Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing

Ruination IPARuination IPA
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #245
Ranked #1,360
4.29 | pDev: 10.26%
Monday at 08:12 AM
Jun 12, 2002
Throughout our history, we’ve built a (fairly deserved) reputation for being obsessed with massively hoppy IPAs. And this groundbreaking creation you see before you is largely responsible for that legacy. Did you know that Stone Ruination IPA was the first year-round, brewed-and- bottled West Coast Double IPA on the planet? True story. As the technology and techniques for maximizing hoppy goodness evolved over the years, so too did this beer. Yet we still look back fondly on the impression it left on the palates of many. As a tribute to its roots, we’re bringing it back for a limited time in its original old school form– the quintessential representation of a West Coast Double IPA. 8.2% ABV, 100+ IBU

This isn't Ruination 2.0
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Ratings by Act25:
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Stone - becoming a favorite brewer for balanced IPAs in many styles, humor, and thrilling experiences.
If I were a PE fund, I would buy them and scale them up without ruining them, which brings us to the subject of...

RUINATION.... It's the best DIPA I have tried. Most are so alcoholic that they pale compared with their little 6% brothers. in this case, I like Ruination equally to Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard. Wow!

A: Poured from 22oz into .5l cylinder. Beautiful 3 finger head, that leaves behind rings of sticky lacing, and returns with a swirl. Almost clear, lighter than expected pale honey amber color. Nice.

S: Heavenly, original, floral, fruity, and piney hops. The nose is big, you can just sniff this over and over. It's perfection. It's ruined me. Big nose beer 5.0.

T: As with the aroma the flavor is massive hops, a California wave, but smooth. Hoppy through out with a cracker malt background. Good bread, communion wafer. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon, orange jam, and pine scents floating on out of the oven italian bread like grandma made.

Not bitter, despite the big, big hops.

F: Is full, rich, drying, and silky smooth and creamy weight. Warming, but the alcohol doesnt mask or take anything away as it does in most DIPAs.

Ruination is stronger, more hoppy, flowery, and distinct that their IPA so it just depends on your mood and food which to go with. Among the greatest american IPAs.

2nd and 3rd time around, - just as lovely!
Aug 11, 2013
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.96 by AndyGG from California

Monday at 08:12 AM
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
According to Untappd, I had this beer in April 2014. While I usually avoid imperials, this tasty (hop) bomber was calling my name that day. I should have taken better notes.
Sep 26, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
Rated: 3.76 by Chipwells from Georgia

Jul 14, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 07, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by joran from Kansas

May 27, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle to pint glass.,. done with fruity little hazies? Ready to get back to what made you dig IPAs in the first place? Here’s your golden ticket back to Hop City. Dank and stanky and crisp and lively!
Drink this!
May 15, 2023
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Reviewed by evanwoertz from California

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
a little light on the look and feel but overall a very solid west coast double IPA. on the side of bitter and bright, not buttery whatsoever, not floral, not caramel, not citrus, just straight up west coast imperial IPA, crisp and dry. dank.
Apr 29, 2023
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L - bright golden with great clarity and a white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a thin cap and some lacing
S - Bright floral hops, faint bubblegum, citrus. smells somewhat faint
T - Bright, resinous, piney hops up front and throughout intermixed well with floral notes, citrus, some biscuit, and hints of bubblegum
F - medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing
O - beautifully simple. The OG West Coast DIPA
Apr 23, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by db9000

Apr 17, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by chris826 from Mississippi

Mar 23, 2023
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Reviewed by FrankieKaufman from Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The classic recipe delivers the double IPA that solidified my love of the double IPA. Overall, a perfect representation of the style. Everything you want for the style, including a rich amber color, hop forward flavor, perfect malt backbone and a bitter finish to deliver an amazing beer. Stone got it right with this recipe, and I am glad they brought it back to celebrate.
Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by ramseye4 from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
One of my old favorites in early 2010s.

A- pours a golden copper color. Leans on the transparent side but this allows the incredible bubbles rising to be seen clearer. Thick fluffy head that sticks around. Gorgeous

S- bitter oily pine, floral undertones.

T- Lots and Lots of pine, honey, delightfully bitter. Resin, some grassy character in the finish.

M-full bodied with a bitter aftertaste.

O- A phenomenal old school IPA that spits in the face of current trends. Love it
Mar 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Ocalafox from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - aggressive pour with nice foamy white head, color is clear and copper, good lacing throughout. Smell - grapefruit, floral, Taste - sweet malt caramel, citrus pith, tangerine, spice, dank hops, resin. Big medium body with bitter carbonation that simmers to a soft, dry finish on the top of the tongue. Overall very enjoyable, a few 4 packs upon release but I'm more a fresh Jai Alai or Tropicalia kinda guy.
Mar 08, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by Ananabiya

Mar 05, 2023
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