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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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7,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 7973
Reviews: 2911
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%

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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South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

Hazy light orange body with 1 finger of off white frothy head. Ok retention with some lacing.

The huge pine nose is a signal to fasten your seatbelts. Puckering pine bitterness with a splash of grapefruit, maybe a touch of mint. The dry malt profile provides no mercy from the bitter assault. There seems to be a pronounced cannabis element as well. Sticky pine resin lingers in a lengthy gritty, scratchy finish. Ruination is kinda like crack; its effects are, well, ruinous, but dammit I just can't quit!

Overall impression: P#ssies take a pass on this one. Awesomely agressive brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 04:59:45 | More by PDXHops
Photo of eljefe21


4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy orange-yellow color. Like a heavy cider. Thick and viscous. Barely able to muster a single-finger head. Tiny, fine lacing.

S: Hops from across the room. Powerful and dry with hints of malt. Smells like it'll be nicely balanced.

T: Nicely balanced for an IPA. The finish in the middle of the tongue leaves a wonderful dry, and slightly sweet, malt flavor. Truly divine mixture.

M: Decent, refreshing carbonation on the front and sides of the tongue. Amazing drying finish leaves you wanting for more. Nice, thick and chewy body to boot.

D: This stuff is good, nay great. I'm drinking an out of date bottle and it's still an amazing journey. Easy to drink, though it hits harder than the 7.7% ABV. I could drink this any time, any place.

Served: in an imperial pint glass from a bottle stamped with an "enjoy by 9/27/09" message.

Review from notes taken on: 10/14/09.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 13:59:54 | More by eljefe21
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Thin 1/2 finger head or less with lacing that lasted most of the beer. Hazy-ish Amber hue when held up to light. Lighter than I expected. This smells of hops, hops, and more hops, as any good IPA should. One of the finest moments of drinking a hop bomb is the first whiff you get of it - sometimes while you're still pouring... you just smell flowers, or pine, or whatever, and this beer just screams at you that you had better be ready. God bless beer. Floral and citrus tones, but my nose is stuffed up at the moment. Taste of hops well balanced by barley. Low to moderate carbonation, which I don't especially mind. I'm not usually a huge fan of imperial/high alcohol beers, but this hides its 7+ ABV very, very well. Simply delicious, well balanced, and I wouldn't mind knocking back a couple more (In fact, I wish I could).

Thank you, Stone, for a high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 08:01:04 | More by diybrun
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm suprised I never sat down and reviewd this one before. Poured from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Golden in color, very slight haze with a thick white head that slowly settles. Carbonation is fine, and lacing is good as well.

S: Smells like the west coast. Citrusy, with hints of pine and floral meadow, with a nice malty, caramel-like backbone.

T: Like the smell, but backwards. The sweet caramel notes from the malt are present, but soon engulfed with a torrent of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, and flowers. Finish is dry, and sweet at the same time, and dances around the palate for some time.

M: Medium-bodied, and viscous. The amount of malt and resinous hops coat the palate and mingle quite nicely.

D: One of the most consumable beers of this style I have ever tasted. If it were a little less expensive, I could drink this beer every day.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 06:10:39 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice orange color with lace head retention is not that good it goes down rather quick

S: I only get peaches from the smell I know thats not what most people get but I swear to god peaches peaches peaches and nothing else. hoppy peaches thats it.

T: bitter peaches in the taste I am thinking this is the freshest ruination I have ever had! or the hops that they used in this batch was off the hook! like some grapes have good years this was a good year for the hops in the beer man

M: med-light mouth med carbonation

D: yeah very drinkable hops build on you but hell if you like hops its a good thing

overall: I never got this much peach from any beer its bitter peach that is very refreshing. I always like this beer but this bottle was off the hook!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 01:03:10 | More by JamisonM
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West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Tan orange and amber, golden brown, 1/4 foamy head with some sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit, Hops oils, a little sugar and spice also.

Taste - Strong hops, bitter grapefruit,Hop oils and a little alcohol burn at first sip. After the hop crush hits you, then some sweet fruits and sugars come out to round this amazming beer out.

Mouthfeel - Its a d-ipa for sure. Its bitter and strong, tounge gets the numbed hop effect along with some fruits and sugars, palate gets more hops, and a finish of pine and sweet fruits. Aftertaste is very bitter, dry and piney.

Drinkability - Truely a world class ipa, very hoppy, and the alcohol isnt over the top. You must really enjoy hops to fully understand what this is all about. Still after years of drinking this, i can come back to it and enjoy as much today as yesterday. The price on this is a little much, 14-19$ a six pack, so when i do drink this, i buy a case to counter the overlal price per bottle. Its worth it, top 5 double ipa on the planet, enough said.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 07:15:16 | More by wvsabbath


4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter: from notes.
A: A deep hazy is poured within this burnt orange body. The color is a very deep representation of how an IPA should look. The white head pours a two finger thickness, and holds into a substantial layer throughout. The lacing is next to completely thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is a perfect blend of grapefruit and pines, many other citrus flavors are also subtle in the aroma. The aroma is a medium to high intensity and is very layered in the complex features.

T/M: The first thing that hits me when I drink this beer is the thick and creamy mouthfeel, it is a mouthful. The bitter flavor are instant and work a very powerful effect on the complexities of this brew. Starting with a nice and fruity punch, it moves on to a herbal tone that prolongs the lingering finish. This is a benchmark in the IPA class, and I feel one that all others are compared to.

D: Very drinkable, the key flavors and overall killer taste, make this one a classic for the style. A bit high in price, but still a really classic brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 13:48:31 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A light, yet rich and unfiltered amber hue sets the tone for the rest of this wonderful drinking experience...

Smell: A deceptively light aroma right off of the top of the head... You can DEFINITELY detect the hops here... And a mellow after tone of that semi-sweet maltiness which will be discovered in the tasting...

Taste: The hops is bitter and bold right off the bat... A very welcome kick in the teeth! That slight of sweet maltiness that you smelled before the tasting definitely comes to life almost immediately after the parade of the bitter deliciousness of the hops passes over your palette...

Mouth: The cloudiness that is rendered upon the initial pour is not at all present in the finish... Surprisingly clean and crisp for and I.P.A.!

Drink: It's clean... It's crisp... It's complex... Some will tell you to only have one. I will tell you that it is very addicting and as a HUGE fan of ALL I.P.A.'s, I urge you to have another. I doubt I would have to twist your arm though...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 17:13:52 | More by biggjohnstudd68
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, crisp, hazy golden color w/ 1" head that lingered for a little bit.

S: Floral, citrus, leaning towards a heavy grapefriut prescence.

M: Good carbonation, dances around the tongue with complex tastes. light and smooth

T: A very welcome explosion of citrus and hops.

D: This is a great beer and an equally great representation of it's style. Absolutly makes you want to reach for another one. Highly drinkable despite the fact that it's 7.7%. Stone definitly knows what they are doing!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:22:17 | More by KEL
Photo of Snow81


4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light orange glow

Head: Big frosty yellow head with a heavy lace

Smell: Big clean citric on the nose

Taste: Floral hops scream on my palate with bitters on the roof of my mouth

Weight: Quite light for a DIPA with a medium to low carbonation

Finish: Floral notes stick around for a long time next to a subtle heat and stickiness on the lips

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 12:50:41 | More by Snow81
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has not been reviewed enough, because 2,400+ reviews is barely a sample set. My review will validate this beers existence on the computer.

My barely adequate olfactory organs sense, nay feel, pine cones. Like huffing green pine cones. Not brown pine cones, green pine cones. I might have tasted a peach or a nectarine or an apricot or a plum or a pear and a green pine cone. Bubbles? Check. Bitter? Roger that. Fantastic? Of course.

When I swallow it, it goes right down. Right down into my tummy. It tries to hang onto my tongue, but it still goes down. But it's also like it leaves behind its essence, a bit of its being on my t-buds. Like it's in two places at once: my tummy and bitterly on my tongue. I'm pretty sure it's a super position.

In conclusion...I am the sample set.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 18:44:34 | More by specksnreds
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pint glass from bomber dated 9-12-11

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a creamy white head, receded pretty fast to a cm or so, tons of lacing.

S: HOPS, piney, fruity, resiny.... loads of hops. It's almost intoxicating.

T: Somehow a well balanced flavor coming from this hop bomb of a beer... Piney and fruity hops hit you first but then give way to a delicious malt character that compliments the hops perfectly. The finish is a mix of alcohol and resiny hop flavor. It tastes like I've been chewing on a hop cone. The finish is what makes this beer for me, it's so f'ing good.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, slightly dry finish.

O: I got into craft beer with this being the holy grail of IPA's. Since then, and since getting a job at a liquor store with lots of crafts, everyone at work talks shit on Stone, and it doesn't sell very well, so I haven't bought it in a while, since most of our Stone products are out of date or on the verge. But this purchase has reaffirmed my original beliefs that Stone is fucking awesome, and ruiniation IPA is incredible.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:23:16 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a cloudy orange yellow, with 1 and a half inch sticky white with head, lots of lacing. Smell is pungent pine, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, and tangerine. Taste is just as powerful, grapefruit is most prominent and besides what was mentioned in the nose, some hints of garlic. Mouthfeel is dry, perfect size not huge or thin, very approachable, and lots of life. This is the beer that turned me into a hop head and it is still one of the best. Best by 1/25/12.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 20:42:26 | More by SawDog505
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange gold with a tall white head and plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates very slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of citrus and resinous pine. The malt also comes through in the aroma. This is such a hop forward smell. The hop forward nose gives way towards a very hop forward taste. The big piney hops lead into the citrus and sweet malt tastes. The hops are lovely and this beer is well balanced. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is sticky in the mouth. The drinkability is high. This is a well-balanced beer that definitely fits the world class label. Well done, Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:00:50 | More by acevenom
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer is what made me want to review beers. I saw that this was highly rated so I went for it. Drank it straight out of the bottle and was glad I did. The bottle is awesome, but the beer itself is rather clear. I popped the top and bang, the hops get funneled up the neck of the bottle and directly into my face. I took one sip and started giggling, this was the best sip of beer I have ever had.

Extremely complex flavors, a hop explosion. This was just awesome. I had no idea how much I liked hops until this beer entered my life. I already have a Furious clone homebrew kit on the shelf...so its next on my list to compare.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 19:50:46 | More by Philip61
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another gem out of Stone Brewery. This is a must drink double IPA.

Poured into a tulip. Poured a nice golden color with a firm white head that lingered for a good long time.

Smell was citrus (pineapple, grapefruit) and pine. Perfect hoppy smell

Taste was well balanced citrus sweet with a bitter, grapefruit end. Leaves you wanting to immediately take another sip

Medium body, smooth and refreshing

Outstanding beer that will be a staple in my refrigerator

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:38:49 | More by TaylorMade2014
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4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is unique hopbomb: heavy on the IBU but light on the body. It opens slowly with a sturdy froth topping a cloudy amber body. There is a gummy slab of splotchy lacing present throughout the quaff - a slow and deliberate one, to be sure.

Take a whiff and you will be punched in the nose by a massive pine fist with fingers of honey, apple and grass. Take a sip and your palate is greeted by an initial orange peel, which is supplemented by a thick rush of grapefruit that eases out in a pleasant finish. Yet ... despite the 100+ IBU, there is nothing harsh about it; this is an easy hopbomb that does not expolde in the palate - it even seems to melt in a quiet crispiness.

A wonderful brew from the San Diego area - but, what else is new about Stone?

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 22:45:23 | More by jjboesen
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beatiful golden color; highly carbonated with initially thick head which has good staying power and leaves a nice lace, proclaiming that your glass has held a *real* beer, damnit.

Hop oil dominate the boquet -- no surprise. Very fresh smelling, with hints of citrus. Malt is quite present as well -- overall the smell reminded me, in the strength and prsence of the basic elements of the beer, of the smell of wort boiling just after the malt and flavoring hops have been added.

This is a really well-done beer. The taste is complex and, despite the bottle's hyperbole, remarkably well-balanced. Malt hits first with a pleasant sweetness, followed by the hops -- but not all at once. They come in layers, with the citrusy, floral flavors leading the way, followed by a wonderful dry, sharp finish at the back of the mouth.

Ruination is a tasteful, drinkable, innovative beer, and yet another reason why Stone is rapidly establishing itself as the West Coast's premier brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 20:33:58 | More by mzwolinski
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What do you know? Stone captures my taste buds once again. This big IPA pours a deep copper color with a sizeable off-white head that lasts and lasts. Nose is big on citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruit, citrus rind, and pine proliferate. Taste, as expected, is big on the hops, although I would not say this IPA had a "ruinous" effect on my palate. At over 100 IBUs, this was just right for my tastes! Mouthfeel was appropriately carbonated, and for an IPA of its size, it drinks very easily. An excellent IPA worth all the acclaim.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 17:31:35 | More by Jon
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the aroma comes thorough before you even get to see the apperance, HOPS!! BIG TIME! lots of them . not a real thick white head , but substancial. oh and the smell of those wonderful hops!
the first taste is an onrush of fresh floral hops, all the way through.
then it finishes with overtones of carmel malts. nicely balanced considering the magnitude of the hops. very good mouthfeel, carbonation is there but not too much to where you have to fight with it. a very wonderful , beautiful beer. truely "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop"

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 02:10:52 | More by hopjack13
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz bomber. The color was golden, with an excellent white head. The smell was a great hop. The taste was simply fantastic...at over 100 IBUs, hop bitterness was certainly not lacking, but remarkably was well-balanced so that it wasn't just hop juice. Mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have these all night!

Wow! If there was an Imperial IPA category on BA, then the Ruination would certainly be at the top of the field! There's plenty of delicious hop bitterness to be had, but unlike most high IBUs, this is beer, and not simply hops for hops sake! A fantastic beer, and certainly one I will have again!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 19:42:50 | More by beergeek279
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-copper with a soft, creamy white head with large bubbles stuck in it at random. Sticky, grabbing lacing. Minimal, but adequate, carbonation.

Smell: Like every IPA you've ever had, all rolled into one. WIth some fresh whole leaf hops thrown into the mix. Loads of spicy citrus, with lemon zest, definite juicy orange, a pine needle blast, and a softer backbone of rich malt.

Taste: I don't mean to sound cocky, but I expected more bitterness. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty to go around, but I just expected more. So much more balanced than I expected, with so much fresh citrus flavor I feel like I've just bitten into a slightly under-ripe orange, peel and all. I've never had a beer this juicy. It reminds me of a much more intense SN Celebration. A slight earthy, funky flavor jumps into the mix for a second, only to be beaten down by more orange-citrus flavor. I can feel my mouth watering as I drink this. Excellent, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 01:32:14 | More by rabidawg
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Ruination. From the name to the artwork, the sight of this bottle warms my heart. This is a beer that I can't believe I haven't reviewed yet. It's also the beer that but Stone on a pedestal in my world.

Pours a crystal clear deep orange with a rocky white head.

Smell is wonderful. If fills the nostrils and the Pavlovian response kicks in. Citrus, pine and a hint of carmel malt worm into the nose and bore into the depths of the mind. Gimme, gimme, gimme.

Taste is exceptional. Citrus and pine hops fight for your attention and pine almost always comes out on top. Nearly puckering in hoppiness, this beer doesn't lose sight of malt. These hops stick around long after the malt is gone. I mean the *stick* around, like duct tape. Every bit of the 7.7 ABV is utilized here, warming as it goes.

It's perky in the mouth, nicely carbonated and light -- not fairy light but "walk towards the light" light.

Drinkable? Pshhhaaa. You kiddin' me? This is nectar. This is expansive. THIS is a damn fine contribution to humanity.

Expand your world. Before you die, you must have this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 00:48:15 | More by budsboy
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a god and he goes by the name of Ruination IPA. This is an incredible beer all down the board. It pours a sunset looking orange with sappy colors. The head is a slight mocha/white head that is incredible to look at. The smell is a strong citrus smell and the hops will blow your nose off. The malt is there and it adds a nice sweet fruity nose to the aroma. The taste is a hop overload, the bitterness will strike at first but then the sweet almost molasses and fruit will take over and balance out this beer. You can taste a tad bit of alcohol and grain but it is hardly noticeable with the amount of hops in this IPA. Feels medium bodied and smooth and creamy in the mouth, I would drink this any chance I got, this could be the best beer I've ever put to my mouth, yeah it is that good. Stone has just went from a great brewing company to an immortal brewing company in my eyes with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 03:24:52 | More by beertaster13
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I brought some more Ruination back to Florida from my trip to San Diego. Tonight I wanted to celebrate, seeing how I just finished a big project at work. Let's see how the beer compares to the bottles I had last year ...

It pours a beautiful amber color, very clear, with small bubbles and a lovely foamy head. Very nice.

The smells is great. It's hoppy: floral and citrus notes abound. This smell reminds me of California and all their great hoppy brews.

What a taste! Wonderful hop bitterness is of course the main flavor. And what a flavor it is. But there are some nice sweet notes from the malt. The aftertaste is a teeth-cracking bitterness. It's fantastic.

The body is very good. The higher ABV no doubt assists with this beer's smooth, glass-like mouthfeel. It glides over my tongue.

To show how good this beer is, consider that it's very, very drinkable despite the massive 100+ IBUs.

Hell yes! This is the best Stone beer I've had, and they make some damn good beers. For those of us in the East, seek out this beer. You won't be disappointed.

Note: I see I've given it a bit higher score than before and that pushed this beer to my No. 2 spot at the moment. Either my tastes have changed or I got a fresher bottle this time, although I would imagine this beer could age well.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 06:12:33 | More by Shaw
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,973 ratings.