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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,081 Ratings

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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)
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Photo of backfat
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow. this is a beast.
pours a hazed amber with a perfect one finger off white head. smells strong and floral. very leafy hops, citrus, stinging alpha acids with a strong tropical fruit backbone. the taste is brash and unforgiving. bitter pine hops explode on the tongue with whispers of faint malt and a spicy/peppery finish. one of the most bitter beers i've tried, and i love it. bold and brilliant. medium body. i could drink a few of these, but it's not a beer that the rest of the room will likely enjoy. stone raising the bar again. help me rhonda...

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

A very nice cloudy gold orange with a medium off white head. A superbly rich hopa aroma just fills you up. It's a preperation for the hop overload the first sip has prepared for you. Hops smack you upside the head and permeate the tongue. But, if you think that's all there is and give up too quickly, you'll miss out. After that wonderful hopshock subsides and your taste buds begin to recover, the complex flavors begin to take shape. A light malt sweetness comes through the bitterness as well as the grapefruit and floral hop flavors start to shine. A smooth mouthfeel, aside from that longer lingering hop bite, sets the stage for everything to dance around on your tongue.

Despite all the hops, or perhaps because of it, this is a smooth very enjoyable beer to drink. It is a fine foil to their otherwise very balanced IPA.

Photo of Jeffo
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium white head with good retention. Tawny orange in color, but more gamboge when held to the light. Zero carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a decent film with a thick ring. Leaving some immediate lacing. Splotchy film and a ring remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose with a touch of pale malts, but it's all about the huge hop presence of pine and grassy hay. Some citrus and grapefruit notes there too, but it's very heavy on the pine. Massive one-dimensional nose.

TASTE: Huge hop bill. Extremely bitter. There's a hint of pale malts there, but never mind that. Overloaded with piney flavored hops and background notes of citrus and bitter grapefruit. A slight bit of melon and caramel offer a decent attempt at some balance through the middle, but they're soon brushed aside by a monster bitter piney hop aftertaste that's really bold and long lasting. The bitterness just lingers and lingers.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy smooth, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes crisp, with an appropriate amount of dryness on the palate. Solid here.

OVERALL: Ruinous, just like it said. There are a lot of beers out there that claim this or that, but this one lives up to its name and then some. Easily the most bitter beer I've ever had, completely frying my palate, and I couldn't wait for more. Stone said they would ruin me, and they did, and for that, I give my thanks. They should also say that if you'd like your palate returned to you, expect about 6-8 weeks delivery time. Recommended.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is 100% a non-session beer. Don't let the ABV fool you, this is an intense beer with a huge hop profile. Pours a hazy golden brownish yellow with a light white head. The nose is punched full of citrus hops and pine. Beautiful! This beer disperses in your mouth and leaves a film of alpha acid and fresh cut pine. If you were planning on drinking any other beers for the night. Forget about it! This beers hop profile dominates most in not all others so be sure to drink last. Big nose, Huge body, and a ridiculous amount of hops. Great brew.

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

Finally getting around to reviewing this tastey drink.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a hint of red. A touch of big bubble head, but quickly leaves the glass.

Nice caramel malty tone in the scent with plenty of lemon and orange essence. I like the citrus smell.

Plenty of malt up front that quickly develops into piney citrus hops. There are essences of orange peel and spruce tree before the malt balances in the back end.

A relatively full beer for a double IPA, but does not overpower the mouth. There is plenty of bitterness but not in an overpowering way.

I could drink several of these with no objection, but it is a little malt heavy for my taste.

Photo of joeldp144
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a frothy head 1" in my tall pilsner glass. Cloudy appearence (not transparent), but the color is golden line the sun on a summer morning.

S: The cascade hops come through with a strong citrus fragrance. Grapefruit, mandarin oranges, floral, and a hint of pine. Oh, yeah...they went there.

T: Very smooth for an IPA of this magnitude. Had it side by side with the Stone IPA (standard), and I found this one to be far smoother. Very balanced taste. Very hoppy, but the malt and alcohol counter the punch.

M: Crisp. This beer feels like a 5% beer in your mouth, but then your body starts to warm from the alcohol.

D: For me, I could not drink more than one due to the overall "size" of this beer (both hops and alcohol), but it is very balanced.

Overall, this IPA is a great example from Stone, but it greatly surpasses the standard Stone IPA with regard to balance. Regardless of what the label says, it is not that hoppy, so don't be afraid. If you see this beer and are in an IPA mood, I highly recommend it.

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

Pristine, light amber with a yellowish hue. Eighth inch white head that thins out, becoming patchy with a thick ring around the perimeter.
Piney hops and malts are up front on the nose, with the hops dominating. Lemon, orange, and pineapple filling in the rest.
Bitter, piney hops dominate the taste, becoming peppery, with the malts coming in after. Lemon, orange, and some faint pineapple join in on the peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and biting. Medium body--just right for this particular beer.
Good drinkability, considering the ABV. I definitely feel the effects after one bottle, but the unique and exceptional taste of this one makes it very appealing.

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

Bought at Whole Foods (Arroyo Parkway), Pasadena, CA.

Poured a golden color into glass with a one inch head. Bubbles foaming the top. The smell of hops and fruits is noticable. Taste is definitely hoppy with carbonation. Mouthfeel is a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate. Drinkability is very good for an DIPA. Overall, a very good DIPA from Stone. Could drink a couple more if I had some in the fridge.

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on tap at Galaxy Hut on 3/12/10.

a - Pours an amber color

s - Smells mostly of piney hops. Maybe a little citrus.

t - Follows the smell. Mostly piney and citrusy hops. Very little bitterness. Maybe hints of sweet fruit.

m - Pretty smooth. medium body with low carbonation.

d - A pretty good DIPA. Nice hoppy smell and taste, will definitely be trying again.

Photo of keanex
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local Canals while hearing great things about this beer.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber with a thick off white head. Head lasts a while and forms a slight mound. Head sticks to the sides for a while. Lacing will last the whole beer.

Smells rather fruity with a subdued hoppy scent. Maybe banana? Very pleasent.

Taste is hoppy with a fruity after taste, similar to Fruit Loops. It's a mellow IPA, but the hops are present.

Full bodied flavor, this beer holds nothing back.

Drinkable beer, but I wouldn't have more than one a night.

Photo of mike130
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark yellow colour. Nice head that leaves a bit of lacing and moderate retention. Looks very much like a rich IPA, and the smell confirms this. Hops, hops, hops come out, in a rather piney way, quite dry if anything. Very little malt presence.

The taste was a tad unpleasant at first - expecting something a bit more balanced, but it does taste outstanding. Concentrated hop-bomb made a tad milder by a middling malt presence, but the most prominent flavor here is undoubtedly hops. Quite piney and dry, not at all like the more citrus-y IPA's I've tried before, but nevertheless a most excellent quick.

The carbonation is basically what you'd expect from this sort of brew - it's carbonated enough to make it easy to drink but not so much that it's overly fizzy. Quite thick, with not as much booze as you'd expect from a ~8% brew - there's simply no room for it in the avalanche of hops. Very drinkable for a beer of it's style - not enough balance to truly be an easy drinker, but very enjoyable nevertheless. An excellent brew from Stone, as would be expected.

Photo of hawks10
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottled poured into my Half Acre pint glass...

Pours a hazy pale orange/golden yellow with a couple finger pancake batter-esque head that leaves a thin white cap on the beer for the whole glass, some lacing sticks around as well...

Rather weak nose hints towards a dry and earthy/piny hopped beer...

Taste is very west coast. Herbal dry hop onslaught with no malt backing to even things out. Grassy and piny, very bitter and drying, not much else...

Somewhat thin on the palette, good carbonation and a slight alcohol presence. Very drying with an undesirable aftertaste that won't go away...

One bomber is enough for me. I really like my IPA's/DIPA's but I prefer them with more balance...a more substantial, sweeter malt base is what I am looking for, not my style for a DIPA...

Photo of fastsrt
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle in tulip

A:clear, amber, white cap of foam, lace all over

S: wow, aromatic, hops, pine, citrus.

T: hops lots and lots of hops, pine, balanced only by the booze, tastes alot stronger than it is.

M: typical ipa, there is a type of balance there but not one most look for the balance is found between the alcohol and hops. to create one strong tasting beer.

D: the one bomber is a tough one to drink it goes down like 12 percent, but is enjoyable this one of the first true sipper ipas I have found, normally i just tend to gulp them down, reminds me of eating a Columbus hop pellet.

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

Drank on: 2/28/10
enjoy by: 4/5/10
7.7% ABV 100+ IBU
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Great creamy 1/4" head with good staying power. Dark Golden straw colored brew. Head receeded leaving creamy lace on glass.

S= Delicious fruity, citrus & herbal hop nose. Slight hint of light malts and hints of pine.

T= Awesome hop bitterness from start to finish. Hop flavors of pine and grapefruit. Malts are unable to break the strangle hold of hop flavor. Very mild hint of alcohol. Hints of herbal hoppiness.

MF= Great mouth coating bitterness which remains light in wieght. Nice fresh tingle on the tongue.

D= A fitting name for a brew which will truely spoil your palate. Even most IPA's don't stand a chance as an on deck choice. Delicious and highly drinkable.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruination pours a hazy orange-wheat color with plenty of visible carbonation that appears out of the mist and runs up into head, which is a little over a finger high with a creamy, off-white color and lots of thick foam. Doesn't have great retention (the alcohol content is partly at fault there), but the lacing it leaves is thick, hanging like laced drapes off the side of the glass.

The aroma is almost perfect; the fragrance is room-filling and you certainly don't have to search hard for the individual components of the nose. This thing is dripping with juicy, citrusy hops; I can clearly distinguish some grapefruit and lemon notes as well as a distinct pine aroma. Smells absolutely delicious.

The people at Stone put this together just the way I like 'em- hopped to the hilt. There is a decent amount of pale malts, but they know their place. The light buttery malts stay in the background and eventually fade from the flavor. Hops are the main event here. Up front, through the middle, and in the finish, waves of grapefruit, lemon, and pine sap all mingle together and create an awesome drinking experience.

The mouthfeel adds to the experience as well. The beer has a medium body and together with a mild amount of carbonation and the oiliness of the hops, the mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Although it's 7.7% ABV, I can't detect any alcohol in there.

All in all, this is a very well-put-together beer that I can't put down. I'm pretty much done with it and I've been trying to savor it for the sake of reviewing and enjoying it. Don't get me wrong, I've thoroughly enjoyed it, I just wish I had a lot more of it. Impressive in all facets, if you haven't tried this beer yet, then put it on your To Do list.

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

Poured into a oversized wine glass.

A- golden in color. A solid 2" sudsy heap that recedes. Nice lacing left.
S-lots of hops coupled with citrus and a floral scent.
T- hops hops and more hops. Followed by the citrus, grapefruit mainly. Very bitter.
M- very dry. Nice carbonation. The hops really stick around and leave you with a nice bitnerness that's not overbearing.
D- I could drink it all night. I'm loving it right now with my brbq.

Photo of nelnutter
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A: Very clear (surprisingly) deep orange/copper color with big, soapy white head that stuck around for a while and left fantastic lacing all over.

S: Hops, hops, hops, obviously. Citrusy and piney; mostly orange/grapefruit up front.

T: Dry, refreshing, and bitter as hell (in a good way). And yes, it's hoppy as can be and definitely 'ruins' your tastebuds for the evening, but it's so well-balanced with a biscuity malt and the warming alcohol; all at perfect levels.

M: More full-bodied than I would've expected, and leaves a nice oily coating on the tongue, and a very bitter finish leaves you wanting more. Carbonation is just right.

D: Fantastic IPA; definitely lived up to the numerous recommendations from fellow BA's. I think the ABV of 7.7% for this DIPA helps keep everything in check and makes for a very drinkable version of the style. The hop bitterness is crazy powerful (which is fine by me!), so it kind of prevented me from actually tasting whatever beer I had afterwards!

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

Been wanting to try this IPA ever since I saw it...let's go

(a) Pours a thick cloudy caramel color. Since its not filtered i expected this...but this is very reminicent of pouring the double bastard...just looks dangerous! Great amount of head, good inch and a half and heavy lacing. (4/5)

(s) hop Hop HOP!! Great smell, you can almost taste the bitterness. Strong floral aromas, just how it should be for an extreme IPA. (4.5/5)

(t) Perfect. Everything I want in an IPA. Sweet and light on the tongue and then the bitterness hits you. Give me more! (5/5)

(m) For an extreme beer you would think only one aspect of your palete gets laid out...but this brew takes care of the job front to back. Amazing. (5/5)

(d) As far as drinkability goes, when compared to other IPA's this beer is very drinkable, but only when I'm just setting my sights on drinking. Definetly not something to be paired with food...unless you want everything to taste like this beer...which I guess is pefectly ok! Other beer companys make a few great brews...but Stone has yet to throw anything my way that I didnt like. Spend the $ and try this beer! (4/5)

Photo of moz9
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be the best IPA you can get. Yes, it does not have the hype or notoriety of other beers but it's among the best.

Poured a 22oz bomber bottle into to a snifter glass. Pours a nice bright orange color with a nice lacey head. The smell is but a glimpse of the bold and bitter hops that exist in the taste. One of the hoppiest beers out there and it does not disappoint. It has an excellent crisp finish and goes great with spicy foods. A can't miss IPA.

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

I will preface this by saying(though I'm new to BA) that I am something of an IPA fanatic and I have tried about 100 different types in the past year. That being said, I found this to be an excellent IPA. The nose was classic hop-ey, citrus, pine. The taste was very crisp and bitter, and the finish was dry. I would almost consider this a regular IPA instead of a double because it is so dry. For me this is a very smooth drinking IPA. My only real complaint is the price. Overall this is a top notch IPA in my book.

Photo of randawakes
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Several tastings over the past few years and especially a 163 park ave house favorite.

Im a fan of the IPAs, fan of hops, lots of hops, but I have a notable opinion on this beer: the only beer that feels overwhelming with the hops.

verry verry hoppy and bitter. Citrusy hints, grapefruit and pines are all there. Enjoyable IPA, but be ready for this one, no ordinary Imperial IPA. Thats the only place where I knock this beer, and its hard to do, but drinkability was not excellent, just good. Overall a beer in its own category, enjoyed it.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's take a trip down memory lane. A year ago I was a college lad, starting to develop my beer tastes. I knew what styles and qualities I liked, but didn't know much about particular beers. I saw a bottle of Ruination and was enchanted by the foreboding bottle and description. My erstwhile companion and great BA boatshoes, far more knowledgeable than I, told me it was one of the best in the category. I was expecting an assault from hop heaven. When it was finally time to drink the damn thing, I ended up disappointed. It was okay, but wasn't nearly as bitter as I'd hoped it would be. I felt jilted.

Today I'm a bonafide hophead, with a far more nuanced palate than I had then. I decided it was high time to give the gargoyle another go. Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: The beer pours a very slightly hazy golden color. The pour creates a soapy, oily head that never fully builds but never vanishes. A bit lighter in color than I like in my DIPAs.

S: Smells like hops thrown fresh into the boil kettle. Leafy, almost flowery, with a strong citrus edge. Dank would be a good descriptor. Excellent.

T: Super powerful, deep bitterness dominates. It's hoppy for sure, with grapefruit dominating. But there's also a root-like astringency that you feel deep in your palate. Alcohol comes out as it warms. Not a lot of malt balance to speak of, which isn't a dealbreaker.

M: Honestly, felt a little thin to me. Oily. The beer coats and clings like crazy, which makes you forget about the thinness up front.

D: Liked it way better this time around, but off the top of my head I can still think of a half dozen DIPAs that I like better. Maybe it's the iconoclast buried inside me. In any event, its a DIPA standard reference, and for at least that reason I know I'll be coming back to it again and again.

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

650ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida. Hazy chrome yellow with a finger of ivory head and blotches of lace all over the snifter. Smell and taste are aromatic pine needles, Clementine peels, white grapefruit, and resinous Centennial hops. Malt profile imparts caramel, molasses cookies, and taffy. Aftertaste is pungent and citric American hops. A biting bitterness lingers for quite some time. The nose is sweeter than I prefer (similar to an Amber Ale), but this is mostly what I want from an IPA. Fruity, resiny, and beautifully bitter. Stone delivers once again!

Photo of mklinger
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Glarus shaker pint glass. The beer pours a deep gold, really very similar in color to the regular Stone IPA -- probably the palest DIPA I've had. The beer looks thicks, more viscous than the regular Stone IPA. It also pours substantially more hazy -- couldn't see much through this one. Nice head formed with fantastic lacing left behind with each sip.

Smell is all pine and citrus hop. I didn't pick up on any alcohol scents as some others have. A faint whiff of bready malt, but mostly just a good amount of citrus and pine hops -- not a crazy level of hops. Very similar aroma to the regular Stone IPA.

While the aroma wasn't that different, taste is like Stone IPA on steroids. Some good floral, citrus, and piney hops hit you first, followed by the 1-2 blow of strong bready malt and potent, long-lasting bitterness. The bitterness here really is the defining characteristic. Literally an hour and a half after finishing this beer, I could still taste the hop bitterness. Ruination, indeed!

Mouthfeel was appropriately slightly thicker than a regular IPA but not cloying as a barleywine. Nice carbonation. Easy to drink beer, though I'm not sure I'd want a second one on the same night & I'm not sure I'd be able to taste anything less assertive afterwards, but it sure went down easily.

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

22 oz. bottle

A: Crystal clear, golden hue. No effervescence. Cloudy white fluffy head

S: Hops, bitter citrus

T: Refreshing, dry, bold. ABV well disguised in the flavor. Extremely bitter, yet not astringent. Although the bitterness is more prevalent than I prefer, it is done very well, and gives this beer a distinctive taste.

M: great carbonation. The bitter finish is a bit aggressive, especially in a 7.7% IPA. If it was 10+ %, I might be more receptive to it.

D: A really nice IPA, and a good representation of the style.

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