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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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Ratings: 10,291
Reviews: 3,055
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
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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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Photo of CapitalGains
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured and tasted 7/18/11
12 oz. bottle poured into a Deschutes Imperial Pint glass

Pours into a golden body with about an inch and a half of thick, creamy head that takes its time to settle. Does not leave as much lacing as one might expect considering the initial head.
Aroma is primarily citrus hops, sweet sugar, lemon, oranges, and a bit of floral and piney scents.
Taste is embodied by tangerines, pineapple, and grapefruit with a very present bitterness (as expected with 100+ IBU at 7.70% ABV). Hop bitterness is the defining factor in this brew. Finish is a bit dry and the malt presence seems subdued.
Proper level of carbonation and the mouthfeel is spot on - not too thin or thick.
A couple of these can definitely ruin your palate, as evidenced by the name. A little too forward on the bitterness for my preferences. Picked up at six-pack for $15; to be honest there are better deals for other IPAs out there in my opinion.

Photo of Kubus
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a tangerine colour with a frothy white head. Very active while pouring, continues to bubble merrily afterwards.

S: Hops, apples, cactus, pine, some phenols.

T: A very smooth IPA. After having Arrogant Bastard and finding it a little too bitter for my taste, I was scared to open this bottle, but was pleasantly surprised. Strong, but not overpowering, hops throughout. Bitter aftertaste, but not mean.

M: Very bubbly and crisp. Fluffy clouds of head appear almost out of nowhere while drinking. Surprisingly balanced.

O: This beer may appear intimidating or even undesirable to some, but I would definitely say this is a good example of an IPA, rivaling my favourite (Southern Tier IPA or 2XIPA). Definitely warrants a try, would buy again.

Photo of bogus564
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere; thank goodness that somewhere is my man cave.

A: The color is a light golden amber, on the cloudy side. The resultant head was just about 1cm, and did not last very long.

S: The hops come through a bit in the nose. I hope I'm not coming down with a cold, because I didn't detect anything really strong; just a citrus hop.

T: Nice citrus hop profile; I'm getting grapefruit up front, followed by pine. I like a good IPA, and this is a good one. It's strong, living up to the name Ruination. Three of these bad boys and most NASCAR beer drinkers I know would be ruined.

M: Very good, not outstanding; washes nicely over the palate, leaves a piny finish, carbonation seems just about right.

O: Stone makes a good IPA, and this is no exception. This would have gone perfectly with the steak I grilled for lunch. Then again, between that and the beer, I'd likely have been knocked unconscious.

Photo of mttaylor1066
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Pours a nice rich golden ale color with a nicely formed head that lingers.

S - Well, if you can't smell the hops, don't you waste your time buying any more IPA.

T - Stone Brewing knows their craft and the proof is in the taste of this beer. An excellent, bitter, heavily hopped ale. The ABV is very sneaky here, the hops are balanced by a nice malty "back."

M - Good carbonation throughout all 22 oz. Start on this one early in the afternoon and enjoy it slowly.

Overall, an excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of beagle75
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of eggshell-tinted foam head that reminds of a sourdough starter. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Juicy hops redolent of ripe ruby grapefruit and other fresh herbaceous elements. The presence of bread, slightly toasty, is muted but present.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with fresh and fairly bright mixed citrus hop aromatics that turn piney by the middle. Acidity is moderate, further elevating brightness. Powerful astringency develops in the middle to usher in the respectably bitter finish. Dank herbaceous hops provide some exciting jungle qualities late. Malt is feather-light, struggling to provide balance to the hops as they turn aggressive.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic yet smooth on the palate despite the astringent flavor, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Potent hops confirm that this beer is still worthy of the name. The fade to resinous but astringent pine in the middle is a little too clumsy and overdone to reward with accolades, but the crispness and the cleanliness underlying all of the powerful flavors is more than worthy. This beer is beguiling despite the punishment it inflicts on the palate. The opportunity to buy a remarkably fresh bottle of Ruination proves that sometimes you can go back again.

Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice:

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a fluffy one and a half finger off-white head.

Grapefruit, citrus, floral hop aroma, pine, and sweet malt.

Bitter, bitter, bitter from the front to the back. Strong hop punch up front with grapefruit, pine and sweet malt and a little citrus mid-palate to keep it drinkable. Hands off to yet more bitterness on the finish that lingers for what seems like an eternity. I love my bitters, so thats a good thing.

Medium-bodied brew with a juicy feel. Its got a light feel for a double, but its a nice switchup from the thicker doubles. Ah, and there is that dry finish that I love in these west coast IPAs.

This is a nice West Coast double. Its a stronger, very bitter and hoppy beer, but quite drinkable for a hophead like myself. Its not quite there with Bell's Hopslam and definitely not Pliny the Elder...but it is a very solid and worthy beer that I would definitely drink again given my love for my bitters.

Photo of rundocrun
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy by" date of 6/23/11, so a little late, but oh well.

A - Pours a deep, slightly coppery gold color. One finger of white head that fades quite slowly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy, bitter pine up front. Hints of sweet orange and citrus. Some mild toasty or biscuit-like notes are also evident.

T - Sweet malt and lemony/fruity citrus intertwine up front, but they quickly yield to the crushing taste-bud-incinerating hop bitterness (We're talking 100+ IBU's here). Along with the bitterness comes more pine and bitter orange peel. Any caramel or toasted character from the grains are hard to pick out or are entirely drowned amid the hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a mild metallic taste at the back of the tongue.

M - Medium body (slightly syrupy) with good, bright carbonation. Has an extremely dry finish that makes me want to keep gulping this one down (have to be careful with the 7.7% ABV, though).

Overall, this is quite an excellent DIPA. I was a little taken aback by the extreme hop presence of this beer, but I had to keep in mind that this is the first true west-coast DIPA I've had the opportunity of trying, so I had to be prepared for a little more hop-injected madness. If you haven't read the back of the bottle yet, do it. It's hilarious!

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a murky golden orange color. The head was really big and foamy. The lacing was very sticky along the glass. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, they aren't fooling around with this beer. The aromas are mostly earthy to me, there are some qualities of citrus that peak through but not much. The taste of this beer is loaded with monster hop flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and even a bit heavy. Overall as much as I like this IPA, I feel there are much better choices out there. For some reason the hops they use in this don't really do it for me.

Photo of bluesfan1181
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a two finger white head that dissipates slowly. Lacing sticks all the way down in the glass.

S - Pine trees, citrus, powerful hops, and honey.

T - Piny citrus and hops on the front palate. A smooth finish that reminds me of honey and medicinal herbs.

M - Full and Powerful. Mild Carbonation.

Overall - This is one great DIPA. I think it is right there with Hopslam. Bold hop pop that any hophead can appreciate. And IPAs and DIPAs aren't even my favorite style.

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

Dispensed from a 22 oz brown bomber with a colorful silkscreen on surface.

Off white , cloudy pale gold brew with quite good lacing.

Crack open the bottle and all you smell are hops, wonderful overwhelming hops.

Enough malt backbone to support the 100+IBU but the hops will kick you in the mouth, excellent hoppy beer.

This is the brew for a true Hophead

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $6. Tapped into a Pint Glass from the Black Tap Handle with the White Devil and "Ruination" on it and a keg date of 4-1-11.

Aroma- Hoppiest it can be. Earthy and a bit of citrus but no malt or sweetness found. Actually, nothing than hop is noted in the aroma...

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head, dies down but keeps a bit of froth on the sides. HUGE lacing. Nice pale yellow body and effervescent.

Flavor- Hops, hops, and more hops! Sweet bitterness at the finish with bit of caramel and citrus. VERY NICE!

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, watery a bit, light on alcohol taste, and leaves tang on the palate, and has a nice alcohol warming.

Overall Impression- Good all around. Not sure i would pick this over the original STONE IPA because has a greater bitterness and much more pricey.

Photo of DavidST
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites.

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass, best before 5-8-11 date (I know I'm a couple of months past date, but its all I could find and I'm in the mood for some Ruination tonight).

This pours a nice golden color lightly hazed with a white head. The smell is most obviously of hops, floral and some citrus, I was hit with it as soon as the bottle was opened. Mouth feel is good medium body the hops are very present. The taste is excellent, the high bitterness is the predominate taste hidden in there is also a nice citrus / grapefruit acidic taste, very nice (and loads of grapefruit bitter aftertaste). It seems that even being past date hasn't toned this down much, love it. Overall another quality IPA from Stone, I really can't decide between this and the regular IPA (and not the Belgium one) which is my favorite, I just rotate between both of them.

Photo of nandemo1
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve oz bottle and got only mild carbonation. Minimal head and only temporary bubbling after the pour. A golden color with a bit of haze.

Smell is flowery and citrusy as is the taste. Picking up more orange than grapefruit. Very well balanced with strong hop flavor, good maltiness, and solid bitterness

An excellent DIPA. One of my go-to beers.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" off-white head which took awhile to dissipate. Lovely hazy orangy gold color. Smell of strong hops and citrus. Taste more of the same and has that piney tartness you get with really strong hops. As to be expected this is a pretty similar beer to simply their IPA except ratcheted up to stronger. Personally I like their IPA better, it's more balanced.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at some bar in the Denver airport

Poured into a nondescript tumbler, a slightly hazy golden orange with a small, foamy, white head that retained and laced well. Seemed like a beefed up version of the regular IPA. Strong floral and citrus hops in the aroma. More of the same in the taste: floral and citrus, with a sweet caramel flavor coming thought, and lightly toasted malts in the background. Strong and flavorful, medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Photo of plfahey
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold with an orange-ish hue. Good Clarity. Moderately large off-white head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome hop bouquet-candied grapefruit and mint show through the strongest for me, with lesser hints of citrus and thai basil. Malt is faint beneath the hops but has light notes of caramel and a hint of toast. Slight hint of pine as the grapefruit begins to fade, but still very herbal.

Flavor-Caramel malt flavors are cut short by the assault of hop flavor and bitterness. There's more pine in the flavor than in the aroma, but still plenty of herbal hop flavor, especially basil and mint. Hop bitterness is very high and aggressive. Aftertaste is dry and bitter, with lingering herbal flavors and a slight note of grapefruit. Finish is long and bitter, with herbal flavors staying on the palate for minutes after swallowing.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Talk about a tongue smack-down though, on my first sip, I felt like i'd had my taste buds punched off (in a good way). Leaves the tongue numb and tingly.

I had this beer a while back, but it was clearly not fresh. These bottles just got into MN and this beer fresh is pretty damn fantastic. Wonderful double IPA. I can't help but think that this would be absolutely delicious with Thai food.

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

Ruination IPA exits the brown bomber with a slightly cloudy amber hue and an inch of above it. The aroma is strong with flowery hops. An inviting hoppy concoction. The palate is assaulted by hops The bitter flowery hops dominate the palate. Some citrus and pine notes join the mix. Just the right kiss of caramel malt balance the dominate hops. The smoothness of the flavor profile belies the hops that make this brew famous and iit goes down easy all night.

Photo of vobr0002
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden with a small amount of white head. Hazy looking.

S- grassy smell, with some citrus notes that that hit your nose a split second later but it smells like your tongue is about to take a bath in hops.

T- I like the taste of this beer. Its more pleasant than the aroma would lead you to believe and the bitterness comes on after the malty taste leaves your tongue.

M- creamy mouth feel almost. Bubbles on my tongue.

O- this is a good beer but I have some beers I like better for a lesser price. But if this beer was around I would like to have some more!

Photo of TVolt1
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden, clear and crisp.

S: I like the intial smell of stong hoppiness and citrus. The aftersmell gets a little funky for my liking. Almost a little musky smelling.

T: Great inital taste. You immediately taste a floral type taste followed by a great orangy/grapefruity taste. You are then dropkicked by an overwhelming amount of hop taste which i love. The initial finish is quite good, rounding up the floral, grapefruit and hop tastes, but then the bitterness kicks in the the final finish that linger on your tongue may be slightly too bitter.

M: Great mouthfeel. Smoothm, just enough carbonation and thickness to help embody such a strong bold beer.

O: I do like this beer. If you are a strong hop lover like me, this is the beer for you! If only the smell could be a little more inviting, it would be an all around perfect beer damn near!

Photo of beerman21
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Looks quite crisp, great clarity, active pilsner type carbonation with a two finger puffy white head. Looks like soap suds.

Smell is piney, citrus like hop aroma. Very clean bitter bite grapefruit with even a hint of buttery richness.

First sip.. Wow, the smell of this beer is deceiving. You get a malty sweetness at first the swings over the top of your palate and then BAM!! The bitterness hits you, sour bitter grapefruit, pine, floral medicinal flavors linger as the brew goes down. This is a tongue hop shredder! Very pronounced bitters and Per stones site is well over 100IBU's. This beer is for you if your a hop head. Very good stuff.

Mouthful well is like most DIPA the bitterness lingers what seems like forever. This is defiantly a great sipping IPA. Probably paired well will some strong flavor cheese and meats. Creamy brew to say the least.

Overall great DIPA, I love hoppy beers and at one time that’s all i bought was hopped out outrages brews. I’ve gone away from that and its nice to know i can still get down with the hoped crazed beer geets. This beer is great highly recommended but a bit over priced. 7.99 for a 22 and 14.99 for a six pack. Try out at least cause if you like hoppy beers you'll love this one.

Photo of MattyV
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy orange colour, big dense rocky cream head. Big punch of pungent floral, piney aroma, slightly lemony, extremely fresh--like sniffing a fresh packet of hops before tossing them into the boil. This beer has been thoroughly hopped in all aspects of the flavour experience. Extremely hoppy and bitter, but balanced to the point of keeping things enjoyable. Lots of juicy grapefruit/pine flavour with a bit of bready malt backbone. Long-lasting citrus rind aftertaste. Medium bodied, a touch slick/oily. A fantastic rendition of the style, my favourite to date, just bursting with unbelievable hop flavour throughout. Will definitely revisit next time south of the border!

Photo of Forb
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle...

Appearance: Beautifully hazy golden orange hue with a fluffy / creamy 1 finger head. The glass is white-walled with lacing.

Smell: My lord, never have I smelled so much hop deliciousness from a beer before. This smell excites with an actual hop 'sweetness'!!

Taste: The taste of a sweet hop essence so smooth and delectable that I can honestly say it's the closest to draft I've ever had from a bottle. Just amazing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, hoppy, happy, and just downright filled with the love of brewing. This beer makes a ! and it indicates appreciation for the fine art of brewing.

Overall: The best IPA I've ever had. Hands down. Even if your not a hophead. JUST DO IT! Prosit!!!!

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

A: Nice golden yellow color, thin, bubbly head. Good carbonation sitting at the bottom floating up.

S:Hops, hops, hops. Flowery and piny hop goodness.

T: Suprisingly balanced taste, not as bitter as I was expecting, doesn't have a big lingering hoppy aftertaste like I thought. Tastes of pine a This is a great tasting IPA.

M: Medium body, with a nice scrubbing on the tongue feel after. Very smooth and drinkable.

O: I love this IPA from Stone. Stone never dissapoints and I will definitely be getting more into them as they are readily available here. This is a great beer for the hop heads.

Photo of Stretch270
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stone Cali belgic glass from a 1pt 6fl oz bottle.

Appearance - a nice cloudy golden yellow hue with a cloudy white head a couple fingers deep.

Smell - this beer claims to be an ode to the hop and it certainly doesn't fail to deliver. Hops dominate the fragrance, but the smell is not just hops but a crisp and fresh forest if hops. If you absolutely adore the smell of fresh hops, this beer is for you. Every time I smell this beer I harken back to the tour I took at Stone and the vision of heaven I saw when I entered that room.

Taste - once again I allude to Stone's claim that this beer is an ode to hops and the taste does little to disappoint. Hops is the first taste that comes to mind. There is just so much in the way of aromatic and bitter hops that makes this beer a delight to drink.

Mouthfeel - I think this beer feels heavier because of the prominence of the flavor permeates the entire surface of the tongue. That said, there is a pleasant aromatic hop ovetone to the head that contrasts with the hoppiness of the mouthfeel that allows for a nice texture to this beer.

Overall - hops hops and more hops. Imperial ipa is my favorite type of beer and I thi ruination is central to the genre for it's great combination if hops, both in aromatics and flavor. If you want a nice well-balanced imperial IPA tis is a good place to start.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1L growler from Al's of Hampden. Kegged 6/4/2011, super fresh!

Pours a fairly clear, golden orange color with a good 3 fingers of foamy white head that leaves seafoam lacing throughout.

Big nose on this, can smell it on the table 3 feet away as I type. Citrus and tropical fruits, along with some pine notes - not a whole lot of malt aromas to speak of (yay). Lots of pine and grapefruity hop flavors upfront, that kinda linger with some other citrus in the middle, before a nice, dry finish. Medium bodied, somewhat light carbonation, and dry.

Ive had this many times before, but never from a keg this fresh - what a treat!

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,291 ratings.