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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,696
Reviews: 2,989
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,168 | FT: 8
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 crwills
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of two bombers purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poured a very clear, uniform amber into a pint glass with a small bubbly head.

Aroma is tangering and sour citrus, pine (but no soap), with a little bit of hidden sugary malt.

Flavour is numbingly dry pink grapefruit rind, blood orange, an oatmeal malty backbone, some peppery spice, and a little bit of scotch as it warms. Good mouthfeel, but nothing special.

Fun beer to drink, but don't plan on more beers after it if you want to taste them!

crwills, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a copper head with only a medium head that dissipated relatively quickly

S- light malt start with a real nice grassy smell with a heavy hops

T- has a light malt start that turns into a heavy grassy hop, has a slight butterscotch finish but is really good, with a nice crisp feeling

M- has a nice medium body has a strong carbonation that bites well, especially for a double IPA, but isnt rough like soda

D- the 750 ml bottle went down real smooth, but that was all i bought,

gonna have to try more stone brewery beer considering how this one impressed me

Atron67, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone ruination IPA pours a briliant copper color with reddish hues for the light shining through, the head is off white and made of very small bubbles and covers the top of the beer.
the aroma is intense, hopsack, malt, citrus, pine, resin, peaches,hint of herbs.
the flavor is hopsack, citrus, pine, grassy, on top of a solid malty bed, resin, hints of wood.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured in a pint glass with my guitar trying to learn the chords to "Love Burns " - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club . This brew pours a brassy hue and has a delightful 2 finger head after an aggressive pour . Lacing is present and this is one tasty brew . Maybe my fav Stone product . The smell of fruit & hops makes my mouth water . The flavor is so overwhelmingly powerful and great . Balanced bitterness / citrus . My guitar playing is getting better as I drink this - wish it was that easy - . Good brew .

World Class . Fantastic .

Kudashov, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer.

a- really clear, no murky action at all. nice one finger head.

s- piney with a little grapefruit and juniper.

t- fantastic. this is a great offering. tastes like it smells, hops and pine with a tad of citrus tartness.

m- not and overy bitter dipa. matter of fact is quite clean.

d- very. this is a great entre to dipa for the non-inducted hop head.

ChazMania, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with a one-finger head that dissipates after a few minutes into a quarter-finger or so. The lacing is somewhat minimal, but present, and presents arm-like formations. Body is a copper amber blood orange color that is pretty. A good look.

Smell: Sweet floral and grapefruit, orange, lemon aromas. Pine and grass on the back-end. An overall sweetness to the aroma. Compared to other DIPA's, this has a more subdued strength, but it *just* croshes that "Double" threshold. A good and unoffensive introduction to the style.

Taste: Grapefruit, floral, with some orange and lemon zest and a more noticeable pine presence. A serious IBU-packed bitterness on the tongue. The alcohol is barely noticeable, although this is a very low ABV DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily with good carbonation. Juicy.

Drinkability: An intensely drinkable DIPA. Not at all overpowering, in alcohol or hops. As I said previously, would be an excellent introductory beer for the style, perhaps for those you know who are enjoying the "Single" AIPA variety but have yet to take the "Imperial/Double" etc. leap.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of velo343
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark orange with a touch of red. A large, fluffy white head, lots of retention and lacing.

Smell - Lots of pine, like a fresh cut christmas tree. And citrus--grapefruit, orange, some lemon. A bit of grassy hops notes, and caramel underneath all of the hops. A very slight hint of butter.

Taste - Very piney and lemony. A good bit of bitterness completes the hop profile. The hops really dominate here, although there is some malt with a general toasted flavor that meshes with the bitterness. Slight breadiness, like a honey wheat. The beer is fairly thick, but not at all syrupy. Finishes very dry.

Drinkability - While an good overall beer from Stone, I think I expected more balance of hops and malt. I really enjoyed the hop profile, but didn't feel there was the malt to back it up. Even with those criticisms, I did enjoy it, just can't rate it too highly.

velo343, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fisherman34 for sharing this bottle with me and rudge75. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light unfiltered copper colour, medium carbonation, and a generous head. Good head retention that leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is very heady. Sweet, flowery, earthy, and a little spicy. There's a butterscotch malt character in there as well. Simply delicious aroma that leaves me wanting to smell for a while before I sip.

On first sip you definitely get the "hop bomb" character, grapefruit citrus predominates the hop profile, but there's a lovely grassy and earthy quality as well. Liquorice/anise flavour comes out of the mix, and a Hefty malt backbone that's toasted and biscuity with a little bit of sweet caramel, but not too sweet by any means. Mouthfeel is just mildly carbonated, medium bodied and dry. Slides down like water and I wanted more as soon as I finished my glass. Dangerously hidden alcohol makes this one a lot of fun. This is a great IPA and one I'm pleased to have finally tried. Cheers!

trevorwideman, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a lovely cloudy-yellow with a medium off-white head that left some pretty sticky lacing. Good carbonation as well.

S - Very hoppy aroma, on a grassy backbone. A little sweetness detected.

T - Not quite 'ripping-taste-buds' hoppy, but still loads of hops packed into this DIPA. Malty accompaniment to the grassy, juicy hops.

M - Medium body with a very good finish....crisp and bitter, but with a lingering alcohol presence that blends very well with the hops.

D - First time sampling from a bottle, having consumed from tap several times...not as good from the bottle, but still a very solid DIPA. Of course, I recommend everyone to drink this...not the best I've ever had, but a great performer.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of DrMalt
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle.

Poured a golden yellow with a white thick head. Good lacing & head retention.

Lots of hop aroma with hints of grapefruit & pine.

Taste was definitely hops bitterness upfront but some warming finish from the alcohol. Some earthy flavours coupled with citrus flavours. Less maltiness than other DIPA I have tried.

Mouthfeel came from the gravity (7.7% ABV) and the bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability was amazingly easy given the higher alcohol. This DIPA was my favourite of our tasting which also included 5 other IPA's.

A very worthwhile IPA.

DrMalt, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of joedon
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big IPA! Served from a bomber printed with the Stone label. Lots of white foam over a yellow-gold beer. Good sticky lace.
Big citrusy hop aroma typical of this style. Taste is big too. Starts with a good malt backing and a well balanced hop bitterness. A lot of IBUs but not overwhelming.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel is about right for this style. Very drinkable, especially with a deep-dish pizza.
Hard to find in the Midwest but worth bringing home.

joedon, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Normski
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazing. Think Stone's regular IPA, but make the hops more pronounced and incredibly fresh. Obviously lots of hopping at the end. Not overly bitter - the bitterness level stays at the regular IPA level. But, the wonderful taste of hops just dances on your tongue. You can't help to take another swig. Then another. I'm okay with admitting I drank almost a whole growler of this myself. That hop flavor also stays with you long after you swallow. That flavor, plus just the right carbonation level and and ever-persistent head make for an unbeatable combination.

Normski, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of deathonthemounta
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomb-diggety into a 22 oz. Weizen glass.

A -- Liquid gold, w/ a slightly orange black hills tint. Very appealing, albeit lighter than I prefer. Sweet little light ivory colored head: a finger or so. Nice lacing, it stays around and keeps you company like an old dog named Jake. Holy Toledo, is that a hop mermaid in there!?

S -- erm...I didn't spend a lot of time smelling, I remember floral hops, but didn't take notes on the sniff.

T -- Nice bitter tongue bite, not too acrid. Initial alcoholic flavor, a piney floral hop bounce swells about midway through. the dominant flavor was some sort of vaguely fruity melon citrus. The citrus was more lightly stated than you usually get in an IPA. Flavors are subtle and you have to concentrate to perceive the understated malt character dominated by the large breasted Hop Maiden, but there is much there to find if you concentrate. Mildly toasty and sweet, reminiscent of a freshly baked sugar cookie. Maybe a little flash of vanilla, and a bit of peppery spice towards the end with even a touch of banana mixed in there. This is only after it warms of course, and then you get a slight warm boozy taste that helps bring it all together.

M -- Better than I thought it would have. It has a nice mouthfeel, but not overly so. It was especially noticeable if you let it sit on your tongue in the back of your throat.

My other top pick of High IBU IPAs, Wildcat IPA, isn't as complex and has more acrid bitterness, but it is a sweet song of the hop flower none the less.

deathonthemounta, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raider for bringing this treat back from cali and sharing it on our IPA session night a couple of months back. Was good stuff.

Amber hued ale poured with an offwhite head. Lightly carbonated, once the head settled down it left fine yet intricate lacings inside the pint glass.

Floral, earthy, and big bitter hops with the aroma of grapefruit and pine overtop of biscuity malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness.

This is a very good, classic example of the american DIPA. Dry biscuity malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness, but the emphasis is on the bitter yet fruity hops that blast the palate with citrus, tropical fruit, and some pine.

Good malt backbone in this medium bodied brew, but balancde definately tilted to the hops with their awesome, lingering, resinous bitterness.

Definately drinkable/sessionable brew for the hop heads out there. Highly recommended for someone looking for a tasty hop treat. Definately not recommended for someone who doesnt like a lingering, resinous, hop blast. Will gladly drink again, hurry up and get distributed in northwest wisconsin!

demcorhip, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of veech
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer, but doubt that I could session it with such a strong flavor profile and character. A: Color is of sourwood honey with thick ample foamy head that dissolves into lingering lace. S: Very bitter and hoppy with a strong ginlike juniper berry aroma. T: Grassy and herbal with hops punch throughout. The IBUs tick off with each sip. M: Nice viscosity and palate immersion. medium bodied with nice enduring feel. D: Excellent flavor but a big beer that is best sampled in moderation. Nice option for pairing a bottle with dinner. My personal taste is more for the Stone IPA, but Ruination was tasty even for this Malthead.

veech, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle- of clear honey, with a medium off white head - nose of piney hopps , floral hopps , lemony citrus , malts , and clean – taste of lemony citrus , piney hopps , resin , tar , earthy , and - body a little raw , and slightly acidic – aftertaste of hopps , and citrus (lemon)

stephendr, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of oejustin
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really a great ipa. picked it up at pioneer in new york, which has an amazingly diverse selection for a supermarket.
poured into my st.bernardus glass bc it was the only clean glass in my house. nice light amber color and very hoppy smell. hints of citrus and the perfect amount of bitterness. i'm trying to think of an ipa that compares and the only ones that come to mind are dogfish head and some english cask imperial ipas which i can't remember the names of. first time i've tried it and will surely be back for more.

oejustin, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard a lot of hype about this beer, so my expectations were pretty high. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a copper-orangish color with a nice two finger sudsy head. The smell is a hop lover's dream. A range of hop smells from sweet and citrusy to floral and piney. Truly a treat for the nose. Taste is surprisingly sweet, nicely balanced with the intense hops. The alcohol does come through slightly in the aftertaste and has a very dry finish. This is a full bodied beer with little carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but I think the dry alcohol finish is not overly desirable. Not a bad beer otherwise though, worth trying if you love hops.

gmfessen, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of PBoegel
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presentation: 22 oz bomber poured into a "Duvel Tulip" glass. No freshness dating.

app: pours a hazy golden orange tinged body below a thick egg shell white head. with consideration of the amount of hops in this brew this is the expected look.

smell: Surprisingly subdued, so I suspect this bottle has suffered the rigors of time and travel, I got some earthy minty hops in the nose, some tropical fruits and caramel sweetness (oxidized?), some doughy fresh bake bread. Not entirely off putting, but certainly not anticipated.

taste: plenty of pleasant welcome bitterness that meshes with a nice sweet bready malt character, some tinges of alcohol, plenty of earthy spice hop still detectable in the finish. Again not off putting, but not near expectation. I think this beer probably ages interestingly, and I will need to compare with as fresh a glass as possible.

mouthfeel: nice medium body with good carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sweet, even at what I am assuming to be an aged bottle there is a really pleasant and robust bitterness in this brew.

drinkability: at what I perceive to be an aged stage for this beer it still has a lot of nice characteristics, I am sure at a fresher stage it really hits the mark of an American DIPA,

PBoegel, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thing of beauty and it'll ruin you for most, this is the IPA of champions. It pours a nice copper amber, with a good head. The aroma is pour hop heaven (or hell). It's not over the top, just right for a seasoned hop head. The taste is intense, and very bitter, like a mugging, but by a bunch of sexy ladies. There is some malt, but it's just a pale glimmer to the heap of hoppiness. It has an excellent mouthfeel, not heavily carbonated, but just right. This is very drinkable, I would have rated it higher, but it's not for little boys. This is powerful stuff, and needs psychiatric and well as age verification to imbibe!

zuggy9, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle at Michael's Deli in King of Prussia, Pa. I poured it into a perfect sized pint glass. It poured about two fingers of head, that was nice and white and fluffy. It had medium retention. The color of the body was a nice amber that was cloudy toward the top. The smell was a citrus hop. The taste had a nice spicy bite to it. The mouthfeel was very smooth, yet not thick. A wonderful brew. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of pkaeding
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours from the bottle with a lot of white head, which subsides pretty quickly. The beer itself is very clear, light-amber in color.

I took my first smell, and the citrus-grapefruit I had prepared myself for hit first. My mouth began to water.

However, I took another sniff, and I detected some definite phenol band-aid aromas. For this reason, I marked the aroma score down considerably. Unfortunately, I could not ignore it for my subsequent sips. Of course, the hop aromas are more powerful, but the phenol is right behind them.

Band-aids aside, the flavor is very good. This is a medium-bodied beer, with a lot of bitterness (the label says 100+ IBUs). The bitter finish lingers for about 30 seconds; it is delicious.

I don't know if I just got a bad bottle from a bad batch, or what. Generally, phenols come from a bacterial infection due to poor sanitation. Given other reviews, I would definitely try this again, and hopefully it will be better.

pkaeding, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of RobertDwight
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my for dipa I've ever had. Very light crystal clear orange color. Decent head at first but barely holds. Smell is that of yummy citrusy hops...a lot of grapefruit, lemon peel, orange, and pine. Taste is only slightly malty at first, the a rush of hop flavor and then a smack of bitterness. I don't think I would drink this beer that often. Don't get me wrong, its very good for what it is...but I'd rather stick to barleywines. All in all a very good brew from the wonderful people at Stone!

RobertDwight, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Color is a gorgeous a golden, clear amber with nice head formation that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells floral and citrusy - actually, that really understating it. This smells delicious. Tastes like grapefruit upfront with a hoppy kick in the middle and a malty finish. This is very complex all the way around, but oh so tasty. Nothing wrong with the flavor - it is very bitter, though (which is a good thing!). There is a little too much carbonation here - it's a minor complaint, but nonetheless - it negatively effects the mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable DIPA, if you don't mind the bitterness. Highest Recommendation.

montageman, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of rayjay
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An old standby I have yet to review. The relatively thick syrupy body leads me to believe this is a few months old, but it's strength has held it up just fine, as it has plenty of carbonation to cut through. Hoppy and resiny, but not very bitter. Fruity, simply bursting with fresh cut red mangoes; they're all over the nose and taste. Fruity hop aftertaste you can smell for minutes. Perfect sized ale body. Very good double IPA. Cheers!

rayjay, Jan 11, 2007
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,696 ratings.