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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,442
Reviews: 2,975
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,065 | 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 UDbeernut
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into standard pint glass.

a: light amber color slight prickly foam head that disipates into a very light lace cap. Slight carbaonation

s: a nice floral hop aroma

t: toasted malt upfront followed with hop flavor. Surprisingly the hops do not translate straight to a stong bitterness. Citrus adds to the complexity of the brew. Nice.

m&d: smooth creamy mouthfeel making an extremely drinkable beer.

UDbeernut, May 09, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into DFH snifter.

A - Light orangish/copper color with a off-white head. Not too much head on the pour but what was there left a good amount of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Really nice pine, citrus (both bitter and sweet), hoppy notes from this beer. It's a really nice combo of smells that make me want to try this beer even more-so.

T - A nice crisp bitterness right off the bat which is followed by some notes of orange peels, pine, and malts.

M - Light - medium in body, very clean & crisp, perfect carbonation. Very clean finish.

D - A top-notch DIPA that I put above Racer X, Exponential Hoppiness, and HopSlam. I really liked this one (obv)!

Sean9689, May 09, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of the Stone IPA, and was surprised to find this at the post exchange on Fort Bliss. Pouring this one into a pint glass.

It gives off a nice, two-finger head. White, significant lacing. Visible carbonation. A very light apple cider yellow-amber in color. I smell strong, sweet malts and citrus. Only the slightest hint of hops in the nose.

The hops are strong, but there's an underlayer of those sweet notes, almost floral. Tastes almost nothing like the smell, with the exception of that sweet orange-peel citrus on the back end. I'm smelling the sweet malts and clover, and reveling in the piney hops, and the citrus binds it all together.

Medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderately strong, but works out to be "just right." Good drinkability for the style, but I don't really consider IPAs to be session beers.

I thought that the Stone IPA was great, but the contrast between the smell and the taste here add another layer of depth and this is my favorite brew thus far.

aristeros, May 09, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A beautiful off white finger and a half of head. Wow, this beer has a great deal of head retention and the lacing on this beer is crazy. A nice copper and yellow look, which is similar to honey. It is a pretty cloudy beer.

Smell: A lot of malt smell in this beer. It smells very sweet. I can smell some hops with a very mild citrus or piney odor.

Taste: This is a very different beer from the smell it has. There is a great deal more hop flavor than there was aroma in the smell. I can taste some serious pine and some good citrus mixed in. It is somewhat balanced but the hops definitely win in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer was perfectly carbonated and was a very smooth drink. This beer has a medium body.

Drinkability: This has easily become one of my favorite beers. I wish I had a growler instead of just 22 oz of this beer. It has an incredible smell and everything about it is truly wonderful.

OnThenIn, May 08, 2009
Photo of TripelDouble
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into New Belgium glass (excess into a Sam Adams taster for girlfriend who isn't generally that into IPAs -- I subsequently finish said taster).

Pours a pale amber with an inch and a half of lasting seafoam head comprised of medium-to-tiny-sized bubbles. Decent amount of spotty lacing.

Piney-citrusy hops even as I pour it a foot-plus from my face. It's hops-hops-hops in the nose, with a little alcohol bringing up the rear - as advertised.

Tastewise, malt is there. That's the most I can say about that particular component. Otherwise, the hops just coat the tongue and club each taste bud atop the skull. It's like whack-a-mole in there.

Noticeable but not overly-aggressive carbonation.

I would have another, but I wouldn't call this a session beer by any means. After two or three, I think my taste buds might be begging for death and it would be a waste of this hop explosion.

TripelDouble, May 08, 2009
Photo of Mrbassjedi
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What I love about this IPA is that for people who are used to "piss" beer(Keystone, Bud, Coors, you get the idea), it is completely out of their league. "Horrible" is a word often said to me by friends who I deem worthy of a swig. One of the hoppiest beers around my neck of the woods(North Idaho) and coincidently it comes from one of my favorite breweries, Stone.

Mrbassjedi, May 06, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Paired with some cheese and chips and salsa. Golden/copper color. Big rocky white head, leaves a lot of lacing. Smells like fresh American hops, like you're literally holding a bunch of them up to your nose. Big and piney. Theres a lot of carbonation. Definitely a big beer with enough malt to stand up to the hops. Fairly warming with all the alcohol. As it gets warmer you get a lot of citrus flavors, grapefruit I guess? Beats 90 Minute and Hop Wallop I think.

drunkboxer1, May 06, 2009
Photo of zoso1967
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish copper with less carbonation than one would expect for an American IPA. Smells predominantly of citrus. Nicely assertive hop bitterness with lots of grapefruit flavors and some grassy undertones at first, fading onto some piney notes near the end before a slightly sweet finish. A dry bitterness remains in the mouth after swallowing. Mouth feel is as one would expect from a beer of this size.

zoso1967, May 05, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip.

A. Big fluffy white 2 finger head. Not much lacing left on my glass, but very nice head retention. A beautiful Orange/Apricot color.

S. One word Hops. Citrusy, Piney, Floral hops.
Great Smell.

T. Taste is a hop blast. Same citrus, pine hops as the aroma. There is definitely some balance with the malt, but the hops tip the scale over the malt.

M. Rich, full. Medium bodied beer.

D. A very good DIPA.

siradmiralnelson, May 05, 2009
Photo of hsway
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a 14 oz. glass.

a: Nice yellowy/orange color, sunlike, with a creamy off-white head and lots of lacing.

s: Citrus and pine, with a woody undertone. A bit of an alcohol twinge/esters.

t: Very hoppy, with the citrus and pine flavors supported by a grainy, toasty maltiness.

d: A great sipper, but don't think you'll be able to taste anything else with any sort of discrimination after this one. There's a reason it's called Ruination, and that's your palette after drinking it.

hsway, May 05, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. awesome looking bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Best by date of 5/14/09

A - Ruination poured a well carbonated, brilliant clear orange amber color with a large pillowy dense off-white head. Some lacing.

S - A good combination between fruity and floral hops with a large piney citrus aroma on the nose. Some sweetness lingers in the background. A very small but detectable malt backbone too.

T - Overly hoppy in a good way with a well balanced malt nose. Pine, citrus, and a lively sweetness. As you continue drinking the malt becomes much more apparent and rounds out very well.

M - Smooth and somewhat dry, this beer is slick on the palate going down. If has a higher viscosity than any other IPAs I've had.

D - The bottle tells you that if you haven't had any IPA beers, this beer is not the place to start, and I'd agree. For a beer with 100+ IBUs it's pretty drinkable but by the end I was really sick of it. I'd suggest sharing this with a fellow hophead.

BeerFMAndy, May 05, 2009
Photo of froghop
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-clear pale orange with a medium size egg-shell head, and good lacing.

smells of pink grapefruit, and some caramel.

taste is of grapefruit, caramel, pine, a touch of sweetness, and some citrus, ends bitter, some dryness, and tangy on the tongue.

froghop, May 05, 2009
Photo of pwsoldier
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a decent off-white head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Quite a bit going on here. Hop aromas are floral, piney, and citrusy all at once, with some faint malt sweetness coming through in the background. Grapefruit and pine dominate though.

T - Very well-balanced despite the incredibly strong hop profile. A subtle malt presence keeps the tart grapefruit notes from being too harsh. There's a slight earthiness to it as well.

M - Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Understandably, there's a good amount of hop bitterness in the aftertaste that's assertive without being overbearing.

D - Probably one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had. It's very enjoyable and the relatively low ABV makes it easy to put down a few before your palate gets weary.

pwsoldier, May 03, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16oz Sam Adams draft glass - going to take 2 for this one.

A: Pours a glorious body: a bright, golden hues around the edges of a the glass with a deeper, hazy amber-orange core; looks fiery. A thin, moderately creamy white head bubbles on top, about a finger thick, but dissipates after a couple minutes.

S: Whoa, huge citrus nose from the hops hits quickly - tart grapefruit, tangerine, fresh orange juice. I'm also picking up floral aromas - delicately sweet flowers petals, freshly chopped garden herbs and then the burst of grassy hops. The citrusy/floral punch is followed quickly a sharp pine resin. I'm not really getting much of any malt backbone in the nose - hops characters dominate here.

T: Citrusy up front with very tart grapefruit blending with sweeter tangerine. The citrusy top note is followed closely by a delicately sweet floral flavor (orange blossom, honeysuckle, even some very light clover honey) which quickly transitions into astringent hoppy/pine-like bitterness. Only in the finish does some maltiness sneak in, with a slightly doughy, biscuit flavor hiding underneath the lingering bitterness. Finish is slightly drying. As I work my way through the bottle, it the finish starts to hint at more of a grainy, nutty malt background, but big, bold hop bitterness still rules the roost.

M: My bottle had huge carbonation - very crisp, very prickly on the tongue and even across the roof of my mouth. Works great with the hop bitterness and citrusy punch.

D: Bottle says its 7.7% ABV, but I'm really not picking up much of the alcohol. I never got much of a spicy, medicinal alcohol note at any point, but probably because the citrus and pine notes put the palate into submission. However, I know its there, and I know one bomber and I'll be good for the evening. Could probably get through 2 12oz bottles the same.

I really enjoyed the Stone IPA I had, so I thought it was a no-brainer to give their Ruination DIPA a try, and I must say it lives up to the hype - as is my experience with most of the Stone offerings I've tried. Ruination is bolder than the standard IPA, piling on more of the citrus flavors I find pleasing, making the beer bigger and more complex; yet Ruination still cleverly disguises the more potent alcohol punch it carries. I definitely recommend this beer. Stone has gone 2 for 2 on their IPA/DIPA in my book.

Buschyfor3, May 03, 2009
Photo of iNHaze
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. into a wine glass

Pours the color of translucent fossilized amber. I got a slight head which subsided to a group of largish soapy-looking bubbles clinging to one side of the glass.

This beer smells like a bouqet of flowers. The hoppiness is intense. Made me think of marigolds and roses.

This beer starts with a bit of caramel-malty-sweetness and then slams you with floral, spicy, nuggety hops. As the hop rush is dying down I noticed a bit of citrus orange peel which is gradually replaced by a bitterish woodsy aftertaste. Also, the beer got a bit fruitier tasting as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is full and very tangy. This beer tingles on the back of the throat.

Excellent beer, I would definitely drink again. Seems like it would be especially good on a chilly autumn evening for some reason.

iNHaze, May 02, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Stone Imperial Pint Glass

A-Beautiful hazy orange. Kinda like a sunset would look after a few of these. Nice white head that stays around a while, but nothing outstanding.

S-Wow! This knocks my socks off. What a bouquet of citrusy/hoppy aromas here. Its Ruinating my sinus passages but I'm lovin' it.

T-Hops baby! Up in front and representin'! Quite the hop bite with those citrusy notes chiming in. A bit of maltiness to boot.

M-Nice carbonation level, good medium body brew.

D-This is surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA. But don't be fooled, it is a BIG beer.

Hats off to Stone. Those guys really know how to do it!

Lerxst, May 02, 2009
Photo of jimj21
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty two ounce bomber poured into a wine glass. Pours a bright golden color topped by about a finger of white head. The beer is a little hazy. Head retention is ok but could be better and there is a lot of lacing. Some bubbles rise in the glass. Very visually appealing.

This one smells great as well. Tons of citrusy, hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, tangerine, and maybe some tropical fruits. Also a little floral. Some malty aromas too. Lightly toasted bread and some caramel sweetness.

Fantastic all around. Starts out kind of grassy and floral. Some citrus too, but not as much as I thought there would be, given the nose. A very nice malt backbone showcased here as well. Flavors are the same as in the nose. Toasted and caramel malts. A little buttery too. Then piney bitterness takes over on the finish, along with a little alcohol bite. A bit of pine resin in the aftertaste.

Good medium body on this one. Carbonation level is great and provides for a nice creamy feel. There is some alcoholic heat from this on the finish. Not too dry though.

This one definitely does ruin your palate to some extent. However, it is delicious, and that keeps me going back for more. I don't know that I would want to drink the whole bomber all at once, but twelve ounces is about the perfect serving size. This would pair great with any spicy meal.

jimj21, May 02, 2009
Photo of infi
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruination. Definitely lives up to its name.

The first 2x/Imperial IPA I've tried. It pours a great translucent golden and orange color color with a white head. Ridiculous amount of citrus, pine and earthiness scents off the bat. The scent is so prevalent - it's great around the nose. Taste is full of hops and citrus. The bitterness immediately presents itself in the aftertaste. 100 IBU's is no joke, it's very noticeable. Great taste nonetheless. Drinkability is not hard, it's sippable. Try it with a burger - it's great! The bitterness shouldn't deter you from trying the beer, it's definitely worth trying and tasting!

infi, May 02, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with a nice sized head. Nose of resinous pine and grapefruit hops. Such an intense smell. The taste had a sweet, malty start, but was decimated with a sour, syrupy finish. At times, it had an ice wine feel to it. Drinkability was average. This is another great beer by the guys at Stone.

gameface23, May 01, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale orange and slightly hazed. Good white head.

S: Lots of floral hops that overwhelm the nostrils in a very good way.

T: Continuing from the nose, there is an overwhelming sense of fresh floral hops in addition to a nice bready malt base. Some citrus and tropical hops as well.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Drink this FRESH. I've sampled this several times, and the fresher it is, the better it is. Fresh hops overwhelm in a good way, almost to a sweetness rather than a bitterness. An amazing DIPA.

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orangy gold with a small head that disappeared quickly. I had practically no lacing at all on this one, but the head may have been from an overly cautious pour on my part.

Big scent of pine and citrus rind here. Good luck finding anything else.

Big hop bite, with a nice combo of pine and citric notes. There is a little sweet malt, but it is immediately kicked into the background by some alcohol. I wish I could split the flavor rating a bit, because they get big points for the hop flavor -- but the residual tastes (meaning all that is left) seem a bit raw and out of place. but this beer is made for hop heads, and it will not disappoint.

Smooth, a bit oily, and a little flat.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. A little more fruit sweetness would have put this over the top for me. But a great brew just the same.

OtherShoe2, May 01, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is orange and hazy with decent head retention. Nice small head forms as well, leaves foam layer after going down. Lacing as well

Aroma is pine and citrus hops

Taste: The bottle sure isn't lying. The citrus hops and pine just jump out at you. Some of the negative reviewers point out that it seems to be nothing but hops, hops and more hops with very little balance.

I don't sense that much, even though this is a hop blast. I still get some malt backing, and the balance is okay. However, the flavor still is just...HOPS. If there were no malt backing, I'd be inclined to agree..it would just be hops and booze. But its more

Mouthfeel: Carbonated well, medium bodied

Drinkability: Um..sure. I could probably have a couple, but I think overall I prefer the Arrogant Bastard over this one. Still a very good beer though.

kshankar, May 01, 2009
Photo of PSUBeerman
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazy golden peach color with a hefty off white foamy head. Head had decent retention and laced nicely onto the glass.

Great aroma of pure hops. Pine, citrus, grapefruit. A little alcohol aroma present. Very potent to the nose.

Flavor is a burst of hops. Nice bitterness with a tingly tartness of grapefruit. Somewhat peppery and spciy. I picked up a little sweetness. Alcohol is well incorporated. Aftertaste was nice as well, did not leave an overpowering bitterness after I drank it.

Mouthfeel is good with the carbonation and consistency.

Drinkability is excellent, especially for a DIPA with an ABV of 7.7. Most I've tried recently were well within the 9 to 10 range.

PSUBeerman, May 01, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a fluffy 1 finger cream head.

S - Citrus, lots of citrus. Grapefruit, orange. Hints of pine. Very apparently hop presence, but not as overpowering as one would expect.

T - Hops hit you - they were not lying on this bottle. Sweet malt to start but then the big bitter hop presence is clearly there in the finish. Alcohol is masked very well. There is definitely a lot of citrus and hoppy bitterness, but it is not as much of a hop-bomb as one would expect (compared to the huge hype). There is actually a good amount of balance in comparison to some other super-hopped brews.

M - Medium body, low carbonation. Leaves a sweet and sticky aftertaste.

D - Considering the bitterness and ABV, very drinkable. It really honestly is well-balanced compared to many other DIPAs, regardless of the labeling. It goes down pretty smooth.

An excellent super-hoppy beer. Don't be scared by the label or reputation...well worth trying!

gciccarelli, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky rust orange with 1/4 inch of foam

S - Citrusy hops-orange and grapefruit and lemon dominate

T - taste follows the aroma, citrus hop up front followed by a bit of malt and hops in the finish

M/D - nicely balanced with a good hop bite, very smooth and tasty, this is one that you could drink all day and never get sick of it.

mikereaser, Apr 29, 2009
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,442 ratings.