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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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9,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,935
Reviews: 3,001
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,267 | 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 IMincedTheKing
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: "Best by 4/17/09." Eleven days out of date.

Pours a bright, shiny orange with a big head. Great retention.

Smells a bit tea-like. Citrus hops tap dance on a bit of malt.

Lots of sweet malt character are plastered over by oily, citric hops. Either the bottle is too old, or the "ruinous" effect is true: the hops fell way into the background after the second sip. Lots of malt, some citrus, but nowhere near as bitter as I was expecting.

Definitely drinkable. Stone makes good beers. I'll definitely try a fresh one sometime, but even if it's a little old, I still enjoyed it.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask pour at Stone's bistro, 4/11/07.

Poured a very hazy, dirty orange-gold color. Small off white head.

Primary aroma was pine resin. Some biscuity character there as well. Not much sweet about this one!

Packs a hop wallop - balance is not a word that applies! Hints of caramel and biscuit struggle to peak through, but then drown in hop flavors - pine & citrus. Some pepper at finish.

Medium in body, low carbonation. A bit rough/grainy and quite dry.

Got my wish after my last bottle (wanted a fresh one). This is as fresh as it gets! A little rough (bottled version seems a bit more tame/domesticated). I didn't go to Stone for the tame stuff, though....

, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of BrokenStones
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1" white foam head.
Pine & hop aroma.
Pine, & hops translate to the pallet.
full round mouthfeel.
Worthy of keeping a six pack around, 7% allows for one extra or so. Great with a steak from WF's.
A solid DBL IPA, not a 90 minute but really easy to drink.

BrokenStones, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and it had a small white head. It is a hazy golden color.The smell is not that strong, but is of hops, alcohol, and a touch of honey. It tastes hoppy with a hint of mint. It has an unsweet tea like taste as well. The aftertaste lingers slightly and the alcohol makes its presence known. This beer has a very nice lacing, beautiful. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is a solid brew. To me it seems more along the lines of an IPA, similar to Bell's Two Hearted. This is nothing like Dogfish head 90 minute ipa or hopslam, but it is still a good beer I would recommend because it is very easy to drink.

thegodfather2701, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of vapodge
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - cloudy, opaque golden; great thick head that fades; good lacing

S - supersized smell of citrus hops; a little boozy

T - malts surprise with the level of their presence -- toasty, but the hops are super-prominent; sweetness turns to bitterness rather quickly; hops seem more piney than citrusy on the tongue

M - very creamy; moderate carbonation

D - hop-bomb, but relatively drinkable; think a single bomber is my buds' limit, though

vapodge, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy well carbonated orange-amber, topped with a two finger rocky white head. Leaves wide puffy bands of lacing.
Citrus and floral aroma, leather, oranges, a bit of honey, leafy and a smack of pine needles.
Citrus taste, orange and grapefruit, some malty sweetness shows through all the hop. Oak and pine, very bitter.
Medium bodied, but oilyness makes it feel fuller. I still like the regular stone IPA better.

mschofield, Jul 09, 2004
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 OlieIPA
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone Imperial Pint glass.

A: Light copper hued body that supported a massive off-white head and thick coat of viscous lacing.

S: Tons of bitter hop aroma and less floral and estery like characteristics. The malt body comes later in the smell, providing ample amounts of sweetness that help counter act the surplus of hops.

T: A definite palate wrecker, this DIPA immediately coats the back of your tongue unlike any other IPA I've had in recent memory. Good and bad at the same time, the malt has just enough sweetness to balance this beautiful example of a "West Coast Hop Bomb".

M: Not overly dry, but it's definitely a signature characteristic of Stone Ruination. The carbonation also helps amplify the hop bitterness...which I vastly enjoy in this case.

D: Even with it's sometimes over-the-top hop bite, this beer is quite drinkable.

Overall: A perfect example of an SD DIPA. A must try. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of btcook007
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this IPA alongside 4 others. I scored it 3rd out of 5 as follows: Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (1); Port Brewing Wipeout IPA (2); Stone (3, but a virtual tie with Port Wipeout); Sam Smith's IPA (4) Ska Decadent Imperial IPA (5).

Why would Stone Ruination only place 3rd???!!!

Mainly due to a weird flavor in the midtaste.

No other review has identified anything about this, so let me say that it could easily be just me, or the bottle I had. But there was something kind of weird or funky in the midtaste that I just kept on hitting. Maybe it was an apricot flavor that I just wasn't ready for.

I think it may have been an attempt by the brewer to "balance" the huge (and wonderful) hoppiness with a like degree of maltiness in the midtaste that did not turn out right for my palate.

A: This had the biggest head of all the 5 beers. Beautiful. Also it had the lightest color of the 5.

S: HUGE SMELL! Very hoppy with pine plus tangerine and clementine oranges

T: Wonderful piney, citrus hops but the mid-flavor of apricots that just didn't work for me

M: Very nice

D: Maybe more of a "taster's" beer than a daily drinker?

btcook007, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color and completely see-through. Big head on the pour which lasts forever and coats the glass in lacing.

Aggressive pine-like, grapefruit and soapy hop qualities in the nose. Just a tad of honey sweetness.

Mild bready malt flavor with a hint of honey. Make way for the hop bomb which attacks your palate with an unrelenting onslaught of grapefruit, lemon rind, soap and sharp pine needles. Very pungent and definitely a west coast brew. There's a touch of juicy melon to balance the bitterness but it doesn't go very far.

Medium bodied and well carbonated with a dry finish.

Good DIPA. True to the style. A bit unbalanced though.

bnes09, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this during a San Diego power outage back on 9/8/11. Liked this one a lot, but my scores may not accurately reflect what I thought back then. Will need to revise this review sometime down the line.

Bought a bottle from the brewery and poured into a hotel plastic cup. Notes were scribbled on the hotel notepad as follows:

-great, long-lasting white foam head. Impressive.
-nice piney hop aroma.
-tastes like a sticky sweet hop bomb.
-full mouthfeel.
-overall - a nice double IPA.

jwhancher, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Brian700
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear orangish tea color with a nice white head that sat nice and tall. It looked great in my tasting glass. There was a good amount of lacing going on.

Its big head gave off quite the aroma. Very floral and citrusy. The hop presence slaps you right in the face.

The taste follows the nose. There is a major hop presence but is not overwhelming. I think this beer does a great job of getting all of that hop flavor to come through without being pungeant. There is also some nice maltiness in the middle.

The mouthfeel is good. I would say this is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Brian700, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul 68 for this tasty brew.

A: Poured a cloudy, golden amber with 1 1/2 fingers of cream colored head. Thin, sticky lacing, nice retention.

A: Great aroma of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange dominate the nose.

T: Above average for the style, again the hops dominate, with a nice, sharp bitter finish.

M: Medium body with very little carbonation. Slightly gummy.

D: This is a very nice DIPA. I would have liked to see this one with a little higher ABV . Most in this style are around 8-10%, but none the less a very fine beer. At 7.7 ABV very drinkable. Great beer for my first Stone experience. Skal.

Gtreid, May 09, 2008
Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours copper/amber with about 2 inches of while head (slight orange hue). sticks to the side of the brussels glass.

S: Not the intense hop aroma I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely dominated by earthy, rainy, wet hop smell, but it doesn't smack you in the face. Maybe a little bit or corriander too.

T: Wow, now that's what I'm looking for. Hop flavor is not so much of the sticky, piney, floral type, but more of the true bitter, earthy and dry. Man, the aftertaste is bitter. No real malt profile or character to speak of. Very nice.

M: Carbonation approporiate for the style, if not a little light. Not heavy. Can't really say creamy, but smooth.

D: good, intense version of the style. I could drink a couple of these with ease.

ATGHomebrewer, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very cloudy bright orange color with about a finger's worth of solid, marshmallow-like head that melted down to a mere ring around the brew within seconds. Beautiful!

S: Not totally in-your-face, but a nice citrus scent of grapefruit, orange, and a good bit of hops. There was a nice fruit (almost candy) sugar presence as the beer warmed.

T: This was a tongue bruiser and then some. All 100 IBUs attacked my palate at once and didn't let go. The bitterness reminded me of the same sort of taste one gets from biting into an unsweetened chocolate bar. I don't believe that was alcohol that dried my palate on the finish...

M: Like I stated, extremely bitter, but the nice bubbly carbonation aided somewhat in cutting it. Not much sugary-syrupiness here which I appreciated.

D: It said on the bottle to store at cellar temperature. I know this is an IPA, but if you're looking for a more mellow experience, you might want to leave it in there for a bit. This was a brew designed by hopheads to please more hopheads.

Chaney, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of APH
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

APH, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of biophiliadude
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint Bottle to tulip

A: Golden, cloudy, 1/4 inch head.

S: Malt, flowers, cake! exciting!

T: citrus, grapefruit, slight cake, pine burps, hops.

M: bubbles, bitter back.

D: Great take on a hopheads dream. The bitterness is the main event here, so if that floats your boat rock on.

The grapefruit/cake attempt to balance out the bitters but the taste goes from sweet, to bitter, to sweet, to strong bitter on the end...but as we all know the only solution to that is another drink. Enjoying it more with each sip and has clenched it for me in publicly becoming a Stone fan! Recommend!

NOTE!!: This beer could seriously do with an abv boost, somewhere around 10-12% or even double the current (7.70%). The bitterness turns pretty abrasive when sipped slowly, but with more alcohol, and the necessary sweetening to create such alcohol, would do little to the hops character but turn the overall drink into something comparable to a fine scotch, making the bitterness have a warm, smooth finish and become more tolerable. Still a great find though!

biophiliadude, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Naerhu
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful orange and yellow semi-opaque body. White head with amazing lacing. A whole bouquet of fresh cut wild flowers on a medium soft malted barley aroma. Shocking bitterness. A tornado of hops screams across my palate. Is this beer or hop juice. Amazing. Medium body. The bitterness is exiciting but it is also vicious. This beer is more of an art piece than a daily pleasure.

Naerhu, May 31, 2003
Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I drank this beer I instantly tasted a nice bubblegum flavor. This time I am not sure I taste that but I do taste a very perfume, floral, and extremely bitter taste. The smell reminds me of Stone IPA, no surprise there. The bitter aftertaste is strong with this one but in a good way. Appearance is yellow with a perfect white head filling the top two inches of the mug. There is a little astringency in the mouthfeel. This beer was nice to revisit. This really is ruinous to the palate, thanks Stone!

Update 3/15/14

Nice grapefruit aroma and flavor. Nice IPA, just wish it had some pine or dank.

ArrogantB, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle (1 month old) purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my .5L Stone Ruination Mug at the appropriate temperature (04/01/10).

A: Pours nearly neon, dark, golden, yellow with 2 finger of an off-white head. Great retention and beautiful ringed lacing is left on the inside of the glass.

S: This is certainly a bitter DIPA with some mild citrus tones.

T: I love the bitterness that hits tongue immediately with some pleasant citrus tones. Just a hint of a caramel malt, but this one is all about the bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with a slightly slick characteristic. Active carbonation and some intense bitterness.

D: Easy enough to drink, but the bitterness is pretty intense.

Overall this is a great bitter DIPA and one of my go to beers when I am in the mood for something really bitter. Recommended.

Lunch, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed six pack, and included Stone's Ruination IPA in the sixer. I'm not a hophead by any means, and don't drink IPA's very often, but Stone's Arrogant Bastard was quite good and considering that's such a hoppy beer, I thought I'd try their other brews. I'm learning what is so appealing about hopped up beers.

A: Ruination poured with the arrogance of golden perfection into my glass. A massive, white head formed not unlike that of Duvel. Eventually the head died down a bit leaving copious lacing. A sight to behold. I love how Stone Brewing are quite defiant on the back of the bottle. Also shocked to find that this one is over 100 IBU's (International Bittering Units) I used to steer clear of these types when beer hunting. But no longer.

S: Moderate hops and herbal aromas struck my nose with defiance. It was almost overwhelming.

T: Intense hop bitterness with floral and herbal notes. Slight sweetness in combination with the hop aftertaste. In my limited exposure to hopped up beers and IPA's the term well refined fits quite well with this one.

M: Thick and creamy with ample carbonation. Slight syrupy character to Ruination that doesn't detract from the feel per say, but is a bit surprising in this type of brew.

D: I could drink a few of these and be quite content. Though as a novice in the world of hops, I might want to reach for something different after 2 or 3. Nonetheless my introduction to hoppy beers has begun.

irishking1977, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Crystal clear, golden hue. No effervescence. Cloudy white fluffy head

S: Hops, bitter citrus

T: Refreshing, dry, bold. ABV well disguised in the flavor. Extremely bitter, yet not astringent. Although the bitterness is more prevalent than I prefer, it is done very well, and gives this beer a distinctive taste.

M: great carbonation. The bitter finish is a bit aggressive, especially in a 7.7% IPA. If it was 10+ %, I might be more receptive to it.

D: A really nice IPA, and a good representation of the style.

Huhzubendah, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of yelterdow
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature. 22 oz. bomber purchased from Cable Beverage in Rockland County, NY. Cellared for 6 months, we're ready for a tasting.

Appearance- Very nice medium amber/gold color, clear, with a three-finger bone white head. After swirling, it is a glowing apricot orange. Mostly uniformly scaled bubbles pop their way down the glass, leaving sticky lacing. Gobs of patchy residue are left behind.

Smell- Aromas of grapefruit and pine needles jump ebulliently out of the glass, almost too intense for the boundaries of my glass.

Taste- A nice blend of the citrusy, piney hops with a terrific malty backbone that balances quite well. Not even close to the hop monster I was expecting... this drinks pretty easily, and I'm pleasantly surprised with the balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy and rolling in the mouth. Not the "beast" I expected... it's a pretty damn easy drinkin' IPA if you ask me.

yelterdow, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium, golden/orange with a fluffy, white head that leaves good lacing and has good retention.
The smell is a potent, grapefruit aroma that continues throughout a deep inhale. Malt only becomes present, to a small degree, after the beer warms.
The taste is the same as the smell though the hop character is not quite as powerful as in the smell. Bitterness is high. Again. malt only really shows up as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is medium with moderate but steady carbonation.
Very drinkable though 2-3 glasses would be my limit.

meatyard, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of FoamyMustache
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful hazy orange from the bottle into a tulip glass. Epic 3 finger eggshell head gently subsided as the beer diminished.

S - Picked up mostly on the pine resins with hints of grapefruit and orange.

T - The taste predominantly follows the smell. Immediately picked up on sweet pine resin, joyous citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, cantaloupe, and tangerine. All this was complimented with a subtle bitterness and backbone of creamy caramel malt.

M - Medium-bodied, a touch oily, pleasant carbonation...overall good.

D - Enjoyable...could easily indulge and put back a couple of these.

FoamyMustache, Mar 14, 2011
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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