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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,941 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,941
Reviews: 2,950
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 278
Gots: 802 | FT: 10
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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JayNH

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice hazy reddish straw color. A foamy head that disapears quickly.

S- Sweet, very citrusy. Notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit. A piney hop scent in the background.

T- Sweet and citrusy like the smell. Finishes with a floral piney hoppiness. Sweeter than other D.I.P.A's I've had, but pleasant. The citrus balances the hops.

M- Smooth and creamy. It gets better as the beer warms and the carbonation dissapates.

D- This brew goes down easy, very drinkable. Though at 7.7% ABV I suspect that these would sneak up on you, pleasantly...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 18:51:41 | More by JayNH
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404UGA

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive gold color. Hoppy but not excessively so, still flavorful. Extremely drinkable beer for the type. Very smooth. Could have easily had a couple more. Not really what I expected, but still certainly one of the better IPAs I've had. Will not be my last Ruination IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 21:43:11 | More by 404UGA
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Birdmarg741

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange; nothing overly spectacular.

S: Soapy. Resin, mild citrus and earthy honey. Very calm compared to the taste.

T: Kick right from the beginning. Colored peppery spicy all over the mouth- not simple black pepper, but something a fruity, earthy, and spicy - all at once. It wonderfully hits every part of the tongue - with a strong taste of rasin and raisiny bitterness that lingers long after swallow. Eventually the rasin mellows out to a clean extra hoppy aftertaste that is extremely pleasant and balanced; mostly bitter but with a nonspecific sweetness that alleviates any drying sensation. The sensation is nice enough that any food seems like it may only take away from this enjoyment. If this were the baseline state of my mouth I would never complain. That said- the spiciness and lightness of the beer does make is wonderful with food.

M: Spicy the second it hits your tongue and it lingers - as long as its in your mouth. Highly activating and extremely bright. Feels very carbonated, but that could also be accentuated by the spice prickles. Overall, it feels lighter than its alcohol concentration. Extremely drinkable.

O: Wonderful IPA. Would absolutely have again (and again) just by itself or with any fatty food. For me, this is what an IPA should taste like. It was one of my firsts, and it still is as great as I remember many beer experiences later.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:08:02 | More by Birdmarg741
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden colored with a bit of tangerine hue to it.

personally the Aromatics are one of the big reasons i love DIPAs, so other beer style has such a captivating aroma to it that almost crave one for the scent alone. Ruination is darn solid in this dept, not the absolute best(hopslam,pte), but one to keep in mind that is very easily available anytime. its got a great citrus peel, with a little bit of tropical thrown in, and that tropical notes are what keeps me coming back.

i could tell this was a fresh bottle, and it confirms i am withen the freshness date. nice and bitter upfront with the same tropical and tangerine and clemintine hop flavors, and since this is from san diego there isnt much of any malt to speak of, but a bit of bready qualities in lite kisses.

I love the carbination of this beer, its medium to full carbs, with a slightly viscious body, just slightly, enough that it is at home in your glass in summer and winter months.

Good price and a great beer, now that its available in chicago i will probally get it often.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 07:02:44 | More by ChadQuest
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jdmorgan

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in a 22 oz. glass and it poured a dark gold with a medium head. The nose instantly reminded me of the pure hops which I use often when brewing at home and had all of the piney, fruity, and... er... hoppy aromas that go along with it. The taste was impressive to me in that, although the bitterness was strong and a strong hop flavor was found, this beer was not as overwhelming as I thought it would be. I expected a ridiculously bitter beer (similar to some bad batches of beer), but instead was greeted with a good malt flavor, biting hop flavor, and a high bitterness which actually blended quite well and wasn't too bad. The carbonation was medium and the mouthfeel was good with a hoppy bite to it. The drinkability was good, but in my opinion was not superb do to the fact that I believe the high hop taste would become overwhelming over time without a switch to a milder beer. Overall, I rate this beer as good and certainly worth a try. It has a very high hop characteristic and a high bitterness that makes for a good IPA. However, I believe the beer is worth more for it's novelty factor and thus is not a beer that I would drink consistently.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 23:04:23 | More by jdmorgan
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Poured a bright orange cloudy color. No head to speak of. Lacing vanishes quickly.Strong citrus odor and perfume background. Strong ctrus hop taste up front. Then a slight perfume taste comes. Ends slight dry in the the mouth. Not sure you should more than a couple of these in a sitting. Might wipe your palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 22:32:26 | More by dgherm
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trancefishy

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a sweet golden delicious colour, with a great, textured head with fine lacing throughout the drink.

Aroma is a medium-heavy hoppy blossom.

Taste is a bit bitter at first, but, soon seduces you into hop aroma land. Orange blossoms, roses, and strawberries. Maybe i'm just lushing over sprintime here, but, this beer is going all over the place. oh yeah, and there are hops in there, too. In fact, I think that's the predominant flavour in this beer, the hops.

Mouthfeel, good, yup. all very medium-thick and satisfying, while still being drinkable. Very drinkable indeed.

I like it, though, there are much better double IPAs (yulesmith and 90 minute come to mind...).

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 22:40:41 | More by trancefishy
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ajramirez1

Washington

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of very few stone beers i would buy on a regular basis. This dbl ipa is big and hoppy in my opinion just by the smell and taste you can easily tell its a Stone beer.

Initial smell is pleasing & can smell the hops. The taste is solid. Hoppy but no too overwhelming. Slightly low abv for an imperial. Good ipa's start at 7.0% in my opinion. 6.7% at very lowest...

This is a solid beer pick this ish up. Sold in 4pks i believe now, which is tits

A-

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 21:51:48 | More by ajramirez1
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a light caramel with a 2 finger white head. Blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, grapefruit, oranges, and pine

T- caramel, pale malts, citrus rind, bitter pine finish

M- medium body and carbonation. Sticky, syrupy and a slight dry finish

O- good dipa. More citrus aromas then in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:45:00 | More by kawilliams81
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 04/17/12. Consumed 02/06/12. Bomber poured into a pint glass.
Slightly hazy gold, white head, great head retention and some lacing is left.
An inviting fruity and piney aroma erupts out of the glass.
Man, this thing is freakin great. The bitterness isn’t detracting in the least. The hops and malt work great. The hop flavor hits first then the bitterness and malt character at the end to round it out. A little woody in the aftertaste. The alcohol definitely picks up after warming up for a while. I think I enjoy it more with that added variable to the equation.
Medium body and pretty smooth.
Stone is a bawse.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 06:14:45 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

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

Enjoy by 9-6-11 12 oz bottle. $3.25

Pours a nice one fingers worth of somewhat creamy off white head. It settles out to a very nice creamy thick cap.

Smells awesome! Floral, citrus, lemon, fresh cut grass mixed with earthy notes.

Tastes of sweet sugary crystal malts, earthy hops, quite grassy.
The alcohol is very well masked.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, medium carbonation. The finish is very oily and coating. A solid lingering bitterness remains along with the oily slickness of the hop oils.

Overall this is one big, pungent, well crafted, hop forward beer. Fear the hops. This one keeps kicking as you get to the bottom of the glass, they will win.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:03:21 | More by Homebrew35
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LiquidLord

New Jersey

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

A - Nice orange color with a hint of red tones. Decent cream-colored head that dissipates relatively quickly, and consistent lacing throughout the consumption of a glass.

S - As soon as I smelled this, I knew my mouth was in for a wallop. Smells strongly of citrus, especially grapefruit. A slight alcoholic fume is also detectable. Very pleasant to breathe in.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops. The onrush of grapefruit/lemony flavors is immediate, with some malt and pine needle notes coming through a little later. The finish is almost saturated with the taste of hop oils and more citrus flavors. This is one constant and pleasurable assault on your senses.

M - Nice mouthfeel, as the beer is not overcarbonated and has a pleasant, medium feel.

D - The limit in drinkability comes not from the abv or body, but rather from the assault of the flavors on the tongue. I wouldn't recommend eating or drinking anything too complex after having some of this brew, as it almost numbs the tongue at times. I finished a 22 oz bottle relatively easily, but I probably wouldn't drink more than two servings at a time.

Overall, an excellent IPA that I will be consuming again in the future. Not quite as balanced as the Dogfish Head 90 min, but certainly notable for its huge flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 23:26:14 | More by LiquidLord
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

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

Second taste of a Stone product.
Quick sniff of the bottle: This is the smell I think of when I think of an IPA.

A- My girlfriend exclaimed: ''Yellow!'' as I poured but it's more of a very nice almost artificial gold. Dirty white head, a bit yellowish even. I really think better head and retention is possible but my glass might have some soap residue.

S- Strong citrus hops with a little something rotten. Tiny bit of woodiness. Hot alcohol. Smells great but seemed better while still in the bottle. Once you get used to the hops and it gets warmer, some sniffs only reveal the hot alcohol.

T- This really surprised me. I've had stronger and more bitter but never such a hop kick. Hard for me to describe the malt because the citrus/pine/bubblegum hops are all over the place. Vodka like alcohol. I'm still tasting something rotten in it.

M- Good mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. More body would help I think.

D- Very easy to drink. I'm holding myself back so I don't down it in a single gulp.

Although it's not the best DIPA I've had it's right up there and definitely a surprising brew.

Was very tasty with sushi.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 20:33:06 | More by Yoonisaykul
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Thur123

Georgia

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

OK, I'm going crazy for this one rick. The color is a bright orange that's slightly duller and less hazy than some of its DIPA brethren, but overall still looks good. The head was white and faint creating nothing more than a small finger and little retention. The smell is amazingly good. Ripe fruity hops fill my nostrils with something like fruity pebbles. The malt underneath seems balanced for the style and sweet, this whole nose kind of comes off as really well balanced and sweet.

Glug glug glug

Well comes it with the bitterness and then the malt comes up, big and sweet as the hops gain a second wind that's full of lemon and big pine sap. A slight edge of herbs and grapefruit ride makes a kind of lighter sweetness towards the end of the flavor. The mouth feel is full and creamy and kind of gas like, I can taste it in all part of the mouth, more than other beers for sure. Overall, this isn't the slicing hop ruination I was promised on the bottle, but its damn tasty that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 04:23:48 | More by Thur123
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TLove

District of Columbia

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

I must say, after drinking the Bell's Hopslam, the Harpoon Leviathan IPA, and this in three successive nights, this is certainly the hoppiest of the three.

The color doesn't tell much of a story and the head is very thin and clear. Hops are admittedly the most prominent character to the smell and body, however the beer is superbly balanced, with light snippets of sweet honey and malt to the taste.

The initial taste is deceivingly warm and caramely, but the hops come back to bite through the finish and remain lingering on the tongue for longer than expected, sometimes a full 30 seconds after a big sip.

A standout among extreme beers with extreme hop character for its simultaneous harshness and its subtle charms.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 01:06:42 | More by TLove
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 03:20:30 | More by fitzy84
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

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

It's been a busy couple weeks lately, so tonight I took the time to sit down with something from the "special box". Ruination was the choice tonight, simply because I can't believe I haven't tried it yet.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear golden color that has obvious ruby red tones to it. Excellent color. A rocky, one finger head drops stubbornly to diffuse white cap. It leaves large curtains of lace all about the glass.

SMELL: The sweet, resinous hops are relentless! Citrus is the most dominating aroma with some floral coming through. As hoppy as the aroma is, some sweet malts can be sensed trying to shine through, though they're quickly stifled. But back to the hops - their aromas are very intense and flavorful. But strangely the amount and magnitude are not there. A scaled back smell of very strong aromas... if that makes any sense.

TASTE: The tasted started out very similar to the smell. The hops hit immediately with a punch, but settled in with a pleasant citrusy sweetness. A pungent bitterness follows, almost to remind that, yes, this is a big IPA. But there's yet another twist in this already complex beer. The bitterness changes to an overwhelmingly grassy, plant-like taste which made me say 'Whoa' aloud. And then expecting this to last to the finish, I found that all the flavors were whisked away in an impressively clean finish for such a big beer. This is one of the most complex IPAs I've ever had. What a ride!

MOUTHFEEL: Mouthfeel is malty and leaves a slick film in your mouth after it's finished. Carbonation is good.

DRINKABILITY: For such a big beer, this is very easy drinking. The flavors are intense and well-defined without getting in each other's way and being too much. Well done.

What better way to forget about a hectic week than going on a new adventure. This beer surely qualifies. Once again, I have to give credit to Stone for crafting such a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 00:53:44 | More by jmalex
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Amalak

New York

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

There is a darkish, deep goal color. It's completely opaque. There one hell of a head and a ton of lacing. There's also a strong hoppy flowery scent to it as wll.

This is a wonderfully, well-tamed IPA. A decent floralness to it. There a slight bite of hop. Well balanced. When you think of an IPA, this is a wondeful go.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:45:08 | More by Amalak
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minterro

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle from Spartan Spirits in East Lansing.

A & S: rich resiny and piney hop aroma, and even though the smell is rich it isn’t very strong…if that makes sense. Light, but bright orange cloudy looking beer, but the vigorous bubbles rising from the bottom makes the beer appear lively. This beer has a really interesting look to it. Head is pretty nice it pours about a finger and a half of semi foamy off white head, which decrease over a short period till a solid layer is left and hangs around for the rest of the tasting. Lacing clings very well.

T & M: the robustness in the taste, but doesn’t fully come out till a bit into the taste. The most prominent flavors in this beer are piney and citrus hops. There is a slight sweet malty backbone. There is an interruption of hints of alcohol and buttery tones in the mid taste. I think I like that aftertaste the most about this beer’s taste. Is very powerful and it becomes stronger after 5 or so seconds. The aftertaste is piney and pleasantly bitter, with hints of floral elements. Fairly drinkable beer. Medium bodied but a bit watery, medium (on the higher end) for carbonation.

O: A very pleasant beer overall. I could be I had a really good bottle of their regular IPA but this wasn’t as good as I remember the regular IPA being.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:22:15 | More by minterro
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fmccormi

New York

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

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a Hill Farmstead oversized wineglass. Freshness date of December 23, 2012 (“ENJOY BY 12.23.12”) printed in yellowish ink on the shoulder of the bottle above the label, so going by the 90-day freshness period that Stone uses, this was bottled just two weeks ago. Freshest bottle of Ruination I’ve ever laid my hands on, so I’m psyched!

Appearance (4.0): The body on this is crystal clear and a 24ct golden color, with a bone-white head that comes to about two fingers before dying down, leaving good lacing all around and some craters in the middle. Good looking beer, for sure.

Smell (4.5): Red grapefruit flesh and some pine needles lead the way here, without a trace of malt sweetness in the nose. The citrus character is somewhat sweet though, compensating for the plain / relatively absent malt component. Just juicy, bittersweet citrus, and a lot of it.

Taste (4.0): Lots and lots of citrus pith, just loads of grapefruit rind and some pinesap underneath—wonderfully bitter from the start to the finish, which takes a while to wind through herbal and sappy notes. There’s barely enough malt to carry the hop load, but what’s there is just plain and pale, like water crackers. Not surprisingly, not even a hint of alcohol or yeast character—true to the style.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Soft, almost lush carbonation adds some life to the body—otherwise it’d be almost painfully dry, in spite of the coating effect of the hop oils. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): I really do like this beer, and if it’s fresh it’s hard to beat if you’re looking for a hop fix. It’s pale, crisp, bitter as hell, and the hops linger for a long, long time. Generally I prefer IPAs to be just a bit sturdier and more dynamic, but to me this beer represents the classic West Coast-style American IPA hop bomb. Great out of the bottle, but even better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:25:48 | More by fmccormi
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jkendrick

Colorado

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

Appearance: Golden color with some orange tints. Cloudy as one would expect. The head is nice with larger bubbles than I was expecting; not quite as creamy looking as I was expecting. The retention is fair to good, but there is decent lacing.

Aroma: Not as overpowering as many DIPAs, but is very nice. Some pine hints but mostly citrus. Very sweet smelling!

Mouthfeel: Very nice and creamy with even and "small" carbonation. The hops oils linger on the tongue while the carbonation push the bitterness across the taste buds.

Taste: There is an immediate malt presence that is very bready, but that is quickly overwhelmed by the "100+ BTUs." The hops, of course, is the defining flavor. Here its character is difficult to discern however. There is a little bit of pine, a little bit floral and a little bit citrus. The finish is very dry and the alcohol is very present. I would say you get a distinct series of flavors: malt to hops to alcohol. There is, however, an ever-present bitterness. It is just tad more bitter than I would like.

Overall impression: This is a very good DIPA. I would rank it behind some of my favorites though (my current favorite being Russian River's Pliny the Elder). I am a hophead and this brew has more malt and alcohol flavors than is optimal for me in a DIPA. And, as strange as it may sound, I like my hops a little less bitter. That said, I will definitely be drinking this on a regular basis, though a little goes a long way. As the bottle says there is an "immediate ruinous effect on your palate." You won't be tasting much for a while after this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 01:45:53 | More by jkendrick
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received two successive pints at O'Sheas's Pub. Apricot body with an active bead. Slightly hazy. The head was stoic, persisting throughout. Sheets of white lace were clinging to the glass.

Smell was difficult to assess fully due to being outdoors. Some citrus and pungent hops presence.

Taste was divine. Oily hops. Light astringency. Grassy, green. Citrus, pineapple and resiny hops with some sweet malt to attempt some countering flavor. Served in a room temperature pint glass. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was also oily and moderate bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 20:15:05 | More by Cresant
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MikeyBadnews

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I’m trying Ruination again for the first time. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my

presidential pint glass to a single finger head, nice lacing and a little darker than a lot of other

IPAs. Alcohol is big with this one at 8.2% but you’d never know it as you’re introduced to a

flavorful tye dye blending notes of mild grapefruit and juniper that wash down in a joyful

cascade of caramel. Nothing resinous about this beer as it’s completely fresh and pure. Stands

true to it’s name as a liquid poem to the glory of the hop. Insanely enjoyable, and memorable.

Brewed in California and a taste worthy of a hang gliding expedition through the pines of the

Seirra Nevadas with a landing through the Orange groves of Valencia (See Soarin’: Disney)

Highest recommendation, a hundred thumbs up, twenty-seven stars, an 11.5 out of 10.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:50:48 | More by MikeyBadnews
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fropones

Illinois

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

Tasted 02/2010

A - Pours a yellowish orange with one finger white head.

S - Nice tropical fruits from the hops with a hint of malt and toffee.

T - Nice balance between malt and hops. Malt makes a nice sweetness to balance the hoppiness.

M - Nice carbonation. Biting, but creamy. Medium full body.

D - Well for 7.7%.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 01:47:51 | More by fropones
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BBM

New York

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

Beer poured a somewhat clear golden color into a pint glass with not too much of a white head to speak of. The aroma was excellent-- citrus, pine, earth, and a certain sweetness added for good measure.

This is a tasty DIPA, but it is a bit similar to others I've had. There's a big, pounding influence from the pine and citrus hops, that is counteracted by a cloying sweetness. Earthy and biscuity, this beer wraps your tastebuds into submission, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. Mouthfeel is oily, but crisp and full bodied. This is a drinkable beer, even at the high ABV. Overall it's an excellent, if a bit too standard, DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 15:40:53 | More by BBM
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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