Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 9,194 | Reviews: 2,959 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
I've been waiting to break into this one for a while. It poured slightly hazy dark orange amber with a full sticky off white head that settled into nice lacing after about 5 minutes. As it warms a bit, I detect a very nice orange and citrus aroma with a significant backbone of caramelized sugars and pungent juicy hoppyness. It tastes like hop nectar. Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy, with sharp hop bitterness. I would call it medium sweet with a medium finish. The hops definitely dominate, but the rest of the brew has not fallen to the wayside. It's not completely dry like so many IPA's, but a delicious bold brew for sure! I give it a high drinkability score for hop and IPA fans.
12-14-2008 00:15:30 | More by swanmann
4.13/5 rDev -4%
A- pours a nice hazy reddish straw color. A foamy head that disapears quickly.
S- Sweet, very citrusy. Notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit. A piney hop scent in the background.
T- Sweet and citrusy like the smell. Finishes with a floral piney hoppiness. Sweeter than other D.I.P.A's I've had, but pleasant. The citrus balances the hops.
M- Smooth and creamy. It gets better as the beer warms and the carbonation dissapates.
D- This brew goes down easy, very drinkable. Though at 7.7% ABV I suspect that these would sneak up on you, pleasantly...
12-13-2008 18:51:41 | More by JayNH
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a semi-cloudy orange to golden color. A ton of bubbles riding the perimeter of the glass. An off-white 2 finger head that creams up to about a 1/4" layer. Has a real nice sudsy lace.
A very refreshing citrus hop aroma initially followed by some nice pine and a touch of freshly cut grass detected.
The taste is sublime. Quite smooth upfront with a very strong, in your face hoppy bitterness throughout with a delightful hint of malty sweetness towards the end and an overall bitter finish. A decidedly citrus, almost peach flavor detected in the background.
I found this to have a great mouth feel, very smooth and refreshing. Just a great beer all around, although at $16 for a six pack this is not exactly a good session beer, yet it IS very drinkable.
12-12-2008 22:14:36 | More by Soneast
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Imperial Pint. The color is great, it is a cloudy light golden color. There is a nice creamy small white head the builds and quickly resides. Nice lacing. The smell is of course hops. I also get a ton of grapfruit some sugar and a very nice pine aroma. Just all around nice and earthy. Oh the taste! Hops all the way and I love it. The bite is great and I was shocked at how moist it left the mouth. The Runination is very Drinkable for an IPA, I wish I had another to have tomorrow. Recommended for all, especially IPA fans.
12-11-2008 21:49:49 | More by beerad666
4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
A - Absolutely beautiful, theres a head, theres lacing. The color is amazing. Thank you hops.
S - WOW, the hops are the first thing noticed, but once you really take a smell, theres more there. Its balanced, has that nice malty undertone that a pale ale should have.
T - This is what beer should be. HOPS, bitterness, malt undertones, spices, and that fruity balance.
M - Great, could be a little more full, but still really good.
D - I'd drink this all night, and probably end up trashed, but who cares!
This stuff is great, VERY pricey, but worth it. If you have never had a beer with a lot of hops, this ain't the place to start, but if you like pale ale's find this and try it. I remember when I was in high school and thought I hated hops, couldn't stand the bitter taste, now I can't get enough! GIVE ME MORE!
12-11-2008 02:04:45 | More by cottonkoozie
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
I picked up a 22oz'er. Poured this into my unofficial offical IPA glass (a Guinness pint glass). Pours a light golden color. Moderate head that fades quickly. Nice lacing on the glass. It has a nicely balanced smell of hops, pine and fruit. Not real overpowering and well balanced. As with the aroma, the taste is very well balanced. They didn't just dump a pile of hops into this. The hops and pine complement each other nicely, and a real nice bitterness follows (makes me wonder what the IBU is). For an IPA, it's light bodied and is real easy to drink. It leaves some stick in the mouth, and the bitterness almost has me rubbing my teeth. This a real good IPA and a very enjoyable drink. The Stone Brewery is new to me and I have been very impressed so far.
12-10-2008 22:48:40 | More by mtbbaboon
4.3/5 rDev 0%
MMMmmmm...The aroma is of piney and citrus zest and juicy citrus. Can't barely detect any barley in the aroma.
It pours an almost clear golden hay color. With a thick and creamy but slowly dissapating head. The off white head leaves in its train thick, beautiful lacing.
The flavor is pretty bitter but not realy harsh, but not smooth as a babies behind either (a little too bitter IMO). There is grapefruit and pine resin in the flavor.
Nice lingering dry bitterness in the finish.
Full bodied. Another great big beer from the brewers at Stone. Thank folks. Thank the Lord Jesus for the hop harvest.
12-09-2008 12:56:42 | More by hoplover82
3.65/5 rDev -15.1%
Original Rating Date:
July 31, 2008
Unbelievably hoppy. Strong grassy, herby smell. Excellent, mouth-wetting aroma. One of the best noses I've tried. One of the better imperial IPAs I've tried. Doesn't quite compare to the Dogfish head 90 minute or Lagunitas Maximus, despite the higher IBU count. DFH/Maximus both have more of a fruity, complex, complete taste. For true hopheads, this beer can't be ignored.
12-07-2008 22:30:33 | More by Vendetta
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Picked up this bomber from either Jungle Jims or Party Source outside of Cincinnati, OH...can't remember.
A: Pours a pale yellowish-orange amber with lots of frothy white head with a vigorous pour and good lacing on the glass.
S: Super hops and citrus. Smells delicious and this scent would be a great air freshener.
T: Hops are there but less than in the smell, some citrus, somewhat sweet with a muted bitter in there.
M: Refreshing with a slight bite. Thin but not in a bad way. Not a lot of carbonation, but that may have been due to the pour since lots of froth was present.
D: I think it's very drinkable. The alcohol is not very noticeable. It drinks thinner with good flavor so it'd be a good session beer.
I'd like to try this side by side with the regular Stone IPA to see what the difference is, because from memory they don't seem too different. I like this. Wish it had a little more sweetness that I prefer.
12-02-2008 17:30:53 | More by dukedevil0
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a very nice orange haze. Very white head, little to no carbonation. Smells fantastic, a pine forest crossed with a pineapple plantation type smell. Tastes is dominated by a burning flavor of hops. No surprises there, this punches you in the face with its hops as much as anything I've ever had. I don't know about the bottles claim that other beers will be ruined for you permanently, but maybe other beers will be ruined for you that night. It would be hard to get the taste of this beast out of your mouth. Highly recommended.
12-02-2008 16:28:46 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
355ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...
Poured a crystal clear golden orange colour. Slightly off white head poured quite big and foamy then faded fairly quickly to wispy covering with thick edging... no carbonation at all... light patchy lacing...
Aroma - Lots of (over) ripe tropical fruits (pineapples, limes, mangoes, grapefruits), strong piney resin, citrus and grassy hops, some rubberiness, floral honey, very perfumed, oaky traces, some vanilla, faint talcum powder / chalky notes, light almond nuttiness, some boozy esters...
Taste - Lots of strong piney and citrusy hop bitterness to the fore with some medicinal notes in the background, quite herbal - hints of basil and rosemary, very floral and perfumed, some light sweet malts come through after the hops, very spicy and juicy fruits (grapefruits, limes, sour apples, pears), some chalkiness, faint vegetal traces...
M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through - your mouth will tingle for a while after drinking a bottle of this... medium bodied... probably couldn't drink too many of these in one sitting...
Overall - An excellent and very well balanced DIPA... recommended...
12-02-2008 09:53:16 | More by mdagnew
5/5 rDev +16.3%
This is a perfect beer for hopheads. It pours a nice orange amber color with a thick foamy off-white head. Aroma is dominated by bitter earthy and citrus hops. Very bitter hoppy flavor that lasts throughout with a perfect malt backbone balance. It is like biting into a plant. One of the bet IPAs(or any other beer) I've ever had.
12-02-2008 07:44:17 | More by corby112
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured into a pint glass
Appearance: golden orange appearance with medium-sized head; head dissappates quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell: the hops are most apparent; I can also pick up hints of grapefruit and sugar
Taste: Its hops and bitterness all the way; there is a small citrus undertone in the beer--just enough to give the beer some flavor besides the apparent bitterness
Drinkability: is there really any other beer you would want to have after drinking this? Honestly I wouldn't recommend having more than two in one sitting (I prefer to have one followed by a beer with specialized flavor like a Pecan Ale--really brings out the taste to me for some reason)
12-02-2008 05:25:33 | More by Jablonski
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured into my standard nonic.
A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange. Huge white head which lasts for quite a while. Dripping sticky lace just coats the entire glass.
S - Very strong smell, noticeable from a good foot away. Tons of hops - citrus and pine, some pineapple and orange. Some candied sugar as well.
T - Hops galore! Citrus, pine, all the way through, with some sweet malts making an appearance at the end.
M - Pretty creamy, moderate carbonation at the end. Bitterness throughout, but still very smooth.
D - Alcohol is well hidden, and this is a delicious beer.
11-29-2008 04:20:16 | More by MacDomer
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
appearance: honey-sand colored body with an egg shell colored head persists wonderfully. leaves heavy lacing on the glass too. i love seeing all the carbonation bubbles flying to the surface.
aroma: not too complex. this one's all about business. i smell grapefruit and pineapple. very appealing nose. there's some tangerine in there too. malt isn't coming through much though.
taste: very nice, clean, and punchy. lingers wonderfully too. feels like sucking on the straight hop nectar. this one is a lot more refined than arrogant bastard. very enjoyable. this is a very stately beer.
mouthfeel: interesting. more carbonation than i thought would be there. i like it even though i think it's a bit much. other than that, it is pretty spot on. not thin but not cloying. very nice.
drinkability: very powerful, but not heavy. very enjoyable beer that i would have again.
11-28-2008 23:16:27 | More by etaggie09
4/5 rDev -7%
A: Pale copper color with a slight chill haze. Fairly active carbonation. Off-white head has good retention and leaves a nice lace behind.
S: There's no mistaking what this beer brings to the table. The nose is greeted with a wall of citrus and pine hops, with maybe a hint of alcohol. Hop scent is so pronounced, that I might as well have been sniffing a bag of freshly reaped cones.
T: Bitter, bitter and more bitter. A hop head's delight. The hops are this beer's flavor. No more, no less. Lemon, grapefruit and pine interplay nicely. Toasted malt is there, but you have to search for it to taste it. Finishes with a tart and puckering bitterness that lingers nicely.
M: Medium-heavy body is oily and leafy. Carbonation level is a bit on the high side.
D: I have to be in just the right mood for a beer like this. I like my hops, but this beer is almost too much for me. That said, this beer is excellent at doing what it's designed for. Definitely worth a revisit when the mood is right.
11-28-2008 22:26:35 | More by Rayek
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Ruination in Chicago. Thanks again to eric.
A- pours a light orange with a bit of head and nice retention
S- nice classic hops, pine, grapfruit. nothing overpowering.
T- So good. Hops in your face but nicely done. Really tasty
M- Good crisp carbonation.
D- Wonderful IPA.
11-28-2008 01:11:47 | More by inhoc00
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
Now I will preface this with a disclaimer: I'm not a huge hop fan. Not a big IPA guy. Not a huge fan of the more bitter beers. So this is more a comparison to other IPAs I've had than an absolute scale of my enjoyment.
Poured a cloudy amber, that settled into a pretty, straw gold colour. Nice white head, probably half an inch with decent retention.
The spices that hit you rnose when you hold it up to your face are admittedly enticing. Kind of a sweet and spicy scent to it, reminscent almost of white pepper
The taste follows the aroma, with an obviously high hop profile, I almost expected it to be legit spicy (like jalapeno chip spicy), but it wasn't. Bitter, something almost like the taste of rosebuds in the middle of the body.
Fairly smoothe brew, goes down easy. Drinkable, if it is to your taste. As one who is generally not a fan of IPAs, I probably wouldn't go get another one, but as IPAs go, it's pretty good. My best friend really likes it (she likes hops), and I bet my dad would too.
11-27-2008 04:25:41 | More by kemoarps
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a 22oz bottle:
A: The beer appeared a nice deep amber with a very nice white head that was well retained. No lacing.
S: Hops, hops and more hops. There were also some notes of citrus, pine and I also got a little maple.
T: Outstanding. Overwhelming hoppiness with hints of the citrus and I got that very faint hint of maple as the beer warmed and I got near the end. Very interesting.
M/D: This is really an exceptional beer. Smooth, easy to drink, good carbonation, full-body, and creamy. Started with a bitter dry taste and end with a bitter aftertaste. Highly drinkable, the 22oz went down very smooth. This will be a staple for a long time to come.
11-26-2008 17:49:55 | More by PhillyStyle
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
Appearance: Pours a 2 inch + bubbly head. Color is a cloudy amber. Retention is awesome and head is not going anywhere.
Smell: Hops, hops and more hops. Bottle does not lie. Smallest hint of malt, but this is a hop driven style and I am happy to finally taste.
Taste: Extremely bitter taste complemented by the smooth and somewhat fruity finish. A Pine/Licorice and spice meets citrus at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Licorice taste is more present the longer I hold it. A little too much pine here. I'm starting to think about soap when I describe the aftertaste. This beer's weakest point, but not enough to hate on this beer.
Drinkability: My favorite style of beer does not disappoint. This beer comes as advertised; full of hops, bitter and 7.7 ABV. I have another half bottle that will not last long. Would buy this any day...money permitting.
11-24-2008 19:05:41 | More by dfolmste
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Bought a 22 oz. bomber and poured most of it into my pint glass. Nice amber coloration, very clear with good carbonation and a thin white head that fizzles down pretty quickly.
The aroma was rather pleasant and smelled of grapefruit, sweet and sour bubblegum and honeysuckle. You can tell the complexity of the malts and hops were in there from the intense sweet and bitter characters fighting it out.
The taste was sort of a creamy grapefruit like flavor with a strong hop element throughout but far more pronounced at the end. Mild alcohol feel throughout. To be honest, I'm not a major hop-head and tend to shy away from brews with very high IBU's, but this offering from Stone was very pleasant and palatable.
This medium bodied ale had a full flavor with the citrus-like hops sticking around on your tounge and the carbonation wasn't overblown, so it feels like what a good IPA should feel like.
This beer is very drinkable and I was surprised, considering I've heard some of my friends say this ale was just to bitter for them. I found this ale smooth and although a bit too high abv to have more than one or two in a night, I'd happily sit back and enjoy sipping this brew for some time to come.
11-24-2008 19:03:44 | More by davexisxrabid
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
22oz bomber from the World of Beer in Westchase.
Pours a golden copper with a huge white head that stuck laces all over the glass and took a while to recede. This is a good indication of a well made IPA.
Aroma is full of citrus orange peel, grapefruit, lemon and lime. There was also a big smell of pine resin and malt. There is a lot of character in this beer.
Taste is very well balanced with a solid malt backbone and sweetness to cut the huge amount of hoppy taste.
Finishes strong and bitter.
This is easily one of my top 5 DIPAs.
11-24-2008 05:05:44 | More by gonzo46and2
4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
12oz bottle from the liquor store in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours a light amber-yellow body with an impressive inch and a half of off-white head. Smells intensely hoppy, like few beers I've had - citrus and pine most notably, with just a tinge of caramel malt in the background. Smells like smelling a packet of hops when homebrewing. Tastes like orange, grapefruit, pine, pith... Just the slightest hint of caramel malt, just enough to balance the flavor and make the beer obnoxiously bitter. Medium in body with ample effervescent carbonation, both of which help aid the drinkability. One sip most definitely invites another. Perhaps the best DIPAs I have ever had. An absolute must for any hop-head.
11-22-2008 01:17:16 | More by MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
A hazy golden orange pour supports three fingers of light tan head. Retention is excellent, with a prolific amount of spotted lacing left behind. Aroma consists of striking citrusy hops up front with a bit of astringency in the background. Notes of earth and pine float around. on the palate the hops are wrapped in a blanket of citrus and malt. They don't stand out as much as some DIPA's, but the balancing act here is pulled off perfectly, which results in a drinkable, yet very tasty example of the style. Mouth-feel is medium bodied. This one goes down pretty smooth, with an essence of orange peel as an aftertaste. This is a highly rated, and most talked about brew which, in my humble opinion does not quite live up to all the hype, but is for sure a good damn beer.
11-21-2008 20:33:28 | More by stephens101
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
My "go to" beer store normally doesn't have any of Stone Brewing Companies products but I saw a few cases of this stuff sitting on a cart and I took it upon my self to do a little downstocking. Anyway as i poured the brew in my pint glass I got the full floral aroma before I even put my nose to the edge of the glass. It's almost like a pine tree just fell on top of me. The appearance was nice as well glowing a nice amber/orangey hue thru the glass. If you like hops this is the beer for you. Not over done in anyway but like another review said the 100 IBU's is slightly questionable. I was expecting my tongue to just fall off from the bitterness but that wasn't the case. ruination IPA is a very drinkable beer and i will definately be partaking in some more very soon.
11-21-2008 12:42:12 | More by dojobrewco
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,194 ratings.