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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,708
Reviews: 2,991
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,175 | 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 xybreeder
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Little below average head size, beautiful retention & lacing. Very lively, carbonation looks perfect. Head size was only thing preventing a higher score.

S: Grapefruit, floral, and hops. MMM hops. This bad boy is begging me to START DRINKING! Characteristics are a little light, and that's what prevented a higher score.

T: Geez, the texture is amazing. Grapefruit and hops again dominate the front end of the taste. However the hops aren't making it bitter at all. Also taste pine on the backend. Awesome tasting brew.

M: Very smooth, perfectly carbonated, plain & simple, perfect mouthfeel.

D: Umm, based on AST&M (above), you can see I could drink this all night. Only thing preventing me would be the 7.7%, might be a short night. :)

Cheers Stone, you guys continue to impress me; keep up the good work.

xybreeder, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Nice fluffy pure white head, light golden amber color for the beer

S: All hops, grapefruit not super strong as I expected, but very aromatic

T: Assault of hops, super flavorful though, not just bitter, big grapefruit, doesn't really ever get too bitter since it is matched by increasing flavor as well

M: Medium, very pleasant

D: High, it is intense, but oh so nice

Notes: This beer definitely lives up to my expectations and surpasses them. It looks just like an IPA should and drinks excellently. It tastes amazing. While it does get super bitter like the description promises, it doesn't over-do it, because it matches bitterness with equally powerful flavors.

dpodratsky3, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


"100+ IBU's" says the bottle.

I was having some asthma problems and used my aerosol nebulizer with the albuterol-saline solution with only modest effect. Then I drank a stein of this stuff and it totally opened my lungs! ha ha

A= rich orange with a generous fluffy head leading to clumps of pooling and lacing.

S= SHAZAAM-- a kick in the nose with pine, pine, more pine, a little grapefruit and subtle hints of glorious fruits and quality malts. I feel like I just shoved my whole bag of fresh Nugget hops in my face. It's more potent than PineSol cleaner but of course much more pleasant.

T= West Coast hops in all their glory, pine, some grapefruit and light sweetness although the beer tends on the more dry side of middle. Once your tastebuds recover, you begin to find rich malts underneath, plus some hints of fruits and maybe a dash of honey.

M= light sweetness on the tongue after it recovers from being entirely numbed by the powerful overdose of strong fresh hops.

D= very drinkable for a sampler, maybe the whole 22 ounce bottle if you're a seasoned IPA drinker. A bit too much IBU acid for most stomachs to endure much more than that, although I suppose that if I really hit stride with it and had 2-3 bottles I could go through them in a night's session.

therica, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of jhtipton
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gosh darn, who came up wit this beer. The bottle says it all. Not really a session beer but it complements almost any meal, including breakfast. First tried this at the Navy Club in Seoul Korea in the bottle but it deserves better. No I drink from a wine glass or flute when possible. The IBUs on this baby are high and gosh darn, I love it. If you don't like a hoppy bitter beer then stay away. Just don't think that it is all flavor with no punch, this will put you down and I almost think it has a higher ABV than advertised.

The head laces the wine glass like a nobody's business.

jhtipton, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a pale golden color with a thin white covering on top.

Aroma is very citrusy with grapefruit and a little bit of pine and spiciness. Not as intense of an aroma as I expected knowing how strong the taste is but pretty good none the less.

Taste is very intensely hoppy. The citrus and grapefruit hit you up front and then the spiciness and piny hops hit you in the finish along with the intense bitterness. Taste is pretty much what they describe, a hops overload that will ruin the pallet. The taste is different then the other famous west coast IPA's though, Pliney, Sculpin and others seem to have more of a sweet intense citrus flavor while this one has a more resiny piny intense bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It's an intense flavor but for a hops lover this would be pretty drinkable despite the abv.

Overall I like this one a lot, it's one of the only highly regarded west coast IPA's we get where I live. Probably not my top rated DIPA but not too far down the list, and different then most of the rest to make it something I seek out occasionally.

billab914, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Just slightly pale, yellow orange color. Very strong, foamy head, good legs.
S: Hops galore, noticaeble spice and pine flavors, sweet fruit tone. Someone earlier said it smelled like grapefruit, that seems on.
T: Slightly sweet, but that first flavor is quickly forgotten as these hops come through and overload the palette, citrus and spice dominate. All these fruity flavors that i have trouble discerning.
M: Full-bodied with a light finish, a bit of the bitterness of the hops lingers on the soft palette. Touches the range of tastes on the tongue, smooth without much carbonation.

Hell of a beer. Complex in terms of the multitude of flavors and the dynamic they create with one another, but with a more simplistic view--this beer is dominated by slightly sweet, American hops that are bold and heavy, but presented in a medium body and without too much flare. A great deal of depth, presented in a straightforward, authentic way. Maybe it's the amount of alcohol. This is an Ernest Hemingway beer if I ever tasted one. And I don't even know what that means.

ozzyCobblepot, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of deruiz10
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a pint glass.

A - One and a half-finger white head leaves behind massive lacing. Pour is a very slightly cloudy yellowish orange.

S - Spicy hops, grapefruit, and a slightly sweet pine undertone.

T - Truly palate-ruining spicy hops predominate, but upon closer inspection juniper berries, spicy citrus, and mildly sweet malts form the foundation. The finish is more gentle than I was expecting with a mild hop bitterness lingering.

M - Mild carbonation, but creamier than most IPAs. But it works to keep the hops from feeling too sharp on the tongue.

D - Perhaps the ultimate hop-lovers beer, this baby is named very appropriately. Best to save this one for sipping or for cutting through some seriously spicy salsa (my favorite way to drink it).

deruiz10, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a chalice. Golden copper color with about half an inch of head. Fizzy and well carbonated.

Smell is intense.. hops and citrus all the way. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, and some herbs and spices could be noted.

Taste is fairly mellow at first, follow up by a rush of hops and citrus. Not as overly bitter as some other IPAs I've had, but also not nearly as big and strong in terms of ABV. Very drinkable and tolerable for the style.

webmanspidey, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in a stein.

Appearance: light, golden yellow, dark wheat, thick frothy firm head.

Nose: flowery, pears, heavy on the hops

Taste: flowery, strong, wow hops, hops hops (100+ IBUs; that will do it)

Mouthfeel: kinda thick considering the color and pour

Drinkability: more than one and you might regret the it the next day

Stone Brewery...exactly. Whats up with the winged devils on all the bottles?

ClavisAurea, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of BrewMaven
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wifey picked this up while running errands..Yup, she's a good one!

22oz bottle poured into a Weizen Glass (probably not the worst choice of glassware for this style)and the turmoil of the pour created a massive rocky eggshell head over deep clear gold liquid.

Nose is primarily citrusy hops.

Taste is pretty powerful resiny and again, citrus. Malt was languishing in the background but let the hops steal the show here. Hoppy dry finish.

Medium/full mouthfeel and lightly carbonated..Not a quaffer at 7.7% but I'm not exactly sipping this either...It's too irresistible for that!

BrewMaven, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, orange/gold in color, moderate carbonation, 1/3 inch head

Smell: citrus hops. The smell is not in your face as the taste.

Taste: hops and more hops. The dominate flavor is grapefruit but there is some other citrus in there. A trace of malt is present towards the end.

Mouthfeel: bitter but not overly so, medium bodied, small carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and solid beer that lets you know hops are king. Very good for the style, I could have two but after that I think my palate would be hopped out.

tigg924, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden orange color with one finger of a thin white head head that dissipates quickly but does leave a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the smell is nice and is of estery floral hops with lots of grapefruit and a touch of oily pine

T-there are some sweet malts up front immediately overtaken by hops, big oily pine, some grapefruit and citrus followed by huge bitter hops

M-medium to full body, smooth and syrupy, a lot of carbonation, slick on the back of the throat

D-big hops and a nice mouthfeel make for quite a drinkable beer. i love ruination and i could drink it all day, huge bitterness make that a challenge, though.

cpetrone84, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of bagelmiester
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Specs in Austin, TX.

A - Appearance is great. As this is one of my favorite beers it looks likes delicious with lace.

S - Sweet and Hoppy with a distinct malt. It is always great when upon opening beer out of a bottle the surrounding area becomes a hop rich aromatic cloud.

T - You should go get a ruination. The first sip is not necessarily a pleasurable feeling, but it lets you know what type of beer you are getting into. It finishes smooth with more flavors surfacing as the brew warms up.

M - Mouth feel is like a thick red wine, with a bit of initial creaminess followed by a unmistakable dryness I sometimes get with a good cab.

D - For a 7.7 it is very tolerable. I would argue more so on draft but require a couple more eagerly awaited rounds to find out for sure.

Great beer for anytime or occasion, and if you can, a great pairing with grilled lamb or other more pronouced meat.

bagelmiester, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of brauseboof
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy pale orange with a 1" head which dissipated rather quickly.
Has one of the headiest aromas around. Biscuity, floral, sweet and just never stops.
The grapefruit bitterness is there with some other citrus mixed in.
Very creamy, not too heavily carbonated.
This is one very drinkable brew.

brauseboof, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had read about this in several publications and I think I may have sampled it at EBF my first year. I found a 6 pack while traveling through SC and snatched it up!

A - Redish/Amber Gold, terrific looking creamy tanish white head. About 1/2" thick and lasts in small ring to the last drop.

S - Wonderful mild spice, grapefruit citrusiy hop aroma. It made my mouth water. It is whispering malt, but screaming hops.

T - Hops, Hops, Hops! Orangy spicy hop flavor that dances all over your tongue. You get the Grapefruit on the back of your tongue as you clear your the sip from your mouth. Then there is a followup of bitterness and slight malt sweetness, last minute.

M - Very nice body, coats the tongue very well. It even covers your cheeks and the back of your throat with hoppy resin. I bit astringent at times though.

D - This is easily, one of the most drinkable IPA's I have enjoyed. I could put back 3 or 4, but your palate would stop appreciating it after the 2nd one. Stick to one or two to fully enjoy and respect this brew they way it should be.

MeadGuyfromMD, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with solid white 2-finger head that reduced to 3/4 finger, then a solid white crown until the end. Lacing throughout.

S: Floral and citrus hop aroma dominates with the slightest whisp of malt

T: Grassy and citric hop bitterness and sweetness is very upfront. Hop bitterness lingers throughout the session filling the entire mouth with wonderful lupulin goodness. As the session progressed a bit more balance emerged with sweet caramel malt character coming through.

M: Smooth, coats the palate with an almost chewy character. The beer is very unbalanced, albeit intended.

D: The overbearing hop character of this beer make it a short session drink for those less inclined to drink the hop-laden beers. Would complement beef and cheese very well.

This was thoroughly enjoyed for this newly anointed hop-head. Would not recommend for the malt-minded brethren. Slainte!

BehindtheFinBrew, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to pint glass.

A: Golden, slightly amber color. One and a half finger head fluffy white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Big nose. Smells of fruity and floral hops. Light sweet malt in there too a bit.

T: Resiny, piney, grapefruit hop flavor dominates aside from a light malt sweetness up front. Ruinous bitterness lingers on well after finish.

M: Not exceptionally carbonated. Fairly viscous. A bit creamy. A bit acidic.

D: One of the most bitter beers I've ever had. I could drink it all night, and it's pretty hard to drink anything after it or taste anything after it anyway. Not very drinkable if you're not a hop addict.

billshmeinke, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a very interesting IIPA. Good looks, heavy nose and taste, but not a lot of complexity.

A: Light Copper color with a good head that leaves a trail of lace and film all the way down the glass. Not a lot of carbonation though.

S: There is an alcohol scent to the nose. Mostly it's made up of hops. There seems to be a strong diactyl scent as well.

T: Strong hops flavor. Which is good because it masks the imperfections of the heavy alcohol flavor as well. Still seems to be conflicting tastes. Not a heavy or bad after taste either, which is a surprise.

M: A full bodied beer that only leaves a medium oil feel behind.

D: Not a very heavy beer so enjoying more is possible.

bilyboy65, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Dijeriduster
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light pale with a hint of amber poking thru. Good head, not the best retention

S - Spicy hops with a little maltiness supporting the smell

T - Very spicy, bitter almost like an under-ripe tangerine. It almost stings the tongue - def designed the ruin the palate.

M - Somewhat thin, again it kinda stings going down.

D - Good, but not the best. I think this is great for a hop head looking for the "wow" factor, but this is not a beer you'd want to get a 12 pack of ya know? I think it is more manageable from a bottle (as reviewed here) but again this is a try it once or twice kinda beer.

Dijeriduster, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours in an orangish amber color, smells like, well, a strong beer. Plenty of hops when fresh.

Taste is mouth puckering hops initially. Midway through the bottle, the palate gets a little used to it. Wouldn't plan on drinking more than one of these, and yes, I'd drink this beer last if you're trying a few different beers in an evening.

Can be found at the Bistro on tap almost year round it seems. For some reason, the stuff on tap usually tastes a little smoother, less hoppy almost.

The first year round double ipa in production I believe. Not pushing the boundaries anymore, but stuff like this and Pliny were the innovators that many are imitating these days around the world.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of jampics2
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Served in a tulip. I've had this before, just finally getting the rating in :)

A: Orange, even some tangerine. This looks great!

S: Sweet, slinky hops. Some funky dankness. Chronic leaves, no seeds.

T: Hop overload. These are those really sticky dark hops, that provide maximum enamel melt. Smooth considering the high bitterness. Body goes a bit flat at the end and has a slightly watery finish. Tea and citrus notes linger.

M: Super carbed, light viscosity, oily and sticky but crisp at the same time.

D: Hopheads only. And even most won't put down more than one. Catch-22 is that you won't get to taste what you have next ;)

jampics2, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of PhillipJFry
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

(A)- The golden color is lovely, but I really appreciate the consistency of the foam on this beer. I enjoy a beer that retains the head until the last sip.

(S)- Lemon/lime citrus flavors are apparent.

(T)- Bitter but pleasant. The aforementioned citrus flavors balance the hops well.

(M)- Hops! Hops! Hops! Along with plenty of carbonation to ensure that they go down easy.

(D)- The only real fault that I can find with this beer is that the heavy dosage of hops can hold it back at times, limiting other flavors. While I enjoy my hoppy beers, this is one that I must be in the mood for in order to enjoy it properly.

PhillipJFry, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 12-16-09.

(A)- Pours a clear golden nectarine orange color that produced a huge white fluffy head that left behind clumps of sticky webbing as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Mountains and tons of super dry pine needles with bits of lemon, lime, and pineapple citrus.

(T)- Super super ridiculously dry pine with citrus of lime & pineapple. Absolutely scalding piney hops. Dry as hell and bitter too.

(M)- A good carbonation level amidst one of the driest & most hopped beers I may have ever tried. If there are malts in here, I cant tell.

(D)- A good beer, however its rather one dimensional to me: a dry, immense piney hoppiness on the palate. This is certainly the pinnacle of what hopheads search for! I am definitely enjoying it, but I generally gravitate towards a more balanced/ multi dimensional IPA.

sweemzander, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of biophiliadude
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint Bottle to tulip

A: Golden, cloudy, 1/4 inch head.

S: Malt, flowers, cake! exciting!

T: citrus, grapefruit, slight cake, pine burps, hops.

M: bubbles, bitter back.

D: Great take on a hopheads dream. The bitterness is the main event here, so if that floats your boat rock on.

The grapefruit/cake attempt to balance out the bitters but the taste goes from sweet, to bitter, to sweet, to strong bitter on the end...but as we all know the only solution to that is another drink. Enjoying it more with each sip and has clenched it for me in publicly becoming a Stone fan! Recommend!

NOTE!!: This beer could seriously do with an abv boost, somewhere around 10-12% or even double the current (7.70%). The bitterness turns pretty abrasive when sipped slowly, but with more alcohol, and the necessary sweetening to create such alcohol, would do little to the hops character but turn the overall drink into something comparable to a fine scotch, making the bitterness have a warm, smooth finish and become more tolerable. Still a great find though!

biophiliadude, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Poured into .5L Franziskaner glass

Bright golden amber
thick cottony head with fine bubbles
high retention sudsy lacing

S. very floral, piney, hint of cloves.

T. Great! Sour piney hops, malty.

M. Substancially intriguing

D. Makes me want to study this a lot more.


IlIlIllIlIllIlIl, Dec 02, 2009
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,708 ratings.