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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,371 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,371
Reviews: 3,072
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 397
Gots: 1,689 | FT: 10
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light golden tanish color with a giant white head and plenty of lace. The nose detects lemon cotton candy, and flowery banana bread. Very nice and kind of unique as hoppy brews go. The flavor brings lots more hops in the form of sweet bready herbal grass goodness. There’s wheat and sort of peachy fruit nougat. Delicious in a medium plus body with a polite carbonation and an easy, lightly frothy feel. A class hop brew!

Photo of Stockfan42
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw colored body with a chunky, sticky white head.

Aroma is full of hops. A citrus and floral hop explosion.

Smooth and bitter, but not overly bitter. Tons of hops and juicy, citrusy fruits. Very well balanced and great tasting.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and well carbonated. Medium bodied and leaves a nice bitter aftertaste.

Overall a fine example of a good and well balanced IIPA. Always a nice brew to grab off the shelf when you need your hop fix.

Photo of Gilly1980
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

A- Golden and hazy, but not cloudy like a hefeweisen.

S- Fruity and spicy just like an IPAD should be.

T- Citrus and spice up front and hop bitterness In the after. After a few seconds the hop bitterness really gets you. Very well balanced.

M- Very well balanced. Not slick but not sticky. The hops get you in the jaw and stick around.

Overall an excellent IPA. Well worth it and one I will definitely return to.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No best by or bottled on date.
Shared with friends. Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a 1cm head of off-white foam, smallish bubbles. Head fades gradually to a thin ring around the glass with some islands, leaving decent lacing that is refreshed with each sip. Body is a light orange color with yellow highlights.

Aroma is hop-forward, though I can get some malt as well. Citrus, grapefruit and lemon, zest are most prominent, some pine in the background. Malt sweetness if subdued, but present in the back.

Taste opens with light citrus and floral hops along with malt sweetness in front of tongue. Mid-taste yields more hops - pine and slight grapefruit bitterness - tempered with slight malt sweetness. Back of the tongue picks up significant bitter grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Very nice flavors, good balance, no detectable alcohol.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with moderate carbonation to keep things moving. Semi-dry finish.

I know this bottle was at least around three months old, and thought this was easily the best DIPA I've had yet. It was hop-forward, but not to the point of it being caustic. The ethanol, while "getting up there" in percent, was not detectable and attempting to beat the drinker into submission. Not ruinous, but actually rather pleasant; still wouldn't want to drink any other beer after this, though. In all, would like to try this much fresher and see how it turns out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle from Spartan Spirits in East Lansing.

A & S: rich resiny and piney hop aroma, and even though the smell is rich it isn’t very strong…if that makes sense. Light, but bright orange cloudy looking beer, but the vigorous bubbles rising from the bottom makes the beer appear lively. This beer has a really interesting look to it. Head is pretty nice it pours about a finger and a half of semi foamy off white head, which decrease over a short period till a solid layer is left and hangs around for the rest of the tasting. Lacing clings very well.

T & M: the robustness in the taste, but doesn’t fully come out till a bit into the taste. The most prominent flavors in this beer are piney and citrus hops. There is a slight sweet malty backbone. There is an interruption of hints of alcohol and buttery tones in the mid taste. I think I like that aftertaste the most about this beer’s taste. Is very powerful and it becomes stronger after 5 or so seconds. The aftertaste is piney and pleasantly bitter, with hints of floral elements. Fairly drinkable beer. Medium bodied but a bit watery, medium (on the higher end) for carbonation.

O: A very pleasant beer overall. I could be I had a really good bottle of their regular IPA but this wasn’t as good as I remember the regular IPA being.

Photo of Intrinsic
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruination IPA is a pretty much perfect example of the style, but you better have a strong stomach for it. The acids are killer...

Its a golden straw colour with little head and even less retention - mine died quite quickly. Despite this, it looks very appetizing.
The smell is perfect. Its like walking through an evergreen forest with orange and lime trees scattered throughout. It just screams out hops. And as you would expect from such a strong smelling beer, the taste is something to behold as well. Its by far the most bitter, hoppy beer I've ever had. It isn't well balanced at all, but I don't think that was the point of this one. It shocks you into submission (and your stomach will not be happy). Its a very dry beer and well carbonated. Overall, it isn't perfect, but it's pretty damn close.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour motors forth! This stop pours a clear light amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lime, light lemon zest, light orange zest, caramel, and pine resin. The taste holds notes of caramel, pine, very light lime, black pepper, lemon zest, light pineapple, and balsa. The body is on the heftier end of the light medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this is one beastly DIPA, one that wrecks the tongue with its massive hop concentration but still goes down eerily easily. Good times.

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

Served from the bottle into a globed Dogfish Head glass

A- Poured a super hazy sunset orange color with one finger of head. Really great color on the beer.

S- Very floral, perfume like, oak, piney, earthy, herbal, and some citrus. Really big hop aroma, but pretty unique compared to other DIPA and IPAs I have had.

T- Tons of floral, perfume, and oak/wood notes. Quite earthy and herbal. Some juicy citrus on the very bitter finish.

M- Pretty creamy, pretty sticky, and finishes ultra dry

O- Really unique hop flavors/aromas. This beer packs a huge bitter punch.

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

A: Golden amber into a tulip glass with a one finger off-white head and light lacing.

S: Floral, herbal, and slightly resinous - a great smell, but weaker than I want.

T: Floral hops up front, sweet malty middle, and a bitter grapefruit and citrus finish. Fantastic flavor, and certainly not as "ruining" as they claim - all the bitterness is really well balanced and adds to the flavor.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the low side of medium.

O: Great beer that's balanced very well. I wish they had the aroma to match that awesome flavor.

Photo of bornridiculous
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a prime example of how rating numbers aren't perfect indicators for how much you will actually like a beer. I am pretty sure based on how the numbers shake out this beer will be less than a 4, but I will admit it is my current favorite beer. Anyways enough rambling, here is my rating:

Appearance. Pours a slightly cloudy golden copper, with a 3/4 inch that kind of sticks around, but shrinks down to a 1/4 inch head.

Smell, smells of rich hops. A slightly sweet smell that I can't quite identify, maltyish maybe.

Taste: I love the unabashed onslaught of hops this beer puts fourth. Light hop flavor up front with a brutal increase upon swallowing. This is a hop lovers dream. This bad boy is hoppy and bitter, without being too bitter. Malt doesn't play a huge role in this beer other than existing in a futile attempt to try to balance out out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium, hop content leaves a resin sensation on the tongue, and oddly enough, on my front teeth.

My concluding thoughts on this beer, are if you like hops, you will love this beer, if malty styles are your go to, or if you are into more balanced styles, this may not be for you. I always try to indicate whether or not a beer may be good for sessioning, and due to the alcohol content I cannot in good conscious recommend it, but it doesn't stop me.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,371 ratings.