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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,941
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 278
Gots: 802 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all I love the bottle. It is a painted logo that feels like etched glass. A very sharp presentation to this beer. Once poured the beer is orange amber in color with a medium bodied full head.

Full hop assault on the nose with a sweet malt undercarriage. There is a piney citrus scent that comes at you as soon as you crack the bottle open.

Taste is superb. The bottle says its all about "the poetry of the hops" and I will have to agree. There are beautiful citrus flavors and gorgeous hop bitterness flanked by a sweet warm malt flavor. There are also slightly toasted pine nuts and a warmth that works with the bitterness.

I can't stop drinking this beer. Its mild and balanced enough to be an awesome session beer but also hoppy enough to satisfy any hop head out there. A perfect example of an Imperial IPA. Well done stone brewing. Oh yeah it was readily available at the whole foods in Tempe AZ at a very reasonable price. In sixers and 22oz bottles. If you can find it buy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 18:15:48 | More by jbphoto88
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New Jersey

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

Split a 22ounce bottle with a friend
A-hazy golden yellow, thick head, good retention, heavy, sticky lacing
s-piney hops, and lots of them
t-the bitter hops overrides any other aspect of this beer
m&d-a medium bodied sipper, good carbonation. This is a sipping beer.
Overall- A damn fine beer, but not one that ruins your taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 01:46:13 | More by bonkers
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw color brew and not perfectly clear. Wow, 2 whole fingers of pillowy, persistent head with thick lacing. The nose was richly hopped, emitting massive aroma of citrusy, piney hops w/ a faint backdrop of alcohol and small bready malt tones.

The taste was hop-heavy, but not as good as the smell. Alcohol was present, and it was sweet around the edges of bitter, but mostly bitter (100 IBUs, sez the bottle?!) I suppose I could imagine some nutty flavor tones, but to tell the truth, I was a little disappointed by the flavor. It's got a lot of the same elements as some much bigger beers, without the higher alcohol, and that is good.

Mouthfeel was a little oily, full bodied because of the complex balance of bitter and sweet. Also slightly cloying and biting.

This brew is definitely a sipper, full and satisfying. *One* of these gives a good buzz and sense of indulgence. Ruined? No, that would take 2 or 3, and I'm not going there.

Note that I bought these at something over $16 a six, together with taxes, they came out *mighty* expensive. It's a tasty beer, but not great value at that price.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 00:39:29 | More by dickroop
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Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber poured into a nonic. Pours a light pale straw color with a nice frothy white head and a very thin lace that sticks to the glass. Hops Hops and more hops, mostly grapefruit with some piney smell to it. The malt starts off strong but then the hops make their presence known. The hops start off with a citrus taste then the grapefruit takes over. Their is a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Smooth tasting with moderate carbonation, unlike other stone beers their is no oily coating left on the tongue. Not a real bitter aftertaste, nice DIPA that is probably easier to drink than others so I would say I could have a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 04:06:00 | More by Hokies
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, transparent orange body with spotty yet sticky lacing. Cream-colored head caps off a super-looking beer.

Mandarin orange, pine needles and hints of brown sugar represent the Stone knack for hops in a big way. Excellent job of balancing strong malt and hop aromas.

Actually not the citrus rush I was expecting. The malt is in the tradition of its British forbearer's with loads of solid malt sweetness to balance the ass-kicking but in-control hops.

Full mouthfeel with balanced carbonation and an impressive lack of oiliness for an IPA this big. It's strong, but it drinks so smoothly that a hophead would be delighted to stick with this all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 19:18:02 | More by malcontent
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #100

Pousr a clear amber color with a thin slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and a little lace.

Aroma is fairly strong. A nice hop profile presenting a bitter grassy/piney feel.

Taste is deliscious. A bitter piney/grassy hop taste dominates with a pils like malt characterstic on the finish. I was actually expecting it to be more potent. I'm slightly disappointed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an appropriate carbonation pop.

Drinkability is relatively low. Alcohol is moderate but manageable. Flavors are good for a hop head. However, the hop bitterness will wear on anyone with excess consumption which limits it's drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 19:21:13 | More by Goliath
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light in color--golden yellow/orange with a tiny head and low carbonation; 12 oz. bottle has a drink by date of Feb. 12, 2008, so it's a bit past its prime now; little to no lacing left (sign of aging?)

Sharp pine plus some fruity notes; extremely inviting and appetizing, though a tad small for a DIPA; hints of sweet malt

Taste & Mouthfeel
Hops from the nose carry through, trampling over my tongue, leaving a lasting bitterness. From front to back, it's full on hoppiness leaving a slight oily residue. The body is low for a DIPA and is somewhat disappointing. I always want a substantial portion of malt and this doesn't deliver that, but it does provide an unequal distribution of hops and still manage to be extremely drinkable.

Super drinkable and flavorful, but I'm used to even bigger DIPAs (Hercules, Maharaja). If this were considered just an IPA, I'd rank it really high, but as it is, I'd say it's a tad small for its style. After realizing the drink by date was three months past, I'm certain this beer would have been even more impressive had it been fresh, so this review isn't completely fair.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 17:33:58 | More by JEdmund
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow...this is one of those beers that I had read about on the net and for some reason never picked it up. I had previously tried the Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard and quite liked it.

Delicious dark amber colour that seems to hint at the strength and complexity of this beer.

I could smell the hops as soon as I opened up the bottle. A sensation that only grew stronger as I emptied it into the glass. I was truly in awe of the of the hoppy power emanating from my pint glass...and a little scared that I was going to not like it.

The first taste was actually a little citrus like with the wave of hops crashing in after it. I found the bitterness lasted in the back of my throat and seemed to change to an almost earthy flavor. Unbelievably delicious.

You could really feel the weight and strength of this beer on the tongue. Nothing watery about this but it's not syrupy either. Very nice feel despite the higher ABV.

Well this beer was delicious and I could see downing a few of these with friends. I would be afraid if I drank too many at one sitting that I wouldn't appreciate this beer to it's fullest.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 03:42:13 | More by Mit
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $13.99 for an 6 pack from BevMo in Gilroy, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

Nice 1.5 inch white head that drops slowly. Nicely carbonated. Light yellowish orange copper color. Just a hint of cloudiness. Nice lacing that lasts.

I could smell the hops from a foot away during the pour. Doesn't seem overcomplex, just a strong quality hop aroma with citrus grapefruit undertones.

Upon hitting the mouth, this one doesn't taste much different than your standard IPA; bitter and citrus hops. It's not until after swallowing that a variety of hidden flavors come out to play - the sweeter malts balance the hops quite nicely. Tough for me to pinpoint all the flavors, but it is an excellent tasting beer. A mild bittersweet hoppy aftertaste leaves you wanting more.
Perfectly carbonated. Easy to drink, very crisp on the mouth with hefty carbonation and a lighter body. A somewhat creamy finish.

Not the strongest, hoppiest DIPA I've tried, but one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 03:29:46 | More by ibbjamin
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul 68 for this tasty brew.

A: Poured a cloudy, golden amber with 1 1/2 fingers of cream colored head. Thin, sticky lacing, nice retention.

A: Great aroma of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange dominate the nose.

T: Above average for the style, again the hops dominate, with a nice, sharp bitter finish.

M: Medium body with very little carbonation. Slightly gummy.

D: This is a very nice DIPA. I would have liked to see this one with a little higher ABV . Most in this style are around 8-10%, but none the less a very fine beer. At 7.7 ABV very drinkable. Great beer for my first Stone experience. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 19:31:54 | More by Gtreid
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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Light copper color with bone white head. lacing is a bit less than expected.
Smell is fantastic pine and earth with a hint of malt/biscuit
Taste is an earthy, grassy hop. Sharply bitter finish and aftertaste. Could use a bit more malt balance
Mouthfeel is very nice. This is a smooth beer. There is good carbonation and substance, with an oily mouthfeel.
This is an extremely bitter beer, so I think I am up for one or two.

Definitely set the bar a while back for Double IPAs. But this is not the best in class. Worth a try if you've not had it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 02:29:53 | More by mbunje
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange body, tight head with a creamy surface texture. Lace forms in sheets, and really looks amazing as it slowly dries into webby capillary shapes.

Grapefruit is the distinct aroma, delivered by a pungent load of hops.

Nice hint of sweetness melded into the heavy load of hop bitterness. Alternating pine and citric bitterness, juicy at first, then fairly dry in the aftertaste. Pine flavor wins out in the end, balanced by light malt flavors.

It's not so over the top that you can't take a big swig without stripping tooth enamel. It's actually pretty drinkable, but the alcohol can limit a session somewhat. Try mixing it up with their regular IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:07:19 | More by emerge077
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District of Columbia

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very nice looking, pale golden amber color with a little cloudiness and some steady carbonation. Frothy white head that steadily dissipates to a solid film and thick ring of bubbles and some clumpy patches of bubbly lacing.
S: Wow, I smell a punch of hops from this from across the table after pouring. Very piney and some citrus, big time hop aroma. Background of a malt body and some alcohol aromas.
T: Body has very strong malt presence and sweetness balancing the strong punch of hops and their citrus and piney sweetness. However, in the finish the hops take over and dig into the tongue, almost to the point of being overbearing, but not quite.
M: Smooth, medium body with a lot of carbonation and a devastating bite of hops in the finish. Makes you want to keep drinking it as the body is so smooth and hoppy and the dry aftertaste leaves you wanting more.
D: This is a delicious, well balanced, bomb of an IPA. One of my favorite Stone beers and only thing holding this back is the overwhelming punch of the hops which is one of the best parts of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 01:45:01 | More by yourefragile
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange appearance, with fizzy white head, and a nice lasting lacing. Fresh and earthy scent with a hint of blueberries, huge hoppy scent with a strong citrus backbone. Big citrus flavor with some orange and mango and slight taste of blueberries and raspberries, hops compliment flavor expertly every step of the way fading into a hoppy finish with a slight bitter bite. Mouthfeel is impossibly smooth with the hops lasting through the back of the mouth and through the throat, but never uncomfortable. Drinkability is perfectly matched with the strength of this beer.

This in the fourth Stone brew I've had, but the first to truly impress me. A masterfully crafted beer and one that should not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 03:29:43 | More by paco1029384756
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale amber nice 1/4 inch of head retained, consistent light carbonation and beautiful lacing.

Smell:mostly citrusy hops, with a bit of bready malt in the background and a bit of alcohol

taste:sweet with a citrusy hop finish, very nicely balanced.

mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and thick creamy feel.

Drinkability: For some reason I was thinking that this was going to be extremely overhopped and not balanced enough to drink for any extended period of time

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 22:34:21 | More by Donnie2112
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured an amber orange with a nice tall white head that is sustaining nicely. The nose is quite pleasant, nothing but floral hops. Taste is quite the same, a hop bomb thru and thru, citrus notes and pine resin overwhelming the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, well carbonated, and it glides nicely across the palate. Drinkability is perfect. The abv is not overwhelming like some of the malt bombs that are out there. It is a near perfect example of the double ipa style.

With this beer, you only need two.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:50:55 | More by jayrod20
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty edgy beer.
A- A very light copper color and light bubble formation.

S- Smells like an IPA, but more on the hoppy side.

T- Like I mentioned above very edgy. The hoppyness is very overwhelming. It has good flavors but this beer will defiantly deliver a kick to the crotch of your taste buds. There isn't enough malt to balance out the hop flavors.

M- My taste buds are still recovering from the overload.

D- I wouldn't recommend drinking too much of this in one night. Your body will not thank you for it. However, enjoyed ice cold and on a warm day it is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 22:29:55 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, I was unimpressed by this brew. Maybe it was the hype or my own expectations, but I was not as impressed with this brew as others here.

A: A clear bronze. The head retains itself on the top of the glass and stays as you consume.

S: The smell of hops is definitely at the forefront. Nonetheless, there is a hint of citrus as well.

T: The taste was of a very hoppy IPA. The hops are not as overwhelming as the the bottle suggests (which is a good thing). Through the hops, a slight taste of malt can be found.

M: Good, refreshing mouth, leaving it dry.

D: It is a very drinkable beer. One could easily drink one or two.

Overall I was unimpressed by this brew, not because it tasted bad (to the contrary, it is a good brew), but because it tasted like an IPA -- and not of a DIPA. It was for me just a good IPA, but nothing too distinct from the rest of its class to set it apart. Still a good brew to have, just don't expect it to be the best.

EDIT: I had to rereview this brew. It is actually excellent! One of the Best DIPAs I have ever had. I will leave my original comments, but boy was I wrong. It is more refined and well balanced compared to my initial offerings. Maybe it was the batch or my lack of experience with good IPAs. Well whatever the case, it is much better than my original tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 21:01:05 | More by Jedimaster1
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden to copper in color this beer poured a 1" head with medium-sized bubbles that dissipated slowly. The nose is filled with grapefruit and piney hops that are nicely blanced with malt balls and a touch of caramel. In the mouth this is medium-bodied and has a wonderfully smooth texture. This is extremely well-balanced and shows off its hoppy charachter. It all ends with a smooth but bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 20:33:19 | More by SQNfan
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Table and Vine Liquors in West Springfield, MA

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a finger-thick off-white head. Slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: The hops have a floral citrus smell and a little bit of bready, peppery yeast. Slightest hint of malt.

Taste: Incredible citrus note within the almost overpowering grassiness of the hops. Very little malt up front, becomes noticable after a couple of seconds. Finishes with a lot of pine to it.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth with a lovely hoppiness. Very appropriate for the style.

Drinkability: Be careful with this beast.

*Sampled this again after a year. The immediate grassiness goes away in the front, but is noticable in the back of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 03:08:42 | More by BWMKappaSig
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3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of IPA, which is overall one of my least favourite styles but, ironically, I generally prefer double IPAs. This is a good one, although not something I would drink often. I think the extra alcohol and malt, along with the use of hop flavours rather than simple bitterness really is the key.

It's gold with a thick, lasting white head and good lacing. The aroma is extremely hoppy, but pleasantly so, being very floral and even soft and sweet, with some malty caramel quality underneath.

The taste is bitter and very hoppy in flavour. It's somewhat complex and interesting with a lot of flowery pine and citrus and has a good, fairly strong malt body, richness, with smooth sweetness to balance the hops. My biggest problem is that it feels, especially in the finishing bitterness, like it's drying my toungue with a thick towel, which is rather unpleasant. This is a rough, unnecessarily harsh hop element that I don't care for in the least and I cannot remotely understand why anyone would enjoy it.

It's somewhat interesting and flavourful, but for me not all that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 23:04:05 | More by Offa
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fresh from my growler to the goblet.

Appearance: Pours a copper-hue with a nice inch of head that stuck around for a nice amount of time. It leaves nice lacing on the glass as well, but overall the appearance is nothing too special.

Smell: What this DIPA lacks in appearance, it fully gains back with its smell. Citrus hops goodness is unleashed upon the nose and dominates the smell, yet one can detect other subtleties. I smelt a bit of pine, malt, and even a bit of fruitiness. If you love hops, just the smell alone will make you drool for this ale.

Taste: Now this is truly a DIPA to be reckoned with. I first expected this ale to hit me in the face with its hops, but this is not the case and that's why I think it's so good. One tastes soft, bready malts that are perfectly suited for the high amount of hops of this ale. The hops are complex and strong, but not overwhelming. You can clearly taste the citrus, pine, and even a floral taste as well. You get a slight alcohol taste towards the end of the sip, but you barely notice it with the strong hop and smaller semi-roasted malt taste backing it all up. This is a very solid ale indeed.

Mouth: Good mouthfeel. It has a full bodied texture with just the right thickness you'd expect from the taste. Despite the thickness, it is very crisp and smooth as well. It ends with a bit of dryness that makes you anticipate the next sip with glee.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability, though one does need to exercise some caution with a DIPA like this. If you start out with this ale for a night of drinking, don't be surprised when all of your following ales taste like hop. Also, the smoothness of this ale conceals the higher alcohol content and its easy to drink a couple too many of this one.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2008 03:10:54 | More by steelscarab
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finely crafted DIPA. This brew pours a fairly dark amber with moderate initial head that dwindles down to a dense cap. The smell is mostly a citrus with some earthy floral notes. The citrus is indistinguishable, but not grapefruit. Some resiny pine finishes the palate off. Just an OK aroma, though the taste is a different story. Solid hop punch here. Very bitter. The hops have way more of a piney resin aspect here. The citrus aspects are gone. Just the slightest hint of any malt balancing. Mouthfeel is clean crisp and likened to a thermal nuclear hop implosion in ones mouth. Forget about moving on to a different beer, your done. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 15:26:58 | More by crayphish
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a large mug from the brown bomber bottle, and it had a wonderful dark amber color with a quickly dissipating off-white head, and natural translucence that looked just right. Left nice lacing behind after sips. This IPA has a strong, glorious hop scent that I rated as a "5" as it is one of the best I have smelled. Very flowery and earthy. The taste is definitely bitter but is balanced fairly well by the alcohol and general wholesomeness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 23:58:26 | More by TravelingBeerMug
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Vessel of choice is a tulip glass for the Ruination. Color is medium gold with orange highlights. Head topped out at an inch and a half and was comprised of many different size off-white bubbles. Retention was just short of excellent and ended with an extensive network of bubbles that rounded out the lacing.

S - There is a nice citrus hop aroma that starts it all off with notes of orange and grapefruit dominating. After that starts to fade, some resin starts to show itself. Some earthy hop aromas are in the background but remain mild. Some malt starts to show up on the very end with hints of pale malt and honey. Smells like this one was designed to showcase the hop aromas that are possible.

T - Starts out with sticky hop flavors and starts killing the taste buds immediately. Once again the citrus sticks with orange and grapefruit with the possibility of some sweeter fruit sneaking in (think strawberry). Strong resin flavors quickly follow the citrus and mellow out to some grassy notes on the end. The base malt is present but never gets in the way of this beers true intention. Malt flavors are very mild and only detectable as pale malt and honey.

M - Full bodied with great carbonation. Finish is fairly bitter but not so much that it detracts from the overall experience.

D - Drinkibility is very good. Everything seems in good balance and makes for a great beer. The amount of alcohol is just low enough to put a couple of these down in one sitting. Highly recommeded and hop-tastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 02:07:01 | More by csmiley
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,941 ratings.