Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a body the color of brushed golden amber lighter than I expected, capped with a fat finger's depth of soft and creamy milk-white foam. The head settles slowly to a chunky sheet that leaves a few thin rings of lacing on the glass.
The smell is grapefruity, sweetly floral and piney with a dash of lime zest and charred wood.
The taste is like a pleasant kick in the face. Grapefruity and otherwise citrusy hop flavors and hardcore bitterness vie with a sticky, reeking, herbal character. A thin body of caramel-sweet malt provides a base for the ass-kicking, tongue-numbing hop-bombery. A pleasantly-ashy burnt flavor, succulent flowers, a dash of orange, and more simple-syrup sweetness emerge as the drink progresses.
Medium-bodied with fine carbonation, Ruination has redefined for me what a Double India Pale Ale ought to be. With a silky, creamy feel, it fits my palate, and I mean just right. A strange and wonderful brew, this Stone stuff is...fantastically hoppy, big and badassed, but I have to check myself to keep me from gulping it. With drinkability akin to liquid crack, I proclaim this brew a personal benchmark, a style-definer, a pacesetter, a miracle of modern hopping, a god-send.
Thank You Stone may I have another!?!
10-03-2008 22:38:56 | More by cvstrickland
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.
A: Goldeny amber with a frothy, light head.
S: Hoppy with lots of pine and citrus notes. Smells freaking good.
T: Bitter and hoppy with some citrusy sweetness and tang. A well-done beer, but I'm not as impressed as many other reviewers. To me, the hoppiness is more one-dimensional than what I envision in the idea IPA. I thought abv was masked pretty well. Not a lot of malt going on here, either.
M: Creamy without being thick. Impressive.
D: Though bitter, it goes down easy. We all know about high-gravs. I don't think being drunk after 22 oz. is a bad thing.
I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys the hoppy beers. However, it could be more complex and I would like to taste more maltiness to balance its bitterness. Still, it's pretty freaking good.
10-03-2008 20:09:27 | More by kuranes
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
A - Pours one finger of white head that leaves a small amount of lacing and has an ok retention. It pours a cloudy golden orange.
S - Caramel malt and lots of pine and citrus hops make up the aroma.
M - A medium bodied brew. Lightly carbonated and pretty smooth.
T - It starts out with some floral hops, followed by citrus hops, and then some piny hops. The malt kicks in to help balance the hops creating a nice smooth taste. It finishes slightly bitter.
A delicious big IPA. It is very smooth and drinkable. Hops heads will love it.
10-03-2008 01:34:08 | More by boralyl
4/5 rDev -7%
what a great beer, 4's across the board, this bad boy poured a deep autumn brown, with the head lightening up to a citrus orange.
great bitterness, hung around long enough to notice but did not dominate the taste, stone did it again with this excellent brew.
highly recommend as a series tasting if tasting ipa's from the west coat, this is a must.
the mouthfeel was good almost that of a winter warmer beer.
10-01-2008 22:48:20 | More by Hollenbeck2
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Stone finally made the trek out to Atlanta, wonderful.
A: Golden, orange, slight haze. Beautiful off-white head, little retention. Does not have the stickiness I expected on the wall, but some nice lacing. Lighter than expected.
S: Hops. Literally a wall of hops. Pine, citrus, hoppy hops.
T: Bitter, hoppy citrus, pine and a nice malt backbone. To me, there's almost a hint of mint in it. Very clean, but strong and up front. It's delicious, a beer you can think about while you taste it.
Starts floral, enter the hops, malt smooths it and makes it drinkable, then the bitterness off the hops lingers.
D: This is a delicious, huge IPA. Well balanced, but strong - you're only having 1 or 2 of these.
09-30-2008 23:24:39 | More by cktison
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Finally in Texas!! I've been waiting a while to try this one.
A - Hazy light copper with a nice 2-finger fluffy copper head that settles down after a minute, but stays with the beer. Leaves nice sheets of lacing.
S - The smell blew my mind. Smells like opening a bag of fresh hops on brew day. Pungent citrusy hop smell and a bit of pine.
T - More hops. Quite bitter, with tons of citrus and pine. I almost couldn't find any malt in this one, but a tiny bit of sweetness is there.
M/D - Not quite as much mouthfeel as I would expect from a DIPA, but not bad. Quite drinkable as long as you love hops.
Overall, this one was delicious. There's not a whole lot that would set it apart from other quality DIPAs, but it's really good nonetheless. I basically felt like I was chewing on fresh hops. I will keep this beer in mind when I need a good hop fix.
09-30-2008 01:23:18 | More by timmah427
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
A: Very clear gold with a nice fluffy white head.
S: Very grapefruity, quite a bit of alcohol, a little sugary. Smells like a winner.
T: Very hoppy - great flavor. Grapefruit balances it out nicely. Alcohol is present, but balanced and very tolerable. This is a wonderful-tasting ale.
M: Coats the mouth, very creamy. Non-astringent. Medium-bodied.
D: To die for. A great beer that drinks really well.
09-29-2008 03:50:30 | More by ralree
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Received two successive pints at O'Sheas's Pub. Apricot body with an active bead. Slightly hazy. The head was stoic, persisting throughout. Sheets of white lace were clinging to the glass.
Smell was difficult to assess fully due to being outdoors. Some citrus and pungent hops presence.
Taste was divine. Oily hops. Light astringency. Grassy, green. Citrus, pineapple and resiny hops with some sweet malt to attempt some countering flavor. Served in a room temperature pint glass. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel was also oily and moderate bodied. Adequate carbonation.
09-28-2008 20:15:05 | More by Cresant
4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
A: Pours a rich golden Herculean copper smoked orange with subtle amber highlights. I didn't turn the lights out but this probably glows in the dark. You could solidify it, then melt it down, forge it into gold coins, and it would be accepted as legal tender worldwide. The head is comprised of tightly nestled white bubbles that as a thriving community resonate into a chorus of huge foaming copper. Lacing is absolutely abundant, frothing, and sticking all over the glass.
S: This has to be smelled to be believed. Like being in a lush forest and having trees hold you down with their tentacle branches and bleed fresh pine tar and sap right into your nostrils. A kaleidescope of flowers combined with a bouquet of malts. This aroma reminds me of God's most pure and persecuted plant.
T: Massive hops but with sweet honey qualities. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon, and pine resin are all perfectly represented in this nectar. A flavorful peppered caramel and cinnamon malted backbone of sweetness with an intricate pineapple and citrus vertebrae. Overall this is very complex, rounded, and bitter. The alcohol is only present in that nice warm feeling that follows.
M: Very creamy and full. Excellent carbonation. So good in the mouth you want to keep it there as long as a piece of gum.
D: This is the one that opened my eyes to the world outside of mainstream beers. Despite that personal bias the reviews do not lie. Overall this beer is like an amusement park. Scaring your taste buds in the bitter fun house and numbing the mouth on the hoppy tilt-a-whirl . In a perfect world I would make this a daily indulgence. Perfection.
09-27-2008 01:51:48 | More by erikm25
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
A - Super light amber, slightly active carbonation, thin white head.
S - Slight hint of herbal behind the attack of the hops citrus smell.
T - Holy f**king moses citrusy hops that completely blows my mind... almost like drinking straight citric acid at first. powerful pine on the aftertaste and subsequent burps (my favorite). Goes great with a mellow but diverse flavored pizza (Mighty Isis at Crust).
M - Light on the palate, clean finish. Could have used a bit more carbonation but it was a pleasant IPA presence. Wham bam thank you ma'am (and bring more).
D - This actually is the first IPA I've appreciated all the way down... I think I'm warming up to them. Bring on the Stone Brewery!
09-26-2008 00:15:15 | More by n00tz
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
Pint poured on tap at Sunset Tap in Brookline.
A: Mustard yellow color with a thin head that was short lasting. Thin lacing and patchy lacing thinned out as well.
S: Potent pine needles and other earthy flavors are abundant. There is a malt balance in the nose that didnt carry over so much into the taste. Sweet citrus came from a combination of the sugars and the bitters.
T: Smack of the hops, not balanced all that well by the malt. Earthiness completely takes over with a smack in the face over and over from a pine tree. The alcohol is clearly there but the bitterness is all that leaves you with in terms of the taste.
M: Somewhat chewy with middle of the road carbonation. Oily on the back end, viscous.
D: I love hops as much as any hop head but this one could use more balance. Overbearing levels here from the type of piney hops, would like more rounded flavors.
Love Stone's stuff, but this isnt a favorite offering of mine from their shop.
09-24-2008 20:39:36 | More by marcpal
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a surprisingly clear texture. There was about a half inch of creamy head and some good lacing.
S: As you'd expect, this beer smelled strongly of hops, but also had a pleasant fruity quality as well.
T: Very hoppy, very bitter flavor - it says 100 IBU's on the bottle and it's not kidding. Flavor also has some citrus in it, giving it a lively quality.
M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.
D: This is an excellent IPA. It's well constructed, tasty and complex. A good choice.
09-24-2008 12:53:28 | More by avalon07
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
A: Beautiful golden orange with massive head and excellent retention. Tons of lacing
S: Hop oils, citrus
T: Intense hops but with a nice creamy malt backbone. Grapefruit. Not that bitter, which is amazing given the IBUs
M: Nice creamy mouthfeel with a nice pleasant carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, which means it's really dangerous at 7.7% abv
An awesome San Diego style IPA. I compare this with the Port 2nd Anniversary I just had and this one just has cleaner, more balance flavor profile. Very much recommended for IPA fans.
09-24-2008 01:39:08 | More by abfraser
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Clear, somewhere between gold and amber. About a finger of head rises with some fairly short retention, though a cap remains. Moderate to minimal lacing.
S - Very nice. Lots of pine upfront, with a big herbal background suggesting rosemary and mint. Citrus is evident as well, though in much smaller amounts. A small but complimentary malt element balances things nicely.
T - The hops hit quickly with a very herbal/grassy quality, though not as much nuance as I detected in the nose. The malt keeps things sweet until mid palate when a soapy, citric flavor kicks in and starts to bitter things up. Earthy flavors finish things off with a very pronounced bite from the alcohol. In fact, this makes the brew seem a lot stronger than 7.7%. There's a lot of bitterness, but it's quite managable and never quite goes over the top. Long lingering bitterness with a touch of mint in the aftertaste.
M - On the light side of medium bodied, with moderate to high carbonation. Not what I expected or what I'm used to, but it defintely did the job.
D - The bitterness and the alcohol burn detract from this some what. Though not as big and bold as a lot of DIPAs out there, it strikes a nice balance and becomes a somewhat sessionable DIPA if there is such a thing.
09-23-2008 07:32:28 | More by PatrickJR
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
22oz. bomber into Troegs Hopback glass on 9/22/08
A - Slightly hazy golden/light orange body with one-finger creamy white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left sticky lace around the glass. Plenty of active carbonation bubbles present.
S - Perfumy and floral hops dominate the aroma at first, followed by a bit of resin and citrus rind thrown in for good measure, the latter being primarily grapefruit. There's a very slight buttery diacetyl aspect, but barely noticeable through the thick, overgrown humulus lupulus forest, so it doesn't really detract from the flavor. Some alcohol seeps its way into the mix as well. Malt? Not much save for trace amounts of bread and sweet caramel.
T - At first, the hops seem rather tame. After a few subsequent sips, I begin to feel the sting of a wicked blend of hops. The profile is quite intense, and includes piles of resinous hops, juicy grapefruit, bitter citrus rind and more subtle hints of perfume and floral hops. Malt content is barely existent, although there is a smidgen of caramel malt trying to scratch its way to the surface. There is a bit of a grainy aspect in the finish that attempts to ease the brutal effects of the hops.
M - Medium body with an oily texture and bristly mouthfeel. The combination of the aggressive hopping and lively carbonation creates a short, prickly burst over the palate, reminiscent of pop rocks candy (remember that stuff?). I can actually feel the sensation as if the tastebuds were being lanced off my tongue one by one. Yet I keep drinking! This one will definitely give you a numb tongue.
D - Wow! After the first sip, I thought, "Yeah, it's not THAT hoppy." Into the second sip, I was like, "OK, there's the hops...nice!" By the fourth sip or so, I was definitely feeling the hops pummel my palate into oblivion. For those who have not developed a taste for aggressive hop bitterness, this is definitely NOT a good IPA to begin with. This is definitely up there among the hoppiest brews I've ever consumed. Now I can say that Stone has officially ruined me!
09-23-2008 00:42:12 | More by ffejherb
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Appearance is a fierce amber-orange with a minimal off-white head. Good lacing. While very cloudy at first this beer cleared a bit as it warmed. A strong aroma of fresh hops fills my nose with orange, grapefruit, pine, and mint. The taste is almost too complex to describe. Multiple flavors of fresh hops and malt dance around. The malt is rich and yet velvety. The hops are luscious but not harsh for such a highly hopped beer. Stone has pulled off one of the most difficult brewing techniqes out there. A balanced, yet not harsh, double IPA. THE best example I've ever tried of this style.
09-21-2008 18:24:48 | More by beerkittycat
4.43/5 rDev +3%
I poured a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.
As soon as I opened the bottle, the most wonderful aroma came to me. It was centennials, one of the best hops I've ever smelled and tasted, and I think there's another in there, it would be tough to push a beer to 100+ IBUs with only centennial, but the whole bottle and the beer in the glass smell like opening a bag full of fresh hops. It pours amber colored with a decent head, not the biggest, but that's perfectly find for this beer. When you taste it, I can't think of a comparison (from any of the beers I've ever gotten in SC) in terms of hoppy beers. There's nothing astringent to it, just a crisp flavor with a clean, beautiful bitterness, and it's surprisingly balanced, though the malt definitely gets no spotlight. You know from the name that this beer is ruinous for your mouth, but I actually loved it. I had the taste in my mouth for an hour, just drinking water that tasted like hops, but its certainly not a great thing if you're trying to do anything else. I found myself wanting more and the alcohol doesn't hit too hard, but I can't see this beer having a high value in a session.
09-21-2008 16:07:47 | More by taylorhamrick
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
22 oz. bomber.
Pours a gorgeous soft golden-amber, nice head, nice retention, nice lace.
This has an incredibly fresh floral smell. It smells more like an actual flower than a beer. Also a bit like fresh bread, just a great smell.
The bitterness is not as Ruinous as I anticipated. Must be balanced by a boatloat of malt. Grapefruit, biscuit, yeast and alcohol are all present as well. Mmmm.
Mouthfeel slick, medium carbonation.
Stone just came to town 2 days ago, but I'm already a believer. This was well balanced and delicious. Highly recommended.
09-20-2008 00:15:58 | More by Strix
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
Golden-amber body, reasonably cloudy. Nice lacing.
Beautiful pine, lemongrass, hop smell.
Taste delivers, with a nice bitter flavor (although it seems to finish with a very slight metallic off flavor). This beer is delicious and one of my new favorites. I would place very close to Two Hearted Ale, although it is currently much more expensive in NC.
Extremely drinkable. The alcohol is well masked, although I think categorizing this as a "double IPA" is a little misleading given it's under 8%. If you're not driving, apply liberally.
09-19-2008 23:43:28 | More by gyllstromk
4.47/5 rDev +4%
Nose is decidedly hoppy. It rides the citrus train heavily. Also nice and leafy fresh with herbal/earthy must. If my eyes were closed, I might be sniffing strait into a fresh-from-the-freezer bag of pungent hops. Really smells like nature, like a plant, kind of like dirt. Good show.
Pours a medium-dark yellow with tangerine highlights, good clarity, and a good-sized head with 3 minute retention and a lasting crema and sexy lacing.
First sip shows off the wonderfully creamy body. There's some malt, wouldn't have known from the aroma. Plenty of hop flavor, of course, and near the finish the corresponding hop bitterness - the kind that's harsh and grassy and tastes like something green and leafy that's supposed to be good for you but you don't like it - that isn't my favorite, but it's pert-near unavoidable in such circumstances as a good, strong IPA. The malty and sweet flavor play near the attack. Very creamy and supple, they are in each sip savagely overcome by the bitter clouds of darkness. All throughout the sip-cycle are the hop flavors, too many to number and too fluid to pin down. Most notably I get the nose's citrus that comes across feeling like a grapefruit and tasting a little more like an orange... no, maybe more like the grapefruit. Now it almost tastes like an orangecreamsicle with distinct vanilla and sugar flavors. Completely dry. Medium-thick body.
Maybe my mouth is adapting, but it seems less bitter with warmth.
The 6th from my pack, this is the only bottle I really truly enjoyed. I had the previous bottles with my review-hat off and they were just so-so. This is a beer that needs constant attention to appreciate.
09-19-2008 00:36:48 | More by MrHungryMonkey
4.43/5 rDev +3%
A- Pours a golden amber color with an off white head. Head leaves tons of layered lacing down the glass.
S- Hoppy and tons of it...resiny pine, oily grapefruit, sticky citrus and a touch of pineapple. Some caramel malt is noticeable but just a bit.
T- Juicy, floral, grapefruit and piney hops with some caramel malt sweetness for balance.
M - Medium body, creamy but slightly sticky with a dry lingering hop finish.
D - Highly recommended. Incredibly easy to drink.
09-18-2008 09:25:58 | More by nrbw23
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an Imperial pint glass.
A= This ale poured a hazy vibrant gold color with a snow white 1" head. The head eventually dropped to a thin skim, leaving behind huge sheets of sticky lace.
S= This was dominated by huge hop aroma, with potent grapefruit citrus, pine, and medicinal and sharp alcohol esters. The malts were definitely in the backseat on this one.
T= This ale started off bitter and just kept getting more intensely bitter throught each swallow! With very little malty sweetness or grain presence, this is basically a delivery vehicle for hop bitterness with an alcohol filled finish. Having said that, it was obvious that there was many layers to the hops in this beer and it still came across as well done.
MF= Medium bodied with a light-moderate carbonation level.
D= I love hops but even I thought this was a disturbingly dry and bitter beer. Having said that, it would pair well with big foods and is a testament to the skills of the Stone brewers.
09-17-2008 04:43:32 | More by spointon
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
22 oz bomber poured into a Hennepin flute.
Appearance - Pours a light ruby color with a tall off-white head that falls to a quarter-inch of dense foam. Great lacing.
Smell - Loads of American hop aroma, mostly pine but citrus is also present. Some caramel notes from the malt are hiding in the background.
Taste - This beer hits you over the head with hops and doesn't let go. The pine and grapefruit from the nose take center stage in the taste as well. Sharp bitterness lasts from first sip to finish, but malts make an appearance in the middle with hints of caramel and toffee. The finish is dry, with long-lasting hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel - In the middle for the style, with some astringency from all the hops.
Drinkability - A bit boozy, the alcohol is not all that well hidden. Though I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, I certainly don't mind drinking it often.
09-17-2008 02:46:57 | More by trbergman
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
A seethru dark gold with a voluminous three finger head that died quickly but left lace patches. An incredibly strong hop smell buttressed with some citric and spice notes along with hints of malt. While a very dry beer, it maints a smoothness to it and was kind of creamy and fluffy...a very filling beer in the mouth. Not only is there a warming sensation to this beer, but it gets smoother as it warms (it's a sipper) and not only do the hops (mostly citric and earthy) continually poke out but there are some underlying malts, a little sweet in my opinion, in there as well. Another quality IPA from Stone; although true to its name, don't plan on having different beers and adding this to the mix b/c your taste buds will be dulled for a long time.
09-16-2008 14:07:11 | More by clayrock81
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Even though I have a perfectly good Stone Ruination mug, I poured this bottle into a tulip. Why? Because the bros suggested it.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold with massive four-finger head. Head is eggshell-colored and extremely soapy. Absolutely outstanding lacing and retention! A sprinkling of bubbles sneak toward the top of the glass throughout the session.
Smell: Citric hops, pine, caramel, rising bread, and a touch of alcohol. My mouth is watering!
Taste: Roasted caramel malts are quickly followed by citric hops and pine. Hop bitterness absolutely smashes the palate. Overall taste is rather plain. I used to love this beer, but now I see it more as a novelty. Good, but way too bitter with not much complexity.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with excellent mouth coating (which can be a bad thing due to the "ruining" effect). Medium carbonation as well.
Drinkability: If you're only drinking Ruination, it's a 5. However, true to it's name, it ruins all other beers that follow. I could drink these all night... if I were rich. So, the fact that I can't drink many of these in succession lowers drinkability to a 4. Sorry Stone. This is one of my two favorite beers of all time (along with Old Rasputin). A must try!
09-15-2008 01:59:46 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,177 ratings.