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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,291
Reviews: 3,055
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 395
Gots: 1,613 | 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 Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale orange and slightly hazed. Good white head.

S: Lots of floral hops that overwhelm the nostrils in a very good way.

T: Continuing from the nose, there is an overwhelming sense of fresh floral hops in addition to a nice bready malt base. Some citrus and tropical hops as well.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Drink this FRESH. I've sampled this several times, and the fresher it is, the better it is. Fresh hops overwhelm in a good way, almost to a sweetness rather than a bitterness. An amazing DIPA.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orangy gold with a small head that disappeared quickly. I had practically no lacing at all on this one, but the head may have been from an overly cautious pour on my part.

Big scent of pine and citrus rind here. Good luck finding anything else.

Big hop bite, with a nice combo of pine and citric notes. There is a little sweet malt, but it is immediately kicked into the background by some alcohol. I wish I could split the flavor rating a bit, because they get big points for the hop flavor -- but the residual tastes (meaning all that is left) seem a bit raw and out of place. but this beer is made for hop heads, and it will not disappoint.

Smooth, a bit oily, and a little flat.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. A little more fruit sweetness would have put this over the top for me. But a great brew just the same.

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

Appearance is orange and hazy with decent head retention. Nice small head forms as well, leaves foam layer after going down. Lacing as well

Aroma is pine and citrus hops

Taste: The bottle sure isn't lying. The citrus hops and pine just jump out at you. Some of the negative reviewers point out that it seems to be nothing but hops, hops and more hops with very little balance.

I don't sense that much, even though this is a hop blast. I still get some malt backing, and the balance is okay. However, the flavor still is just...HOPS. If there were no malt backing, I'd be inclined to agree..it would just be hops and booze. But its more

Mouthfeel: Carbonated well, medium bodied

Drinkability: Um..sure. I could probably have a couple, but I think overall I prefer the Arrogant Bastard over this one. Still a very good beer though.

Photo of PSUBeerman
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazy golden peach color with a hefty off white foamy head. Head had decent retention and laced nicely onto the glass.

Great aroma of pure hops. Pine, citrus, grapefruit. A little alcohol aroma present. Very potent to the nose.

Flavor is a burst of hops. Nice bitterness with a tingly tartness of grapefruit. Somewhat peppery and spciy. I picked up a little sweetness. Alcohol is well incorporated. Aftertaste was nice as well, did not leave an overpowering bitterness after I drank it.

Mouthfeel is good with the carbonation and consistency.

Drinkability is excellent, especially for a DIPA with an ABV of 7.7. Most I've tried recently were well within the 9 to 10 range.

Photo of gciccarelli
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a fluffy 1 finger cream head.

S - Citrus, lots of citrus. Grapefruit, orange. Hints of pine. Very apparently hop presence, but not as overpowering as one would expect.

T - Hops hit you - they were not lying on this bottle. Sweet malt to start but then the big bitter hop presence is clearly there in the finish. Alcohol is masked very well. There is definitely a lot of citrus and hoppy bitterness, but it is not as much of a hop-bomb as one would expect (compared to the huge hype). There is actually a good amount of balance in comparison to some other super-hopped brews.

M - Medium body, low carbonation. Leaves a sweet and sticky aftertaste.

D - Considering the bitterness and ABV, very drinkable. It really honestly is well-balanced compared to many other DIPAs, regardless of the labeling. It goes down pretty smooth.

An excellent super-hoppy beer. Don't be scared by the label or reputation...well worth trying!

Photo of mikereaser
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky rust orange with 1/4 inch of foam

S - Citrusy hops-orange and grapefruit and lemon dominate

T - taste follows the aroma, citrus hop up front followed by a bit of malt and hops in the finish

M/D - nicely balanced with a good hop bite, very smooth and tasty, this is one that you could drink all day and never get sick of it.

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

Disclaimer: "Best by 4/17/09." Eleven days out of date.

Pours a bright, shiny orange with a big head. Great retention.

Smells a bit tea-like. Citrus hops tap dance on a bit of malt.

Lots of sweet malt character are plastered over by oily, citric hops. Either the bottle is too old, or the "ruinous" effect is true: the hops fell way into the background after the second sip. Lots of malt, some citrus, but nowhere near as bitter as I was expecting.

Definitely drinkable. Stone makes good beers. I'll definitely try a fresh one sometime, but even if it's a little old, I still enjoyed it.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a trip to Colorado a few weeks ago. God, I wish they sold Stone beers in KS/MO.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous hazy orange color. Not quite as clear as I expected, but this beer looks like it will have some serious flavors. A small light head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film across the top of the beer. Very sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the beer recedes.

Smell: Citrus and hops are the first two scents to gently tickle the underside of my nose. Orange peel, maybe some lemony notes. The beer definitely smells like a hop-bomb.

Taste: Holy Christmas! I'm not sure if anyone knows, but I'm pretty sure there are some hops used in the brewing of this beer. The citrus becomes very muted on the way down. The hops jump to the forefront. There might be a small amount of malt there, but then the hops come back for second and third helpings.

Mouthfeel: As my girlfriend said, it gets stronger and stronger the longer it rests on your tongue. She hates it. I love it! This is a great DIPA.

Drinkability: This beer is one of those "Love it, or leave it" beers. I'm definitely digging the intense hop profile. Many DIPAs play with the citrus or pineapple notes to offset the intensity of the hops. Ruination does no such thing. The hops are placed center stage, and this beer constantly reminds you of that time and again.

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

I've had this beer quite a few times and just now got around to reviewing it off a 12 oz. single that I picked up solely for the sake of reviewing it. Typically I'd prefer to buy a bomber of this and pretty much call it a night.

Appearance: Light coppery orange in color with a fluffy yet firm one finger head that is slightly off-white; Body is pretty clear and shows no carbonation; head fades to a moderately thick skim; very loose and oily lacing clings for only a second and then slides back into the beer.

Smell: Nice and citrusy from the hops - grapefruit and orange peel are present.

Taste: Nice and bitter, grapefruit and orange peel are the dominant flavors; also a fairly sweet malty backing in there as well; alcohol is masked very well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and sticky, coats heavily; there is a mild tingle as well but it must be solely from the ABV as the carbonation is virtually non-existant.

Drinkability: I love this beer and I typically drink a couple as the taste is wonderful. But I probably wouldn't go too much beyond two though as for some reason, even with the moderate ABV, it kind of kicks my butt.

Photo of projectflam86
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful orange color. Fluffy white foam leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Strong citrus hop nose. Lots of grapefruit and pine scents with lots of floral hop scents as well. Esters are present but do not interfere with the intense hop aroma.

T- Bam! The hops slam the palate with reckless force. Piney grapefruit flavor overwhelms the taste buds. The bitter flavor transforms from citrus tastes to floral and esters. The slightest hint of a caramel malt backbone is barely detectable which gives just a moment of mercy to a total onslaught of hoppy bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth if you can believe it.

D- One of my personal favorites (I'm a bit biased if you couldn't tell). Never the less, truly a great brew and a must for any hophead.

Photo of Riggo
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an attractive golden, slightly orange color. off-white head. moderate lacing.

smells of pineapple and cedar, perhaps mint, lemon, some bubblegum. very bright, herbal, and citrusy but also kind of smoky and earthy.

loads of hop flavor and clean bitterness in the mouth. fruity--peaches, pineapples, pears, lemon. late notes of bubblegum. bitter, yes but balanced enough to be refreshing and drinkable. not heavy--just intense. finish is lingers, fruity and hoppy.

an exceptional classic in the american craft brew renaissance. don't let the hype on this one (ruins the palette, etc.) distract you from the fact that this is simply a great, drinkable (if you like hops) ipa. (edit: okay, the dryness of the finish does kind of creep up on you, taking away a little from drinkability)

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

Stone Ruination really packs a hoppy punch! I'm impressed with this IPA. The appearance is a wonderful copper/amber with a 1finger head that lasts and leaves traces down the glass.

The smell is very light and pleasant with a hint of citrus and hops (of course). When drinking Ruination you really experience that bright hop taste and is rather smooth. The flavors linger and warm then finish in a bitter aftertaste which is expected.
Overall a beer that any IPA drinker will enjoy.

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

F'n great. The Ruination shines like a glass full of honey and smells like a florist. The most balanced IPA I've had this year. A happy medium between the Euro and American versions. Great lacing from first sip to last though the head itself dissipates rapidly. The flavors have a great balance, from teh hops to the alcohol, etc. The best part of the beer for me is the lack of a syrupy texture. Great body, good drinkability, a hell of an IPA.

Photo of pandashaver
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - 2 finger yellow/off-white head atop a deep orange opaque and hazy body. Beautiful. Big foamy head w/ nice lacing and retention.

S - Strong floral and citrus aromas from the hops, some yeasty bread smell as well. Apples were present, as well as some sharp spice. Alcohol is present on the nose, especially as it warms, but not overwhelming.

T - The malt sweetness actually hits first, followed by an intensely bitter and spicy hoppiness. I'd prefer a little more balance, but I guess the bitter hop taste is the whole point.

M - Very thick, very full, fairly sticky, and punishing.

D - Not very high, although the interesting smell and taste make it easy to keep sipping in an attempt to pick up everything present. Felt very full afterward, and very expensive (>$4 per bottle), making this less drinkable than I would like to see.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with only a thin lace of head. The hops here will overload your senses here. Goes down smooth, but leaves a extremely bitter aftertaste on the tongue and is moderately carbonated. The hops here are enough to slam you on your ass. I don't care much for Double IPA's so it's hard to rate them high, but this is one of the better double IPA's I've had.

Photo of CMitchell
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass Pilsner -(was all I had)

A- Nice golden color, crystal clear

S- Super hoppy smell. Nice. . .

T- More bitter than smell indicated, some hints of citrus and pine.

M- not too carbonated. Just about right for an IPA.

D- Pretty good. A bit too bitter on the finish. Would like to see more flavor and aroma hops in there. . . This beer wipes the palate out, could not drink much else after this one.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of TheTrevor
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy copper with a single-finger head. The nose is a combination of all different kinds of hops. It's mainly grassy and citrusy, with some floral and maybe a little pine as well. The taste is surprisingly smooth for all the hops it has, starting off with some bready malt that gives way to hops that shift as they linger. Definite citrus, woodiness, spiciness, and floral in nature. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some low carbonation. This beer is deceptively drinkable, I for all the hops I expected it to sit a lot heavier than it does.

Photo of skeeordye11
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A- Pours hazy gold with light tan head that builds as the beer settles and then falls bck into the beer. Decent lacing clings to the glass.
S- Hops obviously dominate. Grassy and citrus. Thereappears to be a hint of malt sweetess as well.
T- Hoppy and bitter, but in a good way. Good toasty malt in the background as well.
M- Very rich and full. Complex.
D- Delicious. I could drink a couple of these, but forget tasting anything else you may drink after. Very strong as well.

Photo of pavandal
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It poured a very crisp, clear straw color with a slight blond head on top, which dissipated quickly.

What a scent! Caramel, grapefruit, and tea come to mind. Sniff a little longer, and you'll reveal hints of pine and some floral scents as well.

Hops! Wow! This is a hopheads delight. A very hoppy, bitter beer, but backed up by a sweet malt finish. Once you get past the bitter assault, you'll find that the hops have a spicey burn. The malt is sweet and smooth, with fruity notes.

This beer is very light on the tongue, and I could see myself enjoying two or three of these in a sitting. The ABV is a little high for a sipper, though. Give it a shot!

Photo of ajr24
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's as if the year is 1849 and I have struck gold. Pure, California gold. The Stone Ruination pours an intense burnt orange and gold. It looks like a sunset wearing a lot of bling-bling. The creamy, white head is like the halo atop an angel. The lacing prefers to linger, slithering down the glass at its own pace.
It smells like a supernova of hops. If you inhale too aggressively, you can smell the strong bittering hops. A nice sniff will suffice for getting the full aromatic experience. The hop combination renders the alcohol in the nose somewhat weak, inferior. Columbus and Centennials join forces to create a hop combination to be reckoned with. In the words of Greg Koch, this would be an "angry beer."
As you willingly bring the beer to your mouth, the hops begin their charge. They'll take no prisoners. And don't fight it. If you're prepared for a hoppy experience, then you and Ruination will strike an accord. The citrus hops are outstanding followed by some intense bittering action.
The mouthfeel reveals the softer, more sensitive side to this beer. It's smooth, soft, fluffy, and dare I say caring? For 100+ IBUs the abrasiveness behaves itself.
It's like I'm a freshman in high school all over again, and Ruination is the cool senior boy hitting on me. I wanna get as much of it as I can, but I know I must keep my distance down inside. But indulging in it makes for purely hedonistic adventure.

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

22 oz. bottle poured to a bright golden orange hue...lighter than I had anticipated. Smell was strong with oranges and pine. Fluffy head that quickly dissipated to a thin veil. The bitter hops overwhelms with the first sip leaving an aftertaste of grapefruit. Almost a resin mouthfeel that sticks in the back of your throat. This is an aftertaste that is not fleeting. That lovely taste hangs out for quite some time, which is a good thing. Overall, a very tasty hop assault.

Photo of dankbrew21
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz This beer has been worked up so much that I am nervous about reviewing it because my expectations are so high. I must put myself "in a state of vulnerable open mindedness, chaotic, confused, vulnerability, to inform myself. Think for yourself." - Timothy Leary

Appearance is a golden orange body. No carbonation bubbles, tall head with good retention.

Heavy hopbomb! Smells of a sweet, bitter intensity that tickles the tiny hairs in my nostrals.

Taste is slippery smooth as it travels across my tongue, until a viper-bite of hops stings the palate and leaves you numb and confused. 100+ IBU's!! What a beautiful flavor! Although, not as intense as the description on the back label makes it out to be. I don't think this is "ruining" my palate as bad as they say it would but it is a bitter sweet symphony. There is a little something in the beer that separates this from another DIPA but I can put my finger on it.

This beer is surprisingly drinkable considering the high IBU's and almost 8% ABV. It does destroy your chances of tasting your next beer fully. Very good! Cheers Stone!

Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass.

A: Rich, hazy gold. The head pours a finger and a half and remains for a bit. Very intriguing. Lacing holds extremely well.

S: Hoppy hop oils. Undertone = fruit, malt.

T: Great. A phenomenal taste that starts with a palate punching strong hop and opens up into a faint malt sweetness with faint hints of a citric fruit and some wood. Wow what a hoppy brew. It lingers and haunts on the palate like a welcome pine tree should.

M: Pretty thick, especially for an IPA. Very enjoyable and carbonated well.

D: I could have 3 or maybe 4 but this beer would steam roll me if I tried to session.

This is such a damn good IPA. It doesn't wreak havoc on the palate but that's because it's well balanced. The hops linger. It's crisp. A 6-er is far from cheap but you will be rewarded.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a Stone beer dinner tonight held at the Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The southeast rep of Stone Brewery, Scott Sheridan attended and told some great stories behind the inception of this brew. The chef paired this beer with a Cheese Plate featuring Fiscalini, Surchoix Gruyere, Smokey Blue, Fig Compote, Candied Walnuts, & Bartlett Pear. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! I highly recommend attending any Stone beer events in your area - most definitely those held at gourmet establishments.

Appearance: Dark Amber with beautiful lacing

Smell: Ocean, Fishy, "the sticky icky"

Taste: Everything an American Double/Imperial IPA should embody. I love this style and this beer is why.

Mouthfeel: fullbodied, dry finish

Drinkability: I'd sip and savor because this is my favorite style beer. Definitely session if you can stand it.

Photo of DannyS
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I've had Hopslam and both the DFH 60 & 90 minute IPA's, this could either be my next step into hop head initiation, or something that deters me. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my tulip glass.

A - Very nice dark amber with a thick, pillow of bright white foam. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pine, floral, citrus. One of the best hop aromas I've ever had the privilege to smell, with an excellent malty sweet backing.

T - This is where I got kind of disappointed. It's by no means bad, but it's not as complex as I was expecting. Sure, it's got a lot of bitterness and good hop flavor, but it's just so obnoxiously in your face that the rest of the flavors have a tough time getting through. But, it does open up as it warms up. Good bit of grapefruit and smokiness, but it's a tough nugget to crack.

M - The hops leave a slight resiny, tingly feel, but the body is medium weight and the carbonation is good.

D - I seem to have a high tolerance for bitterness, so I could easily finish off the bomber, but the enjoyability declines as the bitterness continues to assault one's palate.

overall - I loved Arrogant Bastard because it doesn't talk bullshit about it being a tasty, complex brew. This one seems to complete its own mission of being an unabashed ode to hops, which I guess isn't a bad thing, it's just not as balanced or as enjoyable as their flagship brew. Whenever I braced myself with other DIPA's for the bitter hop grenade that never came, this is where it all went.

I am, however, finishing (and enjoying) the whole bomber, just out of spite. Once again, take that, Gargoyle dude!

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,291 ratings.