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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,434
Reviews: 2,975
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,061 | FT: 8
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 akahn
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Good lace and a nice bubbly skim are left behind.

Big hoppy aroma with just a hint of alcohol and an exaggerated malt sweetness.

Flavor is just awesome. Assertive bitterness stabs the tongue. Plenty of green hop burps, lasting dry citrus pith aftertaste. A faint malt sweetness keeps things well-balanced and together.

Reasonable medium body, mild carbonation stays out of the way. It is impressive how drinkable this beer is for how hoppy and strong it is. In my opinion, this knocks the socks off of sweet, alcoholic DIPAs. One of my new favorite beers!

akahn, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of nicefix
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Brown bomber with a silkscreen label and a cool rant on the back about the beer.

Decent white head with very good sticky lace. Very clear amber color. In my limited experience, by the look, it just doesn't seem like it's going to taste as good as it does. Looks can be deceiving.

Smells of pungent oily piney hops. Big floral scents, sweet. Very nice.

Tastes about the same as it smells with a perfect carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel, and a lingering bitter finish. A true assault on the palate. Similar to the destruction caused by Arrogant Bastard, another Stone brew.

I feel I could drink it all night but the high ABV would stop me.

Another fantastic brew from Stone. Simply awesome!!

nicefix, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.9/5  rDev +14%

This is a GREAT beer. I almost had to stretch to find something to not rate it perfect on. Poured to a bright orange color, with just the right amount of carbonation bubbles. A thick off-white head lingered through the entire drink, and left excellent lacing all around the glass. A strong, highly hopped aroma of grapefruit and oranges led the way. Flavor at first was more of bitter hoppiness, combined with the citrus fruit. As the glass warmed, a slight malty sweetness crept into the flavor. Further on, the 7.7% alcohol made itself known in both aroma and the finish, which was a perfect balance of the bitter the sweet. My only regret is that this is not available locally, although if it were, I may stop rating beers, and just drink Ruination.

kimcgolf, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Golden pumpkin color, somewhat hazed with quality bubble movement within. Nice frothy head, color of white hydrangea

S: Orange julius, lymon, honey suckle, unrefined sugar.

T: Starts malty, hints of raisin bread. The citrus then come into play; white grapefruit, young lemon and a bit of tangerine. Hints of pine, red fruits and earthy tubers frolic before the bitterness hits. Bitterness comes on slowly then fills the back roof of the mouth. Finishes some what doughy with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with a juicy mouthfeel

D: Maltier than I remember, but still mighty fine.

Westsidethreat, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of blsfreak
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

I would have to say this is by far one of the best beers I have tasted. The label states this is a liquid poem to the beauty of the hop and it is. If you like hops, this beer is for you. I have quickly become a hop head and for me, it doesn't get any better than this. The availability is lacking in the small town I live in, one store carries anything worth drinking, but this takes the cake. I would recommend this beer to any aspiring hop head as a perfect example of hoppy.

blsfreak, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
4.43/5  rDev +3%

Split a 22 oz. bottle of this with a good friend of mine. No freshness on the bottle. Poured a hazy orange color with a tall off-white head and decent lacing on the glass. Smells are fantastic - blooming hops all over the place. Pine. Hints of butterscotch underneath. Very complex character in the aroma, and it continues well into the taste. Crazy hops here that bounce all over. Very floral. The dominating taste is obviously the hops, but there are so many layers to them that I can't describe it as single note. Very nice finish and aftertaste. The hops continue to change and bloom even then. Creamy mouthfeel that complements the hoppy character very well. Overall, a wonderful beer, one of the best in the IPA style I have sampled in a long time. I will remember this one and come back to it.

ndekke39, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of jimdkc
4/5  rDev -7%

Pours a bright, clear, orangish-gold with a good-sized off-white head which falls back quickly to a persistent foam film. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose is strong with piney and floral hop aromas. But there's more here than just hops.There is also a strong, sweet malt aroma. It smells really good!

Intense bitterness, but surprisingly well balanced. There is a good carmely malt backbone with a bit of sweetness backing up the hops. Strong flavors of grapefruit and pine dominate, but it is incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Amazingly drinkable.

This is a very well-made, enjoyable beer!

jimdkc, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

It's almost luminescent gold with a crisp and clear color. The head isn't dense, but the lacing is superior. The hops are aromatic, sweet, flavorful and fruity. Mouthfeel was ok and overall pretty good. I enjoyed this very much and would love to have more.

Erdinger2003, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Woo hoo! I finally got to have this on tap at 3 Floyds, and I was not disappointed.
A beautiful, clear amber body, but with very little head (maybe too much hop oil to support a head?). Smell is piney and hoppy, but not as hoppy as I expected. The taste is great. A normal american IPA hop zing up front, some malt in the middle, but then a huge bitter bite at the end of the swallow. It's bitter, but still balanced. What a nice beer! Mouthfeel is moderate, and low carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding for such an extreme beer.

DaveFL1976, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

To prepare myself for the 10th anniversary IPA coming out tomorrow, I am going to critique good ol' Ruination...

A: Wow, 3 1/2" or more white fluffy heady. Disapates at a steady rate leaving quite a bit of lacing. Light orange in color, lots of carbonation visible.

S: Smells very similar to their other IPA, very, very hoppy with some citrus notes. Maybe a little maltier than the other.

T: Well as the bottle suggests, this thing is a hop bomb, but it has quite a bit of sweet malt to balance it all out. Both bitter and sweet play along side each other until the finish when the hops pull ahead and completly take over leaving a very, very bitter aftertaste that lingers for a very long long time. Basically picture the Stone IPA with a lot more malt and twice as much hops. Maybe a little overbored.

M: Incredibly smooth. For as big and bad as it is, it goes down very easy. The high alcohol content isn't even the slightest bit noticable.

D: Very good, and something I get frequently, but I do have to be in the right mood for the hopped to high hell attack on the palate that it is.

MLegendre, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

Decided to review this beer tonite in celebration of Stone's imminent and recently announced MI distribution, no more road trips across the border! A nice sized white head sits on a light copper colored beer and slowly fades back. Smell is sweet orange liquer, vitamin c smarties at first, further in I think I can smell some pine hop aromas as well but this may be my from the overload on my palette. Taste is at first sip simply a strong bitterness, dry and grassy in its finish. As the beer warms and I adjust the sweet citrus is evident in the background as well as a piney, peppery, alcoholy kick before a big dry finish. Besides rejoicing the distribution announcement, I felt like something hoppy tonite, and of course this hits the spot. On other nites I might feel like the hops crush too much of the flavor, but not tonite.

hoppymeal, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a dark straw yellow with large light beige head that thins out quickly but lasts until finished. Very nice, tight, lacing.

Smells strongly of pine and lemongrass. Slight grassy smell with a spiciness that I can't identify. Strong hoppy smell.

Tastes as smells. Sweet maltiness initially with a strong spicy hoppy finish.

Full bodied, nice full mouthfeel. Slight oiliness that adds to the drinkability. The alcohol is noticeably present without being too much. The alcohol is well balanced in the taste and mouthfeel with the hops. I would not want to drink anything else after this since it is very strong on the taste buds (in a good way) and I don't think you could really "taste" anything else afterwards.

laintringulis, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a 22oz Bottle into a glass...poured a nice amber/orange color like most IPAs....a little cloudy at 1st but cleared up....poured a nice 2 inch head

Aroma reminded me of Stone's regular IPA with more of a fruity/citrus/wood smell

Taste was great...let the beer warm up a little after taking it out of the fridge to trully taste all the hops this beer has to offer...

The 7.9% alcohol did not give the beer a very strong alcohol taste or smell, but after drinking one you can def. feel it

A very drinkable beer...wouldnt recommend drinking anything after it because you probably wont even be able to taste any flavor in the next beer

bonbini26, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev -7%

22 oz bomber -> goblet
no freshness date

Pours a bright copper mostly clear orange with a very very slight haze which seems to fade, carbonation appears medium with a few bubbles darting north. An impressive 2 inch almost creamsickle colored head. Juicy fluffy lacing.

Nose is a hop blast, piney and fruity hops scents combine for a 'this gotta be a hop monster' scent.

Flavor mimics the nose with a minimal malty blender which gives way to a dry intense long lasting afterburn. At 7.7 i can not pick up even a hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. The overall bitter aftertaste kinda lowers the drinkability in my opinion. A quality brew that does what they say it does.

beerphan, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Higravity
2.55/5  rDev -40.7%

This is the 3rd or 4th time I have tried this beer but this is the first time I got the whole thing to myself ;-) thanks Indybeer. I poured it into my Sam Smith Imp pint glass and sat back waiting for the head to settle. It was a nice orange tinted golden beer with a healthy head. The first snif went up my nose, but the after that it was fine. Grassy tannin bitterness (yuck) with a sweet malt and citrus blend. This had way more grass bitter than I remember and it really turned me off. I set it down as I played some ran around killing Zombies in the mall and as it warmed the grassyness mellowed out but never went away. I had a 60 minute after this to wash away the taste and the 60 rocked.

Higravity, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of bwyker
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

We just got Stone back in the area. Refreshed my memory with a pint poured from a bomber:

Pours a clear, golden orange with a thick (3/4”) head that reduces to a thin ring with modest lacing pretty quickly. Light carbonation, not a whole lot going on in the glass. Grassy hop smell with a hint of citrus. The aroma and the taste seem to be a little off. Expected (from both the aroma and the description) more hop bitterness, but it was pretty tame. However, there is an earthy-hop (Chinook?) taste up-front and a lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. In between is a little washed out. Mouthfeel is smooth. Not much alcohol (for a DIPA) and plenty of hop character, so it’s very drinkable. However, in the age of triple IPAs and (soon to be) quadruple IPAs, it might be a little dated -- especially for Stone. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more extreme adaptation in the near future.

bwyker, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

That big, fluffy, creamy head really wins me over, as it stays put for a good while. The sunburst orange/golden color is just what the style should look like, and the bubble activity is varied and active.

The aroma treads a fine line between malty sweetness and hop-heaven, achieving a balance between both. Ultimately the fresh pine aroma wins out, but basically the smells wafting off of this brew indicate balanced flavor.

And sure enough, you can't ask for much better in terms of malt/hops balance. Sure, the hops are huge, and fresh, and seductive, and high-quality, and ultra-refreshing...(ahem)...but this isn't a novelty beer. It's a drinkable-as-hell double IPA thanks to the balance from the creamy, caramel-like malts.

The mouthfeel is creamy and zingy, just a smidgen on the thin side but certainly carries this big bad beer through.

Can anyone say a discouraging word about Stone? I sure can't. This is another Stone brew that has the power to (almost) make you forget about all your other favorite breweries. Cheers, tilt glass, liquid nirvana.

Metalmonk, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Stone Ruination IPA has been my favorite IPA since I first tasted it and this bottle further proves to me that Ruination is the defining American Double IPA.

This gem poured a pale, translucent orange with a big, long-lasting, frothy white head.

The aroma is IPA bliss: Citrus, pine, floral bouquets, and lots of hops. Each sniff brings a joyful new palate to the nose, as the aroma is every bit as complex as the flavor.

The flavor is intense, complex and lives up to the name "Ruination", as it will surely ruin your palate. It's not as simple as making a poignant, hopped, strong and bitter ale as many craft brews endeavor. Stone finds the perfect balance and complexity of flavors. It is sweet, but not syrupy or cloying. Each taste gives a different nuance of citrus, pine, bitter hops at a near perfect balance. The aftertaste is both bitter and sweet. The bitter finish leaves an extremely subtle dryness that begs for another sip. There exists not even the slightest hint of alcohol taste throughout the depth of hop and fruit flavors.

While each sip brings visions of pine groves and bountiful bouquets of hops, this magnificent brew is surprisingly drinkable. It maintains a relatively light body with a nice amount of carbonation throughout.

This is my favorite IPA. If well chilled, let it warm a bit to unlock the complexities of the of aroma and flavors. Kudos Stone, you have my respect and gratitude!

Estarrio, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured into my Stella Artois gold-rimmed tulip glass it gave up a rich thick foamy head that left light lacing down from the rim.
The color is Cloudy tea colored and slightly orange with lots of tiny bubbles continuing to come up from the bottom.The smell is a wonderful fruity hoppy aroma with bit of alcohol in the mix.
The taste is kinda dirty at first but soon yeilds hops and an ainse flavor hidden in the lemony alcohol.
Mouthfeel is clean with lots of carbonation to sizzle the tounge.
Great flavor and the hops aren't overwhelming. Stone brewery is doing great things.

peabody, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

A very bright orange colored beer. Has a tight small but bright white head. Has a slight hop aroma, not quite as much as I tend to like... also has a warm alcohol smell.

This has a really good full mouthfeel. It also shows the alcohol when you taste it. The hops to me are slightly understated, at least compared to what I expected. But it does have a little fruity and pine hop taste, just not overly bitter in my opinion.

A very good, well made beer... I had expected a little more hop bite, but this is more of a refined Double IPA.

flexabull, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of burnstar
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

My big bottle of ruination pours a beautiful murky orangish gold with a thick firm head that leaves excellent lacing the whole way down my goblet. The aroma is powerful citrusy piney hops. Theres also some sweetness in the nose. Very enticing. The initial taste is filled with fantastic citrusy hops with some underlying malt evening things out just a bit. Finish is bitter and crips. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Definitely very delicous and drinkable. Fantastic stuff.

burnstar, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of JMD71
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangey gold. Little head when poured. Low carbonation.

Aroma: Deep, rich, hoppy aroma with notes of citrus & pine. Slightly caramel notes emerge with further deep breaths.

Taste: Rich, malty flavor with wonderful hop depth. Very flavorful. Initial finish seems bitter, but the bitterness fades to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodies. Slightly cloying initially but as stated above, it fades to a crisp, clean finish leaving the mouth fairly fresh.

Drinkability: Medium drinkability due to its richness & higher ABV. Very smooth & easy to drink but want to drink it slow to enjoy the fullness of its flavor profile.

Comments: I liked this offering from Stone, I thought it was well balanced with plenty of malt flavor offset by the pungent hops. Not overly bitter & was clean in the end.

JMD71, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

a - poured a thick, pillowy two fingers thick head from a bomber into a weizen glass. has a nice golden color.
s - the smell hits you with lemon and pine. you know this is going to be hoppy.
t - this tastes more of citrus than pine. the bitterness is off the charts as you would expect.
m - the mouthfeel is very thick and overwhelming but in a good way.
d - the hops get stronger and stronger as you drink this beer. not for the faint of heart or the beginner.

GPHarris, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

Had it poured into a standard pint glass. Nice golden straw color. The beer looked a little hazy. I didn't detect a huge hop aroma. There was a hop aroma but it didn't smack you in the face. Definite citrus aroma and flavor in this beer. A bitter beer, hitting at 100 IBU's it's going to be bitter. But I think that's all this beer is: bitter. There was not a strong hop flavor, it had citrus characteristics and left you with a dry palate when you were done. Mouth feel was good, nice carbonation, body wasn't too heavy, well-balanced for the body. This is a good IPA but it does lack balance. I didn't detect any maltiness or anything to offset the hop bitterness. When you drink this it's like drinking a dry, bitter, citrus drink. If that's what you enjoy then this is perfect.

dwarvenspirits, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

I don't rave about this beer the way everyone else does. Yes, this beer is loaded with hops, and I love hops- but- its a pretty one dimensional beer. Give me a Dreadnaught any day of the week over this beer.

Poured a sligtly hazy golden amber. Off white pancake head that quickly fizzled.

Nice citrusy piney smell of- hops. Maybe a little of sweetness on the finish- butter cookies?

The taste is all big hops- spicy, earthy, piney, grapefruit peel.A wintergreen finish. A long lasting bitterness. All in all, pretty raw and unbalanced. I am a hophead, but I like some balance in my beers. Either from a malt backbone or some fruity esters to play with the hops. This is a little harsh. I like the long bitter finish, I just wish it were less one dimensional up front.

Good body for this beer, maybe a little overcarbonated, but fine. Dry finish.

Just okay drinkability for this beer. Yeah, its big and hoppy, but its also unbalanced and a rather simplistic interpretation of a DIPA. I'll have one, and I'll enjoy it, but no real intrigue to draw me back.

Georgiabeer, Jul 29, 2006
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,434 ratings.