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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,489 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,489
Reviews: 2,979
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 324
Gots: 1,083 | 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 Wutz
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-31-09.

Appearance - Ruination appears as a burnt orange but not quite as dark as "burnt" suggests. The head was not quite white and it provided excellent lacing down the glass (until I gave the beer another swirl - I'm a chronic swirler).

Aroma - The nose was mostly hops. Lots of floral, citrus, pine, and even a little bit of earthy business in there. It seems like Stone threw in a mixed bag of hops providing different aromas (and flavors) and I thank them for that.

Taste - After the initial bitterness shock, my palate picked up a fair dosage of malt. It seemed like it was mostly carmel malt I was tasting. Before I could even blink, the hop schedule comes back and hits me with another bunch of bitterness and flavors in much the same flavors as aromas revealed.

As another reviewer mentioned, it seems like the hops were mostly early/mid-boil additions because the aroma (a characteristic shaped by late-boil hop additions among other techniques) was quite understated in comparison to the massive bitterness and hop flavor. A little dry-hopping would balance out the aroma/flavor ratio, but I'm not sure that would improve the beer any. The understated aroma seems to help the maltiness come through.

Mouthfeel - Ruination had a medium thickness with an oily finish which seemingly coated my mouth with hops which continued to release bitterness long after the liquid had departed.

Drinkablity - I wouldn't say this is as "drinkable" as some of the finer American Adjunct Lagers (yes, sarcasm), but I couldn't stop drinking the hell out of it. I was trying to take my time with this beer knowing it's 7.7% ABV measurement but I couldn't help but keep grabbing my glass for the next dosage of Ruination. I'm a little dude, and knowing that (and even trying to avoid drunkeness in an effort to review this hallowed beer accurately), I couldn't stop drinking this beer. It was great and the slightly puckering finish left me wanting more (or maybe it was the incredible taste...).

Well, I'm drunk-ish but fairly happy with this beer. It was a good one to chalk up on to the list o' "must-have brews" board. It'll be a long time before I can get this guy again (not distributed to anywhere within a two or three states in any direction from here) but I'm super happy with the beer and I'm quite happy I went out of my way to get it when I was in an area that had it. I hope Stone can find a way to my state because this brew is special and I wouldn't be too terribly adverse to drinking this guy as often as possible.

Wutz, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into pint glass.

A - Pours a rather hazy golden-orange color with about about one finger of sticky white head that retains well and leaves a decent bit of lacing.

S - Citrus hops dominate with some floral and pine tones as well. Grapefruit and pine aromas stick out the most. Very slight, sweet maltiness in the background also.

T - Sweet, caramel maltiness when it first hits the tongue, then the intense hop flavor comes through. Complex hoppiness with hints of grapefruit, pine and some floral notes as well. Quite bitter on the finish, and the bitterness lingers on the tongue, as well as some of the piney hoppiness. Definitely leans very heavily to the hop vs. malt side of things, but in a very good way.

M - Medium bodied and very resinous. Leaves your mouth feeling like coated in delicious, bitter hoppiness.

D - Very drinkable considering its 7.7% abv and 100+ IBUs. Powerful, delicious flavors that don't disappoint. Any hophead could enjoy this one. Stone never seems to let me down.

GarrisWH, May 30, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip glass at TDR Exton

Pours a coppery-brass color, with a thick fluffy head. An "attractive" beer.

The malt, surprisingly, is the front of this, then citrus hops and a hint of pine. Anticipation building.

The hops burst out in the flavor - the pine domintates, the citrus comes in second. The malt is fighting, but loses out to the hoppiness.

I drank 2 of these today (with a Nor Cal mixed in for fun) and if not for having to get home, could have had a couple more, a great beer with a good drinkability

mhatters, May 29, 2009
Photo of DarbyOGill
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, consumed two weeks before the "best by" label.

A: Pours about two fingers of cream colored head. The beer itself is a nice amber color and is crystal clear. Very nice sticky lacing. Textbook appearance for a good DIPA.

S: When I stuck my nose into it the hops smacked me in the face. I get pine, lemon, and orange notes. There is also a very pleasing malty smell I picked up and a hint of alcohol.

T: Starts nice with a nice flavor of sweet malty goodness, then comes the bitterness. An explosion of hops rages across the palette. These hops carry flavors of citrus fruits and pine, as well as the intense bitterness. There is a bitter finish with a slight taste of booze.

Overall: Even with the strong hop bomb, this DIPA is pretty damn balanced due to the nice malty start which eases the drinker into the hoppy fun. The 7.7% ABV is very well hidden. Stone fails to disappoint yet again.

DarbyOGill, May 27, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber, a mostly clear bright orange with creamy eggshell colored head, thick lacing. Smell: hops are on display, piney, earthy, citrus rind, candied citrus, with a soft toasted malt sweetness in the background. Taste: serious hoppiness, pine, floral, earthy, white grapefruit, tangerine, as well as toasty caramel sweet malt, that surfaces towards the end of the sip only to be beat out again by a nearly-puckering leafy, piney hop punch and lingering case of citrus-tongue. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft. Drinkability is off the charts for a DIPA, as the lower alcohol level, which is present only as a gradual building warmth, helps keep the focus on the hops and not on the booze.

babaracas, May 26, 2009
Photo of JAStheAce
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bright pale orange, a little hazy

S - piney, outdoor, forest. Good whiffs of the alcohol

T - A bitter overwhelming hop explosion. The subtle malt undertones are represented and they do come through after the onslaught of hops takes a rest before my next sip

M - This is a serious beer and the Stoners know what they are doing. Flavor languished in my mouth for a while after every sip as this brew wants to continue 'ruining' your perception of taste as it clots your taste buds

D - I stand by the statement that I am not a fan of the IPA's. However, beers like this and the Dogfish Head 60 minute are gradually opening me up to the style.

JAStheAce, May 26, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a surprisingly white head, a little hazy amber orange. Had some nice chunky, foamy lacing.

Smells like a textbook American IPA: Piney grapefruit citrusy hops.

Taste is a big bitterness that hits the middle of the tongue and then starts to spread out past your teeth, then to the back of your jaw, then to your cheeks and it doesn't stop until it gets to your inner ear. My ears popped. True story. This is a piney grapefruit hop bomb for sure, but in a good way. It's unbalanced, the hops are shockingly at the forefront, but if you like bitter as much as I do you'll like this.

It's a smooth and dry mouthfeel with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

This beer is not for the feint of heart--I think you'll either love it or hate it. It's not the most complex beer, it's not balanced in that it's mostly all hop bitterness, but if you like that sort of thing then I don't think you'll find a beer that manages to deliver bitterness while still being tasty and delicious better than this.

MeisterBurger, May 25, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ON TAP at Stone. Disclaimer: I have to disclose that in bottle this is the beer that is my "go to beer" when I don't want my usually favored stout. This is my "every day beer" so I may taste it with some prejudice. However...

Orange color with a short white head and nice and heavy, long lasting lacing (more than from a bottle); assertive orange citrus nose that gives way to pleasant and heavy grapefruit.

Big and appealing orange/grapefruit flavor with a big, full bodied mouthfeel and with a long lasting and pleasant grapefruit/hop finish.

This is always a winner and the beer on tap mirrors the nice drink found in a bottle. Nice mouthfeel and character all around.

GRG1313, May 24, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - bronze w/ a 2 finger off white foam head, some nice lacing to boot

S - healthy heap of citrus/piney hops, has my mouth watering...

T - opens w/ a slight sweetness but then leads to a mouthful of bittering citrus hops, very tasty. the alcohol presence gives the beer a nice warming quality

MF - tight crisp, pleasantly full bodied

D - great beer, but although i will purchase/enjoy again, i probably couldn't see myslef haveing more than one in a session.

bonsreeb85, May 22, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with generous white head. Nose is the most amazing feature of this ale on tap - a fresh citrus candied aroma from heaven. Hard to believe the draft is so much better than the bottle. Big hop profile on the palate and incredibly smooth all the way through the finish.

yemenmocha, May 21, 2009
Photo of dublife1
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Believe the Hype here ladies and gentleman! Poured from a bomber into my Duvel Tulip. Very nice 3 finger head with great piney and citrusy smells happening. Taste is unreal and ranks way up there with hops attack on your palate. Not for the timid or non-IPA lover. Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA. In my top five for DIPA's for sure. As with all IPA's the fresher the better, so don't store em' drink em!!!

dublife1, May 20, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear golden body with a very sticky white head.

S- Citrusy and floral hops dominate the aroma. The hop oil presence is also nice.

T- Malts jump in a first but don't last very long. Then comes the huge hop presence. Citrus and floral hops are then followed by the huge hop bitterness. Some slight alcohol notes jump in as well.

M- Full body with a good carbonation level.

D- An awesome DIPA. When you craving a beer with a big hop presence, go for this one.

TommyW, May 20, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy, honey colored beer...nice fluffy head of about 3-fingers...head really sticks around for a long time and has some outstanding lacing

S - Nice grapefruit aroma, even before I'm done pouring...getting my nose in the top of the pint glass gives even more bitter grapefruit...I'm not really picking up on much of anything else...swirling gives off some sweeter alcohol aromas

T - Bitter hops...lots of white grapefruit...not much else

M - Creamy...nice amount of carbonation...bitterness sticks around, but not to the point of being overwhelming...very dry finish

D - Something that I would reach for again and again...the hops seem to be like a good, spicy food...powerful, but makes you want more

RickKrumenacker, May 19, 2009
Photo of bluetravlr
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice three finger head. Good retention with tons of lacing. Great cloudy, yellow/orange, slightly amber coloration. Definitely on the cloudy yellow side.

S: Both citrus and pine show up clearly. The grapefruit aroma is matched perfectly by the pine resin. Some bread and slight caramel notes are also noticeable.

T: Very clean. 100+IBUs are not at all overwhelming. Citrus, floral, and piney notes prevail as a slight caramel backbone carries through the entire swallow. A bit of bitterness on initial tongue contact and throughout the aftertaste, but very complex and surprisingly pleasant. The bitterness definitely lingers, but for hop-heads like me this is perfect. The resins take time to settle on the tongue, but as they gather they continue enhance the hop-profile. As the beer warms caramel and pine become more defined and this beer becomes more balanced. Initially clean, this beer becomes a hop-resin bomb, coating the palate with a bitter residue. A great experience of a beer!

M: Complex. Like I said, initially the mouthfeel is clean but with continued sipping the palate gets coated with a resin-bitterness. This is easily washed away with another swig, but then the cycle continues . . . Great body. Nicely carbonated (if a tad overdone). I've never had resin stick to my teeth like this before . . . a good quality in my book.

D: The one bomber will be plenty. That being said I would love to drink one of these everyday. What a beer! Smooth, and not too bitter for a high ABV IPA. Exceptionally tasty. Resin really starts to build on the palate. This lends itself to food pairing.

Wow. It's been awhile sense I've had this brew. No wonder it's $5.99 a 22oz. A hop-heads dream. This beer is both complex and balanced, floral and piney, bitter and smooth. Stone seems to possess some-sort of mastery over the hop.

bluetravlr, May 19, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy/hazy orange-peach with a thin white head, some moderate carbonation and lacing.

Smells of hops, glorious hops! Very citrusy, floral some slight bready undertones, but hops dominate. After smelling this for a while, I find it clears out my sinuses, like vics or something, thats how hoppy it is!

Tastes like it smells, overwhelming citrusy hops, some slight bready maltines. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste which I don't mind at all. This is an incredibly hoppy beer.

Very smooth mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable considering the hop content. One of my favourite IPAs for sure!

GodOfBeer, May 17, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice hazy golden orange color body with a short soapy white head. Aroma is huge amounts of hops,piny,citrus,resin, floral, with a hint of the malty goodness.Flavor is crisp and bright, citrusy,spicy and floral hops,quite resiny,a little grainy,a,nice malty side,just enough to keep things in order, not a sticky mess or a bitter bomb,just a really nice show of hops,medium carbonation,full body,loads of sticky lacing,a long hoppy finish,this is very good stuff, I will buy this again.

WakeandBake, May 15, 2009
Photo of gpogo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy copper orange with white head. Head left quite a sticky lacing.

A- Older bottle, so I'm not getting as many hop aromas. Flowery hop aroma, some grapefruit. Sweet malt background.

T- Wow. This truly does ruin a palate, a friend said that he wants to drink this before he takes any shots so that he tastes nothing. Huge hop taste, dominates the mouth. As it comes down there is an aftertaste of a hoppy sweet malt, fruity aftertastes as well. This came nicely to me as I realized I wasn't drinking a hop smoothie and that there was actually beer in this hop juice as well.

M- Ruined? Medium-full body, incredibly smooth. For being so hoppy I would have expected this to be a bit rougher, but to my joy it is smooth. Moderate carbonation, almost dare I say, refreshing?

D- If you hate hoppy beers you won't like this. That said for being a hop delivery device this is quite delicious. If you are looking for just an IPA this is way beyond that. At 7.7% abv, you have to be careful about how many of these you go through.

gpogo, May 14, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh.

Pours a clear golden amber with a small soapy white head that shows solid retention and spotty lacing.

Massive hoppy nose with tons of citrus and pine. Lots of lemons, oranges and grapefruit with a small sweet malt aroma in the background.

The taste follows the aroma is dominated by the bitterness of the citrus hops up front. Lots of astringent lemon and grapfruit bitterness with a bready backbone that barely supports all the hops heaped on it.

The mouthfeel issticky with hop juice but goes down very smooth with soft carbonation and a medium to full body.

This is an outstanding DIPA that lets the hops shine and is a must-try for hop heads out there.

gford217, May 13, 2009
Photo of Sweasty
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy Copper. Nice frothy/creamy head. Head falls to a ring. Leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Initial aroma is of hops...loads of hops. Initial burst of floral and piny notes. Thats followed by some earthy citrus/grapefruit. Theres a some bready and toasty malt notes in the background.

Taste: Much like the aroma. Initial burst of hops - floral upfront, followed pineapple and grapefruit notes. Earthy and minty notes in the middle. A very smooth hop character. There's also a constant bready/toasty malt backbone throughout. The finish is dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.

This is one hell of a beer. This beer truly lives up to its name. My taste buds have been wonderfully decimated by loads of deliscious hop flavor. It has truly ruined my palate for the evening...and that's a good thing!

Sweasty, May 13, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Hazy clear orange/amber. Pours with ~1 finger of off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S- Pine and grapefruit hoppiness, followed by sturdy sweet, malty notes.

T- Excellent- Substantial pine-and-grapefruit hop pop, with a fantastically bitter - though thankfully, not "ruinous"- finish. Fair amount of malt sweetness provides a modicum of balance to the bitterness. Alcohol's presence is not substantially noted. Quite enjoyable.

M- Moderately high carbonation, which provides quite the active, crisp bite. Goes down smoothly. Outstanding feeling of coating via residual hop oiliness.

D- Bitterness may be fairly high, but it is still highly consumable....Relatively low ABV% for a DIPA. Quite good.

Future outlook: Took me awhile to getting around to trying this one, but I'm happy that I did. Yet another outstanding twist on the DIPA.

DoctorDog, May 12, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Hazy orange with a sticky head. Smells like hops... juicy. Sweet and malty, hoppy with grapefruit, but a broad hop spectrum that is hard to pin down; intricately hoppy. Quite bitter finish with some alcohol. medium body with small bubbles. Doesnt finish as astringent as I expected. Actually not as intense or bitter as I thought it would be. I think that this bottle might not have been fresh enough to let the hops shine as much as they could. Liked it, but nothing mad it really stand out for me.
Rerate: on tap a couple times here in DC and I have to say that I like it more than the times I had it out of the bottle back in California. Very hoppy and bitter, but with the perfect amount of malt balance and a dry finish. A great IIPA to down a pint of and not get pounded with malt and alcohol.

bulletrain76, May 12, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
2.8/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Let me preface this by saying that I have been regularly consuming hoppy beers for quite some time now, and I feel confident in my ability to judge them. And let me add that overall I love Stone and respect what they do. I just don't understand why this beer is rated so highly.

Ruination pours very clear; a tawny orange color. A decent-looking head forms, but does not stay long. Hardly any lacing.

The nose is pathetic for a DIPA. You practically have to submerge your nose to detect it at all. And it's just piney... with a hint of caramel. No complexity here.

The first couple sips were bad. Just a wave of bitterness with no complex hops flavors whatsoever. After I let it warm some more, pine and citrus flavors (mostly just pine) strengthen. I found that the bitterness was only bearable by swishing each sip around in my mouth until it was thoroughly acclimated to the temperature in my mouth. Only through these means can you appreciate that there is some sweetness to this beer, even if it's very well hidden. After the beer adjusts to the temperature of your mouth, you can pick up some candied pineapple and caramel flavors. These little flavors are the only things that save this beer from catastrophe.

The body is a little light for a DIPA, but swishing contributes to a certain creamy feel.

As for drinkability... there really is none. It took me almost 2 hours to drink 12 oz. It's just so overwhelmingly bitter, you can't help but pace yourself.

Having said all that, it's definitely not the worst DIPA I've had. But I have to disagree with the quotation underneath the logo on the bottle, "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop." No. I've had so many beers that are so much better at highlighting all of the deliciousness and complexity you can get from using a good variety of hops. This beer, on the other hand, is an ode to bitterness, that's it.

sarahspat, May 10, 2009
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
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,489 ratings.