1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,291 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 10,291
Reviews: 3,055
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 395
Gots: 1,613 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone Ruination IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,291 | Reviews: 3,055 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GregSVT
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a murky yellow at first that settles into a golden yellow as it sits. It starts with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of hop aromas in the form of pine, grapefruit, and slight tropical fruits. This really smells great.

T: The tastes start with a punch in your mouth of bitterness and after your mouth adjusts you can taste grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. They really mean Ruination!

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. The carbonation is good for the style.

D: This is a good DIPA but the bitterness is a bit much for me. I would drink this again but it's one and done for me.

I've heard plenty about this beer and seen it on the shelves for a long time. Glad I finally tried this bad boy out.

Photo of silentjay
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange with a big off-white froth that sticks around a while and leaves tons of lacing with each sip.

aroma is hoppy greatness. lots of pine and biter citrus with some bready malts showing their support. The hop aroma in this one is epic.

Flavor is exemplary as well. tons of piney and juicy citrus hops blend well. a bit of fresh mint, lemon zest, orange juice, grapefruit juice, and flowers. malt is light, but is of light bread. Hops are the story here, and they are glorious.

a tad bit thin bodied with generous carbonation and tons of syrupy resin left long after the swallow that leaves a bitterness on the palate.

so easy to drink. tasty, refreshing with little alcohol harshness. One of my favorites, its even better fresh on tap.

Photo of Kiwano
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: light hoppy with a tiny bit of citrus.

T: Light with bright hop taste. Some grapefruit (including a bit of pith) and a touch of bitterness that stays through for a while after a sip.

M: Tight bubbles almost fizzy.

D: Refreshing - good during the summer.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.26/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a golden orange with yellow highlights. It has a frothy, white head, about 2 fingers, that dissipates rather quickly. Only a pinstripe head is left on the edge of the glass with average lacing.

S: Not a complex nose. Floral and citrus hops are evident with a malty backbone.

T: This beer has a balance flavor of bitter citrus hops and malts. The initial taste on the palate is sweet, then goes hoppy, and ends with a pleasant bitter finish. An aggreeable aftertaste, the malts create a nice back bone for this beer. However, this beer's flavor can be summarized in one sentence by a friend... "it taste like I'm chewing on an orange peel."

M: A lean texture with a medium body and carbonation.

D: It's a good IPA, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. Not my favorite beer of this style.

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

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Tan orange and amber, golden brown, 1/4 foamy head with some sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit, Hops oils, a little sugar and spice also.

Taste - Strong hops, bitter grapefruit,Hop oils and a little alcohol burn at first sip. After the hop crush hits you, then some sweet fruits and sugars come out to round this amazming beer out.

Mouthfeel - Its a d-ipa for sure. Its bitter and strong, tounge gets the numbed hop effect along with some fruits and sugars, palate gets more hops, and a finish of pine and sweet fruits. Aftertaste is very bitter, dry and piney.

Drinkability - Truely a world class ipa, very hoppy, and the alcohol isnt over the top. You must really enjoy hops to fully understand what this is all about. Still after years of drinking this, i can come back to it and enjoy as much today as yesterday. The price on this is a little much, 14-19$ a six pack, so when i do drink this, i buy a case to counter the overlal price per bottle. Its worth it, top 5 double ipa on the planet, enough said.

Photo of MysticRuler
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted twice

Truly an IPA with flamboyant flavors that really pop. Behind the initial whiff of floral, citrus bitterness, was a wall of strong malt backbone which held the hoppiness in check. Clearly they were going for a style which would blow your socks off and they sure succeeded. If I had any criticism it is that it lacked a bit of complexity in the hoppiness...the strongest hops seemed to drown out the more floral elements a tad, sort of like an orchestra where the brass overshadows the woodwinds. For a comparable style with more complexity, at least in this man's opinion, try the Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Photo of dditto2
4/5  rDev -7%

I was afraid to review this beer unfairly, with it being the first stone ive drank since an unpleaseant expierience with arrogant bastard years ago, Ive since then aquired a taste for IPA's. Here goes.
1pt 6 oz bottle into oversize wine glass.

Golden n cloudy with a medium head slowy dissapating. Minumal carbonation. much lacing.

Aroma is very very citrusy. Extreme citrus is the only scent im picking up, quite nice.

Taste is very hoppy and citrus. A little over the top with hops but better than I expected, and exactly what they were going for. Also a bit piney. Very piney aftertaste.

Feels creamy and moderate carbonation.

Quite drinkable, better than I expected. Ive shyed away from the stones but this will definately open me back up to them. Quite a unique and pleasent expirience for the IPA drinker. As the bottle explains, not for the beginner! Will enjoy again, After I cycle through the Stones. Easy beer to drink too fast while reviewing! HA HA! DONT DRIVE!

Photo of perrymarcus
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a hazy yellow/orangish tone; a little shy of two fingers' foamy white head; impressive retention and lacing. a handsome brew.

nose thumps you with a strong piney, citrusy gust of hops; that said, it's somewhat one-dimensional. despite ruination's reputation i've been more impressed by "lesser" DIPAs.

taste naturally follows with strong hoppy flavors - more floral than i picked up in the smell to accompany the citrus and pine; a touch of malt, and decided bitterness in the finish.

solid mouthfeel, crisp with a medium body. i would not object to another. in the end, a strong IPA/DIPA that holds its own... though likely more appealing to fans of the bitter end of the style's spectrum.

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

12 oz bottle of fridge poured into a pint glass. best before 7-8-2010, so a little over a month overdue, but i dont think it will hurt the 100+ ibu.

pours a hazy golden, orange, a little yellow when held up to the light. a nice 2 fingers head that was pretty retentive, left a nice 1/4 inch of creamy white foam. some nice lace.

i smelled them perfumey hops as soon as i cracked the cap. resinous perfumey hops dominate, some earthy, floral, and citrus notes. a nice caramel/ toasted grain malt backing. not bad, but ive smelled hoppier.

the taste is great. has a nice balance, but its a little more hoppy than malty. resinous perfumy hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit citrus, a little pine and maybe a little floral at times. a nice toasted grain/ caramel malt back. leaves a great lingering bitterness with undescribably great lingering flavors. kind of like a tasty mix of malts and hops that just come together to leave this great taste in your mouth that just dominates your palate. the finish is my favorite. almost worthy of a 5.

a great mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. medium to heavy feeling body. oily resinous hops just wreck your palate after each sip, i love it!

dangerous drinkability, the alcohol doesnt get in your way at all. i could sip this all night, i just wish i had more than this one 12 oz bottle.

ive had this before and ill definatly have it again. i would really like to try this fresher next time, but as is, it still tasted amazing. the aroma didnt really live up to my expectations, but the taste exceeded them by far. highly recommended DIPA in my book!

Photo of uhhhaaron
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed 07-08-2010, 22oz bomber into pint glass.

appearance: pours a nice cloudy/hazy orange color with a clean, frothy 1.5 finger head.

smell: tropical fruits right off the bat. The big three are mango, pineapple & orange.. A citrus delight. Tropical/fruity goodness :) you also get a wave of that Stone pine aroma & grapefruit. But for the most part the fruits dominate. Almost no booze smell detection. A pleasant smelling brew.

taste: sweetness upfront. Again you get hit with the same tropical fruits as the nose. Then a GIANT rush of hop bitterness takes over. Oily resin, lots of pine, lots of grapefruit/hoppyness compose the finish. Just what you expect from a Stone double IPA.

mouthfeel: a bit creamy with a medium body. Finishes pretty crisp with a nice hoppy taste lingering on the palate.

drinkability: for a Stone double IPA, very easy to put down. couldn't put the glass down. Solid!

Photo of foogerd
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy deep orange with a tan foamy head with plenty of lacing
S- i smelled the fresh hops a foot away from the beer while pouring no question about it thats what dominates the nose , i do get a malt sweetness after taking a few more sniffs
T- wow! now this is what a dipa should taste like
! the hops are perfectly integrated with a malt backdrop, i get grapefruit citrus notes and lots of bitterness from the hops, the malt background quells the bitterness without compromising the IPAness of the beer.
M- oily, carbonation tickles the tongue just right
D- wheres the 7.7 on this ?! i cant find it an amazing brew a great example of a pimped ipa

Photo of HanTran
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An over-rated ImpIPA. Weak in the nose with the standard qualities there but only barely. Looks nice, laces well,but a bit pale in color. Flavor is predominately unmasked alcohol with a bit of over-ripe fruit and a lot of grapefruit, not complex. Finish is all bitter and sour.

A good ImpIPA but not great as its rating would indicate, guess its been well marketed though.

Photo of deadliest
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like all Stone products, a model of what it's style should look like. How do they do that so consistently? Amber golden with 1.5 finger of persistent eggshell head. Just about perfect.

Smell: Citrusy hops and pine needles dominate the nose. If there's malts in there at all they've been bullied into not coming out to play.

Taste: Supposedly there's malts that come along in the back end, but I don't find them at all. I'm too busy appreciating the hops that are a fine blend of 'purposely' bitter and smooth citrus flavors.

Feel: Excellent feel for what it is. All the flavor, and at that % ABV while still retaining a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. Rivals the appearance in perfection.

Drink: Very good. I could drink a few of these, but I have to admit my palate would be wrecked if I had more than two. I don't even know if that's a fault or not, since this beers charm is in how extreme it is.

Photo of mash4077
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to glass

A- Pale yellow, a bit cloudy, with half a finger of white head with good retention.

S- Powerful citrus hops. Love the hop smell but it's not very varied or complex.

T- Wow, it truly lives up to its reputation. Intense hops flavor from start to finish, mostly citrus in character. Malts are subtle but definitely there, with a sweet and mellow ice-cream taste. Floral hops come out a little more as it warms, adding a new dimmension to the taste. This is not one to gulp down right out of the fridge. Very nice.

M- Great body, great carbonation, a creamy feel on the toungue with some light fizz.

D- Not that great, but I guess a little better than I expected for the hop profile. All in all a truly great beer.

Photo of jal30
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is one of those beers that for me was just overhyped, and I never came around on it. Really nice amber appearance with very little head. I consider myself a big hophead, but this is one of the few big IPAs that I find really undrinkable. There is a really nice piney hop aroma and boy is the taste just a magnification of that smell. I just find Ruination to be too uncomplicated in its bitterness--an overload on hops as I often enjoy, but just in an unpleasant manner. Certainly a solid beer, but not one I will continue to seek out. I have had it four or five times now, including on tap, and it just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of KSac4115
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, golden orange with about a one finger, white head.

Strong floral scent with hints of pine. Some fruity smells and a mild citrus smell. Smells very sweet and almost sappy like.

Taste is citrusy and hoppy. Very well blended flavors. A fairly good hoppy, bitter bite to it but nothing overpowering. Again, very well blended flavors. A mild grapefruit taste mixed with other sweet tastes to start finishing off bitter.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for its alcohol percentage. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer despite its high alcohol content and hopiness. Extremely solid Imperial IPA. Very pricey but I really can't get enough. Will definitely be going back for more. Highly recommend for IPA lovers.


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

22oz bomber with lots of words on it. Hazy yellowish orange with some head and great lacing the entire duration of the beer. Smells of citrus hops and pine. Taste is damn good. Lots of hops taste with pine and citrus as well. A solid bitter beer and a great beer. Has that classic "Stone" taste to it, just with more hops. Enjoy this hoppy concoction, but don't waste any of your good beers for afterwards.

Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper pour with a dense white head. Wet grape-fruity hops coming out int the aroma balanced by honey sweet malts, and some leafy/grassiness. Grassy wet grapefruit hop flavor with a sticky sweet malt body and bitter pine finish. Medium-full body with a nice gentle carbonation.

Photo of Spica66
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz into pint glass.

A: Deep amber/orange color. Decent head formation with minimal retention.

S: Citrus and pine hops are the only smell coming out of this glass!

T: Hops with hops and a sprinkling of hops.

M: Take note all other brewers of the world: You don't have to have sticky or syrup mouthfeel in your DIPA!!

D: With the the great taste and smell, light mouthfeel and reasonable ABV, I don't see how a DIPA could get any more drinkable than this one!

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nice deep golden color with a two fingers width head which dissipates but never disappears. I wouldnt call it lacing as much as i would a coating,nice sticky lacing everywhere!!

S-Nice floral/citrousy hop aroma touched slighty by malts.

T-Hop bitterness dominates but is mellowed by a nice touch of malts on the back end.

M-medium bodied and the bitterness lingers but I welcome that with open arms. Very nice to see/taste/feel and smell 100+ IBU's in a single IPA. wonderful.

D-Although i may prefer more citrous/grapefruit in the taste of my hops This is one Brew that certainly stands alone and makes one never lament for a second having opened it!


Photo of Schmaltzy
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice hazy golden color with orange hues and 1 finger head that leaves light lacing.

S- Hops, Hops, Hops. Nice citrus and pine hops front and center with a slight sweet maltiness on the backend, definate west coast Imperial IPA.

T- Nice light caramel malt with the 100+IBU's kicking in quickly to add tons of hops and bitterness. Loads of pine and light citrus hops dominate the taste buds.

M- Good medium body with ample carbonation that cleanses the tounge and with 100 IBU's it is definately a West Coast IPA....

D- I finished a six pack within several hours with no hesitations, but I am a HOPHEAD and at less than 8% this is definately drinkable for those who love hops.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Pours a hazy straw color, with a slight twinge of orange. Provides a small white head that ends up as a small film. Very spotty lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops hit the palate right away. There is a small amount of bready malt in there. Very nice aroma.

T: Hops hops and more hops. Lots and lots of pine hops, with just a tad, of bready malt.

M: Leaves a bitter taste on the palate. The beer boasts about 100+ IBUs and it certainly does taste that way.

D: For me, I can drink multiple in a sitting despite the higher ABV. One of my favorites.

Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a white head. Little carbonation.
Smell was a mild grapefruit aroma with hops in the background.
Taste is citrus with a hop finish and a touch of alcohol at the end.
The mouth fell was of a medium body.
Definitely drinkable. Another good brew from Stone.

Photo of originalsin
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top off this growler, eagerly anticipating that loud, intense "pop" but it seemed far more toned down than usual. The pour yielded a fat pillowy head nonetheless.
Smell is heavily of grapefruit - it's very very hoppy. This brew smells like a double ipa, I can't help but think that. A lot of hoppy goodness on the nose...
Taste follows suit - there's a big hop presence here, and a good deal of it presents itself as the mildly bitter taste of grapefruit.
There's also a strong malty backbone to this beer though.
The beer is medium bodied but still it's an easy drinking beer. Always has been a favorite of mine. I wish I'd opened this growler a bit sooner (waited a good month....) but still, it's perfect. I love Stone, and I love Ruination.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into Stone I.R.S. tulip. Pours golden-orange with two fingers of fluffy head. The aroma is a very pleasant blend of orange, apricot, lemon, a bit of pine and piles of hops. The taste is dominated by the citrus flavors with a bitter hoppy finish. The 100+ IBUs stay at bay for much of the experience, and the mouthfeel is oily and memorable. It doesn't get much better than this.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,291 ratings.