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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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10,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,297
Reviews: 3,055
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 395
Gots: 1,628 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002

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

Aroma is strong and richly hoppy, promising a seriously hoppy beer - should whet any hop lover's beer appetite. Color is a clear honey-golden, and off-white head is thick and fairly persistent. Flavor is ferociously hoppy and quite bitter, but has a hint of sweetness and even a bit of fruity taste. Texture is fairly smooth, but it still goes down with an attitude and leaves a pleasantly bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Recommended for all who love seriously hoppy ales.

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

This is a very good, very deep IPA. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a one finger tan head to it. Good lacing. The aroma is full of citrus,hopsand pine. As for the taste, a very citrus and hoppy taste to it. A medium to full body beer. Has a long lasting taste toit. Pretty good beer.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack from Decatur Wine & Spirits yesterday.

Orangey yellow pour into my SA glass. Pretty 2 fingers of near-white frothy head. Smell of hop heaven...grassy, citric. Huge taste of citrus and semi-pine hop flavor. Very long lasting hop bitterness...not very full bodied but that's OK. Tons of hop flavor...I love it. Very drinkable.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange gold body with a rippling slick head of yellowish foam. Lots of very fine carbonation streaming. Looks absolutely delicious.

Very powerful pine, fruit, medicinal nose. Huge characters of pineapple, leather, citrus and grapefruit. Spike and sharp, feels like it's clearing the sinuses. Amazing, luscious, delicious. It doesn't get better than this.

Sharp on the palate, but not as ruinous as the name may lead you to believe. Very nice pine needle resin character mellowing to a citrussy, but lightly sweet palate. This then dries out, leaving a prolonged refreshing bitterness. Complex and long, but no ruination. It's big and tasty though. Mouthfeel is quite rich and thick - could maybe use a little more sharpness to match the hops.

Still, this is a very tasty, very fragrant IPA. Full of character and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Yesac
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear golden yellow with a medium white very foamy head that

S - floral fresh smelling hop

T - So Smoooth! Wow how to do explain this great taste? I'll try my best. Slight piney taste up front. very crisp hoppyness throughout with a slight bitter malt/hop finish that is just right.

M - Medium body, not sticky.. so smooth. Slight bitter aftertaste hang on the palate asking for another swig.

D - I wish I had two bottles! Stone isn't available here. So easy to drink, not bitter, no strong alcohol taste. Best imperial IPA I've had.


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

Pours a pale orange/straw like color with a thick bubbly frothy 2 finger deep white head. Sticky webbing on glass. Looks fantastic.

Smells as expected of flowery, earthy, grassy, piney hops. Plenty of citrus notes, grapefruit, lime zest, pineapple. Wowee. A distincy bisquity malt aroma as well.

Huge wave of hoppy enjoyment. The afforementioned citrus, pine, earhty mouth puckering hops in the aroma assault your taste buds here. One sided, but there is a nice malt character to balance things out. Kinda.

Big full beer. Medium bodied, yet thick, sticky, oily, medium carbonation.

22 oz of Ruination is quite a job. Delicious if you like hops. I do & it is. Each & every hop head should seek this out. This beer is, or will be eventually, a legend.

Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic Double IPA, and my favorite. Pours nice, creamy head, obviously very floral, very nice bitter finish that stays around a while. Very well mannered for a double, and nicely balanced. They advertise this as a 100+ IBU, but it's so well made you would never know it. Also the ABV is about perfect for this style of brew, you can have a few and enjoy yourself without getting dead drunk.

Photo of jdg204
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A long awaited meeting with Ruination IPA. Finally started buying big bottles and had to get my hands on this bad boy. Meant this to be my 100th, but a stop to Stoudts preempted that, still 101 ain't a bad spot either.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange color with a terrific head that laced the heck out of the glass. This one is thick through and through.

S: Big, complex hop profile. I can pick up everything from nice floral notes to big citrus to very smooth pine resin. Aroma announces the above-standard qualities of this ale.

T: Big and complex with a huge hop flavor mixed reasonably with some very attractive malts and a good caramel sweetness for balance. The hops are very floral and mixed with a pinch of table sugar and a six-inch grapefruit wedge.

M: Full in the mouth and incredibly smooth. Great balance and texture provides a great experience.

D: Awesome, awesome, awesome. Stone has another winner (no surprise) and here's a brew that rivals their standard IPA. This is a staple of the brew world and one you should make your way to find. The balance is awesome despite the incredible amount of hops (usually a weaker IPA's downfall). Get this brew and enjoy!

Photo of crocodillonIPA
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At Trenton Road Takeout and The Hulmeville Inn, this masterful beer is constantly is cold supply of bottles. As the label implies, if you think it tastes bad, you clearly are not worthy of this liquid poem to the glory of the hop! Ruination is not only a beverage worthy of kings, but an elixir of true palatable flavor and distinguishable magnificence. If you do not like Ruination when you first try it, it is because you are a fizzy- yellow beer drinking wimp. Man up, drink Stone, or stay sober.

Photo of Casey10
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bootleggers in Thopsham, ME.

This beer is really good. If you are one that likes IPA's then this beer is for you.

It carries a hefty price tag at 15.00 for a 6 pack but well worth it.

Very piney, and stong but at the same time smooth. Again if you like IPA's you will like this.

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

Pours a rosey orange amber with a sheet white head that bubbles up two fingers, respectable! Smell is dominated by grapefruit, orange zest, and a sugar cookie malt backbone. Taste is hop-gressive for sure. Lovely. Grapefruit juice, orange rhine, tropical notes of lime and flora. Then marches in sweet, sugar cookie dough, fresh baked bread. Very drinkable, finishing dry and begging for more. Always in my fridge right next to Green Flash's West Coast IPA.

Photo of Stro23m
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best double IPA ive ever tried.

I love everything about it all i can say is everything from apperance to drinkability is almosty perfect.

great taste and not too harsh for a double IPA, yes alot of people will say this should have a lot more alcohol for a DIPA but i dont mind that the alcohol is a little lower for the style.

This is a double ipa that you can actually drink a few of and enjoy them unlike some double ips that have 15% ABV and have a very harsh and heavy taste to them.

Great beer Stone brewing thank you for this wonderfull beer.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant golden-orange color with a massive head that takes forever to settle, leaving some sticky lace on its way down. Retention throughout is not as spectacular, but everything else looks great.

S: Best nose on a DIPA I've ever experienced. A pungent, perfume-like aroma of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Some fruitiness and slight twinge of alcohol, as well. The alcohol is actually a complement to the hop aroma, however. This is one of those "I wish this was an air freshener" aromas.

T&M: Flavor is interesting--some herbal and grassy hops, some notes of citrus, and a good smattering of pine. There's also a kind of buttery flavor. It's intense and bitter, but with a nice toasted flavor, as well. It doesn't seem to be as balanced as Stone IPA, but it's still pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is very nice--a sticky, full, and lasting feel with a long finish.

D: It goes down pretty easily, as it's lighter than some of the bigger bodied DIPAs. Lower alcohol for a DIPA, too. I wouldn't probably session with this beer, but I did drink it in gulps rather than sips.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, after Oktoberfest's completion, I got the chance to sample the bottle that had been sitting in my fridge for two weeks.

Poured a golden hue with bubbles of CO2 making a moderate appearance and developing a small half-finger, slightly off-white head that left relatively little lacing along the sides of the pint glass.

A wonderfully fruity, floral hop bouquet was a very welcoming fragrance.

As the beer washed over my tongue, I was assaulted by a huge hop wallop. Slightly sweet malt mixed with fruity flavors hit the front of the palate, mixing with heavy sour and bitter hop notes on the middle and back, and the finish was long and bitter. Medium-to-full in body with just enough carbonation to make it almost refreshing (the bitterness kind of kills the refreshing factor).

Drinkability is superb if you're a hophead, but the fairly high ABV and high bitterness may scare off many.

Overall, highly recommended. I was craving a beer that would ruin my palate after the swath of malty-sweet Oktoberfest beers I consumed over the past sixteen days.

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

My wife brought this home for me the other day saying she hoped I'd be OK with it. Anyway, it was served cool in a pint glass.

Appearance is nice--a clear gold with some orange undertones. Beige 1-finger head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is hops, hops, and more hops.

Taste is more of the same. HOPS! This is exactly what I was looking for in a DIPA. There is a malt backbone that keeps things from getting out of balance.

Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation but not too much.

As others have said, the alcohol does become noticeable. However, the bomber was easy to finish. This is definitely a beer I turn to when I need hops. It was a nice change from the malt-dominant Octoberfests and stouts I have been working on recently. Now if only I can figure out how to get my wife to bring this home every day...

Photo of watkins
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle

A: Pours a honey-amber with one finger head that dissipates. Lacing is great.

S: Beautifully rich, floral, fruity hop scent off the rip. Also some alcohol and a little malt sweetness hanging in the background.

T: Holy crap. Hops from hell. But that's a good thing. Like the jokingly pompous description, its not for beginners, and will destroy the palette. Less "dry" than the Stone IPA, with a little more sweetness and depth. What I'd want from Stone.

M: Crisp, medium bodied, with some help from the alcohol and hops tearing away at the tongue. Very smooth, however, for what it is.

D: Not even halfway through this beast on a rather empty stomach, and already slowing down. Could have 3 or 4 on a good day, but the alcohol definitely gets you. I would definitely recommend this beer over the IPA though.

Photo of BravoTwo
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice light copper with a smallish white head, decent lacing due to the hops content.

S - Hops. Nice floral, piney, citrusy hops. Very perfumy and full nose

T - Balanced with very bready thick malt notes, but the hops is also very pronounced. More balanced than some other DIPAs with full flavors across the spectrum.

M - Crisp yet creamy and very full bodied

D - Depends on your enjoyment of the style. For me very drinkable and tasty DIPA that is a well balanced but aggressive brew.

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Has an amber color with two inches of white head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

Big citrus hop aroma. A little alcohol is also detected in the aroma.

The flavor is dominated by the bitterness of the hops. Citrus is there with just a hint of caramel malt. Some alcohol warming on the finish.

Has a nice silky texture. Medium body and low carbonation.

One of these and my tongue is all ready dead from the bitterness. If you want bitter, look no further. Not a big citrus rush like some other DIPAs.

Photo of elniko
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A: Almost glowing rich amber coloring, small amount of head with nice lacing. Really nice looking brew.

S: Wow, cannot imagine an IPA smelling better than this. Strong wonderful grapefruit and citrus tones. Gotta rate as a 5.

T & M: Deezam, this is one hoppy brew. Does not have some of the sweetness that I've had in other recent Imperial IPA tastings. The hops are what this beer is all about but with a small balance of malt and grapefruit and citrus tones. Mouthfeel is wonderful, full with strong sense of hops that lingers after sipping.

D: This is definitely the best Imperial IPA that I've had, highly drinkable and I am so pleased that this is now available in DFW.

Photo of ewright
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden hued with hints of orange. A fluffy head of coarse bubbles forms on top, then recedes slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of orange peel aroma from the abundant hops. Hints of tropical fruit and bread hide in the background.

T: Bitterness smacks you on the front of the tongue, roof of the mouth, and back of the tongue before prickling the throat late. This beer is unabashed about its IBUs. Sharp notes of citrus peel and mint from the hops overwhelm the palate, but as the beer warms on the tongue, some faint grainy notes from the malt appear.

M: Brutal bitterness creates a lot of tingling all over the mouth. Moderate carbonation levels help keep the flavor light enough to prevent palate fatigue too quickly.

D: This beer lives up to its name, making a bomber something to stretch out a bit longer than most IPAs. This is not for the weak of heart or tongue.

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

A- Clear IPA color with a great head with plenty of lacing

S- Smells like HOPS. So much hoppiness that I almost believe I'm smelling an extract of hop oil.

T- Taste is crazy floral, piney, crisp hops slightly balanced with a powerful sweet malt backbone.

M- Slick and resiney with a moderate body and decent carbonation

D- Too bold to be perfectly drinkable, but still quite enjoyable even in large quantities

Photo of cvstrickland
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a body the color of brushed golden amber lighter than I expected, capped with a fat finger's depth of soft and creamy milk-white foam. The head settles slowly to a chunky sheet that leaves a few thin rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is grapefruity, sweetly floral and piney with a dash of lime zest and charred wood.

The taste is like a pleasant kick in the face. Grapefruity and otherwise citrusy hop flavors and hardcore bitterness vie with a sticky, reeking, herbal character. A thin body of caramel-sweet malt provides a base for the ass-kicking, tongue-numbing hop-bombery. A pleasantly-ashy burnt flavor, succulent flowers, a dash of orange, and more simple-syrup sweetness emerge as the drink progresses.

Medium-bodied with fine carbonation, Ruination has redefined for me what a Double India Pale Ale ought to be. With a silky, creamy feel, it fits my palate, and I mean just right. A strange and wonderful brew, this Stone stuff is...fantastically hoppy, big and badassed, but I have to check myself to keep me from gulping it. With drinkability akin to liquid crack, I proclaim this brew a personal benchmark, a style-definer, a pacesetter, a miracle of modern hopping, a god-send.

Thank You Stone may I have another!?!

Photo of kuranes
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Goldeny amber with a frothy, light head.
S: Hoppy with lots of pine and citrus notes. Smells freaking good.
T: Bitter and hoppy with some citrusy sweetness and tang. A well-done beer, but I'm not as impressed as many other reviewers. To me, the hoppiness is more one-dimensional than what I envision in the idea IPA. I thought abv was masked pretty well. Not a lot of malt going on here, either.
M: Creamy without being thick. Impressive.
D: Though bitter, it goes down easy. We all know about high-gravs. I don't think being drunk after 22 oz. is a bad thing.

I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys the hoppy beers. However, it could be more complex and I would like to taste more maltiness to balance its bitterness. Still, it's pretty freaking good.

Photo of boralyl
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours one finger of white head that leaves a small amount of lacing and has an ok retention. It pours a cloudy golden orange.

S - Caramel malt and lots of pine and citrus hops make up the aroma.

M - A medium bodied brew. Lightly carbonated and pretty smooth.

T - It starts out with some floral hops, followed by citrus hops, and then some piny hops. The malt kicks in to help balance the hops creating a nice smooth taste. It finishes slightly bitter.

A delicious big IPA. It is very smooth and drinkable. Hops heads will love it.

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a great beer, 4's across the board, this bad boy poured a deep autumn brown, with the head lightening up to a citrus orange.

great bitterness, hung around long enough to notice but did not dominate the taste, stone did it again with this excellent brew.

highly recommend as a series tasting if tasting ipa's from the west coat, this is a must.

the mouthfeel was good almost that of a winter warmer beer.

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,297 ratings.