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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,294
Reviews: 3,055
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 395
Gots: 1,614 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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

Ruination. Don't drink this if you're not ready for massive hops. It says so on the back label! Of course this is true most west coast Imperial IPAs.

Hazy, then clearing amber pour with a great head and retention and fine lacing.

An excellent nose full of grapefruit, a little pine, and a little bit of something I just could not identify. Certainly nothing I'd ever smelled in a beer. The smell promised great things.

The taste delivered. Amazing hops and a wide variety of bitter flavors to boot. Of course grapefruit, tangerine, and pine, but then that strong bitterness that is common to many Stone beers. The great thing is this one never becomes too bitter and it never escalates with each sip. As the beer warmed a little malt shone through. Almost like a joke to say "sure we could have balanced it but why bother?"

Good mouthfeel, but I felt a little low on the carbonation. Maybe they got it right though, because if the carbonation were a little stronger the bitter flavors might not be as supple.

Quite drinkable and refreshing. One bomber is enough for me.

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

Absolutely overwhelming DIPA which, as promised, will destroy your palate. Hops are so aggressive as to be borderline mean, and yet the beer is highly drinkable. Far more so than some of the absurdly hopped concoctions being pumped out of less adept breweries these days.

If you like IPAs/DIPAs, you have to try this. If you're not a hops fan, meanwhile, this is one to steer clear of.

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

Out of all the Stone beers that ive got this is prob the one im most looking forwards to as its not everyday i get to drink these brews but anyway it pours a beautiful see through tangello hue with really nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing everywhere,it really does smell as it good as it looks with massive hints of passionfruit,grapefruit,strong pine resin and some peach,it has a nice fullish sticky mouthfeel which really coats the inside of your mouth and leaves you with tastes of pine,passionfruit,lychee,stonefruits and you also get a touch of caramel malts with the hoppy fruit sensation that ends with a nice kick of biterness but not over the top bitterness for a hop head like me which really gives this brew the highest for drinkability because the alcohol is well hidden behind a beautiful taste that is nicely balanced in my mind and by all means this brew will be a staple brew for me im really digging it.

Photo of HopCrazy
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer. Perfectly balanced, complex hops of pine and citrus with an earthy backbone matched up with just the right amount of sweetness to bring it full circle. The mouthfeel is exceptional with a smooth buttery character which is rich but not too thick. Looks good with a nice sheet of thin lacing down the entire glass. The aroma is a nice preview of the intense flavor that is about to hit your pallet. One of my all time favorite beers that I buy whenever I get the chance.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of orange and pine hops. The beer just smells hoppy. The flavor is a lot of bitter oranges with some caramel malt mixed in. The flavor is very juicy. High bitterness, but still pretty drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of SteelKettle
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. orange/amber with a nice off white head which left great lacing.

S. fresh hop aroma with grassy hints

T. bitter start bitter finish it had a slight citrus fruit flavor

M. crisp great body with good carbonation

D. AWESOME very solid IPA enjoyed very much...

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

Clear caramel pour with a medium, pillowy white head. Typical IIPA aroma, big hops, some pine. Flavor initially gave two immediate impressions: 1) the palate was slightly heavy, as if the malt was just slightly overpowering the hops, and 2) a faint but noticeable presence of fruit that is not typical of this style, along the lines of mango or passion fruit. The tropical fruit impression is very nice. I wish the bitterness was a bit lower so those fruits could shine more. Thanks to my brother-in-law Chris.

Photo of chumba526
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears light orange color with a thin layer of white foam.
It smells of citrusy, grassy hops. There is an ever so slight malt sweetness present in the smell as well.

The taste: hops, hops, and hops. A strong citrus grassy hop bite first shows up, the citrus flavor adds to an excellent palate wreaking bitterness. A nice mild caramel malt flavor helps balance the beer slightly. The bitterness remains on the palate for a while. Hoppy bitterness defines the taste.

Carbonation is moderate, I would say about medium.

Drinkability is quite nice. It is quite light and smooth for being so bitter.

Overall this is one of the beers that got me into craft beer. This is a new classic Imperial IPA. It might not be as complex as some IIPAs but it sure is tasty. If you haven't had this beer: buy it.

Photo of Metuo
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Two inch creamy head that laces slighty on the glass. Beer color is an orange hue that brightens nicely when held up to the light.

S: Flowery hops, citrus notes, and a slight bit of malt.

T: Very complex. Lots of hops obviously, with some lemon and orange flavors, also alchol and some malt presence. Bitter, but pleasant; it numbs the mouth in a good way.

M: Smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D: Goes down easily enough but shreds the palette (as advertised), so any beers after this one would taste almost bland.

Overall a fabulously complex and balanced IPA. It is among the best I have ever had.

Photo of cdfairchild31
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 1pint, 6 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Appearance, well...gorgeous. Mildly opaque brew, crisp golden color. Fluffy head, 2 finger-breadths, nice lacing. Scents of herbs, citrus and flowers persist in the nose. Starts with a good punch of malt flavor. Citrus and woody flavors begin to appear with warming alcohol throughout. While 100 IBU's made me think this would be a bitter offering from Stone, it was actually well balanced and had just the right amount of hops. Feels substantial in the mouth, you know you are drinking a worthy beer. Easily one of the most drinkable IPA's out there, and by far one of the most enjoyable. I will be keeping one of these around for a rainy day.

Photo of tewaris
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing Co.
Imperial IPA
7.7% ABV
100+ IBUs
12 oz bottle with an "enjoy by" date of October 19, 2010 poured into a New Belgium snifter

Appearance 5/5
Very clear orange-red; amber when backlit with white light. Big, off-white, persistent head and insanely fantastic lacing.

Aroma 5/5
Very fresh and herbal, intense, hop aroma. Piney and grassy. I can smell it without sticking my nose in it.

Taste 5/5
Starts bitter, finishes bitter; or as BJCP says, absurdly bitter. There's a decent malt backbone, but I must say that it's just a backbone: no sweetness can be perceived when the beer is cold and it's tough to let it warm (see Drinkability). But for the sake of review, I let another bottle warm up, and the hop flavor, combined with the malts renders a fruity character before the finish. But this beer is not about malt character at all. It's all it claims to be! A dry and bittering finish, with notable warming; not just mouth (tongue, teeth, even lips), even my throat is bitter. The best kind of bitter, that could have gotten annoying, which brings us to the next item.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Hard to say whether it's an IPA or a DIPA, on the basis of mouthfeel alone but this won't deter me from giving this one the best score. The body is spot on, less than this could have made this an annoying experiment. Well carbonated and crisp, but not harsh.

Drinkability 5/5
Supreme. Nobody can have just one*
*Talking about those who can have one in the first place.

Indeed a liquid poem to the glory of the hop. Had been waiting to get a fresh bottle to review and I have to say, it doesn't get better.

Photo of beer1018
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears bright orange with smoth white head that disapates slowly and leaves some nice lace behind. Smell is all fruity hops like you just put your face in a bucket of them. Taste is all bitter hops but not in the way that ruins it for me.Moutfeel and drink are both right for the style, nothing special here. All around this is one of my favorites from stone so far.

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

12oz. Bottle, poured in a sam adams glass.

A - golden beer with a small head. 1 finger head, heavy lacing down the glass. Always a good sign.

S - the hop aroma is very present, although not as strong as many pale ales ive had. Definitely some pine aromas coming out of this glass.

T - ive forgotten just how bitter this beer is. The taste is crisp and refreshing with some good fruit flavors on the front end and a strong malt follow through. Really balanced well.

M - again this is crisp and light. Maybe not the best mouthfeel of any ipa ive had, but certainly up there.

D - the only ding id give it here is that its so bitter that it would be hard to drink more than 1.

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

golden orange a tad lighter in color with a nice head of something nice and sticky. but it looks like a decent IPA. nothing too showy. have has seem difference in bottles in aging. like most it mellows as it gets older. but it seems to age in two directions. either the hops mellow and the sweet honey malt quality comes out. the finish is bitter like day one though. or there is a tamer bitter and it seems to have an extremely robust floral quality. rather in your face lavender and pine. a good balance. there is many quality to this great beer. i really appreciate a imperial IPA with a lower ABV. more balance and less gravity. in the border of crisp and malty dessert.

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

A: Poured from the growler (32 ozer purchased from Westmere Bev this afternoon; full growler was $17.99) into a pint glass. Body is clear, light honey-amber with a half-finger whitish head, which settles quickly to film. Leaves no real lace.

S: Nice. Hops. Citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Slight note of wet cardboard, comes across as metallic or minerally at times.

T: Follows the nose. Sweetish malt foundation (honey-like a bit), followed by lemony citrus, and slightly grassy pine hops. Maybe a touch of mint toothpaste. Lingering lemon in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, slightly oily/slick, which cuts a bit of bitter hop "bite." Doesn't feel - or appear to be - highly carbonated.

D: Very good. I remember back in the day when I thought this beer was too in-your-face hoppy. But now, years later, it seems only modestly bitter. This half-growler will be gone soon.

Photo of DJED69
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional. Stone IPA is a att-time fave, but this just takes what I love about that beer and kicks it up a bunch of notches. What grabs me most is the smell---its amazing. Intense. Glorious. The color is typical amber-orange with a nice head retention and lacing. Taste is not as insane as one would expect---hops up the wazoo, yes---but very drinkable. Real juicy and bitter up front, but smooth---then finishes dry. Really an amazing beer. And at $4.50-5 a bomber locally, a steal. Love it and think it's time I get another glass full in front of me real soon. A must try!!

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

A - pours a darker yellow with a really nice fluffy head

S - smells of tons of grapefruit and sweet citrus malts with some biscuit malt. Awesome nose.

T - thankfully, the nose provides a very good preview of what's to come from this brew. Loads of sweet and citrusy hops dominate the palate; however there is quite a bit of buttery caramel malt to balance out the 100+ IBU onslaught. It leaves with a bitter finish. This reminds me a lot of hopslam.

M - buttery, slick mouthfeel with a body in between medium and full that goes down smoothly.

D - wow. This is a solid IPA. When I pick up new ones to try, this is how I hope they taste. Tgis was a pleasure to drink. Definitely recommended!

Photo of begforme4484
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy, amber orange.

Smell is of a ton of hops. Piney hops strongest to the nose with a nice floral and citrus scent. Can smell a slight sweet doughy malt scent deep in the background.

They call this beer Ruination for a reason. It ruins your palate. Any beer you consume after this beer, its taste is void. Hops, hops, hops.. and a little more hops. Nice citrus and very bitter hop taste immediately. It's one of those palate cripplingly bitter beers. The punishment is oh so good. Pine and citrus hops are having a little battle over who you taste more. There is a slight bready flavor in the background too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Just what you'd expect from a west coast IPA.

Photo of jskoog
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange with nice white head.

S: Wonderful smell of citrus, pine with a slight floral bouquet.

T: True to their word this will ruin your pallet for the night. After trying as many DIPAs as I can get my hands on, this one still stands out. If you like Citrus and pine hops you will love this beast. Not a lot of balance with very little malt back but wow does this taste good. In my opinion this is the best all out hop brew I have had. I pick these up on occasion just to realign my love for big hops.

M: Clean crisp carbonation perfect for the style.

D: If you want a pure hoppy IIPA, this is where you should be looking.

My favorite beer by Stone, and I like a lot of their beers.

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

appearance: Beautiful orange-amber with a substantial foamy head.
smell: Floral, and citrus hops. Not as complex or remarkable as I was expecting.
taste: Smoother than i expected. Brutally hoppy to be sure but well balanced.
mouthfeel: Nice, full and creamy.
drinkability: Not as much as even some of the higher ABV DIPA's.

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

Being something like the 2,149th person to review this masterpiece, there's almost certainly nothing new I can say, but I'll give it a shot if only for my own records.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a generously apportioned, sticky, frumpy, craggy, mess of a white head. Aromas practically run the gamut of hop adjectives (minus "earthy" and "woody"), but are primarily citrusy, then piney and resinous, with floral notes to boot. I also detect a bit of caramel on the nose and a faint hint of alcohol, which is hardly surprising considering the abv. Taste-wise, the hops truly do perform an absolute palate-wipe. Unless you are eating something sweet and sticky ( like bbq ribs) or strong and greasy (like garlic fries), I wouldn't recommend this for a suitable pairing, but if such dishes are the case, you need search no further than this beer to find a match made in heaven.

Photo of chaz410
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer at the flying saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours a straw colored yellow body with a finger length white head.
Smells of intense pine and grassy hops. Very dry smell with very little malt undertone.
The taste is similar to the smell, very dry, piney, hoppy and some citrus note. There's some basic caramel like quality to the malt but it's mostly the hop dry kick. Very bitter on the end and very dry.
It's mouthfeel could be thicker in comparison to other IPAs in this ABV field.
It's not very drinkable because of the intense hop dryness but that's what most people order this beer for. I knew what i was getting into when I ordered it and I don't regret a sip

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with one finger of head that reduces to some lacing around the top of the beer. Decent lacing down the sides as I drink.

S: A lot of citrus and of course a ton of hops. It has a sweetness, but isn't overpowering.

T: This beer certainly has some phases to it, at first you get hit with some floral components. Then you get the hops/bitterness followed by the bready malts that even everything out.

M/D: It is creamy and medium bodied, nice carbonation and easy drinking. While it is quite drinkable, I don't plan on kicking back more than one of these in a night.

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

Picked up a growler at whole foods. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A- three fingers of sudsy off white head from a hard pour that slowly settles to a small amount of cascading lace and a big ring. A good swirl brings the head right back. Hazy copper orange in color.

S- piles of citrusy hops and a mild sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit and oranges, tropical fruits. Honey and powdered sugar. The smell just intoxicates you as the brew warms. Simply amazing.

T- hops, hops, and some more hops. Grapefruit dominates but there's some pine apple and tangerine in there too. Some pine and a grassy herbal veg touch, but to a lesser extent. Malts are there but never steal the show. Brings to mind toasted wheat bread and some light brown sugar. Long semi astringent finish.

M- a step or two about medium in body and even one more step in carb that tingles the tongue aggressively.

D- this one is all about the hops and doesn't leave you short. Not for the faint of heart for sure. I took me some years to enjoy this brew but now I really dig it.

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

Stone Ruination has a well-earned reputation as one of the best DIPA's. Immediately after opening, the beer bursts with hop aroma, notably grapefruit and orange rind. The beer was a tawny amber with a centimeter of foam floating on top of the ale. The beer is fiercely bitter with a lot of West Coast hop flavors, especially putteringly bitter and acidic Cascade hops. The mouthfeel was oily and thick from the hop resins. The malt takes a backseat in this beer and the hops really sing. This is a great beer and highly recommended

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,294 ratings.