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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,286
Reviews: 3,053
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 394
Gots: 1,607 | 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 MeadGuyfromMD
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had read about this in several publications and I think I may have sampled it at EBF my first year. I found a 6 pack while traveling through SC and snatched it up!

A - Redish/Amber Gold, terrific looking creamy tanish white head. About 1/2" thick and lasts in small ring to the last drop.

S - Wonderful mild spice, grapefruit citrusiy hop aroma. It made my mouth water. It is whispering malt, but screaming hops.

T - Hops, Hops, Hops! Orangy spicy hop flavor that dances all over your tongue. You get the Grapefruit on the back of your tongue as you clear your the sip from your mouth. Then there is a followup of bitterness and slight malt sweetness, last minute.

M - Very nice body, coats the tongue very well. It even covers your cheeks and the back of your throat with hoppy resin. I bit astringent at times though.

D - This is easily, one of the most drinkable IPA's I have enjoyed. I could put back 3 or 4, but your palate would stop appreciating it after the 2nd one. Stick to one or two to fully enjoy and respect this brew they way it should be.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with solid white 2-finger head that reduced to 3/4 finger, then a solid white crown until the end. Lacing throughout.

S: Floral and citrus hop aroma dominates with the slightest whisp of malt

T: Grassy and citric hop bitterness and sweetness is very upfront. Hop bitterness lingers throughout the session filling the entire mouth with wonderful lupulin goodness. As the session progressed a bit more balance emerged with sweet caramel malt character coming through.

M: Smooth, coats the palate with an almost chewy character. The beer is very unbalanced, albeit intended.

D: The overbearing hop character of this beer make it a short session drink for those less inclined to drink the hop-laden beers. Would complement beef and cheese very well.

This was thoroughly enjoyed for this newly anointed hop-head. Would not recommend for the malt-minded brethren. Slainte!

Photo of billshmeinke
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to pint glass.

A: Golden, slightly amber color. One and a half finger head fluffy white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Big nose. Smells of fruity and floral hops. Light sweet malt in there too a bit.

T: Resiny, piney, grapefruit hop flavor dominates aside from a light malt sweetness up front. Ruinous bitterness lingers on well after finish.

M: Not exceptionally carbonated. Fairly viscous. A bit creamy. A bit acidic.

D: One of the most bitter beers I've ever had. I could drink it all night, and it's pretty hard to drink anything after it or taste anything after it anyway. Not very drinkable if you're not a hop addict.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a very interesting IIPA. Good looks, heavy nose and taste, but not a lot of complexity.

A: Light Copper color with a good head that leaves a trail of lace and film all the way down the glass. Not a lot of carbonation though.

S: There is an alcohol scent to the nose. Mostly it's made up of hops. There seems to be a strong diactyl scent as well.

T: Strong hops flavor. Which is good because it masks the imperfections of the heavy alcohol flavor as well. Still seems to be conflicting tastes. Not a heavy or bad after taste either, which is a surprise.

M: A full bodied beer that only leaves a medium oil feel behind.

D: Not a very heavy beer so enjoying more is possible.

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light pale with a hint of amber poking thru. Good head, not the best retention

S - Spicy hops with a little maltiness supporting the smell

T - Very spicy, bitter almost like an under-ripe tangerine. It almost stings the tongue - def designed the ruin the palate.

M - Somewhat thin, again it kinda stings going down.

D - Good, but not the best. I think this is great for a hop head looking for the "wow" factor, but this is not a beer you'd want to get a 12 pack of ya know? I think it is more manageable from a bottle (as reviewed here) but again this is a try it once or twice kinda beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours in an orangish amber color, smells like, well, a strong beer. Plenty of hops when fresh.

Taste is mouth puckering hops initially. Midway through the bottle, the palate gets a little used to it. Wouldn't plan on drinking more than one of these, and yes, I'd drink this beer last if you're trying a few different beers in an evening.

Can be found at the Bistro on tap almost year round it seems. For some reason, the stuff on tap usually tastes a little smoother, less hoppy almost.

The first year round double ipa in production I believe. Not pushing the boundaries anymore, but stuff like this and Pliny were the innovators that many are imitating these days around the world.

Photo of jampics2
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Served in a tulip. I've had this before, just finally getting the rating in :)

A: Orange, even some tangerine. This looks great!

S: Sweet, slinky hops. Some funky dankness. Chronic leaves, no seeds.

T: Hop overload. These are those really sticky dark hops, that provide maximum enamel melt. Smooth considering the high bitterness. Body goes a bit flat at the end and has a slightly watery finish. Tea and citrus notes linger.

M: Super carbed, light viscosity, oily and sticky but crisp at the same time.

D: Hopheads only. And even most won't put down more than one. Catch-22 is that you won't get to taste what you have next ;)

Photo of PhillipJFry
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

(A)- The golden color is lovely, but I really appreciate the consistency of the foam on this beer. I enjoy a beer that retains the head until the last sip.

(S)- Lemon/lime citrus flavors are apparent.

(T)- Bitter but pleasant. The aforementioned citrus flavors balance the hops well.

(M)- Hops! Hops! Hops! Along with plenty of carbonation to ensure that they go down easy.

(D)- The only real fault that I can find with this beer is that the heavy dosage of hops can hold it back at times, limiting other flavors. While I enjoy my hoppy beers, this is one that I must be in the mood for in order to enjoy it properly.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 12-16-09.

(A)- Pours a clear golden nectarine orange color that produced a huge white fluffy head that left behind clumps of sticky webbing as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Mountains and tons of super dry pine needles with bits of lemon, lime, and pineapple citrus.

(T)- Super super ridiculously dry pine with citrus of lime & pineapple. Absolutely scalding piney hops. Dry as hell and bitter too.

(M)- A good carbonation level amidst one of the driest & most hopped beers I may have ever tried. If there are malts in here, I cant tell.

(D)- A good beer, however its rather one dimensional to me: a dry, immense piney hoppiness on the palate. This is certainly the pinnacle of what hopheads search for! I am definitely enjoying it, but I generally gravitate towards a more balanced/ multi dimensional IPA.

Photo of biophiliadude
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint Bottle to tulip

A: Golden, cloudy, 1/4 inch head.

S: Malt, flowers, cake! exciting!

T: citrus, grapefruit, slight cake, pine burps, hops.

M: bubbles, bitter back.

D: Great take on a hopheads dream. The bitterness is the main event here, so if that floats your boat rock on.

The grapefruit/cake attempt to balance out the bitters but the taste goes from sweet, to bitter, to sweet, to strong bitter on the end...but as we all know the only solution to that is another drink. Enjoying it more with each sip and has clenched it for me in publicly becoming a Stone fan! Recommend!

NOTE!!: This beer could seriously do with an abv boost, somewhere around 10-12% or even double the current (7.70%). The bitterness turns pretty abrasive when sipped slowly, but with more alcohol, and the necessary sweetening to create such alcohol, would do little to the hops character but turn the overall drink into something comparable to a fine scotch, making the bitterness have a warm, smooth finish and become more tolerable. Still a great find though!

Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Poured into .5L Franziskaner glass

Bright golden amber
thick cottony head with fine bubbles
high retention sudsy lacing

S. very floral, piney, hint of cloves.

T. Great! Sour piney hops, malty.

M. Substancially intriguing

D. Makes me want to study this a lot more.


Photo of jcm8756
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at Fat Heads and poured into a pint glass.

A: Typical IPA copper color with beautiful yellow tones when the light hits it.

S: Smells of citrus and pine, as to be expected from a strong IPA.

T: Now this is where this brew truly excels. As the bottle says it is strong and complex and will ruin your ability to "enjoy lesser brews." It is strong and complex and tastes of pine and citrus.

M:Fairly heavy mouthfeel.

D: So strong and complex that I probably couldn't drink more than one or two of these. But the funny thing is the more I drink the easier it goes down.

All in all, a very delicious and complex beer. Excellent representation of the style and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good double IPA.

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a SA glass. White head 2 fingers, somewhat hazy, golden amber in color.

Yeah...nice big hoppy aroma. Floral, piney, and citrus make this a great aroma.

Nice and piney with some citrus in there as well. Caramell malts do come out in this bomb. Very potent hoppy beer. Nice and bittering hop lovers dream.

Like the label say's it will ruin the rest of your drinking night if you hit up this bad boy first. Mouth is totally dominated by hoppy bitterness. Could hardly taste the 60min I had after. Will defenatly be buying more of this!!

Photo of berley31
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that was quite frothy and long-lasting. Body is a nice, light orange color, and cloudy.

S: Mmmm... this is a damned fine smelling beer! Very heavy on the hops, with some slight pine and lots of lemon/lime citrus to the aroma as well. I could smell it all day if I didn't want to drink it so badly.

T: Just as awesome as it smells. Nice balance of citrus with the heavy bitterness in the hops; but, oddly enough, I didn't find the hops overpowering, even with a claimed 100+ IBUs. It went down quite easy for such a strong, hoppy beer.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with a creamy texture and average carbonation.

D: A fantastic beer... one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. God, how I wish I had regular access to this beer. Dangerously easy to drink!

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Thick, white, fluffy head retains nicely with sticky, oily, resinous lacing. Aroma is primarily grapefruit and citrus and is very intense. Taste is bitter, sharply bitter and juicy citrus and pine. Not picking up much of a malt backbone although this keg was filled in October so it's very fresh. I'm sure the malt is just overpowered by the freshness of the hops. I'm not complaining. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Delicious west coast classic double. Divine.

Photo of arkurzynski
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from their "large" bottle. Golden amber color with good carbonation and frothy head. Pleasant floral aroma, but based on the description was expecting a bit more of a punch to the nose. Taste is floral and grapefruit. Not overpowering but on the high end of hoppy. Some sweetness, but definately an afterthought. A very strong showing for an IPA, in my opinion.

Photo of irishking1977
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed six pack, and included Stone's Ruination IPA in the sixer. I'm not a hophead by any means, and don't drink IPA's very often, but Stone's Arrogant Bastard was quite good and considering that's such a hoppy beer, I thought I'd try their other brews. I'm learning what is so appealing about hopped up beers.

A: Ruination poured with the arrogance of golden perfection into my glass. A massive, white head formed not unlike that of Duvel. Eventually the head died down a bit leaving copious lacing. A sight to behold. I love how Stone Brewing are quite defiant on the back of the bottle. Also shocked to find that this one is over 100 IBU's (International Bittering Units) I used to steer clear of these types when beer hunting. But no longer.

S: Moderate hops and herbal aromas struck my nose with defiance. It was almost overwhelming.

T: Intense hop bitterness with floral and herbal notes. Slight sweetness in combination with the hop aftertaste. In my limited exposure to hopped up beers and IPA's the term well refined fits quite well with this one.

M: Thick and creamy with ample carbonation. Slight syrupy character to Ruination that doesn't detract from the feel per say, but is a bit surprising in this type of brew.

D: I could drink a few of these and be quite content. Though as a novice in the world of hops, I might want to reach for something different after 2 or 3. Nonetheless my introduction to hoppy beers has begun.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with a decent head fading into a nice lace. Good hazy, deep golden color. The nose is kind of funky, musty almost, but with some citrus and hops. The flavor is good, rich hops, and has none of the funk I got from the nose. The texture is medium with decent tannins from the fresh, bitter hops. Fairly good but might be a bottle variation. Will purchase from a different store and re-evaluate again. =)

Photo of Stigs
2.82/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - poured a massive head of big pillowy egg shell colored foam, becoming more and more dense as it sits there, and lacing all the way down. the beer is a nice bright golden color and slightly hazy

S - loads of citrus hops, both bitter and sweet. some pine, floral, grassiness...the entire spectrum of the hops world. mouth watering.

T - not sure if this is a bad bottle, an old bottle, or what...all of the yummy hop smells are gone and replaced with all i can describe as, burnt bitter grass. not that good kind of grassy hops, just way off. i used to LOVE this beer, havent had it in a long time - so again i dont know if this is off or my tastes have just changed.

M - trying to ignore the flavor, the mouthfeel is a bit thick, but carbonation is spot on.

D - really struggling with this. ill leave this review as-is, and give it another shot in the future. down the drain this goes.

Note: I have revisited (bottles and tap) this beer a few times since the review, same results. Maybe I outgrew it, but I'm just not feeling it anymore.

Photo of Cakanator
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a nice dark golden color with a considerable head. Loads of citrus and pine, a smooth palate up front with a considerable hop bite towards the finish. A classic really, the hops are huge, but not as great as some of the ones produced in the past 5 years. I'll have it on tap anytime.

Photo of mikey711
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

MMmmm Hops. I cannot remember the last time I had one of these so this is exciting.

A: Its bright orange with a soapy white head on top that leaves gobs of webbing in its wake. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Excellent head retention. There is no room for imperfection and this beer does just that, look perfect.

S: Citrus hops mostly, with mango and orange being the predominant note. The hops are not super strong smellling but they are very good

T: Very heavy bitter pine and grapefruit note. Also the caramel comes out nicely to provide a little bit of balance but definitely a palate killer in terms of bitterness.

M: The bitterness of the hops lingers for quite some time and the mouthfeel is very creamy. Also there is no booziness. Again, for the style this is how it should feel.

D: I wouldnt want to many of these in one sitting because of the effect it would have on my palate. It is very tasty but the whole bomber would be a tough task.

Photo of ewlarson
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale color, a little cloudy, white head goes away fairly quickly. It's a little bit more thin of a head than their regular IPA

S: Sweet smell, outstanding aroma

T: Hops are strong but balanced. You can taste and feel the alcohol, it warms up the mouth and throat. Earthy/floral hops ride over the top, a little citrus as well. Outstandingly strong and potent, coats your mouth with Hops.

M: Strong mouth feel, extremely bitter so it's very intense

D: Extremely drinkable, strong, tasty, extremely hoppy. A good form of what a strong IPA should taste like. The only warning, is just as the bottle and container suggest, it's ruinous to eating anything else. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed by itself.

Overall an outstanding beer. I would highly recommend this.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good and hoppy. You have to be in the mood for it, but if you are, it really hits the spot. I love intense - especially pine resiny - double IPAs when I'm outside in the cold for some reason. This ale has a bitter, crisp finish. Obviously on the overly hoppy side, but it never claims to be well-balanced.

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

Slightly hazy copper pout with creamy head and nice lacing. Huge resiny hoppy nose with lots of citrus and sweet malts. Taste is pretty much just like the smell, a total hop bomb! But with that said, it's incredibly balanced. The bitterness is nicely complemented by the sweet malts. Lots of orange and grapefruit emerge as you go. A crisp and tangy dry finish makes this highly drinkable for such an over the top beer from one of the top breweries in the world!

Photo of Reaper16
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip (consumed in August 2009)

Pours an intense yellow-orange color, bordering on a saturated tawny shade. It is dense but not cloudy. A gentle pour yielded 1 1/2 fingers of pure, white foam. Lacing is wall-like around the glass.

The aromas are appropriately hard-hitting. Loads of lupulin make for a beer whose hop smells run the gamut from earthy to floral to tropical citrus fruits. Tangerine and pineapple play with rose petal, and there is just enough dirt/root to hold it all together. Some caramel malt opens up as the beer warms. I'd score it higher if not for the slight alcohol presence that distracted from the intensity of aroma.

Immediately I can tell that this bomber is past its peak and is in the declining stage. The intensity of flavor is not there in the maximum effect that one would desire. That isn't to say that this is disappointing, however. The hop flavors are still bright and aggressive but also well-rounded by time. The most noticeable, and pleasurable, flavor component are the citrus lupulin flavors. They hit the palate like a burst of juice. Mango, tangerine and occasionally pineapple flavors that taste like they were fresh-squeezed cover the whole mouth but quickly recede. An aggressively floral summer-garden thing dominates the finish; its like eating flowers in a salad if you've ever had that. There is a lot of malt sweetness, but it takes the background somehow. It never gets in the way of the real focus -- the hops. The pine does open up with warmth and the finish is mostly bitterness given the slight age. Everything is so well-crafted, though. The flavors are deep and in harmony with each other.

The mouthfeel is pretty light considering the amount of malt that goes into an Imperial IPA. Its thickish in ways but not sticky; it goes down smoothly. Like fruit juice. Drinkability is kind of insane for an IIPA. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. And everything about the mouthfeel and flavor profile begs for constant drinking. This bomber is going to disappear in a flash. Perhaps the beer is harsher when fresh, but at this stage the rounded flavors make for the most drinkable IIPA I've ever had.

I'd love to have this beer super fresh. In the state that I enjoyed it in, however, it is still close to world-class in its style. Beautiful, bright flavors working with each other make for a wonderful drink. It is only lacking in intensity on the palate. A couple of weeks longer and my score may not be as high as it is today. Either way, this is a treasure of a beer. Man, I wish that I had regular access to Stone in MO.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,286 ratings.