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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,716 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,716
Reviews: 2,991
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,178 | FT: 8
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 mklinger
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Glarus shaker pint glass. The beer pours a deep gold, really very similar in color to the regular Stone IPA -- probably the palest DIPA I've had. The beer looks thicks, more viscous than the regular Stone IPA. It also pours substantially more hazy -- couldn't see much through this one. Nice head formed with fantastic lacing left behind with each sip.

Smell is all pine and citrus hop. I didn't pick up on any alcohol scents as some others have. A faint whiff of bready malt, but mostly just a good amount of citrus and pine hops -- not a crazy level of hops. Very similar aroma to the regular Stone IPA.

While the aroma wasn't that different, taste is like Stone IPA on steroids. Some good floral, citrus, and piney hops hit you first, followed by the 1-2 blow of strong bready malt and potent, long-lasting bitterness. The bitterness here really is the defining characteristic. Literally an hour and a half after finishing this beer, I could still taste the hop bitterness. Ruination, indeed!

Mouthfeel was appropriately slightly thicker than a regular IPA but not cloying as a barleywine. Nice carbonation. Easy to drink beer, though I'm not sure I'd want a second one on the same night & I'm not sure I'd be able to taste anything less assertive afterwards, but it sure went down easily.

mklinger, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Crystal clear, golden hue. No effervescence. Cloudy white fluffy head

S: Hops, bitter citrus

T: Refreshing, dry, bold. ABV well disguised in the flavor. Extremely bitter, yet not astringent. Although the bitterness is more prevalent than I prefer, it is done very well, and gives this beer a distinctive taste.

M: great carbonation. The bitter finish is a bit aggressive, especially in a 7.7% IPA. If it was 10+ %, I might be more receptive to it.

D: A really nice IPA, and a good representation of the style.

Huhzubendah, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of deathcab
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: a great, golden beer with a solid head, only because i went harsh on the poor though.

S: hoppy, piney smell that is delicious.

T: great taste. I get pine and hops mostly. Not over bearing at all.

M: Good, solid mouthfeel.

D:I could see drinking 3 12oz bottles of this, then moving to something more light. Overall this is a fabulous beer. However for the outrageous price of a 22oz around here, I'll stick with a 6 pack of 60 minute ipa.

deathcab, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of lookitsfelias
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a beautiful golden/amber with a puffy head which quickly dissolves with lots of lacing

S - wow. absolutely love the smell. super piny/citrusy hops, maybe a little orange or grapefruit type smell in there

T - the taste really catches you off guard. intensely bitter and dry, super hoppy as one would imagine

M - nice carbonation, a little less than i expected, dry and a strong lingering in the back of the mouth

D - although i love just about every aspect of this beer, i couldnt see my self drinking it all night or sessioning more than a couple. it is intense!

lookitsfelias, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper color with a nice looking, huge head. Had to stop my pour and pour a little down the sides. Moderate dissipation with minimal lacing. Nice looking.

S - Pine notes, with a brush of citrus hops and some sweet citrus. Pine comes through, but is not so overpowering as to detract.

T - Fantastic, pine starts out strong but fades into a nice blend of citrus and grassy hops. Bitterness follows on the end, but leaves the mouth feeling refreshed.

M - Solid, light-medium bodied with a nice carbonation kick. Dry finish.

D - Fantastic beer, could drink this a lot, the bitterness of the IPA actually leaves your mouth quenched, and no sweetness to become overbearing with time.

AgentZero, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours copper/amber with about 2 inches of while head (slight orange hue). sticks to the side of the brussels glass.

S: Not the intense hop aroma I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely dominated by earthy, rainy, wet hop smell, but it doesn't smack you in the face. Maybe a little bit or corriander too.

T: Wow, now that's what I'm looking for. Hop flavor is not so much of the sticky, piney, floral type, but more of the true bitter, earthy and dry. Man, the aftertaste is bitter. No real malt profile or character to speak of. Very nice.

M: Carbonation approporiate for the style, if not a little light. Not heavy. Can't really say creamy, but smooth.

D: good, intense version of the style. I could drink a couple of these with ease.

ATGHomebrewer, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much Brad, much appreciated! Dark, orange pour, with a large creamy custard head, leaving scads of lacing. Hop-a-saurus aroma, witha syrupy pine and honey side, with some malt to balance out the aromatics. Piney hops fill the mouth, and the receptacle appreciates, bitter as all get out. Bready and sweet bread. Great! My palate hath been ruined due to the massive hopping! Long bitter finish. Greg , you brew good beer! Thanks!

mrmanning, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of klkatz
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100 IBUs - do I even need to continue?

Stone Cold lock for the best IPA I've had in a while.

Amber color - great mouth feel, excellent bitterness.

The beer is a celebration of hoppiness - they claim to ruin anything that you try to taste after drinking this as it will pale in comparison.

excellent beer for those that like bitterness, IPA, etc...

klkatz, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: The funniest thing about Stone is that this brew, aside from the monster head and frothy lacing, doesn't stray too far, if you're talking about the sheer look of the body of the brew, from a BMC brew, and it almost has less carbonation. Something to mention. As said, though, the lacing climbs the glass, and the head never lets the body dominate the look in the glass.

Smell: Raw, earthy, and leafy hops, dominated by rind and citrus. Clean, balanced, pungent, and effervescent, with a bit of sweetness on the nose too, along with the floral underlying bouquet.

Taste: Awesomely balanced with leafy hops, pungent citrus, and sharp fruit esters. Lingering earthy hops, finishing with grapefruit rind. Even though everyone tries to outdo the 100+ IBUs, this is still one of the best balanced brews out there for everyting that it brings to the table.

Mouthfeel: The weirdness of the body, as far as the seemingly lackluster carbonation look, makes this seem like it's out of the bizarro world. Creamy, silky, and altogether smooth. The best thing about this brew.

Drinkability: One of the pioneers, and one that still delivers. Couldn't believe I didn't have a review for this. Not only does it hold up, but it's still a staple. Always something to get in a bomber if available. At least for me.

asabreed, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of sophisticated
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks JosephLondon!

Ooooh boy. This is a delight. The bottle is entertainment in itself - explaining that it's called "Ruination" cuz this will ruin your palate due to the 100 IBUs and crazy ammount of hops. Bring it on!

Appearance is LOVELY. Poured it into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. Big 2 fingers of sudsy off-white head. Mostly clear orange-amber, left plenty o' lace.

Open the bottle, and a whiff of hoppy goodness! Mostly sweet citrus and fine florals.

This beverage tastes strongly of hops - citrus, florals, and pines in yo' face. I also got some mild malts, sweet vanilla, and earthy notes. As it warmed the bitterness came out, but not unpleasantly, against delicious orange and lemon notes.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium-bodied, slightly oily, and leaves a delicious (bitter) hops residue behind.

Drinkability: I'd love many of these! But 1 22 oz. bottle is plenty, especially with 7.7% ABV. The alcohol is not noticeable in taste. But the brew is delicious and pleasurable. I don't know that my palate is "ruined," more like "delighted." Yes!

sophisticated, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of climax
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruination poured a golden amber

The nose was an attack of hops, but not a brutal assault. The profile and complexity of it was good, but the strength of the smell was not as potent or ruinous as I was expecting. A potpourri of floral marijuana, straight soap, and grapefruit. As I stuck my nose in further the malt backbone began to come out. Alcohols, toffee, and crispy biscuits kept any sort of balance more as it warmed.

The flavor is excellent, almost like a double IPA with seemingly less soapiness. Mouthwatering citrus, pine resin, grass, sour apple candy, bubblegum, and biscuits and caramel towards the end.

The body was nice and robust with very crisp carbonation. The feel was slimy and chewy, real nice.

It has to be sipped, but the dry finish has a mouthwatering effect that begged rudely for another sip. I can't say it ruined my pallet but it handed out a few good shots to the jaw. Awesome beer.

climax, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review comes with much anticipation on my part!

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light orange/copper color. Crystal clear with a billowy eggshell toned head clinging to the glass.

Scents of sweet malts, piney and citrusy hops, and a heavy fruit aroma form the powerful nose of this brew.

Sweet god of the Humulus lupulus! Thick grapefruity hop syrup goodness is like drinking pine sap. This is a good thing for the hopheads out there. Sweet malty taste with a slightly roasted biscuit taste and an appropriate level of carbonation.

Full-bodied, but not unbearable. To the contrary, this is a very drinkable big-beer.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of baseballrock
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - hazy light orange color. pours a huge thich head with amazing retention. the appearance makes this beer really inviting.

s - piney citrus aroma with some hints of biscuity malts. the hop characters are out of this world.

t - wow, this brew is filled with so many explosive flavors it is ridiculous. as i sip i notice the big time warming alcohol effect. hops, hops, and more hops.

m - this beer is big and bad, but is nothing that we did'nt already know.

d - just like it says on the bottle, this beer will ruin your palate. my palate does not deserve anything but mc. donalds at this point. umm i want a double cheeseburger.

baseballrock, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew, one of my staples.

Pours a nice bright amber color with a 3 finger off white head. Head dissipates a bit faster than I would have liked, but leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like hops. pure hops. Awesomeness. Great amounts of pine citrus, and floral notes with just the faintest hint of a sweet malt backbone. Such a great smelling brew.

Taste is also awesome, and follows in the same manner as the aroma. I love the earthy notes in here, they are a bit stronger than the citrus from the hops but the citrus is absolutely present. A bit a an oily character from the hops, not unpleasant at all. Love this beer, wish I could get it for a bit cheaper than the $17 a six pack I bought it for today. I guess that's what two hearted is for.

HURTemHIZZY, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Stone IPA poured a very rich golden color, with a perfect head. It had a very strong hoppy smell to it. The taste was very strong, very very hopy. It had a very good taste, but it due to the extreme hopiness it leaves a very strong aftertaste, that may be a little harsh.

vette2006c5r, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours honey golden orange with a 2 finger soapy white head that left notches of lacing

smells like a west coast dipa should piney and citrus hops

taste is very good - with all the hops there is upfront(pine grapefruit floral some tropical) there is also a good deal of malt backbone here semi sweet honey toasted malts - also has a very bitter ash finish

mouthfeel is crisp - stings a little but overall nice

drinkability is good but i dont think i could drink more then a bomber in one sitting

jsh420, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful dark amber/orange color. Off-white head sits atop nicely with about 1 finger thickness. Head retention was lacking a bit but I didn't mind that too much as it left me with a nice sticky lace.

Smell... what is their to say about such a wonderful scent? One quick whiff before I even poured the bottle told me I was in for a treat. Of course, being a D.I.P.A. it is most notably hoppy. More specifically the hops provide grassy and piney aromas and a bit of a lingering citrus scent. Other aromas appear to be present but a hard to decipher from everything else.

This being a D.I.P.A., taste is obviously heavy on the hops, but not nearly as harsh or unbalanced as others in the style can be. In fact an initial bready malt can be detected before the hops take your palate hostage. From there on out it is grassy and floraly hop flavors. Bitterness however is not as bad one would expect, perhaps from all the malt needed to reach the ABV.

Quite a full body feel in the mouth and certainly warming from all the alcohol. Leaves you just wanting more and more however with all the "ruinous effects" on your palate, maybe one is enough.

Kinsman, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination IPA. 22oz. bomber. 2010.

Cloudy, pale yellow with a frothy white head. Anemic head retention was a minor disappointment.

Sweet hop oils with a round burst of citrus. Some malt fruitiness.

Immediate malt flavors are followed by a prolonged flow of intricate hops. Floral hops are mixed with citrusy and piney flavors. Some earthy tones in the background. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Perfect level of carbonation for an IPA. Creamy mouthfeel. The hops abound, but work well for me. It's has a bit of a pucker-inducing finish, but the aftertaste is enjoyable even though bitter.

BeerNemesis, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Ruination straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, semi-hazy honey-amber color that lights up with honey overtones when held up to the light. Has a smallish two-finger, foamy head that has decent retention and leaves some very sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: You don't have to try too hard to get a whiff of this one, and I could probably review the scent just fine with it sitting next to my computer. Immediately you know this is going to be a West Coast hop bomb. This just has a huge scent of floral, piney, resinous and citrusy hops that is wonderfully complex and bold without being too overpowering. There are also some traces of sweet malts to be found somewhere behind the enormously diverse plume of hop smells.

Taste: A very smooth DIPA. It starts with a bittering hop sensation before moving onto the citric and primarily grapefruit hop profiles. This one is certainly a hop bomb but the presence of an undercurrent of malts is also detectable and refreshing. For me, though, the taste is not so beautifully woven together as the scent, and I fear this may be because of the age of the bottle I have (it's almost about to be out of date). Nevertheless, if you're a hop head (I am), you will be glad you tried this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is almost as good as a mouthfeel as you will find in a DIPA. It's very thick for the style and nicely carbonated to prevent any cloying from the copious amounts of hops. The bitterness from all the hops lingers around for awhile, maybe a touch too long, but I bet if you had this with a spicy meal, it would be the perfect complement.

Drinkability: This is a pretty drinkable DIPA at only 7.7% ABV, but with the huge hope profile, I think I'll just stick to this one bomber. That's not a knock on the drinkability either, as this is a smooth beer that goes down easily.

Overall, this is a very nice DIPA that goes overboard on the hops, in a good way. If you are a hop head like me, you need to try this beer. The hops might be a bit overpowering in the scent and not as intricately linked as perhaps I would like to see, but again, this may be different with fresher bottles. All in all, though, this is a really interesting and powerful example of the style.

zoso493, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 into a weizen glass. Color was a golden orange similar to hopslam with a nice soft white head and sticky, lingering lacing. Smell was a very sweet, floral - hops combo pleasing to the senses. Great, tangy orangeish taste with a nice bite to the tongue and palate. Taste stayed with me a good bit. mouthfeel was medium to light. Drinkability was good and enjoyable to the point where i would be comfortable with these all night. Then again, i am a strong hop, dipa lover, so take that into consideration. In other words, this beers got a bite to it but not an overload to the tastebuds. Highly recommended and surprisingly available.

kalkavekkian, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of kifn2
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - golden with a minor amount of cloudiness. the head is white and retains well.

s - floral and pine hop aromas. no apparent malty smells.

t - high hop bitterness, which is a characteristic of the style. for lack of a better word, the "maltiness" is not apparent to me at all. the hop profile seems to be of an american character. citrus and pine flavors dominate. the bitterness persists on the tongue. appropriate for the style.

m - slight acidity and moderately carbonated. there is some hop derived astringency, which is the one area in which this beer digresses from the style. i cannot detect much alcohol warming at all.

d - yes i can drink it. can i start a petition to eliminate this category, please?

kifn2, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of SDHoffers
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I generally tell newcomers to this beer that if you are gonna have more than one type of beer you may want to save this one for last. This is an explosion of hop! A real pallet smasher. The hop really sits on your tongue for a significant period and you probably won't taste much of anything else for a while. Appearance is golden but not necessarily transparent. Smell is where this beer gets me. The floral notes of pine and citrus are great. Initial hit almost makes my eyes water. Mouthfeel is good and not too thin. Drinkability can be a slow process so take your time with this one.

SDHoffers, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I have had several times but never reviewed it for some reason. If you have a chance to try this double dry hopped on cask at the brewery, and you like cask beer, i would jump on that opportunity. This is the IPA that got me into IPA's. I didn't like them untill I had this one so it's special to me.

Pours a beautiful golden color and more on the clear side of hazy. I have seen way hazier IPA's, especially double ones, and this one is more toward clear. Very nice head but it could be bigger. The lacing is awesome though.

Smells great. The smell of a fresh IPA is the best. Tons of citrus and pine and a little bit of pineapple and peach or mango.

Taste is a tongue buckler but the hop flavor is great too. It's a little more on the piney side of the hop flavor. Maybe that says slot about the flavor addition.

Mouthfeel is great for this style. Great carb and viscosity.

Overall I will drink this many times, especially in a fresh cask. And I can for sure finish a whole bomber by myself.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of ocmpoma
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- poured out a deep copper-gold. No head, but a thin film that persists throughout the drinking session.

S- ah, Ruination! Bitterness overwhelms just about anything else in the aroma -- in a good way. I do get some IPA citrus notes, but it's almost entirely a zesty tang on the nose.

T- same on the palate. Zest and bitterness all up front, down the middle, and in the back. It's phenomenal. IPA citrus and even some hints of sawdust are there, but the hops and bitter tongue-pucker are dominant. Not one-sided, though, or unbalanced. It's a great, lasting flavor that has plenty of complexity.

M- light and quite carbonated, which helps to balance the taste.

D- For me, a beer with average drinkability. One is definitely enough to satisfy any jonesing for hops that I might be experiencing.

ocmpoma, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Light clear orange. Receding frothy head with web-like lacing. Very herbal woody aroma with traces of tobacco.

Aggressive bitterness (100+ IBU's) but not overwhelming. A shock to the senses at first but mellows nicely. Pine and grapefruit flavors with a little bit of cinnamon. Subtle malt sweetness and lingering hop spice with lemon peel and white pepper on the finish. Unctuous mouthfeel.

An intense yet well balanced beer.

MikeGill, Feb 10, 2010
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,716 ratings.