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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: 398
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Ratings: 10,387 | Reviews: 3,075
Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 1-26-11.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light pale golden yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head that settles and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Very citrusy nose. Pungent grapefruit, some tropical fruits, bitter hoppiness.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and hops, some tropical fruit and some malty sweetness at the end, but this is a very hop-driven beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: One of my favorite Stone beers that is easily accessible. Not quite the same league as the "big boys" but it is a very very enjoyable beer that I'm never disappointed by.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Best by 02-29-11. Nice hazy orange color with a bit of sticky lacing left by a one finger head.

The aroma is very citrusy. It smells like orange candy; like one of those orange slices. Maybe a bit of thyme also. Good strong aroma on this one.

The taste is dry from start to finish. Very bitter on the finish. Notes of grapefruit are very prominent. Actually, the aftertaste reminds me of grapefruit zest. Near perfect balance for the style.

The carbonation is nice and lively on this one; bringing out more bitter flavors.

This is a benchmark example of the style. I will always get it when fresh.

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

Large rocky head--quite white. Leaves chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is mildly foggy. The color is dirty gold.

Fresh evergreen and grapefruit hop smell.

Starts with a pale malt flavor but this gives way to strong bitterness, particularly in the swallow and aftertaste. Moderate body with a slightly below-average carbonation. A hop lovers dream.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: full of citrus and floral hops with a touch of grapefruit

Ap: copper, with a 1½ finger off-white head, minimal lacing

B/T: moderate carbonation, very clean and refreshing in the mouth

Af: plenty of hops but balanced nicely with sweet maltiness. citrus and floral hops are both present. hint of pine.

O: easily drinkable, well balanced IPA


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


This is an intense beer.

From bottle, into Goblet. Initially, there is not a lot of foam, but what is there is exceptionally fragrant.

Extremely floral.

First sip is intense, heavy "bitterness" is deliciously floral and hoppy. As the bottle says, it's not for the beginning IPA drinker.

Surprisingly fresh on the palate, and definitely leaves a heavy floral aftertaste. No dryness, and is alcoholic, but not too much. I'm enjoying sipping this beer right now.

Swishing the beer reveals some tart grapefruity flavors, but not too much.

This is a fantastic beer, but I would recommend one bottle at a time.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange, off-white head with some lacing

S - First scent was a lot of hops. Some scents of orange peel underneath. A deeper smell reveals some hints of pine and floral. Very nice.

T - A full amount of bitterness. Definitely a heavy floral taste, not unpleasant. A little hint of fruitiness in there, even some of that orange that was smelled. I almost sensed a little bit of smokeyness on the finish.

M - Very fresh. Lightly carbonated, for as bitter as the beer is, it doesn't really leave the mouth feeling dry. A bit of alcohol on the aftertaste. Balanced fairly well.

D - It's a strong beer. The aftertaste leaves a bit of lingering alcohol, so I found myself sipping this beer and waiting for the next draw

Overall - Certainly not a weak beer. I decided to take my time with this beer and enjoyed it quite a bit. The alcohol is a little strong in the taste, but not overwhleming. Overall, quite good.

Photo of cmq103
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was first exposed to this on draft at the 2009 Sippin by the River event at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing in Philly. This was the best beer served there by far that day, prompting me to reminisce by buying several 22oz bottles this week to sip and enjoy at home.

A: This was poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass for review. The hazy copper color was appealing, as was the moderate size off-white head. Spotty lacing clung to the sides of my glass as it emptied.

S: This is one of the best smelling DIPA's that I have encountered. Strong citrus, hoppy, grapefruit aroma. I truly enjoyed inhaling this with each and every sip. Top notch for Stone!!

T: My palate was assaulted by massive hop flavors, exactly what I expected and wanted from a DIPA. Wow!!! Pine and juicy grapefruit flavors follow the initial hop bite, finishing with a slight malty, nice hoppy backend bite.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel with a perfect level of carbonation to titilate the tongue.

D: Every anticipated sip led to me wanting more and more. Sure it's not the typical session beer with the higher, very well hidden ABV. I could easily find myself having two or three of these in one sitting without feeling the least bit guilty about what I paid per bottle. Outstanding beer and must try for DIPA fans!!! One of the top five in DIPA's in my opinion.

Photo of kaseydad
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber pour into a snifter to get all the aroma I can. Pours a nice golden apricot color with a white foam head that quickly disappears. The aroma is great. Pungent grapefruit, light floral and hoppy goodness. The taste is a grapefruit blast followed by a hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Very long finish. Non-hophead's please look elsewhere. While there is a lot of in your face bitterness this is quite drinkable. 7.7% enables multiples and the beer is great which makes me want more. I know this is a little pricey for a sixer or bomber but in the end it is well worth the dinero. Great stuff.

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

Poured into a Weizen Glass from a 22oz. bottle.

A - Hazy amber color with an off-white head of about two-fingers.

S - Yeasty, grapefruit, with a little hint of pine.

T - Very nicely balanced IPA with requisite hop presence, sweet maltiness and a clean and refreshing.

M - medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Lingering hop dryness on the tongue

D - Deliciously drinkable. A liquid poem to the glory of the hop.

Photo of bbb099
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Shared with mjyoung.

A - Pours a clear, deep amber with an ivory-colored head.

S - Ample herbal hops accompanied with a substantial alcohol aroma and some grains & malt on the side.

T - Strong bitter hops that lingers for awhile. Some alcohol taste on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and decent carbonation. Nice and malty, not watery at all.

D - Drinkability was not bad, though I expected less liquor-ish aroma and aftertaste.

Photo of welldigger888
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an ABA shaker pint, growler was filled from a 3 week old keg. Poured a golden hue with some orangish hints, fluffy snow white head & outstanding lace blankets glass.
Strong hop nose that runs herbal perfume pine resonous & grapefruit rind.
WOW, LOVE THIS STUFF!!!Thick bready malt holds up well to a hop forward flavor profile here.Sticky pine reson citrus grapefruit with a long bitter dry finish.
Oily creamy mouth on this.
Love it, drink it!!!

Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A healthy dark amber/brown. One finger off-white head.

S: Strong fresh stingy/spicy hop aroma. Honey sweetness, thick sweet malts. Booze is well hidden.

T: Brilliantly fresh and extreme hop flavor! Syrupy sweet body with a bitter upfront. Floral and gentle, but MANLY. A fantastically balanced flavor. Really refreshing.

M: Full body, medium to high carbonation. Smooth and dry, yet very refreshing.

D: Love it. A great IPA for hop-heads.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew will cause my ruination. One finger head of white foam, some lace, but little cling. Color gets the rating better, lovely hazy 7 on the SRM chart, looks very drinkable. Smells are aromas of more citrus than is in the book. Taste are flavors of lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pine, pine wood...bark, earthy nodes. Full of bounce in my mouth, filling, creamy. Great bitter beer...but I chew on lemons. More for my pleasure.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a half inch of suds with good lacing of the glass. The appearance is cloudy and golden. The aroma is strong with citrus hops. The taste is lightly malty and strongly bittered with hops, 80 IBU at least. The body is medium heavy with a clean finish.

This is an excellent imperial IPA, highly enjoyable. I'll be looking for it.

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

A: Poured a very cloudy bright orange color with about a finger's worth of solid, marshmallow-like head that melted down to a mere ring around the brew within seconds. Beautiful!

S: Not totally in-your-face, but a nice citrus scent of grapefruit, orange, and a good bit of hops. There was a nice fruit (almost candy) sugar presence as the beer warmed.

T: This was a tongue bruiser and then some. All 100 IBUs attacked my palate at once and didn't let go. The bitterness reminded me of the same sort of taste one gets from biting into an unsweetened chocolate bar. I don't believe that was alcohol that dried my palate on the finish...

M: Like I stated, extremely bitter, but the nice bubbly carbonation aided somewhat in cutting it. Not much sugary-syrupiness here which I appreciated.

D: It said on the bottle to store at cellar temperature. I know this is an IPA, but if you're looking for a more mellow experience, you might want to leave it in there for a bit. This was a brew designed by hopheads to please more hopheads.

Photo of nkersten
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle (exp. date 2/28/11) into Leffe glass. Pours blonde golden with tiny white head that fades to a collar quickly with no lacing. Smell is tinny and subtle, some pine, slightly spicy hops. Taste is mostly bitter hops backed up by a bit of alcohol. Some pale malt but overall a very dry beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not the Ruination I remember. I would buy the bomber again, but there are much better beers available in 6 packs that I would take a pass on this in the future.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Stone Brewery. I got pretty excited about this, because Ruination is my favorite offering from Stone.

The beer is a briht, cloudy golden color. It pours from the cask with a 1 and a half inch foamy, light, white head. The nose is a blend of pine and hops, a little heavier to the pine scents. The beer is much smoother on cask, with heavy hops undertones. There is a bitter aftertaste, with an extremely smooth finish. The cask not only smooths out the beer itself, but also brings out the pine flavors that are more muted in the draft version. Very good beer!

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

Appearance: Pale gold with a huge fluffy white head.

Smell: Lotsa pine, lotsa citrus to get your attention

Taste: Crisp, clean with a very strong bitterness that Stone balances perfectly with the right amount of malt.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but that 7.7% ABV will sneak up on you. Also, this much flavor will fill you up fast.

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

Appearance: An amazing copper color with a ton of white, rocky head, which produces loads of lace. A very pretty beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus and floral notes. Very pleasing to the nose.

Taste: Plenty of malt flavors on the front of the tongue and follows with a blast of hops, and concludes with hoppy bitterness. The flavors are layered and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full body and thick. You can slice the hops like ther're a fine piece steak.

Drinkability: A tasty beer and a treat for all fans of hops. Fantastic beer that's not a brewer's dare based on too much alcohol and hops. What all IPAs should be.

Photo of IPAIPA
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are a true "hop head" his one's for you. Enough IBUs for the entire crew. If you are a novice, stay away and leave it for someone who appreciates a work of art. Not for the Harpoon/Sam Adams fans. Body is just right, aroma when you pop the cap is fantastic. If you are sampling a few different beers this will ruin your pallet for the rest of the day as nothing compares to the bitterness and everything after tastes like water. Pricey but worth the $. Hop feel lingers and lingers. Congrats Stone! Truly a winner!

Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I've always been a huge fan of this beer. Pours a wonderful light golden-honey w/ nice white head and nice lacing. Blast of floral aroma, lots of citrus and pine. Lemon and lime zest. Grapefruit rind. Tastes pretty bitter, but very balanced with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry, but slightly juicy. This beer definitely packs a punch at 7.7%, but it's very drinkable, due to its great flavor.

This is a classic Stone brew! Amazingly similar to Stone IPA, just amped up. Very enjoyable, highly recommended.

Photo of LuthersMug
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Muted orange-yellow and a little cloudy. Looks delicious, ambrosia came to mind. A smaller head that didn't last that long. Decent lacing.

S - Best aspect of the beer. Very refreshing, citrusy and floral.

T - As the label says, the hops hit the senses. Very fresh, citrusy, piney. The hops are bitter, a bit metallic, but not so overpowering that you can't enjoy it.

M - Good carbonation and balanced nicely, all the flavors work together.

D - Definitely and IPA you can have more than one.

Photo of jmich24
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured in to a Duvel Tulip.

A: Very clear light golden with bright orange hues. Two fingers of fluffy off white head. Lacing is nice and sticky.
S: Big cirus! Orange grapefruit tropical fruits.
T: Just what the doctor ordered. Huge bitterness from begining to end. Citus and tropucal fruits again. Touch of sweetness.
M: Light creamy body. Great lingering bitterness.
D: SCARY Drinkable! @ 7.7 ABV this one is very drinkable.

This is a Top 3 DIPA for me when fresh no doubt. When I can find it less than one month old in Michigan I buy it everytime!

Photo of cetherid
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


A hazy orange-amber color with a large amount of thick fluffy off-white head. About 2 fingers worth.


Large malt smelt with some resiny hops. Citrus and piney. Perhaps some slight flowery hops.


A Very bitter IPA. Similar to nose. Citrus rinds and resiny pine with a huge malt finish. I've had better IPAs, but this one is still good.


about medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A little dry finish and a slight resiny mouthfeel.


A bomber is a little too much for me. One glass and I'm good. This is a massive IPA that is for "professional" IPA drinkers. Readily available but just a little too much bite for my taste.

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

A- White head, much lacing, pours a ripe apricot color.
S- Hops is here! Has some tropical fruit notes and pine resins can be smelled.
T- Balanced and balanced. This beer bready characteristics as well as some of those tropical fruits on the nose.
M- Smoother than I expected.
D- More so than I would expect, yes this is a drinkable DIPA!
Stone never fails to impress. Got some of these from my wife for my birthday. Awesome.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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