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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,938
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 278
Gots: 801 | FT: 10
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 Padron4KM


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

Pours a beautiful amber color. I half expected a bug to be frozen in the middle.
Head was tall and thick, but disapated quickly. Chunky lacing.
Aroma was floral and citrus and pine. every swirl of the glass brought out something different. Some honey tried to peek out, but got beaten back by the hops.
Flavor was piney and citrusy (ruby red grapefruit), but with a sweet quality in there to balance it out.
Lush mouthfeel. Looonnnggg
finish. left my lips and tounge tingling and wanting more....

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 04:40:45 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of rousee


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had tried this once before but never gave it its due until I compared it with other IPAs. Pours beautiful peach apricot honey orange-gold.

Head fades quickly- but very nice lace for a bottled beer. Nose has the malty-nutty aroma but "you no can taste " this part. One of the better IPAs that I have ever tried. Strong hops / a little malt with a bitter berry taste on the back. Not too different from the big orange IPA all over Boston but I am sure this one is my preference- it is no contest.

Mouthfeel: very nice and thirst-quenching. Smooth and spicy/fruity-very good.
Drinkabilty--you gotta drink the 24 oz. in 1 sitting --not too hard to accomplish.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 03:45:14 | More by rousee
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a lightly hazy golden with amber hints with a fluffy white head that leaves a web of lacing down my glass. Aroma is all about hops citrus on top of pine maybe a pinch of floral thrown in for good luck on top of what smells like light malt but isn't. Taste starts out sweet malt and its not light its on the good side of medium and loaded with hops nice sweet floral and citrus flavors mingle in your mouth then it finishes with a good bitter bite on your tounge. Leaving a nice oily pine coating that has the tastebuds senselessly begging for more. Mouthfeel is nice and bigger then it looks on the heavier side of medium allowing the hops room to play. Drinkability is great a tasty Double IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 18:41:21 | More by mntlover
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK I've been trying to age this beer but keep drinking it instead. Looking at a bottle of this beer (or any Stone for that matter) actually makes me salivate the way really, really good food does when you are very hungry. The bottle burps hops the second you open it. It's a bit thick feeling at first with a thin white head. It has a piney, resinous hop bite that is wonderful. Try one with spicy Mexican or Thai food, Mmmm.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 18:33:23 | More by AlexJ
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

See through pour with tiny teeny bead beneath a scant antique white head slick thin coating.

Hmmm...cerry, caramel and mixed fruit scents.

Big balance that kicks but each way. Hops & malts with bubblegum & lolipop esters. Aftertaste like lingering bubblegum.

Huge rough sizzle feel. Good mouth sizzle. A bit tacky and syrupy.

Difficult to declare a drinkaility on tap: Good, if careful.

Last swigs: Rugged mixed fruit cup and sandpaper on mr tongue. Hops & malt sizzle.

Beer is good. Happy West Coast beering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2004 04:56:24 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heya... as expected super hoppy. Huge hit of lychee, pine and citric bitterness. Rich, warming and a little medicinal. A malt liqour style shot of alcohol right at the end aswell. Nice bitterness. Thanks be to Greg from Stone fro bringing this bottle all the way to Sydney, very nice guy!!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 16:38:45 | More by rastaman
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a light golden yellow with a one to two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in hop spice with just a hint of fruit in the back of the nose.

The drink started with a kick of hops, imagine that, not just a plain kick but more like kick your teeth out. The middle was just a slight hint of fruit followed by more hops. The finish was get this, hops. Damn if this isn't a hop head's wet dream I don't know what is. The hops in the finish linger but not too long, it's just right.

Like I said before this is a hop head's wet dream. Don't try this beer if you don't like hops, you won't like it. I love hops and I found this beer to be damn near perfect. I hope to find another bottle to put up for a few years to see what it does with age, if I can stay out of it that long.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 04:42:33 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA.

Pours out a deep orange with a nice, frothy head that left good lacing. Lots of floral hops and even some mild, citrusy aromas. The taste held true to the aroma, but was a bit more complex. It goes down incredibly smooth, which could be dangerous because this beer will knock you on your ass! Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2004 02:39:12 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of oracle


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

25 oz bottle drunk in a clear glass coffee mug (please don't ask)

Beer poured clear light amber (leaning towards orange). Thick medium density head with heavy lacing.

Smell was powerfully hoppy, lots of citrus with and undercurrent of light-bodied malts

One taste and you know why they call this Ruination. It's a full-frontal hop assult on your taste buds. Strong hop bitterness, but still flavorful, which is not an easy thing to accomplish. Minor malt in the middle, but all bitter hop in the finish. Given all that, the nice clean mouthfeel made it easy to drink, suprisingly easy and very very good.


Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 01:14:06 | More by oracle
Photo of PatandDavid


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the HopHead throwdown...my notes say 'dangerous'. I found this beer rather big. Medium golden when served, it had a prominent sweet pine tree aroma. Everything after that was on steroids: Full mouthfeel, Full malt, with an alcoholic tingle in the finish. Tasty, but a bit more than I usually go for.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 12:36:52 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled 11aug2004, purchased ~3 weeks ago at whole foods market in Vienna, VA.

Translucid orange. I wasn't expecting that at all. Most big IPAs are cloudier than this. Nice chunky head though.

The smell is totally citrus, floral, honey, and something else I couldn't pinpoint until later.

Tasted and felt like lemonade, it dried out the back of my tongue, and the upper part of my throat. Special. Has a slight malty start, then over the top hops and bitterness that overpowers all. Ruination, indeed.

The combination taste/smell reminded me of physalis (cape gooseberries, or "cerises de terre" as we call them in Qc), with the tartness mixed with faint fruityness. Interesting.

Overall, I must admit I was a bit dissapointed. Extreme beers of this type are quite uncommon in my area, and are often highly regarded on this site, so maybe my expectations were too high. Next time I'll try to take it at face value, as the palate destroying, saliva-evaporating monster that it is, and not build it in my head before even opening the bottle. I definately enjoyed their classic IPA much more.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 23:40:50 | More by Goldorak
Photo of crookedhalo


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed orangy pale golden color with a thick, yellowy-beige head. Deep, piney hop oil aroma, grapefruit and honey-like malt sweetness rounds it out pretty good. Pungent hops and a decent malt backbone make this double IPA quite enjoyable. Hops are very sharp in the finish. Malt shows up nicer as it warms. I think I have to go shave my tongue...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 17:38:57 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of joecast


4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ive been saving this for my one-hundreth review for about six weeks now and have finally got there. its been a long wait though.
one of the best looking bottle designs ive seen around.

open the bottle and the aroma leaps out to greet your sense of smell. the hops over-power the nose with splendid fresh picked spicy bitter hoppiness. not so much citrusy as other ipa's from the area, but peppery. i could swear there were whole flowers in there.

pours with a large firm packed dirty white head. only light carbonation. slightly hazy gold in color. leaves behind a sticky lacing from the head traces all the way down the glass as you enjoy every bit.

the taste?? well, a fierce fiery bitterness approaches the tongue first and commences to stomp all over it, thrashing about inside your mouth like a not-so-well behaved rock star in a hotel room.
but wait, thats not all. just as it makes itself comfortable, a flood of malty sweetness (just a step below a tidal wave) follows behind to wash it all down. yumm. mouthfull after mouthfull, the same play is re-enacted to a standing ovation from a full house of satisfied taste buds. even as this warms, the bitterness stay just as sharp and only a slight mellowing of the malt, and only barely a hint of alcohol on the tongue or nose.

immerse yourself in this and lose all sense of time. the rest of the world just seems to be put on hold as all your senses (well, most of them) are completely captivated by this fantastic work of art.

while i would love to give this all 5's, i just cant bring myself to do it. the color seems a bit wrong to me, maybe too light?? and the mouthfeel. for a beer this big, i just thought there should have been a bit more substance to it. am i being crazy? yeah, probably. but even with those minor points, this is one awsome beer. id love to try it on tap some day.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 00:25:06 | More by joecast
Photo of Suds


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been on my radar screen for quite a while, but I just now had the chance to try it. From a 22 ounce bottle, it pours with a clear, effervescent orange color, whit slim, web-like head. The head lasts for respectable time. Overall, a very nice-looking brew.
Hops! Hops! and more Hops!. The aroma is all hops...resiny, flowery, pepper and pine. The smell is so intense and powerful that I think I could smell it from across the room. Of course, the hop aroma is so strong that you can't smell anything else in the beer.
The taste is surprisingly sweet. There's a malty, but also a tany and fruity flavor. The beer gives the impression of freshness and liveliness. It's really something.
Finish is bitter, but has enough balance to take the edge off and leave a very drinkable beer.
It's exciting, over-packed with character, and a pleasure to drink. The bottle claims are on-target: don't drink a quite, subtle beer after this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 01:07:17 | More by Suds
Photo of niknar


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

Pours out a nice golden / orangish color with a smallish white head. Leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass. Smells strongly of hops and herbs, with a slight undertone of caramel. Boom! Delicious flavor assaults the back sides of your tongue with bitterness. Tastes slightly of malt, but the main flavor is a delicate balance of what must be many, many varieties of hops. It creates a nice balance overall, but is clearly very well hopped. Finishes very dry with a slight aftertaste that I cannot place. The belch seems to ring of mint or some other herb. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than I expect for the style, but it is not surprising considering the extensive hugeness of this offering. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Its certainly not for the faint of heart, but any hop lover will relish in its glory. This one is at the top of my list, and I look forward to finding it again... hopefully closer to home this time!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 23:20:53 | More by niknar
Photo of carln26


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

I had this beer on tap at the “Throw Down”, and had a bomber here at home, so I thought I would write a brief review. It pours a bright golden/orange with a nice head, and a light lace (the lace disappears quickly). The aroma is all citrus and flowers, and this is the first thing that you notice on your tongue too. On the back end of the beer is a mid hop bitterness, and just a little alcohol (not too much). This has a medium body, and a good drinkability. I can’t handle more than a few high-hopped beers, but this is an exception.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 01:09:03 | More by carln26
Photo of AllThingsNinja


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

With a steaming bowl of Anam Cara's soon to be famous chili sitting before me, I knew that I'd reached the part of my hop head throwdown experience were it was time for the ruination of my taste buds. The citrus aroma rose well above the frothy head of my candle-lit 10 oz pour. The amber brown color indicated the presence of some malt. While I felt that malt presence in the beers full body, I couldn't quite taste it. Perhaps, my tongue was too far gone or the hops too strong. Sweet grapefruit jesus, this was the perfect brew to caress and refresh my palate balancing the insanity peppers in that chili.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2004 11:36:51 | More by AllThingsNinja
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruination IPA

Impossible to find in New Jersey but easy to Find in San Diego!!

Appearance- a nice copper/orange with a thick billowy white head. head lasted to the last sip.
Smell- strong citrus hops with a sharp bitterness.
Taste- very bitter and dry. tastes of Citrus and pine needles.

Overall- a strong IPA that wasn't a hit or a miss.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 21:14:14 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of dave750

Rhode Island

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

Clear red-gold colored body is capped by a medium height head that remains for a short while. A strong minty herby hop influence dominate the aroma. Orange and caramel join in later.
The initial taste of bold bitter herby hop and a bit of spearmint remains strong to the finish. Caramel malt and toffee arrive at mid-taste. Musty wool and mint emerge as flavor begins to fade. A moderately thick body is well carbonated. The balance is heavily dominated by hops.
A great beer to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 20:50:36 | More by dave750
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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

With the pour, the beer was a cloudy burnt, copper color. A thick stubborn head formed on the beer. The lace was weak and would quickly slide back into the beer.The carbonation was very active, it was a hectic rising of bubbles in the glass. The hops are biting and sweet. There are tones of sour apples as well--a good sour apple taste. Very good and very hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2004 03:40:26 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Hunter


3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a beautiful clear amber, with a magnificent eggshell-white head. Good staying power despite scant carbonation.

As the bottle promises, the aroma is all about the hops. Bitter, pungent, fresh hops. Yum.

Taste certainly delivers, in spades! A sharp, acrid, bitter ale, dry on the tongue. Scours every other taste off the palate, no matter what you may have been eating/drinking. Boys and girls, this is not a toy. This is a hop lover's ale - all others need not apply.

I'd offer a mouthfeel but there is none. Liquid hops. finishes fairly clean, but those hops aren't going anywhere.

Stupid me, thinking Stone couldn't hop a beer up any more than they did for their IPA. Personally, this is fun for a lark, but not something I'd put in my regular rotation. Still, Stone continues to impress. They know what they're doing - here's hoping they KEEP doing it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 23:53:50 | More by Hunter
Photo of Hibernator


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 22 oz brown bottle served in a pint glass. The bottle reads " A liquid poem to the glory of the hop !"...and Stone is not kidding.

The appearance was a somewhat cloudy orange. Significant head on this brew with awesome lacing on the sides of the pint glass.

This beer provides an intense smell of hops and some wiffs of toasted malt.

This Stone Ruination IPA is all about the hop character and then some. I'm tasting herbs, subtle sweet flavors, hops and a tasty smooth finish. Another potent beer from Stone at 7.7% ABV. As with the Stone Arrogant Bastard, this beer raises the bar for American IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 22:12:18 | More by Hibernator
Photo of mschofield


4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy well carbonated orange-amber, topped with a two finger rocky white head. Leaves wide puffy bands of lacing.
Citrus and floral aroma, leather, oranges, a bit of honey, leafy and a smack of pine needles.
Citrus taste, orange and grapefruit, some malty sweetness shows through all the hop. Oak and pine, very bitter.
Medium bodied, but oilyness makes it feel fuller. I still like the regular stone IPA better.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 23:35:11 | More by mschofield
Photo of kmcnair


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

Picked up a growler of this a few days ago... mmm, fresh.

Makes a fluffy white head, with a nice pale golden body, nice lacing on the glass. Nice floral aromatics, piney hops, sweet malts, very balanced nose. Starts out bitter as f*ck, then enter sweetness and piney flavor, its yummy. Bitter dry finish, alcohol is there but not overdone. Medium body coats the mouth nicely and leaves a light sticky reside on the throat. This one is spot on, the ABV is just right in that you could enjoy a few of these and not completely leave yourself face down, dick in the dirt. Praise Stone.


Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2004 22:40:18 | More by kmcnair
Photo of wyllder


3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Maybe it's just me and Imperial IPA's, but I've yet to meet one I've liked more than my favorite standard IPA's, and this one's no exception.

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with little-to-no head and some sticky lacing that chases the beer as it recedes.

The nose is grapefruit with an intriguing undercurrent of musky apple. The musky apple comes out stronger when agitated. Very interesting aroma.

First hit on the palate, like most I-IPAs, is all hops. Immediate impression is of a general lack of balance. If there's malt in these waters, it doesn't have a prayer of showing itself until the 4th or 5th sip. Once the hops settle down a bit (they never settle all the way down) it actually reminded me a bit of Hopdevil, which remains my personal favorite. Too bad, though, it's only a fleeting memory because Ruination never lets up enough on the Hops to make it terribly drinkable.

Aftertaste is at once bitter hops and, interestingly again, musky apple. Not bad at all.

By no means a bad beer. And, if you're a big fan of I-IPA's, you'll probably love it.


Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 01:23:28 | More by wyllder
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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