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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

10,081 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 10,081
Reviews: 3,015
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,358 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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Photo of MerkinMan
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold hue with head that looks like the surface of the moon. A little hop haze going on, which has me kind of excited.

S: Could smell it as soon as I popped the bottle. Citrusy hop aroma along with a hint of malty sweetness.

T: To cram this many hops in there and to have the beer still taste good is quite impressive. None of the soapy hop tastes I have experienced with some beers. The bittering hops and the flavor / aroma hops are separated well and show up after one another.

MF: Good body on this one. Lays down a nice blanket for the hops to dance on.

D: A good beer, but it would be tough to drink a lot of them. Certainly a good specimen for major hop loads. Better than others in the category.

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

A - Clear amber color with 2 fingers of head and consistent lacing throughout the glass.

S - Very floral smelling, very earthy smelling.

T - Bitter, DELICIOUS! Bitter piney taste followed by a nice malty/hoppy aftertaste.

M - Medium body, leaves an aftertaste that just tempts you to drink more.

D - I would drink this beer whenever I had the chance. Just passed 60 minute IPA on my top 5.

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

The color is golden-orange with lots of lacing from top to bottom. Some sweetness in the nose with floral hops.

The hops are the first thing we notice in the taste, but once past the initial burst, the other flavors start coming through. More of a solid base than I first thought, no doubt.

Obviously we're dealing with a hoppy beer here, but for a DIPA, this is pretty well balanced. I don't see myself drinking a ton of them, but if I'm on a one-bottle night, this does the trick nicely.

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

Another great beer Stone Brewing.

Purchased this beer from By the Bottle, in Vancouver WA. Poured from a bomber into a pint class and marveled at the way the head formed. Almost reminded me of a certain nitrous beer. Head left loads of bountiful lacing on top of a great copper orange full bodied IPA! Aromas exploded into my nasal cavities with piny, flowery, citrus and just plain outstanding aromas. Taste definitely follow nose with a luscious, piny, dry, bitter, sweet, malty , caramel, acidic and altogether complex pallet sensation gong on. I would say complex is the operative word. Mouthfeel is medium with great carbonation. This beer is freak'n awesome!

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bomber, after this guy opened my eyes a year ago on tap. Don't see a date stamp anywhere on this, so hopefully it's fresh.

Poured into my snifter a gorgeous peach and apricot color, completely opaque. Head isn't big, but has some fierce bubbles along the side. Minimal suddy lacing.

Big fruity hop nose, that immediately had me "MMMmmming". Lots of grapefruit, but more to the fruity side - peach nose in addition to color? Upon airation, some floral hops bloom as well.

This brew completely bearhugs your tongue, with the occasional hook and jab. Lots of floral hopps flavors appear once it hits your tongue. Pallete moves to a sweet corn syrup from a well placed malt profile, before finishing up with some serious grapefruit. The sweet comes in at the perfect time for balance, but the brew leaves your with a final drop kick - reminding you of what the hell you're drinking. This beer doesn't go away, and continues to bite at your lips and tongue.

This beer is truly a bloody adventure, and one not to be drank unless you're in the mood. In terms of an extreme beer, this would probably get 5s across the board, but is just under perfect scoring due to the fact that you can't always just pick this up and drink it. It delivers on its promise. That said, I can't wait to stop typing and enjoy the rest of this...

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

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A hard pour produces two fingers of frothy ecru head atop a cloudy sedimented tangerine body. Sheets of lace. Gorgeous!

Scent is strong fresh grapefruit and citrus, pine oil, orange peel, spicy and floral scents.

Taste is fresh grapefruit, orange and orange peel, spicy, peppery notes, and a bitter hop finish. There's a bready malt presence but lets be reasonable: this beer is about hops.

Mouth is creamy, juicy and slick with a nicely bitter finish and a slight hint of alcohol warming.

Drinkability is excellent, especially considering this is 7.7% ABV and 100+ IBU's.

This is a hell of an IPA. Juicy, fragrant, bitter, and delicious. Will pick up more of this.

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

I don't even know where to begin, but WOW.
This beer is as good as their Arrogant Bastard Ale.

The appearance was a nice cloudy lighter copper color with a moderate head.

The smell was definatley Pine, A little smokiness, and definatley floural.

The taste is exceptional. Very hoppy, but not bitter, nice hop aftertaste but a very clean hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice. The right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability. This is a very smooth beer, drinks really easily. It didn't have a strong alcohol presence but the 7.7% really does sneak up on you!

An excellent bear by Stone, up to par with their Arrogant Bastard ale, which is by far the best beer known to man.

Photo of smanders
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Honey amber with a billowy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - lots of grapefruit and pine.

Taste - Wow. Hopheads rejoice. This is the overly-hopped ale you've been looking for.

Mouthfeel - Not light but not overbearing, either. Well-balanced both in taste and mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Off the charts. After enjoying a beer like this I'm searching the web trying to find a t-shirt to prove my appreciation.

Photo of walows
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Stone Brewery. This wonderful beer was brought to me in a nice goblet. This beer looks great, a nice caramel color, with a great off white head about two fingers. This beer laces all the way to the last drop. The aroma was nice and hoppy, floral and citrus with a tad bit of bread coming out toward the end. The taste was very bitter and delicious, this beer has a great layered hop character and a nice malty background that work great together. The bitterness was a good clean one and the hops come out as citrus and flowers. The great part of this beer is to taste all the different characteristics as the beer slowly warms up as you drink it. Once, the beer starts to get a little higher up in the temperature range this beer really opens up. Many of the hop oils and resins to come out, which adds another great dimension to this beer. The mouthfeel is great, a nice full body, with a slightly sticky feel from all the hops. Has mild carbonation, which works great with this beer. This beer has great drinkability, it is decent in alcohol but can still drink a couple of them. Wouldn't call this a session beer. I never get bored of this beer, this beer has so much to offer, from the first to last drop. The Stone Ruination is a great representation of a double IPA my and is my favorite beer.

Serving: On tap 10/18/08

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

Aroma is strong and richly hoppy, promising a seriously hoppy beer - should whet any hop lover's beer appetite. Color is a clear honey-golden, and off-white head is thick and fairly persistent. Flavor is ferociously hoppy and quite bitter, but has a hint of sweetness and even a bit of fruity taste. Texture is fairly smooth, but it still goes down with an attitude and leaves a pleasantly bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Recommended for all who love seriously hoppy ales.

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

This is a very good, very deep IPA. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a one finger tan head to it. Good lacing. The aroma is full of citrus,hopsand pine. As for the taste, a very citrus and hoppy taste to it. A medium to full body beer. Has a long lasting taste toit. Pretty good beer.

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

Bought a 6 pack from Decatur Wine & Spirits yesterday.

Orangey yellow pour into my SA glass. Pretty 2 fingers of near-white frothy head. Smell of hop heaven...grassy, citric. Huge taste of citrus and semi-pine hop flavor. Very long lasting hop bitterness...not very full bodied but that's OK. Tons of hop flavor...I love it. Very drinkable.

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

Beautiful orange gold body with a rippling slick head of yellowish foam. Lots of very fine carbonation streaming. Looks absolutely delicious.

Very powerful pine, fruit, medicinal nose. Huge characters of pineapple, leather, citrus and grapefruit. Spike and sharp, feels like it's clearing the sinuses. Amazing, luscious, delicious. It doesn't get better than this.

Sharp on the palate, but not as ruinous as the name may lead you to believe. Very nice pine needle resin character mellowing to a citrussy, but lightly sweet palate. This then dries out, leaving a prolonged refreshing bitterness. Complex and long, but no ruination. It's big and tasty though. Mouthfeel is quite rich and thick - could maybe use a little more sharpness to match the hops.

Still, this is a very tasty, very fragrant IPA. Full of character and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Yesac
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear golden yellow with a medium white very foamy head that

S - floral fresh smelling hop

T - So Smoooth! Wow how to do explain this great taste? I'll try my best. Slight piney taste up front. very crisp hoppyness throughout with a slight bitter malt/hop finish that is just right.

M - Medium body, not sticky.. so smooth. Slight bitter aftertaste hang on the palate asking for another swig.

D - I wish I had two bottles! Stone isn't available here. So easy to drink, not bitter, no strong alcohol taste. Best imperial IPA I've had.

Amazing.

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

Pours a pale orange/straw like color with a thick bubbly frothy 2 finger deep white head. Sticky webbing on glass. Looks fantastic.

Smells as expected of flowery, earthy, grassy, piney hops. Plenty of citrus notes, grapefruit, lime zest, pineapple. Wowee. A distincy bisquity malt aroma as well.

Huge wave of hoppy enjoyment. The afforementioned citrus, pine, earhty mouth puckering hops in the aroma assault your taste buds here. One sided, but there is a nice malt character to balance things out. Kinda.

Big full beer. Medium bodied, yet thick, sticky, oily, medium carbonation.

22 oz of Ruination is quite a job. Delicious if you like hops. I do & it is. Each & every hop head should seek this out. This beer is, or will be eventually, a legend.

Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic Double IPA, and my favorite. Pours nice, creamy head, obviously very floral, very nice bitter finish that stays around a while. Very well mannered for a double, and nicely balanced. They advertise this as a 100+ IBU, but it's so well made you would never know it. Also the ABV is about perfect for this style of brew, you can have a few and enjoy yourself without getting dead drunk.

Photo of jdg204
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A long awaited meeting with Ruination IPA. Finally started buying big bottles and had to get my hands on this bad boy. Meant this to be my 100th, but a stop to Stoudts preempted that, still 101 ain't a bad spot either.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange color with a terrific head that laced the heck out of the glass. This one is thick through and through.

S: Big, complex hop profile. I can pick up everything from nice floral notes to big citrus to very smooth pine resin. Aroma announces the above-standard qualities of this ale.

T: Big and complex with a huge hop flavor mixed reasonably with some very attractive malts and a good caramel sweetness for balance. The hops are very floral and mixed with a pinch of table sugar and a six-inch grapefruit wedge.

M: Full in the mouth and incredibly smooth. Great balance and texture provides a great experience.

D: Awesome, awesome, awesome. Stone has another winner (no surprise) and here's a brew that rivals their standard IPA. This is a staple of the brew world and one you should make your way to find. The balance is awesome despite the incredible amount of hops (usually a weaker IPA's downfall). Get this brew and enjoy!

Photo of crocodillonIPA
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At Trenton Road Takeout and The Hulmeville Inn, this masterful beer is constantly is cold supply of bottles. As the label implies, if you think it tastes bad, you clearly are not worthy of this liquid poem to the glory of the hop! Ruination is not only a beverage worthy of kings, but an elixir of true palatable flavor and distinguishable magnificence. If you do not like Ruination when you first try it, it is because you are a fizzy- yellow beer drinking wimp. Man up, drink Stone, or stay sober.

Photo of Casey10
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bootleggers in Thopsham, ME.

This beer is really good. If you are one that likes IPA's then this beer is for you.

It carries a hefty price tag at 15.00 for a 6 pack but well worth it.

Very piney, and stong but at the same time smooth. Again if you like IPA's you will like this.

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

Pours a rosey orange amber with a sheet white head that bubbles up two fingers, respectable! Smell is dominated by grapefruit, orange zest, and a sugar cookie malt backbone. Taste is hop-gressive for sure. Lovely. Grapefruit juice, orange rhine, tropical notes of lime and flora. Then marches in sweet, sugar cookie dough, fresh baked bread. Very drinkable, finishing dry and begging for more. Always in my fridge right next to Green Flash's West Coast IPA.

Photo of Stro23m
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best double IPA ive ever tried.

I love everything about it all i can say is everything from apperance to drinkability is almosty perfect.

great taste and not too harsh for a double IPA, yes alot of people will say this should have a lot more alcohol for a DIPA but i dont mind that the alcohol is a little lower for the style.

This is a double ipa that you can actually drink a few of and enjoy them unlike some double ips that have 15% ABV and have a very harsh and heavy taste to them.

Great beer Stone brewing thank you for this wonderfull beer.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant golden-orange color with a massive head that takes forever to settle, leaving some sticky lace on its way down. Retention throughout is not as spectacular, but everything else looks great.

S: Best nose on a DIPA I've ever experienced. A pungent, perfume-like aroma of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Some fruitiness and slight twinge of alcohol, as well. The alcohol is actually a complement to the hop aroma, however. This is one of those "I wish this was an air freshener" aromas.

T&M: Flavor is interesting--some herbal and grassy hops, some notes of citrus, and a good smattering of pine. There's also a kind of buttery flavor. It's intense and bitter, but with a nice toasted flavor, as well. It doesn't seem to be as balanced as Stone IPA, but it's still pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is very nice--a sticky, full, and lasting feel with a long finish.

D: It goes down pretty easily, as it's lighter than some of the bigger bodied DIPAs. Lower alcohol for a DIPA, too. I wouldn't probably session with this beer, but I did drink it in gulps rather than sips.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, after Oktoberfest's completion, I got the chance to sample the bottle that had been sitting in my fridge for two weeks.

Poured a golden hue with bubbles of CO2 making a moderate appearance and developing a small half-finger, slightly off-white head that left relatively little lacing along the sides of the pint glass.

A wonderfully fruity, floral hop bouquet was a very welcoming fragrance.

As the beer washed over my tongue, I was assaulted by a huge hop wallop. Slightly sweet malt mixed with fruity flavors hit the front of the palate, mixing with heavy sour and bitter hop notes on the middle and back, and the finish was long and bitter. Medium-to-full in body with just enough carbonation to make it almost refreshing (the bitterness kind of kills the refreshing factor).

Drinkability is superb if you're a hophead, but the fairly high ABV and high bitterness may scare off many.

Overall, highly recommended. I was craving a beer that would ruin my palate after the swath of malty-sweet Oktoberfest beers I consumed over the past sixteen days.

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

My wife brought this home for me the other day saying she hoped I'd be OK with it. Anyway, it was served cool in a pint glass.

Appearance is nice--a clear gold with some orange undertones. Beige 1-finger head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is hops, hops, and more hops.

Taste is more of the same. HOPS! This is exactly what I was looking for in a DIPA. There is a malt backbone that keeps things from getting out of balance.

Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation but not too much.

As others have said, the alcohol does become noticeable. However, the bomber was easy to finish. This is definitely a beer I turn to when I need hops. It was a nice change from the malt-dominant Octoberfests and stouts I have been working on recently. Now if only I can figure out how to get my wife to bring this home every day...

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle

A: Pours a honey-amber with one finger head that dissipates. Lacing is great.

S: Beautifully rich, floral, fruity hop scent off the rip. Also some alcohol and a little malt sweetness hanging in the background.

T: Holy crap. Hops from hell. But that's a good thing. Like the jokingly pompous description, its not for beginners, and will destroy the palette. Less "dry" than the Stone IPA, with a little more sweetness and depth. What I'd want from Stone.

M: Crisp, medium bodied, with some help from the alcohol and hops tearing away at the tongue. Very smooth, however, for what it is.

D: Not even halfway through this beast on a rather empty stomach, and already slowing down. Could have 3 or 4 on a good day, but the alcohol definitely gets you. I would definitely recommend this beer over the IPA though.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,081 ratings.