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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,377
Reviews: 3,072
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 397
Gots: 1,702 | 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: 10,377 | Reviews: 3,072
Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy amber with a sticky cream colored head

S-smells so good! great citrusy hops! good strength. fairly sweet

T-comes in with a great taste of orange peel, hops, and some sweet grains. its a really creamy and sweet taste with a good amount of bitterness that follows. there's a yummy matching after-taste. this beer is quite a relief to drink after having some really mediocre IPAs.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this was very good and drinkable. i loved the creaminess and drinkability this is an IPA that will not disappoint! i could have this all night long!

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: The appears as a crisp, clear golden color with carbonation bubbles steadily rising to the head. I got a solid two finger head. The head is a creamy, slightly off white color and started to dissipate after about one minute. A nice little cap remained and a lot of thick lacing was left on the glass.

S: Smells like hops: dank, resinous hops with a slightly floral and piney scent in there. It is a pungent smell.

T: Tastes like hops. I get a little less of the dank, resiny taste compared to the scent. There are herbal, grassy, piney notes. I also get a little citrus and spice flavor. Oh yeah, and it is bitter. Obviously this beer is built with a hop dominance in mind. It succeeds smashingly in that regard.

M: I think this beer has a medium mouthfeel, but the hops tend to explode on your palate just after you take a sip. The hops leave a strong aftertaste on your tongue and, particularly for me, on the roof of your mouth.

O: I think this beer accomplishes what it sets out to do: fill your mouth with hops. I really like hoppy beers that have their own character and this beer has that. It has the Stone taste with incredible hoppiness. It is right up there with some of the other crazy hopped San Diego IPAs that I drink a lot in this wonderful beer city. I wish I had the ability to describe all the nuanced flavors better. I like these beers because they turn out to be great sipping beers. You really have to like hops to get through one of these though. If you do appreciate hops, you will like this beer, along with the other crazy hopped west coast IPAs. When you spend time with them, you find they have a lot of nuance to them beyond the crazy hops. That is nice. The one thing I don’t like about the Ruination IPA is the aftertaste. It really lingers on the roof of my mouth in a bitter way. I suppose it is just ruining my palate.

Photo of logmacschlog15
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Dogfish snifter.

A: Pours about one finger of white foam that dissapates rather quickly leaving behind a thin layer of head. A deep and hazy amber with tinges of orange. Very few CO2 bubbles.

S: A fragrant bouquet of grapefruit, pear, and mango notes as well as some more sublte spicey, piney notes from the hops. There is a fairly good amount of caramel malt sweetnesss coming through the hop aromas as well.

T: A wave of citrus and tropical fruits hits the tounge but slowly recedes producing some very deep piney undertones as well as a huge kick of bitterness. This is all built on a backbone of sweet caramel malts and a slight biscuty note as well.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a somewhat dry finish.

O: This is a really great beer if you're a hophead! Surprisingly though, the hoppy goodness also allows some of the malty backbone to shine through. Really, really good offering from Stone. Wish I could try one SUPER fresh on tap at the brewery!

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

From tasting notes combined in March and August 2011

A - This pours a beautiful burnt-orangish/copper color that makes you just want to throw it down your gullet. It is free of any clouding, and is clear despite its darkness. Leaves a decent 1-1.5 Finger head that fades somewhat fast leaving small traces of a fine lacing.

S - Not as strong of a hoppy smell as you might have thought. There's a piney scent that seems to linger the nose underneath the citrusy hop smells. Overall it smells very earthy, like walking through a hot Orange Orchard in Summer.

T - This is where things get fun. There's an upfront citrus pleasure that fades swiftly into a punch of warming bitterness. There's an intense hop flavor here that is remarkably complex in the mixture of flavors. With an exhale, the tree-barkesqueness/pine flavors come through along with more of the fermented orange flavors in a nice swirling mixture. This is a fantastic fruity/earthy IPA. Definitely delivers on its promise of strong hoppy flavor and a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Smooth and easy to pass, much like its appearance would suggest. Not quite watery, but close. The bitterness lingers after the swallow, which is nice with the flavors it leaves.

O - This has become one of my favorite's from Stone, and has become a real staple in my beer fridge. I can always count on being satisfied, especially if I only have time for a single pint of it. Give it a try.

Photo of nitro0292
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 9/28/11. Thank you Stone for putting a best by date on your bottles.

Easy pour produced 2 fingers' worth of bright white foamy head. Beautiful golden color with slight haze. Excellent retention, the head never fully disappeared. Left gobs of lacing.

Smell was all hops (just what I want when I have any kind of IPA). Wonderful citrus, pine and earth.

Taste was actually a touch sweeter than I expected, given the 100+ IBUs on the label, but then again this is a bottle that will be past expiration in a little over a month from now. Still very good, with a nice balance of hop flavor, malts and bitterness. Bitterness lingers on the tongue after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is very good, medium body, but not slick or syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is one of the best DIPAs I have had. If this were more fresh, it might very well be the best.

Drink it as often as you can.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 9-6-11 12 oz bottle. $3.25

Pours a nice one fingers worth of somewhat creamy off white head. It settles out to a very nice creamy thick cap.

Smells awesome! Floral, citrus, lemon, fresh cut grass mixed with earthy notes.

Tastes of sweet sugary crystal malts, earthy hops, quite grassy.
The alcohol is very well masked.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, medium carbonation. The finish is very oily and coating. A solid lingering bitterness remains along with the oily slickness of the hop oils.

Overall this is one big, pungent, well crafted, hop forward beer. Fear the hops. This one keeps kicking as you get to the bottom of the glass, they will win.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of eggshell head which recedes but leaves some lacing.

S: Smells of juicy hops! Pine, grapefruit, tangerine, a little caramel.

T: Wave upon wave of grapefruit bitterness! You can sense some sweetness there but each time it seems like it's rising to the forefront, it is obliterated by the bitterness.

M: Medium-full body, fairly sticky; carbonation level is maybe a little higher than I'd like.

D: For a palate wrecker, drinkability is very high. The alcohol is well hidden behind the hoppy onslaught.

Photo of Whobody
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A- dark golden color. The glass I'm using skews the look so I can't add much. Long lasting head.

S- as advertised, hops punch you in the face with the first wif. Smells like an open bag of fresh whole hops just about to be added to the brew kettle. Impressive.

T - made for the hop head. Awesome resiny bitterness in the finish. Light malt character. My wife swears that she tastes something like soap. I'm not sure how to describe that. Alcohol is masked well for a beer over 7%. The bitterness lingers.

M - light body, bitterness , dry

O- I love IPA's. I could drink this all night. If you are unsure if you enjoy hoppy beer, choose something else. On the other hand, this is pure gold for a hophead.

Photo of boutleg32
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A-Beautiful orange color with inch thick head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell:The hops hit you immediately. Very strong citrus smell that waters the taste buds.

Taste:Boom! Those 100 IBUs hit you immediately. You understand while its called Ruination after the first sip. Its surprising smooth and the 7.7% alcohol is definitely present at the end. Great aftertaste if you love a lingering bitterness. Awesome!

Mouthfeel-Medium body with good carbonation. Definitely numbs the tastebuds!

Overall-Simply one of the best IPA's you can find. Stone is building a great name for themselves. Definitely will have again

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

Poured 12oz Bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Hazy orange color. Good size head, about an inch and a half to two inched thick. Great Lacing.

S: Grapefruit upfront with some pine and then a healthy malt backbone.

T: Hop bitterness. Mainly citrus. Good bready, caramely malt finish. Very well balanced.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation. Oily hop flavors linger.

O: Excellent DIPA from Stone. Good flavors and well balanced.

Photo of mjgooner13
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Served in a bottle about a month past its recommended date**

A- Pours a hazy orange, gorgeous looking beer, 1 1/2 finger off-white head with a mixture of small and large bubbles...good bit of lacing as i take this down

S- Getting lots of tropical fruit in the nose, pineapple is the most prominent for me with a slight hint of orange..

T- Hops def first and foremost appear on the scene with a slight bit of malt in the middle only to be hit with a nice bitterness from the hops at the backend...kinda with i got those tropical notes from the nose in the taste but still a tasty beer...i can only image how good this beer would taste if i got it fresh...getting some of the alcohol as i get towards the end.

M- Light to med body, dryness has me wanting the next sip. I could take this down quickly for sure...kinda refreshing as the carbonation fills the mouth nicely

O- Again I have to point out that I am drinking this beer past its recommended date, but the look and the nose are still of a high quality...small let down that I am not getting those tropical flavors in the taste...good bitterness and carbonation a B+ for sure, i would def buy this again and i'll try and search out a fresh bottle..

Photo of chocosushi
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a dang paragraph on the back,
as well as "store at cellar temp,"
but no best by/bottle date. Hmm.
Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours the color of a healthy clementine. Mild head, but good lacing. Great carbonation.

S ~ Forest (grass, leaves, sap) Also Flowers & a little bit of doughy bread. There's citrus peel buried under the ton of pine. Really pleasant & hoppy.

T ~ S A P, Hop cones, Bitter lemon, Grapefruit peel, Overripe citrus, Pale Malt, Dandelion-leafyness... There's the slightest touch of Tropical Fruit. The Forest notes are really singing, but I wish the fantastic floral notes were more prevalent.

M ~ Bitter & full. Carb is light (tiny bubbles). Very bitter. Enjoyable.

D ~ Wears its 100 IBUs well. While a really good IIPA, I wish the nose would have followed through a little better. Not a letdown...but I enjoyed the nose so much

Photo of zander4dawin
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark golden beer with a hint of amber, pillowy creamy head rests on top.
Smell - Smells delicious, sweet, floral like a freshly picked flower.
Taste - Bitterness hits hard fast and lingers. Grapefruit flavors are present naturally but not over-baring. Mostly tasting pure hop flavors. After taste is nice.
Mouthfeel - Has a nice feel and a crisp snappiness about it.

Overall - A good hop forward Imperial IPA by Stone.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was awesome from the moment I popped the top. I poured this brew from a bomber into a snifter. It poured a light blond hue and first and foremost you are introduced to the hops and pine in your face. At 100ibu's which I do believe is an understatement this brew is highly drinkable. allthough this beer did seem to rip the enamel from my teeth I will most definitly seek out and drink over and over. This brew was great.


Photo of sdmvd6
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent straw color with about a finger and a half of fluffy, white head that mostly dissipates. Light lacing is left behind.

S - Nice dominant hop bitterness up front with a hint of pine. Aromas of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and other (mangoes and dried apricots) fruits quickly take over with subtle bready undertones.

T - Similar to the nose, hop bitterness hits you up front intertwined with pine, citrus, and tropical fruit notes. Grapefruit and mango are very apparent. Toasty malt provides a balancing backdrop for these sweet and bitter flavors.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Definite hop resin as well. Very nice for this style.

O - This is such a solid DIPA. One of the first ever brewed, it truly captures the style wonderfully. Due to the fact that I bought it in MO, all of the bottles at the bottle shop had a best by date of 8-10, so I am not able to experience its full potential. It is amazing that this IPA still impresses me this much with as much age as it has.

Photo of paxchristi
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one badass beer, yo!

This beer is exemplary in every facet of my experience. In fact, I sit here and crave simply thinking about pouring this beer. I poured the beer from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a chilled glass mug. It was like taking it straight from the tap; which happens less often, in my opinion, when pouring from a bottle. It had a kick-ass head that left an intense lacing down the glass and would sustain longer than the life of most beers I’ve ever had. It was a very frothy head (my favorite) that took on a vivid orange hue. I took one smell of it and I thought to myself, “HOPS!” To complement the hops, there were some very citrusy smells to it. At times it I caught hints of a premium tobacco shop. It was intensely aromatic. The taste is a medium body with am almost silky feel in the mouth. The malt seems to complement the hops very well, as it is a very soft malt roast. The third character are the rest of the undertones of piney, citrusy, and woodsy flavors. The alcoholic esters add to the flavor some real pungency. It finishes dry. Overall, this is one of my favorite IPAs (top 10 or so). Its a special beer. Whenever I have the money, I will get this again. Hopefully, I find it on tap in the city (Saint Louis).

Photo of xdopiex
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip glass.

Single finger head that dissipated relatively quickly, little to no lacing. Pour is a bit hazy, with an light orange amber color. Nose has a sweet raisin essence. Front end is pretty sweet as well, and quickly gives way to an intense hop flavor. Theres an initial bite, which peaks and resides relatively quickly, and then a lingering backend that latches onto the back of your tongue like there is no tomorrow.

This definitely changes how you judge an IPA, as many do not seem to match the bitterness this monster brings. The other IPA from even seems very much toned down compared to this big brother.

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

Had on-tap at local burger joint.

Despite having lived near stone and having noted the famousness of this beer among IPA/DIPA lovers, I hadn't tried this until the other night. The beer was beautiful in the glass with carbonation vigorously dancing throughout the body the entire drink and awesome retention of a 1 finger head. Both the nose and taste were a bitterness formed through citrus rind and herbal hop character, on top of a pineapple dominant tropical fruit shaved ice flavor. It drank beautifully at all temperatures with an enormously crisp mouthfeel and plenty of nicely incorporated carbonation. Wonderful hop bomb that never became medicinal or chemical in nature. Great beer from stone for sure.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly orange/amber with quite a haze to it - two finger thick white frothy head fell pretty slowly to leave a mellow head and a lot of thick spotty lacing. Smells up front of sweet mango and orange accompanied by a nice piney bit - very inviting. The taste is of sweet and resinous hops - fruity, tangy, piney - with a nice balance from a mellow caramely malt flavor. This beer is nicely carbonated and leaves a sticky resinous feeling with a faint burn of alcohol at the back of the tongue. This is a very solid beer, sipping on it slowly so as to enjoy every bit - it's an ideal IPA for me and I'm glad I grabbed the last two bottles at the bottle shop I visited in Baxter, MN.


Photo of HoosierInOhio
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times, but decided to review it finally, and this is my first official BA review.

22oz Bomber poured into my imperial Pint Glass. Let it sit for a few minutes to warm

A - Nice Hazy Orange, amber-ish, cant quite see through it. 2.5 fingers of white frothy head. Excellent lacing.

S - Hops, Pine right off the bat. As it warms, the malty, caramel notes come through

T - Bitter is the first thing that comes, followed by a sweet malti-ness that follows. The malts don't cancel out the hops fully, but I'm sure that's by design. Finish is alcohol warming and lingering bitterness. Malts are more prevalent as it warms.

M - Great mouthfeel, silky smooth.

Overall excellent IPA, a little more hoppy than I prefer but darn good, highly recommended.

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Awesome hop haze to this one, really nice orange/yellow color and a nice foamy 2 finger head.

S: Citrusy, piney, grapefruit, just a nice overall hop character. Really was digging' this IPA.

T: Wow, this is a bitter beer, but amazing drinkable. At 100ibu you expect bitter and I dig it.

M: Nice medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel, very nice.

Overall a classic from Stone that I will continue to pick up when I see it fresh.

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

Pours a hazed yellow to amber as the glass filled.

Not as aromatic or overwhelming as the bottle would lead me to believe, but impressive. Fruity resin, sweet but not too sweet. Wish it was stronger, must smell amazing on tap.

Tastes as good as it smells, if not better. Each sip gives you a new experience, I noticed something new every time. Complex and downright tasty. Fiercely bitter upon swallowing, but I could handle the 100 IBUs with relative ease, to my own surprise. Try as I might to detect the malt, the hops wouldn't let me.

The taste lingers long after the swallow, just makes you sit back and enjoy it, yet yearn for another taste.

Solid in the mouth, pressing your tongue against your hard palate results in a creamy foam and releases even more flavor. Carbonated enough to give it some bite.

Overall, I must say I believe the hype. I was worried that it was a novelty beer that was hoppy for hops sake, but really it's deliciously well crafted, will try again, hopefully on tap.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pint glass from bomber dated 9-12-11

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a creamy white head, receded pretty fast to a cm or so, tons of lacing.

S: HOPS, piney, fruity, resiny.... loads of hops. It's almost intoxicating.

T: Somehow a well balanced flavor coming from this hop bomb of a beer... Piney and fruity hops hit you first but then give way to a delicious malt character that compliments the hops perfectly. The finish is a mix of alcohol and resiny hop flavor. It tastes like I've been chewing on a hop cone. The finish is what makes this beer for me, it's so f'ing good.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, slightly dry finish.

O: I got into craft beer with this being the holy grail of IPA's. Since then, and since getting a job at a liquor store with lots of crafts, everyone at work talks shit on Stone, and it doesn't sell very well, so I haven't bought it in a while, since most of our Stone products are out of date or on the verge. But this purchase has reaffirmed my original beliefs that Stone is fucking awesome, and ruiniation IPA is incredible.

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

ten out of ten. absolutely awesome IPA. SO DAMN GREAT. I do not wanna get into a detailed description right now, so let me just say it is a magical, awesome IPA that I can enjoy time and time again. Thank you. ... I will be enjoying this brew in the near future because, well, it is great. Please, try one now. SO GREAT!

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

Appearance - Nice amber yellow with a thin white head. Light to moderate lacing.

Smell - Strong citrus hops with a sharp earthy bitterness smell to it.

Taste - Intense taste of piney hops with a tiny alcohol pressence. Small floral notes in background try to balance it out, but almost fail at doing it.

Mouthfeel - Pure palate drying bitterness with a light to medium body.

Overall - It was good, but one glass is good enough for me. May be a little too hoppy for me.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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