Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 10,089
Reviews: 3,019
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,374 | 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 cetherid
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


A hazy orange-amber color with a large amount of thick fluffy off-white head. About 2 fingers worth.


Large malt smelt with some resiny hops. Citrus and piney. Perhaps some slight flowery hops.


A Very bitter IPA. Similar to nose. Citrus rinds and resiny pine with a huge malt finish. I've had better IPAs, but this one is still good.


about medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A little dry finish and a slight resiny mouthfeel.


A bomber is a little too much for me. One glass and I'm good. This is a massive IPA that is for "professional" IPA drinkers. Readily available but just a little too much bite for my taste.

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

A- White head, much lacing, pours a ripe apricot color.
S- Hops is here! Has some tropical fruit notes and pine resins can be smelled.
T- Balanced and balanced. This beer bready characteristics as well as some of those tropical fruits on the nose.
M- Smoother than I expected.
D- More so than I would expect, yes this is a drinkable DIPA!
Stone never fails to impress. Got some of these from my wife for my birthday. Awesome.

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

Pours a beautiful, cloudy amber-orange, with about an inch tall, airy head.

Smells so fresh and citrusy that I wanna just keep breathing it in!

The taste is very piney. Hops way up front, bitter and dry and crisp. I can taste the alcohol somewhat in the aftertaste but it doesn't linger to long.

This should be a standard for any Hop-Head, IPA fan. Stone always comes through with great beers. Cheers!

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy 1 finger thick off white head that faded very slowly and left great lacing with rings down the glass. Good looking beer that is par for the course for most Stone products.

Smells of huge hops, including grapefruit, floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, flowers, caramel, orange peel, lemon zest, grapes, grass, light alcohol and sweet fruit; what a tasty smelling beer.

Tastes like it smells with a huge blast of grapefruit and orange zest up front, followed by floral hops, piney hops, tangerine, citrus hops, sweet malt, flowers, caramel, pineapple, lemon, grapes, graham cracker, grass, toffee and a mild spicy alcohol burn that brings a little heat and some spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander. The malts show up for balance, but the hops dominate and the alcohol shows but is not a distraction. A very hoppy beer that's pretty spicy, but spicy in a good way and full of complex flavors.

Creamy mouthfeel, that's oily and smooth, with a medium body that's a little chewy and has light carbonation; this is very smooth considering how aromatic and flavorful this beer is, and how well it hides the ABV. Always delivers the right amount of bitterness that trails off slightly grainy mixed with hop oil juicyness.

The drinkability was high for me, as I'm a hophead and love most of the Stone products. If you're looking for a great, almost taste-bud numbing IPA that you can quaff down and get a buzz from, then this is your beer; it always delivers - always!

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

Ruination pours a light brownish orange with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice spiderweb lacing. Smell is of piney hops with bready malt. Taste is a smack to the face of piney and citrusy hops. There is also a delicious malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very crisp with a linger oily hop residue. The aftertaste sticks with you. I find drinkability to be quite high, but I dont believe an hop novice would. Delicious!

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

A - nice two finger head and light brown color. A very nice start. Besides you gotta love the Bottle art, too bad it is painted on and I cannot use it for homebrew. lol

S - Wow, you can really smell the hops coming thru on this one and for the style it is very good. Cant wait to taste at this point.

T - Excellent balance but the hops rule this brew. One of my current favorites is the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, and this one beats it in flavor.

M - Nicely carbonated, good for the style

D - I am going to have to support Stone and buy a few more of these. Perfect for that hot day at the beach!

Photo of keith712
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: cloudy hot amber, with a big fluffy head that dissipates in 1-2 minutes to a solid 1/2" layer. The bottle has some sediments on the bottom that I will sample.

Nose: Bright citrus hoppiness! Grapefruit, orange peel. Did I mention the bright hops kick? Some sweetness hiding in there, smooth.

Taste: A massive bitter kick, one only an IPA drinker could love! The hops totally dominate this beer and beat the other flavors into submission. As it warms a little, a dry smoky caramel presence comes out from the malts, but the bitterness of the kick ass hops just stay like a bad neighbor (or a good neighbor in this case).

Mouthfeel: Medium thin, medium low carbonation. The hops leave a massive after taste that stays and stays, and a coating on the inner cheeks that is simply wonderful.

Drinkability: Rated at 7.7% ABV, you would not know it, the hops over ride any alcohol presence. I could drink this repeatedly but the ABV will catch up with you.

Overall I rate this way up in the IPA's I have tasted. If there is a better one I can't wait to find it. 9.5 of 10. Beginner IPA drinkers beware, you either will love the IPA's after this, or avoid them completely :-)

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

Bottle, best by Jan 27th 2011, which puts this at about 6 weeks. Fresher than I've seen in a while, so I had to grab it.

Pouring darker than I remember it being, this beer is a clear, bronzed color with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. The nose is just wonderful. Bright citrus with lemons and oranges, there's a mild candied orange character as well. A delicate, peppery spiciness is present as well, along with a light earthy hop character. Moderately floral as well, there's some almost jasmine-like aroma present. An excellent expression of hops, there's a touch of caramel and biscuit to round out the nose.

The palate opens with a pleasing, pungent bitterness with pine needles, juicy grapefruit and quite a bit of flavor with citrus and pine again. Unlike some other San Diego-style IPAs, this leans a little heavier on the bittering hops, and is all the better for it. Juicy and resiny, this is pretty excellent. Again, the sweetness is low, but substantial and complex enough to add a lot to this beer. Mild caramel and mildly toasty/biscuit-like, it perfectly accents the hops. While this beer is light in body, the oily, resiny character does make it seem bigger than it is, and the moderate carbonation make for an excellent beer. I was supposed to savor this, but damn, did I inhale it. Exceptional stuff, I will drink this more often, despite the rather high price.

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

A - Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tall flute. Cloudy golden color, still opaque with an inch and half of clean-white head.

S - Lots of floral and citrus scents; mostly grapefruit and a little pear.

T - There is no doubt that this is an IPA from Stone. The bitterness just claws in and does not let up until minutes afterward. It is difficult to find any other flavor in here; perhaps a little malt sweetness buried in there, but it is still really good.

M - Light moving towards medium body with moderate carbonation. A slight smoothness to it also.

D - Very drinkable if you know what you are getting into; this is not an entry level IPA. Hops dominate.

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

12oz bottle into my tulip.

A toasty amber hued yellow on the pour. Pillowy white head that rises high, giving a good 3 fingers of head. Recedes into a nice film with a solid bit of lacing.

Pine and citrus hops nose leap from the glass. Malt base is solid, giving a candy like presence that is just lovely.

Bitter start. Hops come into play fast and hard. Starts with a pine/citrus hop character. The finish sees a malt backing, though it is in the background. Malts are toasty, adding a mild caramel sweetness. This one is solely a hop monster. Finish is great. As you breathe out you get a resurgence of the lingering hop flavors bringing back all that once was. This one does not go down lightly.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth, with a light syrupy nature. ABV is felt more than sense. Mild warming and definitely a sipper.

A great DIPA and a must.

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

From notes reviewed on 11/18/10:
12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours Golden orange, 2-finger white foamy head, becomes frothy as it slowly dissipates, leaves little lacing.

S: Pine hops, bready malty, citrus, some flowery esters. smells really intense and inviting.

T: Holy hop! A surge of pine and citrus hops quickly backed by rich malt, almost a resin taste, esters in the finish. It's pretty bitter, but decently smooth. Has a fruit sweetness like a tangerine, alcohol is present in the finish but isn't overwhelming.

M: Medium carbonation, full body, very chewy and sticky. Goes down fairly easily and has a bitter aftertaste, but isn't unpleasant.

D: Very rich and filling, hard to drink more than one, but the incredible flavor and good mouth feel has me reaching for more.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copperish yellow color with about a fingers worth of head that leaves some great lacing

S: Piney, earthy, bitter hops, citrus and maybe a little of a malt backbone

T: Same as the smell, with an emphasis on the pine. Fairly earthy as well, with notes of citrus rind. A small malt backbone rounds it off, but it's still on the bitter side by quite a margin

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that gets held off by all those hop oils

O: A great example of the style, and a hop monster for sure, especially fresh (this one is only a month old). If you're looking for a bitter beer, look no further than Ruination

Photo of bpfishback
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle about a month old.

A- Gold with a reddish orange tint. poured with a one inch head but that head faded quickly leaving good lacing on the glass.

S-Catty, onion powder, wonderful, I can smell it from a foot away while pouring into the glass.

T- Some sweetness and citrus at the beginning then overwhelmingly bitter on the finish. I almost get some saltiness from the bitterness, maybe it is something I ate? Still good but wow is it bitter.

M- Nice body, seems to have a low finishing gravity.

D-I liked this beer a lot when I had it just at its expiration date but right now I feel like it is almost too bitter. The body makes it drinkable but the bitterness limits drinkability.

I will adjust this review if the taste is different in the future.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So far one of my favorite IPA's. Poured and drank from a 22oz, started at about 45 degrees.

Pours a dark, golden orange. Pours a great, sticky head with good retention and wonderfull spiderweb lacing.

Smell is hoppy and even a little malty but that might be a yeast/bread smell. Some citrus of course.

Taste is good, but still not overly hoppy. I've yet to find a Hop beer that overwhelms my palette, and this one doesn't either. I beleive its still balanced, not too dry and not too spicy. There are some floral notes too. Typical hop bite on the backend but not too much.

Mouthfeel is ok-to semi-good, initally crisp. A little dry maybe? Slight alcohol presence.

Drinkability is good in my opinion for an IPA. Goes down clean.

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

Brilliant double IPA that benefits from having a lighter body and less malt profile than most, which enhances drinkability and allows the hops to truly shine.

I'm enjoying this too much to be bothered with an in-depth review, but will do one next time - I'll certainly be getting this again!

Photo of Samp01
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light burnt orange with a nice eggshell head and some nice lacing. Aroma of floral citrus hops fill the senses imparting a nice fruity boquet. Taste is sweet floral citrus hops with some light tones of malt. Palate is nice full body, very nice carbonation. Finish is nice floaral citusy hops with a nice fruity body ending in a dry alcohol nuttiness. Overall a very nicely balanced DIPA

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

A. Pours a bright, golden, pale color. It is bright, but still hazy. The head is a brilliant, fluffy, white but it settled quickly.

S. Hoppy, but not overly so. The hop aroma is perfumy and tropical, but it blends well with the bready malt character.

T. It is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I had expected. The hop taste is more fruity than perfumy, but it is still tropical. The taste moves from hoppy, to dry, to the bready/ doughy taste of the malt. Not overly bitter.

M. This beer is a little dry with medium mouthfeel and may be a little under-carbonated. The alcohol is nice as it helps accentuate the flavors of the beer.

D. This beer is a real treat, and one I can't wait to have again.

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

It poured a hazy burnt golden-orange that was randomly scattered with tiny streams of carbonation. It held a gorgeous two-finger thick, creamy, milky white head shaded with buttery hues that lasted quite a while thanks to its excellent retention, and left lovely sticky lace in sheets along the glass. A nice collar formed around the edge as the foam dissipated and the liquid beneath cleared of the initial haze to a glassy orange amber as it warmed.

The nose was very pungent with lots of pink grapefruit juice and crushed pine needle hops that threatened to sting my nose, but at the same time seemed softly floral (thanks to the Centennial hops), keeping it perfectly balanced. Once my senses were wide awake, which took only one or two whiffs, there were some very mild sweet malts that presented themselves in the background. Hints of light lemon zest and maybe something pineappley, dried grass and hay spyhopped their way through the strong grapefruit and pine somewhere along the line, too, though more so as the beer warmed. Throughout the time I took just holding my nose over my snifter, the aroma never lost any of its spice or zest and remained hop central til the very end. Blissful and sinus clearing!

I started a relationship with Ruination and while the passion-filled riptide of extreme hops immediately overwhelmed me, it slowed down as the first sip reached my stomach, leaving a long-lasting piney bitterness holding onto my taste buds for dear life. Each sip afterward was continuously filled with dramatic pine needles and grapefruit rind hops and never left me disappointed (until I finished the beer, of course). Undertones of sweet pale malts rolled out from under all the hops for the briefest moments right at the end, forming an arching backbone just looking for a good, quick scratch before being washed over by a final wave of lemon peel and herbal resin. The mouthfeel was consistently medium, especially with the rich flavors, and was rather silky and creamy even with the good amount of spicy carbonation. It wasn't exactly smooth, but it was easy to drink and really quite delicious.

Photo of zhanson88
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/16 into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Ruination pours a bright, clear golden color with a full two fingers of eggshell white head. Retention is fantastic, and resulting lacing is chunky and fairly open.

Smell: Huge waves of citrus and grapefruit waft from this beer, absolutely mouthwatering. Piney hops follow, but are almost an afterthought after all of that citrus and grapefruit. I can also get some estery-type scents as well.

Taste: I can't imagine a DIPA tasting much better. I get just a bit of malt, and a ton of grapefruit and a bit less citrus start up front. Following is tangy, bitter hop flavor. More bitterness accentuates the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just under medium bodied and very smooth. The carbonation feels very good in the mouth. This beer is bitter in the extreme, but I still find it pretty damn drinkable. Drinking a full bomber will wreck the palate, however.

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


Appearance - The beer pours a hazy gold/amber colour with a nice size frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is excellent. The head lasted for quite a while before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Pine, breads/grains, grapefruit, tangerine, and a woodiness

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue, and the beer feels dry yet creamy. The flavours include grapefruit zest, a breadiness, and pine. There is also a lot of hop flavour mixed some nice floral notes. The beer finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A solid beer that I would be happy to drink again anytime. Worth checking out if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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

A 22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pale-Orange with a slight haze, creamy, foam head, with lacing that clings the entire offering.

S - Over-the-top hops from start to finish, but I can't help myself...Pure Bliss.

T - More hops, as you'd expect. Finishes slightly dry, with a lingering bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated with a slight, tart-pucker.

D - At 7.7% ABV, too big to pound, but just right to savor.

I truly enjoyed this offering from Stone, and look forward to having my taste buds wrecked again in the near future. Rock on!

Photo of ccbrewer138
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-I really like the color on this one. Deep pale with a thin white head of foam, brilliant and can see through if held up to a light.

S- very nice grapefruit and pine aromas, but not too overpowering.

T-this is definatly a hop bomb, very thick on citrus and pine. Nice clean bitterness from hops, balanced by a huge dallop of sweet and toasty malt.

M-sticky, and super heavy in body, but not over carbonated.

D-although I wouldn't drink a whole 6 pack in one sitting, this is top on my list the next time I want a double ipa.

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

Had this bottled and then on tap at Amity Hall. I figure Black Friday before I run over to Capone's is probably a good time to sneak in a review from notes.

It's heady with an golden and orange haze. Great little bubbles of lacing hug the glass as it goes down. Above the murky goodness it smells like straight and strong citrus hops, with a bit of a malts coming though too.

Taste is what you want when you order a WC hop bomb. Bit of temperance on the hops with some caramel, and overall it's well-crafted. It's got a solid medium body and great carbonation to really fill the palate, and a low enough ABV to be regularly drinkable.

Although I wouldn't be putting back 5 of these. At risk of losing all taste sensation in my mouth for weeks. Regardless - another great one, Stone.

Photo of mikeg67
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber. Pours golden-amber with a small but long lived white head. Aroma of piney, citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Medium, sharp body. Huge amount of citrusy, piney hops dominate the palate with sweet malt and ripe fruit provide great balance. Hoppy, dry, never ending finish. Great, complex IPA.

Photo of JizackFH
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice white foamy head. The head also left good lacing. It appears to be unfiltered.

S - The smell is very hoppy and earthy. There are also some fruity notes and some citrus as well.

T - The first taste is hops. Very piney. there are also some fruit flavors present. The finish is citrusy and bitter. This tastes just like a DIPA should taste.

M - This has a medium and good carbonation. There is also a nice crispness to it. The flavor of the hops sticks to the mouth and lingers for a while, leaving a little bit of a puckering feel.

D -This has great drinkability. I could drink these all the time. It goes down easy and I find it very refreshing. This is one of my favorite DIPAS. I can't wait to get some more of these.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,089 ratings.