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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,207
Reviews: 3,042
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 382
Gots: 1,513 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottle shipped to me from Brusin' Ales out in NC. There was no bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- Pours a light amber to gold color. Gives a small maybe half inch of head that was light light tan almost white in color. Lots of carbonation bubbles come to the top. Not fully opaque but very hazy and difficult to see through.

S- Hops and lemon, bread, grain, slight malt, grape, apple, pineapple scents are all noticeable.

T- Amazing. this is hops slamming my mouth hard. A very slight and non present malt character is just there to mellow this brew just a little bit.

M&D- A great drinkable beer. A full character that kills any kind of taste other than hops. Smooth and tickling from the carbonation.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic from Stone, another beer which got me into craft beer years ago.

A: Amazing fluffy white head and lots of sticky lacing, a clear orange hued body as the base. A very nice look.

S: A very solid Double IPA smell of piney spicy hops, a little citrus lemon zest hop, sweet but not overly sweet cerealy malt, some orange notes, and some outdoorsy woods smells that are hard to describe well.

T: A great taste with huge citrus and tropical fruit notes, and that great stone signature bitter biting back of the palate which is great! Some base malts round out the hops a little, but I love the piney and grapefruit hop notes that are the centerpiece of this great beer.

M: A nice carbonation level and great bitter finish with a medium body.

D: Very good. An excellent Double IPA, one I would maybe use as an example of the style to newbies. The smell is the only thing that isn't really great about this beer, so I see why there are double dry hopped versions of this beer.

Photo of 2late2brew
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be honest a little disapointed after sampling Lucky Bastard yesterday. Tried two bombers, first one cap was stained with oily coating, pretty sure cap was compromised so I tried a second just to be sure. It was clean as a whistle, clarity of beer much improved as well which just means there are bad bottles out there.

Anyways, nice medium pour down the middle, moderate to good retention with some lacing. Color a harvest yellow slightly pale & incandescent. Hops firm assertive grapefruit, amarrilo maybe? with some lingering hop flavor from dry hopping. A in your face tour de force of hops but to me a little one dimensional although a good one at that. enjoyed but prefer to be Lucky rather than just good.

Photo of dutchlq7
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep gold, 2 finger fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Smells amazing, very floral with a piney punch too. A slight hint of caramel malts too.

T- Lots going on here, begins with a nice big hit of toasty caramel malts...but then the hops come. Big floral taste and an almost leafy/wood like flavor but thats kicked out by the pine/citrus hops that finish it off and leave a bitter taste hanging around.

m- Big and chewy mouthfeel to this one. a bit of an oily residue but thats expected with all the hops.

D- Really good beer with so much flavor in there. Gotta grab it if you see it, def worth a try.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool, somewhat hazy golden color, with a bone-white head, attractive, big at first, though ultimately short-lived.

Feels like it's dry-hopped. Piney, citrusy. Continues on the tastebuds, bitter, yet sweetish and slightly fruity.

A bit light in body, a tad lacking in the malt department...it's all over, under and thoroughly about the hops (wish I could which ones). Quite an interesting approach, bitter, yeah, but not too much, and still drinkable.

Not Stone's best offering in this style but still worth a try.

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

This beer pours a rich copper in color with a one finger white head a ton of carbonation. This beer has a lot of activity going on. The second I opened this I got hit in the face with hops. There is a good combination of pine and citrus, which are fighting for dominance. You definitely get your money's worth here. The flavors are very hoppy, as expected. I get a lot of pine and grapefruit with a good amount of bitterness. It drinks very fresh and very crisp and has an excellent crisp bite to finish. It's a very drinkable IPA and doesn't leave behind the severe cotton mouth that some IPAs do. I really like this beer but do prefer their 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA to it.

Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few coworkers were telling me about Ruination and wouldn't leave me a alone until I bought a bottle. I got a bottle that was two months away from its "enjoy by" date so it seems like I got a somewhat fresh bottle.

As soon as I cracked the cap off the aroma hit me right away. I poured it into a pint glass to reveal the amber glow. The first taste was intense and extremely hoppy, the after taste was excellent and at the same time I wanted more. After the initial shock to my pallet it became very easy and enjoyable to drink.

If your a fan of hops I would suggest giving it a try, this will defiantly enter my regular rotation of drinks!

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

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a finger of foamy white head; good retention and decent lacing. Tons of carb bubbles streaming through the beer.

S: Tons of citrus/grapefruit, piny, and grassy hops. Some light hints of yeast and bready, caramel malts.

T: Bitter and tasty; lots of the same hops present in aroma. Bready, slightly sweet malts offer a touch of balance to keep things interesting with each sip.

M: Thin-medium body; smooth, just a bit of a sticky finish and a palate-coating bitterness.

D: Very enjoyable and fine to drink moderately quickly despite the bitterness. Great example of a DIPA; its availability and clearly stamped date on the bottle mean Ruination regularly rotates through my fridge.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label, into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. Massive, really massive frothy head that doesn't want to go anywhere. Some really good head retention here.
Aroma as soon as I cracked the bottle was all hops. Hops, hops and more hops with intermittent pine and citrus coming through. Very faint malt aroma escapes as the beer warmed up.
Oh boy, this is a seriously hopped IPA. Feels like the hops are out the ruin your palate. It's hoppy all the way, however, in aftertaste there are hints of sweetness coming through. This is one hell of an IPA. Brutal attack of the hops on the taste-buds.
Excellent lacing drapes the insides of the glass.
Damn, this is one of Stone's finest brews. This is one of my all time favorite IPA's. A must-try for every hop head.
Very highly recommended.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orangy, yellow
S - very nice hoppy aroma
T - An enormous Rush of Hops, a bunch of clean hops. Hopheads will and do love this one.
M - very nice, crisp, not too heavy
D - Drinkability is very good, very sessionable
Stone is so consistant with offering great hoppy beers

Photo of bourbonbock
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a fresh pint glass.

A. Golden orange with a slight haze and one finger of fluffy white head that reduced to a foam after about two minutes.

S. You can smell the hops running up to your nostrils as soon as the cap is popped. All hops with some yeast aromas in the background.

T. Very complex flavor of hops, perhaps several different strains, with a oiliness, and salt, with some pine and a slight sweet base malt under all of the above.

M. Smooth and creamy with a slight bite to the last bit as it is swallowed almost as if its trying to hang on. It hits on the side of the tongue and sticks near the front for a for a dry finish.

D. I would definitely pick this up again but not sure for what. It would go very well with pork chops and applesauce but not with a baseball game.

Photo of Ty1erC
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: it's very clear and yellow-gold in color. there's tons of frothy head that stays around for the duration. thick lacing. awesome.

s: the smell is all hops. tons of grapefruit and pine.

t: again, all hops. it's definitely a blast to the palate. there's also some very subtle maltiness and breadiness.

m: medium-bodied, medium/high carbonation

d: really drinkable. i love it.

Photo of weizenbob
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone products do find their way to Michigan but Ruination has eluded me to this point. I received this 12 ounce bottle as an extra in a trade with Azurescens. Thanks Dan. The bottle shows an Enjoy by date of 09/01/10 so I'm going into this with the expectation that this beer has fallen off a bit. However, I did recently have a past-date Arrogant Bastard that was fantastic so you never know.

This bottle was poured into a goblet. I swirled the sediment in the bottom of the bottle and poured that as well. A beautiful two-finger fluffy white head forms. Retention is very good. Thick lacing lines the goblet. The beer is golden colored with enough yeast from the pour to make it as hazy as a wit. That may not be the intended look for this beer, but it remains attractive none the less.

For an eight month old beer the aroma is still hoppy. Mild grapefruit and orange greet the nose. A bready yeastiness follows in the middle. Alcohol is still noted. Subtle clove spiciness lingers toward the end.

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this is not how the brewmaster intended this beer to taste. That is not to say that it is bad, but the "ruinous effect" that the label claims the hops will have on my palate has been heavily mellowed by age. Hey, it happens to the best of us. This is a moderately high alcohol brew though so the malt bill has held up nicely. If this had turned out to posses a fowl taste I would have stopped reviewing on the spot as that would not be fair to Stone. As this is still quite enjoyable I will continue.

Caramel flavors coat the tongue, leaving a "cuddly-puppy effect" on my palate. There is still a nice hoppy bite in the form of mild grapefruit flavors. A hint of chocolate fades into sweet citrus flavors and still-noticeable alcohol. The finish is still bitter with more earthy grapefruit flavors coming from hop oils that are coating the back of my mouth and throat. It's not "ruinous" but I'm still made well-aware that this is a DIPA.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot on. A big malt bill and 7.7% ABV create a body that is on the high end of medium. A good amount of carbonation keeps the beer a little prickly. A few such barbs should be expected from the style.

The drinkability is still pretty high for this beer. The alcohol content is prohibitive to sessioning but I didn't have a problem getting through this one. Taking the beer's age into account my expectations were pretty low, but this bottle of Ruiniation still delivered a lot of the goods. I think most breweries would be proud to call this their fresh DIPA. As such, I still look forward to that elusive fresh sample of Ruination. If this sample held up so well, a fresh bottle ought to be epic.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I would not hesitate to give two Schlitz for an eight-month-old Ruination.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium orangish-amber color, with a nice head that sticks around for a little bit. The smell is really good- mostly citrus and hops. Great lacing on the glass. The taste is like a big hop bomb, but it's really good, and amazingly smooth. Citrus, floral, grassy overtones w/ the taste, w/ malt in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty amazing. For such a hopbomb, this beer is amazingly smooth and drinkable. One of my favorites for sure. At 7.7%, it's not going to catch up w/ you either... Stone Ruination is definitely on my short list of DIPA's, the boys at Stone did it again. Cheers!

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

Medium orange color, somewhat hazy with a lasting white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Medium aroma of tangerine and pine. The flavor starts with a hop astringency, that shifts into a big grapefruity citrus middle, followed by a long spicy bitter finish. Some sweetness shows in the middle but quickly resolves into a lingering dry finish.

Medium body and quite drinkable.

Photo of BizzyQU
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Really nice dark amber with carbonation and a perfect size head.

S- Floral Hoppy Goodness

T- So hoppy great flavor with plenty of citrus and grapfruit.

M- Surprisingly smooth with good carbonation

D- A little stronger than their regular ipa but still very drinkable

Stone's regular ipa goes great with a meal and is a much more flexible brew, Ruination exists to be enjoyed by itself, drink this beer when you are free from any petty distractions!


Photo of wmtxbb
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Light gold with a thin layer of lacing.

Smell: Sharp foral hops and more hops... basically just hops.

Taste: Hops and bitterness overwhelm the palate. Not a whole lot of complexity from this one. I'm a hop head and I'd prefer something with a tad more complexity. Ends dry with lingering floral/citrus hops.

Drinkability: As with most hoppy brews, this brew is crisp and refreshing, but it lacks complexity.

Photo of dmfrench
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sticky, piney, slightly thin but clean and enjoyable DIPA


A: Faded primary yellow body, clear with the slightest hint of haze. Ample carbonation bubbles rising. Somewhat frothy and fairly persistent two finger white head.

S: Big dose of grapefruit hops and a pit of piney hops, rivaling a Three Floyds nose. There's a fair amount of buttery malt underneath, and a certain subtle spiciness. There's just a hint of metal in there somehow (only apparent after tasting), which keeps me from awarding a perfect score. Still, quite a lovely nose.

T: Resiny, piney ass hops hits you first, followed by a pretty large helping of dry, biscuity malt. Finish is again on resiny hops and leaves a pleasant and not overly dry aftertaste.

M: I think just a hair thin, but I'm probably wrong; This is not the biggest of DIPA's.

D: Gets a little heavy toward the end, but still pretty decent.

Photo of eternaljester81
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: This bottle was about 10 days past its "enjoy by" date, but it's my only bottle, so I'm reviewing it. This is the first Ruination I've ever had, so I can't base what taste against what a fresh bottle would present.

A - Right in line with other big IPAs. An aggressive pour lead to a finger-thick cloudy head, which settled into minor lacing. The beer itself is a cloudy orange hue and almost glowing.

S - Sweet, floral hops and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. There's also a very mild toffee-like scent from either the malts or the alcohol. The smell is a bit subdued, but is still wonderful.

T - Holy hops! If Ruination past its prime can taste like this, I can't even fathom what a fresh bottle would taste like. This is bitter hop bomb with a gin-like pineyness mixed with a grapefruit pithiness. The malts struggle to cut through, but do manage to add a minor sweetness in the swallow. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M - Medium thin, and right on for a slightly smaller double IPA, avoiding the thick, oily feel of its bigger counter-parts.

D - As a hophead, I could drink Ruination all day and night, but the relatively high alcohol would catch up pretty quickly. This is a dangerously drinkable beer if bitter is your thing.

Ruination is only my second beer from Stone, and as a huge hophead, I couldn't wait to try it. I'm nothing if not impressed, and can only hope the rumors of Stone coming to Missouri are true, so I can make this a regular addition to my fridge.

Photo of SteveS1
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours pale amber, one finger frothy white head, average retention, great lacing.

Smell: Glorious hops, very floral. Sweet apricot, orange, and a bit of lemon/citrus.

Taste: Sweet and malty up front, a bit of marmalade, and then hops hops hit like a ton of bricks. A seething beast of hops emerges from the brew coating the palate and base of the tongue. It's grassy, earthy, and is that cement I taste? Bitter hops dominate the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium bodied, average carbonation

Drink: This one is a sipper for me, as IPAs tend to hit me harder than even higher ABV beers. That's not to say it isn't really drinkable, or tasty even. It's very tasty, and you'll want to savor the challenging assault of hops it brings.

The big thing with this beer is that it will catch you off guard with every sip. It really does open sweet and fruity before descending into bitterness.

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

Everything you could want in an IIPA. The color is spot-on: amber with a very faint haze, a moderate amount of tiny carbonation bubbles, and good head retention with tons of sticky lace. The first whiff is pine with an underlying caramel characteristic. In this bottle, I also perceived a rose or lilac like floral aroma, but that might just be me (or the glassware). Balance is superb, tons of resinous hops with just enough sugar to keep things in check. A bit of carbonation up front, some alcohol in the middle (which quickly fades), and a long bitter finish. With a medium to medium-heavy body what else could one ask for except another (or a draft).

Photo of adamhimself
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this IPA is excellent. It has a slight burnt brown color with a orange tinge. It looks very tasty in my tulip glass.

The smell is amazing. As soon as I started pouring it you could smell the strong hops, which I love. It was a very distinct sweet hop smell. Very citrusy with a slight flowery smell.

The taste is quite nice. There is a strong hop bite upfront, but quickly mellows out to a very nice rich caramel sweetness, but it balances well with the hops. The aftertaste is much like the smell and the upfront taste. Its bitter with flowery and citrusy flavor, I really like it as I prefer stronger hop flavors in double IPAs.

The mouthfeel is standard. Nothing really different, but it is quite smooth and very little creamyness.

I would say this beer has high drinkability. Its on the lower end of the scale for double or imperial IPAs in the ABV department, which make it nice for having a couple. So, I could definitely drink a few of these in a night.

Photo of sauron681
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light colored copper. Excellent frothy head and amazing nice and sticky lacing. Very clean and clear and lots of bubbles.
An absolutely amazing hop aroma. This stuff is da bomb. Starts out sweet, finishes full and hoppy and bitter. But not unbearable. A forever linger in the mouth, with very subtle malts afterwards.
This is by far the best IPA i have ever tried. It also goes good with a super sweet strawberry rhubarb pie. the bold flavors of the beer complement the boldness of the pie.

Photo of engagechad
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was hard for me to be critical of this beer. Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a DFH snifter.

This beer poured fine, kind of murky but with a great head a good lacing.

I thought the Stone regular IPA was great.. but man.. this is the best smelling IPA I've ever had the pleasure of putting my nose into. The taste backed it up for sure, VERY bitter.. in a good way though.

Felt great and the drinkability was amazing for a DIPA

Get one

Photo of diomz88
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - got this in Yard House today. served in a pint glass, wish it was bigger. yellow orange, hazy whitish head, that's thin.
S - citrusy, fruity, piney, smell is great but lacking in punch.
T - similar to smell aspects of the beer, with malty, sweet, spicy, with the big amount of hoppy bitterness, which is perfect. all the flavor involved blends well together.
M - medium bodied, smooth, with slight crisp to it. dry finish with some aftertaste, maybe due to the double amount of hops, but that's just fine!
D - very drinkable, if you are not afraid of the hops burning your tongue. seriously, this beer is great! not as great as...but price wise, it's a deal. will be drinking this brew again for sure.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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