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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,374
Reviews: 3,072
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 396
Gots: 1,698 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Photo of Samp01
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light burnt orange with a nice eggshell head and some nice lacing. Aroma of floral citrus hops fill the senses imparting a nice fruity boquet. Taste is sweet floral citrus hops with some light tones of malt. Palate is nice full body, very nice carbonation. Finish is nice floaral citusy hops with a nice fruity body ending in a dry alcohol nuttiness. Overall a very nicely balanced DIPA

Photo of hopstradamus
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a bright, golden, pale color. It is bright, but still hazy. The head is a brilliant, fluffy, white but it settled quickly.

S. Hoppy, but not overly so. The hop aroma is perfumy and tropical, but it blends well with the bready malt character.

T. It is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I had expected. The hop taste is more fruity than perfumy, but it is still tropical. The taste moves from hoppy, to dry, to the bready/ doughy taste of the malt. Not overly bitter.

M. This beer is a little dry with medium mouthfeel and may be a little under-carbonated. The alcohol is nice as it helps accentuate the flavors of the beer.

D. This beer is a real treat, and one I can't wait to have again.

Photo of Lucklys
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy burnt golden-orange that was randomly scattered with tiny streams of carbonation. It held a gorgeous two-finger thick, creamy, milky white head shaded with buttery hues that lasted quite a while thanks to its excellent retention, and left lovely sticky lace in sheets along the glass. A nice collar formed around the edge as the foam dissipated and the liquid beneath cleared of the initial haze to a glassy orange amber as it warmed.

The nose was very pungent with lots of pink grapefruit juice and crushed pine needle hops that threatened to sting my nose, but at the same time seemed softly floral (thanks to the Centennial hops), keeping it perfectly balanced. Once my senses were wide awake, which took only one or two whiffs, there were some very mild sweet malts that presented themselves in the background. Hints of light lemon zest and maybe something pineappley, dried grass and hay spyhopped their way through the strong grapefruit and pine somewhere along the line, too, though more so as the beer warmed. Throughout the time I took just holding my nose over my snifter, the aroma never lost any of its spice or zest and remained hop central til the very end. Blissful and sinus clearing!

I started a relationship with Ruination and while the passion-filled riptide of extreme hops immediately overwhelmed me, it slowed down as the first sip reached my stomach, leaving a long-lasting piney bitterness holding onto my taste buds for dear life. Each sip afterward was continuously filled with dramatic pine needles and grapefruit rind hops and never left me disappointed (until I finished the beer, of course). Undertones of sweet pale malts rolled out from under all the hops for the briefest moments right at the end, forming an arching backbone just looking for a good, quick scratch before being washed over by a final wave of lemon peel and herbal resin. The mouthfeel was consistently medium, especially with the rich flavors, and was rather silky and creamy even with the good amount of spicy carbonation. It wasn't exactly smooth, but it was easy to drink and really quite delicious.

Photo of zhanson88
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/16 into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Ruination pours a bright, clear golden color with a full two fingers of eggshell white head. Retention is fantastic, and resulting lacing is chunky and fairly open.

Smell: Huge waves of citrus and grapefruit waft from this beer, absolutely mouthwatering. Piney hops follow, but are almost an afterthought after all of that citrus and grapefruit. I can also get some estery-type scents as well.

Taste: I can't imagine a DIPA tasting much better. I get just a bit of malt, and a ton of grapefruit and a bit less citrus start up front. Following is tangy, bitter hop flavor. More bitterness accentuates the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just under medium bodied and very smooth. The carbonation feels very good in the mouth. This beer is bitter in the extreme, but I still find it pretty damn drinkable. Drinking a full bomber will wreck the palate, however.

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


Appearance - The beer pours a hazy gold/amber colour with a nice size frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is excellent. The head lasted for quite a while before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Pine, breads/grains, grapefruit, tangerine, and a woodiness

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue, and the beer feels dry yet creamy. The flavours include grapefruit zest, a breadiness, and pine. There is also a lot of hop flavour mixed some nice floral notes. The beer finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A solid beer that I would be happy to drink again anytime. Worth checking out if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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

A 22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pale-Orange with a slight haze, creamy, foam head, with lacing that clings the entire offering.

S - Over-the-top hops from start to finish, but I can't help myself...Pure Bliss.

T - More hops, as you'd expect. Finishes slightly dry, with a lingering bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated with a slight, tart-pucker.

D - At 7.7% ABV, too big to pound, but just right to savor.

I truly enjoyed this offering from Stone, and look forward to having my taste buds wrecked again in the near future. Rock on!

Photo of ccbrewer138
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-I really like the color on this one. Deep pale with a thin white head of foam, brilliant and can see through if held up to a light.

S- very nice grapefruit and pine aromas, but not too overpowering.

T-this is definatly a hop bomb, very thick on citrus and pine. Nice clean bitterness from hops, balanced by a huge dallop of sweet and toasty malt.

M-sticky, and super heavy in body, but not over carbonated.

D-although I wouldn't drink a whole 6 pack in one sitting, this is top on my list the next time I want a double ipa.

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

Had this bottled and then on tap at Amity Hall. I figure Black Friday before I run over to Capone's is probably a good time to sneak in a review from notes.

It's heady with an golden and orange haze. Great little bubbles of lacing hug the glass as it goes down. Above the murky goodness it smells like straight and strong citrus hops, with a bit of a malts coming though too.

Taste is what you want when you order a WC hop bomb. Bit of temperance on the hops with some caramel, and overall it's well-crafted. It's got a solid medium body and great carbonation to really fill the palate, and a low enough ABV to be regularly drinkable.

Although I wouldn't be putting back 5 of these. At risk of losing all taste sensation in my mouth for weeks. Regardless - another great one, Stone.

Photo of mikeg67
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber. Pours golden-amber with a small but long lived white head. Aroma of piney, citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Medium, sharp body. Huge amount of citrusy, piney hops dominate the palate with sweet malt and ripe fruit provide great balance. Hoppy, dry, never ending finish. Great, complex IPA.

Photo of JizackFH
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice white foamy head. The head also left good lacing. It appears to be unfiltered.

S - The smell is very hoppy and earthy. There are also some fruity notes and some citrus as well.

T - The first taste is hops. Very piney. there are also some fruit flavors present. The finish is citrusy and bitter. This tastes just like a DIPA should taste.

M - This has a medium and good carbonation. There is also a nice crispness to it. The flavor of the hops sticks to the mouth and lingers for a while, leaving a little bit of a puckering feel.

D -This has great drinkability. I could drink these all the time. It goes down easy and I find it very refreshing. This is one of my favorite DIPAS. I can't wait to get some more of these.

Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a straight sided glass. Pours a golden and clear orange with an initial finger of white foamy head. Plenty of small bubble carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Head retention is minimum with light lacing as it receded.

Grapefruit peel and a floral hoppiness hits the nose. A bit of light biscuit malt sweetness as well to help balance the bitterness.

Taste follows the nose, citrus and floral hops bitterness upfront, but finishes dry and slight sweetness. A little bit of lingering bitterness lingers for a little while.

A good readily available dipa.

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

This beer pours a deep yellow, almost copper color, with a white head. The smell strong with citrus hops. The taste is a strong citrus hop flavor. Not getting much from the malt, from it being overpowered by the hops, and yet its in a good way. The mouthfeel is somewhat light and yet not medium. It is drinkable. Maybe ive just gotten use to ipa but I thought it was a very good beer.

Photo of gtn80
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a hazy, golden color with a bright white head that lasts throughout the pour. Lacing clings to the glass as the beer is drank.

Aroma is tremendous, huge, piney juicy hops. Nothing else in the nose, but what can you expect at 100+ ibu. As the beer is drank and the head dissipates the malt comes through a bit.

Taste is exactly what you would expect on a west coast ipa with that many ibus. Huge hop flavor up front, sticky, resinous hops. Malt is there, but damned if I can pick it out with all those hops. Big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Hop heads wet dream.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, almost creamy. Good weight, good carbonation.

Drinkability is surprising with this amount of hops. Bitterness is lingering, but what do you expect when you pop this beer open.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.99 / ea.

A: Bright copper body topped with a rocky off-white two-finger head of moderate retention that leaves behind thick sticky lace and a big rocky cover.

Note: A big ass fly also happened to float to the top after I poured. Yeah, it came out of the bottle. Pretty gross, but most likely a rare occurrence.

S: Big grapefruit citrus and pine aromas over a sweet caramel backbone. Prototypical West Coast IPA. Simple, but wonderful.

T: More balanced than the aroma suggested. Starts off with big sweet caramel malt flavors, transitions into hot and grassy flavors, and then finishes with a strong hop bitterness. Each drink is a journey. Very interesting.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and defined hop oil smoothness.

D: Really nice flavors, but at 7.70 abv this isn't something to over indulge. Have one before and during your meal and then take it easy for a bit. Not a craft beer for "beginners".

O: Right in Stone's wheel house and they wasted no time knocking it out of the park. Great IPA.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Slightly hazy yellow color and double finger head that dissipates quickly with some nice lacing.

The aroma is shockingly great. Hops - overwhelming (not in a bad way). Pine and grapefruit notes as well. Sweet citrusy aroma as well. One of the best aromas I've had.

Taste follows the aroma, but with some sweet malty flavor backing up the piney hops. That's what makes this taste work so well; it's got a great strong bitter hop flavor but balanced well enough with sweet malt to enjoy.

You can't drink too many of these without the ruination of your palate, which detracts from the drinkability. But, this is a must have brew for any hop lover.

Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a glass.
This beers color was a cloudy, pale, golden-brown. The head of the beer was frothy and Lacy but didn't last very long.
The smell was of Pine and a variety of strong hoppy aromas. (Very Enjoyable)
The taste of this beer started out just as the scent had suggested. and then the complexity of the hops was ever more present. Hops definitely the largest contributing factor to this beer and kinda hard to extract lots of other flavors through it. it had the Perfect bitter taste to it (not a killer, very pleasant) More smooth and sweet than i would have expected, The hops bring out very herbal notes in this beer. the aftertaste is also dry and quite bitter as well.
Mouth-feel is very pleasing. medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. leaves you feeling very warm.
The bottle warns you of how this beer wrecks your palate, so don't even try to eat anything you really want to enjoy while drinking this beer. other than that I wish I always had a steady supply of this beer because one could drink this every night. HIGHLY recommend this beer. Epitome of west coast IPAs.

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

12 oz bottle

Poured aggressively the brew produces a foamy inch and a half head, eggshell in colour. Very cloudy orange amber in appearance. Sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a strong auroma of pine and citrus notes. Taste is very delicious, goes down smoothly on the sip, almost a creamy taste of the pine hops then leaves a bitter taste in the finish. Medium bodied and good carbonation present. This is a very good IIPA, a good hop kick to it. Reasonable ABV means I could have plenty of these.
Appealing bottle and silly writeup on how good the beer included with every Stone beer...

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

a - Very pale and unfiltered, giving it a cloudy, yellow but slightly orange appearance. Looks great.

s - Hops for sure, really powerful aroma. The heavy pine smell also has some citrus, but not as strong as some other IPAs.

t - The first gulp is almost too much. Super hops. The sides of your tongue feel like they've been jabbed with pine needles. Then you acclimate to it. If you're into hops, its a winner. If you're not, what are you doing drinking a double IPA?

m - Pretty light and crisp, not much substance. This is a pro in this case, as any more substance and it would again become overwhelming.

d - This is a very strong brew. When I picked up a six-pack, I had every intention of having more than one that night. As it turned out, one was plenty.

Photo of NefariousR
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a tangerine, pale-orange. Hazy with a decent amount of sediment visible. Head is white, foamy, and sticky.

S - HOPS. Citrus notes, perhaps grapefruit. "Bright", fruity aromas.

T - Citrusy, with lots of unnameable fruit flavors. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting (from the smell or the label's "100+ IBUs" boast).

M - Oily and medium-bodied. Carbonation is present but not incredibly assertive. Sticks to the mouth and throat, making the flavors linger.

D - I was quite surprised by the drinkability of this brew. Yes, it is hoppy, but if you're an IPA fan then you will find a lot to like about this beer.

Photo of IIPA
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Currently enjoying this brew!

A = amber / golden, clear

S = good, malty, but too mild on the aroma hops

T = nice hoppage, hardly ruining the palate though, ends crisply, cleanly, excellent balance between malt and hops

M = light but slightly thick

D = very. I took a few sips before glancing at the 7.7% abv, I was surprised. Really drinkable.

Photo of acurtis
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured a beautiful hazy orange with huge bubbly white head which stuck to the glass nicely. Nice hop aroma with some pine and earthiness. Taste is like bam! of bitterness. Medium body. Nice hop flavor but super bitter. Quite drinkable for 7.7 abv.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale golden-orange. Slight head devolves into light, small bubbles.

S: Hops scream and citrus whines in the background. Nice and bracing. Oh, did I mention the hops? There are lots of hops. Lots.

M: Hm...Chewy, bready, hoppy. The maintaste is a carbonated hopbomb followed by drying, biscuity hops. At 100+ IBU, Ruination is intense and not entirely pleasant. Still, a good taste, with some supporting malts that just can't touch the hops.

M: Good, drying, bitter, hoppily stimulating.

D: Overrated. Although it's not unilaterally hoppy, it's definitely unbalanced. Too bitter and overwhelming to be drinkable. 7.7%, but it feels a lot stronger. Tentatively recommended...

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a large white lasting head.
Nose shows floral, grassy, earthy and resinous hops first, later giving way less complex pine and grapefruit. Underneath is some cookie dough-like malt, plenty of clean sweet crystal and some confectionery-like sweetness.
Flavours first consist of loads of sweet clean malt before being quickly overtaken by fruity, piney hops and a overbearing aggressive bitterness.
Carbonation is a little high, cuts through the malt too much.

Photo of yankiac
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright golden yellow with an nice long lasting lace

S - One word.... HOPS!!!! Piney ones...

T - Piney hops up front and a nice malty body. Very nicely balanced. Hops are noticeable, but not overbearing

M - Medium bodied

D - I could only have a few of these before my palate gave out.

Photo of biggjohnstudd68
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A light, yet rich and unfiltered amber hue sets the tone for the rest of this wonderful drinking experience...

Smell: A deceptively light aroma right off of the top of the head... You can DEFINITELY detect the hops here... And a mellow after tone of that semi-sweet maltiness which will be discovered in the tasting...

Taste: The hops is bitter and bold right off the bat... A very welcome kick in the teeth! That slight of sweet maltiness that you smelled before the tasting definitely comes to life almost immediately after the parade of the bitter deliciousness of the hops passes over your palette...

Mouth: The cloudiness that is rendered upon the initial pour is not at all present in the finish... Surprisingly clean and crisp for and I.P.A.!

Drink: It's clean... It's crisp... It's complex... Some will tell you to only have one. I will tell you that it is very addicting and as a HUGE fan of ALL I.P.A.'s, I urge you to have another. I doubt I would have to twist your arm though...

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,374 ratings.