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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,728 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,728
Reviews: 2,991
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 346
Gots: 1,183 | FT: 8
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)
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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lucid, dazzling orange that is blindingly bright when held into the light. Whether it's a naturally occurring haze or those florid rays that bewilder the eyes, one or the other is preventing me from seeing my finger on the other side. Its surface is bundled up with a thin but bubbly strip of white twine.

Chinook and Centennial hops make for a heavenly scented balm. We've since seen this again and again with American IPAs (and DIPAs) but Ruination may have been the first and the one that continues to most clearly illustrate it. Its perfumy solution combines festering, candied and ethanol-soaked citrus fruits and tickles the nose like a feather.

Dissecting these hops turns up flavours of spiked coconut milk, candied pink grapefruit and bubble-gum wrapped tangerine wedges. The flavour is fresh, fruity, floral and lively - like a citrus fruit salad infused with crushed mint leaves, roasted pine nuts and drizzled in honey.

The malts are not entirely inconsequential either. Bready, bakery-fresh muffins and syrup coated pastries make a fairly sturdy base for all this acidic, near-spicy hoppiness. The bitterness isn't crushing, as its name would suggest, it's brisk and snippy and massages the tongue. One thing it isn't is overpowering.

In fact, I'm looking forward to having, not a full bomber, but a full growler of this to drink today. The beer is quenching, its electric blanket-like warming effect notwithstanding. The alcohol is ever-present but fuses well into the acidic citrus. Besides, I'd much rather take the extra percent or two and go with the Ruination over Stone's regular IPA.

Ruination IPA will ruin your chances of ever enjoying an industrially produced lager again. It will ruin your taste for mass-processed beer and even ruin your tolerance for others drinking them. This is a lesson in how beer should be made: with character and with pride. Look at the American micro scene - Ruination IPA has actually built a lot.

biegaman, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one before, but thought it was time to put a review up after getting it again...
Pours a clear marigold color with miniscule bubbles on the sides, minor lacing following down the glass.

Smells of an evergreen forest and a slightly sweet afterthought.

Tastes extremely piney, almost like I have been chewing on a pine tree. Extremely bitter with some two row malt flavor which becomes hardly noticeable with the overpowering flavor from all of the pine hops.

Medium mouthfeel, and a dry afterbite make this drinkable. If you love northern pine, drink away. You may feel like a logger after drinking this one.

alpinebryant, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of jd6stringman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a brighter taste, but overall not a bad beer. The finish is what one would expect from an IPA, but the mid was a little off as far as I am concerned. This would work well if it had more of an Imperial feel too it. Overall, I would not buy it again, but it was certainlly worth the money to try it.

jd6stringman, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Sunshine orange with a two inch rocky head that dissapates to a half inch frothy white wisp and ample lace.

Smells of juicy ripe citrus fruit, earthy lemon grass and spicey herbs.

Taste is explosive cirtus hops, ripe mellon blended with carapil malts a wonderful blance in the middle and a bitter slick finish with lingering spicey hot pepper.

Love it! Complex, and enjoyably drinkable.

GordonQuid, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of ChugsMugs
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light orange peel brown. smaller head, and mild lacing on the way down.

S- sweet at first but then a little tartness comes in towards the end. Flowers and fruits.

T- Pow. extra bitter goodness. Bitter orange/grapefruit peel.

M- light and easy to drink. crisp, refreshing.

D- very well put together. a tought looking label for a tough beer to put down.

ChugsMugs, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of PappinAce
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Had this in a snifter-style glass out of a bottle. It poured a nice golden yellow, almost resembled a pale lager. Not much head after the initial pour, maybe a half-inch thin layer. Strong lacing throughout the duration of the drink.

Smell: This is rather aromatic. A few fruits hit you up front, mainly citrus and orange notes.

Taste: Now this is unique. It starts off with a slight hint of malt, but it is soon brushed aside by the dominant flavor of citrus, which bridges the gap from the smell. This is literally the most bitter beer I've ever had, but it fits rather well considering the citrus-y, orange-y flavors. Imagine taking a bite out of a lemon. This all sticks with you on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: HOPS HOPS HOPS. My tongue got raped by hops, took me completely by surprise. It complimented the flavor well though, and they pop around on your tongue after you've swallowed the sip. The alcohol presence isn't too hidden; you can feel a sort of tangy kick to the alcohol. It was stronger than I expected; one bottle buzzed me, but then again I hadn't eaten in like seven hours beforehand.

Drinkability: Exceptional. It was weird at first, but the hops lingered around on my tongue and made me want more. As I grew used to it, I realized that the bitterness actually gives this one its defining characteristic. This is the Stone's unique quality that really gives it personality, and it grew on me.

It was good, but not something I would drink over and over again. I don't agree with the "world's best IPA" label it seems to get.

PappinAce, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this on the top 100 list so I bought a bomber.

Poured into a 16oz. glass. Had an orange/golden color with cloudiness. A nice head clinging to the glass throughout. The hops, I loved the hoppiness.

Very crisp and refreshing to drink.

I'm going back for more

InspectorBob, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Arrives a nice tawny golden with a layer of off white head, light lacing down the glass.

Nose is all hops, oranges, grapefruits, pine resin, floral, a touch soapy but bright and beautiful.

This is pretty much an all out hop attack and yet it doesn't seem overwhelmingly unbalanced, reminds me a little of Green Flash's IIPA. Tons of hop bite, lemons, grapefruit, tall on the pine resin, just a hint of malt to ride shotgun and keep it from being all hops. Bright carbonation, a really drinkable IIPA.

Need a hop fix? Hard to say no to this one. Looking for balance? Probably not your thing. As for me, loved it.

ritzkiss, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Shakujin
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination IPA

Appearance:Very light, cloudy, orangish color, perhaps 7 SRM. Poured off tap into pint.

Smell: Very hoppy, cant pick out any specific hops, although citrus is certainly predominant

Taste: Burns so good! Very hoppy and tangy. I think I can taste the liquor and the malts but mostly the hops are just destroying my palate. Maybe its due to that but I thought I got something liquorish like for a second there. The finish is well, it doesn't really finish at all, hops just stay with you. Very harsh, yet refreshing

Mouthfeel: Light and burny.

Drinkability: Fantastic sort of a catch 22, its probably not the kind of beer you want to drink a lot of , but once you start drinking it your not going to be able to drink anything else. So, quite drinkable. I had three

Shakujin, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $6.25 at local health food store.

From the label: "God bless the yeast, the malt, and the HOPS!"

Amen. Good beer and faith mix just fine with me.

A-Pours a beautiful orange amber with a two finger head that recedes into a sticky lace all the way down my glass, whether I drink this slow, or faster. A nice effect. Head is bone white.

S-Wow. Very fragrant hops. Piney and citrus. Reminds me of very ripe, sweet tangerines. This is wonderful.

T-Bitter. Yeah, bitter. Insane at 100+. Stone won't disclose the IBUs, at least not publicly. Ruinous to the palette? Could be for some, but not mine. I guess mine has been matriculated. Gotta read the label. I love Stone's labels. There is just enough malt presence to balance this. But the overwhelming flavor characteristic is bitterness. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Surprisingly smooth for a beer this bitter and with a 7.7% ABV. Carbonation is spot on. Not as smooth as Russian River's PtE, but very nice.

This is a very good DIPA, but not great IMO. I gave drinkability a lower score since there are other much more affordable DIPAs, including PtE, that are better, or nearly as good. I especially enjoyed this today after my 100-mile Salem Bicycle Club "Peach of a Century" bicycle ride after enjoying Arrogant Bastard Ale. A nice combination on what appears the last warm day of summer-early autumn in the PNW.

velosuds, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of pmccallum86
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 22 oz snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, thick creamy head which leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell is of hops, very hoppy nose. Citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes.

Definitely lives up to the name, a ruinous amount of hops, very bitter with a smooth malty finish which nicely compliments the bitter hops. Lots of hop oils, bitter hop tastes which linger for minutes on the tongue.

Thick viscous mouthfeel, medium carbonation which feels very refreshing in the mouth.

Great DIPA, just not very drinkable, one bomber is enough. Ruination is on the more bitter end of the DIPA spectrum, but this is a must try for hop heads everywhere.

pmccallum86, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of ITK4ever
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take Stone IPA and hop-it-up several notches. Terrific amber/orange color and a clean white head on the pour. The aroma is much stronger than most double IPA's due to the quality of hops used...you can tell. Lacing is absolutely beautiful. You can tell Stone takes great pride in this offering....from every detail. If you're not that into hops, you will hate this beer. It's not balanced at all, nor is it intended to be. This is a must on every hop-head's list.

ITK4ever, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Genuine
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

Poured a dark gold in color, with a nice off white head

Smell - This one smells absolutely amazing. It is unbelievable the aroma that this one puts out. Lots of citrus notes, pine, grapefuit. Smells good in the bottle, but even better when poured.

Taste - this is probably one of the best IPA's i've had so far. I've had a few east coast IPA's and this is my first westcoast IPA. The hops are definitely different for sure, but this is a good difference. Very crisp, lots of citrus and pine notes, defiitely not over the top hops, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel - I would have to say it has a medium body.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these without any problems at all.

Genuine, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another silkscreened bottle with the usual daunting "Stone Story" on the back. I don't know why but like a fluffer girl, it's putting me in the mood and getting me ready before I bust it open to enjoy.

Review notes taken from a month ago: 8/20/09

Pours a pale yellow/light orange color with a hearty head of single finger semi off-whiteness. Smell is wonderfully filled with hops boasting citrus, pine, grass and nearly lemon-like aroma as well. Taste is a blast of hop bitterness, almost oil-like the way the bitterness rolls around the tongue. However, it gives way to malt sweets as well. Finish is long and bitter reminding me for some reason of the sacks of lupulin clinging to hops responsible for this madness taking place in my mouth right now. Could easily drink another but my ability to taste is now desensitized...I'll save another bottle for a different day.

stakem, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Rguardian989
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served into a pint cup from a 22 oz bomber

A- Beautiful clear pale orangey color with a thick cream (and creamy) head, leaves lacing everywhere

S- HOPS! Citrus and Grapefruit and of course piney, malt comes out as it warms

T- wonderful. i was expecting a lot more hop bite, especially considering the 100+ IBU's. Having said that I'm not at all disappointed with the flavor. its very smoothed out, the malt balances it out perfectly although it is balanced toward hops (the way i like it)
although i cant taste anything else anymore but that's okay because i dont know why you would want to
the alcohol isnt present at all althought my head can tell very soon after that there is a lot in there.
malty ending just before the hoppy, long lasting finish

M - very smooth and viscous. love it

D - i could drink this all day long if i didnt get pretty buzzed off of one bomber bottle of it

Notes - another wonderful beer by the guys at stone. i love it.

Serving type: bottle

Rguardian989, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of wknight167
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy light copper with a one finger head that sticks around about half way through the glass. Strong lacing.

Nose- Complex hoppiness. Grapefruit and pine with floral notes.

Palate- Malts come through first just for a moment as the hops start their show. Aroma, flavor, bitter, all were very nicely done and compliment each other. Spicy/floral at first followed by a kick in your mouth grapefruit/pine.

Mouthfeel- Not too thick and syrupy like some DIPAs. In fact very nice.

Drinkability- After the first, I thought extremely high. After the third, not quite so high. A few of these really dry your mouth out.

Overall- Great name for a great beer.

wknight167, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of devilben02
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You're not cool unless you drink this beer. The name is cool, the bottle is extra cool, and the contents are terrific. Poured into a snifter, it has a cloudy orange color with a foamy, cream-colored head that dissipates to leave a bit of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is pungent with scents of grapefruit and pine hops. The first sip is powerfully bitter without being overwhelming. The next taste is a big gulp that leaves my tongue saturated with hop oils so that the bitterness lingers for a few seconds. Despite this powerful hop character, you could almost call the flavor balanced because of the bit of malt sweetness, and the carbonation makes it go down surprisingly easy. It is just fun to have this beer in the fridge, because every once in a while you want to be reminded how you can brutally assault your taste buds and enjoy every sip of it.

devilben02, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of TheFlern
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Appearance: Pours a nice orange with about half an inch of pale tan head. Fairly good lacing.

Smell: Floral and sweet. Very good hops were used and it comes through in the aroma.

Taste: Big hoppy taste! No attempt at balance this is hop heaven :)

Mouthfeel: Hoppy resin makes this beer very smooth on the tongue. Lots of bitterness can be found in this beer.

Drinkability: I love this beer. Its very enjoyable and you want to pace yourself because it tastes soooo good. A very enjoyable beer and the glass won't leave your hand once you poor this beauty.

TheFlern, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. A dark cloudy golden brew with a small head that didn't last long enough. Maybe it was too cold.
Sm. Very very strong grapefruit/citris aroma.
Ta. Follows the smell, almost overpowering grapefruit tartness. Very clear and strong hoppiness. I think too strong for my taste.
Mf. Clean and sharp and tart...pucker up.
Dr. It's very good, but there really are others that I would prefer.

deaconoflove, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of mikel52588
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-tan beer with an impressive 3 finger length head that slides down the sides as it dissipates and leaves a thick lacing behind.

Smell: Piney scent is screaming for attention; then you have citrus and some sweeter malty scents, Hops are all over the place

Taste: Amazing. All I want to taste right now is this, its basically a perfect double IPA. Its so balanced and tasty, mmm. If you like double IPA's you HAVE to try this beer at least once. My new favorite. Hoppiness is right where you want it, and there are hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky, carbonation is light but right where it needs to be, aftertaste is bitter but good.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Its sooo good. If you love double IPA's the way I do you will never want to put this one down.

mikel52588, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden pint from a 12 oz with a nice fat frothy head that leaves behind gobs of lacing as it crawls down the pint.

Smell: This thing is jam-packed with hops. Smells like a pintful of freshly picked hops with an abundant floral aroma with a mix of piney and citrusy intricacys as well. Once your nose fights its way through the forest of hop fields it finds an aroma only comparable to a thick cake batter with a touch of honey.

Taste: The taste is monumental to say the least. So many complex flavors and i guess the only reasonable place to start is with those lovely green cones from heaven. Hops in a bottle but none of them make you pucker more of a tingling grapefruit-esq. The malt swings in like a saving grace to allow you to recover from the palate punch of the lupulin. There is some definite esters here but nothing overpowering, as are all of the flavors: balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light bodied and quite carbonated, but my what an aftertaste that I welcome. Signature 'stone was here' hop oil fiesta.

Drinkability: Pass me another this one went down too smooth for its own good. Does as the name says. Cyanara Palate!

Overall: Hop bomb for a hop head.. what can i say. Nirvana.

craftaholic, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Diablerie
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute favorite of mine.

Appearance - A sharp yellow-orange coloration, with a nice, frothy white head.

Aroma - A powefully florid smell--the brew is loaded with an arsenal of hops. Definitely notice a bit of a pine scent to it as well. It's a blitz of smells, but overall, I think florid is the best word. The scent of the malt isn't very strong.

Taste - Hops. And some other stuff. No, but seriously, it's difficult to pick apart the hoppiness into its components, not being a trained beer taster and all that. What I can say is that it's a very satisfying level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - a bit thick and chewy, if chewy is the right word for it. I do have to admit, the satisfaction of this beer lingers all the way from the first scent of it all the way to its absorption into your bloodstream. Mouthfeel is no exception here.

Drinkability - If you have a taste for bitterness and hop bombardment then it is quite drinkable, but it rides the cusp of being a bit too intense. That's probably why I enjoy it so much.

All in all, one of the best examples of an Imperial IPA.

Diablerie, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a white head that thins. A tiny bit of lacing, but not much.

Aroma is stunning and bright with floral and citrus notes. Flavor is almost entirely of hops. Strong bitterness and grapefruit flavors, with pine and citrus. A bit of sweet malts in the background. The hop bitterness lingers in the back of your mouth leaving you wanting more. No strong alcohol flavors. Body is light and carbonation is moderate and pleasant. Overall a pretty good DIPA.

mjaskula, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This was one of the first beers that got me into craft, as surprising as that might be. First tried a bottle at House of Brews in NYC in 2007 and was enthralled by the long, arrogant description on the bottle.

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a nice off-white head and good lacing.

S - Really hoppy, resinous aroma with lots of citrus/grapefruit, pretty typical of Stone's hop profile. A little sweet malt pokes through. Smells great.

T - Hits you hard off the bat with big-time hop bitterness and finishes just as strong. Piney, citrusy, and unapologetic. Nice caramel malt and grapefruit flavors.

M - Surprisingly smooth finish. Medium-full bodied for a west coast DIPA with slight syrupiness and some citric astringency.

D - Well, this kills your palate, but recently after the number of hop bombs I've had, I've found this to have at least average drinkability.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold, hint of red, with tight lumpy white head. Big honeysuckle, citrus flower, lemon zest + skunk nose. Poundcake sweet malts cut by Creamsickle, orange Bubblicious, chalk and mint leaf hops. Amazingly long puckering astringent nettle sustain. Sticky enough; round; slight burn.

For all the talk of ruin, there's a good malt backbone. Don't really feel the 100 IBUs anymore than I would 70. Intricate hops, though, good West Coast IPA.

StJamesGate, Sep 10, 2009
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,728 ratings.