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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,943
Reviews: 3,001
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,270 | 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 kevinglin
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! The label warns you to tread lightly, but you venture into the deep end without regard for your own safety!

Pours a somewhat hazy gold with a gorgeously creamy, slightly off-white head that hung on for the duration of this enjoyable brew. Huge hop nose - grapefruity citrus, floral and some spiciness. Flavor is tremendous - especially for hopheads. Aggressively bitter, but there is a malt profile that backs it up. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, but doesn't finish sweet or heavy.

Another great offering from Stone - I'll have it again for sure, but I don't think I could have too many of these super-flavorful beers in one evening. Definitely don't have it before you have a lighter offereing in the same sitting.

kevinglin, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality ale! Enjoyed from a Paulaner Weiss Bier glass. I'm no hop-head but this could convert me.

A - Nice brassy/copper pot look with an off white head that never really settles. Splendid lacing that consists of thick rings.

S - Caramel malt, pine, citrus/floral hops, lightly toasted oak and some yeast.

T - Grapefruit/citrus up front, with nice hop bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. It's there, but not with sharp elbows. Pine. The alcohol is there. Has a dry biscuit malt and resiny aftertaste that lingers.

M - Perfect carbonation in support of a semi-creamy -- yet still crisp -- ale that works on many levels. Very appealing.

D - Big time; all weather/year 'round. A summer or winter sipper.

Get a few.

pinotboy007, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, bronzish color with a creamy off-white head with lots of lace.

The taste doesnt have the initial bite that I was expecting from an IPA. The beer is definitely bitter enough for an IPA, but just didn't have the initial "pop" that I expected. That being said, it is a VERY drinkable beer. Smooth mouth feel, and great aftertaste.

Jayli, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright clearish glowing orange color with a big lasting beige head. Smell is citrusy, orange, fruity and floral sweet hoppiness. Really nice, fresh smell. Taste is strongly hoppy with big citrusy, hoppy orange flavor. Nice crisp bitterness, but malt is nicely balancing it on through the finish. Really drinkable, refreshing and delicious. Fantastic double IPA!

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a rich golden orange with off white head

hops blast through in the aroma with pine and spicy notes very prevalent. Slight citrus on the nose as well, lemon?

super big with a ton of hops upfront. piney notes dominate with slight lemon notes and spicy hops continuing on the finish. faint faint faint biscuity malt that you really have to search for to find

big bold, audacious IPA that will knock your tastebuds silly, in a good way

awesome, awesome beer. an IPA that is big, bold, and delicious and has a body you can cut with a knife. finish is long, crisp, slightly dry and very chunky. fabulous stuff

bitterthebetter, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bronze ale with yellow undertones... Great head and carbonation for an IPA... Nice lacing...

S - Grapefruit... Citrus Hops... Mild grain on the backend... Text book Imperial IPA...

T - Very slight biscuit taste comes and goes very quick before the hops hit you... Citrus hops assault... Not much balance, just hops...

M - Smooth... Very smooth... Excellent for an IPA...

D - Nice beer... An aggressive double IPA, but I'll stick with the regular Stone IPA anyday...

philbe311, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer which, as of last night, is now available here in Wisconsin. Aroma offered lots of nice grape-fruit character, whereas flavor was hoppy, offering a good amount of bitterness and abundant fruitiness...some apple and pineapple. Mouthfeel was quite dry but eminently smooth and enjoyable. Appearance was a bit light in color and with less head than I would've expected, but you don't taste with your eyes, so I'm willing to forgive that this beer is not terribly photogenic.

I would highly recommend this beer. I had this on-tap at the Sugar Maple in Bayview, WI.

BeerBelcher, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a Hazy straw to melon in color. With thick off white head which leave exceptional lacing.

S- Melon, citrus hops, and a bready yeast

T- Starts with citrus hops which fade into a malty sweet balance then finish with piney resinous hops. Very well balanced for the sheer amount of hops this beer has.

M- Full and round with medium to high carbonation

D- This is a great DIPA, one of my favorites so far. I could definitely have 2 or 3 12oz bottles of this before my palate would start to convulse from sheer hop over load. I would recommend this beer to anyone who's really into big hoppy beers.

UA8, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz to tulip glass, pours a peachy golden shade, foamy white head retains for a while, nice bubble lacing

smells of biscuity/caramel malt, citrus/floral hops, slight yeast

taste is sweet citrus upfront, floral, yum to hop bitterness, caramel/biscuit malt hide behind the super hopping, dry, bitter, resiny aftertaste lingers

mouthfeel is bitter lingering dry hops, crisp, hop resins stick around, thick, and carbonation makes everything pop

a very nice dipa!

drxandy, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of tommy78
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice copper color with sizable head, which settled down after a couple of minutes.

Smell: Quite the hoppy aroma. Mostly fruity with some floral aromas thrown in. Very pleasing to the nasal passages.

Taste: Bitter but not quite too bitter. Smooth when hitting the palate. Gets even better after every sip.

Mouthfeel: Travels very well around my mouth. No intense aftertastes.

Drinkability: I could have three or four of these pints. Truly delicious.

tommy78, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a pale orange with a solid fluffy white head that leaves some thick lacing as it recedes. This big beer has a nice big aroma. Lots of floral notes and some citrus in there. Definite Centennial hops. Gotta love'em. Some sweet malts come through behind them, giving the aroma the impression that this beer isn't quite the one-trick-pony it's reputed to be.

The hops are truly the center of attention on this beer, but it is not as gigantic and overpoweringly bitter as you would think. The floral notes continue to push through as the dominant hop flavor, but sweet and bready malts really balance it out and make it far easier to drink than some extremely unbalanced DIPA's. It finishes very very clean, possibly cleaner than any other DIPA I've had, giving it excellent drinkability. It has a medium to medium-full body, and lively carbonation.

It is definitely a great DIPA.

ASymon13, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.
C: Golden orange but cloudy with a steady head with steady lacing.
S: Strong hop aroma but followed closely by a lightly roasted malt scents of piney and citrusy hop blend.
T: Well balanced displays an almost reckless amount of hops. but smooth and delicious.
M: medium-lite body with a nice feeling in the back of the tongue.
D: Well crafted by Stone, I've had the on-tap version and feel that the bottled version is a little tamed. I'm glad I had the chance to pick up a bottle while in Vegas.

naterock, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of mikejk305
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz bottle at Bevmo.

Poured a golden orange color.

Read the bottle and you know whay you're gonna smell, hops. Hops are what I noticed and hops are what I love. A bit of citrus in there too.

Taste, this may be my favorite beer. I wasn't overpowered by the hops. Not overly bitter but you wont be calling for more hops, but you wont find too many, a perfect balance.

Mouthfeel, near perfection as well, nice and clean.

I could drink this all day, of course it would be a very short day after a few pints.

mikejk305, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of dbONE
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a large stemed glass with a wide rim, perched at the bar in the Stone Beer Garden.

A shade or two shy of a deep golden/copper, but a welcome sight non the less.

The creamy head dominates and takes root at the top of the glass and leaves it's reminance behind with each aromatic sip. It has more laces than my wife's knee high boots.

The spicy character blends well with the sweetness from the malt and the bitterness from the hops. It was a nice day so I had two!

dbONE, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear orange/auburn color with foamy, off-white head. It left lacing.

S - It smelled extremely floral and fruity, like grapfruit and orange.

T - This was incredibly hoppy. Very bitter with some malty sweetness. The hops almost overpowered the senses.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding DIPA. Very strong and powerful flavors & aromas.

zeff80, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful crystal clear golden color with a creamy white head. it has a wonderful hoppy aroma that doesn't hide at all. I would love to know the hop arrangement on this beer that wonderful grapefruity, floral aroma carries over well into the flavor combining with the sweet malts to make a wonderful IPA. the mouthfeel is definitely full, but nicely balanced by the hop flavor and carbonation. Very drinkable, starting to be sorry I shared the bomber.

almychristopher, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy bright orantge, sticky white head, ridiculous lacing.

Humulus Lupulus baby. Smells about how I expected... as advertised.

Holy crap! Hops everywhere. Oily, resinous, herbal. Ruination indeed. Understated malt stays out of the way (or is pummeled into submission). Alcohol taste is in there too, but also in the background. Good medium body.

Awesome. A true hop bomb. this is a special beer and I love it!

Tasted on 5/2/08.

tmitch75, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Ruination is simply an awesome beer.

A little lighter in color than I would have expected from the label and name, but that's not a negative.

This beer has a big foamy/bordering on creamy head that lingered nicely. Also this beer had an insane amount of lacing that reminded me of how much I enjoyed consuming the beer.

A little more spice than most IPA/DPA's and I really like the character this adds to the beer.

Excellent balance and nice Hops aroma and flavor.

Always rates as a top beer when we have our IPA/DPA tastings.

Make sure this one is on your list.

Reagan1984, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Cloudy golden orange color. High carbonation produced a big fluffy off-white head of foam.

S - Smelled both hoppy and malty. Complex floral aroma of pine and citrus as well as yeast and alcohol.

T - A little malty up front with a good helping of citrus and pine. Finishes off with a bitter, slightly soapy hop flavor.

MF&D - Medioum bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not as oily as I like, but still very good. Worth checking out.

nasty15108, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of woemad
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $5.99.

Poured a hazy, orange-copper color. Big, creamy off-white head with lots of lace.

The first thing that jumps out from the nose is a citrusy hop scent, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice. A piney smell hovers in the background, subordinate to the citrus smell but bigger than the sweet maltiness that is way in the back, just enough to provide a contrast.

The taste starts off with a hop whallop to the taste buds. Flavors of grapefruit and sharp spices vie for dominance. In the background are herbal, bitter flavors. There's a faint, caramel like sweetness way in the back, but it gets swept away by the wave of dryness that is the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, oily mouthfeel.

A very tasty, very bold DIPA. If you like big hop flavor, this is the beer for you. Ruination is a great name, as I'm seriously thinking pushing my dinner back an hour to let the smack my taste buds took fade a bit. Definitely worth the $6, and I'll buy this again.

woemad, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #15. I can't believe it myself but I've actually never had Ruination before. I suck.

Pours is absolutely picture perfect. Perfectly clear amber color, big, dense and super creamy ivory head. Excellent retention and lots of stick.

Smell is full of fragrant hops, particularly pine and earthy notes. There is some citrus in there, too, along with a little caramel malt sweetness.

Taste doesn't explode with hop flavor on impact the way I expected it to. Some nice earthy and piney hop flavor, along with a bit of citrus, but it doesn't quite have the "pop" I thought it might. it's quite bitter, though, with a long lingering herbal bitterness in the finish especially. A bit of caramel malt sweetness provides some balance but it leans toward bitter rather than hop flavor or malt balance.

Mouthfeel is a hefty medium body but isn't quite as creamy as some DIPAs.

This is a very good DIPA but not an elite one. Still, a very fine beer indeed.

number1bum, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 22 oz., brown bottle adorned with a hopped-up gargoyle @ The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Cordova, TN.

Pours a hazy copper with a thin, pitted, eggshell-colored head.

Floral hop aroma with pungent promises of pine.

Impressively well-balanced: the perfect amalgam of buttery sweet malts and bracingly bitter hops. Prominent notes of citrus rind, grapefruit and pine.

Surprisingly sessionable considering this Imperial clocks in at 7.7% ABV and over 100 IBUs.

"A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Here's to a stanza or two.

CaptainIPA, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruination looked a couple of different ways in my snifter. The first pour from the bomber appeared to be a hazy orange/gold color. The second pour was much more clear and more on the golden side. Both had a small white head that quickly faded away. The nose is almost all grapefruity hops with a hint of underlying alcohol.

The taste is almost all overwhelming bitterness, with some breadiness in the back of the throat and alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable for having such a strong flavor.

I figured out that, if you wait until the bitterness fades a bit after the swallow and then press your tongue to the roof of your mouth, you get the bitterness all over again. I know; kinda silly, but I thought it was fun.

Spidey13, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of isthisme2
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - light copper, mostly clear with a solid sticky layer of head throughout.

smell - nothing drastic, sweet, slight hops.

taste - light/rich (apparently that can happen), caramel, apricot, hops... hops... hops. very enjoyable.

mouthfeel - sharp alcohol, light and carbonated.

drinkablity - one more please! great... beer.

isthisme2, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz. into a pint

A...Rather light really for a DIPA. Mild gold color that light really passes through. Nice head but leaves no lacing.

S...Good mix of aroma hops, both citrus and pine really sticking out

T...Great mix of malt and hop bitterness, but the hops really prevail in this one.

M,D...Mouthfeel is rather heavy with good carbonation. Drinkability is limited to one for my sake


treyrab, Jun 03, 2008
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,943 ratings.