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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,082
Reviews: 3,016
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,359 | 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 SeanRedd
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This baby is bad in the Michael Jackson (the weirdo pop star) sense. A green splash of hops and a bouquet of purple lavender. A bitter, malty, chewy candy, boasting Imperial character. The true essence is captured with small sips and deep inhalation of aroma. A dry hopped whiskey with a slap of sour musk. Elegant, wee bit brutal; demanding admiration and respect.

Photo of bound4er
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this last night - notes from memory. This is a very good DIPA and I liked this better than the Arrogant Bastard I had the night before. Pours to a perfect, dense head of foam showing off the beers bright, brass-like color. The nose is nice (typical citrus) but a bit more subdued than one would expect. The taste and drinkability of this beer is fantastic - classic IPA flavors surrounded by plenty of hops but balanced with enough malt to keep it from falling off the "bitter cliff". Does this unseat HopSlam as my favorite DIPA? No way! Still, a beer I will buy more of.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Ruination is a clear brassy copper, with a large, lightly toasted meringue head, which is very long lasting, with lots of chunky, bubbly lace. Very attractive, if a bit bright.

Smell is strong, sugary sweet crystal and juicy, citrus hops, from the first sniff, t's undeniably a Stone beer. In fact, not to much unlike Old Guardian.

Taste is sweeter, smoother, and more citrusy then the nose, very nice, again, like fruitier, aromatic OG.

Mouthfeel is rich and slick, but not too heavy in the belly, with a tight, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a very fine DIPA, very much up my ally. The self-indulgent label blurb implies this will be aggressive and difficult to appreciates, but the only thing it ruins for me is the appeal of rougher, less-made DIPAs, of which compared to this there are many! One of Stone's best beers IMHO.

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

All I have to say about Ruination on Cask is WOW. A beer ment to be on Cask. Just smooths and rounds out this intense beer. Still mounds of hops, but adds texture and a smooth lengthy finish that this beer from bomber doesn't have. This beer is usually the beer to end all beers because it can linger and disrupt other beer samples, not from cask. Really something to behold.

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

Poured light brown with a healthy amount of tan head. Its smell was impressive. I've had a beer with such a strong aroma. The smell was of strong and hoppy. This beer smelled bitter. This beer's taste was similar to its smell, bitter and hoppy, and as far as I could tell that was it. It was delicious. Despite its harsh bitterness this beer was very smooth.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large snifter. The beer is a cloudy dark orange color topped with a light tan 2 finger thick head.

Smell: Big piney, cirusy, and floral hops attack the nose. Surprisingly there's also a caramelly maltiness in the aroma, as well as a buttery note.

Taste: Surprising malt up front, introduced by smooth caramel and breadiness. Then come the hops, drying everything up in the finish and leaving a tingling sensation throughout the mouth. These hops are huge, oily, and citric. However, the beer is at the same time supremely balanced so that the bitterness doesn't steal the show. Superb.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, spreading to every corner of the mouth, before leaving the mouth dry and tingly after swallowing, leaving you wanting more. I hardly ever say this, but... perfect.

Drinkability: The balance in this beer makes it more drinkable than it should be. Which is a good thing. Ruined palate indeed - this is a hard one to top.

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

looks purty.. sunset glow and hazy, lots of bubbles and a nice thumb of pure white head.. it left quick but stayed lacy

hops smell overwhelming, mouth watering, oily, citrus (or even pineapple) and flowery... a slight hint of sweet malt limps slowly behind... this smells like your mom ... if she was a hop plant and in heat ... and she just ate some cereal and burped it at me

i sense some roast before the flowery aroma and flavor hit me full blast, a calm before the storm and then the bitterness arrives.. it hasn't left yet from the first glass.. mouth fell is medium full and a mild carbonation help with a bitter dryness

usually i hate when good beers overcompensate with hops..the metaphor that comes to mind: the prettiest most interesting girl in jefferson high school sleeping around and kicking fat girls to cope because her father was a no-goodnick deadbeat who, when she was 3, foreclosed on the trailer and 'run oft' with the corn farmer's trashy wife, it's a uniquely american style tragedy..

this luckily is not the aforementioned instance.. a beautiful balance of maltiness is actually lurking in there on the front end and midtaste.. and because a decent blend of bitter and flavor exist its not just a hop assault with no finesse.. more like a hop assault with extreme predjudice

if you want to give this a shot it would be good tomorrow or the next day... or any day ending in the letter 'y'... but not all of those days as it still, after this overly lengthy review, has not eased up on my palate

Photo of lapbplayr
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer I was sitting down. I finished a 22 oz of it with out getting up. Feeling a bit buzzed and having to go to the bathroom I got up. I immediately had to sit back down, because I starting to spin. The appearance of this bee is a great golden straw color. The smell is overwhelming hops, mostly citrus, orange and grapefruit. The taste is a pugnacious assault of bitterness as the alpha acids invade your mouth. It is extremely bitter but has a nice hop profile that any hop head will appreciate. The drinkability is limited because of it strength and bitterness, however if all you are drinking is Ruination you're good. It says on the bottle that this beer will ruin your palate, they are not kidding.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep gold with a half finger head.

S- Very pungent hop aroma, mostly citrus.

T- With the exception of a few trace notes of light caramel malt, this beer is hardcore hops from start to finish.

M- Spot on, just rich enough without being heavy.

D- Dispite the in your face flavor its very drinkable.

If this beer doesn't scratch your hop itch, then nothing will!

Photo of FSUmac
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass....

Appearance: A deep amber with a 2 finger head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Wow! I can smell the hops 3 feet away. Piney, citrus, peppery.

Taste: Fantastic bitterness to start which you expect and then a jolt of malt on the back of the tongue to help balance it out. A peppery grapefruit bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick mouthfeel, but I find it quite pleasant. Not overly carbonated, just right.

Drinkability: Maybe it is my love for IPAs and the like, but I love this beer. If you love hops, you need to give this a try. Be careful though, a 22 oz will leave you feeling quite nice! :D

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

Served cellar temp at McG's...

Huge airy head from the beer engine that just absolutely coated my glass with thick sticky lacing from the first sip to the last...stunning.

Smells of oranges, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and some floral notes as well - strong almost astringent feel in the nose when breathing it in. As if there weren't enough hops aromas and flavors in this beer, it's been spiced up with Columbus and Simcoe rounds of dry hopping. They both contribute a great deal of complexity to a big beer that is already heavy on the hops. There are blasts of citrus, pine, black pepper, and a slight grass hint in the finish. Same malt signatures as the bottled version but the real treat here is the cask presentation. The beer has smoothed out considerably, mouthfeel is soft and silky, this is just a treat to consume. So highly and dangerously drinkable after three pints I knew that things were going to go south if I kept going at that pace, but it was hard to stop. Just a wonderful presentation of what was already a great beer. Cheers to Stone for getting some of this up to us LA folks!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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...

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,082 ratings.