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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,969
Reviews: 3,004
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 359
Gots: 1,295 | 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 JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently because this was available as a single bottle and this beer rated pretty highly on here. I'm not the biggest of hopheads but I appreciate a well-crafted beer regardless of the style and without a doubt, this will please any hophead or lover of Stone's beers!

This had a great pour to it - a nice frothy head on top of a gorgeous opaque golden hue that glowed nicely in the light and a good amount of lacing down the side of my pint glass. The taste is hoppy but not overpowering, with a lot of floral, citrus, and pine notes. This is pretty similar to some of Sierra Nevada's offerings but it doesn't have that buttery consistency to it. Rather, it's just a bit thinner and lighter in hue and the head never fully dissipates. I wouldn't say that this has a dry hopped feel to it, but it's not far away either since I'll probably wash this down with a small chaser of water afterward.

The beauty of this beer is that I can't taste or feel the alcohol in this at all. It's strong but only because of what's written on the bottle. As other on here have attested, this is a textbook I.P.A. and won't disappoint anyone looking for the epitome of this style. Once again, Stone has another winner here!

JerzDevl2000, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of joozyboozy
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangish yellow and murky with a small bit of white head.

the smell was sweet and citrusy with malts present.

the best way to describe the taste was BALLS. and thats what this beer had, hop hop hoppy! but if you didnt spit out the first sip you would notice sweet delicious citrusy flavors and accents of malts in the undertones. honestly i loved the punch this beer had!

it was a smooth and lightly carbonated brew.


joozyboozy, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Duttonic
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A- Pours two fingers of nice, off white head. Light golden color, vaguely transparent. Lacing sticks around for the long haul.

S- Amazing floral hop notes. I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle.

T- Bitter, but not overpowering. Delicious, clean, crisp.

M- Amazingly smooth, carbonation is very apparent. Rich, but not overindulgent.

D- I don't think I will have any trouble finishing the bomber, but I couldn't drink this all night. Delicious though.

I think you really have to be in the mood for an IPA to drink this, but I highly recommend it. I think this epitomizes what a great IPA should taste like.

Duttonic, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of DNICE555
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Magic Hat #9 pint glass.

A - Fairly clear with a light orange body and nice white head.

S - Piney, Hops, Grapefruit, A certain sweetness... melons maybe, big aroma on this one.

T - I was expecting more hops, hoppy, but nothing overpowering. Only slightly bitter. Enjoyed the pine on this one. Light fruity sweetness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, very well balanced. smooth, not Pliny smooth, but smooth.

D - Love the piney hoppiness - bursting with flavor, really stimulates the senses.

DNICE555, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle with out a "BEST BY" date into a St. Bernadus goblet. Beer is orangish yellow with a thin white head and low carbonation. Head diffusely forms a thin broken film on top of the beer. A little lacing is left on the glass, not much to speak of. This beer has a lot of haze, as is customary with DIPA these days, it is not clear at all.

Aroma is strong but not overpowering. Some alcohol in the nose, not much, a lot of citrus and a considerable measure of pine. I can pick up a little malt in the aroma as well.

Beer is slightly warm in the mouth. Not a strong alcohol content in the flavor though. Moderate mouthfeel, not too thick not to thin. The definite feel of the beer is in the hop character. There is a lot of back end bitterness, mostly pine in nature, an interesting beer. The midpalate flavors are covered by the high malt. Drinkability is fine. The bitterness grows on me and ends up slowing the consumption.

drabmuh, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours that dark golden, near-orange you get from a quality DIPA. Head & lacing do their job, nothing too out of the ordinary.
That juicy pine-grapefruit you know and love in a quality DIPA smell.
Hops, heavily pined and slightly floral. Juiciness from malt reveals itself and is then drop-kicked by the bitter, burning of hops and more hops, yet not to the point of being undrinkable. Sweet, dry, cloying bitter finish.
All the good points for a solid DIPA are met here. Not the best of the style I've had, but still pretty damn good, and one of the more affordable options at that.

Natural510, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of PhuckinPhil
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice golden, slightly translucent amber color, with an off white and thick head.

S: Very strong hoppy nose with notes of pine, very enticing.

T: Not as bitter as expected but a delicious hoppy flavor with a rich, complex after taste. Always leaves me with a desire to sip again. Notes of citurs and tobacco.

MF/D: Surprisingly smooth, the burps seems to bring up a reminder of how good this beer actuqally is. I could easily drink several of these.

I would definetly consider this one of my top favorite IPA's and will enjoy again very soon.

Serving type: bottle

PhuckinPhil, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of greenpumas
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful, translucent gold topped with an off-white, complex, and stately head.

S: Hoppy. Really, really hoppy. Overwhelming upfront notes of some pine and very bold hops. Mouth-watering.

T: Out of this world. Not nearly as bitter as I thought it would be. Hops from start to finish. Rates a 100 on the IBU. Overall, it reminds me of St. Arnold's Elissa, with more up-front hop notes.

MF/D: Could drink several of these in a sitting, if I could afford it. On the whole, this beer is extremely smooth when I consider the impression the aroma left me with initially.

Now that it is getting colder I tend to reach for a beer that combines flavor and content. Ruination is a definite winner, any hophead will not be disappointed.

greenpumas, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of jnezda
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this in large and small formats from the bottle into a glass. Good beer either way. Based almost solely on the hop profile I would put this in the big beer category. Golden color with eggshell head that sticks around during drinking. Lightly carbonated which is good because I worry a heavy carbonation would push the hops over the limit. The main smell is of the hops and the fruit hints that accompany hops. This is furthered by the flavor which at first is a mouth full of hops. After the first sip begins to settle the traditional IPA flavors and style begin to shine through. This is a good beer all around and is well representative of IPA and big beer. I would not recommend drinking this all the time since it might sour your palette on some lessor beers but certainly give it a try. Great line from the bottom of the bottle:

"Liquid poem to the glory of the hop"

jnezda, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer was a dark orange transparent color with only a few carbonation bubbles rising inside the glass. The head was thick and creamy and lasted for most of the drinking time. There was plenty of lacing down the entire glass.

S: I mostly smelled hops, which I liked, and some background smell that I couldn't exactly identify- maybe gunpowder?

T: The main flavors were hops, citrus and a slight sting from the alcohol. I also noticed a bitter taste in the back of my throat the entire time.

M: This beer had a good mouthfeel from the low carbonation, creamy but not too dense head, and a good overall specific gravity. After drinking the beer for a while, I noticed that my tongue tingled a little bit, probably from the bitterness and alcohol.

D: At first I wasn't sure if I liked this beer because I mostly noticed a bitter taste in the back of my throat. However, after a few sips I was able to taste the other flavors and enjoyed the beer very much. I would easily drink Ruination again, but I wouldn't want it all the time.

humuluslupulus8, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of swierczt
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz. Bottle poured into pint glass:

A - A bit cloudy, amberish in color, approximately one finger of white head that dissapates quickly.

S - Holy hop bomb...I smell the hops from a foot away.

T - Hops explode in my mouth. Citrus and pine. The malt was more apparent in the taste than its smell would suggest.

M - Small bubbles coat my tongue. Bitterness moves across my palate. No aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable. Will definitely drink again now that Stone is available in CT (finally).

swierczt, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of kpoole25
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of the old grape nuts commercial with Euell Gibbons ("ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible.") Tastes like I'd imagine a pine tree would taste...bitter, but with some pine and sweet aromas. 12 oz bottle (from make-your-own 6 pack), poured to glass. Cloudy yellow in appearance, frothy head. Fruity, piney aroma. Fairly sweet but the hops kicks in early and aggressively, through the finish. Not really in balance and got tiresome to me. Not bad but don't think I'd get again.

kpoole25, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 9/27/09 and it's 10/2/09! Oh No! Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of just off-white head with good retention. Chill hazy golden copper liquid. Pretty.
S: Dank and W. Coast hoppy. Glad they're still there despite the age. Some estery alcohol.
T: Very bitter with balancing fruity alcohol. I used to think this was the most bitter beer I'd had, my how times have changed. Very satisfyingly bitter though. Citrus, some white fir needle, grapefruit. Clean grain is nice.
M: Smooth silky, warm, slightly bracing.
D: Very nice. I want another and I'll keep buying sixers.

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of vdread
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone Ruination IPA pours a pale golden color with a big frothy multiple finger white head that leaves a nearly solid wall of lace. somewhat hazy, which settles to the bottom after a minute.

the smell blew me out of the water. i could smell it as soon as i popped the cap. smells like pine sap and marijuana. maybe some light malts.

the taste is of...HOPS! overwhelmingly oily, sappy, and piney, with some grapefruit and other citrus hop flavors lingerr on the palate. bitterness is scalding and sits on the tongue long after the last sip. pale malt comes up from behind for additional support and relief.

true, there is a lot of oily, acidic bitterness here, but the actual taste of the hops is minimal. the focus is on the bitterness rather than the taste.

good mouthfeel. light, smooth, nice and biting and leaves you wanting another sip. this beer is easily enjoyable if you are a big time hop head.

+ like it says on the bottle, it does do its job. and well. it's a palate ruiner- a tongue annihilator. a face destroyer...okay i think you get the picture.

- though very flavorful, the flavors take a backseat to the harsh bitterness. if you don't like harsh flavors, stay far away.

= the smell reminded me of sappy cannabis. this convinced me to pull out the trusty hash pipe and enjoy the complimentary flavors.

not recommended for the inexperienced palate.

vdread, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- sweet bitterness with a present malt component

color- honey

clarity- clear

smell- bitter fruit, aromatic alcohol tones, hint of soap

body- medium-light weight, lean, hop bite at front of tongue, bitter medium-length finish

appearance- active carbonation, pours with a nice white fluffy head, lots of residual lace

overall impression- good beer, flavors are a little off and i'm always a little disappointed considering this beer is the big brother to the regular ipa which i think i prefer to this one

notes- 7.7% abv, 100+ ibus. this review is for a 2009 vintage tasted in 2009

glassware: pint

serving temp.- 58.3 degrees

song- "pressurecooker"

NorCalYeti, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Comes as advertised. It will ruin your palate and any beer you have after that. Very tasty and easy to drink though, just don't expect to have anything else that night. Pours a very golden yellow clear colour. Pretty solid over all. More please.

Had two bombers of this again, and its an ok beer. Its quite drinkable and easy going down. But its not blowing me away. Honestly, this feels sessionable to me.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly cloudy with a tawny-golden hue. Big, bubbly white head with good retention.

Smell: well-balanced hops; that is, well-balanced between spicy, earthy, floral and evergreen-ey. I can't wait to taste it.

Taste: well, my friends, this is indeed a hop bomb. It is not in any way balanced, smooth or compromising. There is a little maltiness in the background, but it is completely subsumed by the intense hop flavor. The beer is fairly bitter, but the hops really show themselves in flavor. It's quite delicious, though possibly out of my league at this point.

Mouthfeel: good body with a relatively oily texture which coats the mouth and promotes the hop flavor.

Drinkability: quite good, considering its intensity. This is probably best consumed with some heady or unctuous foods.

flagmantho, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of mightymoksha
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in snifter glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden-brown. Rich, thick, off-white head, with beautiful lacing. I almost don't want to disturb it. Almost.

Wow. I can smell it from a couple feet away. Oily hops all over the nose. Pine and sweet fruit aromas also present. Very overpowering.

A sweet and toasty malt hits the palate first, followed immediately by an assault of herbal hop flavors. Malt, hops and the alcohol tingle coalesce perfectly. Aftertaste is spicy and citrusy.

A smooth, moderate carbonation and hearty body make this beer delicious on the tongue.

Outrageously delicious and drinkable. It wreaks havoc on the taste buds, which is awesome. One of my favorites.

mightymoksha, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass at Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco:
A - Amber in color, a bit cloudy with two finger white head
S - Citrus and pine
T - Classic American west coast IPA. Although the malt and hops were balanced more than the smell would suggest.
M - Light and refreshing. No bitter aftertaste like some hop bombs.
D - If this were readily available in Kansas City it would be my favorite IPA for session consumption.

mcsquint, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a cloudy amberish yellow with fair head and lacing.

s: sweet tangerine citrus and hop aromas abound.

t: the hops pack an expected punch in both the front and back end, coupling with the wonderfully sour citrus element to create a nice taste bud explosion.

m: this is a rich mouthful, well carbonated; dry on the back leaving what feels like a couple pounds of hops on your tongue hehe...

d: excellent taste and just enough aftertaste to convince me that i need another gulp to wash it down (and another) ...this is another Stone home run.


sirdrinkwell, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's pint glass.

A: Poured a vibrant golden orange color with a chilled haze and a thick two-finger head of dense white foam. Carbonation was lively and the lacing left was ample.

S: Smells of toasted grain and a lot of resinous hop oil aromas: hop leaf, grass, grapefruit and clove.

T: Taste reveals a quick hit of sweet toffee malts at first, but its just a flash in the pan. The real flavor pours hop resins all over the palate in a puckering manner. Big time herbal and lemongrass hop flavors combine with a bit of white pepper, coriander and spiciness. The burn tastes so good.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and oily, but citrus flavors thrown by the hop makeup with some sweet, lighter sips.

D: Start and end with Ruination, and you won't have a problem, besides a splitting headache the next day, probably accompanied by heartburn. A really nice DIPA for the hop fan, and a nice high ABV to keep it fresh tasting off the shelf, which it certainly is. Palate shot. Thanks, Stone!

Gambrinus1184, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy deep copper orange color. Good sized 1 1/2 finger fuffly cloudy white head. Leaves nice sticky lacing on the sides of glass....I mean lacing is everywhere with this beer.

S- This is all hops everywhere in the nose. Big upfront of sweet citrus (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) hops with a piney/floral hop hint to it as well. Sweet malts make up the backbone of this beer and are present in faint clashing with the hops. Vey hop forward to say the least.

T- Big bitter hop bite right off the bat on this beer. This leads to a citrusy hop kiss right afte that with pineapple and grapefruit highlights in there. Middle of the beer is where all the sweet caramel malts in the nose of the beer come into play. Nice malty balance on this keeps it from being just a overly hopped beer for the sake of hops. Don't get me wrong I like hoppy beers too. Clean citrusy/light bitter ending on this beer makes it for a complete and balanced beer. Very tasty!

M-Medium mouthfeel. Very crisp and clean feeling in the mouth. Carbonation is good and helps glide the hop bomb across the palate leaving hop resin over everything you could think of. NIce clean bitter/citrus hop combo on the aftertaste wanting you to go back for some more. Very nice to say the least.

D- This is a highly drinkable beer that I would recommend to someone who wants to take the hop plunge but wants something that is not going to wreck it for them. I only wish I could drink more than two bombers of this before going onto something else. I mean I could drink it all night but who wants to stay with one beer?

alleykatking, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of rickmick
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mix of golden brown and yellow straw. Small head that fades. Heavy lacing, and a beautiful aromatic nose of hops. Definitely drink this in a snifter.

The taste, is intense. Very balanced hops, not too piney. A really fantastic DIPA.

The mouthfeel is great: syrupy, thick, but never excessive.

The intense tastes makes it a little less drinkable than, say, an equally ABVd beer (like Founders Centenial) but for an DIPA, very drinkable.

rickmick, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA perfect pint a light hazy orange leaving about an inch and a half of thick head which leaves great lacing.

Smell - Smells of bitter hops, some pine, grapefruit, then the sweetness/maltiness comes through. Very pleasant. Not overly floral - a nice balance.

Taste - Tastes similar to how it smells. Begins with a smack of hoppy bitterness which lends itself to a nice grapefruit peel that then ends with a thicker, malty taste. Honestly, I was expecting it to be bitter the whole way through but it had a nice malt back to it (maybe this sat on the shelf for a while and mellowed a bit? I keep hearing about how the hops destroy your mouth and I did not get that feeling).

Mouthfeel - Light to moderate thickness. Not overly carbonated but just enough

Drinkability - This was the first drink of the night and it was a bit tough to finish it but only because I was so incredibly full from eating fondue. Overall I was impressed and look forward to getting some fresher bottles soon.

SpdKilz, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/29/2009 on tap at Stone. The beer is copperish orange with a fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are both decent, and that's all I'm going to say on the subject.

The beer was served ice cold. It seriously seemed like it was in the low thirties. I couldn't smell anything for nearly 25 minutes. If there's some point in serving a craft beer that cold, I'm missing it. At about the 30 minute mark the nose opens up and reveals orange pith, pine, and grapefruit. It's all very dry, and malt imparts a low level of caramel. Tropical notes become apparent with further warming.

The beer is very dry with an upper moderate level of bitterness. It tastes of bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and pine resin. Caramel notes are quickly overrun by the delicious hops. The finish is very, very dry.

HopHead84, Oct 06, 2009
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,969 ratings.