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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,951
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 279
Gots: 806 | 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 ebit


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
Photo of Sticket


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
Photo of Ben4881


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
Photo of MrMonkey

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
Photo of dancinwillie


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
Photo of HalfFull


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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of xare


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
Photo of ectomorph


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
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've sampled many of these, all from the bottle. I'm envious of you who've had this on Cask. That's gotta be a fantastic treat. Ruination is a no holds barred Double IPA thats got it all - heavy malt, extreme hops, all balanced to perfection. Stone continues its mastery of extreme brewing with this savage product. After you've had one of these, you've got no choice but to have another. Most other brews will be tasteless - Ruination as they say.

Malts ablaze,
Hops are hotter.
Anything else
Tastes like water.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:33:04 | More by jamiejohnson
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with decent head and long lasting lace.
The aroma is floral,malts and hops. The taste is butter malts,hops and caramel sweetness. The feel is oily,almost chewy and bitter with some strong malts to back it up. Well balanced.

Notes: Great balance makes this easy to drink. Bitter,but not in a bad way. Generally, I am not a fan of IPA's yet I do love hoppy beers. This one was good and I never doubted it would be.
An excellent brew to behold,yet this is not a particular style I cherish.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 01:32:16 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; a cyrstal clear orangey copper, huge off white dense head, excellent retention and lacing

Smell: Floral and orangey hop, slick and oily with cookie-like malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: Over the head crushingly bitter, sweet and oily with medium carbonation.

Taste: Unreal floral and hop bomb... smoothed out with a buttery-like malt but hops are king here... nicely dry finish with a sweet hop finish

Drinkability: I shouldn't bought more... a single wasn't enough... costs be damned, this is the most drinkable IPA I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 00:32:19 | More by joezak5
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2.65/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed on cask 07/11/08 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Fairly clear golden hue with a one finger white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is old cheese and used sweatsocks. Ack.

Mouthfeel is dead average (nothing notable), which is odd for a cask pull.

A little grassy flavor, a fleeting flirtation with crystal malt, but mainly lots and lots of hop character which is mainly expressed as bitterness. Some earthy green hop notes as well, but they were hard for me to pull out.

Not a very good beer to my palate.

Serving type: cask

07-12-2008 19:41:58 | More by charlzm
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Man oh man, that's a rich beer. It looks great with its pale lemon color and big white head but don't be fooled by its "light" looks. This beer carries one hell of a punch, upon the first gulp there's a hop attack that is unrivaled by other IPA's. Aroma of lemon, pine, citrus scented bathroom cleaner, a minor touch of circus peanuts. Tastes of lemons with skin and all, citrus, pine, bright citrusy sweet notes toward the finish, clean bitterness. Tickles the tongue. Light bodied with medium carbonation. After a few of these you'll be tripping billies all night but who said that was a bad thing? If you are a fan of hops, this beer is the way to go. Major respect for Stone Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 00:22:37 | More by JRed
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This baby is bad in the Michael Jackson (the weirdo pop star) sense. A green splash of hops and a bouquet of purple lavender. A bitter, malty, chewy candy, boasting Imperial character. The true essence is captured with small sips and deep inhalation of aroma. A dry hopped whiskey with a slap of sour musk. Elegant, wee bit brutal; demanding admiration and respect.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 00:21:28 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of bound4er


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this last night - notes from memory. This is a very good DIPA and I liked this better than the Arrogant Bastard I had the night before. Pours to a perfect, dense head of foam showing off the beers bright, brass-like color. The nose is nice (typical citrus) but a bit more subdued than one would expect. The taste and drinkability of this beer is fantastic - classic IPA flavors surrounded by plenty of hops but balanced with enough malt to keep it from falling off the "bitter cliff". Does this unseat HopSlam as my favorite DIPA? No way! Still, a beer I will buy more of.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 20:28:57 | More by bound4er
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Ruination is a clear brassy copper, with a large, lightly toasted meringue head, which is very long lasting, with lots of chunky, bubbly lace. Very attractive, if a bit bright.

Smell is strong, sugary sweet crystal and juicy, citrus hops, from the first sniff, t's undeniably a Stone beer. In fact, not to much unlike Old Guardian.

Taste is sweeter, smoother, and more citrusy then the nose, very nice, again, like fruitier, aromatic OG.

Mouthfeel is rich and slick, but not too heavy in the belly, with a tight, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a very fine DIPA, very much up my ally. The self-indulgent label blurb implies this will be aggressive and difficult to appreciates, but the only thing it ruins for me is the appeal of rougher, less-made DIPAs, of which compared to this there are many! One of Stone's best beers IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 03:22:00 | More by ccrida
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say about Ruination on Cask is WOW. A beer ment to be on Cask. Just smooths and rounds out this intense beer. Still mounds of hops, but adds texture and a smooth lengthy finish that this beer from bomber doesn't have. This beer is usually the beer to end all beers because it can linger and disrupt other beer samples, not from cask. Really something to behold.

Serving type: cask

07-10-2008 03:17:51 | More by paytoplay
Photo of Lepley


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown with a healthy amount of tan head. Its smell was impressive. I've had a beer with such a strong aroma. The smell was of strong and hoppy. This beer smelled bitter. This beer's taste was similar to its smell, bitter and hoppy, and as far as I could tell that was it. It was delicious. Despite its harsh bitterness this beer was very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 22:37:16 | More by Lepley
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large snifter. The beer is a cloudy dark orange color topped with a light tan 2 finger thick head.

Smell: Big piney, cirusy, and floral hops attack the nose. Surprisingly there's also a caramelly maltiness in the aroma, as well as a buttery note.

Taste: Surprising malt up front, introduced by smooth caramel and breadiness. Then come the hops, drying everything up in the finish and leaving a tingling sensation throughout the mouth. These hops are huge, oily, and citric. However, the beer is at the same time supremely balanced so that the bitterness doesn't steal the show. Superb.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, spreading to every corner of the mouth, before leaving the mouth dry and tingly after swallowing, leaving you wanting more. I hardly ever say this, but... perfect.

Drinkability: The balance in this beer makes it more drinkable than it should be. Which is a good thing. Ruined palate indeed - this is a hard one to top.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 02:28:22 | More by BucBasil
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,951 ratings.