any malt, which in a DIPA, usually doesn't happen. As it warmed, there was a strong herbal/unsweetened tea flavor.
M - good. normal for an IPA.
D - I don't like DIPAs. To me, anyone can make an exceptionally hoppy beer. Plus, all DIPAs end up tasting the same. there's really no variety among them.
03-02-2009 03:45:09 | More by bowersdm
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
A: radiant golden colors with light yellow edges, even some pale orange hues in the mix. This was topped off by an "almost" bleach white head with patches of dense lace, as well as a random plastering of blobs and speckles. The color is rather light and fascinating in some regards
S: plenty of little greeny bombs in the nose. Fresh pine saplings, spicy, fruits, and the whole shebang. Tasty hops forge a presence through the nasal passages as well as a dainty caramel sweetness
T: huge hops, sweet, sticky, and what more could you ask for. An even showing of malts and yet, they never get in the way of the almost raw 'n' spicy hops character. Hops do stick a good fixing on the taste buds: pine, lemons, apricots, and oranges with a soft unique dirty-woody character after a few large gulps. However, I would say that the bitter pine character sits at the throne in the hop court. And, yet again, I must mention the subdued caramely toasted malt flavors, although hidden, are in fairly good order
M: a lusty finish that is never "bitter overkill" as some monster IPA's. Mouthfeel has a mild and even feel with soft buttery-like finish. For what this beer is, the body is very complimentary
D: a one word summary: marvelous. Simply marvelous, I extremely admire this Double IPA and stone brewery for their great stuff...not for the hop weakling
03-02-2009 01:21:53 | More by Magpie14
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
"A poem to the glory of hops." Also has a book written on the back of the bottle. Hazy, light honey color. Large white head that leaves lumpy foam islands. Several lace rings and 1/4" retention all the way down the glass.
Smells very tropical. Grassy, piney, and grapefruit hops with pineapple and fresh lemon.
Tastes like it smells. Grapefruit, floral, and piney hops mixed with tropical fruit. The tropical fruit and hop medley complement eachother well and make me think of lush island beaches. There's light biscuity malt under there somewhere. Mild bitterness considering "100+ ibu(s)." Piney hops become more dominant as Ruination warms. Light and flavorful, the mouthfeel is good and fairly thick but unremarkable.
Stone often seems to indimidate with thier beers but this is refreshing and highly drinkable.
02-28-2009 23:23:57 | More by donkeyrunner
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Pours a clear dark golden yellow. A decent amount of white head with lots of lacing left on the glass.
Smell is of hops. It is grassy, citrusy and piney.
The taste is a big hop profile that starts kind of piney and ends with a citrus note. There is a nice caramelt malt backbone hidden there to keep things from getting out of control, but this is a hop bomb. I can also taste the alcohol, but it is 7.7% ABV.
The mouthfeel is a good medium body, but a little too much carbonation for me.
This is very drinkable.
02-28-2009 21:53:07 | More by ocelot2500
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
This has got to be the perfect beer. Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing about it.
Pours a clear golden-orange with a strong thick head that lingers. The bubbles dance and rise for a couple minutes.
Pungent odors of all kinds of hops, it seems to cover them all from pine resin, fresh grapefruit, to floral notes. There is only a slight caramel malt that brings you back to reality, but only for a brief moment, then another onslaught of hops.
The taste is perfection. As soon as it hits the tongue there's a brief moment of a sweet, fruity apple-like ester, then the hop-attack begins. The pine is the first thing I taste, followed by the bitter grapefruit finish. The citrus finish hangs around forever and makes my mouth pucker up, and it's welcome to stay as long as it wants.
Nice thick, chewy, resinous, and just the perfect amount of carbonation. For as bitter as this is, everything just feels fresh and it leaves a very clean taste in the mouth. It gives the tongue a very enjoyable beating, true to it's name.
I can drink this all day and night. Admittedly I am a hop-head and this is by far my favorite IPA. This isn't distributed in Illinois and I have to go out of my way to get it, but won't ever pass on the opportunity to do so. Which reminds me, this was my last one...
02-28-2009 04:19:49 | More by Vonerichs
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
DIPA review from someone who's not a hophead...here we go...
A - Pours clear golden with a nice frothy head that stays the entire way down. nice sticky lacing. Bubbles are onstantly rising.
S - Pine, grass, lemon rind, HOPS!!! More citrusy as it warms.
T/M - A smack to the taste buds. After the first sip, which just kicks the crap out of your mouth with a flavor something resembling a cut pine tree, the taste mellows out alot more. Very smooth hoppy citrus flavor with a strong malty backbone. If the malts weren't so strong, i would think that I would be disgusted as it would be chewing on liquid hops, but it makes this one stellar brew. It's just as thick as it needs to be.
D - I couldn't drink much of this. It's good, but i'd die from elevated acid level in my veins.
02-28-2009 02:21:57 | More by MunchkinDrinker
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Thanks to Bobsmn for sharing this 22oz bomber with me.
Poured a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of persistent head and moderate carbonation. This beer has a sharp grapefruit scent, with a hint of pine needles in the background. I could sit here and just smell this one for several minutes.
The flavor profile is largely bitter grapefruit with an adequate amount of biscuit notes to balance things out. The hop flavor is very strong on this one, but not overbearing.
This beer is quite drinkable and has a pleasant, if slightly dry mouthfeel to it. I really enjoyed trying this dipa, however I do not mourn that it is not available at liquor stores in Minnesota. There are plenty of comparable midwestern dipas that can proudly stand next to a ruination.
02-27-2009 14:40:20 | More by user0317
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
I've been dying to try this one since I've heard nothing but really good things about it. Poured into a tulip pint glass it poured a light copper, light amber, almost hazy orange color with a small head but left some lacing down the glass. The smell is hoppy as expected. The taste is wonderful. Hoppy, bitter, a little sweet with a great mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well covered up. I'm loving this beer. I could drink it all day. This is a beer I'm going to definitely pick up again and would go out of my way to get. Stone did a great job on this brew as with the others I've had from them.
02-26-2009 21:24:40 | More by dismal
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
GLASS: Unibroue Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Nice medium-hued, golden honey color, with a slight hint of amber. Big, three-fingered, head of fluffy white foam. Retention is very good and lacing is clumpy and sticky.
Smell is pure hops. Big citrus hops mix it up with a more mild pine presence. Big notes of grapefruit. Slight hint of caramel malt sweetness.
Hop City, we have arrived. Big presence of grapefruit and pine, alike. Citrus hops abound. Big bitter bite, especially in the aftertaste. Sweet malty presence attempts to come through, on the mid-pallette, but gets pummeled back down.
Smooth and easy to drink, with a slight sharp edge to it.
As long as you aren't afraid of hops, this is a tasty, easy to drink, beer.
02-26-2009 04:20:52 | More by coldmeat23
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
22 oz. bomber into my UCLA pint glass.
Fairly clear golden body under one finger head with fairly substantial lacing. The Hop Atomic Bomb. While other IPAs may have higher IBUs (though I seriously doubt there are many), this is one way hoppy beer, a very upfront assault on the tastebuds, akin to getting hit over the head with a baseball bat. Yeow!! Hops, hops, and more hops, with a bit of piney notes on the backend, and a lingering malty finish. I'd hope to give a more informed judgment on mouthfeel, but my palate is destroyed for the rest of the evening. Not for the faint of heart and not a session beer, and certainly not an entry brew for the category, but one of the best examples of SoCal DIPAs, IMHO.
02-26-2009 02:41:21 | More by jdense
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,240 ratings.