1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

10,081 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 10,081
Reviews: 3,015
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,358 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone Ruination IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,081 | Reviews: 3,015 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden orange a tad lighter in color with a nice head of something nice and sticky. but it looks like a decent IPA. nothing too showy. have has seem difference in bottles in aging. like most it mellows as it gets older. but it seems to age in two directions. either the hops mellow and the sweet honey malt quality comes out. the finish is bitter like day one though. or there is a tamer bitter and it seems to have an extremely robust floral quality. rather in your face lavender and pine. a good balance. there is many quality to this great beer. i really appreciate a imperial IPA with a lower ABV. more balance and less gravity. in the border of crisp and malty dessert.

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

A: Poured from the growler (32 ozer purchased from Westmere Bev this afternoon; full growler was $17.99) into a pint glass. Body is clear, light honey-amber with a half-finger whitish head, which settles quickly to film. Leaves no real lace.

S: Nice. Hops. Citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Slight note of wet cardboard, comes across as metallic or minerally at times.

T: Follows the nose. Sweetish malt foundation (honey-like a bit), followed by lemony citrus, and slightly grassy pine hops. Maybe a touch of mint toothpaste. Lingering lemon in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, slightly oily/slick, which cuts a bit of bitter hop "bite." Doesn't feel - or appear to be - highly carbonated.

D: Very good. I remember back in the day when I thought this beer was too in-your-face hoppy. But now, years later, it seems only modestly bitter. This half-growler will be gone soon.

Photo of DJED69
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional. Stone IPA is a att-time fave, but this just takes what I love about that beer and kicks it up a bunch of notches. What grabs me most is the smell---its amazing. Intense. Glorious. The color is typical amber-orange with a nice head retention and lacing. Taste is not as insane as one would expect---hops up the wazoo, yes---but very drinkable. Real juicy and bitter up front, but smooth---then finishes dry. Really an amazing beer. And at $4.50-5 a bomber locally, a steal. Love it and think it's time I get another glass full in front of me real soon. A must try!!

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

A - pours a darker yellow with a really nice fluffy head

S - smells of tons of grapefruit and sweet citrus malts with some biscuit malt. Awesome nose.

T - thankfully, the nose provides a very good preview of what's to come from this brew. Loads of sweet and citrusy hops dominate the palate; however there is quite a bit of buttery caramel malt to balance out the 100+ IBU onslaught. It leaves with a bitter finish. This reminds me a lot of hopslam.

M - buttery, slick mouthfeel with a body in between medium and full that goes down smoothly.

D - wow. This is a solid IPA. When I pick up new ones to try, this is how I hope they taste. Tgis was a pleasure to drink. Definitely recommended!

Photo of begforme4484
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy, amber orange.

Smell is of a ton of hops. Piney hops strongest to the nose with a nice floral and citrus scent. Can smell a slight sweet doughy malt scent deep in the background.

They call this beer Ruination for a reason. It ruins your palate. Any beer you consume after this beer, its taste is void. Hops, hops, hops.. and a little more hops. Nice citrus and very bitter hop taste immediately. It's one of those palate cripplingly bitter beers. The punishment is oh so good. Pine and citrus hops are having a little battle over who you taste more. There is a slight bready flavor in the background too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Just what you'd expect from a west coast IPA.

Photo of jskoog
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange with nice white head.

S: Wonderful smell of citrus, pine with a slight floral bouquet.

T: True to their word this will ruin your pallet for the night. After trying as many DIPAs as I can get my hands on, this one still stands out. If you like Citrus and pine hops you will love this beast. Not a lot of balance with very little malt back but wow does this taste good. In my opinion this is the best all out hop brew I have had. I pick these up on occasion just to realign my love for big hops.

M: Clean crisp carbonation perfect for the style.

D: If you want a pure hoppy IIPA, this is where you should be looking.

My favorite beer by Stone, and I like a lot of their beers.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful orange-amber with a substantial foamy head.
smell: Floral, and citrus hops. Not as complex or remarkable as I was expecting.
taste: Smoother than i expected. Brutally hoppy to be sure but well balanced.
mouthfeel: Nice, full and creamy.
drinkability: Not as much as even some of the higher ABV DIPA's.

Photo of droomyster
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being something like the 2,149th person to review this masterpiece, there's almost certainly nothing new I can say, but I'll give it a shot if only for my own records.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a generously apportioned, sticky, frumpy, craggy, mess of a white head. Aromas practically run the gamut of hop adjectives (minus "earthy" and "woody"), but are primarily citrusy, then piney and resinous, with floral notes to boot. I also detect a bit of caramel on the nose and a faint hint of alcohol, which is hardly surprising considering the abv. Taste-wise, the hops truly do perform an absolute palate-wipe. Unless you are eating something sweet and sticky ( like bbq ribs) or strong and greasy (like garlic fries), I wouldn't recommend this for a suitable pairing, but if such dishes are the case, you need search no further than this beer to find a match made in heaven.

Photo of chaz410
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer at the flying saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours a straw colored yellow body with a finger length white head.
Smells of intense pine and grassy hops. Very dry smell with very little malt undertone.
The taste is similar to the smell, very dry, piney, hoppy and some citrus note. There's some basic caramel like quality to the malt but it's mostly the hop dry kick. Very bitter on the end and very dry.
It's mouthfeel could be thicker in comparison to other IPAs in this ABV field.
It's not very drinkable because of the intense hop dryness but that's what most people order this beer for. I knew what i was getting into when I ordered it and I don't regret a sip

Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with one finger of head that reduces to some lacing around the top of the beer. Decent lacing down the sides as I drink.

S: A lot of citrus and of course a ton of hops. It has a sweetness, but isn't overpowering.

T: This beer certainly has some phases to it, at first you get hit with some floral components. Then you get the hops/bitterness followed by the bready malts that even everything out.

M/D: It is creamy and medium bodied, nice carbonation and easy drinking. While it is quite drinkable, I don't plan on kicking back more than one of these in a night.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at whole foods. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A- three fingers of sudsy off white head from a hard pour that slowly settles to a small amount of cascading lace and a big ring. A good swirl brings the head right back. Hazy copper orange in color.

S- piles of citrusy hops and a mild sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit and oranges, tropical fruits. Honey and powdered sugar. The smell just intoxicates you as the brew warms. Simply amazing.

T- hops, hops, and some more hops. Grapefruit dominates but there's some pine apple and tangerine in there too. Some pine and a grassy herbal veg touch, but to a lesser extent. Malts are there but never steal the show. Brings to mind toasted wheat bread and some light brown sugar. Long semi astringent finish.

M- a step or two about medium in body and even one more step in carb that tingles the tongue aggressively.

D- this one is all about the hops and doesn't leave you short. Not for the faint of heart for sure. I took me some years to enjoy this brew but now I really dig it.

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

Stone Ruination has a well-earned reputation as one of the best DIPA's. Immediately after opening, the beer bursts with hop aroma, notably grapefruit and orange rind. The beer was a tawny amber with a centimeter of foam floating on top of the ale. The beer is fiercely bitter with a lot of West Coast hop flavors, especially putteringly bitter and acidic Cascade hops. The mouthfeel was oily and thick from the hop resins. The malt takes a backseat in this beer and the hops really sing. This is a great beer and highly recommended

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

Poured a hazy gold into a Duvel tulip with a minimal film of loose head. Sweet caramel aroma with elements of grapefruit and lemon.

Fairly high carbonation and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Burst of cane sugar and grapefruit up front, some passing toasty malts, and a long, dry, tart finish of hoppy citrus, pepper, and pine. Though the initial flavors are well-balanced and very nice, the long finish really dominates. Drinkable and very tasty; the bitterness builds in a very pleasant way as the beer warms.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a very nice strong straw yellow color with some orange hues and a nice haze. There is a .25 inch head that forms that is dense and white. Head recedes pretty quick but leaves some slight sticky lacing.

S - Tons of grapefruit sweetness balanced well with some nice delicious pale malt. The citrus is mostly present though with a slight flowery bouquet. Nice sweetness is present on the back end.

T - Strong orange and grapefruit sweetness comes up first quickly followed by the strong citrus burst. The citrus is not as overwhelming as expected because it is well balanced by some nice sweet and bready pale malt that comes in and out. There is some slight spice and vanilla that is present in this beer way on the back end. This beer is bitter and dry as it finishes very delicious and indicative of a DIPA.

M - Nice medium body with good balanced CO2 and flavors. Great dry feel and citrus tartness.

D - Yummy and refreshing. ABV is not too crazy.

Photo of brendan13
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy orange with a few centimetres of dense white head that hangs around.
S - Piney, citrus pith & floral hops dominate a slight underlay of bready maltiness.
T - More delicious piney & citrus hops again with a slight touch of bready malt.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with an aggresive bitterness. Medium to high carbonation.
D - A delicious DIPA that I could & would drink more of. Sadly it's not available here (with brewery approval anyway) so my buying will be limited because I want to respect the brewery.
Trying to brew something close to this is my homebrew goal.

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

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a murky yellow at first that settles into a golden yellow as it sits. It starts with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of hop aromas in the form of pine, grapefruit, and slight tropical fruits. This really smells great.

T: The tastes start with a punch in your mouth of bitterness and after your mouth adjusts you can taste grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. They really mean Ruination!

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. The carbonation is good for the style.

D: This is a good DIPA but the bitterness is a bit much for me. I would drink this again but it's one and done for me.

I've heard plenty about this beer and seen it on the shelves for a long time. Glad I finally tried this bad boy out.

Photo of silentjay
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange with a big off-white froth that sticks around a while and leaves tons of lacing with each sip.

aroma is hoppy greatness. lots of pine and biter citrus with some bready malts showing their support. The hop aroma in this one is epic.

Flavor is exemplary as well. tons of piney and juicy citrus hops blend well. a bit of fresh mint, lemon zest, orange juice, grapefruit juice, and flowers. malt is light, but is of light bread. Hops are the story here, and they are glorious.

a tad bit thin bodied with generous carbonation and tons of syrupy resin left long after the swallow that leaves a bitterness on the palate.

so easy to drink. tasty, refreshing with little alcohol harshness. One of my favorites, its even better fresh on tap.

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

A: Golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: light hoppy with a tiny bit of citrus.

T: Light with bright hop taste. Some grapefruit (including a bit of pith) and a touch of bitterness that stays through for a while after a sip.

M: Tight bubbles almost fizzy.

D: Refreshing - good during the summer.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a golden orange with yellow highlights. It has a frothy, white head, about 2 fingers, that dissipates rather quickly. Only a pinstripe head is left on the edge of the glass with average lacing.

S: Not a complex nose. Floral and citrus hops are evident with a malty backbone.

T: This beer has a balance flavor of bitter citrus hops and malts. The initial taste on the palate is sweet, then goes hoppy, and ends with a pleasant bitter finish. An aggreeable aftertaste, the malts create a nice back bone for this beer. However, this beer's flavor can be summarized in one sentence by a friend... "it taste like I'm chewing on an orange peel."

M: A lean texture with a medium body and carbonation.

D: It's a good IPA, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. Not my favorite beer of this style.

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

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Tan orange and amber, golden brown, 1/4 foamy head with some sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit, Hops oils, a little sugar and spice also.

Taste - Strong hops, bitter grapefruit,Hop oils and a little alcohol burn at first sip. After the hop crush hits you, then some sweet fruits and sugars come out to round this amazming beer out.

Mouthfeel - Its a d-ipa for sure. Its bitter and strong, tounge gets the numbed hop effect along with some fruits and sugars, palate gets more hops, and a finish of pine and sweet fruits. Aftertaste is very bitter, dry and piney.

Drinkability - Truely a world class ipa, very hoppy, and the alcohol isnt over the top. You must really enjoy hops to fully understand what this is all about. Still after years of drinking this, i can come back to it and enjoy as much today as yesterday. The price on this is a little much, 14-19$ a six pack, so when i do drink this, i buy a case to counter the overlal price per bottle. Its worth it, top 5 double ipa on the planet, enough said.

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

Tasted twice

Truly an IPA with flamboyant flavors that really pop. Behind the initial whiff of floral, citrus bitterness, was a wall of strong malt backbone which held the hoppiness in check. Clearly they were going for a style which would blow your socks off and they sure succeeded. If I had any criticism it is that it lacked a bit of complexity in the hoppiness...the strongest hops seemed to drown out the more floral elements a tad, sort of like an orchestra where the brass overshadows the woodwinds. For a comparable style with more complexity, at least in this man's opinion, try the Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Photo of dditto2
4/5  rDev -7%

I was afraid to review this beer unfairly, with it being the first stone ive drank since an unpleaseant expierience with arrogant bastard years ago, Ive since then aquired a taste for IPA's. Here goes.
1pt 6 oz bottle into oversize wine glass.

Golden n cloudy with a medium head slowy dissapating. Minumal carbonation. much lacing.

Aroma is very very citrusy. Extreme citrus is the only scent im picking up, quite nice.

Taste is very hoppy and citrus. A little over the top with hops but better than I expected, and exactly what they were going for. Also a bit piney. Very piney aftertaste.

Feels creamy and moderate carbonation.

Quite drinkable, better than I expected. Ive shyed away from the stones but this will definately open me back up to them. Quite a unique and pleasent expirience for the IPA drinker. As the bottle explains, not for the beginner! Will enjoy again, After I cycle through the Stones. Easy beer to drink too fast while reviewing! HA HA! DONT DRIVE!

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

bomber served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a hazy yellow/orangish tone; a little shy of two fingers' foamy white head; impressive retention and lacing. a handsome brew.

nose thumps you with a strong piney, citrusy gust of hops; that said, it's somewhat one-dimensional. despite ruination's reputation i've been more impressed by "lesser" DIPAs.

taste naturally follows with strong hoppy flavors - more floral than i picked up in the smell to accompany the citrus and pine; a touch of malt, and decided bitterness in the finish.

solid mouthfeel, crisp with a medium body. i would not object to another. in the end, a strong IPA/DIPA that holds its own... though likely more appealing to fans of the bitter end of the style's spectrum.

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

12 oz bottle of fridge poured into a pint glass. best before 7-8-2010, so a little over a month overdue, but i dont think it will hurt the 100+ ibu.

pours a hazy golden, orange, a little yellow when held up to the light. a nice 2 fingers head that was pretty retentive, left a nice 1/4 inch of creamy white foam. some nice lace.

i smelled them perfumey hops as soon as i cracked the cap. resinous perfumey hops dominate, some earthy, floral, and citrus notes. a nice caramel/ toasted grain malt backing. not bad, but ive smelled hoppier.

the taste is great. has a nice balance, but its a little more hoppy than malty. resinous perfumy hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit citrus, a little pine and maybe a little floral at times. a nice toasted grain/ caramel malt back. leaves a great lingering bitterness with undescribably great lingering flavors. kind of like a tasty mix of malts and hops that just come together to leave this great taste in your mouth that just dominates your palate. the finish is my favorite. almost worthy of a 5.

a great mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. medium to heavy feeling body. oily resinous hops just wreck your palate after each sip, i love it!

dangerous drinkability, the alcohol doesnt get in your way at all. i could sip this all night, i just wish i had more than this one 12 oz bottle.

ive had this before and ill definatly have it again. i would really like to try this fresher next time, but as is, it still tasted amazing. the aroma didnt really live up to my expectations, but the taste exceeded them by far. highly recommended DIPA in my book!

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

consumed 07-08-2010, 22oz bomber into pint glass.

appearance: pours a nice cloudy/hazy orange color with a clean, frothy 1.5 finger head.

smell: 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 & grapefruit. 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.

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

drinkability: for a Stone double IPA, very easy to put down. couldn't put the glass down. Solid!

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,081 ratings.