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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
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10,083 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,083
Reviews: 3,016
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 363
Gots: 1,360 | 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 heebes
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Poured aggressively the brew produces a foamy inch and a half head, eggshell in colour. Very cloudy orange amber in appearance. Sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a strong auroma of pine and citrus notes. Taste is very delicious, goes down smoothly on the sip, almost a creamy taste of the pine hops then leaves a bitter taste in the finish. Medium bodied and good carbonation present. This is a very good IIPA, a good hop kick to it. Reasonable ABV means I could have plenty of these.
Appealing bottle and silly writeup on how good the beer included with every Stone beer...

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

a - Very pale and unfiltered, giving it a cloudy, yellow but slightly orange appearance. Looks great.

s - Hops for sure, really powerful aroma. The heavy pine smell also has some citrus, but not as strong as some other IPAs.

t - The first gulp is almost too much. Super hops. The sides of your tongue feel like they've been jabbed with pine needles. Then you acclimate to it. If you're into hops, its a winner. If you're not, what are you doing drinking a double IPA?

m - Pretty light and crisp, not much substance. This is a pro in this case, as any more substance and it would again become overwhelming.

d - This is a very strong brew. When I picked up a six-pack, I had every intention of having more than one that night. As it turned out, one was plenty.

Photo of NefariousR
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a tangerine, pale-orange. Hazy with a decent amount of sediment visible. Head is white, foamy, and sticky.

S - HOPS. Citrus notes, perhaps grapefruit. "Bright", fruity aromas.

T - Citrusy, with lots of unnameable fruit flavors. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting (from the smell or the label's "100+ IBUs" boast).

M - Oily and medium-bodied. Carbonation is present but not incredibly assertive. Sticks to the mouth and throat, making the flavors linger.

D - I was quite surprised by the drinkability of this brew. Yes, it is hoppy, but if you're an IPA fan then you will find a lot to like about this beer.

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

Currently enjoying this brew!

A = amber / golden, clear

S = good, malty, but too mild on the aroma hops

T = nice hoppage, hardly ruining the palate though, ends crisply, cleanly, excellent balance between malt and hops

M = light but slightly thick

D = very. I took a few sips before glancing at the 7.7% abv, I was surprised. Really drinkable.

Photo of acurtis
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured a beautiful hazy orange with huge bubbly white head which stuck to the glass nicely. Nice hop aroma with some pine and earthiness. Taste is like bam! of bitterness. Medium body. Nice hop flavor but super bitter. Quite drinkable for 7.7 abv.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale golden-orange. Slight head devolves into light, small bubbles.

S: Hops scream and citrus whines in the background. Nice and bracing. Oh, did I mention the hops? There are lots of hops. Lots.

M: Hm...Chewy, bready, hoppy. The maintaste is a carbonated hopbomb followed by drying, biscuity hops. At 100+ IBU, Ruination is intense and not entirely pleasant. Still, a good taste, with some supporting malts that just can't touch the hops.

M: Good, drying, bitter, hoppily stimulating.

D: Overrated. Although it's not unilaterally hoppy, it's definitely unbalanced. Too bitter and overwhelming to be drinkable. 7.7%, but it feels a lot stronger. Tentatively recommended...

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

Pours orange/amber with a large white lasting head.
Nose shows floral, grassy, earthy and resinous hops first, later giving way less complex pine and grapefruit. Underneath is some cookie dough-like malt, plenty of clean sweet crystal and some confectionery-like sweetness.
Flavours first consist of loads of sweet clean malt before being quickly overtaken by fruity, piney hops and a overbearing aggressive bitterness.
Carbonation is a little high, cuts through the malt too much.

Photo of yankiac
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright golden yellow with an nice long lasting lace

S - One word.... HOPS!!!! Piney ones...

T - Piney hops up front and a nice malty body. Very nicely balanced. Hops are noticeable, but not overbearing

M - Medium bodied

D - I could only have a few of these before my palate gave out.

Photo of biggjohnstudd68
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A light, yet rich and unfiltered amber hue sets the tone for the rest of this wonderful drinking experience...

Smell: A deceptively light aroma right off of the top of the head... You can DEFINITELY detect the hops here... And a mellow after tone of that semi-sweet maltiness which will be discovered in the tasting...

Taste: The hops is bitter and bold right off the bat... A very welcome kick in the teeth! That slight of sweet maltiness that you smelled before the tasting definitely comes to life almost immediately after the parade of the bitter deliciousness of the hops passes over your palette...

Mouth: The cloudiness that is rendered upon the initial pour is not at all present in the finish... Surprisingly clean and crisp for and I.P.A.!

Drink: It's clean... It's crisp... It's complex... Some will tell you to only have one. I will tell you that it is very addicting and as a HUGE fan of ALL I.P.A.'s, I urge you to have another. I doubt I would have to twist your arm though...

Photo of NODAK
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly a bitter brew on the nose....lots of pine resin. Really that's about all I get on this one. I think there's a little biscuit in the back but it's beaten down.

I know Stone derides "fizzy yellow beers" but that's certainly the appearance here. Golden with a one finger head.

Initially quite bitter, with a predominately pine resin bitterness to it. As far as hoppiness goes, it's up there with the most bitter of DIPA's but probably not THE most bitter. There's a little malt sweetness that peeks through...a hint of biscuit. Again though, pretty secondary here. A pretty decent resiny finish to it, lasting a bit into the aftertaste and beyond. Not unpleasant.

Pretty good, though I do like a bit more balance in a DIPA. This isn't the most exciting or interesting beer of its style but that isn't really what they were going for either.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a bight cupric orange with a slender sludsy head. Head retention is pretty woeful. Lacing also a bit lacking. Not thrilling, but I know it's all better from here on in.

Smell -- Okay, things are picking up now: Pine resin and citrus by the bushel. Big grapefruit and tangerine notes so bright and sweet that they are almost perfumy. Also present is that signature mineral aroma that seems to be a trademark of Stone's brews - I'm convinced it's the water. Malts akin to biscuit and honey. Also some buttery diacetyl, but not at Alpine levels.

Taste -- The nose knows: grapefruit pulp, tangerine, and lemon zest float above a baseline pine resin and leafy vegetal bitterness. Malts temper the resin with caramel and honeyed biscuit. Faint diacetyl lends a bit of additional richness to the malts. Again, that trademark mineral flavor makes itself known. Finish is pine resin, grapefruit must, and a bit of leafy vegetal bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with medium carbonation that's both lively and gentle. Immensely drinkable.

Drinkability -- This is what immediately comes to mind when I think of West Coast IPA's, even though it's considered a DIPA. While it might not be the standard bearer of it's style, cough-Pliny-cough, but it's certainly one of the archetypes. Amazing aroma, good hop profile. Total hop-head maker. Now if only they could get the price down...

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

a- nice faded slightly opaque orange color, small to medium head, minimal ring lacing
s- very hoppy smell with a little bit of fruit, mainly citrus
t- follows the smell in a very good way, just the right amount of hops without it taking half an hour to scrub the taste off your tongue later, possibly the best tasting ipa ive had
m- medium mouthfeel, mildly creamy
d- great beer, looks pretty good, tastes and smells great and those are the things that matter the most

Photo of DeliciousSeeker
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Carmel like coloring, with moderate amber tones. Low carbonation. Head about 3-4 mm after a couple minutes.

S- If there was such a thing as to much hops, this beer would certainly be in the top three. Made for hopheads. Some very faint fruit smells, and some woody scents too.

T- The smell matches the taste; extremely bitter tasting. Definitely will erode your taste buds. This is one of the more extreme beers I've had. Hoppy aftertaste even after a minute or two, along with some faint fruit flavoring. This beckons for hop heads.

M- extremely smooth, and surprising amount of body.

D- This definitely is more of a one beer scenario for me. I love double IPAs, but only within some moderation. And make sure you don't try anything tasty after having this, your tastebuds will pretty much be useless. I urge all to try one sometime.

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

Dark orange/copper in color, with a huge 2 finger of white head. Lacing is nuts.

Smell is gorgeous, with lots of floral hops, and accompanying citrus and tropical fruit aromas. There is a perfect, slightly sweet, malt profile lingering on the very end.

Überbitterness and tropical fruits. Good amount of mango and pineapple. Little finishes of malts.

Medium in body, fair amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Intensely good, but at the same time, intensely intense. Too much would be sensory overload. A bomber is money.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a cloudy orange/light amber color. Pours with two fingers of thick foamy head

S: beautiful smell of hops with a slight citrus addition. The hops are by far the most present

T: truely tasteful hops that don't overpower the brew that some imperial ipas do. Citrus notes are slightly present in the taste

M: nice carbonation tingle leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue and slight dryness on the back of the tongue

D: really love the way this brew drinks. Smooth yet definitly there

Photo of terrapinfan88
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger head, golden with and orangish hue, good lacing

Smell: Intense grapefruit, Pine

Taste: Pretty bitter, grapefruit and orange peel

Mouthfeel: Awesome like having a nine volt battering on your tongue, definitely a palate wipe out, the bitterness is awesome

Drinkability:Surprisingly easy to drink for the style, The mouth feel will wear you out before the ABV does.

Photo of emmasdad
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this one up in Highland for about 16 bucks, figuring it was a better deal than the bombers. Poured a medium golden color, medium carbonation and a little white head. Huge floral hoppy aroma, but not much else; the nose is all hops, in a good way. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, with a sweet backbone and a ton of hops. A very drinkable and delicious DIPA.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A - First off, I love the bottle design, but it's not fair to count that, just thought I'd mention it. It pours a clear, medium amber with a finger of white head with nice retention and good lacing.

S - Aroma is wonderful. Grapefruit and pine hops and bit of grassyness. I can also just pick out a bit of bready malt character. Big hop bomb.

T - Oh it's all about the hops, sure, but there's still a nice malt character. First you taste a slight sweetness that's gone quickly, next come the strong pine and citrus hops, followed by a hint of bready malts. Finally you are left with a bitter hoppyness that stays with you for a very long time. It's phenomenal.

M - Thin to medium body that has very nice carbonation. It feels exceptional, really. The body fits the style perfectly and the carbonation compliments it well.

D - If you're a fan of DIPAs, you will love to drink this beer. That said, the bitterness and strong hoppyness will undoubtedly turn off many drinkers. Even as a huge fan of IPAs and DIPAs I probably wouldn't drink more than one in an evening, and I'd make it my last beer, because the bitterness does indeed dominate your palate. This is not a negative, just a reinforcement of the warning on the bottle. A wonderful beer, but with so much hop it takes some effort to drink. And at 7.7% it is a little weak for a DIPA.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a white head - good lacing.

In th nose is orange, bitter lemon, grass, and pine.

Sweet orange coats the mouth to prepare for the onslaught. Pine and grapefuit pound away at the back of the mouth giving way to lemon and grass in a dry finnish.

A very good beer with a powerful punch.

Photo of rpardon7
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber a beautiful hazy bright yellow with a thick frothy rocky head that dissapated and left lacing for the entire beer. The smell is that of citrus and grass hops with a small bready malty undertone. The taste is not dominated by the hops that the smell begs you to think. This beer is wonderfully balanced with bready bisucuity malts and warming alcohol with nice citrus/piney hop undertone. Not a bitting or bitter taste but a clean smooth balance between malt and hops has almost a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability of the strong IPA is very pleasant and I could easily have more than just one.

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

This is even better than I expected. Much better, in fact.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, honey colored body, persistent thin head of white foam, some lacing.

Smell is amazing. Apple and citrus hops dominate.

Flavor is off the charts. I had been expecting a fierce bitterness, given the 100+ IBUs, but the hops aren't overbearing at all, nicely balanced within caramel malt, until the hops snap in at the end.

Drinkability is rather amazing, given the IBU and ABV. I could suck these down one after another, though I might regret it in the morning.

This is one of the few IPAs I've had that I honeslty enjoyed almost as much as a Pliny. For me, this easily beats out Sculpin and any number of other contenders. Damn. I'll be buying this a lot.

Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow with a decent foamy head.

S - Hops are obviously the overwhelming smell, but there is a nice lemon smell as well. Kind of like Juicy Fruit gum.

T - Much like the nose, there was a great bitter hop fun time thing working here. The Juicy Fruit gum smell wasn't as sweet in the taste, but came through in straight up citrus presence.

M - Medium carbonation and somewhat light. The bitterness that the Gargoyle warns us of does indeed stick to the tongue. Halfway through the bomber I heated up some Mexican food on a hunch, and sure it enough, it was a great match.

D - Stone can do no wrong in my opinion.

Photo of jlmarshall
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A golden hay colored beer with almost no head. Not quite clear, slightly cloudy.
S - Wow. Wonderful smell overwhelmed by hops. Smells of apples and maybe slightly of peach. Very early summer.
M - Very carbonated. Slightly sweet and very bitter. Not very full, and not quite sticky.
T - A flowery taste and a lot like aspirin. Slight sweetness and a little like grains. Kind of peachy. Nice.
D - I'm coming to the conclusion that I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers. But this is nice. While I can't say I'd like this all the time, I'd definitely like to revisit it.

Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale golden wheat color with a strong off-white head that's leaving very nice lacing.

S- pine and citrus hops are evident, very fresh, clean smell.

T- Very hoppy with a slight balance towards the finish that brings everything together. Lots of citrus with a little grass mixed in as well.

M- medium bodied with a touch of carbonation, grapefruit aftertaste that lingers a bit.

D- A very nice IPA, although the IBUs come through to make this a beer that is not for the faint of heart.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can smell this as you pour it... It has a very strong grapefruit citrus and a touch of pine in the smell. This is more grapefruity smelling as opposed to the regular Stone IPA which I picked up more citrus and pine on the nose. As soon as you drink it you get a very quick flash of sweetness and then pine sap, tree like bitterness mixed in with that citrusy grapefruit flavor just hits the middle of your tongue and lasts long on the back end of the tongue. Wow... what a beer. This is a more pungent version of their regular IPA.

They have similar tastes but this one comes out with more of a grapefruit smell taste and bitterness but still holds the same citrus pine like character as the regular Stone IPA has. The lasting bitterness can really prove this IPA or double IPA is really the real deal here. When everyone talks about American IPA this should be the very first one they mention. This is a hop bomb but thats not to say theres some malty full body sweetness in there which there is at the very beginning of the sip. You can't even detect the alcohol on this one either because of the pungent hops. This is my favorite bitter IPA of all time.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,083 ratings.