Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,089 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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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.

Photo of chalsk
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Very good beer. Love the bitter. Aroma of citrus and pine. As others have commented, great color and aroma. I would prefer a fuller body on the palate. A bit thin for me, but a nice clean finish. Would enjoy this on a warm day with a burger or steak.

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

12oz Bottle poured into a SurlyFest Stien.

Appearance: Beautiful clear gold color. Big, slow to fade, white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, fruity. I can smell the hops. Very inviting.

Taste: Whoa. The hops really hit, especially in the finish. They're surrounded by a nice citrusy flavor. It's surprisingly sweet, considering the strong hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of fizz. Fairly thick, works with the strong flavors.

Overall: I like it. The finish is a little strong, but beyond that it's a very good IPA.

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter: from notes.
A: A deep hazy is poured within this burnt orange body. The color is a very deep representation of how an IPA should look. The white head pours a two finger thickness, and holds into a substantial layer throughout. The lacing is next to completely thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is a perfect blend of grapefruit and pines, many other citrus flavors are also subtle in the aroma. The aroma is a medium to high intensity and is very layered in the complex features.

T/M: The first thing that hits me when I drink this beer is the thick and creamy mouthfeel, it is a mouthful. The bitter flavor are instant and work a very powerful effect on the complexities of this brew. Starting with a nice and fruity punch, it moves on to a herbal tone that prolongs the lingering finish. This is a benchmark in the IPA class, and I feel one that all others are compared to.

D: Very drinkable, the key flavors and overall killer taste, make this one a classic for the style. A bit high in price, but still a really classic brew.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange hugh with a nice white head which fades to a ring that clings to the glass leaving some rather nice lacing. The beer is kind of opaque. Juicy hop blast to the nose. Balanc of pine and citrus, bit of fruityness. A hop assualt on the tongue. Combo of resinous pine, citrus hops on the palate matched with a super bitter hop finish. Clearly a good bit of crystal malt flavor going on. If there is such a thing as a regular mouthfeel this has got it. Because of the high bitterness I'm not sure how much of this I can put back, but it sure is good.

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

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color a massive head. I did a pour right to the center of the nick on my imperial pint, and the head went to the top of the glass. Excellent retention and lacing, this is a perfect looking beer.

Smell: Oh god, I smell hops. Wonderful wonderful hops. There's a bit of citrus (grapefruit in particular_ and I can smell just a bit of alcohol and malts in here.

Taste: This tastes fantastic going straight down. It's very hoppy and citrusy, and is a gorgeous example of the style. However, the aftertaste definitely has some unmasked alcohol that takes a few points away. Don't let it warm up to room temperature, or this aspect just gets worse.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly light and lightly carbonated - works well with the grapefruit character.

Drinkability: The aftertaste of alcohol dings this a bit here, it's otherwise well drinkable. Sipping it helps with that problem.

This is a great DIPA that's widely available for semi-reasonable prices (I got this bomber for 7 bucks with tax). A good introduction to the style.

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

Poured into a glass from 12oz. bottle

A - huge, fluffy, beautiful head. One the more deep golden side of amber.

S - Very piney and citrusy hops with sweet malts in the background.

T - The taste is more citrus than pine, but both are there. Has a very excellent pineapple type taste in the middle as well. Sweet malts try to come through, but are beated into submission by the hops. The best part is that even though it's a hopsfest, it's not BITTER. Proof that excellent hoppy beer doesn't need to be crushingly bitter.

M - Medium Carbonation, medium mouthfeel, ends dry, but quite crisp and refreshing.

D - It's a sipper, but went very well with my meal of dry aged new york strip steak!

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

12oz bottle into 12oz sam adams glass

1" white creamy frothy head. lacing has a nice medium creamy heavy look. Clean golden and orange amber with lite tiny carbonation bubbling up.

Smells lite. Mild fruit sweetness (watermellon and peach come to mind). some citrus and mild herbal notes. Hops don't really jump out here as I expected.

Taste...the hops come thru. malts tone hops down and are mild & creamy. very lite fruit and citrus tastes. seems a bit watery.

Medium body in the mouth, nice tight carbonation more fuzzy than biting. alcohol warmth is mild.

Drinks easy. Hops, fruits, malts blend well. Ends dry on tip of tongue. A much easier drinker than implied by the name "ruination". But still a good brew.

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

Aroma: Moderate levels of orange peel hop aroma with some pepper thrown into the mix as well. Quite resinous throughout the nose, but not unbalanced or undesirable. Malt is hidden but you can pick up some bread crust if you look past the hop cones.

Appearance: Deep golden to nearly orange with a well retained, but thin, white head. The beer is quite hazy which makes you expect a yeast presence, though I suspect it is from dry-hopping. Good lacing down the sides of the glass.

Flavor: A sting of hop bitterness right off the bat, then there is just a touch of bready-malt sweetness coming through for a moment. More orange peel and grassy hop bitterness and flavor come through in the middle and they hold on to the bitter end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. The prickly sensation of extreme amounts of hop bitterness could be perceived as carbonation in a way. Hops attack the tongue and back of the throat with bitterness that both cleans the mouth dry, yet leaves an oil in your mouth that continues to spew bitterness long after the beer flows down the throat.

Overall: The hop aroma in this beer oddly doesn't fully give the full story as to just how bitter this beer truly is. It has a beautiful hop nose, but the bitterness and flavor far out weigh the aroma. This is liquid hops. Citric and grassy hops are highlighted in ways that I've only seen otherwise in fresh hop beers.

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

This is a mean mother of a beer. It pours so innocently with a beautiful golden color. Smells strongly of grapefruit and pine. Then you taste it. and it destroys your mouth in the best way possible. Pure hoppy goodness all around, but never so overpowering that you cannot drink it. Its one of those beers, that if you like hops, you have to drink again and again. And I do.

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

A - A huge moundy off-white head on top of a hazy amber brass body. Thick 3D lacing.

S - Wow! Intensely grassy hops bursting with citrus grapefruit and lemon oil. Lots of pine, fresh herbal earthiness. Hints of candy sweet malt lay in the background. The best smelling DIIPA I've ever smelled.

T - Assertive hops rush the palate. Fresh pine needles, grapefruit rind, lemon pith, fresh cut grass, fresh cut mint leaves. Caramel malt bleeds through the bouquet of hops. Aftertaste is mouth coating grapefruit.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied that finishes crisp and dry.

This is a citrus hopfest. Although it's not as harsh or bitter than I thought it would be. It's actually very tasty. The nose is glorious! The hop profile is very flavorful and the malt does it's job. Too bad it's so expensive.

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

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Translucent and hazy golden orange color. White thick foam across the top of the beer with lots of lacing (strands and walls of it) all over the place. Truly a nice beer to look at.

Smell: Of course very hoppy. Lots of grapefruit citrus, some pine-like smells, maybe some mango, and a hint of bergamot.

Taste: I can't say that this ruined my taste buds, but this is definitely a hop-forward beer as advertised. Strong pine/bergamot/grapefruit up front, mellowed out with some malt sweetness, then a sharp bitter finish with a lingering sour lemon bitter finish. It's quite the hop wallop, but it's well done.

Mouthfeel: Just enough carbonation on the tongue, maybe a bit oily as it leaves a sensation all over my teeth (probably all that hop oil). Still nice.

Drinkability: Definitely one for sipping, but I could not have more than one a night. It does after awhile leave me tasting nothing but hops (as forewarned) so I think some care would be needed in pairing this with a meal. Still - a pleasant experience and worth revisiting again.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: I don't know how old this bottle was - it was dated to drink by 11/8/10 even though I just bought it 10/15/10. Maybe it takes a while to get to Wisconsin. Poured with a huge head that left a nice bit of lacing. This one is all about the hops, hops, and bitter hops. I really wish there was more of a malty backbone to this beer, it's not very well rounded. It's intense hops without much more going on here. I found it exteremely bitter and I prefer IPAs with more going on or a sweet hop character - I've become a bit of a hophead but don't go for a flatly bitter taste in my hops. This one had kind of a one dimensional hop quality of bitter. This may have something to do with an older sample but I found it to be good but uninspiring. I've had some really good IPAs in the last week Surly Wet, Mpls Town Hall Fresh Hop, Ballast Point Sculpin, Alpine Pure Hoppiness. This one was good but I didn't think it lived up to the hype or to those. I'd like to try this fresher to see if it was just that bottle. I'd try this again but won't go out of my way for it.

Photo of bud914
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to go through a lot of hoops here.
I bought this beer based on a magazine review.,
Being a hophead i was hoping this was a decent beer but not that exceptional because it's a bit pricey.
But after taking my first sip it was simply the best beer i have ever had.
It's to hoppy for most of my friends so it does not even make it the beer fridge. It's only for me.
If you like Hops try this one. But be prepared to fall in love.

If there is a better hoppy beer out there please let me know. I would love to try it.

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

The Ruination IPA is a beer that I have had quite a few times so I decided to finally review it.

(A) A nice mix between gold and brown. Poured a 2 finger head (I poured it that way) which was a pearl white color. Head retention was decent and left a slight lace as it was drank.

(S) Huge aroma on this one. Huge smell of earthy and citrus hops. I have never had a brew that had a smell that was this powerfull and amazing.

(T) Lets just say this one lives up to its name. powerfull flavor that is not for the weak at heart. Hops, Hops, Hops! I suggest being a Hophead before having this one.

(M) The weakest part of this beer and it is still great! A light to mild mouthfeel. I was hoping for a little lighter but is still awesome.

(D) Very drinkable! It does burn the palate though so if you are doing a beer tasting, save this one for last.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- golden brown, little head

S- somewhat piney, but wasn't the strongest of aroma

T- excellent!!! slightly better than their IPA, very similar in every way, but blended better, a much cleaner taste

M- terrific, low carbonation, light on the palete

D- very drinkable, enjoying it every sip

overall, great beer, would def buy again, very crisp, smooth, amazing beer

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

A: poured golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: citrus grspefruit and sweetness from the malts pop out first alongside floral hops and slight grassy notes.

T: The pine notes and hops were alot more potent on the taste than the nose with citrus grspefruit that helped out to push the bitterness on the palate but it did have a good slight caramel sweet presence from the malts to help on the balance.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, citric, piney, but bitter crisp finish.

D: it drank very good and was a decent interpretation of a west coast style IPA. For the most part Stone has sold offerings in the bitterness department.

Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: mostly clear dull copper with a fluffy one-finger head of orangish-tan that collapses slowly, becoming a filmy, lingering top layer with extra heft in the ring. Random spatters of lace dot the glass as I drink.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, lemon, lime. Like the peels of all the best citrus fruits, squirted right into your face. In the background, the sweetness of honey and a tiny bit of caramel and pale malt.

Taste: heavily, heavily bitter. Grapefruit peel, pine needles, saltine crackers, lime juice, mint and a lingering pinecone-like flavor. The sweetness drops of completely, replaced by tongue-encompassing acridity. I feel like I'm mainlining IBUs.

Feel: a high, peppery carbonation assaults the tongue amidst the bitterness. Mildly fizzy, the beer expands a bit as it moves about the mouth. Medium-light in body.

Drink: a tasty IPA, but its drinkability is detracted by the sheer punishing quality of its hoppiness. I think about Ruination the way I think about a double-shot of vodka: I'm drinking this for a purpose, and it sure as hell isn't for the nuance.

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

Pours ever-so-slightly cloudy gold-bronze with a tight, bubbly, off-white foam that clings desperately to the sides of the glass.

Let's be honest. You bought this for the hops, and that's what you get in the nose. There might be some barley buried deep within, but what you smell is hop, pure and simple, in all its rich, bold, resiny, citrusy, floral goodness. There aren't any adjectives that haven't been used - it's just straight hop aroma and no apologies.

In the mouth, it's pretty medium, with a moderate carbonation that releases more and more hop onto the palate. There's a mineral bite in the back adding to the nose, as well as a wash of heavily hop-seasoned barley bread. Alcohol is surprisingly restrained, and the bitterness is pretty friendly for a brew with this IBU level. The finish is leafy and pleasant, inviting another sip.

You wouldn't want to drink a lot of these in a row, but you might be tempted if you're feeling in the mood for a nice cool carbonated spiked hop tea. This is a hard IIPA/DIPA to beat.

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

A hazy copper color with a finger and a half of white head super sticky lacing

S its.the grapefruit that keeps you coming back super floral just a great west coast ops nose

T massive tropical fruit right up front the bitterness remains in check the malt is there but they just let the hops shine

M medium body that drinks light but is still sticky

D a classic superb example of the style perhaps a little better in the bottle but still great

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