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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,241
Reviews: 2,963
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 301
Gots: 961 | FT: 8
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 Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%

1 pt., 6oz bottle.

A- Clear, orangey gold. Tall, frothy, white head which dissolved very slowly . Small bubbles of carbonation rising. Awesome lacing remained on the height of the glass.

S- All hops. Smells strongly of grapefruit with hints of pine.

T- Full of hops. If there's any malt there, my taste buds haven't found it. One of the most bitter beers I've had. A bit of a lingering after taste

M- Medium bodied. Smoothe and oily.

D- Very bitter. This better be your last beer of the evening because as the bottle says, it has an "immediate ruinous effect on your palate." I couldn't drink this frequently or have more than one at a sitting.

01-24-2008 05:00:44 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of chileman13

New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

a- golden semi cloudy
pours 2 finger head settling into ring
a- Mucho Hops citus hops and hops.
t- Hops Hops and more hops with a balanced bitterness where's the malt?
m-smooth with carbonation playing on the tongue.
drinkablity- better love hops.
oh yea man. I like this yet then again I'm a hop junkie.

01-24-2008 02:18:21 | More by chileman13
Photo of MisterClean


3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

22 oz bomber from local liquor store. Shocked they got it!!

A - Copper color, bright-white head, lots of protein clumping in head. Extremely resilient head. Will it ever die? Nice lacing though, very pertty.

S - Pineapple, citrus, strawberry, and grass. This is hop over-kill. Good thing I am a hop head.

T - Not bitter as I expected, but has a light maltiness to the beer, with bits of pine and citrus. Smells blended together and "ruined" the hoppy taste of this beer.

M - Light carbonation, no bitterness, and no alcohol feel.

D - I expected more pronounced flavors in the taste, but the aroma spoils me. See Hopsickle for a complete ruination beer.

01-21-2008 23:33:06 | More by MisterClean
Photo of wagenvolks


4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Ahh ruination...one of my favorite breweries takes on my favorite style of beer. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, bright orange body, fervently carbonated to fuel an inch-thick, almond head. Great retention and decent lacing (I don't think the head ever disappeared). The aroma knocks me back with tart, spicy, sweet, piney, floral, resinous (and the list goes on...) HOPS. Fruity notes of banana, pineapple, and pear chime in alongside a sweet, sugary malt backbone. I'm intoxicated, and I haven't even taken the first sip.

The taste delivers on the bottle's promise: "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop." Fresh, resinous, sticky alpha acids immediately coat the palate. Juicy, fruity, malty notes round out the complex brigade of flavors. Ruination definately blasts the mouth with a ton of hops; I've had more initially punishing IIPAs before, but this brings the goods for a loooong time after you finish the beer. Drinkability is top notch, it's complex, tasty, and a hop-lover's delight. I'm glad I have a few bottles left...DISTRIBUTE TO NORTH CAROLINA ALREADY!

01-18-2008 04:56:34 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from 22oz bottle to goblet. Pours a dark golden color with light cloudiness. Nice bubbly cream color head. STRONG hop smell (some citrus with pine). First taste- wow you can taste the full hop flavor all the way up your nose. This one warms you as it goes down. Great flavor, great ffinish- nice and tight. Cant wait to try again. Would like to try it on tap.

01-15-2008 16:05:59 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of hwwty4


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks, bennetj17. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack Goblet. Poured a light straw with a big head that mellowed down and stayed as a film all the way down leaving a little lacing. This is the first time I've had it in bottle even though I've had it on tap a couple of times. Everything seems milder. Aroma is of pine needles, mild grapefruit and surprisingly a real mild sweetness at the end of the nose. Taste is full frontal hops. Like sticking my tongue in a handful of pine needles but finishing with a balance of malt that I had not tasted before. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Stone makes great beer. Period.

01-15-2008 02:21:00 | More by hwwty4
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%

Another full-flavored, ultra-rich beer from Stone... their Ruination IPA is perhaps the ultimate example of an extreme Imperial IPA... appearance is copper/golden and the aroma is literally bursting with strong hops... upon opening the bottle, you are greeted with an extreme aroma of rich hoppy flavor... taste complements the aroma, with hop richness and bitterness pulling through... very bitter aftertaste with strong astringent taste... decent mouthfeel but average drinkability due to the extreme hop sensation and hefty 7.7% ABV... really good, full-flavored stuff, but really powerful to the point of almost being overhwelming... a potent beer with full-flavor chracteristic typical of Stone... If you're a fan of extreme IPA's, you will love this one...

01-15-2008 00:04:05 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Phocion


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

These last couple weeks I have had an insatiable craving for hops that nothing has seemed to satisfy. I even had a 120 Minute IPA last night which didn't do the trick. So now I'm going all out and hitting this 'liquid poem to the glorious hop.' Also keep in mind this bottle is probably about a year old.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a constant flow of fine bubbles racing up to meet the massive stubborn white head that almost looks like a snow-covered mountain range and leaves a thick, rocky lacing as it finally falls down my glass. Absolutely beautiful.

The aroma is, duh, hops. Pine needles and grapefruit lead the way, followed by grassy and floral hops, orange, lemon, and a thick caramel malty layer that in any other beer would take over by itself, but in this baby is simply no match for the sheer hoppiness.

The bitterness isn't as strong as I remember. Maybe it mellowed with age or my tolerance has gone up since my last Ruination. Either way, it is surprisingly well-balanced... well, for double IPA standards anyway. My palette is overcome with a full spectrum of every sort of hoppy flavor imaginable, but with just enough of a roasted and caramel maltiness to compensate. Very dry finish.

Dry but well-carbonated and full-bodied mouthfeel, and ridiculously tasty. This one should be avoided by anyone afraid of a little bit of hops; it should also be avoided by anyone not afraid because it is ridiculously easy to drink for such an "extreme" beer... Very solid and in my experience the best of its style.

01-14-2008 21:12:12 | More by Phocion
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Bomber from Coit Liquors in San Francisco. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a whiter-than-white head, which leaves generous lacing to the last drop. Lovely fresh hop aroma, with notes of citrus. The flavour is packed with hops, and grapefruit and pine elements. The bitterness is actually very manageable and bracing. The finish is smooth and dry, with a huge dose of bitterness that lingers longingly in the mouth.

01-14-2008 16:06:02 | More by bobsy
Photo of illidurit


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Light orangey gold color with an extremely sticky head. Lacing is monstrous.

Smells like a fistful of pine needles shoved into the nostrils.

Taste consists of a massive dose of grapefruit rind and pine trampling an undercurrent of caramel maltiness.

Pretty smooth but quite sticky. Heavy in body and not particularly drinkable from the hop explosion.

01-14-2008 06:22:30 | More by illidurit
Photo of watchnerd


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

What more can one say about this (in)famous brew that hasn't already been said?

Now that I've lived with it for a while, I can honestly say it's bit of a novelty beer. It's amazing at what it does, namely, assault your nose and mouth with one of the most intense beer tasting experiences around. What it doesn't do well: it doesn't go well with food (too dominant), and it's too big and kick ass to be a good session beer. I can't imagine drinking three or more pints of this without having my tongue and nose go numb and possibly inducing some kind of permanent sensory deprivation. For serial drinking or drinking with food, the other Stone offerings are actually better, more balanced choices. But once in a while, you just need to be tied up, spanked, and forcefed until you cry out with the safe word. For that, break out the Ruination and start begging.

01-14-2008 02:25:07 | More by watchnerd
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

12 ounce bottle courtesy of IrishKyle- thanks bro!
Pours a neon cloudy kumquat, with minimal head.Nose- sweet candied tropical fruit. Taste- hop blast to the tongue. Pine, grapefruit rinds and mango. Doughy malts keep the hops in check and a creaminess to the mouthfeel. Hops are very drying in the finish and makes the palate crave more. Truly a classic west coast hop bomb. Carbonation is medium and drinkability is high. Great stuff

01-13-2008 20:47:09 | More by oakbluff
Photo of OtisinAZ


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

WOW!! A great beer that poored a nice lite amber color with a decent sized head. Lacing formed along the top of the glass,did not follow to the bottom.
Smell.... one word, HOPS. Not overpowering .
Taste.. Very hoppy with flowery notes as well as a nice malt flavor.

01-12-2008 22:51:53 | More by OtisinAZ
Photo of dac


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Cask Ale available a couple places in SoCal.
Copper color with a fine thick off-white head from the hand pump draw.

Big hop aroma of pine, citrus and cat piss that knocks your socks off!

The hops attacks the senses from all directions, aroma, flavor and intense bitterness.

Ample malt supports the onslought of hops and perpetuates the sensations long after
swallowing. The hand pump lends a creaminess to the mouthfeel and the hop resins give a
prickleing sensation on the gums and roof of the mouth.

After the initial hops shock is gone this beer actually has a lot going on. Complex malt and ester flavors of caramel, plum and raisin are discernable and the warmth of an ample alcohol content becomes apparent.

This beer is quite drinkable for a "sipping beer". Finishing a pint of it makes you long
for the next one.

01-11-2008 01:51:47 | More by dac
Photo of HBS


4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Nice pour, not much head. Bought it on a whim w/o prior knowledge of the beer or brewery. VERY impressed. Tastes great (all the hops you can handle), feels good going down, leaves a little bite to enjoy post-swallow. $16/six-pack in Essex County, MA.

01-10-2008 21:00:39 | More by HBS
Photo of NCSUdo


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle via jasonjlewis

A: Clear golden/bronze under about 2 fingers of semi-creamy white head.

S: Citrus and piney hoppiness with a caramel malt backbone underneath. A little hard to pick any thing that stands out, but balance is very well done. Good retention, minimal lace.

T: Very clean taste of grapefruit and some lemon zest, a sweeter portion of citrus fruit as well. Bitterness on back end is not explosive but very balanced in its intensity. Even a slightly herbal character. Pretty good.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is noticable but the body is medium-light and feels good on the tongue, with not hints of alcohol. Drinkability is perfect, very refreshing beer.

01-09-2008 01:25:08 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Stone Ruination has a golden-yellow body with a good amount of active carbonation bubbles. The head is about 2 fingers tall and is a light tan color; it is thick and cream, showing great retention as it clings to glass. Great look for a IIPA.

Ruination has a powerful hop aroma, you can practically feel the bitterness in your nose. Grapefruit and pine make appearances also.

Hops, Very strong hops, and more hops is a good way to describe Ruination. They all come in one giant blast of hop flavor too. A good amount of grapefruit and pine mix with massive amounts of tongue-attacking bitterness and hints of lemon. Just a bit of pale, sweet malt come through in the end, but the bitterness strangles it even as it pops up; it barely makes an impression. Ruination is aptly named, because after drinking one of these you really want taste anything for the rest of the night.

Ruination feels oily while in the mouth, with above average carbonation that is a little bit surprising, but fitting. The body still manages to feel smooth and creamy.

Stone Ruination is a must-try for any hopheads out there, it is a perfect example of a hopped-up west coast IIPA. Besides that, it also hides the alcohol content extremely well, and every bottle has a bottling date stamped on it so you know that it's fresh.

01-07-2008 22:36:01 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a wonderful clear straw color- foaming a bit. Aromas burst out of the glass, floral and citrus all around. This beer packs a punsh (obviously), but unlike other Imperial IPA's, there is a smoothness to this beer that almost mellows out the intense bitterness a bit. Just a great flavorful beer, and seemed very fresh.

01-06-2008 19:29:15 | More by AaronRed
Photo of josiahschlender


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

I'm not going to deny that I love hops and double IPAs. Ruination IPA is one of the best I've had, I'll try not to gush too much.

The color is pretty light for this type of beer. It's a clear, attractive golden orange with a good lasting creamy head. Poured from a badass gargoyle-stamped bottle.

This is one of those beers that you can smell across the room. It explodes with fresh, oily hops. Lots of bright citrus (grapefruit the strongest) and sharp pine scents. Just a little toasted malt, but not much can cut through the hop assault. Even as the head goes down, Ruination continues to waft pleasantly around.

Fortunately, the taste is more rounded. More hearty, light malts are noticeable to compliment the citrus. Drinking this beer reminds me of eating a perfectly sweet and tangy grapefruit with a golden piece of toast. Bitterness is strong, but the sweetness of the malts and citrus tang prevent it from being a pucker bitter beer. If you're eating anything, this beer will obliterate whatever you tasted last. The flavors are complex and keep going and going.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick and substantial. It rounds out the hefty flavors, I'm glad it's not too thin.

The hops will bring me back to this beer again. Stone has done an incredible job with making this beer completely over the top and yet incredibly good. At $5+ a 22oz bomber and being such a tastebud scorcher, it's anything but a session beer, but it's not enough to drop down the drinkability in my opinion.

01-04-2008 02:47:58 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of tweeder263


3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours out a hazy golden amber beer,with a moderate head. Has a raw hop smell,,what i mean by raw is, is that it smells like hops in the brew kettle. Taste is sweet with lots o hops,,im not sure what type but theres tons of em! Initial sweetness leads to a slow lingering hop bitterness.Mouthfeel is a little bold,,not too much. Drinkability is good,,but i think one or 2 would be sufficient. The longer i drink it seems the hops get a lil monotonous { and i love hops} but im not sure that whats used in here are exactly my faves. Not bad at all but given the choice i would prefer 90 min IPA.

01-04-2008 01:37:37 | More by tweeder263
Photo of Hatch


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. I love the bottles Stone Brewery uses; very unique. Has a "best before" date printed at the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a dark straw color, amber, with hints of orange coming through. Forms a nice white head about a finger deep that fades into some very nice lacing that sticks around throughout the entire experience. A very nice looking beer.

Smells of hops, hops, and more hops!! Smells of fruity pine, with some slight alcohol coming through; a sweet hoppy smell.

Taste as good as it smells. You get the bite of the malt at first then the bitterness of the hops comes in, leaving a very bitter, piny aftertaste. The alcohol warms on the way down, but is well hidden. A very good balance of malt and hops. Although the label on the beer makes it out to be a little more intimidating than it actually is, it remains a very good representation of a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is very good; not really thick, but definitely not thin; almost oily. Nice amount of carbonation to give it a mild crisp feel.

This is a very drinkable beer, even for 7.7% ABV, which is well hidden throughout the entire experience. Hopheads will love this beer, but so will anyone else who enjoys a good IPA. More bitter than your average IPA, but hey, that's what they were trying to do.

Notes: Definitely one of the better double IPAs out there and it gets props for being on of the easier to find ones. This is also my first review for BA, so yeah!!

01-03-2008 07:24:30 | More by Hatch
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Clear gold with a thick and solid head. I wonder if this one's settled a little too much.

S - Nutty, woody, earthy aromas are forefront, with a touch of fruitiness and soap.

T - Assertively bitter, with a good deal of alcoholic complexity - almost boozy. Slight roast and nuttiness. Herbal/floral almost a minty-like intensity.

M - Full body, slick and soft carbonation.

D - Pretty tasty and I do like this.

NB I'm a little concerned that my impressions seem to be quite different from most other reviewers, so take this particular review with a grain of salt. Hopefully I'll get to rereview this one.

01-02-2008 18:09:23 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of peck95


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

pours a pale orange with a big creamy head. that doesn't go away.
the smell is euphoric a blend of several different hops citrus and piny with a roasted malt undertone
taste is similar to smell
this beer is not as thick as i expected but is relatively smooth
one doesn't have to be a hop head to enjoy this although liking hoppy beers would help.

01-02-2008 02:01:49 | More by peck95
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber with a slightly cloudy and light amber color. There is a good amount of carbonation and rising bubbles. The beer is topped by a 11/2 finger head that is off-white in color and provides a good deal of sticky lacing.

The aroma is comprised of a large amount of flowery pine scents. The hop smell is quite abundant and is more than adequate for the style. The taste is a fabulous blend of hoppy but smooth and a good amount of tasty malts. The hoppiness gets more apparent and plentiful as it warms and you fall to the bottom of the glass.

The mouthfeel is held together by the spicy and bold hop flavor and body. There is a surprising amount of smoothness to this IPA too. Very nice and tasty.

01-01-2008 01:52:14 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of WoodHammer


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Beautiful straw color. Decent head with a good pour, but retention is somewhat lacking; of course, typical for style and low protein content.

Smell: Hop aroma with a hint of sweetness. Personally my favorite part of this beer.

Taste: Boom - brilliantly bitter with long lingering hop effect.

Mouthfeel: Good - astringent as expected. Not thin like a lighter pale ale, but full

Drinkability: This is NOT a marathon beer and after one or two your taste buds will be shot. Oh well, you can't have it all.

12-30-2007 19:34:05 | More by WoodHammer
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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