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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,971
Reviews: 3,005
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 359
Gots: 1,296 | 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 Blitzstyle
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a SA glass. White head 2 fingers, somewhat hazy, golden amber in color.

Yeah...nice big hoppy aroma. Floral, piney, and citrus make this a great aroma.

Nice and piney with some citrus in there as well. Caramell malts do come out in this bomb. Very potent hoppy beer. Nice and bittering hop lovers dream.

Like the label say's it will ruin the rest of your drinking night if you hit up this bad boy first. Mouth is totally dominated by hoppy bitterness. Could hardly taste the 60min I had after. Will defenatly be buying more of this!!

Blitzstyle, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that was quite frothy and long-lasting. Body is a nice, light orange color, and cloudy.

S: Mmmm... this is a damned fine smelling beer! Very heavy on the hops, with some slight pine and lots of lemon/lime citrus to the aroma as well. I could smell it all day if I didn't want to drink it so badly.

T: Just as awesome as it smells. Nice balance of citrus with the heavy bitterness in the hops; but, oddly enough, I didn't find the hops overpowering, even with a claimed 100+ IBUs. It went down quite easy for such a strong, hoppy beer.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with a creamy texture and average carbonation.

D: A fantastic beer... one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. God, how I wish I had regular access to this beer. Dangerously easy to drink!

berley31, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Thick, white, fluffy head retains nicely with sticky, oily, resinous lacing. Aroma is primarily grapefruit and citrus and is very intense. Taste is bitter, sharply bitter and juicy citrus and pine. Not picking up much of a malt backbone although this keg was filled in October so it's very fresh. I'm sure the malt is just overpowered by the freshness of the hops. I'm not complaining. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Delicious west coast classic double. Divine.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of arkurzynski
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from their "large" bottle. Golden amber color with good carbonation and frothy head. Pleasant floral aroma, but based on the description was expecting a bit more of a punch to the nose. Taste is floral and grapefruit. Not overpowering but on the high end of hoppy. Some sweetness, but definately an afterthought. A very strong showing for an IPA, in my opinion.

arkurzynski, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of irishking1977
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed six pack, and included Stone's Ruination IPA in the sixer. I'm not a hophead by any means, and don't drink IPA's very often, but Stone's Arrogant Bastard was quite good and considering that's such a hoppy beer, I thought I'd try their other brews. I'm learning what is so appealing about hopped up beers.

A: Ruination poured with the arrogance of golden perfection into my glass. A massive, white head formed not unlike that of Duvel. Eventually the head died down a bit leaving copious lacing. A sight to behold. I love how Stone Brewing are quite defiant on the back of the bottle. Also shocked to find that this one is over 100 IBU's (International Bittering Units) I used to steer clear of these types when beer hunting. But no longer.

S: Moderate hops and herbal aromas struck my nose with defiance. It was almost overwhelming.

T: Intense hop bitterness with floral and herbal notes. Slight sweetness in combination with the hop aftertaste. In my limited exposure to hopped up beers and IPA's the term well refined fits quite well with this one.

M: Thick and creamy with ample carbonation. Slight syrupy character to Ruination that doesn't detract from the feel per say, but is a bit surprising in this type of brew.

D: I could drink a few of these and be quite content. Though as a novice in the world of hops, I might want to reach for something different after 2 or 3. Nonetheless my introduction to hoppy beers has begun.

irishking1977, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of cbarrett4
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with a decent head fading into a nice lace. Good hazy, deep golden color. The nose is kind of funky, musty almost, but with some citrus and hops. The flavor is good, rich hops, and has none of the funk I got from the nose. The texture is medium with decent tannins from the fresh, bitter hops. Fairly good but might be a bottle variation. Will purchase from a different store and re-evaluate again. =)

cbarrett4, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Stigs
2.7/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - poured a massive head of big pillowy egg shell colored foam, becoming more and more dense as it sits there, and lacing all the way down. the beer is a nice bright golden color and slightly hazy

S - loads of citrus hops, both bitter and sweet. some pine, floral, grassiness...the entire spectrum of the hops world. mouth watering.

T - not sure if this is a bad bottle, an old bottle, or what...all of the yummy hop smells are gone and replaced with all i can describe as, burnt bitter grass. not that good kind of grassy hops, just way off. i used to LOVE this beer, havent had it in a long time - so again i dont know if this is off or my tastes have just changed.

M - trying to ignore the flavor, the mouthfeel is a bit thick, but carbonation is spot on.

D - really struggling with this. ill leave this review as-is, and give it another shot in the future. down the drain this goes.

Note: I have revisited (bottles and tap) this beer a few times since the review, same results. Maybe I outgrew it, but I'm just not feeling it anymore.

Stigs, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a nice dark golden color with a considerable head. Loads of citrus and pine, a smooth palate up front with a considerable hop bite towards the finish. A classic really, the hops are huge, but not as great as some of the ones produced in the past 5 years. I'll have it on tap anytime.

Cakanator, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

MMmmm Hops. I cannot remember the last time I had one of these so this is exciting.

A: Its bright orange with a soapy white head on top that leaves gobs of webbing in its wake. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Excellent head retention. There is no room for imperfection and this beer does just that, look perfect.

S: Citrus hops mostly, with mango and orange being the predominant note. The hops are not super strong smellling but they are very good

T: Very heavy bitter pine and grapefruit note. Also the caramel comes out nicely to provide a little bit of balance but definitely a palate killer in terms of bitterness.

M: The bitterness of the hops lingers for quite some time and the mouthfeel is very creamy. Also there is no booziness. Again, for the style this is how it should feel.

D: I wouldnt want to many of these in one sitting because of the effect it would have on my palate. It is very tasty but the whole bomber would be a tough task.

mikey711, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of ewlarson
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale color, a little cloudy, white head goes away fairly quickly. It's a little bit more thin of a head than their regular IPA

S: Sweet smell, outstanding aroma

T: Hops are strong but balanced. You can taste and feel the alcohol, it warms up the mouth and throat. Earthy/floral hops ride over the top, a little citrus as well. Outstandingly strong and potent, coats your mouth with Hops.

M: Strong mouth feel, extremely bitter so it's very intense

D: Extremely drinkable, strong, tasty, extremely hoppy. A good form of what a strong IPA should taste like. The only warning, is just as the bottle and container suggest, it's ruinous to eating anything else. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed by itself.

Overall an outstanding beer. I would highly recommend this.

ewlarson, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of josefnewsong
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good and hoppy. You have to be in the mood for it, but if you are, it really hits the spot. I love intense - especially pine resiny - double IPAs when I'm outside in the cold for some reason. This ale has a bitter, crisp finish. Obviously on the overly hoppy side, but it never claims to be well-balanced.

josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of beerdrifter
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper pout with creamy head and nice lacing. Huge resiny hoppy nose with lots of citrus and sweet malts. Taste is pretty much just like the smell, a total hop bomb! But with that said, it's incredibly balanced. The bitterness is nicely complemented by the sweet malts. Lots of orange and grapefruit emerge as you go. A crisp and tangy dry finish makes this highly drinkable for such an over the top beer from one of the top breweries in the world!

beerdrifter, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip (consumed in August 2009)

Pours an intense yellow-orange color, bordering on a saturated tawny shade. It is dense but not cloudy. A gentle pour yielded 1 1/2 fingers of pure, white foam. Lacing is wall-like around the glass.

The aromas are appropriately hard-hitting. Loads of lupulin make for a beer whose hop smells run the gamut from earthy to floral to tropical citrus fruits. Tangerine and pineapple play with rose petal, and there is just enough dirt/root to hold it all together. Some caramel malt opens up as the beer warms. I'd score it higher if not for the slight alcohol presence that distracted from the intensity of aroma.

Immediately I can tell that this bomber is past its peak and is in the declining stage. The intensity of flavor is not there in the maximum effect that one would desire. That isn't to say that this is disappointing, however. The hop flavors are still bright and aggressive but also well-rounded by time. The most noticeable, and pleasurable, flavor component are the citrus lupulin flavors. They hit the palate like a burst of juice. Mango, tangerine and occasionally pineapple flavors that taste like they were fresh-squeezed cover the whole mouth but quickly recede. An aggressively floral summer-garden thing dominates the finish; its like eating flowers in a salad if you've ever had that. There is a lot of malt sweetness, but it takes the background somehow. It never gets in the way of the real focus -- the hops. The pine does open up with warmth and the finish is mostly bitterness given the slight age. Everything is so well-crafted, though. The flavors are deep and in harmony with each other.

The mouthfeel is pretty light considering the amount of malt that goes into an Imperial IPA. Its thickish in ways but not sticky; it goes down smoothly. Like fruit juice. Drinkability is kind of insane for an IIPA. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. And everything about the mouthfeel and flavor profile begs for constant drinking. This bomber is going to disappear in a flash. Perhaps the beer is harsher when fresh, but at this stage the rounded flavors make for the most drinkable IIPA I've ever had.

I'd love to have this beer super fresh. In the state that I enjoyed it in, however, it is still close to world-class in its style. Beautiful, bright flavors working with each other make for a wonderful drink. It is only lacking in intensity on the palate. A couple of weeks longer and my score may not be as high as it is today. Either way, this is a treasure of a beer. Man, I wish that I had regular access to Stone in MO.

Reaper16, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Aroma's in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of all kinds of hops - floral, grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal - with an emphasis on the citrus family. Pale malt lurks in the background but doesn't play a huge role.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by huge hits of citrus and pine hop flavors with herbal undertones. The hop flavors carry through to a strongly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall there's really not a whole lot that could be improved with this beer. Give it a shot if you haven't already.

glid02, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of stevecee2003
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gawd-Damn! What a beer! How have I missed tasting this beer? But now I have, and discovered it. And what a beer!

First off understand I am an IPA man. I love Hops. Double Hopped beer, like Hercules are favs of mine. But this- wow.

Appearance- served from a Bomber bottle. Poured nicely, with a generous head- then faded into a nice haze.

The smell is unreal. You can smell all the hops, plus some citrus. The frutiness makes for an interesting possibility. Lets have a taste..

Taste. OMG. Wow. What a thoroughly fullfilling taste. What an amazing taste, feel, after-taste, and overall gerneral goodness from one beer. That is- IF you like hoppiness, like I do.

The way it feels on the tongue are smooth, watery, and easy- always good.

Notes. There are lacey rings on the glass. Its an IPA, what else do I need to say? It's a bit expensive here. $18 for a 6-pack, and $6.50 for the Bomber bottle. But if you want GREAT beer- here it is. A truly "great" beer.

stevecee2003, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

stone ruination has see-through burnt orange color, with an off-white head. the head is an inch of frothy bubbles that fade slowly. the lace is left in pretty distinct rings.
What a powerful smell of hops. extreme floral and pine aromas.
... And the label hold true. wow the flavor is just strong. strong but nothing to turn away from. its a task but an enjoyable experience. it has a tart smack on the back of the tongue. the pine flavor is very abundant, then floral hops as well.
stone, from what i've tasted so far, tends to always nail the right mouthfeel, as far as carbonation goes.
though being a sipper of a beer, its not too heavy making the drinkability really good.

JordonHoltzman, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of MisterTiat
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber

A: Pale color, a little cloudy, white head dissapates far to quickly into almost nothing, not happy about that

S: Wham! Floral, perfumey hops fill up your nose to the point where you feel like sneezing.

T: Hops are better balanced with the grainy breadiness better than I would have thought from the smell. You can taste and feel the alcohol, it warms up the mouth and throat. Earthy/floral hops ride over the top, a little citrus as well.

M: Mouthfeel was a little lacking for me, the beer felt thin, kind of like hop water for me.

D: Very drinkable, although this is definantly an after meal beer, really after you want to be able to taste anything at all besides hops the rest of the night.

MisterTiat, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Brandt
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a honey gold color with a nice one finger white head

the smell was a very rich and resinous hop smell with a good strong citrus punch from the west coast hops

the taste had a certain astringency to it due to the stong bitterness and a well balanced out amount of good stong citrus hops in the background.

this beer finishes med bodied and with a good lasting bitterness. what a wonderful esample of what stone can do with malt and hops!

Brandt, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow with about an inch of white head that that had average retention and very good lacing.

Very pleasant mix of pine/floral/citrus hops on the nose. No noticeable malt foundation. The flavors lead and the taste follows obediently, nothing special, just what is expected from this type of beer.

The body is typical for the style. Drinkability is good, this is not as tongue-numbing as some examples of the style, but moreso than others.

Overall, a good, solid brew from a good solid brewery, that may be starting to believe their own hype.

beertunes, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Intimidtor
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local Giant Eagle in a 22 oz serving. Sitting on top shelf and pretty dusty so needless too say I had some concerns. Let's just say those corcerns were short lived. All I can say is WOW what a great DIPA.

A: Poured into clean pint glass with about 3/4 inch of sticky head. Poured a dark copper color.

S: Smelled dead on with Hops, slight Pine some citrus.

T: Great, Great taste. Can get much morebalanced thatn this. Perfect hops, alcohol burn in mild, backed up and evened out by the thick head, pine and citrus coming through.

M: Again the sticky head made every swallow perfect. Exactly what I want in a DIPA.

D: I could have kept going but only picked up one.

SUMMARY: This is an absolute must try. Can't wait to get on tap.

Intimidtor, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful bright orange orange - almost completely clear, only the slightest of haze. A nice two finger creamy white and dense head forms on top. Good staying power...when it finally yields, leaves excellent lacing on the glass.

S - Fresh citrus and pine. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, some pineapple and pine aromas and a bit of grassiness. This has a little bit of everything for the hop lover. A slight whiff of sweet malt with some breadiness and a touch of yeast.

T - Full flavored - grassy, lots of citrus - getting big blast of orange to begin with...pineapple, grapefruit and pine intermingle in here. Good and bitter - very sharp and crisp. Malt presence is subdued, but definitely there...just enough sweetness and breadiness to blend with the hops - can't say it balances, but it shouldn't either. Hops dominate and it works very well.

M - Body is medium, but heavier than a lot of double IPA's out there. Enough viscosity to sit on the tongue for a brief moment. Bitterness flows through the entire mouth and lingers, begs you to take another sip. Carbonation is bright, but works - very fine bubbles, gives a touch of creaminess to the feel.

D - This is one double IPA that I can't get enough of. A classic that more or less defined the style. This is a standby/go to beer for me. One of the most drinkable DIPA's around. Not a session beer at all, but easy to have a couple of these.

portia99, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of beervana1858
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to really dislike IPA's but over the last year I have acquired the taste for them. This IPA is called "Ruination" because it claims that it will ruin you for other IPA's that may come across your pallet in the future. This is an exceptionally true statement. Although it cost me nearly $5 for a single bottle, I will definitely be buying this again. This beer truly lives up to its name.

beervana1858, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy orange-yellow color. Like a heavy cider. Thick and viscous. Barely able to muster a single-finger head. Tiny, fine lacing.

S: Hops from across the room. Powerful and dry with hints of malt. Smells like it'll be nicely balanced.

T: Nicely balanced for an IPA. The finish in the middle of the tongue leaves a wonderful dry, and slightly sweet, malt flavor. Truly divine mixture.

M: Decent, refreshing carbonation on the front and sides of the tongue. Amazing drying finish leaves you wanting for more. Nice, thick and chewy body to boot.

D: This stuff is good, nay great. I'm drinking an out of date bottle and it's still an amazing journey. Easy to drink, though it hits harder than the 7.7% ABV. I could drink this any time, any place.

Served: in an imperial pint glass from a bottle stamped with an "enjoy by 9/27/09" message.

Review from notes taken on: 10/14/09.

eljefe21, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Thur123
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, I'm going crazy for this one rick. The color is a bright orange that's slightly duller and less hazy than some of its DIPA brethren, but overall still looks good. The head was white and faint creating nothing more than a small finger and little retention. The smell is amazingly good. Ripe fruity hops fill my nostrils with something like fruity pebbles. The malt underneath seems balanced for the style and sweet, this whole nose kind of comes off as really well balanced and sweet.

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Well comes it with the bitterness and then the malt comes up, big and sweet as the hops gain a second wind that's full of lemon and big pine sap. A slight edge of herbs and grapefruit ride makes a kind of lighter sweetness towards the end of the flavor. The mouth feel is full and creamy and kind of gas like, I can taste it in all part of the mouth, more than other beers for sure. Overall, this isn't the slicing hop ruination I was promised on the bottle, but its damn tasty that's for sure.

Thur123, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of magine
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a golden orange brew, with active thick white head that settles nicely. Has nice lacing.

This brew smells of citrus and floral hops. A dominate floral hop smell. Very good smell.

This brew is hoppy, very smooth and balanced. A somewhat sweet start and a bitter finish. Nice flowery hop flavor. Also has the bready flavor that balance the palate.

This brew is a very drinkable hoppy brew. It is bitter and does have me burpin' up some flowery hops already, but it is a damn drinkable brew. Very good brew, easy to session.

magine, Nov 06, 2009
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,971 ratings.