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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,455
Reviews: 2,976
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 322
Gots: 1,071 | 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 MrSeth
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish gold with a 1/8" small white head. Very bubbly carbonation keeps a steady, thin layer of suds on the surface of the ale. Minimal lace is left on the glass.

Sweet estery hops aroma in the nose.

The taste is like marmelade on toast (candyish orange and toasty malt). Heavy bodied, lots of carbonation, but an ale this heavy needs it. Almost puckering at the finish. This is one beefy IPA! I guess that's only reinforced by the fact that I've got a nice big bomber of it. This is fairly drinkable of you're feeling like a tough guy. Cheers.

MrSeth, May 03, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/02/05- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Duvel tulip. No dates on the bottle.

Appearance- Brilliant golden-yellow pour with a creamy 3/4 inch head and above average lacing.

Smell- Super hoppy as expected. Very fruity with a bit of a sweet alcohol background.

Taste- Mouth puckering bitterness with heavy grapefruit laden hop flavors. Maybe a slight bit of pine as well.

Mouthfeel- Normal carbonation (mid-higher) and a tongue numbing bitterness.

Drinkability- One is enough for me, but only because if I had another, I probably wouldn't get a full effect of the taste because half my buds have been destroyed. Excellent brew that is a must for any IPA lover. Glad I have a few more stored away.

GClarkage, May 02, 2005
Photo of troutmask96
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

World-class I.P.A. here, but what else would you expect from Stone Brewing? Pours a tight, lacy head out of my bomber. Smell is definitely intriguing, with heavy citrus and pine notes. The smoothness is totally captivating, with no offensive bitterness whatsoever. Somewhat sweet and low in carbonation, this brew is dangerously consumable. Highly, highly recommended!...

troutmask96, May 02, 2005
Photo of chilidog
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A daring brew indeed!! The only thing ruined is the fear of a Double IPA...fear not!!
As you open the bomber style bottle a blast of hop aroma fills the air with a floral preview.
You pour this amber orange good looking brew with its slight haze and off white head. Lace is fair while spotted, but sticks. Retention and carbonation hold up well.
The aroma blends a bunch of treats such as citric fruits, evergreen pine and hops.
The taste starts out as a sweet malt, curves to tropical fruits, citric and orange peel. Then a wooded evergreen pine and grass. Then a faint alcohol feel is noticed and a slight oil coats the mouth.
The mouthfeel carries from the taste as a hop dryness settles on the mouth and lingers awhile. I mean it lingers on a long while as your taste buds are in tune with this IPA long after you drink it down.
I did it like this, as a project beer. For as you take a drink, it stays with you for so long, you can really get some things done inbetween sips. A truely delicious workhorse of a beer!

chilidog, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz.
7.7% Alc. Vol.
Note on the front of the bottle…“A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!”

Appearance – golden orange body with no visible carbonation after the attractive rush of carbonation at pour; 2.5 finger, creamy white head to start and it runs with good retention, lace is less than other Stones but it holds its own

Smell – Bob Beamon-level hop in the nose; some malts; faint alcohol; considering the hopcentric aim, this is a bullseye

Taste – pine, grapefruit rind hop; bit of spice; hop has Tyson-like toughness to close; some pleasant and smoother malts enter midway for a temporary balance and they run for a second into the aftertaste and disappear; the hops are a brute

Mouthfeel – great feel from start to close; hop sting and gentle carbonation are great plusses; closer to full from start to finish (but I’d tab it moderate body) and drier at the close than most IPAs; clean palate at close

Drinkability – massive hops in the transition phase add intrigue for the hophead but could cause some to hesitate

You better hit Ruination back or you are down in the first round. Consider Ruination as Liston and your tongue as Patterson. Be prepared for a beating. Tremendous. Fabulous.

Wonka, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of Hefe
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. brown bomber. 3/25/05 - A Liquid poem to the glory of the Hop.

Pours lightly hazy orange/gold with a thick off-white head that last and lasts. The aromas are pungent; citrus, pine, apricot, grass, toast. Surprisingly big malt right away, with the hop character of the beer asserting itself but not overwhelming. Comlpex profile of flavors, peaches/apricots, candied citrus, yeast, mango, piney-floral hops, bread. A Creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel helps this beer go down smooth despite the ABV and the big hop punch.

Hefe, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange body with a fluffy white head and good lacing. Quite pale, with a bit of cloudiness, like peache juice. Intense aroma of citrus, hops and a tremendous earthiness. More intense than their IPA, but still extremely drinkable. After taste is bitter, with a dry, puckering bite. One of the best west coast IPAs I"ve had the pleasure of tasting. A bit over the top, since I'd prefer their IPA, but this Ruination is extremely tastey.

baiser, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy, golden-orange in color. Thin but creamy looking head. Huge aromas of pine sap couple with some background citrus happenings. After a while, the malt gave off aromas of orange blossom honey and apricot. Taste was a nice balance of sweet honey combined with a bitter, piney presence that leads into the expected mouth crushing bitterness of a Stone brew. Allowing it to warm a bit brings out its best. Mouth was thick and full, a little silky and very tingly on the tongue. Good stuff, 'specially for the hop head.

oxmasterscream, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Way high up sticky and thin filmy head. Body is a shining, clear amber golden bronze color.

Nose is bitter and grassy, a potent hop cocktail. Sweet apples.

Taste is light tropical fruits, mango. Hops lightly scorch the tongue and throat. Smooth and fruity, but I was put away by the massive booze feel and overall dryness. Drinkability is quite bad. Hop vines grew out of my throat and strangled me.

donnebaby, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An apple juice color, one inch head with minimal lacing, and some carbonation.

A moderate roasted nutty caramel malt aroma with lots of hops, herbal pine and lime hops, also has hints of toffee and licorice.

The taste is a sweet and bitter roasted nutty caramel malt; huge herbal pine and grapefruit lime hops; and honey, vanilla, and licorice in the background.

A medium to full body, dry almost syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish.

A very smooth hoppy beer in the session mold with 7.7 ... bow down.

Troyone, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of dgallina
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with a generous off-white head that leaves a medium-sized blanket of foam and light lace. Smells of resin-like piney hops with a citrus edge. Flavor is aggressively hoppy; mostly piney hop and citrus tastes. Nice long-lasting bitter and dry finish. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with subdued, but long-lasting carbonation. Easy-drinking and flavorful, but a bit less balanced and interesting that the regular Stone IPA in my opinion.

dgallina, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like hops. Harsh, complex and floral, with just a hint of malt coming in. Very, very nice.

Very hoppy, of course. The hops are strong and bitter and floral and they hit you hard, but they are backed up a sensational dark malt that comes in quickly to put out the fire. Wonderful, really, and it leaves a taste of toffee in your mouth that dissolves into bitterness—the most complicated aftertaste ever.

Wonderful beer, really. Not much more I can say.

mynie, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

My last beer from my trip to the Buffalo area. This one pours a golden orange with a three finger thick, small bubble head. Short retention with lots of lacing. Smell is huge hops, grapefruit and pine don't even begin to describe the full hop presence. Taste is very surprising, from the aroma I assumed this would just be a hop bomb. At the start though there is a definate malt layer. Soon after though the hops show up, and in force! What a punch too, the middle to end to finish are all hop dominated.

I am glad I took heed of the bottle's warning and saved this one for last. This does indeed ruin the palate. It is worth it.

hobbes2112, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of palma
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah! 22 oz bomber.
Clear orange body with a smooth off white head.
Aroma is very fruity, mostly citrus. Big fruit flavor up front. Then all hell breaks loose with the piney hops attacking your palate. You can find a sweet citrus, and dare I say it, even a malty backbone hiding among the hops. A tart and bitter citrus aftertaste, like lemon or orange peel. Flavor is very similar to Stone's regular IPA - maybe slightly more bitter but definitely with more alcohol in the taste. This beer is not for the newbee or the faint of heart. When they say 100 IBU's, they mean it. This beer will bitch slap you if you're a pussy!

palma, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of jed
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Brown, 22 oz bomber with the Stone gargoyle and "A liquid poem to the glory of the hops!" on the front. As expected, a hilarious blurb bragging about this beer's "ruinous effect on your palate" on the back of the bottle. No freshness date, but the bottle had been sitting in my fridge for about six months. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, honey orange color with a huge, two finger head. Excellent head retention. As head dissipates, it leaves behind a thick layer of lacing that uniformly coats the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, sticky hop aromas dominate the smell. Citrus helps hide the hints of raw alcohol esters — this beer clearly packs a punch.

Taste: A hint of sweetness and then an overwhelming wave of spicy hops. Because this beer has been aged a bit, not instant ruination, but waves of dry bitterness. This is proudly a one note beer, just hops, hops, hops with the slighest hint of sweet fruits. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: For such a feared beer, this is surprisingly smooth and not too acidic. Carbonation is restrained.

Drinkability: Again, I realize I'm not getting the full effect of a fresh beer, but if you like hops, this seems pretty drinkable. The 7.7% alcohol and the high hop content would make for a miserable hangover, so this is strictly a one bottle beer.

Not quite the fearsome, palette-destroying beer I'd anticipated. I'd like to get my hands on a fresher bottle, but as it stands, a delicious double IPA.

jed, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Memphis, TN while on vacation, I wish it were available in Houston. The color is golden copper with a tall, sticky head which leaves nice lacings around the inside of my pint glass. Aroma is strongly and solely of citrusy hops, of course this was expected. Taste is a full-on barrage of citrusy west coast hops. There is plenty of bitterness and flavor to go around. Drinkability is a little bit low for such an enjoyable brew due to the over-the-top hoppiness. This is the kind of beer that wrecks your palate for the evening too. This is my second beer from Stone, after their Arrogant Bastard, and all I can say is that they are fastly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Gagnonsux, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of trumick
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a nice half inch head and lots of lacing all around.

Scent is of sweet, biscuity malts, huge piney hops dominate however.

Taste is very nice. Starts out almost sugary sweet with a gigantic hop smack in the face immediately following, piney with a huge dry citrus finish. The grapefruit stays there for an eternity. This has an outstanding hop flavor like no other IPA I have had before. It is bound to offend those not accustomed to big hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and even refreshing. Perfect carbination for this beer. It has a medium body (leaning towards full bodied).

Drinkability is on the higher end of the scale. I got this one from my brother in Boise; I wish I had another. Hop burps, yes, this is a very drinkable beer..

This is my first Stone product. If this is any indication of the ability of that brewery, I need to acquire more of these Stone beers.

trumick, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to HATE bitter beer. IPAs always scared the crap out of me, but decided to give this one a try.

Pours a golden copper which is quite beautiful in the light with an off-white head that is 2 fingers thick and recedes into a thin collar that stays throughout the drinking. Lace is adequate than dissapates into nothing.

Nose is mild with grassy hoppy aromas. Not too strong, but wait till the tasting hits! The smell is deceptive...

At first the malty bready flavor comes in, complex malts with mild toasty flavor. Delicious. Then comes the hop bitterness which is not quite as strong as the bottle claims. Don't get me wrong though, this is an IPA. The hops are there. They are powerful, complex, viciously wonderful. It does kind of have a ruinous effect on the palate. Very well done and revolutionary, and quite balanced. The alcohol flavor comes in and the end, and warms on the way down. One bomber and I can't type accurately right now. ^_^

Goes down much smoother than it should, carbonation is moderate and body is perfectly balanced. PERFECTLY Balanced. Easy drinking and good. I finished the bomber and wanted more.

Stone, you are a group of amazing people. When I have my own brewery in the future, I can only hope to uphold the uncompromising standards that you have. Good job with your "liquid poem to the glory of the hop."

beersarang, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with a substantial head. Pretty.

Aroma is hops. Sharp. Bitter. Flowery. Oily.

Flavor: Grab your lapels, slap you in the face and repeat after me: Bitter and tasty. Yup, this is hops. Flowery, grass, and pine forest. To be honest, it wasn't as sharp and harsh as I expected from anticipation, but i don't hold it against the beer.

Enjoyable and recommended!

Dukeofearl, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Stone's IPA and my favorite style is double IPA so I couldn't wait to try this. 22 oz. bottle with no freshness date and a very cool green and metallic gold silk-screened label. Over 100 IBUs - I can't wait. Pours into my Chimay chalice an amber/orange with a creamy 2 finger head that reduces to a nice thin blanket. Looks like an IPA or a darker pale ale. Lots of hops in the nose (grapefruit, perfume, flowers, pine) along with some biscuity scents. First sip lets you know that you've found a hophead's paradise. Mouthfeel is thick but velvety smooth and it coats the mouth well. Huge flavor - lots of chewy malts contribute biscuit and nut tones, but the powerful hops (mostly citric and pine) bombard the palate and overtake the malts, leaving a bitterness that lingers pleasantly on the tongue for several minutes. The beer has a warming alcohol feeling and alcohol scents/flavors that come through as it warms. I think I'm in love. The only thing that lowers the drinkability for this beer is the availability and price.

mmmbeer, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sudsy, full finger of cream white head which does not remain long...but produced very sustaining lace.
Clear copper look w/ a ton of aromotic hops up front. Oranges and caramel as well....I have really been looking forward to this.
This is what IIPA's are all about...unfortunately, it is what others must be compared to.
A ton of hops, but not overly sweet...malty and bitter, but a very drinkable beer. Hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but the bitter hops are what stay w/ me. The folks at Stone Brewing are tops at what they do...I am one who greatly appreciates it. Thanks!

warriorsoul, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a nice clear gold with a thin massive tan head. The head is frothy and has great retention.

Smell: Mostly hops, some of which are a pleasent, floral smell... and the others smell like a doctor's office.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is the usual "in your face" taste Stone has. The hops are agressive as hell, but the malts are simply not present. There is no balance. This is not a bad tasting beer, just a little off. The mouthfeel is slick and velvety.

Drinkability and Overall: A very good and drinkable IPA. I've noticed as my palate "matures", I've been not enjoying the huge, hoppy IPA's as much as I used to. Probably just going through a phase. If you're a hop head, this is your beer.

santoslhalper, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting Stone Ruination for the first time in a while. This beer pours a slightly ambered golden color with a small head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is full, lots of citrus and piney hops but with a huge caramal, thick malt backbone that really hits hard. The flavor is damn nice. Sweet and hoppy. Finely balanced sweet and bitter. Stone always makes me a happy boy. I have to say, I found them well before my time here on BA, and I have always respected the beer they make. The feel is thick and wonderful. This beer is much better than I remember it from last time I had it. This beer is well worth trying. So good. So good.

kmpitz2, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours marginally darker than Stone's regular IPA. That is to say a mostly clear, slightly cloudy orange/amber color. A sticky off-white head tops this one off. Just like the regular IPA, the head retention is remarkable, and the ale gives off sticky lacing. This is one wonderfully aromatic IPA. Pungent hops reek of citrous, pine, and herbs. Sweet esters compliement the bitter notes, while a little alcohol taunts. True to its name, the 100+ IBUs have probably ruined my taste buds (temporarily). Taste is deceptively floral at the beginning. However, that is quickly followed by axe-in-the-face hops. Very sharp grapefruit, orange peels, and pine riverdance on your tongue. Fortunately, Stone is not known for one-sided beers. The hops are balanced by generous amounts of malt and alcohol. Smooth malt, some toastiness, sweet caramel, and some spice break up the 100+ IBUs. Bold mouthfeel lets you know who is boss. Finish is spicy citrous, helped along with warming alcohol, pretty dry. A great double IPA, with some spice and noticable alcohol.

BeerFink, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my roommate for picking this up in Arizona over winter break. It was quite a pleasant surprise. This was a very clean looking beer with a clear golden color and a nice slightly off-white head. Head retention was minimal though the brew seemed to be pretty well carbonated. The smell was probably the most spectacular thing about this brew. I can't quit smelling it as I type. The scent is dominated by oranges and roasted hops. The taste is surprisingly well balanced considering that this beer boasts 100+ IBU's on the label. The bitterness is masked by a hint of orange and malts in the initial taste, and the aftertaste lets the hop resins stick to your mouth leaving you craving more long after the glass is empty. This is a fine I2PA and would make an excellent choice for any hop head. I don't quite think the Ruination has ruined the experience of other beers for me though, but Stone's arrogance is forgivable as long as they continue to craft such excellent brews.

neonbrown82, Jan 10, 2005
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,455 ratings.