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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,944
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 278
Gots: 802 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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Photo of bassmantin


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly transparent orage with a large clingy white head.

Smells of sweet bitterness. This is a great beer. The taste is excellent, very well-balance despite the intense hoppiness. Great example of an IPA. Excellent aftertaste.

I highly recommend this beer. One of the best IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 02:05:24 | More by bassmantin
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: An excellent pour, with a rich foamy, high-retention head. Gorgeous, bubbly amber.

S: A bit of a hop medley in the aroma... scents or herbs, grapefruit & orangepeel citrus, and pine along with a touch of a floral sweetness behind it all.

T/M/D: Oily hops, and very little on the front of the tongue... it's not until this has settled in that the assault starts. Again, a bit of a medley, with citrus peel and pine blending in there. It all goes down quite smooth in the finish. All around, though, I find that I may prefer Bell's Hopslam on the flavour front in the style. I would still certainly go for another of these, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 23:16:15 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Contra

New York

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

Another fantastic beer from Stone, and one of their most well known. Bitter beyond belief, which will probably either turn you off or get your mouth watering. There is a peppery-spice to this beer as well. Many of the typical fruity notes are present, although perhaps to a lesser extent than some of the other Double IPAs. Aroma is fantastic, a sweet mix of aromatic hops and malt. Appearance is nothing out of the ordinary, but it's what you would except from an I.P.A.

Overall, a great take on what has become a huge style - the American Double I.P.A.. My favorite out of all the Double I.P.A.s is Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe, but Ruination is excellent as well. Might come down to whether you prefer a thick, silky body (Double Simcoe), or a lighter, smoother body (Ruination). Calling this a lighter body might be a bit misleading, of course.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 01:29:39 | More by Contra
Photo of boogles


4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have not tried this in a while, and had a cold last time I tried it (so I couldn't smell it). This beer has me in mind. It's everything I like about beer.

I won't bother talking about the color, lacing, or anything else. This, like all Stone brews, is about perfection. Complex, but simple, and amazingly balanced. Unlike the Stone giants, this one is just right, the baby bear of IPAs. The hops are strong, but without the untasteable blast of bitterness that overpowers all else. And the nose--the nose is out of this world. It's citrus without the sickly sweetness, pine without the sap. It ends up being very floral and fruit punch, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, blackcurrant.

My new favorite, I think. Time for a serious favorite-off between Ruination, Founder's Red, Hop Rod Rye, and Hop Slam. If I live through that, maybe I'll invite the RIS crowd. But in terms of where my present taste resides, this is it. Stone rules!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 07:05:14 | More by boogles
Photo of shroompod


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy blond. Decent head , some lacing.

Smell is hoppy , citrusy and floral.

The hops in this beer seem to overwhelm any maltiness or sweetness. Alcohol seems well hidden.

Mouthfeel is thick , with the hops trying to thin it out. Carbonation is good.

This beer a sipper that I''ll enjoy one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 02:40:15 | More by shroompod
Photo of ojclark


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

Floral, slightly citric hop aroma that lasted for a couple of minutes after pouring. Deep golden color with a creamy head that remained for a while after pouring and never completely dissipated. Lots of lace on the sides of the glass. Serious hop flavor and bitterness. As the beer warmed up above 50 degrees, detected some alcohol bite that became a little harsh around 52 degrees. Beer was much better balanced when a little cooler (~48 deg). Detected subtle crystal malt flavor and aroma as well. Very carbonated which caused it to clear the palate very quickly, making way for a nicely bitter and hoppy aftertase. Overall, an excellent beer: big, hoppy, complex and even though hops dominated, pretty well balanced for a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 17:35:46 | More by ojclark
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

12oz single bottle

what a difference a few months makes! now that i'm used to hoppy brews, this thing has now grown on me.

color is clear, but lighter amber than last time i remember. lots of fluffy head that fades to a thin layer and a fluffy ring, leaving similarly textured lacing.

yes, a piney floral aroma, but for the second time ever, i am getting tropical fruit notes similar to passion fruit. the only other brew to have done that for me is port brewing's hop-15. whiff of malt .

as for flavor, i think i can now truly appreciate the beer, seeing as i'm now able to also see through the powerful hop kick and extract the toasty malt out on my palate. that said, the showcase is the hops - piney, with tropical fruit notes and an earthy, herbal character that seems to smooth things out despite the powerful bitterness.

still a bit thinner than i'd like, but overall smooth, with resinous feel that coats the tongue, and a carbonation that keeps things fresh.

again, wow - what a difference a few months makes! now worth every penny, imno (in my newfound opinion)

drinkability is pretty high for me now, but last year this thing nearly knocked me out with its hop punch. novices beware!


OLD REVIEW 8/16/07:
a-4.0 s-3.5 t-3.5 m-3.5 d-3.5

22oz bottle poured into pub glass

nice amber color. my head retention wasn't all that great, but better than average.

aroma is very piney and floral, as i expected.

as for taste, i suppose i'm just not attenuated to being a true "hophead" - at least not just yet. the hops just stood out way too much for me compared to the malt and other flavors.

nevertheless, i think i can appreciate what this beer is trying to do, and can certainly see why hop lovers rave about it. anyway, even if i did have a better affinity to it, i think it would probably just be too expensive to be a regular of mine.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 10:35:06 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Gehrig


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm very thankful that I finally tried Ruination IPA, a wonderful and potent beer that pleases all senses. It starts by tantilizing the eye, layout out three full fingers of durable white froth, all nestled above a surprisingly clear orange-amber body--incredible. The nose is excellent, heavily hopped but somewhat offset by fruit and malt creeping in for attention.

It's a magnificent beer on the taste buds, with hops unsurprisingly prevailing but not without orange peel and lemon protruding. I'm definitely impressed. A little more fruit to balance out the hops would be ideal, but it's neither overly hopped nor without fruit. To a degree, it's splitting hairs, for this is a gem. The texture is heavily hopped without becoming gritty, and is actually quite smooth. Highly drinkable, this is one DIPA not to pass up. It's truly excellent, big and brawny without being overbearing, certainly one of the best I've tried in some time.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 01:58:35 | More by Gehrig
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass. The liquid was a golden yellow color, not quite pale, but deeper ad more bold. #ot some decent lacing on this pour along with a fluffy white head. There was a good amount of piney, earth, floral hops that I detected in this one. Big hoppy punch here very bitter but refreshing and not too dry. This was sticky on the lips' &t much malt flavor. Decent malt presencw but ot overly sweet. awesome ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 04:04:12 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of dsigmon


3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: gorgeous blonde color with light fluffy head and amazing retention and lacing

S: nothing here but grassy piney citrus floral hops, beautiful smell

T: wooowww, hops...umm?...malt?... balance?... where are you? Ok...well...hi hops, bitter bitter hops, let you mellow for a second. Ok, now thats a little better, pine and grass on the tongue with the bitter hops turning into tart grapefruit and citrus...a little better now.

M: Very light and carbonated, not as oily as would be expected by hops of this nature.

D: I had my fill, I thought I was a hop head but this thing will blow your palate up.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 21:09:59 | More by dsigmon
Photo of elmore


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle claims 7.7 ABV and 100 IBU. A brisk pour gave it a tight, white, 2 finger head with decent retention. Some lace left on the side of the glass. Pale golden color - lighter than most IPA's. A bit hazy as this is an unfiltered ale.

Floral hops dominate the nose. Malts not very apparent.

The taste is mostly hops. The hops are citrusy up front and develop into a piney taste in the mid palate and finishes with a dry sharply bitter aftertaste. The bitterness lingers for awhile. There is some biscuity malt, but to me the taste is nearly all hops. Alochol is not apparent in the taste or feel.

Clean, light and refreshing. Somewhat thin and watery. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable for the alcohol content.

A good, and unique IPA. I really like the wide variety of IPA's stone produces. I recently had the Stones 11th aniversery ale, which was an IPA with more of a dark, carmel-like malt. I think this is nearly the polar opposite as the malts are very light, which allows the hops to dominate.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:22:27 | More by elmore
Photo of mully


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

a-- Thick white head bright very clear gold/straw color

s-- Flowery hops/herbal not much malt in the nose

t-- well rounded hop profile hardly any malt, just a little bit of carmel

overall a good IPA but not one of the best in my opinion, would defintely like to try it on tap some time to see if it brightens things at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:20:24 | More by mully
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods in Manhatten back in August.
Why on earth am i just now drinking it?

a: Hazy yellow body, like a hefeweizen, white head, good lacing.

s: Floral, perfumy hops. Some pine notes as well.

t: Toasted malt is immediately followed by waves of complex hop flavor. Flowers, perfume, pine, earthy, grassy citric woody flavors with a dry finish.

m: Medium body, smooth feel, good bitterness, carbonation is just right.

d: The label doesn't lie, this beer will ruin your palate and you will thank stone for it. Good stuff. Huge hops, great flavor and aroma. Good complexity. I can't imagine how good this would be fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 03:00:45 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of VitBAficionado

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing brass-orange color, with s rather small but thick looking almond colored head. Moderate lacing and little carbonation. Not surprisingly the nose is dominated by a beautiful array of hops of all kinds... floral, fresh cut grass, pine resin. Some lemon and grapefruit citrus manages to sneak in there as well however. Taste is like a full scale blitzkrieg... hops just immediately attack the palate with various varieties managing to make their presence felt this providing some variability even if my palate sucks to much to figure out what exactly. Amazingly though some resin/earth malt manages to come on slowly and while maybe not balancing the beer, it at least provides some refuge. To say the finish is bitter doesn't do it justice. Really nice medium-to-full body on this thing too. For the first time I actually get what all the fuss is about these big hop-heavy beers... alive, sexy and slightly abusive but in a naughty I like it kind of way. OK I'm gonna go be alone with the rest of the this now.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:03:24 | More by VitBAficionado
Photo of TheBCrew

New York

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden orange color with three fingers of frothy white head that slowly dissipates leaving lots of sticky lacing - can see each sip like reading rings on a tree stump. Intense fruity aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine trees - hops dominate this beer. Very dry and again the fruity hops are dominant with just a subtle malt character subsumed beneath it all. While intense, I appreciate the seeming restraint from an intense brewery like Stone - they don't overdo it here. This beer has a medium-heavy mouth feel, definitely a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 03:24:44 | More by TheBCrew
Photo of FtownThrowDown


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

Pours a golden copper in color with a huge frothy head. The lacing that was left on the glass wouldn't even rinse off. Smell is hoppy, of course. There are plenty of varying hops in the taste. I would prefer more of the citrusy, juicy hops, but this beer gets it's name because of the bittering, tastebud crushing hop variety. This is a good all around beer. Mouthfeel is good and not tiring.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:04:44 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of BMan1113VR


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Aroma is beautiful. Obviously expected this to be heavy on the hops, and it is with beautiful flower and perfume aromas. Malts come in the form of a bit of hay and nuts, but it is light. There is also honey and a bit of oak. It pours with virtually no head and has a slightly hazy body clarity. The color is a rich, peachy orange. Flavor is amazing, and your first sip really is the best, you can never get the same jubilation from drinking more (trust me, I tried). The flavor starts lightly sweet and then goes into a heavy bitterness. Mouth feel is oily. This brew has an intense, complex character, that in reality stays awhile, but I want it to last longer, to have that taste with me forever!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 17:56:26 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of atrus138


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 22 oz bomber of this in my tulip glass. Bright and clear amber color with an extremely creamy white head. Head retention is decent and there's a whole lot of lacing. The smell is a wonderful cornucopia of scents. Lots of pine here, but also grass and citrus. Deliciously pungent. The taste is hugely complex. There is a solid malt undertone, but is totally overshadowed by the hops. This beer is HUGE. A bit sweet at first. Quite a bit of delicious fruity notes followed by a heavy dose of pine. Very bitter end. Finishes a bit dry. Solid medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is one over the top beer. A bit much for a night cap, as I tried to do, but definitely one I'll have again and again, I'm sure. I had this on tap once, and it was amazing. The fresher, the better with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 07:07:34 | More by atrus138
Photo of Sponan


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A-More of a gold than most others of the style. Good head and lacing.

S-Hops and grapefruit. Nothing overpowering.

T-Initial hit of hop bitterness followed by some citrus. Clean and refreshing.

M-Like the mouthfeel, but it is just a little thin to me..

D-This is one tasty beer going down. Could definitely drink more than one considering the low abv for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 23:25:24 | More by Sponan
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, light orange with a thin, creamy bubbly off white head that left a slight sticky lacing behind. Visible carbonation was very light almost non detectable.

S: On the nose was a ton of fresh citrus and grapefruit aroma and little else.

T: The initial flavor was hoppy and citric with fresh grapefruit. There was a lingering citrussy sweetness on a moderate fade that ended smoothly. One regard is it lacks depth flavor wise, but is a big overly done ipa that does what it was intended to do, assault you taste buds with a slap in the face amount of citrusy hops.

M: The mouthful was oily, slick with nil carbonation and some grassy hopping and dried citrus upon warming.

S: A very citrusy lemonade style ipa that was enjoyable but lacked complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:32:37 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of IgotsHops


4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This blew my mind. After tasting about 5 IPA's during the superbowl, this was by far the best out of the bunch.

Appearance: Huge 3 finger head that stayed on the beer for the whole drink. Good golden color with cloudy complexion.

Smell: Sweet flowers, citrus fruit, tropical starfruit, light honey tones, sweet pine. Incredible whiffs every time.

Taste: I made some inappropriate noises when I took almost every sip. I loved the sweet, sugary malt in this one. Caramel and toasted sugars in the malt sweetness, then the hops hit you.
Floral, sweet, pine, citrus, sweet tropical fruit, all mixes perfectly with a surprising malt base.

Mouthfeel: Sugary and coats the tongue, but the flavors don't stop, and man I didn't want them to. The creaminess from the head helped each sip.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 18:03:51 | More by IgotsHops
Photo of Stoneman78


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OLD bottle of Rui which I believe may have been bottled ~2004 (San Marcos bottle), poured into an OG tulip glass, drinking to celebrate the Giants Super Bowl victory

Appearance is crystal clear light orange hue, head is frothy spotty white foam that sustains about half its mass, big thick lacing on the glass

Smell is sugary sweet malts (oranges, pine) and a mix of bready and caramel malts, slight grapefruit and brown sugar

Taste is surprisingly mild hop presence, more sweet than bitter, and a decent bread/caramel malt body, finishes with very slight bitterness and a little bit of alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied, watery thin texture with a touch of oiliness, moderate carbonation withstands the test of time

Drinkability is high because the alcohol is barely perceptible and the hops are sweet-over-bitter, the malts are surprisingly present for a DIPA, Stone RUI is always a great choice and its been a treat to sample this aged version, the hops have held up well over time much like is seen in some of the older Stone Anniversary beers, I'm always coming back for more of this!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 03:52:03 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of gkatsoris

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Honey colored drink, w/ a nice thick head that stayed just long enough.

S: The most delicious enticing hop aroma ever. It was mesmerizing!! Floral hops.

T: Hops, hops and more hops. Just bitter enough (not like Arrogant Bastard bitter). Sweet floral hops.

M: Great carbonation. Really coats the tongue well. After taste is as tasty as the drink itself.

D: Like budda. I drank this all night. I could drink this all day every day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2008 00:35:17 | More by gkatsoris
Photo of JayQue


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. Poured into a pint glass. Nice white head amber fairly clear color and good lacing. Head holds up fairly good. Great aroma. Citrus and hops, nice and bitter. Taste is the same, smooth (probably some buried malt) citrus and pine and bitterness.

This is about as good as my favorite Celebration Ale with a little less richness and spiciness. Mouthfeel is rich enough, incredibly smooth and drinkable. At 7.70 abv, this is about as drinkable as a Double IPA gets. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 03:31:55 | More by JayQue
Photo of DIM


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This one is a clear golden color, it lacks the amber highlights of most DIPAs. It pours with a medium sized white fizzy head that lasts.

s: Grapefruit and pineapple hops practicaly leap out of the bottle. Some pine and perhaps a hint of brown sugar as well.

t: Wow is this dry! The citric hops absolutley dominate here with just a whisper of sweetness for a malt backbone. While I often find DIPAs to be too sweet, I wouldn't have minded more malts from this one.

m: The carbonation is a bit too fizzy.

d: This is a very good example of a style I'm getting tired of.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 23:05:24 | More by DIM
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