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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,717 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,717
Reviews: 2,991
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,178 | 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 Wisconsinality
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into standard pint.

A- Pours a very transparent golden straw color with about a finger and half's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and a little bit of lacing.

S- A strong scent of citrusy hops with a good bit of piney resin. You can also pick up a little bit of the sweet malt in the background and maybe even some white bread.

T- Good piney hops. You can detect a hint of the sweet malt at the tail end to go along with some breadiness from the yeast.

M- A medium bodied brew that has a pretty good bite to it, pretty standard for the style. The carbonation is good and takes away from the bite just a tad.

D- Like it says on the bottle, this will pretty much ruin your palate after one of these and I think that is pretty much spot on. A good beer to sip on but don't expect to have much else after words.

Wisconsinality, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed form my notes. This beer is nearly translucent with a dark straw color. It has a thick white foam head. The aroma is full of great earth hops. It smells like there may be some yeast aromas present, but it's just as likely I'm just smelling the complex hops and confusing the two. A bit of sweetness appears initially when you taste. This is followed by hearty, grassy hops. The beer finishes with a very bitter hop flavor. Is there a better tasting DIPA out there? Possibly, but I haven't had it. The body feels a bit heavier than what I call medium. There is a lot of tickling carbonation and decent mouthcoating. This is a very hoppy, strong beer. It's hard to drink a lot of these in a row, but individually it goes down very well. Plus, DIPA's aren't meant for chugging, but savoring.

ToasterChef, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before tomorrow's date printed on the label. Close call here.

Poured a brilliant pale color with slight haze into my shaped pint. The head is just a solid cap of foam with good lacing.

The aroma is of course hoppy, but I'm guessing it would be stronger a few months earlier. It has some good tropical fruit notes as well as some apricot, but it could use more strength. Maybe I'm desensitized after trying the double dry hopped version of this beer. Crackery bread scent from the malt also combines with a touch of the presence of alcohol.

The taste is as bitter as can be with a huge finish. There are some good light citrus notes that come through from the hops but they are a bit to delicate to stand up to the bitter finish. Some of the crackery malt and alcohol combo comes back again. The mouthfeel is full as you would expect from a beer this big, but finishes very dry with a cringing bitterness. Carbonation is right where you want it, lightening the beer a bit while carrying the aromas.

This was an enjoyable beer. The alcohol wasn't too strong, but it carried a good buzz factor. I loved the story on the bottle, it really sums up why we love hops. Thanks for the date code, I wouldn't buy this beer without it. +.5 on drinkability score for that info.

jeffthecheff, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Enjoy by 11/09/09 barely visible at the base of the bottle (guess it's past its prime). Poured a slightly hazy orange-gold with a frothy, bright white half inch head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim of a cap, with delicate strands of lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Nicely balanced nose - some sweet citrus and some aromatic bittering hops. Taste consistent with nose - hops character seems a bit diminished; however, its still pretty tasty. Finish is slightly medicinal and lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation level and some acidity that stimulates the cheeks. Pretty solid IPA - I'll have to re-evaluate on a fresh bottle; however, the fact that this has stood up so well past its expiration date is a testament to the quality of the brew.

Jwale73, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Squelch
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. Off white head. low lacing. Golden colored.

Smell: Grassy hop aromas. No malt aromas. This is very nice.

Taste: Tastes as it smells. Grassy hops. slight harshness, but nothing like their other IPA offerings. Excellent balance to the style. Malt is a bit wheaty flavored, which I like.

Mouthfeel: slightly astringent. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA with excellent hop and malt flavors. One of the best out there.

Squelch, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, served chilled. No "best by" date.

Smell: Intense hops as the name suggests. Mostly grapefruit and pine and some citrus peel. Malts so come through though.

Taste: Starts delightful with oily, piney hops and some malt to balance it out. While the first few sips seem coarsely, overbitter, the bitterness becomes less and less during the course of drinking the beer and it turns into an incredibly delicious, but intense, well balanced beer. Quite oily, not so subtle alcohol, citrus peel and pine blend with , though the finish remains bitter. Viscous mouthfeel.

Notes: An excellent double IPA.

4000qtrap, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th review, woo-hoo! Went out to McGregor's tonight and this seemed like a fitting beer for the occasion.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a bout a finger of creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A nice floral aroma mixed with what I can tell are going to be aggressive hops. Grapefruit and pine can also be identified.

T: Sweet tropical fruits blend quickly into a devastatingly sharp dose of hops. The finish is pretty bitter, but somehow not unpleasant. Great complexity and balance is achieved here between the bitter and sweet fruitiness. Very nice!

M: A light to medium body that provides a sharp bite of carbonation in the finish. Pretty crisp and refreshing overall.

D: One hell of a DIPA. It's not quite Pliney, but it's pretty damn close. I think Ruination on draft might be better than Pliney in the bottle by just a hair. Overall another great beer from Stone, perhaps my favorite one. A brew worthy of my 100th review.

MrDanno96, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of abrand
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Store on back of label and statement that this packs more than 100 IBU's.

The Ruination pours an opaque copper color with lots of carbonation and haziness to the pour. Nice frothy head with plenty of lacing. Smells of citrus, pine, and hops. Aroma's are not overpowering in any way but very pleasant. Taste is surprisingly smooth and crisp. I was expecting the bitterness to be overpowering the other flavors, but this isn't the case at all. The taste is mostly sweet citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied. Although this beer will not "ruin" my palate like the label depicts, regardless it is a tasty beer. One of the more sessionable IPA's in my opinion with the taste being great and the middle of the road ABV not noticeable in the quaff. Overall, great beer from Stone.

abrand, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks spectacular. A hazy, almost opaque, gold. Big white billowy head that stays around for a while, and turns into a thin white film. Plenty of lacing is left behind while drinking.

S: Wow, hops. Hoppy. Citrus too.

T: Wow, hops, as the nose would leave on. Big pine taste up front. A citrus bitter bite at the end. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms up and gets more complex.

M: Pretty good. About a medium body, pretty high carbonation.

D: Great. It's a pleasure to drink. Almost 8% ABV, not crazy high, but does not taste boozy.

mostpoetsdo, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of hopheadjuice
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber with enjoy by date on bottle. cost me $7

Appearence - Amazing sunset orange while being unfiltered it glows with hop joy.

Smell - This beer smells like no other the nose on this beer to me is like grapefruit and pine but ripe smells fresh.

Taste - This beer is amazing being a hophead this beer makes me roll around with joy you will not find beer like this very often so its a treat every once in a while.

Mouthfeel - I think my bottle was a little older because the carbonation is a little on the low side, still with less carbonation you can really get a better sence of what the beer tastes like.

Drinkability - This brew is strong be careful you will quite literally Ruin yourself.

hopheadjuice, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of dougofthefuture
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another CA beer while I'm in the state. I sure do love all these hops... No bottled date here. I'm not taking points for this, but it's annoying. The bottle was purchased cold, but who knows where it's been?

A - Soapy two finger head on a light amber body. Very little lacing.

S - Very malty. (Just kidding.) Intense pine and citrus hops are filling the room. More sharp pine than sweet citrus.

T & M - I'm actually finding this very approachable and balanced for what it is. It's definitely hop-forward, but not in an in-your-face way. Light body, medium carbonation, and fairly well hidden ABV make this an enjoyably refreshing beer. Although, I'm now noticing my lips are numb from the hops...

D - I was expecting this to be much lower. Maybe I've spent too much time in California... This is good and I want more.

dougofthefuture, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Luk13
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Clear gold pour with some white head. Lots of very hoppy aromas, the usual pine and grapefruit all-american nose. Taste is very much the same pine-sol and alcohol. Very complex but also hard to drink. A nice interlude in an otherwise all belgian night.

Luk13, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a nice amount of head and good lacing.

It smells like you just shoved a hop cone up your nose. Beautiful, bitter, bold, delicious smell. If they had air fresheners with this smell I would buy a case.

Wonderful piney hop bitterness with this beer. The bitterness attacks your mouth and hangs around for a good while.

Could I sit and drink a few of these? Probably not a lot, but is that a bad thing? Hell no.

A strong score for a strong beer. Stone never ceases to amaze me.

3rdRowTailgater, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one that 3rdRowTailgater brought over to taste. This one pours a clear deep gold color. Great head with good retention and lacing. Attractive but not exceptional.

Ridiculous smell to it, my friend here says "it's like shoving a hop cone up your nose." and I agree. Just what an IPA should smell like.

The taste is hop bitterness up fronts with pine flavors. The bitterness lingers magnificently over a slight malty aftertaste. I love the thicker body to this one, it's like you can chew through the hops to get to that slight malt flavor underneath.

One of the better IIPAs I've had and as always from Stone, a winner.

theboozecruise, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber with a thick, one finger's worth of head; good lacing.

Grapefruit and pine intermixed among a web of floral hop aroma. Very fresh smelling and definitely elicits a salivary response.

Intense pine with a deep, resinous bitterness that takes your taste buds for a ride and doesn't drive the speed limit. Sweet biscuit malt, very light caramel, some acidic character but undeniably delicious. Harsh and palate scraping but in the best way possible.

Light/thin mouthfeel that is all encompassing and very well carbonated. While undoubtedly an assertive beer, hop heads will keep asking for more!

TheJollyHop, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a single finger pearly white head that quickly dissipated leaving small amounts of lace behind. The body is a golden yellow color with amber hues...crystal clear.

Lots of hops come through in the nose. Other aromas are citrus, pine and malts.

The taste is similar to the nose...hops up front that pretty much continue throughout. You can pick up a little of the malts in the middle before the second wave of hops finish.

Mouth feel is light and pretty thin, slightly astringent with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and a great example of the style.

mgbickel, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear pale orange color with a cap of thick white-ish foam that retained well throughout the drink, leaving behind a thin but present lacing effect.

The smell is all hops, pine and grapefruit; with an underlying sweet bready malt and yeast notes.

This has a very dry impact on the palate, the hop combination is powerful like a punch to the nose. The dryness is a bit much for me, I would have liked to taste a more balanced malt impact in the brew; the bread my nose was picking up either pulled a disappearing act or was overpowered by the aggressive hops. Not my favorite DIPA, but by no means a poor beer. I much prefer some 90 minute from Dogfish Head.

donteatpoop, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of diybrun
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Thin 1/2 finger head or less with lacing that lasted most of the beer. Hazy-ish Amber hue when held up to light. Lighter than I expected. This smells of hops, hops, and more hops, as any good IPA should. One of the finest moments of drinking a hop bomb is the first whiff you get of it - sometimes while you're still pouring... you just smell flowers, or pine, or whatever, and this beer just screams at you that you had better be ready. God bless beer. Floral and citrus tones, but my nose is stuffed up at the moment. Taste of hops well balanced by barley. Low to moderate carbonation, which I don't especially mind. I'm not usually a huge fan of imperial/high alcohol beers, but this hides its 7+ ABV very, very well. Simply delicious, well balanced, and I wouldn't mind knocking back a couple more (In fact, I wish I could).

Thank you, Stone, for a high quality beer.

diybrun, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours light copper color, normal head, retention is short, nice lacing though.

S- Pine, some citrus, orange juice, Christmas weed!

T- Pine, a little malt, then comes the bitter. 7.7 apv wheres it at?

M- Medium body, all good nothing bad.

D- I must say I was afraid of this one but it is a pleasure to drink. Yes its bitter but in a good way. Its almost sweet up front but the finish (its a long one) is where the bitter comes in. Alcohol is well hidden.

sitarist, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of webbcreative
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured yellow-orange color with 2 finger white head. Beer is lighter colored than I was anticipating.

Aroma is gorgeous, big floral, piney, fruity [grapefruit, slight orange].

Taste - mmmm, nice malt backbone to support the massive hops in this beer, this beer is bitter for sure, but really is more about the hop flavor, big pine, floral flavors are the star of this show. Sweet and sticky!

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, just how I prefer it! This is the way ever DIPA or IPA even, wish they could be.

Overall, this is the best DIPA I have had [take that for what you will, as I have had fewer that DIPA's im sure]

webbcreative, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of livewire78
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow honey color with a nice bright white head-maybe 2 fingers from a rther hard pour. Head retention was decent and the lacing stuck around for the duration.

Time to smell. KABLAM!! From the moment you open the bottle you can smell the hops from across the room. This is a good thing. Its gives me hope for what's to come.

What the hell? Did I just get smacked in the mouth? To say there is some intense hops in this beer would be like saying Usain Bolt is kinda quick. Hops fill the mouth and linger in the taste profile the entire time. I was surprised tht this isn't as one dimensional as the nose would have me believe. There is a really nice malt backbone that gives it a nice spectrum of flavors but make no mistake- Hops are the captain of this cruise. Alcohol is there but stays out of the way. It doesn't want to screw with the hop monster in charge.

The mouthfeel is juicy, almost oily. Its like someone squeezed a hop cone into liquid and made a beer.

If you like hops this could be the be-all-and end-all beer for you. It bitterness is great but this definitely ain't no 6 pack a night beer. You just coudn't take it.

livewire78, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of phillipzayas
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"uh huh!!! oh yeah, that's it!! right there!!"

that basically sums this one up for me.

A - nice dark golden color. pretty hazzy, but that is ok for this style since it is dry hopped to heck! Could possibly be slightly clearer.

S - GREAT AROMA!! A+++ when you pop that top and pour this one out, the hop aroma is like POW POW POW!!! IN YOUR FACE!!!!

T- AWESOME. However, I typically like my I-IPAs to have a bit more citrusy characteristics to them than this one. This more than likely was flavor hopped with Simcoe or some hop with a piney profile.

M - medium to full bodied I'd say. very nice. Carbonation was fairly moderate which help lend to a slight sweetness.

D - This beer you can drink any way you want. GO FOR IT!!! I have paired this beer with quesadillas, pizza, chips and queso and even beef jerky! However, I typically pair it with something a bit more heavy. I'd do something like a good old steak and taters with this bad boy. Once I made venison with some potato croquettes and had this beer and...OH MY GOD...I was in a flavor comatose.

What else can I say about it. It's great!

phillipzayas, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with enjoy by date of 1-13-10. Poured into chalice with virtually non-existent head. Ale looks surprisingly pale as it comes out of the bottle, but has an apple cider appearance once in the glass. Very hazy. Absolutely no lacing to speak of. Oh wait, there might be a slight bit, over there.
Smells of great, bitter hops. Not very strong, as you need to stuff your sniffer in the glass to get a good whiff. Though, the whiff is there, once taken, properly, of course.
Tastes of nice, bitter hops. Citrus, grapefruit like notes are prevalent. Also has pine type flavors present, though the many flavors are difficult to distinguish. It is very bitter, and I like it.
Feels smooth, not overly carbonated.
Overall, this is an extremely easy brew to drink, perhaps only if you know what you are getting into, as the hops are intense, even a few days before the "enjoy by" date. This brew is recommended.

BabyBastard, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pretty decent head on this and the color is very much yellow like opaque orange juice. Not your standard DIPA color here.

S: Wow! Sharp in your face hops with heavy citric grapefruit and a very dirty earthy profile. Also smells very tangy of orange juice. How can something smell so fruity and bitter at the same time? Most complex smelling beer I ever stuck my nose in.

T: Wham! Damn those be some bitter hops! I made a beer face for the first time since my first Bud Ice. 2 mins after my first sip I can still taste it on my tongue. Hold it in your mouth awhile and you can taste those fruity notes but swallow it down it ain't nuthin but STRONG bitter hops. Note: These aren't bad things.

M: Perhaps a bit thin and could tone down the carbonation a bit.

D: Good stuff but I don't see anyone being able to take too much of this punishment. It really is a palate wrecker.

I must say this is the first bitter non overly malty DIPA I had in a long while. I don't even know how they classify it as DIPA at only 7.7% abv. Really curious how this will taste as it warms. My guess is the sweet citric notes will have a much bigger play and not beat completlely back down by the hops.

generalnotsew, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA is lighter than I expected, almost the color of a hefeweizen. Not as cloudy, obviously as a hefe, but still pretty opaque. Head didn't stick around much, leaving being spotty clouds at the top of the beer and a little filmy residue as you drink the beer. Lovely floral, piney hops that offer enough scent to be inviting without being terribly overwhelming. For being a Stone beer, I really did expect a more robust taste. This brew is surprisingly subtle and blended. The sourness of the hops is blended in with some yeast that really does change the flavor of the beer from what you'd expect out of an average IPA. I think that it brings out a very fleeting moment of hoppy sweetness near the end of each taste.

I have to disagree with the bottle which describes the hops as "binding and blinding" that will have a "ruinous effect on your palate." While this was a very enjoyable beer, this isn't so blatantly hoppy that I want to cut my tongue out to regain some sembleness of taste. It really didn't taste THAT bitter, especially for being 100+ IBUs. Perhaps I have abused my mouth with so many IPAs that it takes a really REALLY intense hoppy beer to knock me out of my chair. I like that though, as it takes more skill to make a beer so infused with hops, but not so bitter that you can't drink it.

There is definitely smoothness to the beer, with distinct flavor and hops. If you enjoy hops, you'll really enjoy this beer. It's a sneaky bugger, with a 7.7% ABV, so just don't partake in too many of these.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Golden, opaque, minimal head with lots of lacing
Smell - 4.5/5.0 - A tastefully blended mix of hops that are obvious but not overpowering
Taste - 4.5/5.0 - Smooth, hoppy with bitterness, but not enough to make it tough to drink.
Feel -5.0/5.0 - Silky, feel it all over the tongue, aftertaste is a nice lingering bitterness
Drinkability -5.0/5.0 - an excellent double IPA!

taxguyjase, Jan 08, 2010
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,717 ratings.