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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,200
Reviews: 3,041
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 381
Gots: 1,508 | 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 craftaholic
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden pint from a 12 oz with a nice fat frothy head that leaves behind gobs of lacing as it crawls down the pint.

Smell: This thing is jam-packed with hops. Smells like a pintful of freshly picked hops with an abundant floral aroma with a mix of piney and citrusy intricacys as well. Once your nose fights its way through the forest of hop fields it finds an aroma only comparable to a thick cake batter with a touch of honey.

Taste: The taste is monumental to say the least. So many complex flavors and i guess the only reasonable place to start is with those lovely green cones from heaven. Hops in a bottle but none of them make you pucker more of a tingling grapefruit-esq. The malt swings in like a saving grace to allow you to recover from the palate punch of the lupulin. There is some definite esters here but nothing overpowering, as are all of the flavors: balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light bodied and quite carbonated, but my what an aftertaste that I welcome. Signature 'stone was here' hop oil fiesta.

Drinkability: Pass me another this one went down too smooth for its own good. Does as the name says. Cyanara Palate!

Overall: Hop bomb for a hop head.. what can i say. Nirvana.

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

An absolute favorite of mine.

Appearance - A sharp yellow-orange coloration, with a nice, frothy white head.

Aroma - A powefully florid smell--the brew is loaded with an arsenal of hops. Definitely notice a bit of a pine scent to it as well. It's a blitz of smells, but overall, I think florid is the best word. The scent of the malt isn't very strong.

Taste - Hops. And some other stuff. No, but seriously, it's difficult to pick apart the hoppiness into its components, not being a trained beer taster and all that. What I can say is that it's a very satisfying level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - a bit thick and chewy, if chewy is the right word for it. I do have to admit, the satisfaction of this beer lingers all the way from the first scent of it all the way to its absorption into your bloodstream. Mouthfeel is no exception here.

Drinkability - If you have a taste for bitterness and hop bombardment then it is quite drinkable, but it rides the cusp of being a bit too intense. That's probably why I enjoy it so much.

All in all, one of the best examples of an Imperial IPA.

Photo of mjaskula
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a white head that thins. A tiny bit of lacing, but not much.

Aroma is stunning and bright with floral and citrus notes. Flavor is almost entirely of hops. Strong bitterness and grapefruit flavors, with pine and citrus. A bit of sweet malts in the background. The hop bitterness lingers in the back of your mouth leaving you wanting more. No strong alcohol flavors. Body is light and carbonation is moderate and pleasant. Overall a pretty good DIPA.

Photo of nickd717
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This was one of the first beers that got me into craft, as surprising as that might be. First tried a bottle at House of Brews in NYC in 2007 and was enthralled by the long, arrogant description on the bottle.

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a nice off-white head and good lacing.

S - Really hoppy, resinous aroma with lots of citrus/grapefruit, pretty typical of Stone's hop profile. A little sweet malt pokes through. Smells great.

T - Hits you hard off the bat with big-time hop bitterness and finishes just as strong. Piney, citrusy, and unapologetic. Nice caramel malt and grapefruit flavors.

M - Surprisingly smooth finish. Medium-full bodied for a west coast DIPA with slight syrupiness and some citric astringency.

D - Well, this kills your palate, but recently after the number of hop bombs I've had, I've found this to have at least average drinkability.

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

Pours pale gold, hint of red, with tight lumpy white head. Big honeysuckle, citrus flower, lemon zest + skunk nose. Poundcake sweet malts cut by Creamsickle, orange Bubblicious, chalk and mint leaf hops. Amazingly long puckering astringent nettle sustain. Sticky enough; round; slight burn.

For all the talk of ruin, there's a good malt backbone. Don't really feel the 100 IBUs anymore than I would 70. Intricate hops, though, good West Coast IPA.

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

Introduced to this in Cincinnatti at the Dilly Deli. The aroma was full and very hoppy. The taste went to the tip and sides of my tongue. A very pleasant sensation for such a robust ale. After swallowing a light orange/citrus after taste was refreshing. The pint went down smoothly and I definately wanted another.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the misfortune of having this beer for the first time when it was over a year old. This is definitely not ageable (or good when aged). This one is about 3 months old, not perfect, but better.

A: Orange-yellow. Striking white head that lives for a long time. Perfect carbonation.

S: Beautiful citrus fruits with heaviness on tangerine and a hint of grapefruit. Behold the power of the centennial hop. Fruitiness follows this up with only a hint of malty sweetness. A little underaromatic for me.

T: More of that tangerine that is present in the nose. Much more of it. Finishes with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness. The malts are definitely backstage, maybe a bit too far, with a hint of honey like sweetness.

M: Light bodied and in my opinion perfect for a DIPA. I'm not a huge fan of these caramelly, heavy DIPAs. Pliney is the epitome of an DIPA and it is light to medium bodied. Ruination follows this to the T. In addition, the carbonation is spot on and the head tickles my lips.

D: A damn fine DIPA. It does lack a bit in the flavor and aroma department for me, but otherwise is a fantastic beer. I would really like to try this as fresh as possible, it may reach all fives in this situation. For now, I'll have to settle for my bottles I can smuggle over from Wisconsin.

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

It settles amber in colour, with a half inch white head, which shows good retention. The carbonation is very lively. The aromas are fruity hops, grapefruit, hints of apple, and a subtle malty caramel base. The bitterness in the taste is monumental, however, it only really hits you after a swift but firm taste of toffee malts up front, after which you are assaulted by a floral bitterness, and perfumy grapefruit. The sustained bitterness of the aftertaste is impressive, and I have the feeling I will be tasting it for the rest of the week.

Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium, golden/orange with a fluffy, white head that leaves good lacing and has good retention.
The smell is a potent, grapefruit aroma that continues throughout a deep inhale. Malt only becomes present, to a small degree, after the beer warms.
The taste is the same as the smell though the hop character is not quite as powerful as in the smell. Bitterness is high. Again. malt only really shows up as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is medium with moderate but steady carbonation.
Very drinkable though 2-3 glasses would be my limit.

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

Shared a 22oz bottle with a fellow advocate in its birthplace (Escondido).

A= Orange-gold, translucent, substantial head that left thin lace.

S= Pine and grapfruit peel. There is a hint of malt sweetness that is apple or pear-like. Not much though.

T= Strong citrus peel and alchohol up front. Sweetens in the back, but the bitterness lasts throughout.

M= Medium bodied bordering on heavy. Good balance of carbonation and body.

D= Complex enough to sip, but refreshing enough to gulp. Had to sip it to savor my 11oz half. Should have gotten my own bottle.

Photo of rfgetz
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RFD in DC...

A: Hazy orange, fluffy white head, decent lacing.

S: Piney and grapefruity hops. Nice earthy whiffs.

T: Very nice because nothing overwhelms. Bitter hops up front through finish and sweet malt backbone. nice earthy grassy flavor.

M: Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Slight coating but not sticky.

D: Very good DIPA, has balance and not a total hop bomb.

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Out of a 22 ounce bomber comes forth a stunning orange copper color with a very bright white and thick head that leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma: Wow what an aroma coming this big boy lots of great hoppy goodness. Nice grapefruit notes way in back. Although it is brewed with malt the aroma of the malt is pleasantly swimming and basking in the presence of the hops. Among other sweetness is very sweet fruity notes.

Taste: Can you say hop nuke wow what a monster. It's like the rabbit in Monty Python and the Holly Grail it has nasty big teeth. It's a little bit crisp but it smooths out so nicely. A lot of sweet fruitiness all around. Hops and more hops.

Notes: This is a great offering from Stone. A remarkable beer all through it. Cheers.

Photo of burnerfinger
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


oh yeah babe I am going to jump on board with this one!!!

A: Appearance poured from the 1 pint 6 oz bomber bottle into my tumbler. bleach white head stelles with generous lacing. bright amber-almost yellow. And this brew is decidedly CLOUDY when held up to a light.

S: Smell - HOPS hit you from the start. Earthy pine? Not bitter - maybe "tart"

T: Taste - I find myself unable to pull any malt out of this at all....it's all hops LOVE IT

M: Mouthfeel - just about medium here. NO alcohol burn at all. at 7.7 that is truly remarkable.

D: Drinkability - well in truth, from the hops that punch you in the face from the first, not very very drinkalbe. In spite of that I think I'll have another....

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into pint glass (all I had) Could right away smell hops
A - Poured a hazy orange color with pillowy off-white 2 finger thick head.

S - Wow, floral hops hit your nose right away very strong, citrus hops, earthy/grassy hops, pine, citrus. What a beautiful aroma of beer!!

T - Bitter hops upfront, sticky resiny hops, grapefruit. Very nice malt background up front also but the bittering hops take over and dominate.

M - Medium carbonation and medium feel

D - Putting one or two down is easy and delicious. But I don't see anyone drinking an entire six pack at one time. Overall, it was very balanced and for a hop-head like myself this was heaven in a glass. what a wonderful beer!!

Photo of wd40
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY

Appearance was cloudy with a minimal amount of head. The carbonation was low (as I expected from a cask) but this actually worked in this beer's favor because it made this otherwise very aggressive DIPA a bit more smooth and mellow. The mouthfeel was that resulted was subtle with a nice lingering bitterness.

The smell was suprisingly aromatic considering that it came from a cask. Very fruity and sweet actually. Some grapefruit notes came through. The taste was excellent. I think I prefer this beer on cask because it is much more drinkable despite being just as hoppy.

Exceptional beer.

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

Golden transparency with a full head and it lacing to follow.

Smell is strong with sticky hops and more hops. Irresistible to taste.

Taste is strong hops all over with a small detection of malt. Very grassy with its bitter bite. Somewhat sweet.

Feel is biting with bitternes over every portion of my pallet. Aside from that it has a very medium feel to it.

A great IPA very drinkable. Could sit down to a sixer with this.


Photo of mdale13
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a standard pint glass. A muddled, hazy orange, with a billowy, think white head. Head remained through out the drink.

S- Hops! Citrus, pine, grass. Malts are present, giving it a nice, balanced, pleasant aroma.

T- Bitter, bitter, bitter. Numbs the tongue a little bit. Sticky hops. Grapefruits. Apples maybe? Alcohol is not noticeable.

M- Very Smooth, moderate carbonation. Bitterness stings the tongue in a pleasant way.

D- Goes down easy. After I finished my bomber, I wished I had another.

Other- I really enjoyed this beer. I thought I wasnt into IPA's (DFH 90 min is too sweet), but this may have me reconsidering.

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

Damn, this beer is pretty intense!
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color that produces a massive, fluffy, billowy head that retains exceptionally well and leaves a nice coating of lace along the glass. Great pour!

S: Unreal hop schedule on this one. Holy shit. Floral hops are in your face intense, also present are the bittering hops that give the nose a nice twangy note. Firm malt base in the background provides some nice balance. The notes from the hops are very spicy and citrusy. Grapefruit galore, orange peel, hay, and a nice earthy grassy note. Very very nice nose.

T: Note quite up to par with the nose, but still exceptional. Very bitter hops dominate the palate and pretty much crush it. The warning on the back of the bottle is correct in that it will make everything else taste bland! A nice balance with the malt background, however it is a little too bitter and intense for me. But...I do appreciate the dedication put into this recipe. Grapefruit and orange peel are still present.

MF/D: Very dry & bitter, medium body, very nice carbonation, lingering bitter hop finish.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent copper with some fluffy white head.
Smell is highly floral with some very earthy, and apparent hop aromas.
Taste is highly bitter with a flowered taste of hops with some slight bitter malts as balance.
Finish is crisp and a little wet but highly floral and hoppy.
Drinks GREAT at 7.7% with this hop profile.

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

Appearance: The liquid from the bottle poured into my pint glass is a lovely cloudy apricot color with a tremendous amount of carbonation bubbling through it. A 2-finger frothy and thick white head fades and retains at a substantial skim, large bubbles breaking through the creamy surface here and there. Sheets of fizzy white lace remain behind.

Smell: The smell definitely reflects the hoppiness of the beer. Strong bitter citrus that's part grapefruit and part lemon meets a little bit of sticky pine scent. There's only a hint of toasted malt in the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is, naturally, huge. Lots of bitter, sticky hops come through in the different flavors of crispy green apple, bitter and sweet grapefruit and a bit of pine sap. The malts do come through slightly, providing some graniness and sweetness to the profile. Alcohol is surprisingly not over-present in this beer, though it shows itself as hot vapors in the aftertaste and the gradual warming in my cheeks. Feel is brightly carbonated and thickly sticky with a surprising drying element in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Can't say it's too high, but then again, it's not really supposed to be, right? Very tasty and definitely a great beer.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Stone Levitation tulip

A: This one is exceptional looking. Golden color with huge foaming head that leaves fantastic looking lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of piney hops and grapefruit notes.

T: Pummeled by the hops instantly. Leaves an extreme lingering hop effect that truly ruins your palate! Citrus/grapefruit notes, also a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Very big taste that is obviously dominated by hops and no real malt presence.

M/D: Surprisingly very drinkable. I've got no problem putting one or two of these down, but I couldn't foresee anyone drinking a full six pack. Carbonation is medium and the body is on the fuller side.

One of the very first real craft beers I had a few years ago. I remember swearing I'd never drink this kind of beer again. It's quite funny looking back now that that the IPA has easily become one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Aenema
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by 9/16/09
Appearance - Bright, clear honey with a 2 finger off-white to white head. Nice rings of lacing.
Smell - Dripping with pine, resin, and some grapefruit.
Taste - Blast of hops; pine, resin, some citrus, sweet honey note.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly oily feel. Moderate carbonation, feels slightly under carbonated.
Drinkability - Very intense beer with noticeable sweetness. Wouldn't want more than two.

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

Pours a copper orange opaque in a tulip.. Thick endless lacing and a small head - looks about perfect for the style

Smell is actually quite malty with all the hop character, but also has some thick woody citrus hops

Taste is a nice a lot of bitter hops, bready malts and some vanilla on the finish

Notes: awesome 2ipa, very balanced for a west coast ipa, just all around good stuff

Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure how fresh this is. I got it from Whole foods and they don't seem to have a quick turn-around.

With an initially cautious pour, the beer seemed to gloop into the glass without much head, but the head eventually erupted nicely. Pours a slightly murky orange with a white head.

The nose screams of pine. One of the most piney IPAs I've ever come across. Grapefruit, honey and a solid malt backbone.

The taste is not quite as explosive as the nose suggested. Citrus hops initially, pine one again (but not nearly as much as the smell) honey sweetness. It seems to start out nice and sweet but finishes with a punch of bitter hops.

It has a nice slickness. It's relatively thick, but when I let it sit in my mouth for a second carbonation bubbles begin the erupt providing an interesting delayed crispness. Bitter hops linger on the finish.

The balance between the sweetness and bitterness makes this very drinkable considering how many IBU's this is supposed to have.

Photo of ledomelor
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on cast at O' Brian's pub in San Diego in a pint glass, July 2nd, 2009 this review is a little overdue

A: A nice thick golden pour, it was noticeably more cloudy on cast then from the bottle. Nice frothy two finger head with good lacing

S: Very aromatic, the cast brings out the melon a lot more, along with this the hops. And more hopes. Very sweet tangy, but not overbearing citrus smell

T: Its hoppiness is first noticeable, and then grapefruit follows and possibly lemon. Definitely characterized by piney hops, however it wasn't over bearing and had a very nice balance with the citrus fruits. The bitterness comes out more in the Cast, which I thought it made it the perfect amount

M: Very nice mouth feel, and very crisp, and less carbonation in the cast, which I greatly preferred over the bottle. Nice lingering in the back of the palette leaving a constant reminder of how enjoyable this beer is

D: I could drink this stuff all day long, but I have to save up for a car...

Overall: I have loved this beer for a long time now, but if you have the chance to get it on cast it makes a huge difference. The flavors pop out even more and the lighter carbonation allows the beer to really linger in your mouth

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,200 ratings.