Ruination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped
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Ruination IPA - Double Dry-HoppedRuination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #67
Ranked #720
4.35 | pDev: 9.43%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Ruination IPA - Double Dry-HoppedRuination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 15th, 2015 - This Double Dry Hopped w/ Simcoe is a special treat from the now dead South Park brew station. Orange and calm, it's a standard looking IPA with a huge Simcoe hit in the nose - great for olfactory training. Soft and with a little nuttiness, urine and wild grass, it's a feral beer and takes a slow steps to approach. The flavor is clean, crisp and mild, and is also clean and dynamic, with a crispy happiness, and sparkles with touches of tarragon and apple.

Jun 07, 2018
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MittenBreezeMD from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, did not expect this level of greatness from such a high gravity brew. Nice amber color with a short head. The smell is deeply rooted in citrus, pine, earthy, and resinous hopes. Awesome malty aroma, and the taste is an explosion of medium malty bodied citrus notes with a deep bitterness that is likely a 60+ minute boil. The hop schedule is complex but perfectly manicured to this beer. I am so giddy with the quality of this beer that I am trying desperately to pace myself while drinking it. Beware with this beer, it may just captivate you.

Mar 03, 2018
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billysdad from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I ever had. Sad to see it so long on my distros shelf. Still too expensive despite an east coast brewery colo. Just too good, like what crack sounds like, so I stay away.

Nov 06, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dropped those fat concentrated orange image hues. 1/2" off white head. Aroma quite nice, hit the even more pungent than normal dry hop notes. Lots of citrus to this one. Pops citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste crushes the tongue with a stratospheric level of bitterness. Ruination indeed. Can't really discern anything different in the taste and mouthfeel on this one compared to the base 1.0 version.

Stick with the tap version, bottles seem excessively expensive compared (500ml) to when they're in (120z) bottles.

May 23, 2016
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T_Hass from Georgia

4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have this beer on tap at provisions market in Santa Ana. What can I say it's a type of IPA I thoroughly enjoy record a clean Chris yellow with a fluffy head that lingered. The nose was was phenomenal citrus, fresh fruit, oranges, lemon zest, very floral just a lovely scent. The taste was the same fresh juicy citrus. Overall I think this is the epitome of a West Coast IPA.

Aug 21, 2015
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at Max's.

I'm not the hugest fan of Stone, but this beer is pure hop goodness! The appearance of this is sunset orange with nice soapy white head. The aroma is out of this world! It's a cyclone of Tangerine Citrus and Dank Resinous hops! I get a lupulin high just smelling it! The taste is just as great. Resinous and citric hops flourish with some hop spice. Nice sweet malt backbone with a Dry-Bitter finish with a lingering bitterness. The feel is medium-light smooth body with active carbonation.

Overall: This brew is a hop heads daily drinker...if you like 8% as a daily drinker. The brew is balanced, smooth and popping with in yo face hops! It's sweeter than I remember regular Ruination being, I'm not complaining though. Stone really knows how to nail a hop bomb. This brew is Recommended.

Sep 08, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours into a nonic a clear medium golden with a frothy whitehead atop.Alot of hop complexity in the nose with some fresh cut grass,herb,and tropical fruits,a bit of toasted grain and mild sweet alcohol as well.Flavors start out herbal and grassy and then kind of a drunken fruitiness comes into play with a bit of toastiness in the finish.Not big and sharp and/or bitter just great hop complexty and I like the little toasted grain element.

Aug 24, 2014
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MattyBones from New York

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to have this on tap earlier this year. I'm a big fan of Ruination and was excited to give this one a test run when I saw it.

Appearance: Golden, copper color with a nice head.

Smell: Super funky hop aroma. Smells like the regular version x3 with a little more of a piney smell to it.

Taste: Super bitter hop bomb that smashes the palate the second you taste it followed by a slight malt backbone that doesn't seem to balance out the hops. Pine and citrus. Definitely a palate wrecker for sure, but quite enjoyable. Very fresh tasting as well.

Mouthfeel: Not too oily but just enough to coat the tongue, doesn't matter because the hops go crazy in your mouth.

Overall: Anther solid effort from Stone. Ruination is a delicious brew so to get this stronger, fresher tasting version was a treat. Hopefully I'll catch this one on tap again at some point.

Nov 13, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ beer junction

Another ruination Deviant - batting 1.000 thus far...the dry hopping has a similar effect as Racer 5000...really imparts a leafy green bite to the already fiercely hopped ruination. Bright, grassy, fiercely citrus. Strong stuff.

Jul 26, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft, but forget where. Pours a nice golden color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of huge vegetal hops, pine, grapefruit, some pale malts in the background. Flavor follows the aroma exactly. Very much like regular ruination with some additional grass and vegetal hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine, big bitter as expected from the name. Slick mouthfeel, slightly dry, medium high carbonation. Great beer.

Jun 08, 2013
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange in color with a thick head at pour. Head dissipates to minimal. Really nice lacing.

S: Hops. Grassy and spices. Really enticing

T: Bitter from front to back. Again more earthy hop flavors. Excellent flavor.

M: A bit watery but I think this is the tap. Otherwise nice medium body.

O: I'll have another.

Jun 01, 2013
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Public House in Vegas. Poured into small goblet. Nice copper color with great lacing. Very grassy flavor at the start, but the hops take over. And did thy take over. This had a nice mouthfeel and a staying carbonation. But this had a great hop blast. Very good beer

May 30, 2013
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden yellow, with a one inch head, and tree ring like lacing down the glass.

Smells incredibly resinous, lots of pine needles and sap, along with grapefruit.

Similar taste. Searing, shredding hop bitterness on display here- just zaps your tongue over and over again- feels like it's getting ripped apart. That makes it sound bad, but I didn't mind it. I'd prefer a bit more complexity of flavor, but it's mainly just piney bitterness, with a bit more bitterness from grapefruit.

Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Good carbonation. A sipper.

One of the hoppiest beers there is- actually manages to add on to the hoppiness of regular Ruination. This works much better than RuinTen, in my opinion.

May 22, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a clean golden pour with a finger of off white head. smells of cat piss, skunk, bready. by the hop taste/smell this is the simcoe edition. straight up mind numbing bitterness, burnt tire, skunk, cat pee, caramel malt profile. medium body with moderate carbonation. bitterness lingers and creates a hard to swallow drink.

don't get me wrong, i like bitter beers. i make super hoppy beers (over 200 ibu is not above me) but this was just such a palate wrecker with its burnt rubber-like lingering bitterness that it is just hard to drink. with that said, i really enjoyed the challenge of drinking a whole growler of this.

May 10, 2013
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scottfrie from California

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Pacific Gem, Mosaic, Helga, Southern Cross dry hopped version.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a thick, oily, off-white head that left tons of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Fresh raw hop cones on the nose. Hops are stanky, dank, piney, and bitter smelling. Ridiculously fresh.
T: Again, super duper fresh with crushingly bitter notes of clean and crisp pine and grass. Faint citrus. Fresh fresh fresh (and bitter).
M: Medium-full body, greasy fresh hop resin mouthfeel, perfect smooth carbonation.
O: This took fresh hops to the next level. I'd love to try this or the other dry hopped combinations again.

May 08, 2013
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap at The Mayor in a tulip glass.

Hazy light copper colored ale with tight sticky head and nice lacing.

Aroma is super hoppy, as I expected. Citrus and pine in equally huge amounts.

Flavor is so intense, I wonder if I'll be able to taste anything else the rest of the day. So bitter but also has tons of hop taste. Almost like when I tried eatting a hop pellet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and not really balanced at all.

Overall a crazy big IPA and one that really lives up to its name.

Oct 25, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at cheeky monk colfax, an exquisite beer for the refined hophead. this one pours light and clear, honey colored, with a delicate pure white lace on top. smells sticky and fresh, big bold hop nose mixing pine and grapefruit to create a bittersweet sappy aroma, just beautiful. the taste is a degree or so less intense and fresh. the hops are still huge, but the oily fresh picked vibe is all but gone. some sweetness comes thorugh, like clover honey, this beer tastes more floral than anything now. maybe from the yeast. mouthfeel is brightly carbonated but not too heavy on the body. i also like the fact that the alcohol is low key, even though its super strong. i enjoyed this a lot.

Oct 20, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Far Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Sep 29, 2012
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homebrew311 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on beer engine at Fountainhead. This is the simcoe dry hopped version, I'm not sure I this is the right entry I am reviewing this under, if anyone knows differently, please shoot me a BM.

Poured in pint glass, clear gold appearance with loose soapy bubbles up top. Nose is night with deep piney and resinous hops, the Simcoes really shine. Not much in the way of citrus qualities. Some caramel malt is present. Taste is hoppy as expected. The hop profile doesn't differ a whole lot from the standard ruination, the main difference is that it tastes fresher and there is a bit more depth to the hops. The mouthfeel is where this shines, nice cask conditioned creamy body with minimal carbonation. Body is smooth and moderate. Overall, quite tasty, not significantly different from Ruination.

Aug 14, 2012
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bstave from Washington

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my favorite watering hole. This was an amazing DIPA! I was very impressed. Poured a nice golden with nice lacing. Smell was big pine and citrus hops. Taste followed nose and was super resiny. Mouthfeel was medium. Overall, this is a great example of a true DIPA. Big hops and not a big malt bill. I am a fan and will seek this out in the future.

Aug 06, 2012
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at iTap-Soulard for StL Craft Beer Week. Copied form notes.

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap.

Gorgeous orange and golden yellow hues with some awesome haze start this off. Nice 1 inch head forms that is soapy, dense and sticky. Retention is amazing and it leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

Peach, pineapple and grapefruit notes start things off. Awesome grassy notes are very present with some herbal and dank character. Yum. Citrusy and delicious nose.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter sweet pineapple notes with tangerine and grapefruit notes. This is a perennial and classic west coast super IPA. Flavor continues to be bitter and citrusy with a slight grassy and herbal notes as well as some good pine notes. This is fefinitely a hop bomb. Crisp and dry with a resinous hop finish. Quite bitter on the finish.

Nice dry and classic IPA. The dry hopping adds a bit more of an “umph” as if its needed. Citrusy and flavorful with nice grapefruit notes. Great iteration of Ruination.

Aug 03, 2012
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Brouwer's Cafe

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head on top. Decent retention with foamy lacing randomly forming on the glass.

S: A very intense aroma, lots of citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit and lemon zest with plenty of pine on the back end.

T: Nice and bitter, but never really too bitter for me at least. More grapefruit with a bit higher percent of pine/resin than was on the aroma. All hops on this one as there really isn't much in terms of malt on the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and bitter with a slightly dry finish.

O: Going in I thought this beer was going to over the top bitter, but it was very nice. Amazingly the malt kept things in check enough to make it surprisingly drinkable.

Aug 01, 2012
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DonDirkA from Arizona

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was just about the best IPA I think I have ever had on tap anywhere. And I have had some really awesome IPAs. The floral noted from the dry-hopping were right up in your face. I had this side by side with the double dry-hopped IPA and the 10th Anniversary Ruination and this was my favorite of the three. It was so excellent. Funny because the first thing my friend Joel told me when I walked in the door of 1702 that night was that I had to try this one, it was the best. The most "Stone" he said. The hops were so out front but not overpowering in any sense. Excellent.

Aug 01, 2012
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TheSixthRing from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy, golden with a slight orange hue. Big, slightly off-white 3 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Big citrus aromas; fresh orange, backed by a biscuity malt undertone.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit hop, with a nice, sweet, bready malt presence. Cracker or biscuit. Almost more sweet than bitter, especially in the aftertaste. A hint of tropical character comes through in the end. Great balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Smooth. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall - Better balance than the regular Ruination; the malt is more pronounced, but also does well to compliment the hop profile; certainly better than the normal version does, anyway.

Jul 26, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16. Enjoyed side-by-side with the 10th Anniversary version.

A: Cloudy orange body with a persistent finger of creamy tan head. Tons of lace. Great.

S: Dank, herbal, and almost medicinal with the raw hops. Very leafy, floral, and piny. Quite nice.

T: Even pinier and hoppier than the nose, with some powerful grapefruit pith as well as just raw bitterness on the finish. A hint of pineapple lightens things up on the aftertaste. It doesn't get much more "west coast" than this. Terrific.

M: Fairly light-bodied with lots of lively, frothy carbonation. Ok.

O: Intense and aggressive, just like I remember from having Ruination years ago as one of my very first forays into hopbombs. Great stuff.


Jul 26, 2012
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