Ruination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped | Stone Brewing

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Ruination IPA - Double Dry-HoppedRuination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 456
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey during the Stone 40 tap takeover. Served side by side with San Diego session and the double dry hopped versions of the IPA and 14th.

Pours a bright light leah with a nice bubbly white head and some clingy rings of lacing. Nose brings forward a pretty good amount of citrus and floral hops, but not nearly what I would expect from a double dry hopped beer from Stone. Taste is similar, in that I don't feel like this fulfills my hophead cravings any more so than a normal bottle of Ruination would. Feel is nice. Fairly thin and quite bitter. Drinks very well but is not nearly as good as the DDH IPA.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.61/5  rDev -39.7%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hopfest! Everything else double dry hopped from Stone has been superior to the standard version, so it wasn't a tough choice.

Standard energized orange appearance of Ruination. Nothing different there. Ah, but the aroma. Magnifique. Smells dry hopped with a ton of varieties, nothing stood out in terms of single hops going on here. And what's with all the different tropical fruit varieties, very enjoyable, but its like where'd that come from?

Taste, brutal palate wrecker as the name still implies, massively bitter and hoppy. Taste isn't really much different, just a little edge to the hops and the nose, makes the mouthfeel more tolerable (well its always good, I guess it moves it into the excellent category).

The only thing I could complain about this, is that the only time I see it, there's always like 30-50 other super excellent and hoppy brews around it, so you lose focus on how good this is.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really great cask at the Avenue.
Golden straw with a tight white head.
Smells of green grass, grapefruit
Taste is the same with some bitter pine on the end.
The mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, really made this beer awesome. Cask is the way to go, don't miss this one.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pour in a Stone pint glass at Rustico in Alexandria. Double dry hopped with cascade hops.

Pours a hazed light orange color with a bubbly off white head that leaves decent amounts of lacing. Aroma is strong with fresh citrus hops and a more subtle version of the strong malty body from the regular version. Cask conditioning produces a smooth, thick body, with light carbonation. Not overly bitter, but plenty of intense citrusy hops, very fresh and wet. I think I might enjoy a non-cask version of this spiked version of Ruination a little more, but still amazingly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cask at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta. Dry-hopped with Simcoe and Centennial.

Pours a slightly murky copper color with a half-finger, large-bubbled, light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving surprisingly decent lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit, citrus, and floral hops with good amounts of mildly bready pale malt aromas backing them up. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hop aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly bready pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of citrus and herbal hop flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of brighter citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors along with light hints of vanilla. The flavors begin drying out a bit midway through the sip and a mild bitterness intensifies through to the end, although it's still relatively mild compared to the normal version.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the relative lack of bitterness really makes this an easy-drinking version of an already great beer. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of fattire513
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For starters, Stone has some of the best beers I have ever drank. To this day, I will never deny a beer from Stone.

A: Orange haze for the color, looked a lot like HopSlam. About a one finger head that lasted the whole way. Nice lacing the way down.

S: A bit on the citrus side, hops were definitely apparent.

T: Full of flavor and hopiness, citrus jumped out as the first for me. Malts didn't seem to appear in the taste much. No balanced that's for sure, but not many IPA's are.

M: Good carbonation, not too heavy not too light. The taste didn't stay on the palette as long as as I was hoping for, but still delicious. Maybe a little watered if that's the case.

D: Give me two or three of these and call it a night, haha. Definitely a good beer after a long day. One to kick back and relax with. I could see getting a six pack of these guys and lasting a few days. I love IPA's and this one is by far in my top 5

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes Aug 27, 09. On cask and dry hopped at the Old Toad.

A - poured orange amber, very clear with a short lived white bubbly cap that retained as a thin ring. No lacing to speak of. 3.5

S - Sweet caramel and a hint of biscuit with a very citrusy hop profile. A touch of pine rounds off the nose. Pretty clean actually. 4.5

T - Very sweet malts in the forefront followed by intensely bitter, herbal hop flavor. Hops dominate the rest of the palate. Mild tang of citrus in the finish. Subtle pine overtones throughout. 4.5

M - Very smooth and velvety. No carbonation prickliness that is characteristic of the kegged and bottled brethen. 4.5

D - Exceedingly drinkable. Please keep ruining my palate. 5.0

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice to get such a rare brew down here to try. Thanks to Green's for the hookup. Night light golden brew with a foamy white head. Aroma is flowery and hoppy, like fresh cut vines; also a sugary tinge hides in there. Taste pushes fresh to the limit. Fresh hops mix with an earthy tone to give this brew an exceptionally fresh and hoppy taste. Lip-smackingly bitter, well-removed even from Stone's usual Ruination. Best word I can think of is earthy and leafy, like a fresh hop vine. Finish is full bodied, big and bitter but not boozy.

Another great brew for those of the hop-head persuasion to seek out. A real treat.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Shane for sending me a 1L swingtop. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Shared with d0b for New Beer Sunday.

A - Pours with a late-rising finger of off-white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of spotty lacing. Lightly haze glowing golden color that is super attractive.

S - Tons of dank pine, lush tropical fruits, orange zest, and a light doughy malt backbone. The difference between this and regular Ruination isn't as pronounced as the difference between Stone's double-dry hopped IPA and the regular IPA. That said, it's still quite excellent and aromatic

T - I actually like the taste even more than the smell. It's full of tropical fruit goodness - mangos, peaches, guava - as well as some citrus zestiness. Minimal malt character, and palate-shredding bitterness, but I would expect nothing less from Ruination. This is verging on a 4.75 for me - so I'm going to bump up mouthfeel and drinkability by .5 each.

M - The carbonation level is quite low - verging on cask levels. I actually quite like it, as it makes the beer very soft and creamy. The body might also be a little thin, but this isn't the highest ABV DIPA either, so it's not wholly inappropriate.

D - Downing half the growler was pretty easy, and I definitely would have gone for another glass. Even with the palate shredding bitterness, the lower carbonation and ABV made is near sessionable.

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Photo of jdklks
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this friday night in a growler fill at the brewery... very exciting. it pours a dark gold/light amber with an off white bubbly frothing head. the smell is SUPER-hoppy and nothing else. citrusy and piney, hops everywhere.

as if regular ruination weren't enough, the taste is excruciatingly bitter. huge hop presence everywhere. there are hints of citrus fruit sweetness up front, but that is demolished by the overwhelming oily bitter hoppiness that is double dry hopped ruination. in fact, this beer redefines what it means to be "dry-hopped". Huge lingering bitter hop after-taste.

the mouthfeel is simply fantastic. full bodied and a thick film of oily hoppiness on the palate. drinkability is up there with regular ruination, though a little less because of the sheer intensity of the hops.

a great, great beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super hazy. There is no way this could have possibly been filtered. It was a fairly bright orange color. A touch darker than the normal version of ruination. The lacing on this beer was epic.

S: The smell was quite simply reDONKulus. The most over the top hop nose in a beer I have ever smelled. It smelled like marijuana. There is no way around it. Tons of citrus. Pine. Words cannot describe how good this smelled.

T: The taste was also awesome. It was so hoppy. TONS of west coast citrus. The bitterness was off the charts as well but thanks to years of drinking DIPAs most of my taste buds have been worn down sufficiently

M: A little thicker than the normal version but not nearly enough to make this even a touch less drinkable.

D: I don't even want to know how much this beer costs. The hops were off the charts. I have had the Pliny's and everything else but god damn this was hoppy. The triple hopped version should all be destroyed as this is more than enough. Heady.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Firkin Friday" at the Draught House in Austin, TX saw this gem of an IPA, dry-hopped with Simcoe and Chinook in the cask. Had a 12oz bottle of Ruination later that evening to compare the experiences.

Pours a hazy orange body with a fleeting head of fat bubbles that show off some oiliness from the hops. Aroma is an intoxicating blend of citrus hops and a slight Simcoe funk, with all the usual Ruination maltiness to back it up. Slightly muted in comparison with the bottled version, but the restraint works for such an aggressive beer.

The cask conditioning really shines through with both flavor and mouthfeel, as the silky smooth body's low carbonation level mellows out the normally uber-assertive hop front of Ruination. Instead, the hop profile is fruity, with loads of citrus and fresh pine; the bitterness is there, but doesn't overwhelm the palate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and the smoothness really adds to the drinkability. Although the double dry-hopping may have only slightly improved the aroma, the cask conditioning easily improves the overall drinkability of Ruination. Very enjoyable beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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 John_M
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico last night. For a retired beer, it was pretty tasty.

Like the regular Ruination, the beer pours a light orange color with decent head retention and lacing (considering this was from a firkin). On the nose this beer is DIPA hop nectar. The beer has a pronounced orange coolaide citrus aroma, with some underlying pine as well. Good lord, the aroma this beer has is amazing. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and I would point out right off that this beer is considerably drier and hoppier/bitter then the regular Ruination. The beer is at most medium bodied and is very easy to drink. There is a little added smoothness due to the cask conditioning and low carbonation, but not as much as I thought there would be. This is still a very lively, very hoppy on the palate beer.

Delicious. Wish Stone made this beer more often as I like it considerably more then the regular Ruination.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I too am in the same spot as SV650TN below because I had this tonight at Stone for their Wednesday night cask special and movie on the lawn and mine was also dry hopped with the amarillo but centenial hops were used as the 2nd dry hop andI too also can not add a beer because I have not reviewed enough. This has to be one of my favorite beers and im not even a hop head.

First coming out of the cask it looks beautiful with a white fresh-look untill it settles for a second with a nice creamy looking head and a golden creamy looking body.

The smell is amazing with those two hops combined, this my turn me into a hop lover because now thinking about it I am craving those hops.

The taste is a perfect balance of anintence hop flavour with a nice malty base to balence it all out.

The mouth Feel reminded me of a good crem ale on a nitrogen tap.

I drank two of these and if I hadnt shared a westy 12 and a Tommy Arthur Signature Brew Master Colaboration with Linden from the Stone Store, and also a stone IPA, I would have drank that all night with my beer Mac-n-Cheese.

Simply one of my Favorite Brews.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at Stone Winter Storm.

A: Lower in carbonation than I would have expected. Perhaps the lid on the growler wasn't tight? Anyways, body is a clean tangerine copper color with a very still mentality to it. Head is soapy with undefined light tan bubbles.

S: Lots of orange. Orange juice, orange peel and orange zest. Grapefruit and lime are also present.

T: The dry hopping comes out of the gate with guns blazing. The beginning of the beer is nothing like the original. There's a lot more "earthiness" to this version and its much spicier. One can find pineapple, pear and yellow apple making up the earthiness. An organic bitterness then comes forth before the citrus takes center stage...then the beer starts to become more like the original. Some pine and red fruit esters appear to finish it out. The lingering flavor in the mouth though is the dry hopping.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Wish I had some more carbonation, but its not bad.

D: I'm on the fence with this one. I definately liked it, but the question it better than the original? No, its not. But its still quite nice and adds an intriguing complexity to the beer. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to try it.

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