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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,974
Reviews: 3,005
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 358
Gots: 1,296 | 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 404UGA
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive gold color. Hoppy but not excessively so, still flavorful. Extremely drinkable beer for the type. Very smooth. Could have easily had a couple more. Not really what I expected, but still certainly one of the better IPAs I've had. Will not be my last Ruination IPA.

404UGA, Jul 25, 2010
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 9 oz snifter for $5.50.

A: Less than a finger of creamy foamy off-white head with a yellow orange tinge. The body is an apricot orange with very respectable clarity. The head doesn't last long, but the lace begins to lay down nicely as a mix between sheets and holes. The lacing doesn't continue after the head depreciates, I'm left with a thin film and steady collar.

S: The nose is tropical, mostly clementine and peach but not as invested as the stand out examples of the style. Malts are noticeable, white bread and biscuity.

T: Nothing further develops from the nose to the palate. Flavorwise, Ruination epitomizes the perfectly average DIPA.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty impressive as Stone's tend to be. More than adequate carbonation, semi-fizzy and prickling. Bitterness is appropriate. The finish is dry and the flavor resonates for a respectable amount of time.

D: Drinkability is above average but nothing too special in Stone's Ruination. More often than not, I pass on this one. There are simply too many great DIPAs available to make this a real contender.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of BigBen61
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer that will make any self proclaimed "hophead" think twice before opening his trap again! During the earlier parts of my experience with beer I found out quickly that IPA's and Imperial IPA's were some of my favorite beers. That being said, this beer hits a strange spot for me in my beer journey. Almost anyone who has tried this beer will tell you the name is no joke, and after a few sips almost any other beer will taste like carbonated water (well maybe not but you get the idea). It will in fact "ruin" your palate (at least for a short amount of time). Onto the review...

The appearance was magnificent holding a good two fingers of pearly white head and with a much deeper golden color than I would have expected. The nose was by far my favorite part of this beer. There was no end to the hop aromas, which ranged from sweet and citrus like to darker wood and pine tar aromas. The nose was also an accurate indicator of the bitterness of this beer and after sip one...OMG! If you don't like your beers much more bitter than than an average pale ale, then stay the hell away. If however you enjoy having an alpha acid onslaught murder your palate look no further. The beer started off with a wonderful complex maltiness, followed by mouth puckering bitterness and citrus hoppiness in the midpalate, and a nearly choking slam of pine tar hoppiness on the finish that could literally last for minute after minute following every sip.

My only qualm with this beer is the drinkability. While I love the bitterness of hops, this one is so over the top that I found my 22 oz. bomber to be broken down into three segments. The first 10 to 12 ounces were as wonderful and exciting as any beer I've ever had. The next few ounces began to wear my palate down, and by the end of the bottle I had to choke down the dregs. That being said it's one of the most intense beer experiences you can find anywhere!

BigBen61, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Surprisingly light in color with a decent head that leaves some nice lacing. Quite hazy. Not the beers strongest point but there are other far more important parts that the appearence.

S-Smells of pine and citus come out to play. I even get some pineapple which is always a treat. This beer is incredibly aromatic. I think this is the smell that made me fall in love with IPA/DIPAs.

T- Bitter as anything I've laid lip to. I love it. Menacingly hoppy. Bitter piney hops take charge. Also get some nice citrusy flavors in there too.

M-Good amount of carbonation. Dry and delicious. The tiny alcohol sting only adds to the awesome tongue beating.

D-Quite drinkable for a 7.7%. Still remains somewhat light which adds to its drinkability. For the power behind this beer, it is unbelievably drinkable.

Maybe the first beer that got me into craft. Have tried it many times since I have started with my beer hobby; still holds up just as good as any other brew. A legend in my mind.

VelvetExtract, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of TangTKE402
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured hazy to the point of opaque from a 12 oz. bottle into my beer mug the color of wheat. Minimal head (though the pour was unintentionally smooth) but the effect this beer has in the light of holding a straw-yellow outside with a tan core is quite pretty.

The nose is greatly hoppy, with large floral notes and a touch of citrus. A wee bit of sweet fruit under all of the hops can be detected.

The taste hits you immediately: hops, hops, hopes, with a clean grapefruit flavor on the swallow. This beer's hoppiness can best be described as a fine balance between bitter and floral with a sticky-dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is large and expanding, with a nice clean finish that leaves your mouth parched and looking for more.

This beer lives up to its title, as it "ruins your palate" upon the first sip. That, to a serious hop-head, is a compliment.

TangTKE402, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like gold into the glass, nice tight foamy head that leaves behind great lacing.

S - All the hops and more that I want from an IPA, nice floral notes, orange, pineapple, and pine.

T - Hops and pine so good, filled with the fruit flavor of juicy pineapple and a bit of orange. The bitter aspect of this beer perfectly accompanies the rest as it all mellows in your mouth waiting for the next sip.

M - Very smooth and creamy, coats the mouth and throat with the smallest alcohol burn that adds another sensation to the beer.

D - This beer is balanced, full of flavor and hops and is oh so good! Even though it is up there is ABV it's not too high so you can enjoy a few without a problem!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of bmwats
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep dark golden hue. Poured about a 3 finger, frothy, white head. Deteriorated quite slowly and decrepit-ly, leaving giant peaks and valleys and craters as it did. Thick pockets of lacing stick to the sides of the glass as it does. More pockets of lacing accumulate as you drink it down.

S: Hops and pine. A little bittersweet chocolate, citrus, and some woodiness.

T: Very hoppy. Nice and bitter. Has a nice thick and full flavor. Piny with just the slightest hint of sweetness.

M: Dry and hoppy.... what else can I say. The hops 'assault' the palette and hang around for the entire experience.

D: Well... the harsh hoppiness of this brew will limit your drinking velocity. Sip and enjoy the hoppy goodness.

Atmosphere is very nice. Great regal appearance, and a full floral nose. Flavor is not complex, but pure in its intent. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly clear with a nice frothy head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma is just straight hops. Flavor is the same but MUCH more intense. IF ever there was a "hop bomb" this is it. This stuff blows your palate up within the first few sips. Well carbonated, but hard to drink much of due to the insane bitterness. Tasty, but not something I'd seek out all that often.

thetomG, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from Scottfrie in a trade. Thank you!

A: Nice clear pour. Golden color with nice white head that leaves pretty fast. Lacing sticks to sides around the top.

S: Sweet smelling with stronger floral aromas. For a DIPA it's not as strong as one would think.

T: Good bitter DIPA! Starts a little sweeter with the malts, but quickly get to the bitterness and hop flavor. Taste stays with you from sip to sip.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Bitterness stays with your mouth after the drink.

D: Very solid DIPA. I prefer the bitter ones, so this was a very fine drink. Not a real high ABV, so I could easily drink a few of these at once.

HosP, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of haddon
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden translucent color that looks like liquid gold. massive foamy head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves lots of lacing. great looking beer

Hoplosion on the nose! floral, orange peel and lots of pineapple... very sweet. a faint pine note comes through very nicely

very sweet up front... fruity flavors with the orange & pineapple very apparent. the bitter bite hits on the aftertaste and sits on the back of the throat until your next drink.

medium body with right amount of carbonation. very creamy and smooth. alcohol is not that evident but does add a nice warming sensation on the throat

I really like this beer. it moves to the top of the list in my personal favorite class of beers. it takes my edgy taste to the extreme without being imbalanced. I could drink this beer every day!

haddon, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden hue with a thick, white, foamy head; delicate, gossimer lacing

S: Grainy, earthy, pine, and floral aromas backed by a pleasant yeastieness; the alcohol also floats above these nodes balancing things nicely

T: Wonderful pine and floral presence; a spicy yeasty flavor permeates through the hops; the grainy malt backbone holds it all together pleasantly; alcohol is well masked

F: Very creamy and well-balanced mouth feel

D: A very drinkable, strong IPA; the hops are well balanced but the bitterness is still pleasantly prevalent; the alcohol is well masked too making this a damn good DIPA from Stone

dbossman, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of mweso2000
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is a beer!
22 oz. bottle.

The beer pours a little clearer than I expected but a nice golden color. Nice finger width head.

Nice fresh hoppy aroma. The first sip is like a a party in my mouth. Smooth, creamy, great hop taste but not bitter. This beer only got better as I drank it. The second glass was better than the first because it had a chance to warm a little. The bottle recommends that you cellar the beer, but I had mine in the fridge.

I could drink this beer all night, but I would problably end up on the floor if I did. The only drawback, $6.99 for a bottle! Worth it though if you are looking to splurge.

mweso2000, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of chickenm
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a big fluffy white head that has excellent retention. Citrus hop aroma, with hints of pine. Extremely bitter taste with citrus and pine flavors, and a little caramel malt as well. Leaves a very bitter, dry aftertaste. Medium bodied with a fairly strong carbonation. I really enjoyed this, though with the extreme bitterness I wouldn't drink more than one at once.. this is a palate ruiner. A fantastic beer; if you're a hophead, this one's for you!

chickenm, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Walken
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone: Ruination (Bottled 05/16/10) (Tasted 07/11/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Lightly hazed golden amber beer, big creamy bone-white head that leaves some hardcore patches of lace on the sides of the glass and stays intact until the end.
Odor: Big-time C-hop aroma, oily and fresh, featuring sharp pithy grapefruit and tangerine fruitiness.
Consistency: Smack dab in the center of light bodied with a lush, creamy carbonation.
Taste: Bruising grapefruit hop flavor lashes the tongue with a nine-tailed whip that leaves bitter hop resin in searing at the flesh wounds. It amazes me that this beer still registers as being bitter after the numerous IPAs that have gone toe to tongue with my mouth. Malt backbone comes in the form of a semi-solid crackery profile, backed by a light malt sweetness that tries to make headway on the corners of the tongue, but the hops, they do not abide, they tell that sweetness to wait in the car while it handles its business. Clean, crisp finish leaves nothing but bitterness on the palate, alcohol lashes out as well, some pleasant warmth.

This beer is an all out hop assault, with little/no attempt to check the hops with a big malt character and it is exceptional. Clean, crisp and surprisingly drinkable if you enjoy a little hop-abuse.

Walken, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head.

The nose is full of floral, spice, citrus, and pine.

Citrus is up front folowed by a nice floral and pine bit. Tasty and refreshing.

The feel is light, yet full-bodied. Goes well with the style.

I greatly enjoyed this beer, much like the rest of Stone's lineup. Refreshing and full of depth.

RomaniIteDomum, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of aval89
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy/hazy orange color with a clean frothy 1.5 finger head.

Aroma: tropical fruits right off the bat. The big three are mango, pineapple & orange.. A citrus delight. Tropical/fruity goodness :) you also get a wave of that Stone pine aroma. But for the most part the fruits dominate. Almost no booze smell detection. A pleasant smelling brew.

Taste: sweetness upfront. Again you get hit with the same tropical fruits as the nose. Then a GIANT rush of hop bitterness takes over. Oily resin, lots of pine, lots of grapefruit/hoppyness compose the finish. Just what you expect from a Stone double IPA.

Mf is a bit creamy with a medium body. Finishes pretty crisp with a nice hoppy taste lingering on the palate.

For a Stone DIPA, its fairly easy to put down. Has always been one of my favorites..


aval89, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of TheOtherMike
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stone's Pale Ale is one of my "go to" beers and as I generally prefer IPAs, I expected greatness in this particular offering. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Maybe it was the strong citrus component of the taste that put me off. I managed to finish-off the six pack but only by drinking one bottle per session and with a meal at that.

TheOtherMike, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of SmithwicksNut
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a frothy head 1" in my tall pilsner glass. Cloudy appearence (not transparent), but the color is golden line the sun on a summer morning.

S: The cascade hops come through with a strong citrus fragrance. Grapefruit, mandarin oranges, floral, and a hint of pine. Oh, yeah...they went there.

T: Very smooth for an IPA of this magnitude. Had it side by side with the Stone IPA (standard), and I found this one to be far smoother. Very balanced taste. Very hoppy, but the malt and alcohol counter the punch.

M: Crisp. This beer feels like a 5% beer in your mouth, but then your body starts to warm from the alcohol.

D: For me, I could not drink more than one due to the overall "size" of this beer (both hops and alcohol), but it is very balanced.

Overall, this IPA is a great example from Stone, but it greatly surpasses the standard Stone IPA with regard to balance. Regardless of what the label says, it is not that hoppy, so don't be afraid. If you see this beer and are in an IPA mood, I highly recommend it.

SmithwicksNut, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque hazy orange color into my snifter with a nice two-finger thick foamy, milky head with pretty good retention (4)

S - Intense hop aromas on the nose with floral, citrusy and fruity suggestions, grapefruits being the obvious candidate; some grassy hints linger around in the background (4.5)

T - Massive piny hoppiness and some sweetness upfront lifts to reveal pleasantly strong fruity flavors with grapefruits, again, being the most prominent. Malts show up in the middle together with an attack of intense hop bitterness which lasts well into the finish, along with lingering grapefruit flavors (4)

M - Between light and medium bodied thickness with a good level of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture; goes down fairly dry (4)

D - Very good nose and flavors but the bitterness is probably pushing the threshold a little far with 105 IBUs. Otherwise fresh, flavorful and easy drinking; a pity the bitterness is at such an extent and this has definitely detracted the ratings for both taste and drinkability. Definitely not a session nor a starter for someone new to the style. (4)

This is my second Stone Ruination IPA tasting; thanks to Meng, who gave me this bottle after a social tasting session in which someone rejected it flat due to an expectation of what's to come. I am tasting this in a horizontal comparison with 4 other DIPAs and I have to admit that the Ruination way trumps both the DFH 90 and Southern Tier 2XIPA in terms of flavours and nose but the extreme level of bitterness has inevitably took 0.5 off both taste and drinkability. If I am in the mood to go extreme and wreck my palates, I will definitely choose this but more often, I may prefer to go easy. Nonetheless, I will still give credit for the amazing nose and flavors of this great beer.

basica, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of sillajw0
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lighter than i thought it would be but still a darkish yellow-golden color.

Smell: Very hoppy with some nutty backing typical of Stone.

Taste: The first beer i tried of the six i did not particularly like. I gave it another try the next day and was impressed. I think the taste was actually more unique than the Arrogant Bastard. If you think of Double Bastard as a litteral duplication of each to the standard flavors of Arrogant Bastard (nutty and Hoppy) then the Ruination would be a duplication of the hops alone.

Mouth feel: Strong on the front of the tounge but by the time it hits the throat it mellows out.

Drinkability: I will return to this beer on occasion. It is certainly worth drinking.

sillajw0, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved the IPA so when I hear the Ruination IPA was not only with more hop flavor but at 6.99 a bomber at the Monroeville Giant Eagle it was mine that day.

A - Slight haze amber with incredible head and lacing. Lovely.

S - Big hops smell. Smells of strong pine, citrus and grapefruit. Little or no malt smell to speak of.

T - Very hoppy just not as bitter as the Hop Stoopid which I found to be perfect. Flavors are not only balance but refreshing. Very little malt so you have to be careful of your tolerance to bitter beers which I assume is high for me.

M - The label kind of scared me as a palate ruin but I found it opening my evening last beer to a couple other IPA's.

D - Well if I was in the Monroeville area I would have no problem getting another bomber. They were selling the same bombers at D's for 11 dollars which was ridiculous. For the price defiantly worth the brew.

DrDemento456, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: light gold with a solid head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: From the moment I opened the bomber, the overwhelming smell of hops enveloped me. Dank resiny and citrusy hops dominate the nose. The grapefruit aroma is particularity pungent. This is a very hoppy brew.

T/M: Immediately upon taking a sip the hops hit like a ton of bricks. Major citrus and pine flavors work over my palate and live a lasting resiny hop bitterness that isn't going away anytime soon. Moderate carbonation with a medium body round this baby out. I cannot pick out any malt flavors- any that are in here are so overwhelmed by the beautiful hop assault that they might as well not exist. This is one fantastically hoppy brew!

D: I say without hesitation that this is one of the best beers I have ever had. If Stone distributed to Missouri I would drink this all the time. Since there is absolutely no balance, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't hop-crazy, but for me this beer is mana from heaven. its fairly low ABV make this one of the more sessionable IIPAs around too. It will destroy your palate though, so I wouldn't try to drink anything after it!

Baraka, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of mfunk9786
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first bottle of this self-proclaimed palate-ruining beer. To be fair, I must disclose that this bottle only has about a month of ideal lifespan left to go, its freshness date is 7/26/2010.

A: Exactly what you'd expect from a DIPA, perhaps with some better filtering than usual. Nice shade of orange with a white head that has great lacing (in fact, if you look straight down into the glass, there's a soapy white haze on top of the beer throughout). Beautiful.

S: Light and citrusy. Missing the big, as my girlfriend angrily calls it, cat piss smell that accompanies a lot of hoppy beers, instead has a nice lemony freshness that makes me wish that Stone was in the car air freshener business as well.

T: Whoa. What I expected to be an overwhelmingly bitter hop bomb ends up tasting somewhere between lemon and grapefruit, a beautiful citrus fruit that exists only in this glass. Just like the magnificent Nugget Nectar from Troegs, this beer has a very juicy hop character that flies in the face of the piney hop flavor that most of us are accustomed to.

M: Dry, like a very nice glass of white wine might be.

D: This beer is extremely sessionable in my opinion, which might end in a baaad night if you don't control yourself. Has a 'yellow Pez' character (what I characterized Citron vodkas as in college) to it that is absolutely irresistible. Instantly one of my favorite DIPAs, it's just a shame about the six-pack price.

mfunk9786, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great orange pour with a thick, creamy, white head. Hops on the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine and floral hop aroma. The taste follows. BIG hop flavor. Citrus, orange and lemon zest, grapefruit, pine and floral hops out front. A small amount of dark fruit and caramel malt give the beer a hidden sweetness, but the hops overpower this before long. Alcohol has a small presence, especially as you get further into the better. This one finishes very bitter as advertised as the pine hops scold the tongue and leave a big dry flavor. Huge tasting double IPA. All about showing off the hops.

uustal, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a glowing, luminescent orange-bronze. The head is fairly tall and has a similar tint, along with a very thick, frothy texture. Retention is quite sturdy, and a full lattice of lacing sticks persistently to the glass.

S: Very little in the way of malt - mostly cookielike pale malt, with a trace of caramel. Hop aromas are big and bright, with pine resin, grapefruit pith, and lemon zest. Also a bit of grassy/herbal character.

T: Some mild cookielike sweetness up front, with light caramel notes. For a purely hop-driven beer, that's a pretty ideal malt presence, since it allows the hop flavors to steal the show. Big, bitter citric notes of grapefruit and lemon, with secondary piney and grassy flavors backing them up. As promised, bitterness is bracing and long-lasting, sticking around long after each sip is swallowed. Alcohol, at 7.7%, is well hidden and a bit sneaky.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium and appropriate for the style. Smooth and resiny up front. A full, riding bitter dryness into the finish. As mentioned, alcohol is perfectly masked and adds only a subtle warmth.

D: A very nice DIPA from Stone. Certainly hop-dominated, but this demonstrates substantial finesse in a style that, to some, doesn't seem to warrant any. A textbook example of a bitter, aggressively hopped double IPA.

Clydesdale, Jun 27, 2010
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,974 ratings.