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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,951
Reviews: 3,003
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 356
Gots: 1,276 | 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 FtownThrowDown
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper in color with a huge frothy head. The lacing that was left on the glass wouldn't even rinse off. Smell is hoppy, of course. There are plenty of varying hops in the taste. I would prefer more of the citrusy, juicy hops, but this beer gets it's name because of the bittering, tastebud crushing hop variety. This is a good all around beer. Mouthfeel is good and not tiring.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Aroma is beautiful. Obviously expected this to be heavy on the hops, and it is with beautiful flower and perfume aromas. Malts come in the form of a bit of hay and nuts, but it is light. There is also honey and a bit of oak. It pours with virtually no head and has a slightly hazy body clarity. The color is a rich, peachy orange. Flavor is amazing, and your first sip really is the best, you can never get the same jubilation from drinking more (trust me, I tried). The flavor starts lightly sweet and then goes into a heavy bitterness. Mouth feel is oily. This brew has an intense, complex character, that in reality stays awhile, but I want it to last longer, to have that taste with me forever!

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 22 oz bomber of this in my tulip glass. Bright and clear amber color with an extremely creamy white head. Head retention is decent and there's a whole lot of lacing. The smell is a wonderful cornucopia of scents. Lots of pine here, but also grass and citrus. Deliciously pungent. The taste is hugely complex. There is a solid malt undertone, but is totally overshadowed by the hops. This beer is HUGE. A bit sweet at first. Quite a bit of delicious fruity notes followed by a heavy dose of pine. Very bitter end. Finishes a bit dry. Solid medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is one over the top beer. A bit much for a night cap, as I tried to do, but definitely one I'll have again and again, I'm sure. I had this on tap once, and it was amazing. The fresher, the better with this one.

atrus138, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Sponan
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A-More of a gold than most others of the style. Good head and lacing.

S-Hops and grapefruit. Nothing overpowering.

T-Initial hit of hop bitterness followed by some citrus. Clean and refreshing.

M-Like the mouthfeel, but it is just a little thin to me..

D-This is one tasty beer going down. Could definitely drink more than one considering the low abv for the style.

Sponan, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, light orange with a thin, creamy bubbly off white head that left a slight sticky lacing behind. Visible carbonation was very light almost non detectable.

S: On the nose was a ton of fresh citrus and grapefruit aroma and little else.

T: The initial flavor was hoppy and citric with fresh grapefruit. There was a lingering citrussy sweetness on a moderate fade that ended smoothly. One regard is it lacks depth flavor wise, but is a big overly done ipa that does what it was intended to do, assault you taste buds with a slap in the face amount of citrusy hops.

M: The mouthful was oily, slick with nil carbonation and some grassy hopping and dried citrus upon warming.

S: A very citrusy lemonade style ipa that was enjoyable but lacked complexity.

beerthulhu, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of IgotsHops
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This blew my mind. After tasting about 5 IPA's during the superbowl, this was by far the best out of the bunch.

Appearance: Huge 3 finger head that stayed on the beer for the whole drink. Good golden color with cloudy complexion.

Smell: Sweet flowers, citrus fruit, tropical starfruit, light honey tones, sweet pine. Incredible whiffs every time.

Taste: I made some inappropriate noises when I took almost every sip. I loved the sweet, sugary malt in this one. Caramel and toasted sugars in the malt sweetness, then the hops hit you.
Floral, sweet, pine, citrus, sweet tropical fruit, all mixes perfectly with a surprising malt base.

Mouthfeel: Sugary and coats the tongue, but the flavors don't stop, and man I didn't want them to. The creaminess from the head helped each sip.


IgotsHops, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OLD bottle of Rui which I believe may have been bottled ~2004 (San Marcos bottle), poured into an OG tulip glass, drinking to celebrate the Giants Super Bowl victory

Appearance is crystal clear light orange hue, head is frothy spotty white foam that sustains about half its mass, big thick lacing on the glass

Smell is sugary sweet malts (oranges, pine) and a mix of bready and caramel malts, slight grapefruit and brown sugar

Taste is surprisingly mild hop presence, more sweet than bitter, and a decent bread/caramel malt body, finishes with very slight bitterness and a little bit of alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied, watery thin texture with a touch of oiliness, moderate carbonation withstands the test of time

Drinkability is high because the alcohol is barely perceptible and the hops are sweet-over-bitter, the malts are surprisingly present for a DIPA, Stone RUI is always a great choice and its been a treat to sample this aged version, the hops have held up well over time much like is seen in some of the older Stone Anniversary beers, I'm always coming back for more of this!

Stoneman78, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Honey colored drink, w/ a nice thick head that stayed just long enough.

S: The most delicious enticing hop aroma ever. It was mesmerizing!! Floral hops.

T: Hops, hops and more hops. Just bitter enough (not like Arrogant Bastard bitter). Sweet floral hops.

M: Great carbonation. Really coats the tongue well. After taste is as tasty as the drink itself.

D: Like budda. I drank this all night. I could drink this all day every day.

gkatsoris, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. Poured into a pint glass. Nice white head amber fairly clear color and good lacing. Head holds up fairly good. Great aroma. Citrus and hops, nice and bitter. Taste is the same, smooth (probably some buried malt) citrus and pine and bitterness.

This is about as good as my favorite Celebration Ale with a little less richness and spiciness. Mouthfeel is rich enough, incredibly smooth and drinkable. At 7.70 abv, this is about as drinkable as a Double IPA gets. Really enjoyed this one.

JayQue, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This one is a clear golden color, it lacks the amber highlights of most DIPAs. It pours with a medium sized white fizzy head that lasts.

s: Grapefruit and pineapple hops practicaly leap out of the bottle. Some pine and perhaps a hint of brown sugar as well.

t: Wow is this dry! The citric hops absolutley dominate here with just a whisper of sweetness for a malt backbone. While I often find DIPAs to be too sweet, I wouldn't have minded more malts from this one.

m: The carbonation is a bit too fizzy.

d: This is a very good example of a style I'm getting tired of.

DIM, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Aventinus glass

A: golden yellow with a rocky white head, lots of carbonation, tons of lacing

S: piney, citrus hops, slight caramel

T: woody malt up front followed quickly by more piney hops, not as bitter as I was expecting, but it's so well-balanced with the malt and alcohol, it more than makes up for it

M: creamy, lively carbonation and nice bite from the hops

D: this one is kind of an alcohol bomb, but it finishes rather clean, which lends itself well to drinking it way too fast

pheggeseth, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, pale copper brew with a nice white head and average lacing.

S: Nose is orange peel, grapefruit and pine needles.

T: The flavor follows with stronger pine, nice grapefruit, orange peel. A bit of caramel is detected The bitterness is relatively mild for so much hop goodness and this is very good.

M: Medium body, tasty, well carbonated

O: Very good

barleywinefiend, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an nice dark amber color with very nice head and good lacing. Great hoppy scent, almost over whelming in it's flora. Excellent taste, very hoppy. It has a dry hopped taste as well, and finishes with a nice bitter aftertaste. Goes down fine, but a little dry at the end. A very good IPA.

JamesS, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright and dingy yellow light brown hues with bright white 1 finger head into my oversized wine glass. Lacing is very nice, but not too sticky.

S- Sour like a soured grapefruit with some pineapple thrown in. Little bit of a funky hop smell too and light brown sugar scents.

T- Grapefruit and dry up front with a sugary sweetness in the middle from the malt backing. Finish is very bitter on the back of the tongue Nice and complex.

M- Very sticky and oily with high carbonation sting.

D- I can easily consume this whole bomber with no problems!

Overall- I love IPA's of all varieties. IPA, 2IPA, love them all, so maybe I am partial. This is just a great beer.

I am drinking this one in memory of my buddy Rick; I just found out he died yesterday. He and I drank A LOT of beer together and he taught me to make moonshine like the best of 'em. This one is for him. RIP dude. Gonna miss you.

MMAJYK, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pt., 6oz bottle.

A- Clear, orangey gold. Tall, frothy, white head which dissolved very slowly . Small bubbles of carbonation rising. Awesome lacing remained on the height of the glass.

S- All hops. Smells strongly of grapefruit with hints of pine.

T- Full of hops. If there's any malt there, my taste buds haven't found it. One of the most bitter beers I've had. A bit of a lingering after taste

M- Medium bodied. Smoothe and oily.

D- Very bitter. This better be your last beer of the evening because as the bottle says, it has an "immediate ruinous effect on your palate." I couldn't drink this frequently or have more than one at a sitting.

Jerzdevil1116, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of chileman13
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- golden semi cloudy
pours 2 finger head settling into ring
a- Mucho Hops citus hops and hops.
t- Hops Hops and more hops with a balanced bitterness where's the malt?
m-smooth with carbonation playing on the tongue.
drinkablity- better love hops.
oh yea man. I like this yet then again I'm a hop junkie.

chileman13, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from local liquor store. Shocked they got it!!

A - Copper color, bright-white head, lots of protein clumping in head. Extremely resilient head. Will it ever die? Nice lacing though, very pertty.

S - Pineapple, citrus, strawberry, and grass. This is hop over-kill. Good thing I am a hop head.

T - Not bitter as I expected, but has a light maltiness to the beer, with bits of pine and citrus. Smells blended together and "ruined" the hoppy taste of this beer.

M - Light carbonation, no bitterness, and no alcohol feel.

D - I expected more pronounced flavors in the taste, but the aroma spoils me. See Hopsickle for a complete ruination beer.

MisterClean, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh ruination...one of my favorite breweries takes on my favorite style of beer. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, bright orange body, fervently carbonated to fuel an inch-thick, almond head. Great retention and decent lacing (I don't think the head ever disappeared). The aroma knocks me back with tart, spicy, sweet, piney, floral, resinous (and the list goes on...) HOPS. Fruity notes of banana, pineapple, and pear chime in alongside a sweet, sugary malt backbone. I'm intoxicated, and I haven't even taken the first sip.

The taste delivers on the bottle's promise: "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop." Fresh, resinous, sticky alpha acids immediately coat the palate. Juicy, fruity, malty notes round out the complex brigade of flavors. Ruination definately blasts the mouth with a ton of hops; I've had more initially punishing IIPAs before, but this brings the goods for a loooong time after you finish the beer. Drinkability is top notch, it's complex, tasty, and a hop-lover's delight. I'm glad I have a few bottles left...DISTRIBUTE TO NORTH CAROLINA ALREADY!

wagenvolks, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle to goblet. Pours a dark golden color with light cloudiness. Nice bubbly cream color head. STRONG hop smell (some citrus with pine). First taste- wow you can taste the full hop flavor all the way up your nose. This one warms you as it goes down. Great flavor, great ffinish- nice and tight. Cant wait to try again. Would like to try it on tap.

DrDogbeer, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, bennetj17. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack Goblet. Poured a light straw with a big head that mellowed down and stayed as a film all the way down leaving a little lacing. This is the first time I've had it in bottle even though I've had it on tap a couple of times. Everything seems milder. Aroma is of pine needles, mild grapefruit and surprisingly a real mild sweetness at the end of the nose. Taste is full frontal hops. Like sticking my tongue in a handful of pine needles but finishing with a balance of malt that I had not tasted before. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Stone makes great beer. Period.

hwwty4, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another full-flavored, ultra-rich beer from Stone... their Ruination IPA is perhaps the ultimate example of an extreme Imperial IPA... appearance is copper/golden and the aroma is literally bursting with strong hops... upon opening the bottle, you are greeted with an extreme aroma of rich hoppy flavor... taste complements the aroma, with hop richness and bitterness pulling through... very bitter aftertaste with strong astringent taste... decent mouthfeel but average drinkability due to the extreme hop sensation and hefty 7.7% ABV... really good, full-flavored stuff, but really powerful to the point of almost being overhwelming... a potent beer with full-flavor chracteristic typical of Stone... If you're a fan of extreme IPA's, you will love this one...

dsa7783, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Phocion
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These last couple weeks I have had an insatiable craving for hops that nothing has seemed to satisfy. I even had a 120 Minute IPA last night which didn't do the trick. So now I'm going all out and hitting this 'liquid poem to the glorious hop.' Also keep in mind this bottle is probably about a year old.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a constant flow of fine bubbles racing up to meet the massive stubborn white head that almost looks like a snow-covered mountain range and leaves a thick, rocky lacing as it finally falls down my glass. Absolutely beautiful.

The aroma is, duh, hops. Pine needles and grapefruit lead the way, followed by grassy and floral hops, orange, lemon, and a thick caramel malty layer that in any other beer would take over by itself, but in this baby is simply no match for the sheer hoppiness.

The bitterness isn't as strong as I remember. Maybe it mellowed with age or my tolerance has gone up since my last Ruination. Either way, it is surprisingly well-balanced... well, for double IPA standards anyway. My palette is overcome with a full spectrum of every sort of hoppy flavor imaginable, but with just enough of a roasted and caramel maltiness to compensate. Very dry finish.

Dry but well-carbonated and full-bodied mouthfeel, and ridiculously tasty. This one should be avoided by anyone afraid of a little bit of hops; it should also be avoided by anyone not afraid because it is ridiculously easy to drink for such an "extreme" beer... Very solid and in my experience the best of its style.

Phocion, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Coit Liquors in San Francisco. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a whiter-than-white head, which leaves generous lacing to the last drop. Lovely fresh hop aroma, with notes of citrus. The flavour is packed with hops, and grapefruit and pine elements. The bitterness is actually very manageable and bracing. The finish is smooth and dry, with a huge dose of bitterness that lingers longingly in the mouth.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orangey gold color with an extremely sticky head. Lacing is monstrous.

Smells like a fistful of pine needles shoved into the nostrils.

Taste consists of a massive dose of grapefruit rind and pine trampling an undercurrent of caramel maltiness.

Pretty smooth but quite sticky. Heavy in body and not particularly drinkable from the hop explosion.

illidurit, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What more can one say about this (in)famous brew that hasn't already been said?

Now that I've lived with it for a while, I can honestly say it's bit of a novelty beer. It's amazing at what it does, namely, assault your nose and mouth with one of the most intense beer tasting experiences around. What it doesn't do well: it doesn't go well with food (too dominant), and it's too big and kick ass to be a good session beer. I can't imagine drinking three or more pints of this without having my tongue and nose go numb and possibly inducing some kind of permanent sensory deprivation. For serial drinking or drinking with food, the other Stone offerings are actually better, more balanced choices. But once in a while, you just need to be tied up, spanked, and forcefed until you cry out with the safe word. For that, break out the Ruination and start begging.

watchnerd, Jan 14, 2008
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,951 ratings.