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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 10,207
Reviews: 3,042
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 382
Gots: 1,513 | 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 titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light orange color. Big three fingers of white head from an agressive pour. Recedes to one of the thicker films I can remember seeing. Lacing coats the sides of the glass. Nearly perfect.

S: The smell is a little more muted than I would expect, but still good. A dank, resinous, piney smell with sweet and toasted malts that become more apparent as the beer warms.

T: Quite a lot more floral than I expected from the nose. Still get a piney and resinous flavor with the sweet and toasted malts present. The malts to a good job of balancing out the bitterness.

M: Sticky, dry and coats the mouth with a bitter after taste.

D: Bitter and dry, but remains very drinkable. Alcohol isn't terribly noticable in nose or taste either.

Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light dull gold. white bubbly head didnt stick around for long. a mix of big and small carbonation bubbles.

S: a melody of hops. not clearly a citrus or pine, but really a cultivation of several big hop profiles

T: a little bit of alcohol. sweetness on the tail-end that really helps to balance this hop monster. but you have to look for it. hops all over the place. chalky and smooth one sip, then bold and floral the next.

M: solid carbonation bubbles work well with the bitterness. big body, on the border of full.

D: just one of those all-time great imp IPA's. readily available and a beer everyone should sample if they like big hoppy beers.

Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light honey.

S - Nice. Earthy, floral, fresh cut grass.

T - Bright fresh green hop flavors. Some funky hay notes pop up every now and then.

M - Light, well rounded bitterness. Light-medium body.

Photo of rcusick
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a very bright golden/caramel color from a bomber into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass with a good 3/4" of frothy white head that slowly dissipated

smell - very piny nose, but not an overpowering hop smell (though, this bomber is at least a few months old)

taste - strong hop flavor, with out much else going on here for me. the description of ruining your pallet is not inaccurate. Induced a strong dry mouth feeling from the first sip

mouthfeel - about what i expect from this style beer, not to thick, not to watery, just what i want from such a hop forward beer

drinkability - very drinkable if you are in the mood for a hop bomb and i could see knocking back a couple of these in a single (aggressive) sitting, but dont expect to pick up the subtleties of a Belgain or wheat beer after it.

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

bomber poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - cloudy, opaque golden; great thick head that fades; good lacing

S - supersized smell of citrus hops; a little boozy

T - malts surprise with the level of their presence -- toasty, but the hops are super-prominent; sweetness turns to bitterness rather quickly; hops seem more piney than citrusy on the tongue

M - very creamy; moderate carbonation

D - hop-bomb, but relatively drinkable; think a single bomber is my buds' limit, though

Photo of ebrauser
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass

Appearance: Crystal clear, straw gold with small amounts of carbonation and tiny bubbles forming a thinner white head.

Smell: Wet hop resins, pine, some biscuit and pepper

Flavor: Potent spice and what, at first, appears to be very strong hop bitterness. The hops are sublimely balanced with sweetness from the malt, and it is hard to decide which is winning until the hop-dominated finish. Lots of peppery spice go along with this beer.

MF: Still a little abrasive and doesn't have a lot of the body some DIPAs have, but very, very tasty.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle best before 5/22 & today is 3/8 making this beer about 2 weeks old.

What can I say...everything about this beer is good. Sometimes tough to find a fresh bottle but when you do, you most definatley are rewarded.

A - Active carbonation. Lively bubbles from bottom to top of the tulip glass. Clear dark orange in color. Not cloudy. Not so much head or head retention though.

S - Dark oranges, grapefruit, a bit of lemon zest and a nice hoppy scotchy thing going on underneath it all. A bit of earthy pine in the nose as well telling you it's more bitter than most.

T - Follows nose exactly, and yes...a scotchy note along with the citrus hops. Not a palate wrecker.... the 100 IBUs are blended into the profile quite nicely. Not somewhat offensive like a Hopsicle or Mongo. Very pleasing in the finish. Solid DIPA.

M - Very crisp...if it were a tad bit lighter and more grapefruity I'd go as far as saying refreshing. Almost like it wants to get resinous but then the bitterness at the end cleans it out. Solid

D - Good..would be easy to polish off a few of these bombers in a sitting.

Solid example for the style. There are a few I like more but this beer fresh is one I'd never turn down. For the record...it's even better on tap. Although I'm sure that's assumed already.

Photo of haazer
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Weyerbacher tulip.

A- the brew pours a honey color with a copper tint. Some orange in this also. The beer is filtered and clear. A nice frothy, chunky two finger foam cap sits atop and stays for some time. Webs of lacing lie where the head once sat. Decent carbonation too, the beer is mesmerizing.

S- pungent piney hop cone aroma up front, kind of reminds me a little of tree sap. The hops blend with grapefruit, lemon and citrus, the common fruityness in this style. The faintest hint of pale malt brings some faint aroma.

T- Flavor is a bit lemony, and very earthy. I can't quite pick out the usual flavors of a DIPA that much, and the hops aren't that present so maybe it's an old bottle, but there is a big wave of bitterness at the end. Absolutely no presence of alcohol what so ever.

M- The mouth is medium bodied, smooth and a little tingling from the carbonation. Also a little numbing from the bitterness.

D- The alcohol is non existant. The flavor was interesting, and the beer was pleasant on the eyes an the nose. This goes down with almost no effort so I'll give it a 4.5. Not near the best tasting DIPA, but one of the easiest drinking.

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

Slightly hazy apricot/yellow with a white head. The nose doesnt wow me. I get mild citrus notes, honey and a marijuana scent. A nice hoppy bitterness but nice and pleasant at the start. Pine, citrus with some boozy undertones. This is a dry beer with light carbonation and somewhat of a sweet finish. Probably to big for more than a couple but after my first big bottle, i'd say I could now go through three.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this was an amazing beer.

APPEARANCE: A different color than most DIPAs, the Ruination poured a yellow, straw-like color and had a very solid, bubbly head that hung in there for a good few minutes. Sadly, only minimal lacing followed the impressive head retention.

SMELL: Despite not having an overpowering aroma, the Ruination seemed to be subtly warning potential drinkers of its intensity with an aroma that was all hops.

TASTE: Bitter, hoppy and delicious. The hops in this beer are bitter and biting, but they make the palate crave even more. They make the palate beg to be pushed further, but Stone did an excellent job of knowing where to stop with this hop bomb. Any more and it might be too much, my palate was pushed to the edge, but didn't fall over it.

MOUTHFEEL: The bitterness seems to build throughout the glass much like a good, spicy food would. Each sip is taste bud ripping to a certain extent, but it always seems to allow the palate to recover. It never goes too far.

OVERALL: Fantastic beer. This is what my hop-loving palate has been wanting for a long time. That said, most normal human beings will not be able to appreciate this beer. It is only for the strong, only for the hop-heads and only for the true believers. This is what American craft beer is supposed to be.

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

Poured into a Nonick pint glass. Bottled is date to be consumed by April 2011.

A very large off white head foams that is soapy with fairly large bubbles off the pour. Head sits on a crystal clear light amber body wit some small crawling visible bubbles. Good sticking lace too and head gets into fluffy territory.

Bouquet is an immediate sweet sense of grapefruits but also balanced malt and wheat bread sensation.

Taste is a nice crawling hop bitterness and great bread punch. Certainly bitter with some lime punch astringency but not as bitter as I expected. Gets a little into pine territory. Taste is all front palate and gets into fruit basket citrus quality. Plays of orange, grapefruit and lemon are all here. Just the right balance for a good mouthfeel too.

Great easy drinking beer for this style, it seems bigger and bolder than the low abv suggests.

Photo of sholland119
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Station Taproom, 3/5/11.

A-clear copper with a thin frothy white head, some nice sheets of lacing.

S-Bitter hoppy goodness. Heavy citric blast of grapefruit.

T-Funny how your tastes evolve over time. A few thousand beers ago, this beer bordered on too hoppy for me. Now it seems almost middle of the road. The balance is really beautiful in this beer. Great hoppy bitterness with a very nice malt backbone.

M-medium bodied, great carbonation.

D-A classic, worthy of its reputation.


Photo of Avantyawn
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn. 20 ounces! From notes...

A: Golden amber, thin head, nice lacing as beer goes down.

S: Malty citrus sweet, sour, grapefruit. Very nice, typical Stone high quality.

T: Fruity bubblegum hoppy subtle balanced malt bitter , balanced. Tasty! A classic tasty west coast IPA / DIPA

M: Medium bodies, slick oily, some sharp carbonation. Very pleasant.

D: Easy drinking and delicious! I plowed through a 20 ounce pint glass of this accompanying a home made veggie burger and fries. An excellent meal companion beer, strong and clean, goes down easy. I am impressed , I think this is the best Stone beer I have tried. I would even consider paying the slightly obscene 20 bucks for a 6 pack I enjoyed it so much.

Photo of obrike
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious DIPA...not overly boozy, and certainly not lacking in flavor.

Good looking brew.. Nice golden color...lacing that just sticks to the glass with each sip.

Piney, sappy scent. Certainly grabs your attention.

Very good tasting beer. Bitter as hell, but in a good way. Pine dominates, then citrus, coating the tongue, your teeth, tonsils...everything.

Carbonation is low to moderate, not overwheming in the least. I can still taste this beer minutes after each sip.

Certainly drinkable, if it's the only beer you're drinking that night. Wish I had another bomber.

Great job Stone!

Photo of patreely12
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. a fiery copper. tall, 2 inch foamy head. off-white, maybe even a hint of orange in the color of the head. lots of carbonation. dissolves to a more film like rim around the top. leaves some web like lacing. very pretty beer.

S - strong citrus and fruit. some orange, grapefruit and pineapple even. some hoppy bitterness, a little pine. the bitterness is not overpowering, it's balanced nicely with the sweetness from the fruit and citrus. underlying hint of alcohol. really great nose, makes my mouth water.

T/M - very much like the nose, almost everything I got from the nose is well represented in the taste. citrus and fruit up front providing a mild sweetness on top of the bitterness from the hops that makes up the backbone of this flavor. nice creamy malts that also help maintain the balance between the hops and sweetness. really, very tasty stuff right here. reminds me a bit of nugget nectar. moderate to high bitterness on the finish with a somewhat warming feeling. moderate carbonation as well.

D - the label boasts an almost abrasive bitterness, one that might be enough to turn those alway who are not brave enough for it's bitterness, but I found it very enjoyable and smooth. I'd definitely enjoy a six pack of this. My bomber was empty before I knew it.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poored from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Clear Gold Orange appearance, great carbonation, and solid 2 finger head. Attractive lacing that lingers on the glass.

S- Great Hoppy aroma. Very citrusy, hints of malt, floral and grapefruit aromas stick out making the aroma very appealing.

T- Very bitter, hops stand out. Has a bitter after taste with a lingering malty flavor, hints of grapefruit and citrus as well.

M- Smooth and bitter on the palate. Well balanced though, the bitterness doesn't over power the drink.

D- The aroma is the best part of this brew, still tastes excellent. The bitterness separates this from other great IPAs, which makes this unique. Bold name for a bold beer, highly recommend this one.

Photo of scoand
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris Crundwell for hooking me up with this one. Poured into a 8 ounce sniffer.

A: Pours a light gold color with approximately a one fingers worth of head. The head doesn't stay around too long dissipating to about one quarter of an inch.

S: Smell is wonderful with primarily citrus and pine. It is a really well balanced scent that doesn't over power you like some DIPAs. I am also picking up a hint of sweetness through the nose which is becoming more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Again the taste is similar to the smell with great citrus and floral notes. It is really nice because nothing over powers you and the beer tastes super "solid" and well balanced.

M: A lingering bitterness that doesn't over power but leaves a rather nice pucker on the tongue. The alcohol can be felt with a slight warming sensation. I like the mouthfeel of bitter DIPAs and this doesn't disappoint.

D: Very easy and enjoyable to drink because it is so well balanced. I could easily throw a couple of these back.

Photo of Ipatsfans
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated "Enjoy by 04-27-11". Poured into a Victory pint glass.

Appearance is a light golden-burnt-orange color with one finger of head. Smell is very piney, lots of citrus too, almost burns the nostrils. Taste is like mowing the lawn with your mouth open, hop explosion, very dry and bitter. It's taken about 3/4 of the bottle, but now I am tasting the malt too. Leaves a grassy hop taste in your mouth, a subtle reminder that your palate is being ruined. Drinkability is a tough thing to assess; on the one hand it's beyond hoppy and one bomber is probably enough. On the other hand it's delicious, and if you have been deprived of hops lately then two bombers would be easy to take down. 7.7% ABV makes it easy to dispose of at least two bombers as well.

Overall I like this beer a lot. Not sure I would want to drink it all the time, but it's very good. I will certainly drink it again. Would love to try it on tap.

Photo of veinless
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apple juice-like pale, crystal clear light orange yellow, with thick foamy head (about 3 fingers) that laces pretty well and retains for a while. Bubbling is very fine, and after the initial rush to the top, the body of the beer is ridiculously glassy. Excellent appearance.

Aroma is a grapefruit and lemon punch, with nice malt backbone. It isn't sticky or sweet smelling, but rather just a subtle graininess that offers just enough contrast for the hop-derived scents.

Taste is full on hop assault, with grapefruit juice and rind combining with lemon and orange to create an immensely powerful tasting beer. Malt graininess comes in a little bit as in the nose, but promptly gets shoved aside by the hop bitterness that eventually ends up shoving a leafy hop in your mouth for a bitter finish to remember. The citrus of this beer really comes out under the tongue for me, and has a kind of candy feel to it, although it is not exactly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, crisp, and medium bodied. The carbonation is perfect, and the weight of the beer is just enough to keep it from devolving into a watery mess while still teasing the tongue with every sip. Drinkability in this case is a matter of personal taste, as the bitter finish is very strong, but I happen to love that (and judging by the reviews for this, most people do.) Each sip starts out zesty and sparks the flavor cascade to start anew - it really is an awesome beer. Probably has become my go to six-pack for IPAs.

Photo of KEL
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, crisp, hazy golden color w/ 1" head that lingered for a little bit.

S: Floral, citrus, leaning towards a heavy grapefriut prescence.

M: Good carbonation, dances around the tongue with complex tastes. light and smooth

T: A very welcome explosion of citrus and hops.

D: This is a great beer and an equally great representation of it's style. Absolutly makes you want to reach for another one. Highly drinkable despite the fact that it's 7.7%. Stone definitly knows what they are doing!

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

The color of this beautiful stone brew is a nice pale cloudy gold hue with a nice half inch head of off white foam sitting on the top.

The smell of this one was a piney hop smell with a touch of wood earthiness and some slight alcoholic goodness.

The taste of this one definitely is ruinous to me it starts off with a nice bread like splendor which fades off into a very nicely hopped taste loaded with pine and earthiness. The bitterness never is overbearing, and I was actually not that impressed the first time I tried it but now I stand corrected. This beer has one of the smoothest hop flavors I have ever had and I find it to be perfectly balanced.

The mouthfeel is a dry shot of pine straight to the throat ( but in a pleasant way)

The drinkability of this to me is extremely high and I could see myself drinking 2 or more of these if then opportunity presented itself. The alcohol is really hidden well behind then perfect forest of hop flavor in this IPA.

In conclusion I truly appreciate the flavor of this stone brewing gem and am glad I tried it again. Now I know it is not the beer I thought it was, and that it is actually a truly great brew.

Photo of wogreen
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - poured golden amber,good clarity

smell - could smell a good amount of hoppiness as i opened the bottle and as i poured. im an ipa fan and the smell alone had me salivating

taste - very good balance of hops so as not to punch you in the mouth, but definitely felt like i was drinking a man's beer

mouthfeel - for a lack of better words, its definitely one of the most balanced in terms of flavor and hoppiness ipa's i've had. on the first sip you're ready for a strong bitterness, but has a good balance of sweet that makes it a mild sting

drinkability - are you kidding? there's a reason they make this in a 22oz right?

Photo of whatthehull
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Beautiful redish sunset color, 1 finger almost snow white head and some nice lacing

S - Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, mango, pineapple. Lots of passion and tropical citrus). Very nice sweet smell, maybe some toasted malt. Very sweet floral and maybe a bit of champagne

T - Citrus right away, sweet in the middle and a gnarly bitterness through and through. Pine, passion and tropical fruit citrus, grapefruit and blood orange. Very complex but awesome

M - Coats the mouth in bitterness, carbonated and a bit of fluff

D - BITTER, but an awesome bitter. Goes down nice, but you have to love bitter sweet hops and maltiness

Final thought - Price sucks $15 for a sixer? But it is a must for any IPA lover. Maybe even a staple

Photo of misinformed
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11/11, reviewed 2/25/11. Tulip glass.

A- Clear light-medium golden orange beer poured with 1 1/2" of slightly off-white head. Head quickly settled to a thin pad then a dusting by the end.

S- Bitter hops, pine, grapefruit citrus. A definite sweet orange/peach note as well. Some alcohol by the end.

T- Nice range of bitterness here. Pine, citrus pith, grapefruit, but with a noticeable sweet malty backbone. Long mild finish with notes of citrus and grapefruit pith. No trace of alcohol.

M- Light bodied with just a hint of oiliness. Faint carbonation. Nice and dry.

D- Very easy to drink. Lighter bodied than I'm used to in a DIPA. A bit weak in the nose as well, although what was there was really nice. Great bitter flavor while still keeping it balanced and not overwhelming. While it is very bitter I don't really consider it a palette wrecker because of the light body.

Photo of Janderson91
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is best before sometime in April so it's pretty fresh. Enjoyed on 02/26/10.

A - Pours a light gold color with a one finger white head. Big bubbles. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit and citrus hops. No malt at all. Very clean. Smells great.

T - Follows the nose. This is the most bitter beer I've ever tasted. Grapefruit and citrus. Finish is dry with a lasting bitterness.

M/D - One of the thinner DIPAs I've had, the bitterness would be overwhelming if it were any thicker. Very drinkable because it's delicious.

I've had this beer many times and it's one of my favorites, I love it.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,207 ratings.