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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,561
Reviews: 2,983
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,111 | 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 Aenema
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by 9/16/09
Appearance - Bright, clear honey with a 2 finger off-white to white head. Nice rings of lacing.
Smell - Dripping with pine, resin, and some grapefruit.
Taste - Blast of hops; pine, resin, some citrus, sweet honey note.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly oily feel. Moderate carbonation, feels slightly under carbonated.
Drinkability - Very intense beer with noticeable sweetness. Wouldn't want more than two.

Aenema, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange opaque in a tulip.. Thick endless lacing and a small head - looks about perfect for the style

Smell is actually quite malty with all the hop character, but also has some thick woody citrus hops

Taste is a nice a lot of bitter hops, bready malts and some vanilla on the finish

Notes: awesome 2ipa, very balanced for a west coast ipa, just all around good stuff

benclimbs, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure how fresh this is. I got it from Whole foods and they don't seem to have a quick turn-around.

With an initially cautious pour, the beer seemed to gloop into the glass without much head, but the head eventually erupted nicely. Pours a slightly murky orange with a white head.

The nose screams of pine. One of the most piney IPAs I've ever come across. Grapefruit, honey and a solid malt backbone.

The taste is not quite as explosive as the nose suggested. Citrus hops initially, pine one again (but not nearly as much as the smell) honey sweetness. It seems to start out nice and sweet but finishes with a punch of bitter hops.

It has a nice slickness. It's relatively thick, but when I let it sit in my mouth for a second carbonation bubbles begin the erupt providing an interesting delayed crispness. Bitter hops linger on the finish.

The balance between the sweetness and bitterness makes this very drinkable considering how many IBU's this is supposed to have.

sjccmd, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of ledomelor
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on cast at O' Brian's pub in San Diego in a pint glass, July 2nd, 2009 this review is a little overdue

A: A nice thick golden pour, it was noticeably more cloudy on cast then from the bottle. Nice frothy two finger head with good lacing

S: Very aromatic, the cast brings out the melon a lot more, along with this the hops. And more hopes. Very sweet tangy, but not overbearing citrus smell

T: Its hoppiness is first noticeable, and then grapefruit follows and possibly lemon. Definitely characterized by piney hops, however it wasn't over bearing and had a very nice balance with the citrus fruits. The bitterness comes out more in the Cast, which I thought it made it the perfect amount

M: Very nice mouth feel, and very crisp, and less carbonation in the cast, which I greatly preferred over the bottle. Nice lingering in the back of the palette leaving a constant reminder of how enjoyable this beer is

D: I could drink this stuff all day long, but I have to save up for a car...

Overall: I have loved this beer for a long time now, but if you have the chance to get it on cast it makes a huge difference. The flavors pop out even more and the lighter carbonation allows the beer to really linger in your mouth

ledomelor, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split A bomber with a buddy. Should have drank the whole thing. I used a hoegaarden glass, and it worked just fine. Those glasses are barely even hexagonal on the inside, a super huge gimmick if you will. Lots of companies do it.

A- poured a sweet clear copper.

S- tons of pine and grapefruit

T- Grapefruit and a slightly floral. Also pine.

M- It was crisp and bitter. kind of drying.

D- wasnt as ruining as i thought.

If your a hop head then your gonna think its alot easier to drink than someone who drinks nothing but bmc.

SpencerSauce, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a 1-finger off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell here is all about the hops. Subtle notes of grapefruit and a light floral aroma can be found in the background.

Taste is slightly bready at first but the hops kick in fast. Some hints of grapefruit, lemon and hot pepper notes can be detected, but this one is largely dominated by piney hops.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. This is definitely geared towards hopheads and thankfully, right up my alley. Aptly named, and as long as you're a fan of hoppy beers, this should be a great option to turn to.

Vengeance526, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Pup
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden pour with a thick, billowy head, champagne bubbles, and is that the face of the Baby Jesus I see in there?

Citrus, hops effervescently dancing on my olfactory nodes.

Hoppy, citrusy, tangy, just plain delicious.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

Chug-a-lug, you'll feel it after the first two, POW! Catalina Wine Mixer, POW POW!

What can I say, I effing love this beer. This is the greatest beer ever.

Pup, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of huguey
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Crested Butte, CO.

A: Pale, yellow, beautiful frothy head that laced all the way down.

S: HOPS! The citrus and pine of hops shown through, in a beautiful, beautiful way.

T: Again with the hops. Bitter bitter bitter.

M: Extremely crisp.

D: easy to do a little more than sip. Works great with heavy, oily foods to offset them. I could drink this all night!

Notes: The head on tap was something to behold, quite a sight.

huguey, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Stone brewery.

A - A deep golden color with good clarity and a thick white head that yields loads of lacing.

S - Outstanding floral hops.

T - The citrusy bitterness slightly outdoes the floral and citrusy hop flavor but it's a close call. A rich toasted malt provides the perfect foundation. The alcohol also contributes to the balance. This is a complex and complete DIPA.

M - Thick and chewy with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - I've always wanted to try a truly fresh Ruination and this opportunity didn't disappoint. Ruination is a truly great beer.

GJ40, Aug 19, 2009
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer in many forms many times, but it is time for a formal BA review.

A strong pour gets a fat fingers worth of fuzzy off white head that lasts for a few minutes and leaves no lace. The body is the tone of hazy honey that leans a little more towards amber. Nose is beautifully hoppy with the hops more of a pine veggie feel. First sip is very fresh and crisp up front then with a nice hop character that is like orange rind marmalade. With following sips the hop profile builds in strength, complexity and bitterness. The piney bight comes to the front as you drink also. The hops become so dominant that the whole mouth is overtaken creating a hugely bitter hoppy whole mouth feel. I don't mean for this to come off as a bad thing though, because through all this it is a wonderfully drinkable brew targeted at hop lovers.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of cbros
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 12 ounce beer with no born on date poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow, almost keen to a pale ale. There is a fair amount of head retention that disipates after about half the beer has been consumed. There is little to no cling to the glass. A small amount of carbonation activity present after the pour but that quickly went away as well.

S- I get a strong malty sweetness smell upon sticking my nose in the mug. They are mixed with the hop presence that brings a string citrus note to the table.

T- There is a small hint of the malty sweetness in the beginning followed closely by the bitter whomp of the hops. It is that bitterness that follows you all the way down. This is a strong beer and the alcohol shows itself at the end.

I have had this beer numerous times and was suprised when I realized that I had not reviewed it yet. I remember getting a bomber of this in a trade long before Stone was distributed here in NC. Now that I am able to get my hands on it at any time I really don't buy it anymore. This is a solid Imperial IPA and one of the very first kinds that brought me into the Imperial IPA realm. I have since explored various other variations of this style and have found that even though this was a good beer there are others out there that I find a tad bit better. I am glad that I bought a few bottles of this, for old time sake, and I plan on gettting this again in the future; however I am sure that I will reach for something else when I am searching out an Imperial IPA 9 times out of 10 but there is always that 1 time, like now for example.

cbros, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off white, sticky head. It is amber in color and clear. I immediately smell the hops, citrus and pine. I get a hint of the malt on a second whiff. This beer is very bitter. Its bitterness overpowers any malt. It is not very drinkable. I don't think I would really want a second in a sitting. It has its place, but definitely not a session beer. Although, this would be a good starter if I had to attend a festival or party that was going to serve Miller Lite. It would probably destroy that skunky taste.

buschbeer, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of mcbSTL
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz, bought at Bourbon and Canal in Terre Haute, IN for approx $6.

Dark gold. Medium head.

Citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, tropical fruit, a dose of pine and earth. Swirling does this beer well.

Just massive hops. Slight maltiness but very much an afterthought.

Bubbles popping on roof of mouth. A bit suprising that these 100+ IBUs didnt numb my mouth faster. Not leaps and bounds more bitter than other IPAs I've had recently.

Bubbles popping on roof of mouth. Deliciously smooth.

Big taste but not outrageously high ABV.

mcbSTL, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber bottle into a glass in two parts. The bottle says this beer has 100+ IBUs. Should be great. As I crack the top of the bottle, there is a burst of citrus aroma. The appearance is golden orange to red amber with a one finger, pillowy white head. The aroma is all hops, in citrus and pine form. The flavor follows suit, but has layers of flavor. A sweet floral note hits the palate first and is followed by grapefruit notes. A sharp bitter aftertaste of pine ends this beer. Certainly lives up to its name. Mouthfeel is rather heavy and lightened by oily hop resin. Drinkability could be better due to the high ABV and the intense flavor, but this beer is meant to be savored.

Overall, certainly one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Intense, complex, and balanced flavors make this an exceptional brew.

Gosox8787, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color, there however, is not much of a head and there is little lacing left behind. The smell is great, many different hops are present. There is piney and floral hops as well as fruit notes of grapefruit and other citrus. The overall taste is good as well, the beer is hoppy with piney hops and earthy hops dominanting the taste, little malt backbone. Mouthfeel is good a slight carbonation and a little alcohol burn. Overall even though it is a big hop taste it isn't as overpowering as some, it is smooth and drinkable for an imperial ipa.

goblue3509, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured a very bright, light gold body with not much foam at all. Could this be an old bottle? I see sediment in the bottle... Aroma is great -- fruity and citrusy hops. Medium bodied, this beer blasts you with hops up front which then linger on the sides of the tongue. Spicy bitterness that is on the end of the spectrum that I don't like. Warming alcohol feeling in the finish. I won't be trying this again unless I see it at a tasting where I might get a sampling that is more fresh.

blackearth, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hop bomb. We all know that. But a good beer should taste good. This one does but it doesn't taste great. Either too hoppy or unbalanced this beer seems like the "cool" pick. Like if you are a true hophead then you have to like it. Sorry I'm a leader-not a follower. Here is the scoop:

A-I pored in a Young's pint glass. I could see halfway through the pour there would be no head to I started splashing this beer. Still was left with a very disappointing little head. One finger. Once the glass was half gone you could see lacing-barely. Not good in my book. The Stone IPA has a MUCH better appearance.

N-Incredible despite the lack of foam. Piney, very floral, grapefruit and tangerine, pine sap and fresh pineapple leaf. Very thorough, hoppy aroma. Amazing pungency.

T-Too hoppy. I love hops and double/imperial IPA's. This is no doubt a good beer and well crafted. It's just too unbalanced. I'm not a hop pussy by any means, I am a true hophead. Why not just steep some hops and then drink it? Cuz it would taste like shit! However this is a good beer it just has an overpowering hop flavor.

Pinecone, hops, hops and more hops, pungent white grapefruit, spice, jasmine, honey, unripened mandarin, freshly cut grass and pine sap.

M-Good but again-not great. Bubbly, semi-thick and potent. I look for a more crisp, syrupy balance in Double IPA's. Still though-pretty good.

D-Not the best. A beer that overpowers your palate such as this one isn't the type I would like to drink many of. A better balanced beer scores higher in this category.

It's worth a try but unlike the Hop Stoopid (twice a month), this is one I may drink twice a year.

natelocc787, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of slk22
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey color, slightly cloudy, with a cream colored head that showed moderate retention. Aroma was of moderate strength and seemed simple and straightforward consisting of a orange and grapefruit citrus hop presence. Taste was sweet upfront with a noticeable orange citrus flavor and hints of honey. Hop bitterness comes through very strongly on the finish, lingering through to the next sip. Bitterness was a bit much for my taste in this style. Mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant for this medium bodied offering. Overall, this beer was enjoyable and relatively easy drinking.

slk22, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautiful dark orange color with a nice one inch white fluffy head

S: smells bitter, citrusy and wonderful. like pungent west coast hops.

T: oh the taste. yummy! super bitter hoppiness with a heavy citrus/grapefruit linger.

M: feels oily with medium carbonation. makes my tongue tingle and my cheeks pucker a little

D: At 7.7%abv I could easily drink several of these with no problem. My mouth might take a while to recover but it would be worth it!

Would absolutely recommend every hophead try!

CosmoHopHead, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my tanker mug (32oz). The head and foam looked like it came off a coffee drink about an inch and a half high. Sticks to the glass. Just by smell I can tell it is a hop bomb and that is putting it mildly. Citrus, pineapple along with the earthy, woodsy, piney flavors prevail. Very smooth mouthfeel but the alcohol is very hidden although it is relaxing to drink.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask today at Stone after having had it out of the taps at Stone a few times and out of a bottle many more times. My friend's first legal brew as today's his 21. Not a bad way to start, lads.

Appearance: Minimal head, as tends to happen from the cask, and carbonation looked low from the get-go. But a brilliant orange-brown hue that laced decently for a cask beer.

Smell: Not as incredibly hoppy as its brethren in other forms, but the hops are still there for certain, but it smelled so much sweeter, like esterified and fruity, even. Not quite like a Belgian, but much more so than on tap or in bottle. Interesting.

Taste: Still a palate demon, but not nearly to the same effect. I felt like I was drinking Ruination with less hops and more sweet malt, like it was balanced. What?! Is this right? A beer designed to not be balanced being balanced? The huge hops are both blunted on the front and back end by that fruitiness, making for an entirely different drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Still brutal on the palate, much more of a tongue lashing than Pliny the Elder or Pure Hoppiness, but not necessarily in the taste department. Carbonation is lower, yes, but the sweetness makes in not quite so enamel-eating, tongue-buckling as it otherwise can be.

Drinkability: Due to the relatively warm temperature for an IPA, it's a little less-so than a cooler D/IPA, but still very nice and enjoyable. Definitely glad I could enjoy it on cask as well.

nomomentwasted, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange color with a foamy white two finger head with a sticky lace. The aroma is strong grapefruit peeling, pine, and floral hops. The taste is a match for the aroma, but I detect a bot of a malt backbone with some sweetness to it. It is not real strong, but it is there. The hop flavor is dry, bitter, and somewhat oily.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry, and bitter, but not overly bitter. Nice drinkability. A nice DIPA. Not as sweet as some, but still quite good.
Tried again on 3/31/2011.

Perhaps the last bottle was a little old. I did not know how to check the date code then. This bottle there is the aroma and flavor of grapefruit and orange which I did not taste before. No grapefruit peeling this time. Revising the score upward. Previous overall score was 4.10.

hardy008, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of MeadMardigan
2.8/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Chinatown in San Francisco, my brother and I decided to venture away from the typical BBQ Pork Buns on the Dim-Sum menu, and ordered the Bitter Melon and Beef. I should have known, being in Chinatown, that my Western conception of melon as sweet and tangy would be challenged, but I was completely and utterly floored by just how bitter the Bitter Melon turned out to be. When I say floored, I mean it. We nearly fell out of our chairs. B-I-T-T-E-R.

When you pick up a bottle of Stone's Ruination IPA, you are not left wondering about the experience to come. Not a little type is wasted on bragging to what great lengths Stone has infused their IPA with bitterness. Perhaps too much. While one does drink an IPA for the bitterness, one should also expect it to satisfy more than a small area on the back of your tongue.

Not only was the beer not as bitter as expected, but that was the overwhelming taste characteristic present. A good IPA should be bitter, yes, but not a one trick taste pony. I'd hoped, being so highly praised on this site, that Ruination IPA would be more engaging, but I was more or less bored after the first sip, but I guess that's partly the point. The label itself says that after a single taste, even food would turn to ash in your mouth, but I didn't know that the beer was included in that ruination.

If you like IPA's, you'll probably come upon this one eventually in your search for the best, but I think you'll be disappointed. Ruination IPA; well said.

MeadMardigan, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of kaiserbrown
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm very disappointed that, as far as I can tell, I cannot get this beer in Minneapolis. I had it the past two nights while visiting friends at the always excellent Sunset Grill & Tap in Boston. Poured in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deceptively light gold-straw color. Decent lacing. No indication of the 105(!!!) IBU hammer about to hit your palate.

S: Powerfully hoppy, as expected. Difficult to pick anything out beyond the nose of glorious, delectable hops.

T: The first time I tasted this beer, I pounded my friend so hard on the back that he was unsure whether I adored or despised the brew. My admiration hasn't flagged in the time since that day. Bruisingly hoppy, which is most definitely not for all imbibers, but still balanced enough that the hops don't utterly overshadow the underlying malts.

M: I don't know that I have words to describe how wonderful this feels going down. Crisp, sharp, and leaves the perfect bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

D: Shockingly drinkable, even a potential session beer. Somehow maintains its sledgehammer appeal without being overwhelmingly alcoholic or heavy.

O: One of my favorites, and one that I'd drink regularly if I'd the opportunity. Definitely not for everyone- if you aren't a fan of hoppy beers you probably won't enjoy this to the same extent as a dedicated hop-head. Still. Delicious.

kaiserbrown, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For me, it seemed like the chance of a lifetime to have this on cask while visiting the Pizza Port Solana Beach location.

The draw settled into a finger-and-a-half of thick, tawny head with fantastic retention, especially given the heat and (relative) humidity. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very estrous with banana being the prevalent smell. Mouthfeel was really smooth with a light, honey-like taste on the tongue. Finish was smooth with a slight hoppy biterness that reminded me to slow down. Yow!

woodychandler, Aug 06, 2009
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,561 ratings.