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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,373
Reviews: 3,072
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
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Gots: 1,696 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Ratings: 10,373 | Reviews: 3,072
Photo of dbmernin83
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing straw yellow with an inch and a half head after a hearty pour.
Huge hops. Very citrusy. Mangos. Smells amazing.
Not as bitter as you would think. Don't get me wrong, this is a big IPA, but the grapefruit and mangos come through to give a touch of fruity sweetness to dance with the hops. A touch of alcohol adds to it.
On the lighter side of DIPAs.
This o's a fantastic one. Nice to have an IPA that destroys your palate with detail and nuances. Sorta ironic.

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

A - Pours a slightly clear copper color with a cream colored one finger head with moderate lacing.

S - Starts off with really strong pine and finishes with crisp citrus.

T - Really big bitterness upfront with a syrup like pine that sticks all around my mouth, and finishes with citrus tinge, the bitterness slowly fades away and leaves the mouth after it is swallowed, leaving a pleasant aftertaste I really love the taste.

M - Extremely smooth, with the perfect amount of carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

Photo of nhindian
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.

A - Pours a pale, straw yellow with a bit of orange to it. It's a little cloudy, but it's actually more clear than I was expecting it to be. About a finger and half of cream-colored head, rocky and porous in shape, with pretty good retention. The lacing is nice as well, with a generous sheet of foam coating the glass.

S - The nose is all hops, mainly freshly squeezed citrus, but also some sticky pine cones as well. Very floral and aromatic and it seeps out of the glass to fill the area with it's bouquet. Lots of grapefruit and especially orange rind. While there is a lot of hop, it isn't overly bitter or astringent, but rather more clean which makes it all the more appetizing. Just a hint of toffee in the malts.

T - All hops, all day. This is an experiment in hop extremity and it comes across in spades in the flavor. It starts with just the slightest of malt backbones to give a sweet caramel note, but from there the hops run away with the taste. Mainly bitter citrus with a big tropical and orange taste. Again, there is some pine and floral notes, but it's mostly fruity. Bitter finish, but not a whole lot of alcohol, thankfully.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lowish carbonation. Not syrupy, but would like a little more zest. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste that really does ruin the palate. Even still, it is pretty smooth.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. It's hard to call a beer of this magnitude and hop profile very drinkability, but it is bursting with flavor that keeps going with every sip. Even with the strong bitterness, I found myself reaching for the glass again and again and looking forward to it.

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

Just lovely. I love how big and sudsy these things can be.

*Sniff, sniff* Clean, astringent hops, but malty sweets and sneaky fruits make themselves heard, and become more present as you drink.

This tastes like a lot of those West Coast tongue-wreckers, but with actual malt, quiet but present. Bitter citrus and pine is obvious, as expected, but it's wonderfully constructed. Less ruinous than the artists at Stone let on -at least compared to other brutal and, dare I say, overhopped West Coasters. This thing is still loaded enough for hop-heads, but has a great, malty-sweet whisper that even comes out in the finish with a little toast.

Drink it, I like it.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, light orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Grapefruit, peach and rose-- very nice.

T: Starts with sweet rose, ends with bitter grapefruit. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Very nice flavor. After the first few sips, bitter finish becomes more prominent, but always stays balanced. Delicious.

M: Light, very creamy.

O: One of the best IPAs, no doubt. Get some, you'll be glad you did.

Big thanks to Kevin for bringing this one to me!

Photo of FreshHawk
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange color with an average sized, fluffy, light, foamy, sticky, white head. Good retention leaving a sticky layer of lace.

S - Lots of citrus hops along with a good amount of floral and pine aroma. There is a definite malt base with caramel and bready aroma. Definite touches of sweetness and bitterness but nothing overpowering.

T - Very hoppy on the tongue as well. Sweet citrus, touches of tropical fruit and floral hops. Some pine resin as well. Touches of bitterness. Sweet caramel and bready malt provide a backbone but it has no chance of overtaking the hops. Provide a sweetness that prevent any lingering bitterness.

M - Medium to full body with average to slightly below average carbonation. Fairly sticky and syrupy.

D - Not too bitter or sweet but it is a bit cloying. Tasty but I can't really see myself drinking much of this in one sitting.

Notes: Pretty good DIPA. A good amount of hops providing for a pretty tasty beer. Pretty well balanced between sweetness and bitterness and it has a nice malt backbone. It is a touch cloying however. Overall a nice DIPA, not elite but more than worth a try.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with two fingers of firm fluffy head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of floral hops and citrus.

The taste is very dry floral hops, toasted bready malt, citrus, noticeable alcohol.

Medium body, smoothy, creamy and a bit resiny, moderate carbonation.

This was a very flavorful beer, pretty easy to drink also. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of busterwhite
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a 2 finger head that sticks around. Nice lacing on the glass. Best by date on bottleneck.

Big pine and citrus smell.

Big citrus, pine, hop flavor with a nice dry, bitter finish. Not too bitter though, a really good taste.

Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

This is a really good IIPA. Big aroma, big citrus flavor.

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best consumed by October 3 of 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


On the pour it reminds me of what I good IPA is supposed to look like. The color is roughly a goldenrod to a tawny. The head was a decent one finger on the pour and a slight head still remains on it. It looks like lacing will be nice on this IPA as well. The cloudiness that this IPA has for its color is amazing.


The smell is mostly honey with a obvious floral presence. A very light alcoholic smell is on this, but it seems as if this is going to be more sweet than alcoholic though.


The taste is definitely of a strong citrus variety which most taste like grapefruit. I want to say it taste alcoholic, but it's not instead it's just strong and powerful. The hops are strong and lasting, but I wish this had more to it. The hoppy aftertaste definitely stays on the tongue and it's a nice reminder to myself that I'm drinking a nice beer. There's a slight pine taste to this drink, but I think a regular Stone IPA lets more get through.


The body is of a medium quality and so is the carbonation. The body is not simple, but it's also far from complex. This holds a nice aftertaste for a long time, but it's just a hoppy aftertaste and nothing more.


This is a really good IPA. The sad thing is that I feel that the regular Stone IPA had more flavor. Ruination feels as if it sacrificed deeper flavors for bitterness. If you love pure bitterness then this is a nice choice for you, but I feel as if I am just going to stick with a regular Stone IPA as my first choice.

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber split with the wifey into 2 pint glasses

Ap- a clear light amber in color with a really good head that pours to almost a 1.5 inch. The head has amazing retention (I poured it like 10 minutes ago). Great lacing too.

Ar- all I really smell is citrus fruits like grapefruit and orange and lots and lots of piney hops. I get a little whiff of alcohol towards the very end of the sniff as well.

T- very smooth. For being 104 IBU it is not overwhelming. A nice fruity taste lingers at the end of a lot of hop flavor. I love the oily hop flavor that gets stuck in your mouth afterwards.

M- perfect on the tongue. Decent carbonation too.

O- great DIPA. I really liked the citrus notes that came at the very end of the taste. It does tend to ruin your palatte though, which is what we asked for when buying this stuff anyway. I wonder what a full bomber would have done?

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber color with a thick white head that seems to never dissipate. Looks exactly the way an IPA should look.

Smell: Wonderful bouquet of citrus and piney hops with some malt character coming through towards the end. The citrus is by far and away the most present smell though.

Taste: A nice balance of hoppy bitterness, piney earthy notes as well as some citrus, and a finish of malty caramel sweetness. The hop character lingers on the tongue the way an IPA should.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation bite but yet not very smooth either. The beer could definitely use some work in this department.

This is definitely an IPA that has made it into my everyday enjoyment. Stone has created a really nice IPA and the price is right.

Photo of DrewV
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orangy-yellow color with a solid 2-finger white head. Lacing clings to the glass from start to finish.

S: Grassy, piney, skunky hops fill the nose. Not much balance from the malts in the aroma.

T: Pale ale all the way. Bright, citrusy hops with a ton of malt to back it up. But the malts never take over, as the bitter hops dominate from start to finish. Not a one-trick pony, however, as the flavor never really gets boring.

M: Low- to medium carbonation keeps it all together. Crisp and dry, not much creaminess here.

O: A solid DIPA. I don't get the sense that this is 100+ IBUs. Bitter, for sure, but not puckering. The malts, as minor a player as they are, maintain a decent balance but don't really affect the flavor that much. A good DIPA, but not sure it's worth the price tag. A solid B+/A- in my book.

Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, it was pretty solid in every respect. Gave a good hazy appearance with a good head.

The smell was strong with hops, mostly citrus. I couldn't discern too much else.

The taste was very good, if you like being assaulted by hops. I do, so I found it to be very enjoyable, but found the hops dominated the taste. It does indeed ruin your palate. I finished it about 30 minutes ago and my mouth still has not recovered. Highly recommended if you want a hop bomb, but not if you want something more mild.

The mouthfeel was pretty smooth. Carbonated to the correct level. Really woke up the taste buds.

Overall, I would say definitely try this if you're looking for a hoppy beer. I'd be hard pressed to say if this or Hopsickle by Moylan is my favorite extremely hoppy beer right now, but both deserve a try for a true hop head. Definitely give it a try if you like strong IPAs and you can find it.

Photo of cheMan
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Before trying this beer, I wondered if I would have anything different to say from the thousands of positive reviews. Alas, I too fall in the highly positive review category. If you're looking for a counterpoint, move along...

A) Good color and good lacing, without getting a "sudsy" appearance some other IPAs pick up.

S) Really strong smell of hops at first, which overpowers everything at first. Once you start drinking it, though, the smell of rich pine comes through, and really complements the taste.

T) Well, bitter, but I don't find it overpowering at all (I actually find the taste to be less bitter than the 90-minute IPA from Dogfish Head...maybe due to overload?). Somewhat fruity and citrus-y...I almost want an orange slice to finish it out.

M) Surprisingly, there is a very light feel (and aftertaste) to this beer.

Overall, very enjoyable. Strongly recommended for an IPA fan.

Photo of Groomsy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with "Enjoy by" date of 11.10.11. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. (Sorry, don't have a tulip...)

Appearance: Radiant golden orange body with a firm and sticky head of bright white foam. Body is fairly clear with just a bit of haze in there. Carbonation jets up to the top of the glass. This head never fully goes away and leaves massive strings of lacing behind, stubborn and unmoving. Incredible looking beer.

Aroma: West Coast to the core. Huge notes of citrus fruits, including but not limited to grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, and who knows what else. Big notes of bitter pine as well. Backbone of firm caramel malt. Maybe a little sweeter than I expected, but incredible smelling no less. No alcohol noticeable.

Taste: Big bitter pine and grapefruit on the front, very sharp and citrusy. Bracing bitterness endures throughout. There's a malt sweetness, very caramel-like in taste, that comes in mid-palate. More malt sweetness, bready flavors, emerge as the beer warms. The finish on this is ridiculously bitter, with floral and pine notes merging together for an extremely bitter but satisfying finish with hints of alcohol. Not for the faint of heart. Take this slowly.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth with a good carbonation kick. Full, rich body. With so much hop resin and oil, the finish is sticky and dry, with flavors of pine and floral hops sticking around for what seems like ages.

Overall: More than enough for your hop fix. The taste of hops will linger in your mouth for... a really long time. Even as brash and bitter as this is, it's still very well balanced. A great achievement from Stone.

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1/4" of thick, foamy head. Good retention. Bready malt notes and citrusy hop aromas in the nose. Taste is bready malt followed by a decent hop bitterness that adds some citrus fruit, pine, and a welcomed earthiness. There's a faint yeast taste in the finish as well. Mouthfeel medium bodied, warm, and smooth.

A solid IPA. All around balanced, well hopped, and drinkable. The bottle claims 100+ IBUs, but in my opinion it's not overly bitter. Worth checking out.

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

(A) Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a golden hue to it. Even colored throughout. Decent medium and small bubbled head that leaves some lacing.

(S) There's some pine. A decent amount of grapefruit and orange, with some lemon zest. Hops are obvious. There is a bit of sweetness from the malts.

(T) The front taste is definitely the hops. Big and bold. Grapefruit with pine. Has some orange peel/zest that comes out of the hop bitterness. There is a decent amount of malts to this brew but its overshadowed by the bouquet of hops.

(M) Medium bodied, bold, and bitter. Oily on the tongue.

(O) Really solid DIPA. You definitely experience the 100+ IBUs and is true to Stone fashion with the overly used love of hops.

Photo of mtschmitz
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) A nice golden color with light carbonation, light head

S) Very balanced smell with no overpowering hops. A good clean hop profile with citrus notes, orange, honey and lavender

T) Plenty of hops up front but like the smell, very well balanced. Spicy and not too bitter. Plenty of citrus - fresh orange. Very slight piney taste.

M) Thin spicy up front and slightly bitter in the back, not sticky, no bitter aftertaste.

O) I'm a fan of this IPA. A lot less hop profile from their regular IPA and a lot more balanced. If you're looking for super hoppy go with something else. A well-balanced IPA. Refreshing.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a beautiful clear light amber beneath a nice white head. Head retention and a lack of lacing knock a point off the appearance score. Wonderful citrus and floral scents hit the nose full force, and the taste buds as well. Hops dominate throughout, but the bitterness is welcome and pleasing, not at all offensive. Wonderful mouthfeel rounds out an exceptional beer experience.

Photo of ryantho00
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This exhibits a nice frothy white 2 finger that laces the glass but fades down throughout the drink. Some nice cloudiness in this pumpkin colored brew.

Inhaling deeply gives way to tropical fruits, alpha hops, some malty and breadiness there as well.

This beer is wonderful, I get fresh hops, tropical fruit like grapefruit and pineapple, some yeasty bread flavor and some malty sweetness that's balanced very well with the piney alpha hoppiness. This well balanced IPA is not as bitter as some of the Stone brews, but its very well done in my opinion.

Its a medium bodied well balanced beer that fits well int he Stone lineup.

Photo of NoHipTee
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy pour into a tall chilled glass. Not too frothy. Perfect light amber color that just screams "drink me".

Smell is sweeter than I anticipated. Fruity undertones.

Taste is also a bit sweeter than I expected but has a very smooth pine hop finish that is not over powering. The hoppyness also does not linger for tooo long on the palate like similar IPAs.

Mouthfeel is a good mix of carbonation and flavors that combine for a light feel despite the full flavors, if that makes sense.

Overall a very good beer. Not the top of my IPA list but would certainly choose this over most others.

Photo of EA728
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful clear orange color with nice small white head.

S: lots of hops and mild orange-like citrus

T: very hoppy, pleasant bitterness and lots of it, subtly citrus flavors in the background.

M: reasonable carbonation and very refreshing hoppy aftertaste, that does leave your palate "ruined" to other flavors.

O: this is my go-to beer. its a little pricey at my local liquor store ($16.70 for a sixer) but completely worth it. never disappoints, one of the most accessible DIPAs around.

Photo of OutFox
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, enjoyed on 9/13/11 taken from notes.

A - Poured into a Hofbrau mug. Very clear, see-through copper/orange color. Pure white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - I could smell this from like 15ft away. I think I could smell it through the damn bottle. Citrus and bitter hops combined in an aroma to please the God of beers.

T - Wow. Its so bitter. Doesnt posses that counter balancing sweetness that seems to have become popular in Double IPAs. This is like eating a hop. Can easily tell the IBUs are like 115 or something.

M - Classic IPA mouthfeel. Not to heavy, not to light.

O - I love this beer. Its big and unforgiving. Its a bash in the mouth with a sh!t-ton of hops. THis is why we love Stone.

Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ moeder lambic " zwanze day "

A - Hazy amber/orange with a short, white head

S - Mild aromas of tropical fruit, lemon grass, biscuit and floral hops.

T - Hop forward, then corn bread with a lemon-caramel glaze followed by bright citrus bitterness. The aftertaste is delicious combining citrus sweetness and deep bitterness that lasts and lasts.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation yield a crisp-yet-smooth feel.

D: very nice brew , reallt well done , i could drink this all night long -:)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy, brownish yellow.

The smell is very hoppy, with a bright, strong citrus.

The taste has an strong, tart grapefruit, with tons of hops. There is also some nuttiness and grass. The tartness mellows as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel has a lot of bite, but some smoothness to balance it. There is strong carbonation, with a creamy finish.

Overall, it does a good job at drinkability despite the high alcohol and hoppiness. It is still largely a one-trick pony. It is a beer for the hop-lover.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,373 ratings.