Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA
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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10,845 |  Reviews: 3,080
Photo of Smconnor
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mick303
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB (19/04/14). Pours a good head, leaving film and good lace. Colour is a medium orange gold, slight amber. Very nice.

The smell is immediate after the bottle is poured. Indeed, as expected, a massive hop presence. But they are great, slightly herbal, slightly smoky, a bit pine character. A nice lightness, grass, pungent citrus. Tons of character, while retaining good balance. It is something to behold.

Taste has a big hop character up front, again they are very herbal, bitter, medicinal, almost antiseptic, and a note reminiscent of BBQ. The flavour is unrelenting, eventually a bit of malt tries, and cannot, hold back the onslaught of hops. It walks a delicate line, but does so excellently. Its a beast of a beer to be sure but the profile is excellent, shows really good complexity, with plenty of supporting flavour notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and highly bitter, carbonation is there but you cant tell much through the thick hops. Aftertaste has a good deal of dry hops, bitter and lasting.

A class act. Excellent from start to finish. Personally I would prefer more balance over the over-the-top hops. You should really be sure you're ready to handle this beer, a highly assertive IPA. Hops through the roof. But those who stick it out will enjoy an excellent D-IPA, great flavour, lasting finish, and admirable profile, just raucous enough without crossing into assaulting. Try it.

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Photo of rjs246
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper to amber brew with a huge, unyielding head. Minutes later, it still maintains it's presence. Lacing is scattered in large clumps.

S - Not too surprisingly, it smells like hops. A potent hop aroma of roses and pine makes it's present known with a bit of honey and biscuits underneath.

T - Everything I have ever heard about this beer relates to its alledged delightfully caustic bitterness. Seriously, I have been expecing a brew that would put devil dancer to shame and make me redefine bitterness based on the arrival of the first beer which truly goes to eleven. The reality does not compare to the hype. Maybe, I was misinformed? Of course, it is bitter, but I don't think its bitterness really stands out among other DIPAs. I suppose if there is anything to make you think it was more bitter, it would be the mild foretaste - which is a mild floral flavor with a very lightly sweet malt. I can taste a hint of vanilla too. The resiny bitterness itself is accompanied by a malty flavor with a faint hint of that vanilla still lingering. I am sorry, this is not the delightful bitter juice rumor had promised me - it is just a delicious well rounded IPA.

M - Thin, smooth, refreshing.

D - A nice brew that I will likely have again. I was really looking forward to a bitter beast tonight, I was let down on that end, but I found something nice nonetheless.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first off this is one of the coolest bottles ever. ive sat on this for a few months mainly because i just havent gotten around to drinking it. it poured out a beautiful pale orange with a small head that left a nice lace. one of the nicest looking brews in my opinion. the smell was of potent hops (duh) with a little citrus. the taste is, well, hoppy. very hoppy. it had a wonderful hop bite but didnt come across as bitter. infact it was really smooth and drinkable for a super hopped IPA, there is some nice malt flavour detected and a little alcohol spice to boot. pretty easy drinkin for the high alcohol content and giant hop character. it was a very enjoyable and it won me over big time. is it going to become a regular for me? no i doubt it, but it will for sure pop up on special occasions. damn fine brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA Flute.

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of off-white poofy head. Wow, there is still a ton of release even several minutes after the pour. Even when it shrinks down some, there is still at least a 1/2 finger of retention left that leaves just massive hop lacing all over the glass. The aroma is a volatile hoppy mix of pine, floral notes, citrus, spice, thick malt sweetness, and alcohol.

The taste is more of the same, with a sticky resinous hoppiness that is nicely balanced by a beefy backbone of citrus and spicey malt character. The bitterness just lingers on the palette and mixes with malt sweetness and heat to give it a slightly medicinal feel that just coats the mouth and sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy with a syrupy feel from all the heavy malts and alcohol.

Wow, this definitely one brawny beer that leaves it all out on the table. Heavy hops, heavy malts, and heavy heat? Check! Check! and Check! Even wiht all those big flavors and feel, I still find this bruiser of a DIPA to be quite drinkable. It may lack the magic and panache of some other West Coast Hop Bombs, but this palatte wrecker from Stone can more than hold its own.

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Photo of kmoen
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Levin0013
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of beer456
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice solid IPA. I love the hyperbole on the bottle, "Stone Ruination IPA. So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate.The moment after the first swallow, all other food and drink items suddenly become substantially more bland than they were seconds before. By the time you develop a taste for this IPA, you may find that you are permanently ruined . . ."

While I recognize that this is mere advertising puffery and would not be able to be litigated in a court of law, I must say that this term of the contract between myself and Stone Brewing Co. would have been breached.

While it is a very nice beer. I prefer the Stone Double Bastard Ale by a wide margin.

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Photo of Kubus
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a tangerine colour with a frothy white head. Very active while pouring, continues to bubble merrily afterwards.

S: Hops, apples, cactus, pine, some phenols.

T: A very smooth IPA. After having Arrogant Bastard and finding it a little too bitter for my taste, I was scared to open this bottle, but was pleasantly surprised. Strong, but not overpowering, hops throughout. Bitter aftertaste, but not mean.

M: Very bubbly and crisp. Fluffy clouds of head appear almost out of nowhere while drinking. Surprisingly balanced.

O: This beer may appear intimidating or even undesirable to some, but I would definitely say this is a good example of an IPA, rivaling my favourite (Southern Tier IPA or 2XIPA). Definitely warrants a try, would buy again.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours pale amber, one finger frothy white head, average retention, great lacing.

Smell: Glorious hops, very floral. Sweet apricot, orange, and a bit of lemon/citrus.

Taste: Sweet and malty up front, a bit of marmalade, and then hops hops hit like a ton of bricks. A seething beast of hops emerges from the brew coating the palate and base of the tongue. It's grassy, earthy, and is that cement I taste? Bitter hops dominate the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium bodied, average carbonation

Drink: This one is a sipper for me, as IPAs tend to hit me harder than even higher ABV beers. That's not to say it isn't really drinkable, or tasty even. It's very tasty, and you'll want to savor the challenging assault of hops it brings.

The big thing with this beer is that it will catch you off guard with every sip. It really does open sweet and fruity before descending into bitterness.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review and an interesting brew to review at that.

a: best lookin IPA I've found to date. Beautify pale gold with good head and lacing to boot.
s: wife says pickles. I don't know about that, but it is a tart like pungent hoppy nose.
t: Lemony fresh with a strong bitter punch to keep you honest.
m: medium bodied but a creaminess to it.
d: very intense and high alcohol makes this a sipper to be sure.

This is a enjoyable beer. 750 ml bottle was getting a bit warm so I put it in the freezer for a bit. Naturely I fogot about it as I sipped away at the glass I poured. Needless to say my next glass was ice cold. Usually I don't like ice cold beer, but this is pretty good. Somewhat refreshing yet unrelentingly bitter.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Translucent and hazy golden orange color. White thick foam across the top of the beer with lots of lacing (strands and walls of it) all over the place. Truly a nice beer to look at.

Smell: Of course very hoppy. Lots of grapefruit citrus, some pine-like smells, maybe some mango, and a hint of bergamot.

Taste: I can't say that this ruined my taste buds, but this is definitely a hop-forward beer as advertised. Strong pine/bergamot/grapefruit up front, mellowed out with some malt sweetness, then a sharp bitter finish with a lingering sour lemon bitter finish. It's quite the hop wallop, but it's well done.

Mouthfeel: Just enough carbonation on the tongue, maybe a bit oily as it leaves a sensation all over my teeth (probably all that hop oil). Still nice.

Drinkability: Definitely one for sipping, but I could not have more than one a night. It does after awhile leave me tasting nothing but hops (as forewarned) so I think some care would be needed in pairing this with a meal. Still - a pleasant experience and worth revisiting again.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber color with a nice foamy off-white head. Moderate lacing that sticks well.

S: Disappointing. Very mild! Some sweet hops and citrusy smells. Slightly piney, but all very mild, even as it warms up to room temperature. I've had some realy great DIPA's lately and expect that fragrent Hopslam pine and citrus smell.

T&M: Sturdy medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Some floral and slightly piney hops taste with a bit of malt. Next is the hop bitterness which is piney, citrus rind, and woody flavors. Finishes with that typical coarse bitter hops, semi-dry.

Wow! Hoppy, Hoppy, Hoppy. Excellent.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- golden brown, little head

S- somewhat piney, but wasn't the strongest of aroma

T- excellent!!! slightly better than their IPA, very similar in every way, but blended better, a much cleaner taste

M- terrific, low carbonation, light on the palete

D- very drinkable, enjoying it every sip

overall, great beer, would def buy again, very crisp, smooth, amazing beer

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Photo of granger10
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange color with a medium sized white head. Lots of lacing. The smell is pure hops and the hoppiness almost burns my nose hairs. But the taste brings about much more complexity and shear brillance. Many different hops. The hops start out floral then become bitter then almost a crispy, citric hoppiness finishes. Malt is weak but is definitely needed. The malts seem earthy and provide some sort of base. The alcohol is not noticeable at all, I don't know how considering its strength. This beer was very crisp and every taste lingered in the mouth. I had to control myself not to race through the entire bottle. It was that good.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a snifter on 8/21/12.

Pour: Completely clear amber orange with a finger and half off white head. Solid lacing.

Smell: Pine, floral and grassy hops, Some citrus and grapefruit deep in there, but this is a hop cone bomb. Light caramel / deep honey also.

Taste: Follows the nose with huge bitter pine hops. Also take on a grassy aspect. Light citrus aspects. Some caramel sweetness. Focal point here is truly ruining the palate on bitterness however.

Mouthfeel: So bitter. This crushes my palate by the end of the bottle. More "ruining" than the 10th anni IMO. Still goes down pretty easily.

Overall: A solid classic, and one I'll always buy, especially for the price.

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Photo of twage04
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly bitter with a smooth fruity/floral/piney hop flavor. Malt is in perfect balance with everything else. Alcohol imperceptible. This was stored for a few months in the fridge so the hop aroma was understandably lacking, Good appearance and carbonation.

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Photo of GrizzleFist
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought in a 22oz bottle

Appearance: The bottle itself is amazing, love the picture, love the paragraph long description of the beer and what to expect from it. The beer also looks great, light in color, good amount of carbonation.

Smell: So many it was hard to really pick anything out. Hops, Pine, Citrus, several spices and fruity aromas.

Taste: Very bitter, but in an extremely tolerable way. It didn't make me gag or wish I didn't buy a 22oz bottle of it. No one flavor really stuck out, pretty much an accumulation of everything I mentioned in smell and then some.

Mouthfeel: Had a normal carbonation, my whole mouth and tongue tasted nothing but the beer and no part of my tongue tasted the beer any stronger than the others.

Overall: An outstanding beer. Not sure what they initially were planning when they were making this beer, but I'm sure after they tasted it and realized the whole mouth and tongue tasted it almost equally and it completely "ruined" their taste palette; that they decided they couldn't call it anything else but Ruination.

Will definately buy again in the near future

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Photo of TVolt1
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden, clear and crisp.

S: I like the intial smell of stong hoppiness and citrus. The aftersmell gets a little funky for my liking. Almost a little musky smelling.

T: Great inital taste. You immediately taste a floral type taste followed by a great orangy/grapefruity taste. You are then dropkicked by an overwhelming amount of hop taste which i love. The initial finish is quite good, rounding up the floral, grapefruit and hop tastes, but then the bitterness kicks in the the final finish that linger on your tongue may be slightly too bitter.

M: Great mouthfeel. Smoothm, just enough carbonation and thickness to help embody such a strong bold beer.

O: I do like this beer. If you are a strong hop lover like me, this is the beer for you! If only the smell could be a little more inviting, it would be an all around perfect beer damn near!

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Photo of eng_lee
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ham-Nord
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden colour. About ½ inch of head with lacing down the glass.

S: Very strong hop aroma reminiscent of tropical fruits. Smells deliciously hoppy and sweet.

T: Great hop flavour up front with a powerful, yet balanced bitterness afterwards. Not much malt flavour, but there is some sweetness throughout.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Very bitter.

O: This is a fantastic IPA. It is quite bitter with a beautiful hop aroma, but this is definitely not a sessionable beer. Best to enjoy one and then move along to your next beer of the day.

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Photo of ZachT
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisafari
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light amber orange with thin white head. Sweet aroma of citrus, hops and nice pine. Flavor begins citrusy and roasty sweet and finishes with a great dry kick of hops. Leaves the throat nice and dry, like a good double IPA should. Ruination is always a winner in my book, one of my favorites.

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Photo of TheViolator666
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Stone Levitation tulip

A: This one is exceptional looking. Golden color with huge foaming head that leaves fantastic looking lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of piney hops and grapefruit notes.

T: Pummeled by the hops instantly. Leaves an extreme lingering hop effect that truly ruins your palate! Citrus/grapefruit notes, also a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Very big taste that is obviously dominated by hops and no real malt presence.

M/D: Surprisingly very drinkable. I've got no problem putting one or two of these down, but I couldn't foresee anyone drinking a full six pack. Carbonation is medium and the body is on the fuller side.

One of the very first real craft beers I had a few years ago. I remember swearing I'd never drink this kind of beer again. It's quite funny looking back now that that the IPA has easily become one of my favorite styles.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 10,845 ratings
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