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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,941
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 278
Gots: 802 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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Photo of montageman


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Color is a gorgeous a golden, clear amber with nice head formation that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells floral and citrusy - actually, that really understating it. This smells delicious. Tastes like grapefruit upfront with a hoppy kick in the middle and a malty finish. This is very complex all the way around, but oh so tasty. Nothing wrong with the flavor - it is very bitter, though (which is a good thing!). There is a little too much carbonation here - it's a minor complaint, but nonetheless - it negatively effects the mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable DIPA, if you don't mind the bitterness. Highest Recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 03:24:03 | More by montageman
Photo of rayjay


4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An old standby I have yet to review. The relatively thick syrupy body leads me to believe this is a few months old, but it's strength has held it up just fine, as it has plenty of carbonation to cut through. Hoppy and resiny, but not very bitter. Fruity, simply bursting with fresh cut red mangoes; they're all over the nose and taste. Fruity hop aftertaste you can smell for minutes. Perfect sized ale body. Very good double IPA. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 06:20:09 | More by rayjay
Photo of GbVDave


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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear amber-orange color. One finger head that dissolves to a faint skim that leaves plenty of sticky lace on the glass.

S: Smells like when you cut your own Scotch Pine christmas tree and pine sap oozes out of the tree trunk. I also catch the slightly sweet aroma of ripe Bartlett pears.

T: Wonderfully pungent flavors of pine and citrus. The warmer it gets, the more a balancing malt aspect takes hold. The malt adds a fantastic bready quality.

M: Bitter and puckery yet tempered by the considerable malt balance, this sucker is very balanced. Smooth and spicy, rounded and prickly.

D: At 7.7% abv the alcohol content seems pretty low for a DIPA. This translates to an easy drinkability that means you can just sit back, relax, and let the complexities of the beer wash through your mouth. The alcohol flavors are inobtrusive and do not detract from anything going on here. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 18:07:33 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Tyrawlings


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

22 oz. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Beer pours a hazy glowing orange. Fluffy white head pours two fingers thick and dissipates into patchy islands that cling to the glass.

S: Floral. Oranges, grapefruit and magno. I also detect some pinecone residue. Caramel malts.

T: At first taste citrus and pine hops tickle the tongue. Malts balance this beer perfectly. A very earthy or tree bark like finish with an alcohol bite.

M: Very smooth for the style. Well carbinated and slightly drying.

D: I'm a Ruination fan for life. A very clean, refreshing beer and wickedly drinkable. The 7.70 ABV is noticeable but not cloying in any fashion. Hop heaven in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 16:00:12 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of PhiloPsych


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful, perfectly crafted beer. The color is clear orange copper. The head is thick and bubbly and lasts to the bottom of the glass leaving white lacing all the way down. The aroma is wonderful, hoppy and sweet. This is exactly how beer should smell! The mouthfeel isn't the least bit watery or thin. I can't say the taste is complex, but it is perfectly balanced and absolutely flawless. Other beers--even high quality beers--with about the same alcohol content are more noticeably alcoholic, the alcohol here is tucked away nicely and only shows up as a lingering euphoria after the beer is gone. Stone crafts their beers perfectly and this is a great example of their work.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 21:14:34 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle . This beer was an orange color with a medium head. Hops in the nose, all flowery and woodsy. A hoppy taste, but not as aggressive as I expected. The label said >100 IBUs, but I thought it was a pretty smooth ride. Substantial, but not overbearing mouthfeel. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 23:44:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of jeffjfindley


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

Oh golly, another great offering from Stone. At this point I don't think that Steve Wagner is capable of producing a single drop of beer that is less than stellar. This isn't my favorite, but it's damn good.

By Stone standards, there is nothing truly extraordinary about this beer. It's just damn good. The pour is a cloudy orange with a two finger head, which lacks in retention. The smell is of pine and citrus, and the taste follows suit, achieving an admirable balance. Despite the 100+ IBU's, I don't find this to be overly bitter. This is not to say that she doesn't pack a mean tingle, it's just that the caramel malt presence softens it perfectly. The mouthfeel is alive, and wonderful.

On the label it says that Ruination "rose from the ashes of the Stone Anniversary beers" and that isn't hard to believe. It's not as complex, but it has the same sort of character, just toned down a bit. This results in a superbly drinkable offering from one of the best damn breweries to ever grace the planet.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 05:24:19 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange pumpkin color with a lively head of white foam. Lots of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Nearly crystal clear, like a sunny day at the beach.

S: Light sweet citrus notes of grapefruit and sour orange. Raw hops, a mild earthy fruit rind character. Nice.

T: Not over-the-top, as I was expecting, but good nonetheless. Sweet hops and light seaweed, with a mildy tart note of citrus fruit. Blends well, resulting in a pleasured palate.

M: Mild carbonation soothes the tongue, and the brew rolls down quite easy. Some oily character from the hops. Kind of sticky mouthfeel after the beer is gone.

D: For what the beer lacks in taste, it makes up for in drinkability. The 7.70 % ABV is non exsistant, and I want more right now. Interesting take on the DIPA style. Recommended drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 02:43:48 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Pours a cloudy light amber with decent thickness and retention in the head and plenty of lacing. The nose is piney and hoppy but not offensively so, as prophecied on the back label. Body is cloudy with sediment.

Very bitter and satisfying but keeps up a constant steady assault instead of that initial, face puckering explosion you get with some DIPAs. Piney with some late citrus and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and complements the hops as opposed to covering them. Smooth, wet, finish.

A very tasty and well made DIPA. Absolutely worthy of the Stone moniker of excellence. Very glad I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 05:49:41 | More by daliandragon
Photo of mhaugan


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

The first thing I have noticed about all of the Stone beers I have tried is that it starts with a huge head and wonderful lacing. They have this down pat. The fragrance is very piney. The flavor is more complex, with hops and pine backing. This beer screams of summer to me, and is pretty much my drink of choice around the grill. The flavor opens up as it warms and with summer grilling in Phoenix this is a big plus. The only downside to this beer is that it does ruin you taste buds. Another reason I like this when I am grilling something with big flavor that can punch through.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 21:34:47 | More by mhaugan
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Deep gold, a little hazy, with a big head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Mostly piney.

Taste: Piney, bitter hoppiness. Got a little citrus hoppiness partway through the bomber.

Mouthfeel: Long lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Not a really high ABV but you will feel it.

Ordered some Ruination online to fill my refrigerator with DIPAs. This is a solid DIPA and one of the early leaders in the style. It's tasty and good for your hop jones. I must be getting more numb to hops, 100+ IBUs and I say "it's hoppy, but not really super bitter!"

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 23:08:55 | More by Mdog
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Pours a deep cloudy orange with a small creamy head that quickly faded but left a bit of lace. Smell was hoppy heaven! Pine and strong citrus overtones are really all you can smell. The taste was right behind, just up in your face hops! Truly a DIPA if I have ever had one. Not as strong on the alcohol as some others which made this much more drinkable, which could be a problem with the high ABV. Could drink this everyday, truly a great beer and another treasure from Stone!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 01:59:43 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jmc44


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color; off-white thick head that dissipates to a fine layer and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong of citrusy hops; lemon and grapefruit like. Hidden behind the hop punch is hint of malty sweetness.

Taste is similar to smell, pronounced on the hops, not at all balanced with the malts (as to be expected).

The beer is a bit oily in feel, not quite thick. I found it fairly easy to finish the 22.

While I found this to be a very good, quality beer, I was also disappointed. After reading the rear label, boasting about how this brew will essentially kill your tastebuds due to its obscene hoppiness, I actually found the hop characteristics to be a bit weak. Not the "ruination" and obliteration of taste that I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 21:04:47 | More by jmc44
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer sitting in the cellar that finally came out a few nights ago. Everyone at the Carolina Brewmasters flocked to this beer when I opened it up. I'm very glad I shared because although it's truly excellent in so many ways, it's difficult to finish or even get halfway through. Probably one of the hoppiest beers I can recall but just a fantastic style from a fanatastic brewery. Definitely need to pick some more up.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 03:31:58 | More by Backer2004
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big bomber to a pint glass. The liquid was oh so thick with malt that carbonation looked to be in slow motion. The head was 2 fingers thick off white and left nice lace.

The smell was very good big piney hops, and lots of big sweet malt to boot.

The taste followed well, Big hopy bitter but well balanced my a huge sweet malt. Wow this is the stuff.

The mouthfeel it great big and thick full body and great carbonation.

The drinkability is also very good, I could go on drinking. No need to stop. Prosit Mk

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 04:01:24 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of MVassar


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply an amazing beer. Get your hands on this one.

Gorgeous red/orange raw honey color. Surprisingly clear. Ample foamy head which looks like whipped French vanilla ice cream. Beautiful lacing.

Plenty of hops, pine, and citrus in the nose. Really jumps out at you.

Not a heavy beer, but loaded with flavor. Medium body, but oh what a body. Nothing cloying about this one, (unlike the Vertical Epic,) which is impressive, considering the amount of depth. Wonderful malty sweetness balanced with a sturdy backbone of bitter hops. Tastes of burnt sugar, citrus, (grapefruit peel?), and a huge amount of spicy hops.

Very smooth. Feels great in the mouth, with lively carbonation, and a rich, oily texture.

Drinkability? Well, this one could certainly be the ruin of me. One of the most pleasurable beer drinking experiences I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 02:28:51 | More by MVassar
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a light golden straw, with little carbonation and no head. Beautiful aroma of floral hops. First taste is a bit of a surprise, in that I am not being bowled over by sweetness and hops - but I love it! My only other Stone experience was the Stone 10th Anniversary - and that one did bowl me over with hops. This one is very hoppy - don't get me wrong - but it's much better balanced than I was expecting. It goes down the throat perfectly and leaves a wonderful hoppy aftertaste that keeps on giving. Some of the extreme American beers have been too sweet for my untested Canadian palate, but this one is really very, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 21:56:56 | More by sstackho
Photo of tcfishler


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange-amber with a short-lived white head.

Aromas are grassy-hoppy.

Mouthfeel is not very chewy but is incredibly oily. Hops are grassy/herbaceous in character, and they strike me as more drying than bitter. This beer really dries out the palate. Subtle sweetness pokes its head through the hops just before the finish, which is dry but not unpleasantly bitter. Alcohol is apparent only in a good way; it sweetens the beer and gives it excellent body, without creating any unpleasant heat or sharpness.

A big herbal mouthful of hops, but not as complex or bitter as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 17:17:51 | More by tcfishler
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours hazy orange with a thick head that leaves some lacing. The head remains at a thin, consistent layer.

The smell is an onslaught of fresh citrus. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, and some earthy dough all coime out.

The taste is of chewy, bitter hops. There is a nice complexity of a variety of citrus and floral hops - orange, lemon, grapefruit all intertwine. An earthy, bready flavor is mixed in to give it more than complexity. A dose of malt keeps it all together. There is an on-again, off-again alcohol kick to give it some spice. Sure, it's not "well-balanced", but that's the point, isn't it? The hop character keeps this one going....The finish is not quite as bitter as I was expecting, but the flavor lingers...

The feel is full (just a tad more fuller and this treat would be absolutely perfect), rich and creamy. Silky smooth...

This one rings in at 100+ IBU's. Want a hoppy beer? Well, here you go...But, it does have enough malt and yeast that the hops aren't all over the place. A wonderfully hoppy treat! As nice as it is, though, it is a bit "over-the-top" and serves as an occassional hop-treat! I definately recommend trying - esp. if you're a "hop-head"!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 04:31:52 | More by jwc215
Photo of NEhophead


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

1pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; Served in an oversized wine glass.

Glowingly hazy peach in color with golden highlights. Pillowy, creamy white head that fades to a whispy sheet after a moment. Spotted lacing with pretty good stick.

Bright, juicy hop oils practically jumping out of the glass. A bouquet of pine, pineapple, pear, and apricot that mix well with a soothing, warm alcohol presence. The creamy malt character is delicate, but quite noticeable, offering hints of vanilla and honey.

Lively, intense hop presence right off the bat: moderate citrus flavors with a bright, gritty pine. The yeast is felt with a slight mustiness that follows the intense hops. The honey-flavored, balanced malt mingles with a mellow alcohol character giving a braggot-esque taste. A dark, bold bitterness is followed by an aftertaste of aged fruit, oak, and pine.

Medium in body; light flavor profile, but a complex texture to match the intensity of each flavor component. Smooth, gritty; wonderfully balanced considering this 100 IBU hop monstrosity.

Stone certainly doesn't disappoint here. Very complex in flavor, holding nothing back. A must try for hopheads, but not for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 21:22:56 | More by NEhophead
Photo of mmcave


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

Poured into wine glass, despite the vessel the head is a foamy white color, with nice lacing. The body is a thick purpley maple syrup color, almost mahogany. Smells of subtle floral scents from the hop's contribution. The malt seems to take a wonderfully supportive role, balancing the lush hop presence. Some grape fruit, pine, citrus even toasty notes. The taste is much the same, with notes of toasted barely, subtle sweet malt, tons of refreshing hops. It's a dry, floral start, matched with mild sweet malt, the finish is the best very refreshing, second only to wonderful burps. This definitely lets the hop take over, in my favorite double IPAs there is a bit more sweet malt, but this is still a kick ass brew. Undoubtedly drinkable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 03:10:43 | More by mmcave
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

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

Pours a bright hazy orange similar to a darker straw color. Massive frothy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves great lacing present down the whole glass. No freshness mark found on the bottle. Great definition and explanation for the making of this beer on the back of the screen printed 22oz bottle. Always prove to make me smile. Great appearance gives way to a very impressive bouquet of hop florals and citrus tones. There is a slight sharpness in the nostrils with a mild hint of a caramel like malt flavor but mostly oily hop tones. Very floral and you know it has a fierce hop presence.

Taste was rather piney and sharp mix of different hop flavors. Massive flow of hop flavor but equally buttery and citrusy at the same time. Nice mix of hop flavors overwhelmed my palate. I knew what I was getting into but not for the faint hop experience. This beer brings the hop bite. Nice flow of hop tones from start to finish. Very floral and citrusy at first and then trails off to a nice dry hop finish. Mild hint of malt somewhere lost in the back ground. This beer has a tasty and refreshing hop flavor that is surprisingly tolerable. 100+ IBU count is very much there and blends very well throughout the beer. It is has an enjoyable hop taste that really does take over the pallet. If you were eating any dinner it may not taste the same after this beer. You may want to savor this selection alone. It is very well constructed and enjoyable not an overpowering smash in the mouth hop flavor. It is a controlled anarchy of hop fusion. Great brew with a good drinkability. This one is certainly worth a try any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 20:20:54 | More by bigone4
Photo of scruffwhor


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great honey/ambrosia color. Great, bright white head that slowly dissipates to bright layer of foam. The foam is kept intact by the plume of great bubbles rising to the top of the brew. And sheer magic makes that heavenly foam stick to the sides of my glass. Great malty, hop juicey aroma meld together in my nostril cavity. Mkaes me think of mommas biscuits melded with fresh wild flowers and citrus zest. The a great medium hop allure makes a malty melange of strong bitter and bready malt.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 17:40:32 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of largadeer


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance: Honey-colored with a fluffy white head that leaves behind a ton of sticky lace.

Smell: Spicy, resiny hops and little else. The fresh pine aroma is absolutely huge.

Taste: The taste closely follows the nose with a massive resiny hop flavor attacking the palate from the get-go. It sits on your tounge with a piney, oily, intensely hoppy taste, but the finish is smooth and even somewhat malty. Unexpectedly smooth, and even pretty mellow. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and very smooth.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable double IPAs out there. Too strong to session, but not so strong that you couldn't easily enjoy a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:33:03 | More by largadeer
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

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

Poured a medium orange honey colour with a great looking thick snow white head. Great head retention as it hung around for several minutes. Sticky, glue-like lacing on the edges of my glass. Looks good.
Smell is about what I expected with the West Coast style citrusy hops. What I didn't expect, however, was a touch of malty sweetness in the nose. Smell seems very well balanced.
I wish there was a 4.75, because I would certainly use it for taste on this one. The citrusy hops are, of course, present in the taste, but there is a very evident spicy / peppery "kick" that I have never before noticed in any beer. The hops hit your taste buds first, with a well balanced hop/malt middle, and then a quick pepper-like sensation. Nice. Very nice. Mouthfeel is quite nice, but I can see where this beer might be too assertive for some people.
I actually liked this more than I thought I would. Thanks to Ding for bringing this to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 00:41:17 | More by SilentSabre
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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