Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,089
Reviews: 3,019
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,374 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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Photo of kingjames1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a (very) hazy nectarine, with a small head, but consistent lacing throughout. Quality. Smell is incredible: clear hops - citrus, pine resin, and speariment gum? But also detect a thick molasses underneath - caramel and sticky sweet. The taste is intense. At first, I am underwhelmed. I've heard a lot about this one, and expected a punch to the teeth. This one hits late. The aftertaste is nearly as intense as the initial sip - leaving the back of tongue tingling with hop-bitterness. Lemony, minty (wassup with that?), pine resin, with just a hint of a sweet malt foundation beneath - a vain attempt to make its presence known (yet somehow manages to provide some structure for this hop-bomb). The aftertaste is like sucking on a grapefruit. Feels like my eyes are ready to water.

This one is fun to drink.

Fairly drinkable, for the style, though a bit intense on the bitterness side - even for a hophead like me. Perfect carbonation. A +

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber in Vegas, I wish we could get Stone's stuff in Wyoming.

A: Poured a beautiful copper color, thick white head that stuck around throughout the beer. The beer was very bubbly and crystal clear. Pretty beautiful beer.

S: Citrusy hops, piney hops, hops, hops, and some bitterness. Interesting malt sweetness as it warms.

T: Bitter hits first and foremost, almost like eating a grapefruit peal, hops are everywhere, they burn the tongue, this is an extremely tasty beer. Tastes almost like chewing on straight hops. The malt sweetness is there but very hidden until it warms up. As the beer warms it becomes very balanced. There is a hint of alcohol as well, but it is very in balance. I really can't say enough about this.

M: Fairly thick but very well carbonated, pretty smooth. It warms the mouth and warms deep down inside. Probably from the alcohol and the hops. I figured it be a little thicker though.

D: This is definitely a hop head beer, it gets to be a little much to handle by the end of the beer. So I could have one of these every once in a while, but it'd be when really craving some hops. One is definitely good for a night. Definitely a good beer though. I really enjoyed it.

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

A: Cristal clear gold with a fluffy two finger offwhite head.. stays for a little bit before disapearing entirely.. nice lacing...

S: All out grapefruit and pine hops... lovely.. rich, yet delicate... you get some grain (kind of like a butter bagel)

T: Not quite as complex as the nose suggests, but throughly balanced and delicious...

M: Solid medium body. Smooth and crisp finish. Slightly bitter at the end.

D: A tremendously accessible dIPA that doesn't lose its hop edge.. nice job guys!

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

A go to when I feel hoppy

Pours a clear orangey yellow with good white head that lingers. Nose is just balls out citrus hop flowers with ever so slight spice. The taste follows with hoptastic flavors and great bitterness. This is called ruination for a reason. My tastebuds are crying (joyfully, it hurts so good) hop bitterness lingers on the finish. Unmistakeable west coast Super IPA. Mouthfeel is pretty much flawless for the style, and drinkability is pretty darn good. Defenitely a good go to IPA, and readily accesible. Great.

Photo of johnnyirishman
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A- Cloudy golden yellow color with a well played head that stuck around. Good lacing

S- Not much going on in the smell dept. Weak Hops smell.

T,M- The smell totally hide the huge hop flavor in this beer. Stromg hops taste with a sweet malt finish. Med Body, med carb.

D- Dangerously drinkable, this one will sneak up on ya. A good pick for the serious Hop Head!

Photo of Matty1918
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a creamy 3 finger head that left lots of lacing. Color was a tad cloudy with a golden homey color.

Aroma was very fruity..almost of pineapple, a mild spice and citrus aroma too.

WOW...that first taste is HOPS...a tad bitter, spicey with a light citrus taste. Very complex tasting but not overpowering. I'm feeling the alcohol warm my throat and belly as it goes down.

This is going to linger on your tastebuds for a while.

Very drinkable....

Had another one for Easter Weekend....This just gets better and better each time you drink it. My initial review was the aroma was fruity almost pineapple like...well it's sweet but the more I take in the aroma it smells more and more like sweet grapefruit. This is truly an EXCEPTIONAL beer...I want MORE

Photo of RichardWalter
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great etched bottle certainly impressive. Pours nicely. Small fizzy head that lasts on the inside of the glass. Yellow (light) color. Light floral aroma.
Taste is lots of hoppy, bitter, bubbly, grapefruit. Dry on the tongue. Pleasing into the core, warms you up.

Photo of SargeC
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, orange-gold brew with a rustic golden-white head

Smell: Intense hop aroma, hints of butter.

Taste: Good hop bite. Citrus and pine flavors mix with an earthy malt flavor that lingers beneath it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Buttery smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkablity: Excellent, bold IPA. Cranks their standard IPA up a notch.

Photo of fitzy84
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The drink settled with a dark, murky gold color with a medium head, which was amber-white in appearance. The aroma was incredibly sweet, with a mixture of hops, wheats, caramel and even spice. It was wicked sweet and sour for an IPA, giving it a great taste. The carbonation allowed it to be nice and crisp, but with the taste the drink has, this mouthfeel makes it odd with those flavors. Overall, a powerful, incredible IPA.

Photo of Med
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy dark gold with a quickly fading white head and medium lacing. This beer just looks inviting.

S - heavy hops with pine and some citrus.

T - Wow. This thing is bitter. And that's a very good thing. Tons of hops here with an interesting hint of grapefruit at the finish. That having been said, the malts aren't entirely overpowered and contribute a balance throughout the experience.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly watery feel likely due to the soft carbonation. A little more carbonation would go nicely.

D - I could drink this as an everyday beer. In fact I often do!

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light copper colored ale. Head was light tan and pretty thick, although it faded rather fast.

Aroma? Hops...right off the vine. I mean, pick them, rub them between your hands and sniff! I'm impressed that they can get this aroma into the beer. Seems almost magic to me.

Taste is more of the same. Not a well balanced DIPA, but this is not hop water either. the beer has body, albeit not a big malt backbone. Hops are big and citrusy, fresh and tasty.

Nice body and drinkable for sure. Recommended if you like hops!

Photo of dmamiano
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy copper color..was really expecting "hazyness" because of the expected assault of the hops.
Nice big head with sweet lacing.
Aroma was BIG. Hops to the max with a sweet yet mild malt backing.
Taste was great...hops upon hops...sweet in the back. Nicely balanced, but the hops take precedence for sure.

Photo of barronkr
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 22 oz. bottle.

The appearance is a clear amber with a respectable head.

The smell is amazing. I smell TONS of fruity hops in the nose, a hint of grapefruit and a touch of honey. On a second whiff, I smell fruit cockail: this is not meant to be derrogatory, but that is seriously the smell I get, and reflects the fruity character of the hops.

The first taste is very good. I was expecting a deluge of hops, as indicated by the name, but really I just got a mouthfull of deeply complex hop flavor. I catch some wisps of flavor I noticed in the nose, but they are added to a clean, unique hop flavor that is both somewhat fruity and and a tad spicy without being acerbic. The bitterness builds, but as it does, the malt becomes more evident: a clear, clean maltiness, a tad sweet, but not syrupy or cloying. As it finishes, again, a clean dryness that does not overdo it.

The beer warms nicely, allowing the flavors to drop back and the hop bitterness to build. As stated on the bottle, I don't think my palate could discriminately taste another beer right now.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are good for this beer, considering it is a DIPA -- no biting, acerbic hop character that can really detract from a hop bomb.

Overall, an excellent, very complex hoppy beer.

Photo of pacothrash
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with drink by 3/3/08. Amber orange color with little to no head but nice carbination. Very nice floral to grapefruit smell on every whiff. Nice sweet hoppy taste with grapefruit to pine and a nice hoppy bitter taste following the sweetness. Very nice DIPA. I could have 2-3 of these at one sitting but would prefer to savor every sip. In the same league with Hopslam.

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

Wow! What a great IPA. The bottle says it best, but here are my thoughts:
A. Beautiful golden yellow with just a hint of murkiness; medium head with good lacing all the way down the pilsner glass.
S. Grapefruit, hoppy, lively, with a sunny hint of tanginess.
T. Refreshingly pure IPA with a little less than the expected hoppy bitterness associated with other IPAs; ruby red grapefruit, lovely hops, with just that hint of malt to sweeten the edge.
M. Was pure IPA bliss, medium carbonation, with the hops and bitterness that feels just right
D. I could down a few of these easily. It was one of the best IPAs I have had in some time and the balance of hops and malt and citrus and color made for perfect drinkability.

Photo of alysmith4
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow! This beer is bitter! Very fresh and flavorful.. just what you would expect a Double IPA to be. It could be a tad hoppier and a tad less bitter for me, but that is just my taste.

The color was good. Nice and orange, with a good amount of carbonation. The smell was good as well.. a lot fruitier than I would have expected, with a nice earthy tone.

The taste was knock-your-socks-off bitter. For me, the bitterness (100 IBU's) was too much, and it overwhelmed any of the other flavors. As it warmed however, the bitterness mellowed and the hops came through. This is one that I would recommend, but I would suggest having it on the warmer side.

Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA Flute.

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of off-white poofy head. Wow, there is still a ton of release even several minutes after the pour. Even when it shrinks down some, there is still at least a 1/2 finger of retention left that leaves just massive hop lacing all over the glass. The aroma is a volatile hoppy mix of pine, floral notes, citrus, spice, thick malt sweetness, and alcohol.

The taste is more of the same, with a sticky resinous hoppiness that is nicely balanced by a beefy backbone of citrus and spicey malt character. The bitterness just lingers on the palette and mixes with malt sweetness and heat to give it a slightly medicinal feel that just coats the mouth and sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy with a syrupy feel from all the heavy malts and alcohol.

Wow, this definitely one brawny beer that leaves it all out on the table. Heavy hops, heavy malts, and heavy heat? Check! Check! and Check! Even wiht all those big flavors and feel, I still find this bruiser of a DIPA to be quite drinkable. It may lack the magic and panache of some other West Coast Hop Bombs, but this palatte wrecker from Stone can more than hold its own.

Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden brown color with a tan head. Good bubbling and lace left on the glass.

Lots of nice aromas in this IPA. Citrus and floral hops with a complex blend of fruits. Deep with malts sweet alcohol tones.

A base of creamy malts topped by a well rounded hop profile. An earthy fruitiness challenged by a buttery bitterness.

Thick and silky with a crispy carbonation. A classic example of the style. A great Olde English style IPA. Well done once again stone.

Photo of ricchezza
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very cloudy.
Pours a thick head. Retains very well.
Very hoppy aroma, as to be expected.
The taste also has a lot of the hop bitterness I was expecting. Hop characteristics reminiscent of celery and difinately citrus.

All around this is a great beer that any hop-head would surely love and appreciate.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a massive, white head that never wants to leave! The Ruination brew creates a head that adheres to the glass and remains till the very last drop. The appearance is probably the worst thing about the beer. It doesn't stand out to me in any way. The smell, however, is fantastic. It's as you would expect...HOPPY! The taste is an assault on the taste buds and as the bottle states kicks the ass of other tastes in the mouth.

Overall, this beer is truly an assault on the taste buds. Full of flavor and complexity. This beer is, for a lack of words, kick ass!


Photo of bassmantin
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly transparent orage with a large clingy white head.

Smells of sweet bitterness. This is a great beer. The taste is excellent, very well-balance despite the intense hoppiness. Great example of an IPA. Excellent aftertaste.

I highly recommend this beer. One of the best IPAs out there.

Photo of Proteus93
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An excellent pour, with a rich foamy, high-retention head. Gorgeous, bubbly amber.

S: A bit of a hop medley in the aroma... scents or herbs, grapefruit & orangepeel citrus, and pine along with a touch of a floral sweetness behind it all.

T/M/D: Oily hops, and very little on the front of the tongue... it's not until this has settled in that the assault starts. Again, a bit of a medley, with citrus peel and pine blending in there. It all goes down quite smooth in the finish. All around, though, I find that I may prefer Bell's Hopslam on the flavour front in the style. I would still certainly go for another of these, though.

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

Another fantastic beer from Stone, and one of their most well known. Bitter beyond belief, which will probably either turn you off or get your mouth watering. There is a peppery-spice to this beer as well. Many of the typical fruity notes are present, although perhaps to a lesser extent than some of the other Double IPAs. Aroma is fantastic, a sweet mix of aromatic hops and malt. Appearance is nothing out of the ordinary, but it's what you would except from an I.P.A.

Overall, a great take on what has become a huge style - the American Double I.P.A.. My favorite out of all the Double I.P.A.s is Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe, but Ruination is excellent as well. Might come down to whether you prefer a thick, silky body (Double Simcoe), or a lighter, smoother body (Ruination). Calling this a lighter body might be a bit misleading, of course.

Photo of boogles
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have not tried this in a while, and had a cold last time I tried it (so I couldn't smell it). This beer has me in mind. It's everything I like about beer.

I won't bother talking about the color, lacing, or anything else. This, like all Stone brews, is about perfection. Complex, but simple, and amazingly balanced. Unlike the Stone giants, this one is just right, the baby bear of IPAs. The hops are strong, but without the untasteable blast of bitterness that overpowers all else. And the nose--the nose is out of this world. It's citrus without the sickly sweetness, pine without the sap. It ends up being very floral and fruit punch, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, blackcurrant.

My new favorite, I think. Time for a serious favorite-off between Ruination, Founder's Red, Hop Rod Rye, and Hop Slam. If I live through that, maybe I'll invite the RIS crowd. But in terms of where my present taste resides, this is it. Stone rules!

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

Pours a slightly cloudy blond. Decent head , some lacing.

Smell is hoppy , citrusy and floral.

The hops in this beer seem to overwhelm any maltiness or sweetness. Alcohol seems well hidden.

Mouthfeel is thick , with the hops trying to thin it out. Carbonation is good.

This beer a sipper that I''ll enjoy one at a time.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,089 ratings.