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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,387
Reviews: 3,075
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 399
Gots: 1,707 | FT: 10
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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Ratings: 10,387 | Reviews: 3,075
Photo of BeerLover99
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden yellow/orange hue, 1 finger head, solid lacing

S: whiff of pineapple + orange peel, big clean pine/grass

T: sweet citrus front, firm earthy pine middle, sticky long bitter finish

M: medium body, sticky/oily

O: A sessionable Double IPA? WOW! Stone just makes mighty fine beer.
Is this a weak Imperial IPA or powerhouse IPA?
Who cares? Just a damn fine beer.

This should be a sipper, but find myself wanting to gulp it down.


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

Picked up a bomber and let it sit angrily in the fridge for a few days.

Pours a cloudy light amber. Nice aroma of fresh lemon, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. I am ready to ignore the warning on the label and ruin myself. Here goes...

Woah baby! The hops bite into your tongue like fire ants. You get a crazy firefight of citrus on the back of your tongue. It's pointless to try to pick out individual flavors. Bitter bitter everywhere, with just a touch of malt sweetness.

I love these punchy, hoppy beers. Very crisp and potent. For me, this one has just reached the peak of the ``over-done-ness'' hill and has just started coasting down the other side (as opposed to Founders Double Trouble, which is right on point for my palate). I couldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting and I certainly couldn't drink it every day, but I'll definitely try it again sometime soon.

Photo of herman77
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden honey color with a small bone white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Very pungent hop perfume with sweet grapefruit, a bit of tropical notes and a dose of toffee malt.

T: Bitter and astringent. The hops are damn strong and long lasting. There is some tropical fruits trying to break through, but mainly its just the grapefruit and citrus hops that provide the subtle sweetness. There is a bit of malt lurking in the background to give a nice addition. Its just so bitter and palate destroying.

M: Medium to full body. Good level of carbonation. Dry because its so bitter in the finish.

O: Palate recking for sure. Because of that, its a little hard to drink more than one in a sitting and you can't have anything else if you really want to taste it after you drink this one. Kind of reminds me of a less sweet hopslam.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Another great beer from SB. Very similar to it’s little brother their standard IPA. Not as nice a head and presentation as the IPA. Clear light golden color with creamy, fluffy and tan head. This is a hop beast with hop aroma all over and bitter taste to perfection with nice malt balance to the finish. Big, smooth and creamy body. This is IPA - WANT HOPS!

Photo of wcintula
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've passed up numerous opportunities to try this beer, when finally I took the dive. Pours golden and a bit hazy with a small head, but seemingly proportionate for a 10 oz(?) pour. The smell is just a barrage of hop variety, floral, citrus pine. The taste hits you as such but a proper sweet malt spine to keep it all together. The pine flavor is the one that seems to stick and coat the palate. A very bitter beer, palate crushing as everyone has said. I would give higher on the mouthfeel, but I just feel it was a little too syrupy.

I drank this along with a salad of arugula, and other peppery leaves, which complimented the beer well. I guess I didn't drink the salad, though.

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

Finally was able to find a fresh bottle. It really pisses me off that even in California, it is very hard to find fresh Stone beers. This one doesn't expire until mid-June. Pours a bright, clear golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY hop forward. Lots of citrus aromas and hop aromas, mixed with very little malt and a ton of pine. Taste is initially citrus fruit, followed very closely by strong hop oil and intense bitterness. There is hardly any malt, which is what makes for a great west-coast IPA. There are some bread flavors as well. Tons of pine sap and just bitterness throughout each sip. Very intense IBUs here. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little sticky. Crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a great DIPA when it can be found fresh...which can be very difficult.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel Tulip.

A-Pours an almost completely clear,vibrant orange with a two inch creamy,alabaster crown that shrunk to half it's size after a few minutes but lasted for the duration of the pint and left chunky ribbons of lace.

S-This beer reeks of hop muscle.Some tropical notes,big floral qualities,slick and clean pine,tangy grapefruit and raw hop flowers.The toffee-like malt that is there is faint at best.

T-Delivers as advertised on the nose.Bright citrus(grapefruit,Meyer lemon),pine sap,hop oil,perfumey hops,some musky tropical fruit.Beautifully bitter but not recklessly so.Flavors are bold and aggressive but this beer is not predictable.

M-Bitter and unctuous in the best sense of those words.This beer has bite and the bite stays with good carbonation and a medium/full body from start to finish.

O-This beer delivered on all fronts.I can't wait to have it again.

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

Brilliant clear golden color with lots of effervescence and color. Nice white head and medium to low lacing.

Smell is serious... nice and balanced hops. No overwhelming fruit/bitter aroma. Notes of tropical fruit and bitter.

Taste is astringent and balanced. A nice bitter backbone balanced with some sweet fruit and malt.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry, sweet, and bitter!!!

Overall this is a solid brew and I'd like to try it just a tad fresher!!!

Photo of quine
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange-amber with a fluffy white head. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is fairly light.

S: Huge aromas of hops. Lots of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. I can also smell a sweet malty backbone.

T: Intense flavors of pine and citrus. Intense bitterness that lingers for almost too long. Malts are barely there.

M: Medium carbonation. Finishes dry and a little sticky.

D: No trace of the ABV. Flavors are good. Aromas are fantastic. However, the bitterness was a bit overwhelming for me. Not a huge fan of the palate wrecking aspect.

Photo of jggibbs
2.8/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a pint glass

Crystal clear yellow gold with a slight orange tint. A big fluffy white head with some visible carbonation

Smells of pine and citrus. Some sweetness is there as well. The scent is much like their standard IPA just more intense. This one lets you know its gonna get you.

The taste is much the same, just in GREAT excess. This one hits you... hard. Big bitter hop flavor, right up front. Pine is right behind, if not right along side the bitter taste. Then a tart citric flavor of lemon and orange comes in. After I swallowed, that bitterness comes back and bites yet again.

Feels medium bodied. This one had a real astringent quality to it. There's this stinging feeling, kind of like the way sucking on a lemon feels, bitter, tart and harsh. Difficult to get down at times. The drying quality of the alcohol comes in at the very end.

I enjoy hoppy IPAs but this one is just too much. The flavors are there but are there in EXCESS. Hops. Pine. Citrus. All there. All in a big big way. Stone's regular IPA is delicious, far more enjoyable and much more drinkable for my palate.

Photo of liamt07
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum, served in a tulip.

Pours a bright orange, with a dense couple of fingers of creamy white head. Retains its head nicely, and laces fantastically. Nose has loads of citrus, mango, orange, some dank and loads of tropical notes all around. Taste is bitter right off the bat, less maltiness and all citrus/tropical fruits. Some pine makes its way in there too. Heavy bitterness with a mouthfeel that lingers immesely. No alcohol. Awesome IPA overall, this one rips enamel and does so with style and flavour.

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

Pours a clear yellow golden color with off white head. Laced down my glass.

Citrus and pine hops invade the nose, but not overpower it. It's a very good smell. After sifting through this a bit there's a nice malt.

Huge bitter earthy american hops up front. Citrus gathers through the middle and after several sips a malt began appearing. Some tropical sweetness in the middle. Profound hop bitter finish. The after is bitter and a nice orange taste. Subtle spicy alcohol notes compliment the hops for the finish.

Medium to light mouthfeel

Overall, hoppy. I think that there were hops. And also the hops were good. But yeah this thing balanced increasingly as I sipped and subdued malt sweetness developed well. It's good.

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

22oz. Bomber poured in two parts into a pint sized tulip glass.

Loose foamy head sits atop a hazy orange ale. Small groups of sticky lace. Grassy, spicy hop nose. Sharp, dry, crisp. Huge bitterness coats the back of your throat. Sweet dark malt evens things out. Resinous sticky pine bitterness lingers, no real leafy presence. Alcohol, gin hits fast. Palate ruining bitterness smacks your throat hard, but isn't that the point? Still quafable. I'd attempt to stick with this beer for a session if I found it on tap, but it would be a short night!

Photo of clivem
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short review here. This is my first time having this beer. Poured from a 22 ouncer into a mug. Color is a nice clear amber. Lacing stays long after the beer is gone. Smell is amazing, citrus and pine. Taste is phenomenal, definitely one of favorite beers, had a Sierra Nevada torpedo IPA not long ago and this in my opinion blows that out of the water. Definitely worth the high price tag, will buy again and again.

Photo of Jparkanzky
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a 12oz bottle with my wife, poured into a pint glass.

A) Light/golden color, small white head that lingers but doesn't stick much to the glass.

S) Some hops and citrus are the most prevalent.

T) Wow.... a lot of citrus and hops fight for center stage.... overall it's a very citrus-heavy DIPA.

M) Dry, and overall typical of the style, but I think there is a little more alcohol bite than I would expect from a beer with such a low ABV at 7% or so.

O) Tasty, I just wish the weather outside would cooperate so I could enjoy this refreshing brew even more. I have the remainder of the 6-pack that I'm sure to enjoy.

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.67/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes taken on 4-8-11.

Light gold color is held within my Darkness snifter. Six feet of head that lasts forever. Very light pine and citrus on the nose. This smells pretty good.

I wish it tasted as good as it smells. I think there could be a tad more carbonation. Bitter pine is up front. Hop bite is non existent.Slightly dry on the backend. I will say as the beer warmed the taste did improve.

Way to go Stone for making a terrible example of a dipa. People are excited about the brewery being released here. I am not in that camp. This beer is less than stellar. So why should my beer dollars be given to a less than average product when there is local superiority already established? Good luck Stone you are going to need it. Surly is king in this state and you will soon find out.

Photo of MaxSpang
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a snifter

First off - WOW! This is extremely intense beer!

Appearance - One of the best-looking IIPA's - and beers in general - I've ever seen. A beautiful crystal clear orange color. The head was a good 2 fingers and was off-white, almost a slight orange color. It looked like apple juice with a foamy head. Looking at this beer in a snifter would make your mouth water!

Smell - Definite hop presence (duh). American hops - citrusy, orange-grapefruit almost. A slight fruity characteristic and a little bit of malty sweetness.

Taste - KA-POW! I wonder why they call it Ruination... Right away, ridiculous bitterness from the hops. I am 3/4 of the way through the bottle now, and so far they are still hanging around. My tongue is sort of adjusting, but I still taste a huge amount of the bitterness. Usually with IPAs and IIPAs, the bitterness sort of disappears after about halfway through the bottle. Not this one! There's a lot of orange flavor, as well as some slight piney-ness. Very slight grapefruit flavor, especially compared to other IIPAs (Double Trouble, Pliny, etc). There's a slight lemony characteristic - more so in the "sting" than flavor. After awhile, there's a fruity/malty sweetness but I have to say it's kind of difficult to find it on the tongue due to the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A moderate body on this one, not as thick as other IIPAs I have had. There's a little bit of carbonation toward the beginning, but not nearly enough to scrub the tongue. There's also a slight sting from the bitterness - the kind of thing that would make you really notice a mouth sore if you had one. All of that being said, though, it is quite drinkable. It's very smooth once you get past the hop mine field.

Overall - This is not your average, every day IPA! I have a friend who dislikes hops and he said this beer was the worst thing he has ever had. I disagree with him, but I will definitely agree that if you don't like hops then you should STEER CLEAR from this beer (it says so right on the bottle!). If you are a hop head (like me), then you will find this beer quite enjoyable and very, very interesting! I feel like if you drank this too often, you would no longer be able to taste hop bitterness.

It's definitely a tasty beer, I found it quite enjoyable and I would definitely drink it again! (But not too often)

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

Full bomber poured into a 24-oz glass, golden, slightly bubbly, with two fingers of head, leaving lacing. Smell was an inviting blast of pine and citrus-grapefruit. The taste was one-dimensionally resin bitter with little if any balance. Of course thats by design, but it's somewhat over the top for me.

I'd be willing to revisit it occasionally, but it always ruins my palate..

Revisited 7/2012:

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, zingy carbonation very nice. Synergies apparent with the citric, tropical hop favors doused in a provident malt base. Does tend to get dry, and dries out the palate, but nonetheless it's very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Photo of loobear
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body has a golden haze color with visible carbonation. Thick white head with medium retention. Smells sweet like candy. Strange.

Given the name, I was ready for a rather intense IPA. Kind of disappointing in that regard. Has a harsh finish. Decent flavor, I suppose, but not too much complexity. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Challenging to swallow.

One of these will do. Don't think I'll go out of my way to have another.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.64/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tapped into a tulip.

Appearance - Pale hazy amber body. Small head with decent to low retention.

Smell - Very complex and grassy. Slight manure smell. Very distinct wet paint smell with a hint of mold. Good smell other than the wet paint off-smell that can't be unsmelled.

Taste - Astringent taste combined with the smell makes me think of paint remover.

Mouthfeel - Good smooth mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability - The wet paint smell was a beer ruiner. Talk about ruination. Had high hopes for this beer coming in, so I'm surprised that this was such a let down. Maybe I got unclean glassware, or there were bad tap lines, but for whatever reason this is the first high expectation beer that has bombed so horribly for me in a long time.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Mad Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a Golden copper colour witha decent head that dies quickly, but does lace the glass

S - Plenty of piney aromas and grapefruit

T - Heaps of grapefruit present, with citrus and pine apple as a backup. Bitter and grassy on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and plenty of carbonation.

O - A really good IPA with plenty going on

Photo of Penguin3200
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber of stone ruination this afternoon. Glad to have this in Minnesota now. Nice color of golden amber and a nose of citrus piney lemony goodness. Tasted just hits on the palate! Love it. Finish is not quite there with abrasive, but like the hops an bitter it brings. Great brew.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured cloudy and bright yellow into the glass with one finger of frothy head that laced like a monster.

S: Pungent angry hops, lots of alcohol, maybe even some rubbing alcohol, hop oil. As it warms the hop profile blossoms into spiciness, mild citrus, more pine and some biscuit.

T: Bitterness hits me upfront, then the white grapefruit, some citrus, mild pineapple. I do get a sense of tropical fruit notes people mention but not sure I could have identified it on my own. The biscuits come in and quickly depart allowing the acidic alcohol notes to pull you into another round of herbal and grassy notes before a big bitter finish that. Insane blend of hops and malt.

M: Thick and full.

O: Strange hop bomb. It comes on super bitter and alcoholic but turns out to be very interesting mix of citrus, earthiness and pale malt. Let it warm a bit and then marvel at it.

Photo of danielsonc
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer stood up to the typical stone philosophy - bold hoppiness. I do enjoy a great IPA and this is definitely one of those. Though this beer does not tickle my IPA tongue fancy. The bitterness of the beer is not balanced with anything. I feel like stone just put a bunch of hops in without anything else. If there is anything else added to the beer it cannot be tasted due to the overpowering plethora of hops. I think a delicious IPA needs to have that bold hopiness added with a nice balance. The nose on the beer is amazing and choc full of hops. The taste and mouthfeel left me wanting something to counter the bitterness a bit. Overall a great beer for straight up hops but my taste buds wanted something that mellowed that boldness

Photo of BertoEwry
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second favorite IPA...Pliny the Elder is first. Amazing flavor and bitterness. A refreshing amount of hops. Very clean tasting. Overall, one of my favorite beers. Too bad a 6 pack at bev mo is around $15 :( If you want an IPA that really stands out, this is more than what you are looking for.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,387 ratings.