Stone Ruination IPA - Aged In Kentucky Bourbon Barrels - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPA - Aged In Kentucky Bourbon Barrels
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: duceswild on 04-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by scottfrie:
Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours golden wit a cap of greasy bright white frothy head that faded into a thick and greasy film. A complex network of sticky lacing was left down the glass.
S: Soapy smelling with notes of shampoo and faded ruination and hops. Smells like old homebrew. Dirty and earthy overall, without much bourbon.
T: Potent and boozy flavors of very mild whisky and c-hops. Pine and faded citrus are noticeable. The beer is no longer bitter, nor boozy, but it's also a bit astringent. Tastes like muted hops with a hint of bourbon.
M: Greasy medium-full body, sharp, low carbonation, smooth and slightly astringent and bitter.
O: Despite the above this was better then I expected, but it's not something that I would drink again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Over carbonated pour, 3 finger fizzy fluffy head, lots of lacing at least, crystal clear orange honey colored.

Nose is mixed, a big sweet candy malt, reddish caramel toffee candy, little citrus fruity hop but barely, some barrel esters, a slight mineral like aroma with mild tannins. Little stone fruit, light bourbon and buttery oak.

Taste again candy like, sweet syrupy caramel and reddish candy, little buttery toffee, Mild barrel with little bourbon and buttery oak, mild woody esters. Hops are light, fair bitterness and hint of citrus and fruit, but very little hop, little earthy grassy, touch spicy. Finish is drier but little sticky, little thin like, more bitterness but no real hops, hint of syrupy sweet malts.

Mouth is med bod but feels a bit light, over carbonated, hint of warming booze.

Overall meh, hops are just about gone, not very present at all, bourbon is there but not in the best way, way too carbonated too, just poorly done.

Photo of angrygrimace
2.06/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours innocently enough, looking darker than regular Ruination, but not reaching Red Ale or Amber Ale in color; perhaps a little cloudy looking.

The smell is boozy and faintly of straight up bourbon. Its not a particularly appetizing smell or something that invites a drink.

Tastewise, its not doing so hot (although it is somewhat alcohol-hot). Very dry, even drier than regular ruination, but with a back end that tastes heavily of bourbon. Its quite hop bitter, but there are very little in terms of hop flavor or aromatics remaining in the beer after the aging. In all honesty, the effect of the bourbon with the IPA flavors and notes is very reminiscent of paint thinner. Mouthfeel is nothing to speak of, perhaps a little astringency from the oaky flavors.

Overall, this is not a good beer. Its rather unpleasant in both flavor and smell and I just don't think the barrel aging adds anything good to the West Coast IPA style. It seems to turn a beer I enjoy into one I find very close to objectionable. Barrel Aging doesn't work on everything, and rarity/price aren't the be-all, end-all.

Photo of BrotherDylan
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle in a snifter

Really nice and clean beer. The bourbon flavor is bold but subdued by the hoppy bitterness. The relatively low alcohol content allows all the flavors to manifest themselves beautifully.

Color: The color is a gorgeous golden hue. you can see the bourbon in the beer.

Nose: nose is underwhelming and unexpectedly delicate. but a sweet bourbony corn scent comes through.

Taste: taste is much high that this is rated. Its so sweet with a great hint of bourbon and a final bite of very tannic columbus hops. Its so light and drinkable its insane. no need to let this guy warm up, I could drink it cold and drink it all day. This is your everyday everyman bourbon ipa. its a must try if you love stone

Photo of SteelCurtainUSNA
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz glass on tap at San Diego Airport. Good color, 1.5" head, great lacing. One thing I always worry about beer aged in bourbon barrels is that the whiskey flavor overrules everything. Not so with Ruination IPA. Fantastic flavor, with caramel and citrus overtones and the back end is the bourbon, but not overpowering. Overall 4.5/5.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No. 6 in Stone's Quingenti Millilitre series.

Shared by a BA who picked this up at Stone. 500ml bottles poured into a snifter. Pours a orange amber color. A little darker than the regular ruination. Smell is of oak and bourbon. I also get citrus notes and some caramel. Taste the bourbon comes through I also get some bitterness from the hops and a smooth caramel. Stone notes that this beer spent 16 months in the barrel. Given that it seems that the typically double IPA hop presence is died down. Overall I really enjoyed this and hope I come a crossed it again.

Photo of rudzud
2.41/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear honey hue with a far too carbonated the finger head that leaves clunky lacing and a sudsy blanket.

S - Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, super faint hops. Where is the ruination?!

T - Taste is so carbonated that it really hurts it. It's boozy, bourbon, vanilla, bitter faint citrus on the finish, the bourbon is solid, but the ipa is hardly noticeable. Incredible shame.

M - Mouthfeel is far too carbonated for the style, distracts incredibly.

O - Overall I was incredibly let down by this beer, just way too carbonated and with no ruination...failure.

Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Not sure I was really interested in this, but thanks for the opportunity. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Lightly hazed orange-gold body.

S - Pretty much all bourbon, oak, and vanilla, with perhaps a touch of caramel malt from the base IPA. No real hop flavor, but I like the bourbon character so this is enjoyable on the whole.

T - The taste is similarly dominated by bourbon and vanilla, with less overt dry wood flavor. There's some nebulous fruity hop and caramel malt rounding out the flavor profile, and surprisingly little bitterness.

M - Medium-light body that seems a bit undersized; perhaps thinned out by the barrel-aging? Pleasant carbonation, dry, oaky and tannic texture, and no real alcohol heat present

D - One of the better takes on this style, largely because the hop character is largely faded or overwhelmed, thus leading to minimal flavor clash. That being said, there are a number of other beers that would have produced the same result with significantly less effort or expense. Really wish breweries would stop throwing every conceivable beer in a bourbon barrel.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing.

The beer is golden and fairly hazy with a soft and lasting white head. The aroma brings hops, booze, alcohol. Bourbon is relatively hidden in the aroma, but emerges quite a bit in the flavor. Well done for what it is, though I don't really understand why anyone feels the need to bourbon barrel age an IPA.

Stone Ruination IPA - Aged In Kentucky Bourbon Barrels from Stone Brewing Co.
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