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Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry HoppedStone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Westsidethreat on 12-27-2006

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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 443
Photo of DefenCorps
2.61/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I feel bad slamming this beer, but given Greg Koch was in the audience, I feel like I'm entitled to it. On tap at Church Key today.

Light amber with a dense white head with exceptional retention and lacing, this looks every bit as good as the regular Ruination. The nose is not as good (I drank them side by side). Soapy and grassy in hop character, there's not much malt. Ultimately, the hops are just that - soapy and grassy. The palate opens grassy, vegetal and mildly soapy with a lower bitter than Ruination, there's a noticeable (but mild) cheesy hop character. Bitter and dry on the finish with cheesy, oxidized hops. Light in body with moderate carbonation and some bitterness, the oxidized hops really take away from the beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.7/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Hoptomic. The formulation of this brew varies, apparently. This one is not a winner.

A - Pours a hazy golden hue and is capped with a wispy ecru head.

S - The nose is piney and rindy, with notes of unripe mango sap, grapefruit peels, green oranges and tannic lemonwood. It is very bitter, and obscures any reference to malt.

T - This beer has been literally poisoned with hops. It is not terrible, but it is more like bitters than beer. The taste of essential oils, incense, and perfume are all evoked; not transposed from the aromatic, it is as if I have a mouthful of incense et al. Malt is not to be found, but alcohol is. Strike two. There really is not a strike three, but it doesn't get much better as I drain the glass.

M - I am not a huge fan of IPA on-cask, in general. That said, this was not horrendous.

O - Not impressed; far too bitter to show any dynamics. This is 'extreme beer'; take that FWIW.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.93/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(from notes)
On tap at the Easy Tiger in Austin.

Look- Hazy amber with a hint of orange, served with no head, and leaves the glass squeaky clean.

Smell- Musky pine, wood, borderline catty. Heavy on the simcoe, I would guess. Weak aroma for a dry-hopped anything.

Taste- Less bitter than the standard Ruination, which surprised me. Fairly malty, very musky flavor. Lime, umami, subdued sweetness, resin. Finishes with toasted pine needles and herbal tea. Next to nothing in regards to the bright florals or citrus I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel- Slick, light carbonation. Moderate astringency. Moderately dry finish. Middle of the road for a DIPA.

Overall- I went in expecting a bigger, bolder, more tongue-curling rendition of Ruination with plenty of sweet citrus aroma and flavor, and was sorely disappointed. More balanced, I suppose, but that wasn't what I was looking for when I ordered a dry-hopped DAIPA. Not terrible, but moving a portion of the hop addition from the boil to the keg isn't worth an extra $2/pint. Probably would have rated this one higher if they had called it something else and left out the "double"

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Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


500ml bottle - Quingenti Millilitre series. Ruination double dry hopped with Citra and Centennial. Thanks for sharing!

A: Transparent golden orange with a frothy white head. Great retention and lacing

S: Grassy, with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Malt imparts bread and cracker. Faint pine with floral notes. This smells maltier than I expected.

T: Orange and grapefruit flesh. Upper moderate bitterness. Malt is bready and crackery with a little caramel. Finish is very dry with orange pith and flesh. Again, more malt than I expected and it seems a lot maltier than regular Ruination or any double dry hopped iteration of Ruination that I've had.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.

Overall: This was maltier than your typical Ruination, though I'm not sure why. Pretty good, but not as good as I'd expected.

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Photo of bljebd
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i love ipa...and was interested in this particular one cause all the hype...dont get me was decent...look was very pale...decent head...lacked a little in the smell catagory...but taste was average...low alcohol taste...hopiness was good...but i was looking for more citrus smell/taste...i guess i was expected to be blown away and i was just pleased

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Rustico's Glassware Giveaway, immediately following HopSlam and Nugget Nectar. I think those other two beers might have ruined my palate for this one. It poured hazy gold with a bit of white head. It smelled like tea leaves and floral hops with clover honey malt. It tasted much the same, very dry and bitter, but not nearly as clean or fresh of a hop character as the two predecessors. It was surprisingly thin for a cask ale, but was still very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol was hidden nicely, but the flavor just didn't click with me. Not sure if it's an age issue (this beer is retired?) or just because I was spoiled on HopSlam and Nugget Nectar first. Definitely not a bad beer, but it just didn't stand up to those other two.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nickd for this one. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours orange, spotty lace, think cap, thick collar.

S - Light hoppy bitterness, big grapefruit notes, citrus. You can def tell the hops have faded, but at least there's still something left. The sweetness hasn't overtaken the beer by any means, still lots of grapefruit and citrus.

T - Hoppy bitterness, citrus, some sweetness on the finish. Tastes a little more faded then the nose but at least there's still some citrus and bitterness there. Wish this one was fresh...prob outstanding.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A good DIPA, but this one has def faded. That said, it's still a good beer, which says a lot for how this one would have been fresh. Thanks for the opportunity, Nick! What a rare tick!

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color and quite hazy, good head retention.

Tons of hops, more grassy/piney than citrus, similar to Ruination but much stronger. Do not pick up any malt in the smell.

I love regular Ruination and I think the dry hopping in this one messes with what is a great, balanced, hoppy beer. Not a bad beer at all, just a bit overwhelming. Seems more bitter than Ruination, too, which is strange presuming that the only difference is additional dry hopping.

Mouthfeel is clean, but thin. Overall I enjoyed this beer, but not nearly as much as a fresh Ruination.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A golden copper color body with a two finger ecru cap. Some stray bubbles pushing their way through the liquid. The head fell rather quickly, but left some clingy lace.

The aroma is mostly earthy. Dank, dry, earth with pineapple and grapefruit undertones. A sturdy malt bill imparts some caramel/toffee flavors.

The flavor profile follows the nose, for the most part. Pineapple and grapefruit up front with some caramel/toffee through the middle. A sweeping earthy, weed-like, piney hop blast in the finish.

Medium feel, sticky and chewy. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness, but nothing that really invades your palate and takes over. I was a little underwhelmed in that regard.

I was a little disappointed in this beer. It is still delicious, but I was expecting something bigger, badder, and hoppier than this. Don't get me wrong, this is hoppy and an amped up version of the regular ruination, but I was expecting this to go in a different direction. Too earthy for my personal taste.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy amber with a thin cream colored head

S-smells like an orange creamsicle and hops. pretty sweet and creamy smelling, medium strength

T-comes in with a light taste of cream creamsicle and a stronger taste of hops. its instantly bitter, a good amount of bitter. the bitterness will stick and stay for awhile. there's a certain spicyness that comes along with the taste as well. the after-taste is fairly herbal with slightly citrusy hops and a touch of spice. there's a slight hint of alcohol within.

M-medium carbonation with a pretty dry finish

O-this is definitely a decent IPA but it feel that its not too tame or well balanced. I wish that I could say I've had the normal Ruination before so that I could compare it to this. I feel that in this one, there's too much alcohol and not enough hops. In this case, I'd much rather go for the little brother over the big brother, I much preferred the Stone IPA to this.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of this beer's reviews are on tap, but I was able to try a bottle of it courtesy of UrbanCaver at a Jackie O's tasting (thanks Cam!). Apparently one of around 50 bottles made to test the the bottling line. It pours a light orange color, clear with a thick cap of foam. Huge citrus nose on this (being dry hopped with this isn't surprising).

Too bad it doesn't taste as good as the aroma would have you expect. It's hoppy for sure, but to a fault in the aftertaste. Lasting bitterness that almost tastes chemical. It also tastes less like standard Ruination than I would have thought, not sure if they changed the recipe some in addition to the dry hopping? Good carbonation, nice body.

A good beer for sure, not a mind-blowing one but I was absolutely pleased to get a try at it.

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Photo of IcarusComplex
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My notes on this one were pretty minimal, unfortunately, a napkin affair. Anyway...

Appearance: A golden agave colour, not entirely translucent, with a thin ring of white foam

Nose: Bright, hoppy, sweet fruit in there too, very fresh, lively scent. Citrus burst, milder pine.

Mouthfeel: Soft mouthfeel, low carbonation with a light-to-medium body

Flavour: Well-layered and surprising tame hop profile (for Stone's standards), sweet golden fruit flavours and leafy green herb, slight honey in the finish and a lingering hop zest.

Overall- A very enjoyable IPA, not my first pick for the style, and not my favorite try from Stone by any means, but solid. Would definitely repeat, though honestly prefer the standard Ruination a bit better as of this review.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Papago’s tenth anniversary party, inside a half pint.

Sunflower yellow with a bit of haze. Topped with a frothy half finger of white froth. Some fuzzy reaching lace.

Sticky icky nose. Weed, grapefruit, pine. A zesty, bright, encompassing aroma.

The flavor exactly replicates the nose. Grapefruit peel, lots of sticky grass, ethanol. Bitterness is mild, surprisingly. In the background there’s some cracker malt, but not much of it. Clean finish.

Medium-high, pinching carbonation in a body a shade under medium-light. Very soft fizz. Booze fumes do their business on the mouth and add some heat on the tongue.

I wouldn’t say dry-hopping improves the base beer much, but I wouldn’t expect Stone to be able to pack much more hoppiness into an already crazy-bitter brew. It does retain high drinkability, which is impressive.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Devils in Hollywood. The body is pale amber, showing the slightest haze. A small white cap retains solidly.

Loads of hops on the nose, very floral and grassy; much more grassy than regular Ruination. There's no malt to speak of, but the hop bouquet has a pleasing floral-earthy-grassy complexity.

Hop flavors are excellent, very floral with grassy undertones. Some grapefruity citrus character, but largely it's floral. Pretty palate wrecking, bitterness is enormous and attacking, though the body remains medium-light and it's quite clean and well attenuated. Couldn't drink a ton of this, but one glass was enjoyable.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a glass of this beer on a recent visit to Rattle N Hum in Manhattan's midtown area. I almost didn't notice that it wasn't the double hopped ruination and didn't order it. I'm glad I finally noticed because it was great.

Appearance is much like regular ruination, straw color, a little hazy, average/good carbonation.

Aroma is all hops. Citra and centennial make it very citrussy and very inviting.

Flavor was very hoppy, with a distinct bitterness at the beginning and then the flowery hop flavor on the end. A very enjoyable beer to drink and definitely not too hot.

Overall a very good beer. I hope to see it again, both on tap and in a bottle.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Sean via nickd717.

A - Orangish beer with a decent head that left behind a bit of nice lace on the sides.

S - Hops have faded on this one a little bit, but it stil smells pretty nice. Citra tends to be the most prominent hops sell, although I feel like I get some Amarillo in there. Decent malty backbone.

T - No real bitter, but there is some residual bitterness from faded hops. Some decent citrus, and a nice malt cracker backbone.

M - Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer! Would like it fresh, but no complaints.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh growler provided by ehammond1

Look: Yellowish orange in color with 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Like most stone beers there is a nice citrus aroma to it especially from the citra but the more and more I smell this one it reminds me of cat piss with a citrus note to it

Taste: Similar to the nose in the fact that the beer is pretty much all citrus hints of orange and grapefruit are very present mixed in with a nice malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to high carbonation and just a bit dry

Overall: Pretty decent beer was expecting more to be honest. But still recommended if you have not tried it

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First glass served off a freshly tapped keg into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, and litter box. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine hop, and a refreshing/crisp bitterness. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The additional hoping really took this one to a new level. Instead of being an in-your-face bitter brew like the base beer, this one had developed a more well-rounded character to it. The hop profile is definitely noticeable, but was not overwhelming. I could see you palate getting worn out after a few glasses of this though. Definitely worth trying if you can for sure.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to pint glass @ Breforia Beer Market, Meridian ID.

A: very clear golden color, tons of carbonation rising for several moments, good lacing along the glass.

S: A pretty dry and bitter nose...astringent as well. Definite citrus rind, and some herbal, piney & wood notes. Not really as impressed as I thought I'd be, still good stuff.

T: Follows the nose, good hop bitterness, decent dryness, tropical fruit, bitter citrus, touch of grapefruit and pine. There is some astringency and resin as well,, but not at the forefront.

MF: Medium-to-light body with good carbonation. Medium dryness.

O: With Ruination being the palette-wrecker that it is, I expected more hop flavor and and punch from this beer. While its good, its not really anything more than that.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8-13-2011
THanks a bunch for bringing this one Cam

A - Lightly clouded amber, and a respectable white head

S - whoa! great fresh smelling hops, grass and citrus. A really fine hop profile

T - Not bad, a lot of hops, not the paint thinner that I'm used to Ruination as. It's just ok.

M - creamy, medium-thick body. Pretty good here.

O - Good beer, good hops.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods
Appears hazy orange with a creamy eggshell head. Leaves small spots around the sides of the glass. Smells like tons of piney hops with a sweet malt base, some grassiness but mostly resinous pine. Powerful and pungent pine flavor assaults the palette, followed by a touch of caramel malt that failed to really balance this tongue bruiser. There's a bit of warming alcohol in the finish along with the standard lingering bitter finish that is common in stone beers. Active carbonation in the mouthfeel makes the hop bite and alcohol warmth even more pronounced. This is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Columbus & centenial dry hopped on cask poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow amber with a small thin white head. Nose is amazing! Hops hops hops on the nose! Amazing!

Taste is very hoppy but on cask it's actually really drinkable. It does ruin your pallate but it's still very smooth. Great beer.

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