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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,951
Reviews: 3,003
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,276 | 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 Cheesemoose
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into my tulip.

A toasty amber hued yellow on the pour. Pillowy white head that rises high, giving a good 3 fingers of head. Recedes into a nice film with a solid bit of lacing.

Pine and citrus hops nose leap from the glass. Malt base is solid, giving a candy like presence that is just lovely.

Bitter start. Hops come into play fast and hard. Starts with a pine/citrus hop character. The finish sees a malt backing, though it is in the background. Malts are toasty, adding a mild caramel sweetness. This one is solely a hop monster. Finish is great. As you breathe out you get a resurgence of the lingering hop flavors bringing back all that once was. This one does not go down lightly.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth, with a light syrupy nature. ABV is felt more than sense. Mild warming and definitely a sipper.

A great DIPA and a must.

Cheesemoose, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Satchboogie
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes reviewed on 11/18/10:
12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours Golden orange, 2-finger white foamy head, becomes frothy as it slowly dissipates, leaves little lacing.

S: Pine hops, bready malty, citrus, some flowery esters. smells really intense and inviting.

T: Holy hop! A surge of pine and citrus hops quickly backed by rich malt, almost a resin taste, esters in the finish. It's pretty bitter, but decently smooth. Has a fruit sweetness like a tangerine, alcohol is present in the finish but isn't overwhelming.

M: Medium carbonation, full body, very chewy and sticky. Goes down fairly easily and has a bitter aftertaste, but isn't unpleasant.

D: Very rich and filling, hard to drink more than one, but the incredible flavor and good mouth feel has me reaching for more.

Satchboogie, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copperish yellow color with about a fingers worth of head that leaves some great lacing

S: Piney, earthy, bitter hops, citrus and maybe a little of a malt backbone

T: Same as the smell, with an emphasis on the pine. Fairly earthy as well, with notes of citrus rind. A small malt backbone rounds it off, but it's still on the bitter side by quite a margin

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that gets held off by all those hop oils

O: A great example of the style, and a hop monster for sure, especially fresh (this one is only a month old). If you're looking for a bitter beer, look no further than Ruination

BEERMILER12, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of bpfishback
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle about a month old.

A- Gold with a reddish orange tint. poured with a one inch head but that head faded quickly leaving good lacing on the glass.

S-Catty, onion powder, wonderful, I can smell it from a foot away while pouring into the glass.

T- Some sweetness and citrus at the beginning then overwhelmingly bitter on the finish. I almost get some saltiness from the bitterness, maybe it is something I ate? Still good but wow is it bitter.

M- Nice body, seems to have a low finishing gravity.

D-I liked this beer a lot when I had it just at its expiration date but right now I feel like it is almost too bitter. The body makes it drinkable but the bitterness limits drinkability.

I will adjust this review if the taste is different in the future.

bpfishback, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So far one of my favorite IPA's. Poured and drank from a 22oz, started at about 45 degrees.

Pours a dark, golden orange. Pours a great, sticky head with good retention and wonderfull spiderweb lacing.

Smell is hoppy and even a little malty but that might be a yeast/bread smell. Some citrus of course.

Taste is good, but still not overly hoppy. I've yet to find a Hop beer that overwhelms my palette, and this one doesn't either. I beleive its still balanced, not too dry and not too spicy. There are some floral notes too. Typical hop bite on the backend but not too much.

Mouthfeel is ok-to semi-good, initally crisp. A little dry maybe? Slight alcohol presence.

Drinkability is good in my opinion for an IPA. Goes down clean.

Scotchboy, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant double IPA that benefits from having a lighter body and less malt profile than most, which enhances drinkability and allows the hops to truly shine.

I'm enjoying this too much to be bothered with an in-depth review, but will do one next time - I'll certainly be getting this again!

LittleCreature, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light burnt orange with a nice eggshell head and some nice lacing. Aroma of floral citrus hops fill the senses imparting a nice fruity boquet. Taste is sweet floral citrus hops with some light tones of malt. Palate is nice full body, very nice carbonation. Finish is nice floaral citusy hops with a nice fruity body ending in a dry alcohol nuttiness. Overall a very nicely balanced DIPA

Samp01, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of hopstradamus
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a bright, golden, pale color. It is bright, but still hazy. The head is a brilliant, fluffy, white but it settled quickly.

S. Hoppy, but not overly so. The hop aroma is perfumy and tropical, but it blends well with the bready malt character.

T. It is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I had expected. The hop taste is more fruity than perfumy, but it is still tropical. The taste moves from hoppy, to dry, to the bready/ doughy taste of the malt. Not overly bitter.

M. This beer is a little dry with medium mouthfeel and may be a little under-carbonated. The alcohol is nice as it helps accentuate the flavors of the beer.

D. This beer is a real treat, and one I can't wait to have again.

hopstradamus, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Lucklys
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy burnt golden-orange that was randomly scattered with tiny streams of carbonation. It held a gorgeous two-finger thick, creamy, milky white head shaded with buttery hues that lasted quite a while thanks to its excellent retention, and left lovely sticky lace in sheets along the glass. A nice collar formed around the edge as the foam dissipated and the liquid beneath cleared of the initial haze to a glassy orange amber as it warmed.

The nose was very pungent with lots of pink grapefruit juice and crushed pine needle hops that threatened to sting my nose, but at the same time seemed softly floral (thanks to the Centennial hops), keeping it perfectly balanced. Once my senses were wide awake, which took only one or two whiffs, there were some very mild sweet malts that presented themselves in the background. Hints of light lemon zest and maybe something pineappley, dried grass and hay spyhopped their way through the strong grapefruit and pine somewhere along the line, too, though more so as the beer warmed. Throughout the time I took just holding my nose over my snifter, the aroma never lost any of its spice or zest and remained hop central til the very end. Blissful and sinus clearing!

I started a relationship with Ruination and while the passion-filled riptide of extreme hops immediately overwhelmed me, it slowed down as the first sip reached my stomach, leaving a long-lasting piney bitterness holding onto my taste buds for dear life. Each sip afterward was continuously filled with dramatic pine needles and grapefruit rind hops and never left me disappointed (until I finished the beer, of course). Undertones of sweet pale malts rolled out from under all the hops for the briefest moments right at the end, forming an arching backbone just looking for a good, quick scratch before being washed over by a final wave of lemon peel and herbal resin. The mouthfeel was consistently medium, especially with the rich flavors, and was rather silky and creamy even with the good amount of spicy carbonation. It wasn't exactly smooth, but it was easy to drink and really quite delicious.

Lucklys, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/16 into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Ruination pours a bright, clear golden color with a full two fingers of eggshell white head. Retention is fantastic, and resulting lacing is chunky and fairly open.

Smell: Huge waves of citrus and grapefruit waft from this beer, absolutely mouthwatering. Piney hops follow, but are almost an afterthought after all of that citrus and grapefruit. I can also get some estery-type scents as well.

Taste: I can't imagine a DIPA tasting much better. I get just a bit of malt, and a ton of grapefruit and a bit less citrus start up front. Following is tangy, bitter hop flavor. More bitterness accentuates the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just under medium bodied and very smooth. The carbonation feels very good in the mouth. This beer is bitter in the extreme, but I still find it pretty damn drinkable. Drinking a full bomber will wreck the palate, however.

zhanson88, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance - The beer pours a hazy gold/amber colour with a nice size frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is excellent. The head lasted for quite a while before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Pine, breads/grains, grapefruit, tangerine, and a woodiness

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue, and the beer feels dry yet creamy. The flavours include grapefruit zest, a breadiness, and pine. There is also a lot of hop flavour mixed some nice floral notes. The beer finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A solid beer that I would be happy to drink again anytime. Worth checking out if you happen to see it on the shelves.

spinrsx, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of MaxBrewell
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pale-Orange with a slight haze, creamy, foam head, with lacing that clings the entire offering.

S - Over-the-top hops from start to finish, but I can't help myself...Pure Bliss.

T - More hops, as you'd expect. Finishes slightly dry, with a lingering bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated with a slight, tart-pucker.

D - At 7.7% ABV, too big to pound, but just right to savor.

I truly enjoyed this offering from Stone, and look forward to having my taste buds wrecked again in the near future. Rock on!

MaxBrewell, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of ccbrewer138
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-I really like the color on this one. Deep pale with a thin white head of foam, brilliant and can see through if held up to a light.

S- very nice grapefruit and pine aromas, but not too overpowering.

T-this is definatly a hop bomb, very thick on citrus and pine. Nice clean bitterness from hops, balanced by a huge dallop of sweet and toasty malt.

M-sticky, and super heavy in body, but not over carbonated.

D-although I wouldn't drink a whole 6 pack in one sitting, this is top on my list the next time I want a double ipa.

ccbrewer138, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of afksports
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottled and then on tap at Amity Hall. I figure Black Friday before I run over to Capone's is probably a good time to sneak in a review from notes.

It's heady with an golden and orange haze. Great little bubbles of lacing hug the glass as it goes down. Above the murky goodness it smells like straight and strong citrus hops, with a bit of a malts coming though too.

Taste is what you want when you order a WC hop bomb. Bit of temperance on the hops with some caramel, and overall it's well-crafted. It's got a solid medium body and great carbonation to really fill the palate, and a low enough ABV to be regularly drinkable.

Although I wouldn't be putting back 5 of these. At risk of losing all taste sensation in my mouth for weeks. Regardless - another great one, Stone.

afksports, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber. Pours golden-amber with a small but long lived white head. Aroma of piney, citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Medium, sharp body. Huge amount of citrusy, piney hops dominate the palate with sweet malt and ripe fruit provide great balance. Hoppy, dry, never ending finish. Great, complex IPA.

mikeg67, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice white foamy head. The head also left good lacing. It appears to be unfiltered.

S - The smell is very hoppy and earthy. There are also some fruity notes and some citrus as well.

T - The first taste is hops. Very piney. there are also some fruit flavors present. The finish is citrusy and bitter. This tastes just like a DIPA should taste.

M - This has a medium and good carbonation. There is also a nice crispness to it. The flavor of the hops sticks to the mouth and lingers for a while, leaving a little bit of a puckering feel.

D -This has great drinkability. I could drink these all the time. It goes down easy and I find it very refreshing. This is one of my favorite DIPAS. I can't wait to get some more of these.

JizackFH, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a straight sided glass. Pours a golden and clear orange with an initial finger of white foamy head. Plenty of small bubble carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Head retention is minimum with light lacing as it receded.

Grapefruit peel and a floral hoppiness hits the nose. A bit of light biscuit malt sweetness as well to help balance the bitterness.

Taste follows the nose, citrus and floral hops bitterness upfront, but finishes dry and slight sweetness. A little bit of lingering bitterness lingers for a little while.

A good readily available dipa.

nataku00, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep yellow, almost copper color, with a white head. The smell strong with citrus hops. The taste is a strong citrus hop flavor. Not getting much from the malt, from it being overpowered by the hops, and yet its in a good way. The mouthfeel is somewhat light and yet not medium. It is drinkable. Maybe ive just gotten use to ipa but I thought it was a very good beer.

arboristfish, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of gtn80
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a hazy, golden color with a bright white head that lasts throughout the pour. Lacing clings to the glass as the beer is drank.

Aroma is tremendous, huge, piney juicy hops. Nothing else in the nose, but what can you expect at 100+ ibu. As the beer is drank and the head dissipates the malt comes through a bit.

Taste is exactly what you would expect on a west coast ipa with that many ibus. Huge hop flavor up front, sticky, resinous hops. Malt is there, but damned if I can pick it out with all those hops. Big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Hop heads wet dream.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, almost creamy. Good weight, good carbonation.

Drinkability is surprising with this amount of hops. Bitterness is lingering, but what do you expect when you pop this beer open.

gtn80, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.99 / ea.

A: Bright copper body topped with a rocky off-white two-finger head of moderate retention that leaves behind thick sticky lace and a big rocky cover.

Note: A big ass fly also happened to float to the top after I poured. Yeah, it came out of the bottle. Pretty gross, but most likely a rare occurrence.

S: Big grapefruit citrus and pine aromas over a sweet caramel backbone. Prototypical West Coast IPA. Simple, but wonderful.

T: More balanced than the aroma suggested. Starts off with big sweet caramel malt flavors, transitions into hot and grassy flavors, and then finishes with a strong hop bitterness. Each drink is a journey. Very interesting.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and defined hop oil smoothness.

D: Really nice flavors, but at 7.70 abv this isn't something to over indulge. Have one before and during your meal and then take it easy for a bit. Not a craft beer for "beginners".

O: Right in Stone's wheel house and they wasted no time knocking it out of the park. Great IPA.

dpnelson1978, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Slightly hazy yellow color and double finger head that dissipates quickly with some nice lacing.

The aroma is shockingly great. Hops - overwhelming (not in a bad way). Pine and grapefruit notes as well. Sweet citrusy aroma as well. One of the best aromas I've had.

Taste follows the aroma, but with some sweet malty flavor backing up the piney hops. That's what makes this taste work so well; it's got a great strong bitter hop flavor but balanced well enough with sweet malt to enjoy.

You can't drink too many of these without the ruination of your palate, which detracts from the drinkability. But, this is a must have brew for any hop lover.

FanofHefe, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a glass.
This beers color was a cloudy, pale, golden-brown. The head of the beer was frothy and Lacy but didn't last very long.
The smell was of Pine and a variety of strong hoppy aromas. (Very Enjoyable)
The taste of this beer started out just as the scent had suggested. and then the complexity of the hops was ever more present. Hops definitely the largest contributing factor to this beer and kinda hard to extract lots of other flavors through it. it had the Perfect bitter taste to it (not a killer, very pleasant) More smooth and sweet than i would have expected, The hops bring out very herbal notes in this beer. the aftertaste is also dry and quite bitter as well.
Mouth-feel is very pleasing. medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. leaves you feeling very warm.
The bottle warns you of how this beer wrecks your palate, so don't even try to eat anything you really want to enjoy while drinking this beer. other than that I wish I always had a steady supply of this beer because one could drink this every night. HIGHLY recommend this beer. Epitome of west coast IPAs.

OhSoHoppy, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of heebes
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Poured aggressively the brew produces a foamy inch and a half head, eggshell in colour. Very cloudy orange amber in appearance. Sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a strong auroma of pine and citrus notes. Taste is very delicious, goes down smoothly on the sip, almost a creamy taste of the pine hops then leaves a bitter taste in the finish. Medium bodied and good carbonation present. This is a very good IIPA, a good hop kick to it. Reasonable ABV means I could have plenty of these.
Appealing bottle and silly writeup on how good the beer included with every Stone beer...

heebes, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Very pale and unfiltered, giving it a cloudy, yellow but slightly orange appearance. Looks great.

s - Hops for sure, really powerful aroma. The heavy pine smell also has some citrus, but not as strong as some other IPAs.

t - The first gulp is almost too much. Super hops. The sides of your tongue feel like they've been jabbed with pine needles. Then you acclimate to it. If you're into hops, its a winner. If you're not, what are you doing drinking a double IPA?

m - Pretty light and crisp, not much substance. This is a pro in this case, as any more substance and it would again become overwhelming.

d - This is a very strong brew. When I picked up a six-pack, I had every intention of having more than one that night. As it turned out, one was plenty.

wesclaypool, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of NefariousR
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a tangerine, pale-orange. Hazy with a decent amount of sediment visible. Head is white, foamy, and sticky.

S - HOPS. Citrus notes, perhaps grapefruit. "Bright", fruity aromas.

T - Citrusy, with lots of unnameable fruit flavors. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting (from the smell or the label's "100+ IBUs" boast).

M - Oily and medium-bodied. Carbonation is present but not incredibly assertive. Sticks to the mouth and throat, making the flavors linger.

D - I was quite surprised by the drinkability of this brew. Yes, it is hoppy, but if you're an IPA fan then you will find a lot to like about this beer.

NefariousR, Nov 12, 2010
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,951 ratings.