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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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8,841 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,841
Reviews: 2,945
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 266
Gots: 755 | 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 Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep dark gold color with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is incredible - hops, hops, and more hops. A bit of tartness was also detected by the nose, but maybe my nose went haywire from the hops.

The flavor followed what was sensed by the nose. Huge hops flavor that did not offend as the malt level were just right to balance the hop overload. Some sweetness and fruitiness were also detected. Slight crispness on the tongue.The bitterness lasts long (I mean long) on the tongue after swallowing. This is a slow sippin' IPA and the alcohol is barely noticable. I could have had another bottle after this was emptied, so drinkability is very good.

Not to drink with any food, as I had a shrimp cocktail as my glass was almost done and it was tasteless. My tongue was still in shock. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 12:57:04 | More by Gavage
Photo of Stubbie1


4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one wonderful brew!

It pours a deep golden color, the color of apple juice. On top is a thick white head. The head stays for quite some time and gives away to a thick and sticky lace that lasts to the bottom of my glass.

The aroma reminds me of walking through a pine forest after a strong summers thunderstorm. The smell of fresh pinesap that is running down the side of a tree that just lost some of it’s branches. Sticky, sweet, and a bit bitter aroma of pine is present through out this brew. There is a slight hint of citrus present, but the pine overrules.

The flavor starts of with a mild hint of malt, but after that, it is hops, nothing more nothing less. You can’t even get a hint of the 7.7% that is in this IPA. The feeling is smooth and creamy in the mouth and there is always some movement in my glass. (carbonation) There is a mild but pleasant bitter after taste on the back of your pallet.

Overall: This IPA kicks ass. There is enough going on in this brew to enjoy repeatedly. NO WAY could I get burnt out on drinking this brew. It is easy going down the gullet and enjoyable to sit and sip, or just flat out enjoy. Thank you to all at Stone! You people ROCK!

And thank you Eyechartbrew for bring this from West coast to East coast.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 02:16:38 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of lackenhauser


4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second taste of a Stone beer.Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a very minimal head.Reeks of hops,hops and more hops-citrusy,almost lemon like.Tastes of hops,hops and more hops as well.Nice after bite on the tongue.Extremely bitter.Full bodied-not as smooth as the Arrogant Bastard but not unpleasant.A great beer overall-really enjoyable.As the remainder of the bottle warmed a little it was even more pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 01:36:20 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of smitty1080


4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. I got citrus and pine from the aroma. I detect a bit of hops in this one, yeah right. Once the initial attack of the first sip was over I really got into this beer. As it warmed, in the hour and a half I milked it, I started to understand the enjoyment people get form heavily hopped beers. One hell of a beer.

P.S. I thought hop burps were just a joke. Wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 20:49:32 | More by smitty1080
Photo of NickLovesBeer


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone pours a rich golden color with a large white head that reduces after a minute or so. The smell is sweet hops that just seem to jump out at you. The first sip is an attack on your tongue, hops explode in your mouth and seem to numb out all other taste. Despite the initial reaction Ruination is not over powering. It is balanced with a nice amount of malt and even minutes after you can still feel the alcohol esters evaporating off your tongue. Truly delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 03:56:40 | More by NickLovesBeer
Photo of Ianhockey91


4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice hazy orangish color wiht a fading head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. Hops hops and more hops on the nose, i love the smell of this beer, very spicy. The taste has much more malt then i expected wich is great because it really holds up well to the blast of hops. This is a top notch offering with a nice mouthfeel, wuite chewy and smooth. I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 05:20:37 | More by Ianhockey91
Photo of Ellbert


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was great. It was a nice rusty orange color with i nice offwhite head that faded to a beautiful lace that crawled up the glass.

Smell: A mild sweet malt flavor with spicy hints of different hops. A small floral smell and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Much more malty than I expected. A lot of sweet malt at the begining with plenty of spicy hop flavors and alcohol that come slow and explode at the end. Leaves a bitter and sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: A nice consitency with plenty of carbonation. Leaves mouth a little dry.

Overall a good beer. Drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 03:11:37 | More by Ellbert
Photo of skar

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger, NYC 10/8/03 Night of the Imperials Part 2

Appearance/Head: A surprisingly light orange color. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Massive resin and hops. It reminds me of a brew kettle after you throw in a large dose of hops. There is an interesting complexity to the aroma of this beer, but the strength of the hops makes it difficult to discern specific smells.

Flavor: It starts with moderate malty character, that quickly makes way for an extreme hop flavor that has a long finish. The beer is slightly sweet with a big, full body. The massive hop attack gives it a concentrated character that makes it seem like the beer is higher than 7.7 abv. It really takes over the tongue.

Bottom line: Another interesting, powerful brew from Stone. A real treat. Despite the intense flavors, the beer retains its drinkability. I would love to get a chance to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2003 16:34:43 | More by skar
Photo of winomark


4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep gold with a beautiful off-white head.

Aroma: Hop citrus and spiciness can be smelt from across the room! Sweet malt and alcohol give depth.

Taste: Massive hop bitterness, yet good malt balance. The finish is all hops.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and hoppy mouthfeel. Good malt and alcohol lend some balance, but hops dominate. A hop lover's dream!

Drinkability: One of my top 5 beers ever. Tons of hops, but still balanced. Stone = Good.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 15:57:22 | More by winomark
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color with a 1cm head into a pint glass with some beer to spare in the 22oz painted bottle. Without even really trying, all I smell is hops. Citrusy, piney resinous hops. In fact, if I take too deep of a breath, I can feel an itch on my soft pallet the aroma is so strong. The taste is more of the same - hops, hops and more hops. You can feel the hop oils trickling down your throat - don't believe anyone who says this beer is balanced. It has enough malt to have a good, heavy mouthfeel (and high ABV), but I'll be damned if I can taste any of it. Probably the hoppiest beer I've ever had or will have.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 02:14:00 | More by ColForbin
Photo of wgunders


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored from the bottle with a nice golden amber color and a nice off white head that stays for the duration. Wonderful floral, cirtus, and a pine smells accompany this beer. I expected this beer to have more of a bitter taste, instead it is very smooth with a just little bit of a bite to it. The bitterness becomes more apparent upon warming, but is still very smooth. Ruination IPA is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 03:48:37 | More by wgunders
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a cappuccino-like white head that leaves a beautiful white lace down the side of the glass. Aroma is fairly medicinal, and obviously quite hoppy. Also, there is some citrus going on. There's also some pine and a touch of malt. Taste is absolutely hoppy. Starts out floral. The name of the beer is "Ruination" because it ruins your tastebuds after the first few sips. This is dead on. Eventually this goes to malt, and finally it ends earthy. Medium-bodied. Fairly creamy mouthfeel - not at all what I was expecting. This is a tasty beer, but doesn't seem much different that Stone IPA. For a hoppy beer I prefer Hop Devil.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 03:36:57 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of byrd


4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruination pours beautifully golden orange with an off white (slightly orange) frothy head that has nice staying power. There’s a slight haze. The lace is sticky and holds onto the sides of the glass. The nose is citric (orange and grapefruit) and a little sweet. The body is slick and somewhat thick. There’s a smooth, sweet start that has a little caramel malt up front. Not for too long though... The hop bite quickly kicks in and continues for the rest of the ride. The citric notes from the nose are very evident in the palate. There’s a juiciness to this brew and a long bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth. Although there are tons of hops here, they never seen to be over the top like other highly hoped brews I’ve had. The malt base, that is most noticeable in the start, remains in the background the entire time and balances the beer quite nicely giving it a very smooth character. The alcohol never seems to be noticeable, yet it can be felt by the end of the bottle. As the beer warms, the malt undertones become more prevalent, but the hops never subside.

I really enjoyed this brew. I was continually impressed at how smooth this brew was despite all the hops. I was incredibly drinkable, and while I probably couldn’t drink too many of these (simply because I wouldn’t be able to walk to the fridge after more then a couple) it sure would be enjoyable to try my best.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 20:04:58 | More by byrd
Photo of rabidawg


4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-copper with a soft, creamy white head with large bubbles stuck in it at random. Sticky, grabbing lacing. Minimal, but adequate, carbonation.

Smell: Like every IPA you've ever had, all rolled into one. WIth some fresh whole leaf hops thrown into the mix. Loads of spicy citrus, with lemon zest, definite juicy orange, a pine needle blast, and a softer backbone of rich malt.

Taste: I don't mean to sound cocky, but I expected more bitterness. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty to go around, but I just expected more. So much more balanced than I expected, with so much fresh citrus flavor I feel like I've just bitten into a slightly under-ripe orange, peel and all. I've never had a beer this juicy. It reminds me of a much more intense SN Celebration. A slight earthy, funky flavor jumps into the mix for a second, only to be beaten down by more orange-citrus flavor. I can feel my mouth watering as I drink this. Excellent, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 01:32:14 | More by rabidawg
Photo of Eyedrinkale

New York

4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Greg, If you're reading this, PUT THIS ON NITRO & DISTRUBUTE IT EVERYWHERE. This is gonna be bigger than Arrogant Bastard.

This ale is just awesome. Smells like fresh hops. I wish It was available everywhere Stone 22's are.

I wish Stone the best of luck everywhere you go.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 19:00:36 | More by Eyedrinkale
Photo of tavernjef


4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loved everything about this bad boy!
Wow, what a fantastic looking glass full of necture if I ever saw one! Super clouded and deeply paled yellow with a golden orangey brown tone, head is small, compactedly thick and frothy, lace starts in huge thin sheets eventually breaking into spots and a thin haze on top always present.

Smell is a wonderfully complex hop nose, sweet soft pine, honey, flowers, light sour citrusy fruits of mango and lime, backing of caramel malt is nice along with a touch of alcoholic warmth. The pine is so intreging, lots of needles of nearly every kind, cedar, spruce, and Norway/Red. Yummy, super awesome nose!

Taste is lovely with a terrific hop bitterness lending solid pine fragments of needles, resin, and sap; fresh, a bit of dried sense and herbal calming, not over the top all that much but the presense is strong and balanced quite nicely with a caramel/toffeeish candied malts. Hops are so smooth on the palette in this its amazing. Quite a nice surprise.

Feel is very smooth and warm, medium to nearly a full peak at the midaway point, some creamyness and the hops linger with easy pine and slight spiced factions with some caramel chewyness. One easy drinkin' IPA, goes down smooth with solid hop character with a considerable malt backing. 7.7 ABV? Really? Wow, that doesn't show in any of the taste, sure, a bit in the aroma, but does begin to take over alot in the noggin once you've got through some of the bomber. And out of the etched labeling that Stone Brewing has on its bottles, this one is the coolest. Something about the color choice and the pose of the Gargoyle strikes me.

Yum! Thanks to Gusler for the bottle - I need more!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 01:58:00 | More by tavernjef
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now how the hell am I supposed to follow THAT up?

Pours deep gold with little head and a resinous, syrupy citric-pine hoppiness that slugs you in the nose.

Yes, there is a degree of maltiness, slightly caramel-toffeeish with some toastiness, but then the hops take over. And they just do NOT stop. It just keeps getting hoppier and more bitter. When you think the citrus rind and pinesap attack is about to end, more arrives. It's like someone has their foot on the hop accelerator so hard that the pedal bracket bends. yet, for all that, it's a friendly IPA - very accessible if you like it's style of hoppiness, because the octane balances the hops.

If beer were Nascar, this would be the Jimmy Spencer of big-ass IPAs. Mr. Excitement, baby.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 01:57:46 | More by sponberg
Photo of cokes


4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Toasty, clear golden bodied. Leaning towards amber once all is said and done. Limited tan foam atop.
Pine nose. All piney all the time. Strong and inviting with just smidgens of toasty, buttery caramel bread below.
If hops are what you are after, than this is what you seek. I'll do away the malt promptly in this review, with just a biscuity, buttery, caramel apple heft. Yeah, it sure is worthwhile on its own. But this is for the hopheads. And it delivers in spades.
Crashes into the throat like a drunken, joint-toting Santa into a Christmas tree. Sappy branches, cashed bowls and resin-drenched ornaments scattered everywhere. Piney. Let me make that clear: PINE!!! Are you listening? This is fucking PINEY!! Conifers, but in liquid form.
If I wanted to offer a objective critique, this may be overly one-note in its hopping. But it offers enough so as not to make a difference. Malt heft is understated, but everpresent.
Above medium heft,with limited carbonation, but so long as you crave the cones, this is scary drinkable.

Hopheads, repeat after me: "Say hello to my little friend."
The cult status is utmostly deserved here.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 09:29:52 | More by cokes
Photo of beerguy101


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is grapefruity, citrusy and a whole lot of hoppyness. WOW. This is the ultimate BIG BOLD IPA. Complex flavors. The big fruit maltyness is balanced by the incredible hoppyness. A beer of extraordinary contrasts. Smooth taste is balanced by a big sharp hop bite. The taste is malty and fruity and sweet and bitter and sharp while at the same time its not. Definitely worthy of the hype. Amazingly well made beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is bitter. Etched/painted beer bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 02:45:52 | More by beerguy101
Photo of pheurton


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

pours a cloudy hazy orange-ish brown, with a cream colored off white head that sticks around. pungent tropical fruit malt backbone behind a searing citrusy pine hop presence. prickly, perfectly carbonated, smooth and rich on the tounge. sweet malty flavors stand up incredibly to the all out hop blitzkrieg. hops are a bit more piney than citrusy. bitterness is pronouced but not overbearing. alcohol taste is non-existent, but the brew begins to warm you after 1/3 of the glass. aftertaste lingers for days. a rolls royce among imperial ipa's, this baby is crafted beyond belief. supremely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 02:38:10 | More by pheurton
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An orangey gold color, quite a bit of haze is present in this beer. Pours with a decently thick cream colored head. Smells of hay, a field of grass with some sort of spicy blooming flowers, slightly lemony. There is a solid mouth feel presence, it coats the front of the mouth. Of course it is quite bitter, but in no way is it out of balance, quite remarkable for that in fact. The hop flavor is crawling out of this beer all over the place. The bitterness stays with you after one swallows. A complex floral, orangey (though only slightly), apricot (but just a hint) mix of flavors. It is like sucking the nectar from an aromatic-fruity, but not particularly sweet, flower on some unspecified aromatic herb (of course this would be a hop). Effectively saturates one's taste buds as the bottle has promised. I am still struck by the fact that, though this is utterly bitter and hoppy, it is not perceived to be too over the top. There is a solid malt backbone that, though effectively hidden by the hop attack, is what makes this beer possible, it is what brings this beer to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 16:32:17 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of far333


4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with an off-white head that rises up from the top of the beer rather than just sitting on top, and then slowly recedes like a wave crashing on the shore. Sweet aroma of hops and honey and butterscotch candy. Mouthfeel is smooth. Flavor is big juicy hop bitters right upfront. Grapefruit rind and piney notes, just a bit of sweetness from the malt riding beneath, as well as some honey and butterscotch, but it barely peeks out. ABV mixes in well, doesn't take over, but sends a soothing warmth. Good sipper, except I'm not sipping...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 01:05:51 | More by far333
Photo of DESTRO


4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first off this is one of the coolest bottles ever. ive sat on this for a few months mainly because i just havent gotten around to drinking it. it poured out a beautiful pale orange with a small head that left a nice lace. one of the nicest looking brews in my opinion. the smell was of potent hops (duh) with a little citrus. the taste is, well, hoppy. very hoppy. it had a wonderful hop bite but didnt come across as bitter. infact it was really smooth and drinkable for a super hopped IPA, there is some nice malt flavour detected and a little alcohol spice to boot. pretty easy drinkin for the high alcohol content and giant hop character. it was a very enjoyable and it won me over big time. is it going to become a regular for me? no i doubt it, but it will for sure pop up on special occasions. damn fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 20:04:48 | More by DESTRO
Photo of beergeek279


4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz bomber. The color was golden, with an excellent white head. The smell was a great hop. The taste was simply fantastic...at over 100 IBUs, hop bitterness was certainly not lacking, but remarkably was well-balanced so that it wasn't just hop juice. Mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have these all night!

Wow! If there was an Imperial IPA category on BA, then the Ruination would certainly be at the top of the field! There's plenty of delicious hop bitterness to be had, but unlike most high IBUs, this is beer, and not simply hops for hops sake! A fantastic beer, and certainly one I will have again!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 19:42:50 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Winter


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with an off-white creamy head. Thick soapy lacing clings to the side of the glass. Hoppy aroma consists of citrus, pine and a hint of biscuit. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Thick juicy hop flavors burst onto the palate. Primary flavors of grapefruit and pine dominate the front initially. Then the bitterness rushes forward. Some malt flavor emerges from the back, but not enough to steal the show from the hops, which is what this beer is all about. The finish is bitter and a little on the dry side, but not so bitter that it makes you want to keep sipping to quench it. A salty, citrusy flavor lingers in the finish.

Ruination is a big I.P.A. Fans of the style will adore this beer. The 7.7% abv is handled and delivered nicely. You really don't notice it in the taste, but eventually it sneaks up on you. A little one dimensional? I don't think so, Ruination fails to disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 17:29:46 | More by Winter
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,841 ratings.