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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 10,207
Reviews: 3,042
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 382
Gots: 1,513 | 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 EddieSTL
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light copper color, brilliantly clear

S - all hops, no malt, nice grapefruit, very clean

T - no malt, very clean, steady stream floral and spicy hops. bitter, not astringent or overwhelming

M - light body, moderate carbonation

D - good, for a hoppy ipa

Overall - An impressive beer. Hops take the stage and never go in for intermission.

Photo of mpsul2
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very special beer to me, so my first review ever on beer advocate. Stone Ruination IPA sports a clear golden appearance, pretty standard for an IPA, but not my favorite.
My favorite attribute of this beer is the sweet fruity aroma. Call my crazy, but I smell some cotton candy in there.
The taste does not follow through with the aroma's promise. Although I enjoy the bitterness of IPA's, Ruination is slightly TOO bitter. I wish there was more of that fruity taste the aroma made me crave.
Crisp feel in my mouth. Relatively acidic, but not overpowering. Would get a 5, but sometimes Ruination leaves me with a soapy aftertaste.
Sip this beer! Enjoy it. Don't crack it open during the Super Bowl. This beer is a bit too bitter for me to have more than two 750ml.
This beer is special to me because it taught me how unique beers can be. The first beer I tasted that wasn't in a 30. Stone Ruination IPA gave me my passion of craft beer. Enjoy this beer.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams Sensory glass.

A: Golden with a 1/4 inch head that died on me a tad earlier than I would have liked. Cloudy, but not murky.

S: I would douse myself in this every morning as a cologne would it not arouse too much suspicion at the office. Hoppy hoppy joy joy!!!

T: Smooth and hoppy! Not bitter, but almost buttery. Citrusy, but overall, this is a malty IPA. Once delicious brew. The alcohol provides a warming affect that you feel more than you taste.

D: I would say that this is a very drinkable beer. It is strong, so caution should be used, but it goes down so smooth and is absolutely delicious.

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

A lighter IIPA, hefeweizen color, slightly cloudy with a faint orange tint. White suds, decent retention.

Dense hop smell. Tough to separate out much else, maybe some biscuit. But the hops are quite a show in themselves once the beer is warm enough.

Loads of grapefruit, pine in the house. Any malt body gets buried by the hop avalanche and swept down the hop river before you can pick it up. I suppose you could safely use the word bitter.

Slightly under-carbonated and not as clingy as some but a smooth feel to it.

Drinkability is good for a beer this potent, but the fact that your taste buds get worn out is also relevant.

Ruination really had more citrus than I can remember in a beer. Lots of character. Very hoppity, hop hopper. Glad Stone makes this and is fun for the occasional hop binge.

Photo of JoeMayo
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear yellow/amber color with a hefty white head that leaves giant splotches of lacing down the glass.

S- An obnoxiously hoppy, but yet extremely complex aroma floats up from the rocky head of the beer. A bitter, piney aroma hits the nose first, but a plethora tropical notes follows close behind. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, honey, and peach comes through, balanced by a hint of tobacco. A caramelly backbone compliments the honey aroma.

T- Intense pine and tobacco with subtle tropical fruit notes. The hops definately dominate the flavor and although notes of honey and caramelized sugar come through, no sweetness comes through at all. Hints of tobacco come through in the aftertaste and linger as it dries the mouth.

M- Medium body with a dry, nutty, lingering finish.

D- This is intense

Photo of Portertime
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a hop smack in the kisser! I have long awaited Stone's arrival to Florida. This was a one oily IPA. Poured an orange amber. Smell of thick hop resin, pine, pineapple, and some flowery bouquet. The taste was a mass deadening of the taste buds with hop oil coating every inch of my tongue and a finish that lasts forever. A scarily drinkable IPA with a high ABV.

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

poured from a bomber into a snifter.

this beer pours a light orange or very light copper color with a finger width head that dissipates after a short while with not much lacing to speak of, although it does respond well to agitation and produces a spotty film of foam that lingers throughout.

the bouquet is quit impressive and complex. the aroma is of citrus with lots of yeasty overtones that give it a grassy quality and of course hops. the grassy segment of the bouquet could be interpreted as edging on the side of a pine-y smell, as well.

the taste is balanced between the hops, the rich grassy bouquet, malts and a presence of alcohol. despite its name, this beer does not ruin the palate, the hops are not overpowering and are kept in check by the other flavors. the finish is great, leaving a dry hoppy bitterness lingering on the palate. as the beer warms up the alcohol is more present, too.

moderate carbonation lends itself to the crisp and drinkable nature of this beer. however, it doesn't detract from the satisfyingly full body and texture that coats the palate with a lingering hop flavor. despite being very hoppy and complex, this beer is drinkable.

a great beer, however, not as intimidating as the brewer might want you to believe. far from being a source of ruination for the palate, this beer should be renamed 'celebration' for the rich and satisfying experience of being able to enjoy so many ibu's while remaining refreshing.

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

A - Nice orange color with a hint of red tones. Decent cream-colored head that dissipates relatively quickly, and consistent lacing throughout the consumption of a glass.

S - As soon as I smelled this, I knew my mouth was in for a wallop. Smells strongly of citrus, especially grapefruit. A slight alcoholic fume is also detectable. Very pleasant to breathe in.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops. The onrush of grapefruit/lemony flavors is immediate, with some malt and pine needle notes coming through a little later. The finish is almost saturated with the taste of hop oils and more citrus flavors. This is one constant and pleasurable assault on your senses.

M - Nice mouthfeel, as the beer is not overcarbonated and has a pleasant, medium feel.

D - The limit in drinkability comes not from the abv or body, but rather from the assault of the flavors on the tongue. I wouldn't recommend eating or drinking anything too complex after having some of this brew, as it almost numbs the tongue at times. I finished a 22 oz bottle relatively easily, but I probably wouldn't drink more than two servings at a time.

Overall, an excellent IPA that I will be consuming again in the future. Not quite as balanced as the Dogfish Head 90 min, but certainly notable for its huge flavor.

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

22 oz bomber to pint glass.

A: Nice burnt orange, deep but clear body. Foamy head, two fingers+, solid lacing.

S: HOPS. Pine, wet straw, and of course hops. Slight raisin and green apple/pear hints.

T: Punch you in the mouth hops. Very bitter finish but a bit of malt sneaks in there at the end...or was it the middle? It's akin to eating super spicy curry, yeah there are other flavors but they struggle to make themselves known. Some of that green apple is in there...somewhere.

M: Right amount of carbination. Not too heavy, definitely full bodied though. Clean, not super clean though.

D: If you have a high hop tolerance, then hell yeah. It's so strong though, that for most, it will be a bit much on it's own. A good beer to nurse with appetizers - just don't expect to actually taste the food.

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

22oz Bomber on an empty stomach!

Pours a delightful golden color, nice off-white head with a very sticky icky lace.

Fierce hops right up front and in the back. This thing is a hop sandwich from start to finish with maybe some pine malts, and citrus in the middle.

To tell you the truth, I just have too much enjoyment drinking this beer. i wanna say i can even taste some pear, but who knows... only stone.

Massages my palate. such a tasty IPA. one of my fav's.

Photo of vrazionale
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a copper body with a thin lacing of head that stays at relatively the same level.

S - Hops, naturally. Richly layered, with citrus, pine, flowers, pungent aromatics, and stone fruit all unfolding in the nose. One of those noses where a quick sniff is pleasant and appealing, but a deeper quaff rewards the drinker even further.

T - Pungent, bittersweet hops meet a sturdy malt backbone for a thoroughly drinkable brew. The finish is long, with a pleasing interaction between bitter and sweet. The citrus and pine flavors of the hops stand out the most to me.

M - Slightly sticky feel after swallowing, but I doubt that many brews with a malt presence like this can avoid that. Slight lack of carbonation, but this was likely intentional to let the hops and malt work their magic.

D - As far as DIPAs go, this is one of my favorites. Hard to taste the alcohol behind the hops and malt, but who cares. Well-layered hop profile makes every sip different and exciting. This is a feel-good brew, for those that like hops, at least! A must-try for fans of strong IPAs.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really hoppy brew, with a complexity that is unusual for the style. It sports a nice head with good retention atop a dark amber body. Nice but simple lacing. The aroma is just slightly floral with a hint of malt. On the palate, this mouthy smooth brew starts with a nice sweetness, that is quickly replaced by the bitterness of the hops. Moderate carbonation combines with the rest to make this a robust drink. The finish is decidedly bitter hop, with a long, long bitter aftertaste. A really nice brew when you're in the mood for something to fill your senses. But, you don't want to drink too many in one sitting.

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

Best Double IPA I have had. Poured golden/orange but was also as clear as water, 1-2 finger foamy head that lasted as long as it was in my glass. Smelled like a room full of hops/bitterness and some citrus in there too. Tastes how I want my DIPA to taste, hoppy as hell and extreme bitter, some fruit in there with that too. Pretty thin with good carbonation, very smooth. Could drink this one all night, so tasty and hoppy, not very filling at all and no alcohol taste.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent DIPA.

Appearance- golden color, good head, transparent

Smell- piney hops, fruit

Taste- Delicious, citrus, hops, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel- smooth, dry finish, medium bodied

Drinkability- excellent DIPA, good thing I have more of them. I love it!

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

Bottle poured into Sam Adams sort of reverse-tulip

Pours a nice sunny golden light orange. Not a ton of foam, but that might be my fault. Nose is very citrusy with a good amount of pine and light maltiness. Not a ton up front, but still pretty full bodied. For some reason I'm having a hard time pin-pointing specific tastes except just that of a Stone beer. BIG bitterness and not a lot of alcohol sweetness. Crisp malt flavor with a LOT of citrusy pine. Tons of big bittering hops on the way down and somehow a moment later a bit of freshly milled crystal malt comes through.

The only real "criticism" I have for this fabulous beer is that as with most double IPAs its "drinkability" is still somewhat limited. The humorous writing on the back of the bottle is not kidding about ruining your palate. Don't expect to taste a whole lot in other beers for the rest of the night. Lift another Ruination instead!

As always, this beer and brewery has lived up to its name and reputation. Although still not much really need be said about this beer but that it's another gem from Stone. I'm ruined!

Photo of cvaypai
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance - Golden orange, less dark than most DIPA's, crystal clear with a 2 finger foamy head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - All sorts of hops and citrusy goodness. Can smell the bitter and it tickles the nose at 100+ ibus. Small hints of straw and grass but overtaken by sweet citrus.

Taste - Bitter bitter citrus hops explode in the mouth and has a bit of a sweet kick at the end. Very very nice, all citrus no pine, but thats ok for me. Bit of grassy earthy taste at the end. Very nice DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavy, but not too light, its dry but yet satisfying, the bitter bites the tongue but it all works together.

Drinkability - I could drink this beer all night, great for its abv and profile. A big beer with big drinkability.

Love this stuff.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Served in a pint glass. Clear Golden hue. With a 1 finger hear that falls to a film and laces the glass the whole way down.

S- Citrus hoppy and notes a bit of a fruit note.

T- Starts off with a very short carbonated malt. Then intense pine and citrus hops. Fruity through the full taste. Fairly dry finish. Want more after every sip.

M- Carbonation, it coats the tongue nicely then the hops clean and leave the pallet dry.

O- Top 5 DIPA for me. The fresher, the better.

Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 12 Fl. Oz. slim bottle, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet; freshness info. is not provided on the bottle or the cap, btw.

A: pours an almost 100% clear, burnished dark tawny hue, coming with a few streams of fine carbonation in support of a thin, off-white creamy froth.
S: the aroma is deeply flowery, juicy in the hop department yet balanced by a rich bedrock of lightly caramely maltiness as well; the hoppiness is intense, yet also rounded, full of ripe citrus fruits, sweet ripe lychee fruits, laced with random touches of sweet Osmanthus (a kind of very fragrant flower) and ripe apricots. A good swirl helps to add an extra dimension to the hop aroma, making it really really lively, dancing in the air even. All in all, a hop feast, but incredibly approachable.
T: the foretaste is quite understated, featuring lightly caramely malts with an underlying bitter touch as of chopped semi-fermented Taiwanese tea leaves and old citrus peels... slowly, the bitter level goes up by stealth and, before I know it, the bitter impact has already made itself felt all over the palate, but not in a terribly lively, fresh oily/resinous hoppy way; rather, it's the "bitter" elements of hops that dominate here. Along with the bitter aftertaste lingers a really enjoyable and long aroma featuring pretty much the most pleasant elements any quality D/IPA could offer - flowery, apricot-ish, aromatic citric hoppiness and a lightly "stinky" maltiness reminiscent of fine-quality, gristy pale malts (ringing a bell of Maris Otter)... finished really dry and tannic, yet also marvellously rounded in the overall impact.
M&D: the carbonation runs quietly underneath the rich hoppy flavour but the microscopic fizz does initially render a sort of bite from the back of the palate; as the beer goes, the carbonation also softens and a nice consistency b/w flavour and texture is arrived at. This balanced and delicious DIPA is not terribly complex, to be honest, but it does enjoy the best of both worlds where the depth and body of hops complement, rather than overpower, the other flavour elements on the whole. The high level of hop bitterness also camouflage the alc. strength, hence a truly, um, "easy-drinking" ale for Bitter lovers like me!

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

A- An orange/amber color with an off-white head and some decent lacing left on the glass...

S- Hoppy, and at the same time very citrusy (mostly grapefruit but with something else in there too)...faint malts at the end...

T- Similar to the smell, but more fruity (in a good way...I swear)...good amount of hops and bitterness...

M- Somewhat thin for this style, but still very smooth...

D- A very good beer that definitely has its place in the DIPA's...but if you are expecting something over the top in the DIPA family, I would suggest something along the lines of an Unearthly, Double-dog, 90/120 Minute, Double Simcoe, etc., etc, etc....But still VERY good in its own right, and worth a try...Cheers!

Photo of PDXHops
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

Hazy light orange body with 1 finger of off white frothy head. Ok retention with some lacing.

The huge pine nose is a signal to fasten your seatbelts. Puckering pine bitterness with a splash of grapefruit, maybe a touch of mint. The dry malt profile provides no mercy from the bitter assault. There seems to be a pronounced cannabis element as well. Sticky pine resin lingers in a lengthy gritty, scratchy finish. Ruination is kinda like crack; its effects are, well, ruinous, but dammit I just can't quit!

Overall impression: P#ssies take a pass on this one. Awesomely agressive brew.

Photo of beer2day
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged one year in the beer fridge.

Pours honey gold with a thin ribbon of head. Little to no retention but very nice lacing. Very thin bubble stream present.

Nose screams hops. Nice pine and citrus balance. Slightly estery as well, with a faint malty sweetness.

Hops hit hard up front. Finishes very strong with a nice dryness. Nice alcohol presence, not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Very chewy. Lots of malt body.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Stone Ruination IPA poured pale gold with a thick three-finger head. Thick lace stuck to the glass from top to bottom. The color was paler than expected for an imperial IPA; but otherwise the beer was beautiful.

The smell and taste were earthy and bready, with hints of freshly cut grass and yeast. The flavor finished with a subtle sweetness. The feel was chewy and bitter. It was easy to drink on a hot day with a deceptively strong warming alcohol presence.

Stone Ruination IPA is a very nice double IPA that works well at the end of a summer day or with a winter meal. It's versatile and an enjoyable experience.

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

My fiancee bought me a bottle of this for my first review of this beer. I was eager to taste it on draft. Served chilled in a pint at Fins fish house and Raw bar in Rehoboth Beach DE.

A - a light amber/burnished golden w/ a thick white cap, great lace collects in rings

S - A floral citrusy grapefruit aroma w/ mild piney and lemony aroma. The nose has rind scents w/ very subtle sweet aroma accenting the citrus bounty

M - An astringent bitter feel w/ a moderately high carbonation and moderately high on the bitterness level . The sweetness is there as a backbone, but no mistake the emphasis of this ale is soley in the hops

T - An intense grapefruit rind and pine needle taste w/ a lemony accent. Spicy w/ an almost medicinal astringency and dry effect w/ alchol and hop essence giving a unified taste. Prickly w/ a nice bitter citrus and orange taste delived easily with effervescent chutzpah as it goes into the last sips w/a gentle dry malt element

D - A great double IPA true to the west coast integrity a beautifully bitter and intense beer which is probably better sampled with food. The beer lives up to the name Ruination

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

4-4.5 clear golden apricot, short head fades to a ring but hte modest lace is fairly persistent.
4.5 even cold the aroma bursts forth, releasing fresh pine needles, sap, citrus rind--beautiful "green" smell, and some sweet nouget emerges underneath.
4 not as bright/vivid as it smells. flavor is dominated by grapefruit rind, with a sturdy though not overly sweet malt backbone. the bitterness is well-distributed but not punishing. (i thought the bitterness in arrogant bastard had a sharper quality, perhaps due to heavier use of chinooks?) grapefruit rind and some pine linger long in the finish.
3.5-4 very fine, nonprickley carbonation in a medium-full, resinous body. almost feels a bit flat at times.
4 nice beer, but less complex than expected. also easier to drink and easier-going in general than expected (or maybe i've just become too habituated to hops). the low carb level prompts me to gulp the stuff before the remaining co2 is liberated.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber color with about an inch and a half head. Very strong lacing around the glass as I drink it. Pretty good.

S: There's a lot going on in the smell. Smells like hops, fruit, wood, etc.

T: Bitter hops up front. Lots of sweet malts. Almost fruity. Decent alcohol bite in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Pretty strong carbonation. Very well balanced.

D: Not very sessionable; it's a little too overwhelming.

This beer is great. I'm buzzed already. I let my girlfriend have a sip and she hated it.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,207 ratings.