Ruination Double IPA 2.0
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #172
Ranked #1,223
4.24 | pDev: 8.02%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Ruination Double IPA 2.0Ruination Double IPA 2.0
Notes: Also known as Ruination in Europe.

A Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop
First Release: April 2015

Stone Ruination IPA was the first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA on the planet. As craft beer has evolved over the years, so too have techniques for maximizing hop flavors and aromas. For the second incarnation of our groundbreaking India pale ale, we employed dry hopping and hop bursting to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops that give this beer its incredible character. We’ve also updated the name to Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 to reflect the imperial-level intensity that’s evident in every sip. Join us in cheering this, the second stanza in our “Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop.”
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4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0, 8.5%
May 2015, poured from a bomber to glass
"A Liquid Poem to The Glory of The Hop"

L: Opaque peach, great carbonation, terrified head, strong lacing. I'm excited.
S: Strong grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, oily pine
T: Sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit rind, strong pine, pine nuts, very complex. Nice and bitter, Ruination. Not very "sugary" like some beers. Very well-balanced for it's aggressive Stone taste.
F: Juicy hops with creamy mouthfeel, dry alcohol and bitter finish. Good carbonation and relatively high ABV.
O: Stone has definitely nailed the DIPA. This is an outstanding favorite in the category.

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fedt from Arizona, Jan 05, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had the original release back in 2015 and loved it. I love this 2.0 DIPA with it's trademark Stone hops and citrus flavors. Nice light carmel color. Great beer made by a brewery that mastered it's craft years ago.

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FireMedk from California, Dec 20, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Enjoy by December 13th 2019.

Pale amber body color, faint hint of thick body with some very fine amounts of carbonation rising. Nice shiny glow to the body color. Head is a classic three finger soft white head with excellent retention and creamy looking bubbles.

Very nice classic hop aroma. Hints of tropical and passionfruit mixing citrus tones on the nose. Slight touch of caramel sweetness gives an excellent balance to the mix as well. Very nicely put together and rounded.

Palate brings the goods. Excellent hop flavor, first coming exotic with fruity tropical tones. Then follows a hop powerful bonanza. Light bodied but with a much fuller malt presence, it almost has session quality mouthfeel but manages quite a bit of girth. The aftertaste is big on controlled bitterness that explodes in a variety of hop flavors, pine, wintergreen sharp mint, and even light hints earthy dank tones. Highly controlled, and pleasant.

Wonderful retake on a classic. Big booming IPA with loads of hop character.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Oct 19, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like orange, grapefruit, and pine. Super hoppy and bitter. Grapefruit, pine, onion. Not as sweet as it smells, and also not as sweet as many other double IPAs, which I appreciate. Medium-bodied.

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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania, Sep 02, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a day! It has been oppressively hot & humid & I have been undermotivated to accomplish much as a result. I have been working on reducing the backlog & while bottles are increasingly few & far between, I still have some to drink. C'est la guerre!

From the Bottle: "A Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop"; "When Stone Ruination IPA first hit the scene in 2002, ales filled with resinous Humulus lupulus were few and far between. Not so today. Terms such as 'lupulin' and 'IBU' are well established in the craft beer lexicon. This double IPA has always been crafted to celebrate all facets of the hop - its beauty and poetry, its boldness and might. As craft beer has evolved, so too have techniques for coaxing the best out of hops. So in updating Stone Ruination IPA, we squeezed every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the Centennial, Citra, Simcoe and Azacca hops that give this beer its incredible character. Join us in cheering this, the second stanza in our 'Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop.'"

I readied everything & then Pop!ped the cap, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line pour. This resulted in the quick formation of nearly three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving really sticky lacing in its wake. Was I going to get to drink this? Color was Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was stoopidly dank, like a bag of freshly-harvested MJ. Earthy, musty, minty, pine with a hint of oak or wood. 8=O Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue! Whoa. Jeez Louise, the taste was really cool, minty & dry with a very oak-like woodiness. 8=O I kinda felt like I was outta my league. This was a really intense beer! Warming, I began to taste stone fruit & to get a sense that Simcoe the naughty kitty was doing her business somewhere nearby. Phew. Finish was intense, dry & intensely dry! Phew.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Aug 22, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raul isn’t really a prideful guy, you know? I just wanna live with my fellow humans as an equal. But if I have to, if I must, I’m kinda gonna get loud and proud about this pure SocalHop bomb brewed in the wonderful city of San Diego. This son of a gun is so wonderful, it’s so good that it gleams even brighter than Ariana Grande after her last tanning bed sesh. I mean, hell, BA’s, this beer is more California than a raisin. And if Raul were ever to gloat (which is rare) he gives a “hell yeah” to this perfect, SoCal offering.

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RaulMondesi from California, May 07, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours fiery orange with crazy streams of carbonation. The pillowy, giant head lasts forever, draping the glass in foam. Grapefruit, pine, resiny hops in the nose. A huge wall of bitter grapefruit, tangerine, pinesap hops packs a wallop in the first sip. Cotton candy, bready maltiness in the back add some balance. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy, textured carbonation. High, mouthcoating bitterness and lingering piney, citrusy hops in the everlasting finish.

An excellent DIPA that's a nice throwback to the more pine and grapefruit hop flavors. Super bitter and complex. I highly recommend.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Feb 28, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber picked up at the LCBO last week; dated Nov 7 2018 and best before Feb 20 2019. Served barely chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-orange colour, topped with one inch of foamy white head that slowly dissipates within ten minutes. A thin cap and a creamy, frothy collar stick around for considerably longer, with a fine, even coat of lace having been applied; looks good so far. Smells like a straight-up hop bomb - pine resin and floral notes are what stick out to me, but there's also hints of orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, berries and mango dispersed amongst them. Suggestions of alcohol and bready, caramelized malt sweetness are also noticeable, particularly as the glass warms.

An old-school DIPA, featuring a sturdy backbone of bready pale malts and caramelized sweetness that is immediately overpowered by the six strains of hops. Fruity notes of mango, passion fruit, apricot and melon come through early on, with pithy, citrusy flavours of orange and grapefruit not far behind. From there, the bitterness just builds upon itself - the pithiness continues, while earthy, dirty hops, pine resin and herbal notes soon come to completely dominate the tail end of the sip. Lingering bitterness into the aftertaste, with some booziness and syrupy fruitiness. Medium in body, with moderately low carbonation levels that gently agitate the palate.

Final Grade: 4.07, an A-. If nothing else, Stone's Ruination 2.0 is an appropriately named beer... and by that, I mean you shouldn't plan any follow-up reviews for the night, as this one is guaranteed to 'ruinate' your palate. Like their flagship IPA, this is a well-constructed beer, but not one that really stands out from the crowd in any major respect - yeah, it's hoppy and bitter, but the hop flavours just kind of muddle together, with the end result being that it's neither particularly notable nor unique, at least IMO. Worth a look, but I'll stick with Arrogant Bastard - not to mention the plenty of local alternatives that are at least as good, and not 9 bucks a pop.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Feb 13, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

EJBY: 2/20/19
Opened on 2/10/19

A light version of Amber with a bit of golden highlights in the coloration. A cloudy, unfiltered body and low-lying style white foam top. Lays out pretty thin in the long run.

A very tropical fruity hop aroma. Dense layers of sweet candy, red fruits, pineapple and watermelon. The malt has a classicly amber, sweet smell with a hint of heat at the end.

I really enjoy the Ruination 2.0 because of it's bright hop complexity and golden vibe. The malt has a slightly less intense presence than the previous, with a crispier body and grainy effect. All of the bitter, dry and earthy notes from the hops hits you right off. Dry grasses, very dry-hopped flavor and feel. Higher alpha hops provide plenty of green leafy tones, more dry earth notes and grapefruit style fruitiness.

This is a remake of a true classic. Stone came into New Hampshire late, but it broke down some doors when it did. Its crazy to think of this as a "classic" or old-school, but with the New England styles takung the IPA to new levels, its exactly what Ruination is.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Feb 11, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stone tends to present their IPAs as rougher, less refined versions of the styles they attempt to replicate. The same holds true here. It's good, with the appropriate bitterness, but too earthy and no citrus. It is a bit like an elephant in a china shop. Big and noisy, without any refinement.
I would buy it again if it was about $2 less. As is, there are better examples of the style for less.

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Cramshawbar from Ontario (Canada), Jan 27, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow with a finger of clinging foam. Smells hoppy with notes of flowers and honey. Not overly aggressive in aroma.

Taste is more forward, hoppy with a bit of lingering bitterness-not as sweet as it smells. Coats the mouth. Good, but not as tasty as anticiated

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RMehrenberg from Pennsylvania, Jan 25, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the first I tasted that impressed me in my early years of craft beer explorations, and one of 3 names that cemented my preference for IPA's. On my top 5 list. Love the 22 ounce bottles, for both the single bottle convenience, as well as overall value, comparatively.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first bottle of Ruination so this is a reactive rating. Truly hoppcentric, strong and crisp flavor, intensity grows with temperature. Who could ask for more?

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philc4 from Pennsylvania, Jan 19, 2019
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a variety 12-pack $18.99 Target
Citrus smells
Slightly hazy golden amber color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
High carbonation
Citrus flavors, tart, bitterness but not overly so. Hides alcohol well
Overall a nice flavorful IPA.

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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy golden pour, rocky head, snow white foam
A: citrus, fruit candy, sweet, pine, orange peel, slightly earth with long sniff
F: pine flavor with bitter taste, hint of metal, strong hoppy after taste, earthy
M: slightly dry, overwhelmingly bitterness from the double hop, slightly earth
Overall: more on the earthy, pine spectrum of DIPA, alcohol scent well covered by hop

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Helluvaz from California, Jan 03, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: Bottled on 10/03/18, tried on 11/13/18.

Appearance: Bright orange in color with tons of floating particulate a a finger and a half of white head.

Aroma: Sweet grapefruit all over the nose with grass, lemon, tea, and pineapple. A little slightly dank and herbal resinous quality is noticed moving around the edges and curiously a sweet floral note as well.

Taste: Its a smack of incredibly bitter grapefruit pith which slowly allows the slightest amount of syrupy mango candy to creep in before the finish hits in the form of a resinous hop bite. The lemon is here and a little sweet, but the flavor is balanced out with the grassy notes and herbs. The finish is fairly dry for a DIPA and man does that bitterness linger and I love it. This was the only Stone beer out of the mixed pack I feared might be to malty, but it really isn't. The ABV comes through as a warming sensation. Ruination just might be one of my new favorite year round DIPAs. As Ruination 2.0 comes up to room temperature the tea and a very faint wildflower honey flavor is detected in a sea of bitterness.

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3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear, deep golden coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and mango, with a slight bubblegum note. Taste follows the nose, being quite hopppy, but with a decent amount of bready, biscuity malt as well. Flavour profile is on the tropical side, with pineapple, mango and papaya being most noticeable. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some tropical and bubble gum notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Quite a noticeable bubble gum note to this, which takes on a slight hint of booze and makes it difficult to distinguish individual fruit notes, sort of blending everything together. Nice enough, but just too much bubble gum and booze for my taste.

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have not had one in quite some time but tonight had one on tap at a local joint. Pours a not quite clear deep gold color with significant white head.Nose is a whole lotta hops going on ,taste follows. I forgot how much I like this beer. Really solid west coast dipa.

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sjrider from California, Nov 02, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, rich golden color. Massive, frothy head with no effort from the pour. Head had great retention and left excellent lacing. Every beer should look like this.

S---Hoppy, as advertised. Pine & citrus dominate.

T---Resinous and slightly bitter. Hops are dominant again. Citrus (grapefruit) & some tropical fruit (mango) as well. Pine is mild, but present.

F---There's a slight alcohol burn. Juicy. Full bodied mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

O---Excellent beer. Hits on what's advertised. A serious beer, not one to pound. Will definitely look for this one again.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Nov 01, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as a single. Bottled October 2nd 2018, enjoy by January 15th 2019.

Pours a clear gold, excellent head of foam without trying, a plethora of lacing.

The smell is hoppy to the max. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, lots of malty sweetness. Great nose.

Grapefruit citrus forward, mango with a decidedly dank taste. Big malt bite. Assertive yet leans toward the smooth side.

Smooth mouthfeel.

I think this is quite tasty.

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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Oct 21, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don’t know if I would call this beer a liquid poem, maybe a stanza? The Azacca hops really stand out. The bitterness to “hoppyness” ratio is spot on.

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Rlg63 from California, Aug 19, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit 1/21/2019 yes unfiltered is the way to go here I reserve the right to change my mind, tonight this was pretty damn good, what I expect from Stone Brewing. Now bring back the classic, iconic, Stone IRS, and stop fucking around with your own stupidity.

Look. A typical Sunday afternoon for me is an 16 oz Stone Arrogant Bastard (oh wait, they don't even call it Stone anymore, and no, I don't want to read why) followed by an 19.2 oz Stone IPA, both $3 and good value, tasty beer. So, obviously, they must have something to offer (still) ... maybe.

However, the new Totalatarian is the Ruination of a legendary classic. Now this 2.0, which I've had in the past and I know is terrible, finally got around to reviewing it. Because for $2 I'll drink anything, but after tonight, not again. Because, as I've said it before, this beer fucking stinks.

For starters, this may be (ok, is) the ugliest beer i've ever seen. Amazing, since I believe the Arrogant Bastard label says something obnoxious about "fizzy yellow" whatever. Well, guess what guys, this is way worse than any boring, fizzy, yellow, macro lager. It's ugly, way too clear and really, just horrible. The aroma and taste follow, just alcohol water yes it's strong enough to follow a real good coffee stout and complete the buzz. But that's it, worthless and maybe one of the worst craft beers I've had. And somehow, I remember the original Ruination as being pretty damn good,

This brewery really needs to get their act together. Forget the recent filtered, unfiltered Enjoy By. How 'bout some quality control? How 'bout remebering what got you here? Because if I've ever seen anything ready to sell out, it's gotta be this. The motivation to come to work every day is obviously gone, time for the owner to take his money and run.

Sorry, but seen this before, been there, done that, gosh I hate cliches. but that's what this frigging looks like.

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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania, Aug 10, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stone never seems to disappoint me ever. This Beer is very refreshing, has an amazing citrus hop taste that is not too crazy on the bitterness scale, which is a plus for me.

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3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong pine/hops smell. A better cleaner crisper high gravity beer. A light golden yellow. 2+in of head on a heavy pour will fall after a short time. Tastes like Washington state would taste if it got you drunk. No filling sensation which could be bad, if you toss a few of these guys back. Slightly thicker than other golden yellow beers. Overall good beer if you like the high gravity beers.

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Old_Beard_Belly from North Carolina, Jun 13, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of piney and resinous hops and are present in the nose with notes of citrus and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a strong "bite" of piney and resinous hops with hints of citrusy hops, alcohol, and bits of underlying caramel malts. There is a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA really gets in your face with a strong dose of piney aromas and flavors, bitterness, and a crisp "bite" from the bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable, but only slightly detracts from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, May 31, 2018
Ruination Double IPA 2.0 from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2448 ratings