Ruination Double IPA 2.0
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #179
Ranked #1,262
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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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov2015 –
Pours a lovely, straw like copious off white soapy head, fine effervescence. Smells strongly of orange rind and piney, woodsy notes. Tastes sweet malts forward with transition to orange/lemon zest and smooth transition to the piney, hoppy bite to a rather clean finish. The citrus notes are ripe and dominate, with a fair amount of astringency to leave the palate clean – a bite without being bitter. Well balanced DIPA, ABV well hidden. Medium bodied, palate cleansing and overall a solid representative of the genre.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, and the price point is reasonable for such a fine beer. Adding this one to my list of favorites.

Feb 08, 2016
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thebrood1987 from California

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge smells of peaches, berries, melon with some sweet malt and a bit of alcohol. Extremely flavorful, with the peaches, berries and melon taste that combine with the piney hop bitterness of the old ruination so well. Tongue scrubbing flavor and bitterness meld together and forces you to want to take another sip. Oddly thirst quenching because the fruity flavor is just so good. They definitely reinvented/revamped an already amazing beer that really keeps up with the times but in the rebellious stone way.

Apr 21, 2015
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fmccormi from California

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware); this bottle’s got a best-by date of August 12, 2015 printed in light grey ink on the shoulder (“ENJOY BY 08/12/15”), meaning this was most likely bottled around the middle of May, in turn making his bottle about five weeks old. It only just hit this area, and has been refrigerated consistently since purchase a couple of days ago.

Appearance (4.0): Right off the bat, three fingers of light tan foam rise off of the pour, capping a crystal-clear, honey-colored body with strong orange highlights. As the head goes down, it leaves a smooth film on the surface of the beer, along with a couple of collars and spotty, dripping splotches of lace scattered around edge of the glass.

Smell (4.5): There’s that classic American hop note that Stone’s done so well in the past: a mix of weedy resin, thick, slick tropical fruit aromas (mango nectar and pineapple juice), and a slightly spicy, herbal scent to cap it all off. Some evidence of malt is present, only insofar as the hops are buoyed by some moderately sweet heft, but its substance is almost completely masked by its hoppy musk.

Taste (4.0): Plenty of hops, but the malt is more clear on the palate than in the aroma. Brown sugar icing, eggy bread or brioche, and just a hint drier, flaky biscuit is present, anchoring a lot of hop flavor that’s really good but less dynamic than in the nose. Fresh-cut grass and bitter flowers are married to pithy citrus bitterness: pink grapefruit flesh, orange zest, and some spicy, slightly oniony, dank character to follow it all up. The finish is nice and clean, slowly fading to just some orange zest-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.25): This pretty much typifies the larger variety of DIPA, with a medium-full weight and moderate viscosity that dries up with the citrus zest finish. The body bears a medium-ish carbonation that comes in velvety and finishes with a light, tingly coating that spreads all over before foaming up softly on the wash. Booze is, surprisingly, more or less absent.

Overall (4.25): This is a really solid beer. I hadn’t had the original formulation of Ruination in quite a while, and the 10th Anny Ruination wasn’t my favorite DIPA (too thick, and surprisingly not nearly as punchy as I would have hoped), but from what I can remember this is definitely fuller, thicker, and spicier than the classic Ruination. I really liked the old Ruination—not as a DIPA so much as a high-octane IPA, with its light body and screaming citrusy character. So, while this is a very good beer in its own right, it’s definitely different and its own beer, distinct from Stone’s previous, regularly produced DIPAs. But it doesn’t come close to Stone’s other, limited-run DIPAs like Enjoy By and the 16th and 17th Anniversary beers (even if I’m in the minority, especially regarding the 16th, but that’s another conversation). Still, a really tasty beer, and worth of the occasional purchase. But Enjoy By in sixers will get my vote, hands-down, every time.

Jun 23, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

If this beer lets me down I'm going to kick someone in the face. It was rather expensive for a 12 oz bottle.

A : Peach-mango colored body, typical opacity around 70%, and the head is sticky and looks like the cocoon in The Fly II. Lacing left behind as it mutters "we are going to become onnnnnne". I'll throw a four and a half-er out there.

S : Well now I'm torqued because I just got comfortable and I let my beer set on the table. Now I have to squeeze my abs and roll up to reach for it...damn it Ruination. Hey, whaddya know. Pissy, sweaty, dank armpit, dirty underwear...this is just a mish-mash of really bad body odors. Take a shower, will ya Stone? I guess I could be more constructive and say that it's the hop cones, oils, and leaves. There's also a phenol quality to it, and yeah - onions and garlic. It's a strong nose, but who wants to smell onions and pissy shorts all day?

T : Well, this tastes exactly like an onion. Maybe a hint of sweet Vidalia onion, but mostly just plain white onion overall. This is an onion beer. It's not even bready so it's not even an onion ring. Like eating raw onions? This is your beer. Frakkking onion. That is all.

If I want to be philosophical I might say there's a hint of yeast in there, or some garlic powder, and a pinch of hop oil. That is as far as I'm gonna reach.

F : Creamy and dense, with stabs of carbonation. It ends baked and dry.

O : Picking my victim. This wasn't the worst beer I've ever had, or even the worst IPA. But this is a prime example of why I can't understand the logic of hop heads being crazy over these kinds of beer. It tastes like an onion to me. Lots of flavor, sure. Good feel, sure. But it's so one-noted. There's no depth. It's just a freaking vegetable. Sorry, I'm kicking someone now so trying to type this as I'm wrapping it up.

Aug 28, 2015
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oldn00b from Virginia

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

Ruination holds a special place in my heart as one of the beers that brought me to craft. I was weary but excited for 2.0. It doesn't disappoint. It is very much a quintessential west coast DIPA - lots of citrus hop forward, and bitter but soft finish. It feels like an update to its contemporaries - it's a fantastic beer. I don't feel like it's groundbreaking like Ruination was, but it's Stone and it's delicious. I'll enjoy the rest of this 6 pack and get another pretty soon.

Apr 22, 2015
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

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.

Nov 13, 2018
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dar482 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a classic clear amber orange color of a West Coast DIPA.

The aroma is immediately dank, onion, garlic, grapefruit, bready, sweet.

The flavor follows with that onion, garlic, orange zest, grapefruit pith bitterness throughout, a complete breadiness for the West Coast style, without being too dense. A clean beer, but offers heavy bitterness on the back.

In a blind taste test, I preferred this over Sucks for its well constructed malt bill and more complete hop profile, even though I prefer the fruitiness of Sucks. Still, more like a Ruination "1.3," as it still is not "enjoyable" Enjoy By.

Apr 29, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/5/2015. Pours crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. The bitterness feels toned down in intensity versus the original version, but that is not a bad thing at all; I actually prefer it. A highly enjoyable offering.

May 05, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Clarified medium golden body with a thick and creamy white head. The cap makes it to two fingers with good holding powder.

S- Decent malty caramel presence off the top with the fairly strong hops. Hops are strong but not too bright with notes of citrus, flowers, pine and slight stone fruit. Plentiful webs of lace.

T- Pretty much follows the nose almost identically. Hops give off tones of oranges, floral, mango, herbs, lemon zest, apricot and slight melon.

MF- Creamy and super smooth with a moderately high carbonation. Finishes with a medium bitterness.

Update needs some work in my opinion. Loses that classic edge Ruination had and honestly the "modern" flavor profile falls a bit flat. Good but a total step backward compared to a true style classic.

Jun 29, 2015
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Very hazy golden color, one finger white head, minimum carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, grapefruit, sweet. Lovely!

T: Sweet, tropical fruits, grapefruit, slightly bitter on the back end. Malty. Superb!

F: Very balanced and smooth for a DIPA. Dangerously drinkable :)

O: Amazing beer. One of the best IPAs I have ever tried. Could happily have this any day.

Jul 11, 2016
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DavidS333 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone Ruination Double Ipa 2.0 by Stone Brewing Co. is an American Double/Imperial brew. The smell of the beer is floral with a tasty tinge of beery sourness/gamyness. The body is medium on a scale of light/medium/thick. The head is somewhat more bubbly than one's average American Double/Imperial, but it is a subdued bubbly, and doesn't accumulate, in keeping with the Double/Imperial tendency per se. The color is a sort of light-medium harvest gold, with a nice shine to it.

The beer's taste is sort of flowing, and pleasant, and very drinkable. It isn't really a showy sort of taste, and instead sort of masquerades in a sort of satisfying and tasty Double/Imperial taste within a very fluid sort of body. The forestate of S.R. Double iPA is light and refreshing. The foretaste is somewhat stiffened by a tasty hoppy pillar but it isn't overshadowing of the beer's rich crisp flavor. The middle taste is like a running stream of Double/Imperial refreshing hoppy flavor; satisfying and rich, and quite refreshing.

Towards the end of the taste, in the aftertaste, one gets a sort of surprisingly crisp and tasty sense of mellowed pine mixed with citrusy flavors. One gets the sort of arching and rising piney hoppyness mellowed by the citrusy hops, combining for an aftertaste that really makes the beer per se, in my opinion. Namely, the aftertaste is exceptional.

When I was a little ways into my Double/Imperial journey, I overheard a conversation amongst the employees at my local brew depot about Double/Imperials, and I ventured to ask one of the older gentleman who worked in the store what his favorite American Double/Imperial was. Even though they had sold out of this particular ambrosial beverage, he mentioned that his favorite Double/Imperial was Stone Ruination's take on this particular style, and I can say that I understand why(I believe). Stone Ruination even in its second incarnation, is a tasty American Double/Imperial, its surprisingly good afteratste, mixed with a very palatable for and mid taste make for a great Double/Imperial. Its like a richer version of "Resin" which is also one might say a very drinkable American Double/Imperial.

Overall I would say that this beer lives up to its namesake, for there is a certain amount of poetry in making a winding tasty aftertaste just as much as their is in making a bready hoppy mid taste which one might argue is the hallmark of some other American Double/Imperials. I'd say that this is a sort of unique American Double/Imperial because it comes bearing gifts if one will. It brings one a sort of mellowed piny mixed with citrusy foretaste, into a satisfyingly crisp mid taste, into an aftertaste that is so subtle and sort of evolving that one may wonder how they snuck it in behind the for and mid taste; truly a beer to try and drink if one is into the American Double/Imperial genre, or in general if one likes a beer that has something to say.

Nov 28, 2015
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TBDave from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It tastes like an 8.5 ABV brew. Has a very strong pine flavor. A little too strong for my preference. I wish there was more citrus to balance it out.

Dec 28, 2017
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DerekCarruth from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, but not as good as the original.

Jul 07, 2015
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elNopalero from California

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This review will not be a comparison of ruinations. Call it 2.0, or just tell me there's a variation between batches. Either way I like it!
This pours a glowing golden tan. The aroma pops, with a crisp lemony note and a touch of the tropics right behind. It's big and vibrant and inviting, and I can't enough of it.
No surprises here--the flavor snaps with a familiar citrus pine hop profile that's refreshingly crisp and clear and , quietly simply, delicious. There's just enough body to balance the bitterness, with a lingering finish. I'm hooked.

Jul 22, 2016
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leantom from Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I'm sorry, but I do not share my fellow BA's adulation for this beer. Here goes:

A: Perhaps one of the best looking DIPA's I've ever seen. Beautiful orange, lots of carbonation, and a massive white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S: And it starts going downhill from here. Bitter, astringent onion. Very earthy - and not in a good way. Tastes like the hops and soil were BOTH extracted and put in this beer.

T: Follows the nose. Yech! Maybe a tinge of pine, but too much astringent onion totally mares the taste. What's worse, the beer leaves a terrible aftertaste (garlic and onions).

F: Well carbonated, a little light, though.

O: Stone, WTF?????

Jun 26, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dank, a bit too sweet. Prefer the original

Jun 06, 2015
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Impetuous from Montana

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good white head with a clear deep amber colour.

Strong pine and citrus notes like kumquat rind. Malt in heavy doses mixes with the alcohol for some great bread flavors.

Is quite carbonated. I prefer it after being opened for a while and the carbonation dies a bit. Makes it smoother but more bitter.

Nov 24, 2016
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kscaldef from Oregon

3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic IPA, but really doesn't stand out in today's IPA landscape

May 01, 2015
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Pete_2112 from Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't seem to find anything wrong with this beer...It looks amazing. It smells of dankness, stone fruit, and citrus. The taste is so amazingly bitter that I've never encountered a better bitterness in another beer. The mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Overall, this is the perfect double IPA in my book. Superbly done.

Nov 30, 2016
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear Amber in color, big frothy white head, sure looks good. Aroma is pine and citrus. Bitter is better in this case, and the taste lingers. Nice warming finish. Not a summer beer or for the faint of heart. Another solid offering from Stone.

Dec 04, 2016
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heygeebee from Australia

3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A trend seems to be emerging - brewers make IPAs to be zesty, aromatic, and nicely bitter. They also make Imperial IPAs, and seem to forget the basics of what makes an IPA to build upon the base beer.
This wasnt as fresh as it could have been, but still ended up somewhat bready and dull.

Nov 02, 2015
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 10, 2018
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dbarny76 from Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 09, 2017
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ScottP from New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sep 02, 2016
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Buckeye982 from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 22, 2015
Ruination Double IPA 2.0 from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2452 ratings