Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

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Ruination IPARuination IPA
Ruination IPARuination IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Different from Ruination 2.0

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3,084 | Ratings: 10,885
Photo of mothmanscott
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 4/21/12: Pours hazy honey gold producing 1/5 inche of frothy, lasting, white head which leaves a good coating of lace. Aroma is citrus and pine hops backed by sweet caramel malt. Taste is similar with a strong hop start which balances well with the malt in the middle to be come more caramel sweet in the finish. It becomes very bitter in the aftertaste. Nice.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden clear, frothy foam. Perishing to a small crown, decent lacing-High level of hoppy aroma, citrus, tropical fruits. Very high hoppy flavor. High bitterness with some medium, chewy maltiness. Some spiciness Medium body, oily. Bitter finish

Very delcious.

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Photo of aficionado224
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew is strong and it's reasonable to expect anything named Ruination to be as strong as it is. It feels heavy and the flavor is about right for one positioned as a heavy brew. I rate it very good because even though I probably won't have any more of it, I'm sure there are many who have sophisticated taste as I have will have more of it and it will be satisfying.

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Photo of Winzlow
3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bomber of 2.0 from my favorite Beer World - that likes to jack up the prices on over-aged beer. The date on this bomber was enjoy by 08/17/17...purchased 11/04/17 (I know my fault - but I wanted to try it).
They have some Stone Tangerine Express that was over a year old!
Anyway - another meh...not good - not bad...reminds me of a boozy Ballast Point Sculpin....

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Photo of Wi_brew_bud
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So it’s a good beer but it doesn’t finish its hoppy and bitter but boozy. I think that if it was a little be smother than it would be a winner. But overall it’s still a beer that should be a part of any IPA tour

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Photo of kotocar
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a Stone beer so it should be good right? If you're really into the style then you'll probably know there are better double IPA's out there. If you're not too much into the style you'll think this is too bitter and not entirely balanced.

The hops are there but what it lacks is something to sweeten it up just a bit. It needs more of a malt backbone. It almost tastes like I'm drinking hop water. The hops are too overpowering for me to really distinguish any of the malts.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This got off on the wrong foot. Poured the beer into a nice pint glass and rested on my end table getting ready to watch a ballgame. As I sat, my elbow knocked over the glass spilling ruination all over my wife?s breast pump...I know...too much info. Lost over half the 12 oz. Bottle. What?s left was disappointing considering how much I like stone?s standard IPA. Citrus pine nose. Yellow color. Overly bitter without the extra flavor to justify. Very middling.
22 oz bottle at the Borgata. A little better than the 2.8 I rated this. Upping the numbers.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Gordon Ramsey Burger.. they swear it was OG Ruination ... not sure how to believe that this place just randomly has a keg of the original Ruination IPA, but I rated accordingly. High hop profile, way to similar to 2.0 to not be a little skeptic. Either way, cheers!

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2009 backlog. Bomber. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit. Appearance is cloudy gold, decent head, decent lacing. Good balance between the malt and hops. Hops are still the dominant flavor here. Very citrusy flavor. Not quite as full-bodied as I was hoping, but definitely not watery. Good IPA, but I’ve had better.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a burnt rugged copper color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head. Light lace glistened around the glass as the head died off.
The aroma had some throat burning grassy to citrusy to piney hops, full and pummeling with a sturdy caramel/toffee malt base.
The flavor was basically the same with that palate wrecking capable hop burn aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was "hot" hop worthy with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt right as projected.
Overall, this is one of those palate wrecking capable DIPA's that basically subjugates your tongue into submission, which don't get me wrong, it's very well done, but not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing double IPA! Actually the first one I've ever had, at that time I was dumbfounded. Now I'm drinking it again to write these impressions down.
Very citrusy, grapefruity in the nose, Citra, Centennial, Amarillo perhaps? Zesty aroma hops backed up with huge amounts of bittering hops. Every sip you feel its citrusy zestiness but soon after comes the bitterness, similar to that of a grapefruit.
As sophisticated as Stone is, this beer is not only about its taste but also its feel. They make legends with their beers, most definitely with this one, with their dark idol the Gargoyle snarling back at you from the bottle/can. All you can do is give in to the greatness of this hoppy beast.
Very fruity though, quite unusual of double IPAs, also not that heavy on the body - but tough and intense, the flavors come in a multitude, bombarding you as its taste keeps changing.
No matter how bitter it becomes, as it soothes out it leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. Perfectly created and brewed, classical IPA, a must for all to try!
The first time I had this I could not dare to imagine that Stone ever made anything better, but honestly this is only the introduction to their greatness...

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Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mostly pine on the nose. Not juicy.

Slightly hazy orange/amber.

2 finger head. Nice looking beer.

Taste is resinous pine - a little grapefruit / citrus white rind bitterness. Nice malt / biscuit flavor.

I have to agree with some others - very nicely balanced. A very well crafted beer.

It's almost "sticky" on the backend with some alcohol burn. But no intense booziness.

Nice IPA but sort of so well balanced nothing stands out.

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Photo of Mikey440
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Remains one of my favorite double IPAs ever. It has a lot of flavor that isn't overpowering, plenty of hops, the freshness of a westcoast IPA, and some of the best balance I have ever had in a beer. As much as I enjoy the 2.0 version, I still think this version was better. Miss this one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.25/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

A palate punisher. Nothing but onions, garlic, and pine on this thing. If you enjoy scrubbing your tongue for a good half hour, this is the IPA for you. Otherwise, pass with pride.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a good brew straight from the bottle or tulip and they did well, only stone beer I ever really enjoyed. Intense hop flavor that seems to be missing some sense of balance as far as brewing and intense hopiness, but it's a shame it's retired.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a hazy orange with some carbonation and a thin head that disappeared quickly. I get a nice bready, piney, orange aroma with a nice underlying sweetness. The beer has a nice roasty flavor and nice balance. Nice pine hops kick in the end but still very good. The beer has a good drying effect and a long bitter finish

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Photo of Mod_Nyzreth
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is most definitely my Stone favorite. An overload of hops with IBU off the scale while maintaining a good balance. Going to miss this one if it really is retired!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the first dipa to ever be bottled. Comes out a hearty mix of orange and auburn, drops plenty of hops all over the place.

Taste is ruiningly bitter. Its palate fatigue, but the good kind. Covers alcohol relatively well, the massive ibu payload is all up on you. Got a little malt heavy as lighter drier hop bombs came along, especially the citra hop, but this is definitely one that belongs in the time capsule, heavy C and maybe simcoe hops, lots of crystal malt, warming sensation.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another superlative beer from Stone. An ode to the NW hops, biting, bitter, pungent, resinous, hints of caramel, pine, soap. Bracing, a wake up call for your palate.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a tulip glass at the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing in Terminal 2)
Appearance: Cloudy amber. Slightly less than 1 finger of white head.
Smell: Citrus+hops+pine.
Taste: Another stone beer with a great mix of bitterness and sweetness. Great hoppy flavor with hints of citrus. No unpleasant aftertaste. 8.2% ABV is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full body beer with moderately high amount of carbonation.
Overall: Another awesome beer by Stone Brewing.

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Photo of BWED
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Semi-hazy, bronze in color. White head is dense. Great retention and some sticky rings of lacing.

S- Dank, pine, fruity, juicy sweetness, a little OJ.

T- Strong pine bite, resin, faint citrus, and even fainter biscuit malt flavor.

M- Hop bomb. Long bitter finish, dry. Medium full body.

O- Great hop bomb. Ruthless hop profile, but still a little balance. And dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of peepmachine
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours golden orange, head retention is great, nice lacing

S- musty, piney, citrusy, heaven

T- Dank, resinous, and super piney. Lingers in the back of throat and on the palate

M- Medium to full mouth feel most likely due to the yummy ale yeast they use and being unfiltered.

O- One of my favorite West Coast style IIPA's. Hides that alcohol very well then BAM!

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Photo of irrevjim
3.21/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

cloudy golden orange. 1/2" head dissipates quickly. lacing stays forever
smell;alcohol, pine
taste; alcohol, pine, some grapefruit
feel;bitter but not dry, boozy, feels full bodied
overall, feels like someone managed to get 10% abv into a 6% old school ipa, heavy but i don't taste the malt, hoppy but more booze than bitter and there is enough bitter

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Photo of ajilllau
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great ipa. Sexier than most woman that come into my bar. It's thick looking in a glass with an orange tint to it. It has a great hoppy smell to it. Just make sure you clean your beer lines after you put this beer on.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best doubles out there! Clean, simple with a perfect hoppy balance that will even concert the non IPA drinkers. Watch out, high alcohol sneaks up...

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Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,885 ratings