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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,194
Reviews: 2,959
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 296
Gots: 941 | 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 lpayette


4.13/5  rDev -4%

22 oz painted bomber. Claims to have 100+ IBUs.

Appearance- Nearly crystal clear gold color. Fairly big white head with some brussels lace going on.

Smell- At the pop of the cap a huge wave of hops hit me. There's also a strong alcohol aroma. The hops give off a bit of a grapefruit aroma, although not as much as some other IPAs... not sure what variety of hop produces this aroma, but whatever variety it is- it's in this beer.

Taste- The first thing that hits me is a bit of a creamyness- odd. Next come the hops in full force- fairly bitter, yes, but definitely bareable. A bit of citrusy grapefruit is found in the taste as well- I like that, but there is a tad too much alcohol in the taste for me.

Mouthfeel- Perfect amount of creamyness, sweetness, and carbonation. Outstanding

Drinkability- For a huge beer, this is pretty darn drinkable. Maybe a bit of aging to diminish the harshness of the alcohol would make it even better.

10-12-2006 02:44:18 | More by lpayette
Photo of eballard


4/5  rDev -7%

This beer pours a heavy amber color with a thick off white foamy head. The lace the head leaves behind covers the whole glass as you drink the beer and acts more like a dollop of whipped cream on the top of the beer then a normal beer head. The beer h a strong sweet aroma that reminds me of over ripe fruit. The taste hits you like a ton of bricks or more like a ton of bricks made out of hops. The hops and the spice covers your whole mouth with a IPA style tingle. The blend is great with only a hint of the normal bitterness. In all the beer is a sweet blend of hops and malt with a strong spice. The beer has a surprisingly crisp refreshing feel and is far smother then other strong IPAs that I’ve had. This beer actually finishes very clean and refreshing as far as strong tasting beers go. You’re left with a clean feeling but you’ll be tasting hops for the rest of the day.

10-01-2006 20:24:54 | More by eballard
Photo of jmz62565


4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a giant white foamy frothy head. A very nice looking beer. The smell is a pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit and tangerine are the aromas most dominate. The taste is very bitter,this is crazy hoppy. Citrus flavors are in this beer,but the hop bitterness really dominates. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing OK. A very good beer that I waited a long time to try. Just remember,it's REAL hoppy.

09-30-2006 21:20:28 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Beerzebub


4.47/5  rDev +4%

Translucent orange. The off-white head almost disappears, but leaves beautiful lacing like sea foam on a beach.

A complex aroma. Good hop aroma, but not overpowering. Floral and citrus hops, fruit like blackberries, delicious malty sweetness like sugary pie crust, hint of bubblegum. It comes together into a whole greater than the sum of its parts, pure goodness.

Taste has a backbone of hop bitterness. Grapefruit, pine/rosemary, and floral hop flavors. The bitterness is very well balanced with a rich caramel maltiness, with only a bare hint of sweetness. Really, rather dry. Fairly long, hoppy finish, with a clean, minty hint of alcohol.

Rich, oily mouthfeel. Soft, fine carbonation. Eminently drinkable.

This is great stuff. The rare hopbomb that doesn't sacrifice one inch of balance or complexity.

09-30-2006 06:07:37 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of beveritt


4/5  rDev -7%

Poured this from a 22oz brown bomber into a standard pint glass. No dates of any kind on the bottle.

Appearance: Light brown in color, with a 2 inch, almost pure white head. The head falls, leaving some lacing and a very thin layer of foam on the beer. The beer itself is orange and fairly hazy.

Smell: Hops, hops, and more hops. Strong floral and citrus smell, specifically orange.

Taste: This beer has layers of hop flavors. I don't know what they used or when they threw it in the boil, but I can easily identify at least 3 different hop flavors. One is citrus, one floral, and then a finishing bitter bite. Just discernible is the underlying malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Well, you have to drink at least a bomber of this stuff, but two may be pushing it. A nice beer, but the somewhat high alcohol level may detract from having a couple.

09-30-2006 00:59:37 | More by beveritt
Photo of HogieWan


4.43/5  rDev +3%

Brown, silk-screened bomber poured into a large snifter.

Beautifully bright copper with a short frothy white head that settles quickly into a ring around the glass, leaving wonderful lacing down to the bottom.

Nose is not as strong as I expected, but it is big enough (expectations killed me here). Lots of things going on - spicy, floral, piney, citrus, woody, tobacco, honey and a touch of tea.

Taste is extremely balanced for 100+ IBUs. How the malt takes over, I don't know, but the malt and hops go back and forth from the time it touches your tongue til two breaths after swallowing. Taste is similar to the aroma and the mouthfeel is medium, soft, and dry at the end.

Drinkibility is scary on this. I could drink a few of these as long as I am able to hold the glass! I definately won't try any other brews after this monster.

Overall, a very wonderful beer. As I am not a hophead, I wasn't expecting to like this. I was almost using it to warm up to my second encounter with an AB I'll be sampling in a few days (I got both of them in a trade).

09-29-2006 20:41:10 | More by HogieWan
Photo of mikepthe11

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

After my 1st trip to Ca. this summer, i was a Stone convert, having tasted and enjoyed their regular IPA at several eateries during my vacation...so my expectations were high for this...i was not dissapointed...

...it poured well into a tall glass from the 22oz bottle...i recommend that you take the time to read the bottle and enjoy the labeling and it's odd, rough texture...once poured, the color is a medium hued golden yellow w/ an ample head...a citral hoppiness fills your nose as you breathe this one in deep...the tatse begins simple enough in your mouth but it's the aftertaste that makes this one worth the effort - not so much bold but still, to the point...the citrus mixes with the hops and thus begins a delicate balance and battle of tatses for your mouth to enjoy as you reach for another sip...at 7.7%, it's certainly more managable than most of your other Double IPAs and it doesn't weigh heavy in your stomach after the bottle is empty either...it breaks the custom of some of the more "thicker" tasting Double IPAs...in fact, i find it strange that it's called a DIPA... i feel like it's a 'tweener - somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA...an alltogether fine crafted beer that i'll continue to enjoy...

09-27-2006 19:47:18 | More by mikepthe11
Photo of isaac


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

poured from the 22 oz bottle (very cool design, i might add) into an over-sized wine glass.

A - dark orange / light copper colored, pretty much transparent. two-fingered head that faded pretty quickly but left medium sized bubbles and a nice lace.

S - This smells great. strong, citrusy hops aroma with a twinge of dark caramel and, perhaps, an apple-like alcohol odor

T - To be honest, I was slightly disappointed with the taste of this beer. Subtle and sweet with a good malt core, but the pungency of the citrus hops doesn't come through like in the smell. i guess i wanted a burst of flavor and it came on at a very slow pace. until the finish that is, which is all yummy hops bitterness. i want more of that.

M - pretty well carbonated, medium-bodied. somewhat syrupy at the end, but in a good way. the alcohol really does warm up the back of your throat.

D - I'd have this again for sure, but I think I'd prefer Stone's 10th Anniversary IPA over this one.

09-26-2006 06:50:11 | More by isaac
Photo of edskirk3


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Big 24oz bottle with green and gold screen painted design. No freshness information to be found, but it comes from a reliable source. Slowly pours a ghostly goldish copper, sticky looking whitish head. Olfactory confirmation of hop presence. Citrusy, flowery.

Surprisingly smooth, given how the text on the back label talks up how much my tastebuds are going to be razed. And I must have a high IBU tolerance, because I figured 100+ would kick my tongue's ass. Over time, perfume vapors form in my mouth from all the hop action. Breadiness lingers.

If you like hops, you'll like this.

09-26-2006 03:30:30 | More by edskirk3
Photo of Fugazme


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Light copper in coler... large head after a slow pour. Large and small bubbles that stay and stay.

Aroma is top notch. A superb amount of flowery scents and a perfect balance of maltiness in the nose. Sweet and citrussy. Some great caramel-like aromas abound. Even a touch of chocolate. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly dry.

Taste is balanced nicely. Aggresive hops offset with a moderate malt follow-through that takes a sweet slide on the tongue... followed with a more aggresive hop swallow. Very good and easy to drink.

09-22-2006 01:52:36 | More by Fugazme
Photo of HoustonTX


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

First off, thanks Ken for giving me the opportunity to try this one. Been yearning for one for quite some time.

Pours a golden orange. Small white head, with small lacing trails lining the glass. Smell has a nice citrus hop quality about it. Mellow, yet grabbing. Taste is a blast of twangy citrus hops. All of this sits on a nicely balanced malt earthy backbone. The hops are not so much bitter, as they are numbing on the palate. Ruination leaves a slight tingle on the tongue, it's quite pleasent. Drinkability is good.

Overall, Ruination has a nice assertive hop profile. Along with a nice malt base. Another solid offering from Stone.

09-22-2006 01:43:20 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of flannelman808


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%


Fantastic brew
pours a cloudy then clear deep amber color, with some head.

The smell is interesting, not what I expected, the hops are there but what is overwelming smells almost like tylenol.

The taste is off the chain, its like the perfict citrus and floral flavored hops, offset with malt and alcohal yet predominantly hoppy.

the beer is so drinkable its crazey I want 3 cases of this stuff.
a champion among beer!

revisit... 12/2/09

A: this beer pours a semi opaque golden color. A vigorous pour yields a white head which dissipates fast. Large white bubbles form and leave quite a bit of lacing on their way down.

S: wow this smells sooo good and it has been a while since I have had it. I get a very pungent grapefruit quality. It has a resinous earthy cannabis/humulone quality. Smells amazing actually!

T: This is maybe not the freshest bottle but it's still extremely good. There is a nice pine forest floor quality as well as a sappy resinous feel. I get citrus zest namely grapefruit (probably because its so pungent in the bouquet). Not overbearing but certainly a hophead's delight! Still a great beer and a force to reckon with!

M: Medium body and very strong on the tongue. Somewhat prickly but in the end it has a tacky quality that sticks to the mouth leaving a long finish.

D: for me its very drinkable... the flavor is strong and so higher alcohol is not as noticed. You will need to be a fan of dry finishing bitter beer, but I'm delighted by the lack of caramel sweetness that is so often associated with double IPA's. Still an awesome beer to be

09-22-2006 01:16:15 | More by flannelman808
Photo of loving44


3.7/5  rDev -14%

Serving type: Silk-screened bomber... classic Stone.

Appearance: clear light amber with a snow white head. Watch out as you pour this one, the head rises quickly out of what appears to be a thick syrupy pour... expect an overflow of head if you're not careful!!

Smell: syrupy sweet malts and alcohol with powdered aspirin

Taste: again syrupy sweet and tangy hops. Gets a bit better and more complex as it warms, but the weird powdered aspirin bitter taste is still there.

Mouth feel: watery and lacking in carbonation

Drinkability: One is enough... this is a beer everyone should sample once, it is a benchmark for double IPAs and challenged people's expectations, but I feel it has been far surpassed. Stick with Stone's regular IPA and get a bomber of 10th anniversary while you still can.

09-19-2006 06:15:03 | More by loving44
Photo of sopor


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

Brilliantly clear perfectly amber pale ale with a dimpled, uneven, thick bog of off-white foam. Classic pale ale look, unclusing just a few medium paced bubbles. A film lasts, and leaves splotchy lace.

Resinous grapefruit kick to the nose, with hints of a sweet caress of malt afterwards.

Greasy, resinous, sinisterly bitter hops coat the tongue, abrassively washing away all hints of a malt backbone, and leaving only a greasy aftertaste on the back of the tongue, leaving an actually cleaner aftertaste than is expected. After a few drinks, the malts open a bit more... perhaps b/c it's killed all of my bitter-sensing tastebuds, but more likely just due to some warming. Malt is just slightly toasty and dry.

Surprisingly, classic pale ale body and CO2. I expected a heavy body, delciate CO2 like some IIPAs, but this is light and active.

Alcohol is evident, warming the stomach. and quickly buzzing, but all in all a damned tasty IPA.

09-16-2006 21:43:43 | More by sopor
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

a - golden color, slightly hazy, huge white head with great retention, some of the best lacing I've ever seen

s - lots of floral hops that dominate the nose, but malty sweetness and alcohol are present as well

t - pretty sweet maltiness up front, but then the hops attack the palate with lots and lots of bitterness (100+ IBUs worth), some citrus notes evident in the bitterness, finish is very long and bitter

m - ample carbonation, medium-bodied, very dry finish, hop oil coats the mouth

d - quite drinkable, alcohol not very present in the taste, the only thing that may limit ones intake would be the loss of taste from all the hops

Excellent beer for any hophead, myself included. Surprising depth of flavor with the sweet maltiness, more than just bitterness, though that is definitely what this beer is about. Certainly not on Dreadnaught's level in my book, but an excellent DIPA that lived up to all my expectations.

09-16-2006 17:49:43 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of MSchae1017


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22 oz bomber.

This beer pours a pale dark gold with a huge frothy white head that leaves a nice film the whole way down with tons of lace. The smell is amazing...hops, Hops, and more HOPS! If I had to venture a guess I would say they are of the centennial varietal but perhaps it is cascade. The taste is also very nice. Up front with biting hop bitterness and amazing hop aroma. This beer has a nice mouthfeel, very very good with full carbonation. Overall very very drinkable. An amazing DIPA, just what you would expect from Stone.

09-15-2006 01:32:43 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of akahn


4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Good lace and a nice bubbly skim are left behind.

Big hoppy aroma with just a hint of alcohol and an exaggerated malt sweetness.

Flavor is just awesome. Assertive bitterness stabs the tongue. Plenty of green hop burps, lasting dry citrus pith aftertaste. A faint malt sweetness keeps things well-balanced and together.

Reasonable medium body, mild carbonation stays out of the way. It is impressive how drinkable this beer is for how hoppy and strong it is. In my opinion, this knocks the socks off of sweet, alcoholic DIPAs. One of my new favorite beers!

09-11-2006 23:59:01 | More by akahn
Photo of nicefix


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Brown bomber with a silkscreen label and a cool rant on the back about the beer.

Decent white head with very good sticky lace. Very clear amber color. In my limited experience, by the look, it just doesn't seem like it's going to taste as good as it does. Looks can be deceiving.

Smells of pungent oily piney hops. Big floral scents, sweet. Very nice.

Tastes about the same as it smells with a perfect carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel, and a lingering bitter finish. A true assault on the palate. Similar to the destruction caused by Arrogant Bastard, another Stone brew.

I feel I could drink it all night but the high ABV would stop me.

Another fantastic brew from Stone. Simply awesome!!

09-06-2006 02:54:35 | More by nicefix
Photo of kimcgolf


4.9/5  rDev +14%

This is a GREAT beer. I almost had to stretch to find something to not rate it perfect on. Poured to a bright orange color, with just the right amount of carbonation bubbles. A thick off-white head lingered through the entire drink, and left excellent lacing all around the glass. A strong, highly hopped aroma of grapefruit and oranges led the way. Flavor at first was more of bitter hoppiness, combined with the citrus fruit. As the glass warmed, a slight malty sweetness crept into the flavor. Further on, the 7.7% alcohol made itself known in both aroma and the finish, which was a perfect balance of the bitter the sweet. My only regret is that this is not available locally, although if it were, I may stop rating beers, and just drink Ruination.

09-06-2006 01:40:27 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Golden pumpkin color, somewhat hazed with quality bubble movement within. Nice frothy head, color of white hydrangea

S: Orange julius, lymon, honey suckle, unrefined sugar.

T: Starts malty, hints of raisin bread. The citrus then come into play; white grapefruit, young lemon and a bit of tangerine. Hints of pine, red fruits and earthy tubers frolic before the bitterness hits. Bitterness comes on slowly then fills the back roof of the mouth. Finishes some what doughy with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with a juicy mouthfeel

D: Maltier than I remember, but still mighty fine.

09-04-2006 23:36:46 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of blsfreak


4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

I would have to say this is by far one of the best beers I have tasted. The label states this is a liquid poem to the beauty of the hop and it is. If you like hops, this beer is for you. I have quickly become a hop head and for me, it doesn't get any better than this. The availability is lacking in the small town I live in, one store carries anything worth drinking, but this takes the cake. I would recommend this beer to any aspiring hop head as a perfect example of hoppy.

09-04-2006 23:31:26 | More by blsfreak
Photo of ndekke39


4.43/5  rDev +3%

Split a 22 oz. bottle of this with a good friend of mine. No freshness on the bottle. Poured a hazy orange color with a tall off-white head and decent lacing on the glass. Smells are fantastic - blooming hops all over the place. Pine. Hints of butterscotch underneath. Very complex character in the aroma, and it continues well into the taste. Crazy hops here that bounce all over. Very floral. The dominating taste is obviously the hops, but there are so many layers to them that I can't describe it as single note. Very nice finish and aftertaste. The hops continue to change and bloom even then. Creamy mouthfeel that complements the hoppy character very well. Overall, a wonderful beer, one of the best in the IPA style I have sampled in a long time. I will remember this one and come back to it.

09-03-2006 12:54:21 | More by ndekke39
Photo of jimdkc


4/5  rDev -7%

Pours a bright, clear, orangish-gold with a good-sized off-white head which falls back quickly to a persistent foam film. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose is strong with piney and floral hop aromas. But there's more here than just hops.There is also a strong, sweet malt aroma. It smells really good!

Intense bitterness, but surprisingly well balanced. There is a good carmely malt backbone with a bit of sweetness backing up the hops. Strong flavors of grapefruit and pine dominate, but it is incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Amazingly drinkable.

This is a very well-made, enjoyable beer!

08-26-2006 01:32:42 | More by jimdkc
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

It's almost luminescent gold with a crisp and clear color. The head isn't dense, but the lacing is superior. The hops are aromatic, sweet, flavorful and fruity. Mouthfeel was ok and overall pretty good. I enjoyed this very much and would love to have more.

08-23-2006 22:55:44 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Woo hoo! I finally got to have this on tap at 3 Floyds, and I was not disappointed.
A beautiful, clear amber body, but with very little head (maybe too much hop oil to support a head?). Smell is piney and hoppy, but not as hoppy as I expected. The taste is great. A normal american IPA hop zing up front, some malt in the middle, but then a huge bitter bite at the end of the swallow. It's bitter, but still balanced. What a nice beer! Mouthfeel is moderate, and low carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding for such an extreme beer.

08-21-2006 14:49:53 | More by DaveFL1976
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