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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,294
Reviews: 3,055
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 394
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 9
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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Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Gold/Straw color with a good slightly off white head that lingers.

Smell is slightly citrus with pine in the background

Taste is sweet with a piney hop bitterness.

Bitterness is there but does not destroy the flavor or the finish.

Don't know what I expected but I really liked this beer. Bomber size is always a slight turn off but I would buy this again.

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

Taken from notes on 3.2.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I did not notice that the best by date was 1.25.11. I would like to review this again with a fresher bottle.

A - Hazy orange, but settles clearer. Huge thick white head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

S - Strongly of piney hops and citrus.

T - Citrus first, then finish more bitter.

D - Super carbonated.

O - Enjoyed, but I need a fresher one to see if the age caused any issues with this one.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes of a Recent Beer Tasting Pary:

The Ruination could Ruin the day after for anyone looking to session this fine crafted ale! The color is a decent golden or light amber, thin head, the nose is quite nice citrusy, the beer has a full body with a lil oil texture. The beer stars off citrusy, then beer turns more bitter as it hangs on the pallet, the mouthfeel is deterioated by the lingering bitterness and higher abv...but I love punishment and would drink this until I was stupid

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A pours a straw color with a 2 finger head with very good retention.

S a strong note of pine, with a hint of citrus.

T more pine a bit of citrus and some bitterness on the finish. with some malt sweetness.

Overall this is a great dipa well balanced dipa. Easy to drink, yet it has a lot of hop flavors. Like the bottle says it is truely a poem to the glory of the hop.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: cool, recognizable 22 oz. bottle poured into my brand new Stone tulip glass. Beautiful and healthy sea-foam head over a hazy yellow-orange colored beer. Lacing sticks to the top of the glass already as the head slowly dissapates. Smells of floral and piney hops, and some kind of fruit. Easy on the nose and nothing but pleasant. A twinge of alcohol as it warms up.

Right of the bat, the combination of piney, floral, and citrus hops reach out and grab your palate, and don't let go. The big hop bitterness lasts a good long while after the taste. Further tastes reveal a twinge of apricot or orange right at the very beginning of the sip. But the hops then take over and begin to beat on your tongue, but in a good way. The alcohol is almost non-existent through those strongly bitter hops until it warms up, and even then there is only a small taste of it. It finishes on the dry side with a crisp and clean mouthfeel that I feel makes this beer so great.

This is of course a Stone brew so of course, a plethora of hops was expected. But what strikes me about this one compared to some of their other hop monsters is the balance acheived. For instance, Arrogant Bastard is great, but its too heavy and bogged down by the mouthfeel and it maybe seems slightly overmalted, at least for my taste. Ruination is crisp and clean and refreshing, yet super hoppy and perfect for any hop head needing his hop fix. Fantastic beer, I will buy this again.

Photo of Jishguy
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad imperial.

A- Pour a clear amber color with a nice white head. Terrific lacing and retention. Not as dark as the usual imperial ipas

S- Spicy, floral hops. A bit of grapefruit and pine.

T- Sweet caramel flavors up front, almost immediately followed by a wave of hop intensity. Pleasant hop bitterness. Piney, grassy, lemony delight.

M- Very dry. Goes down relatively smooth. Seemed to be a bit under-carbonated.

A great session beer. Will definitely return.

Photo of Justin23060
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy darker side of golden

S - Grapefruit, citrus, maybe a litle pine. It could be my imagination but I swear I get a little malt coming through especially once it warms.

T - Sweet without being over the top, then finishes dry. I was afraid this would be over the top hops all the way, but it does have a nice balance. Longest hop linger in an aftertaste that I have experienced to date.

M - Creamy with adequate somewhat sharp carbonation

O-For the style its probaly spot on and would be great for any hophead. For me, I would get it again but do prefer plain old IPA's.

Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a very fresh bomber of this to try - right out of the case before it was even unpacked, approximately 3 weeks old.

A: A light amber color with a beautiful tall white head. Surprisingly light given that it's a double IPA. Head retention is top notch, takes minutes to settle down to a reasonable level and leaves a very nice lacing as well.

S: Yum! Delicious hop aroma. Somewhere in the background is the malt smell but the hops are hugely dominant here. Very citrusy and extremely strong. The kind of beer you can smell from across the room. I keep picking up my glass just to smell the beer.

T: For a split second it tastes sweet and then the hops drop the a-bomb on your tongue. Very strong and very bitter. Typical west coast hop profile, just amplified. No alcohol taste detected, probably hiding behind the hop overload.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. I would say a little lighter than most big double IPAs, it seems they focused more on making the hops big rather than making the entire beer "big" (like a Maharaja or a Double Crooked Tree for example).

D: Pretty low but it's to be expected with a hop bomb like this. I doubt anyone would willingly drink more than one bottle of this at a time. Your tastebuds would give up the ghost. Not really a true negative just a side-effect of the style. Not all beers are meant to be drunk in large quantities.

Overall, I gotta say that this is quite a nice double IPA. It's not quite as big as some of the beers I already mentioned but the hop flavor is there in spades. Very enjoyable beer in all aspects if you can handle the bitterness. Not a beginner's IPA by any stretch of the imagination.

Photo of foles
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an aussie who doesnt regularly get his hands on such a powerful beer - it has two impressions on me:
1) Over the top, too bitter, hard to decipher the complexity over the bitterness and alcohol.
2) Unbelievably hoppy, complex mix of pinecones, raw tropical fruits, wood, mint. Nice bitter drawn out finish, and enough of malty backbone to take away any possible dry edge.

In short - love it.

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer poured into a big tulip.

Golden with orange highlights and a solid cap of white foam that falls to a thin sheet of bubbles.

This one flat out smacks you in the mouth. Not necessarily with the overwhelming amounts of hop volatiles that newer DIPAs have, but with a huge wallop of bitterness and a smooth alcohol note. Hops are direct and coarse (in a good way) with bitterness that clings to the cheeks and purely bitter citrus rind and grass. No layering to be found here, just a direct hop assault. Malt gives just enough breadiness to feign support, while the yeast gives off a distinct pineapple note as it warms.

First Generation hop bomb here. Not explosively juicy and resinous, just a big, lovely, hit of hops.

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

Pours a orange/copper color with respectable head retention and moderate lacing.

Expected IPA characteristics on the aroma. Caramel malt, tangerine, lemon, and light solvent alcohol presence.

Lots going on with the taste. Bitterness comes in strong right from the start. caramel malt is a noticeable presence but quickly gets lost among the hop flavors. Big grapefruit and pine presence. Tangerine citrus like the aroma, grassy notes and tea flavor also come through. Light alcohol present on the taste especially as it warms, not surprising for nearly 8%. clean aftertaste, mildly soapy. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: A very solid IPA. I couldn't find a freshness date anywhere after scouring the bottle at length, but it certainly tasted fresh. Definitely not for one who is just exploring hoppy beers. It didn't quite live up to the novel of propaganda written on the bottle, but that's just how Stone does it I suppose. Would definitely pick this up frequently if not for the price, its great as an occasional treat though.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewing tulip on 6/17/11.

Pours a clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving little to moderate lacing on the glass. I like the color of the head and the retention is alright but I would like to have seen a hazier color with more orange and amber tones. Its no the greatest looking IPA but not the worst either.

Smells smells of lots of citrus hops right away and that is ther dominant aroma but there is also a significant amount of floral hop aroma in the background mixed with a little bit of sweet malts. This is a treat to smell and really has a lot going for it. Truly a hop forward aroma.

Taste is a lot like the smell. Tons of citrus hop bitterness slams the pallet. Like the smell there is some floral presence and some sweet malt but it gets really pounded out by the citrus hop taste. Taste is really good but I find myself wanting more sweet taste after a few sips.

Mouthfeel is light in weight. The 7.7 ABV is entirely covered up by the hop presence. Pine resin covers the pallet and leaves a bitter pine taste in the mouth.

Overall this is a very good IPA and I am glad that Stone was finally able to make it to Minnesota so I can have regular access to it. It takes some hits on the appearance and and the taste could use some more balance but other then that its a great brew.

Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color into my Duvel tulip. 2-finger white head leaving elegant lacing.

Smell of over-ripe citrus with an occasional almost-medicinal whiff of alcohol, all backed by a lightly sweet aroma of malt.

Sweet malt comes out swinging, but is soon sent reeling by the right hook of the hops. Bitterness that lasts and lasts.

Madium-bodied and very smooth, but a nice sting of carbonation.

An awesome brew amd a great dromler! Well worth revisiting.

Photo of vrushing88
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an angry beer. This beer will ruin your life and everything else it touches. This is the best Stone I.P.A. you can hope to try.

This is the lightest I.P.A. I've ever seen. It pours a light golden color with a white, one finger head.

There may be a bit of citrus in the aroma, or at least their should be with the amount of hops present. This beer is an explosion of hops. You do not need to "smell" the beer smell them. At first crack, unless you are in an open field on a windy day, you are going to be bombarded with hops.

If you want to imagine tasting this beer, find a whole bud bud hop flower, drop it in a glass of water and drink it. This beer is pure hops. I'm sure there are malts and yeast in it as well, but the hops are overwhelmingly, and brilliantly present.

It's hard to describe the feel of this brew. It's very heavy and comfortably numbing. Your mouth will become entranced in the hops of this beer.

An amazing I.P.A. overall. This beer shows the true evolution of the I.P.A. a beer made out of necessity, at first to survive a long journey from England to India, and not a beer made out of necessity to combat Big Beer and all of it's evil doings. If you ever find yourself losing faith in beer, crack open this I.P.A. and even if you utterly hate it, you will plainly see that their is still a true craft in beer.

Photo of Rampage1
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This has a mostly clear golden color to it. When its first served there is some haze to it that dissipates. Nice pure white head to it.

Smell: Mostly citrus in the smell with a slight biscuit after tone to it. Not much malt in the smell at all.

Taste: This beer screams IBU's. It is pretty abrasively bitter at first but after drinking a bit it settles down. Very hoppy in the forefront of the taste followed by just a slight malt backbone. Definitely very hop forward.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation that deliver that strong bitterness over the palate.

Overall: This is a great Double that I can drink a 22 of and be pretty satisfied. I buy this every once in a while when i need a real bitter fix. Stone definitely has the tendency to brew ipa's with more of the hop forward west coast style as they should be.

Photo of birdman200
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow/orange color with a white head, dissipates quickly. SUPER hoppy smell, with a huge citrus bomb smell in your nose. Taste is pure hops and bitterness, a little off the charts hoppy but that's how I like 'em. Bitterness hangs on your tongue for a while. Simply awesome beer for hopheads everywhere..

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.37/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I must first preface this review is coming from a non hop head. Keeping that in mind as well as havin g a healthy respect for beers of all types I will review this as best I can.

I poured the ruination from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet at about 45 degrees. It poured a nice golden amber with cream colored head.

The nose was all about the hops with a heavy lean towards the pine side of the spectrum with maybe a subtle note of citrud but I had a hard time detecting it.

The taste follows the nose with a heavy piney hops bitterness with a very subtle citrus note and a non existent floral note.

Overall, this beer was well outside of my hop liking parameter and too one sided for me to truly enjoy but I know that it is well loved and it is a well crafted beer packed ful of flavor. If hoppy bitterness overload is your thing that this IPA should be on your list. Enjoy!!!

Photo of SHODriver
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light orange with an acceptable amount of head that recedes quickly
S: Bittersweet on the nose with notes of citrus and pine with a touch of herbal qualities
T: delicious hoppy bitterness fairly piney, slightly citrusy, barely herbal with not a lot showing from the sweetness with an herbal aftertaste that is very pleasant
M: Very smooth with adequate carbonation
O: one of my favorite double IPAs

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. A beautiful deep amber.

Smell is extremely hoppy, very floral and earthy but not excessively so. Taste is ridiculously hoppy as well, with sweet citrus, grass and fruit notes. Some rough bitterness showed up early on but disappeared as the beer warmed.

Overall a very good ipa; not sure it quite lived up to the hype, but still a very solid brew.

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

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This has always been one of my all-time favorite beers, so I'm excited to see how it holds up on a formal review.

A:Pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that sits on top and clings nicely to the glass. In the middle of the glass it's formed that big frothy "pancake batter" head that I like.

S: Big big bold scent of grapefruit and citrus. This IPA doesn't have a lot of nuances; it plays one chorus, and it plays it loud-and-proud.

T: This beer starts smooth before the the hops rush in. Lots of grapefruit and citrus hops that coexist in perfect harmony with a thin but present malt backbone. This beer sings my favorite melody: west coast hops. It's simple, direct, and gets straight to the point. And then it finishes with a delightful amount of pure hop bitterness.

M: Dry and sticky with good carbonation, this beer leaves plenty of sticky hops on the palate as it finishes.

D: Easily one of my top 3 favorite beers, drinkability and overall impressions are obviously quite high. I love this beer.

Photo of secondtooth
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden, with a large frothy head. Very lovely and thick 2-finger lace. A beauty!

Aroma is pineapple, sweet citrus, and some pine. No problem there.

Taste is bitter, but there's a smooth malt backbone to support the hops overload here. Delicious, and worthy of some repeat tastings in the future.

Photo of Rizalini
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a clear golden honey color, 2 finger off-white head that sticks around for a while. Nice head retention.

S - Hopy and citrusy. Oranges and grapefruit. Whiffs of pine are present.

T - Dry and bitter. Great bitter hop flavor that gets you in the back of the pallete and tongue. Grapefruit and orange aftertaste that stays with you for a while.

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A very good IPA. Great crisp hop flavor, slight warming as is goes down.

Photo of rbd13
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden straw with two fingers of head that quickly dissipates. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.
Smells of citrus and sweet alcohol.
Grapefruit citrus, alcohol and even some malt is present in the flavor.
Medium to full body, full mouth coating of hops.
Long lingering finish...

Photo of rdpoint
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice orange color, solid 2 finger head that slowly dissipates.

S-Orange, hops, and maybe a little faint smells of bread

T-Up front with hops followed by light citrus tones and ending with a dry bitter bite at the end.

M-Medium carbonation, nice head that lingers.

O-A nice well rounded beer, hoppy with a nice bitter bite at the end. Not a beer that you could drink all day but a couple to a few are nice.

Photo of mdr4669
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Very clear amber content body with over 2 fingers of bright, yet slightly off white head and consistent chunky lacing.

Smell: Overwhelmingly hoppy as well as some citrus and pine.

Taste: First are the hops, but I also notice some fruitiness, not the normal citrus effect presented in most IPA's but instead the sweet presence of peaches or perhaps apricots. There are also some malts and grains to balance out the after taste.

MF: A high viscosity IPA, very thick and creamy.

OA: When a brew reaches beyond what it's pre-consumption characteristics allude it is a beautiful thing. This is a well-balanced yet different IPA, thanks Stone, it's a jewel and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,294 ratings.