Ruination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped | Stone Brewing

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 456
Photo of dannydetox
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was anxiously awaiting the pleasure of double dry hopped ruination, and now that i’m sipping it down I fully appreciate the extreme bitterness of the brew. Golden in color with a centimeter of persistent head and considerable residue clinging to the side of the pint. Lemony aromas mingle with hints of herbs and grassy notes. I get more of the malt body in this inception of ruination (maybe I need to try them side by side), but the delicious bittering hops come in on the back end to dry the palate. Solid west coast ipa to be sure, but the price tag at this bar ($7) doesn’t warrant a second round when I can purchase a bomber of standard ruination for $3.99 at select markets.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a big white head. The head fades fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell –Just like the non dry hopped, a sweeter citrus hop aroma is heaviest. There is a nice breadiness that was also present that creates a very nice sweet aroma overall.

Taste – A sweeter malty base with good notes of caramel and citrus are the first to meet the tongue. A slightly bitter lemon flavor comes in and removes some of the sweetness. The citrus hop flavor intensifies in flavors of grapefruit and as the taste advances further some lighter pine hop flavors become evident. These hops take the taste to the end. At the very end the lemon and grapefruit hop flavor are strongest and create a more bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation; both suiting the brew rather nicely.

Overall –A good brew with a nice balance between hoppiness and malt. The transitions are quite well between sweet malt and hop.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.93/5  rDev -32.3%
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 barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tribes Alehouse & Grill - Mokena, IL

Pours amber in color, slightly hazy, with a foamy off-white head, good retention and lacing. Juicy hop aroma with grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, biscuit, and faint tropical notes. Tastes are pungent grapefruit, fresh dank hops, caramel, biscuit, loaded bitterness hangs on the palate with string, resiny pine. Mouth-feel is excellently smooth and creamy, medium-to-full bodied. Overall, a nice treat to come across on tap. This is excellent stuff; I like it more than regular Ruination, but quite not as much as I liked 10th Anniversary Ruination.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a hazy golden amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves a huge amount lacing. The aroma is big grapefruit, some pine, a bit of caramel, some orange, and tangerine. The taste is fairly dry throughout with grapefruit, pine, a hint of caramel, and some orange. The finish has a pretty strong bitterness and is drying. Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. This beer is exactly how I like my IPAs. Quite dry with just a bit of malt coming through the hops. Fantastic. I would say this is slightly better than Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a dense half inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is more malty than expected, considering the double dry hop additions. Caramel malt, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a bit of dank basement, and resin form the aroma, finishing with pine.

Flavor is dominated by grapefruit, pineapple, green apple, mango, and tangerines, supported by a slightly bready malt backbone, which serves only to tire the citrus flavors together. The finish is fairly bitter and resiny. Dank flavors of cannabis surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderately high carbonation, and a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, not terribly different than the original, from what I recall. Another great brew from Stone! More fruit focused than the 10th Anniversary, which has more complex flavor.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very similar to 10th Anniversary Ruination in color, a light golden brown. however a thinner off white head and no carbonation

S - all pine hops, big time pine, with a hint of floral hop qualities

T - pine pine and more pine all accompanied with that floral twinge, a real hops punch on my tongue

M&D - some smoothness, but the hoppiness with distract some, Hopheads will want to wallow in the hoppiness and chew this beer for a while

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Photo of corby112
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very dark and completely opaque burnt orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Chunks of lace left behind.

Dank, earthy aroma that's bursting with juicy, über fresh hops.  Nice balance of earthy pine and sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes.  Beautifully fragrant with grassy, piney hops followed by hints of mango, papaya, pineapple and orange peel.  Very faint pale malt presence with some biscuit and graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, earthy hops that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a crisp, dry finish.  Never becomes too bitter because it's excellently balanced by citrus/tropical fruits and light malt presence.  Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange peel followed by bready biscuit and graham cracker.  Excellently balanced and extremely quaffable.  Really refreshing with dry, bitterness and sweeter notes complimenting each other.  Highly recommended.

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Photo of frognot
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light amber/orange body with a two finger foamy off-white head

Smell: A lot of citrus with some piney hops in the background

Taste: A lotta citrus hops that is balanced superbly with citrus and sweet maltiness

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a nice crisp edge from the hops

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Looks and smells like should be heavier but has a wonderful balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cascade version on cask served in a nonic. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a frothy white finger of head that slowly fades leaving a pattern of webby lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is bright with hops smelling of citrus juice, specificially grapefruit, grass and oily herbal aspects. After just having several bottles of normal Ruination the day before, this version stands levels above with a brighter and deeper focus on the hops in a more fruity/floral way than herbal and piney.

The taste is very similar to normal ruination but stepped up with rinds and a fruity to floral punch of hops. It gets grassy into the aftertaste with a warmth of alcohol coming out. The increased serving temperature provides a unique twist to the experience. The sheer flavor of the hop peeks with the bitterness being an afterthought. Which is quite opposite to what I find in the base beer.

This is medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. It is so smooth and easy drinking which lends itself into the dangerously drinkable realm. Overall this is a solid improvement over an already enjoyable hop bomb base brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 5/18/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus and caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, great representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

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

On tap at Stone

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has nice retention and leaves good lacinf.

S - Citrus and grassy hops. Some biscuity malt as well. Nice and herbal.

T - Very grassy to start with, with some nice citrus hops. Hopping is nice and assertive, but not over the top. Enough malt to provide some balance but definitely hop forward.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth, with consistant hop bitterness throughout. Finish is earthy, dry and bitter.

O - Almost a little tame considering the base beer, but not at all in a bad way. Very tasty.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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 ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of huge citrus hops with some sweet caramel malts and a bit of lemon peel. Almost candied citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Starts off with lots of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit, bitterness, lemon peel, and some sweet caramel malt. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness comes through with a bit of pine, and some more sweet malts. The finish is a mix of strong citrus hop with some mellowing pine and bitterness and some sweet malt.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth nice a nice dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big and full hop flavor from start to end. The overall beer still feels balanced and is able to handle the hops.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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 b3shine
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft to imperial pint glass. Looks good; burnt orange with a nice head. Smells great! The double dry hopping is noticeable and very pleasant. Taste is great too! A much-improved version of an already delicious beer. The dry hopping really adds some nice flavor to the beer. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall, this is an outstanding brew that is definitely worth seeking out. I'd probably sit here all night if there wasn't a CBS tapping tonight. I LOVE Cincy Beer Week!

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Photo of Intrik
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, copper-ish color with minimal head retention.

S - Very lively citrus smells from the crazy amount of hops used in creating this beer. Very much a cistrus-y hopped double IPA with a sweet, almost fruit syurp smell to it.

T - Immediate bright bitterness hits my tounge that is complimented by a citrus fruit tone that coats the bitter hop taste. The after taste is a limited amount of bitterness on the back of the tounge that begs for another sip.

M - Mmm the hops are oozing with character that invites you in for another sip. I can't get enough of this beer. So far the empitome of my hop head experience.

O - Amazing beer! Dry hopped beer are always worth a shot for someone that can appreciate hops. If you are looking for a great example of citrus hops then this is a beer you want to try.

Served at Petrol Station into a pint glass.

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Photo of Jonster02
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass

A: light golden straw at the base of the weizen and a hearty golden waist.

S: earthy citrus hops

T: almost flawless (as the bottle states, and, if your into DIPA's) big bitter bite of floral greatness. Long lasting pine or sprucey finish.

M: Slick, bitter.

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Photo of Bob38
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured somewhat carelessly into a Pilsner glass.

Extremely clear strawberry gold color with a 1+ inch head which hung out for a while.

Lots of citrus notes and the generous hopping is evident in the smell.

Slowly enjoyed over 30 minutes and approaching room temperature at the end the blast of citrus hops morphed into a balanced blend of hops and malt.

Somewhat expensive where I live, so it becomes a question of value. There might be others that compare favorably at a lower price point. It depends how you roll.

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Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of off white head. There is a good amount of retention.

Smell: Juicy citrus hops, reminds me of pineapple and grapefruit peel. A slight sweetness accompanies the hops and it works quite well.

Taste: Bitter, citrus peel hops hit the tongue hard. Not quite as interesting as the smell, but I'm sure it is when it is fresh. Some sweet malt in the background, but the finish is pure hops. This is really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm really happy that I got to try this beer. Has a really great hop profile. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of bljebd
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
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 DarthKostrizer
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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 MrVonzipper
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for this great growler pick up for Bottleshare.
Fairly hazy orange color. Bubbly eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.  

Fantastic nose. Big bright Citra and Centennial hops stand out. With Nice citrus notes along with sweet Pineapple.

Amazing flavor. Sweet nice citrus and floral hops. Great balance. Mild bitter back end and finish. Nice candy malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very fresh and crisp. 

Overall an amazing beer. Too bad they can't dry hop all Ruination this way so we could have this awesome beer with the same accessibility. Big beautiful Centennial and Citra hop nose and flavor just make this already great beer exceptional.

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Photo of suspect
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Split with mrmarmot.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger head that disappears in a few minutes. Spotty, inconsistent lacing.

S: Wonderful citrus hoppy aroma hits first and foremost even though this bottle is a few months old. It doesn't appear that this beer has lost a step in the aroma department. Very nice malt balanced backend that has yet to take over here.

T: Citrus hop front end is here but has definitely faded over the course of time but it is certainly a wonderful IIPA. It has not lost balance and it has not become a malt bomb. The age can be tasted but the aftertaste brings forward a taste of what this beer used to be, which is really delicious.

M: A touch thin, a touch undercarbonated but the hop oils definitely pull out a pucker. The alcohol is hidden nicely and it dries enough to make me want more and more with each sip.

O: Fresh I bet this puppy could stand up to Pliny as one of the best IIPAs around. I really really hope that Stone makes this again because if this beer was as limited as it seemed to be, it will be a travesty.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Ruination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 456 ratings