Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

Ruination IPARuination IPA
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Average: 4.32 | pDev: 10.19%

Reviews: 3,084 | Ratings: 10,885

American Imperial IPA | 8.20% ABV

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. Different from Ruination 2.0
Ruination IPARuination IPA
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Reviews by CapitalGains:
Photo of CapitalGains
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured and tasted 7/18/11
12 oz. bottle poured into a Deschutes Imperial Pint glass

Pours into a golden body with about an inch and a half of thick, creamy head that takes its time to settle. Does not leave as much lacing as one might expect considering the initial head.
Aroma is primarily citrus hops, sweet sugar, lemon, oranges, and a bit of floral and piney scents.
Taste is embodied by tangerines, pineapple, and grapefruit with a very present bitterness (as expected with 100+ IBU at 7.70% ABV). Hop bitterness is the defining factor in this brew. Finish is a bit dry and the malt presence seems subdued.
Proper level of carbonation and the mouthfeel is spot on - not too thin or thick.
A couple of these can definitely ruin your palate, as evidenced by the name. A little too forward on the bitterness for my preferences. Picked up at six-pack for $15; to be honest there are better deals for other IPAs out there in my opinion.

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

Appearance – The Ruination pours a gorgeous orange color with a terrific head that laced the heck out of my Ruination (what else?) glass on a modest pour. This one is thick through and through. I could stare at this all night if I didn’t want to drink it so bad.

Smell – This one has a big, complex hop profile. I can pick up everything from nice floral notes to big citrus to very smooth pine resin. There’s also a good malty sweetness that gives this Double IPA an incredibly full bouquet. It’s balanced but assertive in its style. The aroma announces the above-standard qualities of this ale.

Taste – This is very distinctive. It’s big and complex with a huge hop flavor that screams, “quality ingredients,” mixed reasonably with some very attractive malts and a good caramel sweetness for balance. It is perfectly executed for the style and demands attention by the thoughtful beer drinker.

This is like a full course meal with different flavors all around but that satisfies in the end. The hops are very floral and mixed with a pinch of table sugar and a six-inch grapefruit wedge. You can learn a lot from this beer.

Mouthfeel – There’s just enough carbonation to make this one entertaining. It is full in the mouth and incredibly smooth. It’s thick and chewy just like an American Double IPA should be.

Drinkability – My body loves this as it does oxygen. This brew is awesome. You don’t want to drink it with any food because it’s so filling and so flavorful.

Update – This is a staple in my house, so I thought that I’d re-review it with a batch from 2004. Is it still a perfect 5? Even after a bottle or two a week of this stuff it’s still perfect and I still haven’t found a better IPA.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/16/14 - from 12.oz bottle into Bordeaux glass. 8 weeks before enjoy by date.

“The first step in knowing that you’re a hop-head is admitting that you are a hop-head”, - Anonymous.

When I look back at the past 7 years of being a craft enthusiast, there exists a half-dozen brews that I can credit to being my gateway into the hobby. However, it was my love for Ruination that helped me realize I was all in. RIP my beautiful nectar.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a soft yellow-amber color with a bit of opaque haziness in the middle of the glass. The slightly less-than-white head looked very foamy and stayed on top of the brew all the way down. The lacing was magnificent - truly amazing.

The nose is just as advertised - FULL of hops. Hops, pines, and hop oils crowd your nose and send your nostrils on quite a trip. A hefty dose of citrus creeps up from the back as well. Very aromatic and perfume-like, just what you expect from a top of the line IPA. Walk through a field of pine trees. Stick your nose into a rose bush.

The taste jumps up and runs a goddamn number on your palate. Hops, hops, hops, and more hops. The hops have a huge pine taste surrounding them, kind of like drinking a liquid tree. Earthy and floral flavors also come out, especially as the beer warms. Grapefruit is noticeable, as are other citrus fruits, perhaps pineapple and orange zest being the best description.

The combo of the wet and pungent citrus rinds and the oily, hoppy bitterness assault is surely a palate destroyer, but in the best way possible. The tongue is left with a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of saltiness that keeps you thirsty for more. Medium-thick body with a sticky mouth-feel. The alcohol doesn't go unnoticed, but it doesn't hinder, either; it provides a nice, solid body that ties everything together.

Probably the best tongue-scrapingly-bitter DIPA that you can get almost anywhere. If you haven't had this beer, I suggest that you try to find it. Be prepared to take a few days off from drinking after you have this one, you'll taste nothing but hops for a while.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous colored beer. Soft orange and slight golden hue. Light lacing with nice tiny bubbles streaming from the top.

Aroma is quite forward with the hop citrus and floral notes. Definitely heavy in the hop department just based on the nose. Some nice under-ripe lemon and grapefruit rind on the nose as well. Slight pine aroma.

Taste isn’t as great as I would have thought. Still their best IPA is Enjoy by. This beer just doesn’t live up to it. It is full of hops, so if that’s what you are going for then this may do it for you. It’s not all that well-balanced. Immediately your mouth is coated in a thick-bitter hop taste. You get some nice citrus notes near the middle and some slight pine, but these true beautiful flavors are short lived. The end flavor is just a harsh un-wanted bitterness that lingers and stays for too long. It prevents the next sip from fully being experienced due to this. I like bitter IPA’s, but I don’t like harsh IPA’s. This one doesn’t allow the citrus to play through, nor does it have the malt to cut back the bitterness to make the beer enjoyable while drinking. It tastes thick and bitter. Not my idea of a great IPA… their Enjoy By is what they should stick to!

Overall, this isn’t worth the time. Not well-balanced and just too harsh in terms of bitterness. The beer gets thick and overcoats the palate. The beautiful citrusy nose isn’t allowed to shine… Bummer. This really doesn’t pair too well with that many foods, but If I was to pair food with this beer, I would have to go with a spicy bowl of ramen. The spiciness will help compete with the level of bitterness of this beer. I give it a 79/100.

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Photo of Srs5768
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Like many, I would have been fine if Ruination 1.0 got to live on alongside 2.0 -- the more great DIPAs, the better. I'll always be thankful for Ruin 1 leading me down a rabbit hole of crushing bittering hops propped up by an herbal, earthy, piney, fruity mix the likes of which few other have captured. Palates may have shifted but Ruin 1 is still an all-time classic.

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Photo of Jrhockney
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A level of bitterness to satisfy just about any hophead. I'll take this one whenever I can get it. I've found its best in a bomber. For some reason, in a 12oz, it doesn't have quite the effect or consistancy from my experience, but I suppose it could have been sitting on the shelf longer. The look is almost terrifying as the taste. The descriptions on the back of all Stone bottles is half worth the cost...I'm starting to wonder if they really are written by demons...

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear honey colored body with a nice fluffy head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Perfumed hoppy aroma; sweet grapefruit

Taste: Starts with a toasted bready flavor that quickly gives way to some serious bitterness that coats the tongue like a blanket; there is some residual sweetness but the tastebuds just can't handle it due to the IBUs; clear alcoholic warming as the liquid goes down the gullet

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with good levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Nowhere near as drinkable in quantity as the Stone IPA, this is a brewing achievement on the extreme level; just not something I want a lot of

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Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold body; thick, chunky white head; large bubble carbonation. Fresh hop aroma; piney; grassy. Bread crust hint with a bold, robust hop bitterness. Oily, resinous feel; medium body; dry finish.

A deep, earthy hop bomb with classic hop varietal bitterness. There is a crisp hop bite that lingers long and slow; very enjoyable as the warm malt sweetness adds some nice counterpoint to the lupulin boldness. A well-developed balance and depth exists throughout and makes for one very satisfying, old school styled hop bomb.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a rich golden color, simple at a glance with nice clarity. Soft thin white head blankets the top for a few moments before drifting to the edges and floating on top like a halo. Rope lacing coats my mug 360 degrees. Hops are direct and powerful in this classic styled IPA. Slightly sweet citrus on the finish. A tasty bitterness never leaves the tongue. The feel is bubbly and tingly on the tongue with a more than moderate amount of dryness on the finish. The alcohol is not as pronounced as I expected considering the 8+ abv. Well done on this quality offering from Stone.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange-amber and lighter than expected. The cream colored head is tinted with a hint of lemon yellow and looks like a thick dollop of whipped cream sitting atop the beer. Glass decoration is very nice. There's a copious amount of sticky lace in sheets and rings.

The nose is a wonderous thing to behold, with loads and loads of pungent, floral, fruity, piney hops. The flavor is wall-to-wall hops, but it isn't as abrasive as expected. A tidal wave of hop flavor hits the taste buds instantly and maintains its intensity through the long, bright, hoppy finish. Flavors include grapefruit, lemon, orange and pine in one glorious, sticky, sweet rush.

There's an undercurrent of malt, but it remains in the background where it belongs. Stone Ruination is definitely bitter, but this brewery has a way of making beer with a massive amount of IBUs seem almost sweet and buttery. Which brings me to...

... the mouthfeel, which is all kinds of wonderful. It's full and rich and silky smooth and heavily creamy and perfect. The alcohol is expertly masked, with no hint on the palate, though it does result in a pleasant warming sensation as the beer is swallowed.

I have to hand it to the boys at Stone once again, this is truly a wonderful beer. Both IPA and Ruination are great, but I'll have to give the nod to the little brother. This DIPA is still a treat and will be a 'go to brew' whenever huge amount of hops are required. Which is most of the time.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly murky, golden-orange into an oversized wine glass. Its one-finger head is pure white and leaves some wild sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. There is a dancing man contained in said lacing.

S: I mostly smell bitter citrus notes, some lemon peel and really bitter grapefruit. A decent amount of dry biscuit mingles with the hop aromas and a hint of pine complements the citrusy hop smells. There is not much balance to this aroma; the semi-sweet, caramel malt backbone that I crave in an IPA is absent. I think this absence leads to a bit of a transparent, watery smell.

T: An alpha acid hop-drop kick to the tongue is pretty much how I would describe the Ruination IPA. The lemon peel and bitter grapefruit aromas translate almost perfectly to the taste, but as the palate warms to the flavor, some sweeter orange and tangerine notes emerge. This is a pleasant surprise, as I was thinking my tongue would just be abused throughout the duration of my tasting experience. That said, this beer is a little light on an appropriate malt balance.

M: Relatively light bodied in the mouth, but with a killer hop backbeat on my taste buds, like a Steve Gadd/hop love-child. My brain says that I should crave a fuller malt balance from the mouthfeel, but my hop loving mouth says "nah, man, just let the bitterness dominate me. It's cool."

D: Pri-tay goood. I will have another in the future, but I do think the price tag is a quite steep at $3 plus per bottle. That is a little silly.

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Photo of jakester
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a 22oz bomber bought at Union Jack's on the Manatawny.
Bottle is beautiful, embossed, stunning. No date, however.
It pours a clear deep, golden color with a slightly off-white, creamy head, @1/2 inch. Slight carbonation is evident. Head stays @1/8 inch throughout. Not much lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grassy/fruity hops up front. Maybe pineapple.Slight bready malt way in the back. Alcohol is present as the beer warms.

This beer tastes like it smells. Grassy citrusy. Not overly bitter. In fact, this is very well balanced for a DIPA. Malt sweetness is present, but not overdone. Alcohol warmth finishes the flavor.

Wonderful hop oils coat the tongue and mouth, even after swallowing. Soft carbonation almost reminds you of cask ale. Sweetness and bitterness seem perfectly balanced. A long, lingering hop and heat finish.

The guy that designed this beer had drinkability in mind. This is so well done, it's hard to criticize anything. I could drink this 'til the cows come home!

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

25 oz bottle drunk in a clear glass coffee mug (please don't ask)

Beer poured clear light amber (leaning towards orange). Thick medium density head with heavy lacing.

Smell was powerfully hoppy, lots of citrus with and undercurrent of light-bodied malts

One taste and you know why they call this Ruination. It's a full-frontal hop assult on your taste buds. Strong hop bitterness, but still flavorful, which is not an easy thing to accomplish. Minor malt in the middle, but all bitter hop in the finish. Given all that, the nice clean mouthfeel made it easy to drink, suprisingly easy and very very good.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours yellow/orange with a good white foamy head. There's a good bit of lacing on the glass after drinking it for a while. Obviously this beer has a very strong hop smell, with citrus and pine. It tastes like hops too. A strong hop taste but not overpowering, with a bitter aftertaste at the end which stays around for a while. Not well balanced at all, but this beer is for the hopheads out there. It has a nice medium mouthfeel, slightly slick. Even with all the hoppiness, the beer does go down smooth. I'm not a hophead, but for the style this is a pretty good beer. Whenever I'm in the mood for a hoppy beer, I'd definitely pick up one of these again. Cheers!

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Photo of Poser
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Ruination -- great beer! Pours a slightly orangy red color with thick top and some of the best lacing I've ever seen. Aroma is spicy citrus with some strong hops. Taste and mouthfeel is exceptional and complex. There is definitely some citrus tones but also some very sweet malts. The hoppy bitterness, however, will soon dominate the palate. I recommend not drinking anything after this brew as your tastebuds will be fried. Medium-bodied but the texture dominates going down.

I will be stocking up on this exception brew next time I'm out of state.

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Photo of chromeratt
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's pint glass.

A: Poured a vibrant golden orange color with a chilled haze and a thick two-finger head of dense white foam. Carbonation was lively and the lacing left was ample.

S: Smells of toasted grain and a lot of resinous hop oil aromas: hop leaf, grass, grapefruit and clove.

T: Taste reveals a quick hit of sweet toffee malts at first, but its just a flash in the pan. The real flavor pours hop resins all over the palate in a puckering manner. Big time herbal and lemongrass hop flavors combine with a bit of white pepper, coriander and spiciness. The burn tastes so good.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and oily, but citrus flavors thrown by the hop makeup with some sweet, lighter sips.

D: Start and end with Ruination, and you won't have a problem, besides a splitting headache the next day, probably accompanied by heartburn. A really nice DIPA for the hop fan, and a nice high ABV to keep it fresh tasting off the shelf, which it certainly is. Palate shot. Thanks, Stone!

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Photo of dougrb75
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of hawks10
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottled poured into my Half Acre pint glass...

Pours a hazy pale orange/golden yellow with a couple finger pancake batter-esque head that leaves a thin white cap on the beer for the whole glass, some lacing sticks around as well...

Rather weak nose hints towards a dry and earthy/piny hopped beer...

Taste is very west coast. Herbal dry hop onslaught with no malt backing to even things out. Grassy and piny, very bitter and drying, not much else...

Somewhat thin on the palette, good carbonation and a slight alcohol presence. Very drying with an undesirable aftertaste that won't go away...

One bomber is enough for me. I really like my IPA's/DIPA's but I prefer them with more balance...a more substantial, sweeter malt base is what I am looking for, not my style for a DIPA...

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another silkscreened bottle with the usual daunting "Stone Story" on the back. I don't know why but like a fluffer girl, it's putting me in the mood and getting me ready before I bust it open to enjoy.

Review notes taken from a month ago: 8/20/09

Pours a pale yellow/light orange color with a hearty head of single finger semi off-whiteness. Smell is wonderfully filled with hops boasting citrus, pine, grass and nearly lemon-like aroma as well. Taste is a blast of hop bitterness, almost oil-like the way the bitterness rolls around the tongue. However, it gives way to malt sweets as well. Finish is long and bitter reminding me for some reason of the sacks of lupulin clinging to hops responsible for this madness taking place in my mouth right now. Could easily drink another but my ability to taste is now desensitized...I'll save another bottle for a different day.

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Photo of diybrun
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Thin 1/2 finger head or less with lacing that lasted most of the beer. Hazy-ish Amber hue when held up to light. Lighter than I expected. This smells of hops, hops, and more hops, as any good IPA should. One of the finest moments of drinking a hop bomb is the first whiff you get of it - sometimes while you're still pouring... you just smell flowers, or pine, or whatever, and this beer just screams at you that you had better be ready. God bless beer. Floral and citrus tones, but my nose is stuffed up at the moment. Taste of hops well balanced by barley. Low to moderate carbonation, which I don't especially mind. I'm not usually a huge fan of imperial/high alcohol beers, but this hides its 7+ ABV very, very well. Simply delicious, well balanced, and I wouldn't mind knocking back a couple more (In fact, I wish I could).

Thank you, Stone, for a high quality beer.

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Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a bight cupric orange with a slender sludsy head. Head retention is pretty woeful. Lacing also a bit lacking. Not thrilling, but I know it's all better from here on in.

Smell -- Okay, things are picking up now: Pine resin and citrus by the bushel. Big grapefruit and tangerine notes so bright and sweet that they are almost perfumy. Also present is that signature mineral aroma that seems to be a trademark of Stone's brews - I'm convinced it's the water. Malts akin to biscuit and honey. Also some buttery diacetyl, but not at Alpine levels.

Taste -- The nose knows: grapefruit pulp, tangerine, and lemon zest float above a baseline pine resin and leafy vegetal bitterness. Malts temper the resin with caramel and honeyed biscuit. Faint diacetyl lends a bit of additional richness to the malts. Again, that trademark mineral flavor makes itself known. Finish is pine resin, grapefruit must, and a bit of leafy vegetal bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with medium carbonation that's both lively and gentle. Immensely drinkable.

Drinkability -- This is what immediately comes to mind when I think of West Coast IPA's, even though it's considered a DIPA. While it might not be the standard bearer of it's style, cough-Pliny-cough, but it's certainly one of the archetypes. Amazing aroma, good hop profile. Total hop-head maker. Now if only they could get the price down...

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Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
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