Ruination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped
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Ruination IPA - Double Dry-HoppedRuination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #75
Ranked #662
4.35 | pDev: 9.43%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Ruination IPA - Double Dry-HoppedRuination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 457
Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev -12%
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 StoneTSR
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, found this gem at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder.

APPEARANCE: Just like the regular Ruination, the Double Dry Hopped version pours a light, yellow straw color. The head was about a quarter-inch thick in a large snifter and there was no lacing at all.

SMELL: Intense hoppy aroma that was lacking in the regular Ruination. The grapefruit is very intense along with a little lemon and orange as well.

TASTE: Again, this is a lot like the regular stuff, but with a ton more grapefruit flavor. There are a ton of hops in here, but there is just a touch of malty sweetness that keeps this beer balanced enough to keep enjoying for a long time.

MOUTHFEEL: Oddly, despite the large amount of hop character in this beer it is not quite as dry as the original. The sparkle is strong and despite being high in ABV and IBUs, this is a light feeling and very drinkable beer.

OVERALL: The DDH really does seem to literally be a hopped up version of Ruination. The short version of this review would be Ruination IPA + Grapefruit = Delicious DDH Ruination IPA. Real good beer.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml C&C bottle. Bottled 6/22/11. Served in a 22oz glass.

I was able to grab one of these last week while picking up my barrel aged Kona porter. I know it's a few months old but I still think it's cool I was given the chance to buy the first in the Quingenti Millilitre series (which wasn't even supposed to hit the general public).

As I was warned by Stone, the cork was a little hard to get out, but not nearly the hardest I've dealt with. The bottle was a little overfilled, leaving sticky residue on the cork and bottle lip, but I imagine learning things like that is what testing a bottling line is all about.

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a 3 finger head of off-white foam. Some chunky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells great. Even given the age I still smell some fresh hop flowers, honest. Big citrusy orange and pine aromas, slight floral notes. Sweet caramel malt quickly follows the brighter notes to back things up.

The taste reveals more of a fade imho. The sweet maltiness is stronger than in the nose. There are certainly plenty of rich hop oils mixed in that remain as the sweetness fades through the middle. Citrusy orange and pine, just like the nose. Finish is nice and bitter and more hop forward, but caramel notes never completely leave.

Body and carbonation seem to both hit about medium, medium-low. Given that the ABV isn't crazy high (and is well masked) this is very drinkable.

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Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, corked and caged, from Stone Bistro. What a whale this is - 262 bottles released!

Hazy orangish-copper in color with a small off-white head and great lacing.

The aroma is pretty intense despite the fact that this is a couple months old. Citra hops are evident with big orange and grapefruit, along with earthy and piney notes. Some sweet malt and buttery hints in the background.

The flavor is damn good. Mild malt base with a huge brutal hop punch. Big grapefruit that almost adds a sourness as well as some earthiness, and the bitterness on the finish is almost off the charts.

Medium-full body with a brutal enamel-stripping mouthfeel. Nice carbonation level even though the cork was tough to remove.

Haters be damned, this is a very good DIPA. Packs a punch and is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of victory4me
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler to a standard shaker. Thanks regspeir!!!

Pours a hazy golden elixer with two fingers of fluffy head that leaves webs of lacing all over the glass. Big aromas of pineapple, apricot, peach, and pine cone. One of the best smelling IPA's I've ever had, almost in the same league as Younger based simply on the aroma.

Big punch in the face of citra and centennial hops. Initial flavors of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and pine. The piney flavors further develop into an extremely bitter finish that lingers and coats the back and sides of my tongue. No resemblance of malts or sweetness, truly the palate ruiner one would expect from stone. The extreme bitterness takes the mouthfeel down a notch, which is otherwise quite typical of a high-end IPA.

My favorite hoppy beer from Stone and certainly among the elite IPA's I've tried. Thanks again, Reg!

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

Picked up a sweet very unique swingtop growler from Pinochio's Pizza & Beer Garden in Media, PA today. They are doing a special Stone tap takeover this week, with special deals on Growler fills and these unique growlers with the Stone logo on one side and Pinochio's on the other. Really cool shape!

Normally I stick to PA Brews only, but I do love me some Stone!

A - Basica golden-yellow appearence, pretty clear, not really an important rating factor for anyone who knows what "real ale" is...cloudy is okay people : )

S - Beautiful bouquet of bountiful hops...noticeably more gorgeous than a fresh standard ruination. Fragrent ripe peaches, appricots, citrus, resiny pine...all the things you would expect from a big west coast ipa

T - The taste is excellent...matches the nose spot on with flavors from all of the above simultaneously and wickedly balanced!

M - Here is where I am totally thrown seems very thin and watery to me...maybe b/c its from a tap and not a bottle...but the weight/body seem to be lacking...not necessarily a negative...but it doesn't feel like a near 8% brew

O - Great! I like it much more than the standard ruination which I had previously dismissed as a novelty beer. Its funny but this doesn't seem as bitter as the first time I had ruination. Either this batch is very smooth, or the extra dry hops balance it out, or I have become acustomed to extremely bitter ales...probably a combo of the 3.

Anyway, if you see it on tap or in bottles (and fresh) give it a go...especially if you are a HopHead like me! : )

Cheers Brothers!

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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 LAMAGS
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange, with a tall fluffy white head, low retention with good lacing. Nose was a bit weird, some citrus and hops with a few basement aromas. Hops. Very bitter hoppy flavor with some citrus but really hops. Bitter on the finish and very dry throughout. Medium body with light carbonation does a great deal to convey the massive hops into your stomach comfortably. A risky brew that paid off, very bitter and hoppy but ultimately rewarding, very good.

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

From notes taken at the Stone night at the Armsby Abbey.

A - A nice burnt orange pour with a very tiny white head that fades to leave a small amount of side lacing.

S - Like your typical ruination, just amped up with citra hops. This stuff is really nice, juicy hop aroma with a very light malt backbone.

T - Oh yeah, this is definately a ruinator! Like others have said this is like chewing on a hop cone. Super bitter, super hoppy. Juicy grapefruit here. If you enjoy hops, this is all it.

M - Nice mouthfeel, kinda creamy and thick but nice carbonation on the tongue.

O - Wow, this was a great way to end the night. Definately ruined my taste buds with the hops. Gotta love this one.

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

Served in a mug at the County Grill in Yorktown.

A - Hazy orange brew with a small bit of froth. Head settled to a thin layer and remained that way the rest of the way down. Scattered lacing.

S - Sort of musky aroma, with a little sweetness, and some grapefruit flavors. The hops are present, but slightly muted here.

T - The hops are in no way muted in this department, however. Bitter as all Hell. I imagine chewing on a hop cone would be similar to this flavor. Some grapefruit and citrus notes poke through, but can't escape the massive hop bite.

M - Dry medium body, lightly carbonated, and ultimately tongue-numbing.

D - Excellent. Certainly an experience. True to it's namesake, my palate was demolished after this. Everything else had no flavor whatsoever. Must try for hopheads or fans of Stone.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan.

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice fluffy 2-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice lace on the glass.

S - The smells has a good amount of citrus to it. There are some nice tropical fruit smells, as well as a nice piney and citrus hop presence.

T - The taste starts off with some flavors of pineapple, citrus, and a nice hop flavor. There is a bit of a sweet maltiness that hides in the background. The hops give a nice big bitter citrusy bite. The finish is of lingering hop bitterness and tropical fruit.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice hop bitterness, as well as a smooth fruitiness.

O - This has great drinkability. I feel myself wanting glass after glass of this. It makes me wish I had gotten a 64 oz. growler instead of a 32oz. Overall, this is just a great beer with great flavor. I really recommend trying this if you run into it. Cheers.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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 TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cough cough.... For providing this bottle for a killer jackie os tasting

From the testing of the bottling line.
Pours a clear orangish colour. Lots of white head. The aroma is phenomenal. Tons of citrus hops and grassy notes. A really solid aroma. Tastes surprisingly wonderful compared to regular ruination. Petty solid but bitter on the back of the tongue. Well carbonated and really enjoyable overall

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells mainly of citrus, earthy, piney hops with some malt mixed it, but it's mostly all hops on this one.
T: Not as hoppy as I was expecting. It has a nice mix of citrus, piney, earthy hops with a little bit of sweet toasted malts to balance it out all mixed with some orange in there as well.
M: Crisp, clean, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable beer as it did not feel as high gravity as it is. It was a good take and the dry hopping was a nice touch.

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

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a semi hazy gold with orange hints. Creamy one finger white head has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Hoppy goodness abounds. Strong citrus and pine resin, earthy, grassy hops as well. Not picking up any malt, but it smells very good.

T-Follows the nose on the hop profile with citrus, pine and earthy/grassy hoppy goodness. A subtle malt back that was not in the nose is there as well acting as a faint complement to the pleasantly bitter hop bite. Tastes very good.

M-Medium body and carbonation, this version is slightly creamy-something I don't get in the bottle of regular Ruination.

O-A very enjoyable DIPA that provides a great hop fix. I'd love to see this as a regular offering.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at kickbacks in jax. Poured into a snifter. Medium off-white head and retention. Clear, oily lacing. Aroma is pungent grapefruit and pine. Intense hops to the highest level of comprehension. Some alcohol in the aroma but really totally dominated by one of the most spirited hop aromas of all time. Taste is dominated by grapefruit and i think it actually tickled by tongue and made it curl a little bit. Really a delicious taste and awesomely drinkable. Really one of the best double ipa's ever.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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 thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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 BARFLYB
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at The Grey Lodge in a Sierra Nevada glass.

SRIPADDH came to me in the glass looking very golden, olympic medal gold with some faint orange peeking through. A nice full cap of off white foam that left sheets of lace, notches on the way down, nice.

Smell is downright amazing, Ruination smells great, this smells like heaven. It's so pungent with dry hop scents that attack the nose senses. Pine needles basked in pineapple, grapefruit and just hops. A small biscuit malt like nose when I got around to it. Holy shit.

A hop bomb in every sense of the word. Pungent juicy hops giving off the dankest of citrus flavor. Grapefruit, pineapple, a whole shit load of pine, yet the needles meld nice like with the citrus. Holy guacamole!! The dank pungent citrus never leaves, and unlike some other overly hoppped beers, the slightest bit of malt kinda evens it out in the end. This will wreck your palate as it did mine, but the balance is just amazing.

This kicked my palates ass. Swishing this around in the mouth only brings out the best and it lingers oh so nice. Semi astringent though and more bitter than my thoughts regarding Sarah Palin. At 7.7, the alcohol does not show but the bitterness does. Great aftertaste, medium body, carbed up nice.

Knowing that Stone produced this, I got what I came for and they BROUGHT it. I could not drink a bunch of this, a pint is enough, unlike the double dry hopped stone IPA which is a bit easier to chug more. Stone knows hops, and I love stone, and miss getting stoned.

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Photo of IcarusComplex
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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 barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a a clear goldeinish yellow with good carbonation, nice white cap. Minutes later the lacing is hanging tough

S: Jizzed in my pants. Again. Sweet, dry, fresh citrus and flowers. Nose was pungent and I can now believe this is double dry hopped.

T: Wow. This beer really worked wonders coming from the growler. The citrus was aggressive;lemon, light orange peel. The floral notes were big and nice not overly floral or perfumey but down right perfect. The beauty of this beer is that it still is a balanced beer.

M: Light to medium body, crisp and refrshing, A palate wrecker no doubt

O: Exceptional!

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -8%
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 KickInTheChalice
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a goblet.

Appearance: On tap this has a deep hazy gold and tangerine color with a thick, sticky white head. A soft sheet of lace hugs the glass on the way down. This even looks hoppy.

Smell: Somehow Stone managed to double dry hop this without it completely losing its mind. Slightly caramelized grapefruit, orange zest, a barrel of sappy pine, and a little grass contribute to a blur of a hoppy aroma. I could say there is some pale malt in there, but that would pretty much be a lie.

Taste: There is a bit of a biscuity malt base - the flavor would come through a bit more if the hop bill didn't just smash it to bits. Some residual malt sweetness helps to coat the grapefruit and orange zest, which complements the sappy pine and grassy hops quite well. Although hoppy as hell, my palate is left mostly intact at the end of the glass, at least intact enough to order another.

Mouthfeel: For a DIPA, it is medium bodied, with creamy carbonation that comes in just above medium. Very smooth.

Overall: I am not sure whether my palate has just been blasted by so many hops at this stage in my beer drinking career or whether I just love the aroma / taste balance of the dry hopped version, but I prefer this over the regular version. A great beer.

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Photo of fields336
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at proof
Served in ommegang tulip

A: dark golden amber color with one finger of solid white bubbly head. Some legs and Lacing hang around. Not much visible haze  
S: piney and citrus amazing aroma on this. I'm getting strong resin and pine 
T:holy hops, malts hit up front with huge pine and citrus notes as a finish. This is great flavor. Booze not really detectable, dank resiny hops. Very complex
M: Chewy and thick this is a full bodied d ipa I love how it feels, smooth with a prickly finish as it coats your mouth with delicious hop goodness. Only downside is it is a little bit syrupy but not overpoweringly so.
O: this is what I imagine the perfect super hopped double IPA to taste like

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Ruination IPA - Double Dry-Hopped from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 457 ratings