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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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10,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,195
Reviews: 3,040
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 377
Gots: 1,498 | 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 Vonerichs
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This has got to be the perfect beer. Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing about it.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a strong thick head that lingers. The bubbles dance and rise for a couple minutes.

Pungent odors of all kinds of hops, it seems to cover them all from pine resin, fresh grapefruit, to floral notes. There is only a slight caramel malt that brings you back to reality, but only for a brief moment, then another onslaught of hops.

The taste is perfection. As soon as it hits the tongue there's a brief moment of a sweet, fruity apple-like ester, then the hop-attack begins. The pine is the first thing I taste, followed by the bitter grapefruit finish. The citrus finish hangs around forever and makes my mouth pucker up, and it's welcome to stay as long as it wants.

Nice thick, chewy, resinous, and just the perfect amount of carbonation. For as bitter as this is, everything just feels fresh and it leaves a very clean taste in the mouth. It gives the tongue a very enjoyable beating, true to it's name.

I can drink this all day and night. Admittedly I am a hop-head and this is by far my favorite IPA. This isn't distributed in Illinois and I have to go out of my way to get it, but won't ever pass on the opportunity to do so. Which reminds me, this was my last one...

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

DIPA review from someone who's not a hophead...here we go...

A - Pours clear golden with a nice frothy head that stays the entire way down. nice sticky lacing. Bubbles are onstantly rising.

S - Pine, grass, lemon rind, HOPS!!! More citrusy as it warms.

T/M - A smack to the taste buds. After the first sip, which just kicks the crap out of your mouth with a flavor something resembling a cut pine tree, the taste mellows out alot more. Very smooth hoppy citrus flavor with a strong malty backbone. If the malts weren't so strong, i would think that I would be disgusted as it would be chewing on liquid hops, but it makes this one stellar brew. It's just as thick as it needs to be.

D - I couldn't drink much of this. It's good, but i'd die from elevated acid level in my veins.

Photo of user0317
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobsmn for sharing this 22oz bomber with me.

Poured a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of persistent head and moderate carbonation. This beer has a sharp grapefruit scent, with a hint of pine needles in the background. I could sit here and just smell this one for several minutes.

The flavor profile is largely bitter grapefruit with an adequate amount of biscuit notes to balance things out. The hop flavor is very strong on this one, but not overbearing.

This beer is quite drinkable and has a pleasant, if slightly dry mouthfeel to it. I really enjoyed trying this dipa, however I do not mourn that it is not available at liquor stores in Minnesota. There are plenty of comparable midwestern dipas that can proudly stand next to a ruination.

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

I've been dying to try this one since I've heard nothing but really good things about it. Poured into a tulip pint glass it poured a light copper, light amber, almost hazy orange color with a small head but left some lacing down the glass. The smell is hoppy as expected. The taste is wonderful. Hoppy, bitter, a little sweet with a great mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well covered up. I'm loving this beer. I could drink it all day. This is a beer I'm going to definitely pick up again and would go out of my way to get. Stone did a great job on this brew as with the others I've had from them.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Unibroue Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Nice medium-hued, golden honey color, with a slight hint of amber. Big, three-fingered, head of fluffy white foam. Retention is very good and lacing is clumpy and sticky.

Smell is pure hops. Big citrus hops mix it up with a more mild pine presence. Big notes of grapefruit. Slight hint of caramel malt sweetness.

Hop City, we have arrived. Big presence of grapefruit and pine, alike. Citrus hops abound. Big bitter bite, especially in the aftertaste. Sweet malty presence attempts to come through, on the mid-pallette, but gets pummeled back down.

Smooth and easy to drink, with a slight sharp edge to it.

As long as you aren't afraid of hops, this is a tasty, easy to drink, beer.

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

22 oz. bomber into my UCLA pint glass.

Fairly clear golden body under one finger head with fairly substantial lacing. The Hop Atomic Bomb. While other IPAs may have higher IBUs (though I seriously doubt there are many), this is one way hoppy beer, a very upfront assault on the tastebuds, akin to getting hit over the head with a baseball bat. Yeow!! Hops, hops, and more hops, with a bit of piney notes on the backend, and a lingering malty finish. I'd hope to give a more informed judgment on mouthfeel, but my palate is destroyed for the rest of the evening. Not for the faint of heart and not a session beer, and certainly not an entry brew for the category, but one of the best examples of SoCal DIPAs, IMHO.

Photo of jera1350
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with nice sudsy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells outstanding! Like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, papaya and grenadine. Highly sweet smelling.

Taste is all hops. Very piney with strong hop bite that lingers. Grapefruit/citrus. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. Tongue numbing, a hopheads delight.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. You can feel the hop bite on the tongue (100 IBU's!).

Good drinkability. The smell just makes you want to keep drinking it. I could have a couple of these at a time.

Overall, a great DIPA. Best smelling beer I've ever experienced. Definitely recommend this one!

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/6/2007 (bottle):

Pours a pale yellow colored body, with an off-white colored head, smallish. Grapefruit sweet aroma. Some pine. Sugary sweet aroma. Grapefruity, malty, sweet, some pine. Pretty balanced. A good pale ale/IPA. More sweet than hoppy.

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

poured from a bomber into imperial pint glass.

pours very golden amber with great lacing and huge head.

smell is very vivid with citrus hops exploding, very floral.

the bitterness smacks you from the first sip. heavy citrus with a bit of pine which is a great blend. malts in the back tame this down a bit.

carbonation is medium light and adds to the flavors overall.

this is a very highly drinkable DIPA. the first time i had this was alone in a hotel room 2 years ago, and from then i was hooked. even though i find this to be a bit more mild these days, i still have mad love for ruination.

Photo of grayburn
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber crystal clear. light lacing with a little head scared away by the monster hops.

Smell is hoppy, piny, citrus, with a little alcohol in the background.

Holy Hops Batman! Pure bitter mouth puckering hoppilicious delight. If you are not obsessed with hops do not try this.

Mouth, bitter lupelin, slight oily residue coats your tongue, crying for another sip.

A definite sipper, the hoppy spiciness of this beer is extreme. Delicious floral character. The different layers of hops are intriguing.

Very impressive, the stand by for hop showcasing.

Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it pours a golden/orange color with a good head and good lacing.. then just average after that.. smell is ok but nothing that tells you that you are about to drink a top rated DIPA?? taste is bitter with good hop flavor and ok floral citrus smells ...taste is bitter first and i like bitter ipas but again this was nothing to write home about.. the mouthfeel was hop/bitter forward and floral/malt finish good and drinkable..it was smooth easy to drink i dont rate this as a DIPA its just a high ibu ipa with 7.7 abv its good and should be tried ....but it is overated its a B at best. like i said before this is not a DIPA just a good IPA.. try founders double trouble or bells hopslam to see what a great DIPA should be. still try this one and i will buy just singles of this one.

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

Out of all the Stone beers I have had this was the single one I wanted to try the most. It sounded like heaven and coming from Stone I knew it would be quality.

Well I was far from disappointed, but it did not hit me as hard as I expected. It poured a nice brown with a slight off-white head. The aroma was mostly hops but an almost roasted hickory smell was also present. Drinking this was great it is very complex with citrus and hops and much bitterness, in the best possible way. And the bitterness was calm and smooth, if you can believe. The hops just slowly blanketed my tongue and made it feel like home.

Photo of soupermirl
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Head Mania. Pours great with just the right head, ring stays around for awhile. Ruination has the color of honey in the glass when held up to the sunlight. Very nice color. Smells almost like a paper bag full of hops with a slight scent of malt over the top. Hoppy taste, hoppy taste. Hoppy at the beginning on the front of the tounge and at the back of the tounge. Slight malty in the mid range of the sip finished by the hops again. Grapefruity. Beautiful.

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

a-orange blonde...beautiful albino-brown (!?) foam..thickish and congregating into a nice sea of macro bubbles surrounded by many more micro (and nano) bubbles. they're winking in slow motion.

s-floral. sweet sourdough. makes you want to jump in.

t-of course, hops and bitterness! but very multi-dimensional mix of malt sweetness tangling with hoppy bitterness. it's a draw, so everyone wins. including us. there's something deeper i sense with each deep draught i take. i can't put my finger or language skills on it (today)...but i love it.

m-my mouth is not ruined at all, but it is rather devastated. this is luscious stuff and it's good that i've returned to beer/ale (after my obligatory time spent with bourbon during the coldest months) in the form of a slate of Stone Brewing products. one more sip and this is pure, condensed flavor...no sense of wateriness. yes, it's liquid, but then that non-watery sense isn't overly thick either. really, nearly perfect. the hops are still attacking...

d-very drinkable, especially if you have long left behind those watery macro-brews that are not useless at all, but rather good for just sipping and thinking about something else. that's what they are for...but this is true Craft beer. i am so impressed. even the lighter Stone Pale i had earlier is great, just in a different way. certainly, this is a stand alone bottling...but i can see it pairing with food extremely well...cheeses (sharp sharp!), gourmet burger, clams...any new orleans/louisiana foods....

i'm only disappointed in the fact i bought a single sample bottle, not a 6-pack. thanks Stone Brewing for keeping the Craft impulse everpresent. how about send some Self-Righteous over to the east coast...i haven't seen it yet!

Photo of BeerMark
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Green's in Atlanta. Beer has a cool bottle and pours a little darker than a Miller High Life. Smells pretty good with a lot of hoppy aroma. After tasting, I must say that this one does not live up to the hype. It's hoppy and all but that's about it. Maybe one-dimensional is the best way to describe it. This beer has a sweet side to it but the malts don't seem to play a role in the sweetness. Almost like there is some type of "artificial" sweetness involved here. This seems strange to me and this is the reason I'm ranking this a little low. Somewhat overrated.

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

Poured a hazy orange color with a nice looking off white head. The tiny bubbles were rushing up after the pour. Significant lacing... Nice!

Smell... Very nice aroma. Floral scents... Grapefruit...pine... Definiteley coming from liberal use of HOPS.

Taste. This is Good. This is strong, but very tasty. MMM I like this a lot. Citrus, and pine. That is a good thing for an IPA to taste like Pine by the way.

Mouthfeel. Great. Medium bodied. slightly oily but nice feel.

Overall Far above average, fairly easy to drink too. I will get again. YUM.

Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce individual bottle purchased at Ledger's. Poured into snifter. Enjoy by date is unreadable, can make out 09. Comes in at 7.7%.

A-Very nice glowing yellow-orange. No much head. Little ring stays on the side of the glass. Not much lacing.

S-To me it has the characteristic of a great DIPA. Beautiful citrus hits the nose. From the first whiff I know I am going to like it.

T-Citrus hops wallop the tongue. Pine comes through on the back of the mouth. Afterstaste can best be described as hop mouthwash.

M-Thicker body. Nice carbonation is pleasing on the tongue. Finishes crisp on the palate.

D-Crisp...hoppy...good. Alcohol is well hidden. Love the convenience of 12 ounce bottles.

Such a great beer. Deserves to be the in the upper echelon of DIPAs. Need to revisit this guy more often.

Photo of WalterSobchak
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect hazy golden glow...not much of a head but still a really nice pour. I hardly ever rate high on appearance but this one is quite nice and reminds me of my favorite, Switchback.
Hops and citrus smells are prominent with a background I cannot quite identify but its a bit earthy.
Really great tasting beer...big hops flavor but not much balance and not too complex. If you are really into hops this is worth a try. It's one sided with hops headed right into alcohol. Despite its lack of complexity I really like this one and would do it again...and again.

Photo of SykDoc
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a lovely golden/copper mix with a ~1 inch off-white head that reduces to a very nice lacing. No sediment and overall transparent.

The smell is, as expected. There is an excellent level of citrus with some pine notes. There is a mild caramel smell behind the other aromas.

The taste is strong in citrus and pine. It also has a mossy component to me with a subtle sweetness from the malts that is quite pleaseant and definitely balances nicely. Quite bitter and a well hidden alcohol level.

The mouthfeel reveals a medium/full bodied brew with an excellent bitterness that lingers on the tongue and feels dry. It is not overwhelming and is quite smooth in my opinion. The carbonation is also well balanced with the flavor.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It is my first time having it and I'm quite impressed. I don't quite think it is at the caliber of Hopslam, but it is very good and I will keep my eyes open for it in the future. It does not overwhelm and prevent future enjoyment in the evening, which makes it even more drinkable to me.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.70 %

Reviewed @ home 1/4/09, 12 oz bottle > pub pint glass
A big thanks to Carolyn @ Broudy's for "gifting" this to me during our Holiday home brew tasting!
A 4.0 - 2 finger head, solid lacing, golden amber color
S 4.5 - Bold hop aroma as expected, hints of citrus, mild pine notes
T 5.0 - It delivers palate wreckage for sure. Not overly intense as I expected. Enjoyable.
MF 4.5 - Medium carbo, mid-heavy body, bitter but balanced finish
D 4.5 - Excellent for a double IPA, almost sessionable but intensity and ABV could ruin you if you are not careful!

Photo of BeanBone
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Somewhat hazy, rich amber-orange body with a two solid fingers of sticky, off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Pungent, floral, citrusy, and piney hops are the focus here. There's booze and caramel malt underneath, but they're very much subservient to the hop onslaught. This smells damn good.

Taste: Aggressively bitter hops take charge of your mouth from the second they hit the palate, not letting go until they say so. Not just bitter, the hops are still grassy, floral, and citrusy. It's not all one-sided though, with enough caramel malt to keep it from being an absolute blowout. The alcohol is kept in check well. There's a terrifically long bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that coats the mouth, allowing the aftertaste to linger for minutes. Moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A little above average for the style, that is to say a relatively fast sipper. There are a lot of hops to contend with, but the alcohol is hidden rather well.

Verdict: Ruination is simply a massive beer. Stone have pulled off something masterful here, by keeping a beer so absolutely drenched in hop oil somewhat balanced. This is a must try for all hopheads.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fist off... Coolest bottle ever. Not cuz of the image so much as the fact that it's painted/ink screened(?) on.. Pour is good but in some ways nothing extraordinary. It sort of looks just like Sam Adams lager or such.. The aroma is AMAZING- I'm not a huge hop fan but this is the sweetest hop aroma I've ever smelled. Flavor is interesting, not just like other hop bombs, this has a smooth balance. Hoppiness isn't biting up front, it's strong but mellow. Has an earthy base with some hint of malt which keeps it's crisp. Mouth is nice. Sort of full, definitely not thin. The aftertaste is pleasant and not overwhelmingly bitter. This certainly lives up to it's A status.. Very enjoyable for hop heads and those who aren't.

Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been too long since I've had this beer. It was my first venture into truly hoppy beers. I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. Oh yeah, I bought an old bottle last time and it sucked ass so I held off from reviewing. Let's hope this one is fresher!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Piraat glass.

Appears a slightly hazy orange color with a one inch off-white head that sinks to a skim. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Aromas of heavy citrus and pine, lots of grapefruit, a bit of herbal spiciness. Malt is basically nonexistent here.

Taste is exploding with the hops! What a surprise! Tons of citrus is coming through - grapefruit and orange. Piney flavors come through more in the finish. Believe it or not there actually is a slight sweet malt presence that makes itself known for a split second right at the start of the swallow before the ruination. Finish is bitter as hell.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a very nice creaminess that is crisp towards the end.

I can't believe I've gone this long without. Must have been the $16 per sixer price tag. Definitely one of the best DIPAs out there.

Photo of Stimack
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured to a cloudy yellow to orange color with a thick off white head that had good retention and left thick lacing along the sides of the glass. From the pour you could clearly notice the heavy amounts of hops that have been used in this brew. That aroma brings forth noticeable pine scent with a slight citrus mix. While this aroma was expected I was expecting it to actually be more pungent as it is labeled as over 100 IBUs. With this being said the hops is all I could pick up. The flavor is about the hops as well, though I feel that it is more like a grapefruit flavor. You do notice a unbalance malt flavor, that mixed together seem to give a slight sweet flavor. As I said the hops are very pungent and the hop resin like favor just sticks to the back of the tongue/mouth. Though this brew weighs in at 7.7% the alcohol does not come out. Nice brew, I am not a big hop head but once in a while they work for me. This one worked and is one I would get again.

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of bone white head on a yellow-orange body with good clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves a thick ring of lace on the wall of the glass.

S - Strong, grapefruit hop aroma with an underlying note of earthy, pine resin. It is hard to get past the hops, but there is a malty aroma under there with some mild caramel notes.

T - Strong, spicy bitterness with lots of pine resin and astringent, almost sour texture. Some malt breifly tries to break through but is beaten back down by sour grapefruit and intense bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish with very high astringency.

D - Take the description on the back of the bottle seriously; if you are not the kind of perverse hop head who enjoys masochistically high levels of astringent hop bitterness then this beer isn't for you. I found the aroma a bit weak and one dimensional, and the flavor more so. I hoped for more flavor and aroma emphasis, but sadly, this was the kind of flat, bitterness oriented IPA that I don't care for. Drinking this was kind of like sucking on a grapefruit filled with juniper berries, and while I do enjoy both grapefruit and gin (often together), that is not the experience I am looking for in a beer, even an IPA.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,195 ratings.