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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,217
Reviews: 3,045
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,526 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear honey amber with a lovely, massive, nicely retaining 3" white head in a tulip. Generous amount of lacing leaving islands of bubbles everywhere. Bubbles continuously stream from the apex of the glass. Beautiful.

S - A beautiful bouquet of hoppy citrus tang, pine resin, and light herbal tones balanced with sweet amber malts and a touch of alcohol. Hops are quite prominent and contribute significantly to the citrusy/piney aromas.

T - A small touch of malty sweetness initiates a full blown hop invasion of the palate. They weren't joking when they stated "all other food and drink items suddenly become substantially more bland than they were..." Incredible complexity of hops starting with an acidic saliva-inducing pucker followed by an intense herbal bitterness similar to lime peels and home-remedies, ending with a small note of sweet caramel malts, honey, and a touch of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium bodied with a nicely balanced level of carbonation, not too soda like but not flat either. Perhaps it could use a touch more. Incredibly smooth.

D - Quite drinkable! A bomber is easily enjoyed and I could dig another one!

Overall - "Enjoy by 11/19/08" on the side. Do you like being attacked by a relentless onslaught of hops? Do you like how hops take over your palate and hold you hostage until after you have finished the entire bomber? Well this is the beer for you. Intense hoppiness and happiness bundled into one bittersweet package. This is not for the non-hophead. This is the hoppiest beer I have had yet and I love it! The only complain I have is it could use just a touch more carbonation. Otherwise, a hop lover's dream.

PS: Reviewed from notes on 2/12/09, I still have the hoppy goodness in my mouth 2 hours after finishing this beer. What an experience!

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

Pours a clear, yellow-orange with a minimal bright white head. Carbonation cascading to the top.

Smell is of big eye-opening grapefruit and citrus hops. Huge fresh dry-hop smell. Very light malt hiding in the background.

Taste is pineapple, followed by bitter citrus. Very clean with a lingering hop bitterness. Intense dry-hopped taste comes out from hiding as it warms...Nothing too exotic, but very solid indeed. Complex and balanced hop profile. Definitely coming through as it warms-great melding of the dry hop character, citrus, and hop bitterness. Pink grapefruit coming through now--excellent. I think it is giving me cottonmouth--all these hops are drying out my palate!

Mouthfeel is brilliant- allowing it to glide over the tongue with no problem indeed.

Drinkability- After having the Hopslam and Double Simcoe recently, (both at around 10%) this one is much easier to throw down. Great offering.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with a pillowy head and showed massive lacing down the glass. The smell was of huge hops; grapefruit, grass, pine, citrus. The taste up front was very floral and of citrus, with huge hop bitterness on the back of the tongue and down the throat. This is very delicious in every way, a hop lover's dream. Mouthfeel was good, very lively carbonation embraces the entire mouth. Drinkability IMO is high, despite the 7.5% ABV, it just tastes so darn great.

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

Pours a very clear golden honey color from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick dense foamey head that leaves nice sticky lacing all the way down the glass.
Smells like I walked into the middle of a hop field. LOTS of nice citrus hop aroma and I detect a hint of sweet malt in the background, and I do mean a hint and its definitely in the background.
Taste is very similar lots of citrusy hops and some nice piney bittering hops with the finish. again just a hint of some sweet malt.
Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation a little thick.
Great drinkablity considering the amount of hops in this thing.

Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to grandq for this one. hell of a trader.
A= A thick dense mess of hazy dark yellow with a small head that lasts throughout the drink with great lacing
S= from the moment I took the cap off of this one I got a hop blast. Very piney and grapefruity but there is still a malt backbone to speak of that comes through later leaving you with a little sweetness in the nose.
T= well played Stone, first the malty sweetness is there followed quickly by a bit of hops and a hint of alcohol. finishes bitter with a nice hoppy bit to it.
M= thick and creamy I think. Much thicker than anticipated
D= this one will definitely ruin the ol taste buds. well deserving of the name and a very good beer. somewhat of a sipper though so I'm gonna have to take some points off for the drinkability.

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

thanks to markwise for the trade of this much anticipated brew...

appearance: pours a mid-light amber color into a goblet. decent head retention with little lacing

smell: grapefruit

taste: nice grapefruit hoppiness coming through. this packs a nice hop punch, but not over whelming.

mouthfeel: appropriate amount of carbonation. not too thick and not too thin.

drinkability: this is a nice drinker at 7.7%. by the "100+ IBU's" and the "immediate ruinous effect on your palate" i was expecting this to a a kick you in the face hop. instead it's a very nice brew that i would definitely revisit.

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

Stone Ruination, on tap ... somewhere, I can't remember, but these were in the notes on my phone, so I figured I might as well upload it!

Appearance: Comes a slightly hazed, sunset orange colored brew with a one-finger, foamy, hop-protein induced (or at least supported) head of definite above-average retention. The carbonation is slow and relatively sparse. The lacing is sheetlike at first, and erratic and glittery thereafter. A solid looking brew, attractive and inviting.

Aroma: Huge herbal grapefruit greets the nose warmly, followed closely by hints and flourishes of strawberries, spicy, hay-like grass, orange peel, lemon zest, a few mint-like notes. This one's wonderfully complex.

Taste: Huge, biting, herbal bitterness, bucketloads of grapefruit and orange zest, mint, grass, and a lot of very high and estery notes. There's also - surprise! - tons of bitterness, but also some balancing sweetness, slightly roasted, but with enough simple sugary notes to keep the bitterness from truly "ruining" your palette (which is in my opinion, a good thing). Again, very complex and well rounded on the hop side of the ledger.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably well carbonated. This one manages to be crisp, despite the fairly thick and sticky body.

Drinkability: A classic. This is an intense brew, bitter yet flavorful, surprisingly low in alcohol for the style (7.7% is nothing to sneeze at, but when DIPAs regularly clock in at double-digits, this one's refreshing), attractive, and crisp. A go-to for hop heads and rightfully so. If you haven't try it, do so. If you have, well, try it again.

Photo of beernut
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a light brown/goldenish color with a thick white head with great lacing throughout. Aroma is somewhat fruity very hoppy with pine as well. Taste is hoppy and malt with a balance of pine blended in. Mouthfeel is really close to that of a barleywine. This beer is awesome, Stone never dissappoints.

Photo of haningj2
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Absolutely fantastic. Pours a wonderful light brown color that every IPA should seek. Has a great head and magnificent lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell - I wish I could harness this smell and put it in a candle. Obviously, very hoppy, fruits, lots of pine. Very distinctive.

Taste - Are you kidding me? This brew kicks you in the face upon first sip to last. It's crisp, rich, and very balanced. Stone did a marvelous job of balancing so much hops and not ruining the IPA with malts. You still get great malt flavor without hindering the dryness of the hops. There are a couple of fruits that stick out but the pine flavor is overbearing in the greatest of ways.

Mouthfeel - Simply put, amazing. I don't know what else to say about this beer. I wouldn't recommend drinking this with a meal. I would wait until after as you won't be able to taste your food if you drink with it. It definitely lets you know he's there.

Drinkability - Surprisingly good. I found myself sipping on it quicker than I expected. For something so overbearing, it's easy to find yourself picking up your glass so often.

Overall, this beer is absolutely incredible. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I drank Ruination IPA around 10:30 PM, brushed my teeth later that night, and still had this flavor on my tongue the next morning. INCREDIBLE.

Photo of Shane94941
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, amazing. An IPA which doesn't forget about the barley. A smooth rich barley taste hits your mouth followed immediately by a perfect hop finish. The barley seems to deliver the hops to your taste buds. Expensive, $14.99/six pack at BevMo near San Francisco or about $5.00/22oz bottle...but definitely worth every penny.

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

Classic DIPA nose, full of pine, tropical fruit. It's something that all of Stone's beers have in common. The taste is wonderful, with a big blast of hops at the end -- much like Stone says with Arrogant Bastard, I'm not worthy. This is the one beer that is a constant in my fridge, and easily one of my all-time favorites.

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

From a bottle with an enjoy by date 4/07/09 so it must be fairly fresh. Pours clear amber with a fat one finger cream color head. Moderate amount of lacings. Aroma is piney resinous hops. Taste is orange grapefruit resinous hops with a surprisingly rich caramel malt partner. The mouthfeel gets fairly close to a barley wine but the taste remains in the IIPA realm. It has a pine needle dry bitter finish. Overall a fine beer. One that I would highly recommend.

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

pours a beautiful glowing golden orange-straw hue with an impressive cream colored two-finger fluffy head with impressive retention that fades to a frothy cap, leaving beautiful lacing to the bottom.

aroma is hoppy. citrus, grapefruit, a hint of pineapple and a good helping of floral hop notes. a touch of pine. a touch of caramel. a bit of biscuit, but pretty much hops. with a few more hops.

Deliciously hoppy, with occasional glimpses of a strong malt backbone. a bit of caramel and a touch of bread make it through the hop-heavy taste of grapefruit pith, oranges, pine, and a bit of floral hops. Well balanced in terms of hop profile, relatively unbalanced on the whole. A nice clean pine bitterness finishes.

Smooth and thick with ample fine carbonation. a touch sweet/syrupy, and a touch hop-astringent at times, but it's to be expected with something called Ruination. thick but smooth and crisp. Goes down cleaner than it should.

all in all, a fairly solid brew. All it's cracked up to be. An excellent example of a west-coast DIPA with that characteristic hop profile Stone loves so much. Frighteningly drinkable with an abv that stays hidden through the whole ordeal. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a long time since my earlier Ruination review so I wanted to do this up again. Original review follows...here goes...

22 oz. into Duvel tulip. BBD says...11/19/2008?! WTF? I just got this a couple of weeks ago. Let's see how it fares; may review a fresher one soon. There's always room for more Ruination...

Pours a perfect butter creme 2-finger head with nice lacing and solid retention. Body is an excellent caramel/honey blend. Lighter than I remember...closer to its Stone IPA little sister. A bit of chill haze on this one.

There's a nice floral tone to the hops but it's muted by huge caramel viscosity in the malt. Could be a function of time. Alcohol is subtle, but it's there. Very enjoyable wafting scents.

Well, the hops are there on the palate. More citrus emerges in taste, as well as some bitter grapefruit rind. Malt is huge and gelatinous...in a good way. A little lighter than I recall but solid nonetheless. Incredible balance, believe it or not.

One word...silky. As huge as this is, this is not unbalanced, at least to me. The viscosity of the sweet caramel-tasty malt is cut perfectly with the poignant hop brightness of floral and mostly citrus feel. A slight tinge of earth is in there but it's very negligent. This is pretty well perfect.

This drinks well but there is a little weight on it - the grapefruit rind slows it down a touch, as does the huge viscous malt and slight boozy profile. Will look at this one periodically and soon get a fresher one to sample. Having said that, it's still amazing and an all-time favorite.


Original review 1/27/2008:

A+ / 4.8
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5
rDev: +10.4%

If you're looking for an enjoyable blow to the head with a hop-flavored sledgehammer, this is it. One of the best synergies between malt and hops I've ever come across - the extrabitterness of the bushels of hops jive with the maltiness and the heavy alcohol wallop but rather than standing alone, they combine to make beautiful music together. Bit more viscosity than the everyday-drinking (if you're lucky) Stone IPA. How can you not love this stuff?

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-27-2008 15:16:23

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

poured into my duvel tulip, crystal clear light brown, white head with sheets upon sheets of lacing.
smells of grassy, citrusy hops.
tastes a bit more piney than the nose, grassiness as well, this beer is a hop assualt, i mean i get some caramelly malt in the back as well, but its all hops. great tasting beer,. great mouthfeel as well, the alcohol is well hidden, and that makes it dangerously drinkable.
thank god this beer is released year round. its the beer i have been expecting from all the hype surronding stone.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz

A- Golden yellowish with a small foam head

S- very strong hop smell with some citrus in there as well

T- Super floral and earthy hop bomb that is a pleasure to drink. Citrus undertones slight alcohol but covered well by the hops.

M- Medium bodied, carbonated, excellent.

D- If you love hops then this is a very drinkable beer. It is reasonably priced compared to most DIPA's. Just another favorite of mine brewed by Stone

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

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lace rings the glass with every sip.

Floral and grapefruit smells aplenty. Lots of hops. A sweet caramel scent cowers in the background.

Taste starts off with a hefty dose of flowers and grapefruit rind. A little pine as well. Malt is almost undetectable. Finishes with an intense bitterness and a hoppy resin that seems to coat the mouth. Probably the most aggressive bitterness I've had in a beer. Body is medium and seems light when compared to the alcohol content.

One of the best IPAs out there, hands down. The amazing hop flavors and smells and the lighter body (for the style) make it incredibly drinkable. Second only to Pliny in my book.

Photo of Stunner97
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden yellow slight white foam head, light carbonation

Smell- strong smell of hops and hints of orange and citrus

Taste- HOPPPSSS, its well balance but very hoppy with strong bitter hop finish. A good beer if you love hops.

Mouthfeel- A pretty full bodied thick beer, you feel the hops in ur mouth

Drinkability-- Decently drinkable though im still gettin use to hops this strong its one i would look forward to trying again.

Photo of gdfan47
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured a nice amber with a lot of lacing and a good head in my new Belgium glass ( my new favorite glass)
S- hops, pot, more hops, grapefruit, malt
T- taste like hops, some sugar, some citrus, grapefruit more hops , a touch of malt, some sugar
M- great carbonation, can really taste the hops
D- really nice, cant taste the extra hops

an awesome DIPA, can barely taste the extra alcohol.... awesome a great beer

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange in color, hazy in the light. Little head on the pour and some brilliant lacing that is easily noticed. Flawless.

S: Big punch of pine make its way though before hints of citrus in the form of tangerines are noticed. Very aromatic, some sweet nectar rounds this one off in an awesome wave.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops come out to party on the tongue. Citrusy in nature and piney on the withdraw make for a delicious concoction.

M: Nicely carbonated that plays nice with all the hops present. Little thickness involved, but is only to be expected. The finish on this beer is the clincher, really the star of the show.

D: One of the finest Dipa's I had ever had the privilege to wale down. Big on ABV, but is really undetected. This one makes a great closer, or like tonight a stellar kickoff to the evening.

Recommended indeed!

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

What can I say? I am the 1,441st person to review Ruination!

All I know is that the minute that 1/10th of the cap was pried...I smelled hops! Fucking A, did I smell hops.

Pours a nice deep golden color with nice little bubbles hand delivering zesty hop intensity to the micro-thin head thats been delivered. You little devils, you!

Smells awesome. Well, okay I'll expand. Smells of powdered sugar, citrus, grapefruity awesomeness, lemon zest and more sugary, hoppy goodness.

Christ. My tongue has been rendered useless. Ruination has taken everything from me. The sheer bite and hoppy-goodness has dried my tongue almost instantly. Okay, maybe I am being dramatic BUT damn this stuff is intense.

Love all that hoppy niceness. Oh Ruination, you truly do rock a hophead's world.

Could I drink more than one? Yes, well, maybe that is not up to me.

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

I am used to Dogfish 90 Minute and it is quite difficult for me to find anything better than it. Stone's Ruination finally comes close and it has more hops (100+ IBU) so it feels more bittery and that lost some points for my cravings with IPAs. The higher the IBU, the more it has to cover its bitterness with extra flavoring of other realms.

Drinkability is high as I would drink 2-3 into the night and feel dazzled. This beer deserves some serious attention.

The best thing about this beer is its smell. It smells truly wonderful. A easy showoff allowing bystanders to take a sniff and they're sold.

Photo of HeroJH
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is fairly one dimensional in it's presentation, but if you like hops you'll enjoy this. It's the closest I've seen to actually just eating a Centennial hop pellet. Quite bitter but there the flavor and aroma of some of the other qualities of hops.

Appearance - Light gold yellow. Great foamy head that retains. Good lacing.

Smell - Fresh hops take up most of the bouquet, leaving the faintest room for a hint of sweet malt. There may be multiple types of hops in there, I don't know but the smell is like smelling one packet of hop pellets. I love that smell.

Taste - Full of hops, bright, green, pine. Like eating a hop pellet. There's nothing else in the taste to me, so I wouldn't say it's complex.

Mouthfeel - Alpha Acids bitter that lingers. Clean and refreshing if you like this level of bitterness.

Drinkability - Good, though maybe I'd just have one bomber and after drinking a beer like this, you really can't switch to something else and taste it correctly.

Photo of Kadonny
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updating 10/20/2009

Poured from tap into a tulip shaped glass.

A: A light golden color that is seethrough. Slight white head with full glass lacing.

S:Wow, huge orange, tangerine and grapefruit hops smell with a slight malt sweetness. Orange keeps returning on the smell.

T: Lots of pine and orange/grapefruit hops that lend way to a slight malt caramel sweetness. Make no bones about it, this is one hoppy beer. A decent aclohol taste can be had too. Finish is bitter, very bitter compared to the other beer I had. Just a classic kick ass DIPA.

M: Medium, not overly coating but it carries a pretty decent alcohol taste. Prickly bitter finish lasts.

D: High. Is this a DIPA? Doesn't taste like it. Very drinkable.

Overall this beer amazed me. So much so I needed to change my review. This must have been uber fresh as the citrus nose and flavor was just popping! Wow, newfound respect for Ruination. Awesome.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint

Pours a gold infused orange amber with a fluffy, soapy dull white cap. Head topped off at a good two fingers and left some pretty serious rings of lace in its wake.

Perfumey, floral, herbal hops with an earthy malt base. Citrus hangs in middle with a little fruitiness and alcohol.

The malt forms a really nice base for the hops to dance and shake their way onto your tastebuds. The hops lend a soft floral flavor up front leading to citrus rind and pine before the bitter assault takes place.

Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfectly even, but the hops aren't as chewy as I would hope.

This bomber was down and out pretty quick. The 7.7% is extremely well hidden and creeps into your brain soon after finishing the last sip.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,217 ratings.