Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,838
Reviews:
3,077
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
465
Gots:
2,352
For Trade:
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Ratings: 10,838 |  Reviews: 3,077
Photo of Vigilante
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer snifter.

A: Light golden color with slight orange hue. One finger of head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Strong smell of hops with slight floral accents.

T: Very bitter with an extra strong flavor of hops. Taste of pine and also a slight taste of lemon.

M: Full body with a crisp sightly dry finish that lingers deliciously on the tongue.

O: Excellent Imperial IPA which has a very hoppy flavor with complex notes to complement the extreme bitterness. Truly top notch. I will definitely make this a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of Jnila93
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhartley
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Troegs Mad Elf chalice.
Enjoy by date of 05/27/14.
Pours out a golden orange color with a bright white head full or tiny white bubbles. Tons of great lacing left inside the glass.
Aromas astringent hops, lemon some pine.
Tastes of lemon and a bitter astringency that just coats the palate and lingers on and on and on and on. Which should be expected (and is welcomed by me) with a name like Ruination.
Really loved this beer and was really happy to be able to find this one as fresh as I could when I went out on my monthly beer run! If you like Stone beers and haven't had this one; my suggestion is to pick it up if you see it! Don't plan on having any other beer and enjoy it after this one as your palate is wrecked.

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Photo of strakajagr
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of jimmah120
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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber w/ no date

look is a clear golden orange, with lots of bubbles. Lots of fine sediment throughout. Smell is light pine/lemon and buttery malt. Taste is a crisp, smooth delivery of extremely bitter pine/lemon. Finish is yeasty, with peppery alcohol. No IPA slickness or syrup feeling in the mouth.

delicious

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a slightly Hazey golden almost orange body with 3/4 finger loose white head with large bubbles. Head was fleeting lasting only seconds, but left decent lacing.

S - massive hops, dominated by piney citrusy and grapefruit notes. Strong sweet and sticky malt character wafts through, with a slight fruityness.

T - very fresh tasting example, hop dominant up front, less piney as the nose more of a citrusy herbal tea flavor. Malt provides a very strong body and sweetness to keep the hops in check. Finishes less bitter than I expected, and actually a little sweeter than I would prefer.

M - thick n syrupy for the style, very stone-ish in its feel and is just delightful.

O - overall, as expected very enjoyable stone quality. Great fresh hop nose and flavor with a sticky and sweet body. Finish is clean but a little sweet and less bitter than I would expect. Great example of the style only thing i wish is it would be a little more attenuated.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Mug glass

A - Beer poured with a cloudy copper body; one finger beige color foam formed; the head held very well even with a little amount of visible carbonation

S - Citrus; pine and hop notes come up immediately; slight malt back-end

T - Extremely bitter; beer washes over the front-end of the tongue with soft hints of citrus and malt flavors and then explodes with extreme 100+ IBU bitterness around the bitter taste buds of my mouth; pine; strong aftertaste

M - Flavors lingers on the tongue for a long time; thin body with a very astringent flavor; citrus and pine flavors add to beer sourness; this beer is all aftertaste; did I mention its bitter?

D - If you're a bitter beer fan, this is your brew; for others who prefer a good drink, I would try to find something else; another classic hopped beer from Stone; keep them coming

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Photo of TMB0424
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ Blind Tiger.

When I had the bomber of this brew, I thought to myself it can't possibly be any better on tap, and I was dead wrong.

It poured a beautiful peach-y orange body with a huge creamy head. TONS of lacing, very fresh. The aroma hit me before I even put my nose to it - those great Stone hops, pine, citrus, pineapple. Delicious. The taste was of smooth malts, ripe pineapple and peaches followed by the welcoming pine-y hop kick.

It was so crisp and intense on the palate it's hard to describe. Went down so well and so smooth. If you've never had this beauty on tap before, do not pass up the opportunity if one surfaces.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Fmontana93
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ed_loves_ipa
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Photo of Hollzz
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Photo of PlacementSix
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Photo of JasonL02
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Photo of brodericksloth
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

light amber hazy

big off white frothy three finger head; sticks around for quite awhile; moderate lacing

excellent flavor of pine, resinous almost chewy with tropical undertones and nose

good malt structure but not bready; full mouth feel; balance is on the hop side

very hoppy at 100+ IBUs; bitter but not biting; long aftertaste sticks around and does
some ruination on palate; not filling easy to have too much. alcohol might be understated.

must be a hop lover to enjoy. Centennial, Tomahawk, Citra

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Photo of Arkay
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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Very nice lacing.

S: Floral hops and sweet malt. Tropical aromas linger.

T: Light sweetness with a solid hop bitterness. Floral hops with a pronounced bitterness. Light toast.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and dry.

O: This is a really good imperial IPA. Beautiful to look at with a wonderful, strong aroma.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz into nonic pint. Having alongside a PtE for reference.

A: Clear copper with off-white head. Big head with good retention and some lacing.

S:Pine, resin, and grapefruit hops. Sweet pineapple with a bit of caramel sweetness.

T: Big upfront juicy grapefruit taste. Sticky resin and pine aftertaste. Definitely bitter with a very small bit of the alcohol coming through.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry,

O: Good tasting DIPA. On the bitter side. Can hold well against other good DIPAs.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, so we've all seen the stupid ad on television about "bitter beers" and what that Brand X says, "bitter is bad." Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that's good) bitter beers. We've all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don't let the Ruination IPA slip you by,

Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, "that'd knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!!" This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time.

Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6" high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won't budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass.

An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic.

I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its incredibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- "by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!"

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Photo of gdfan47
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured a nice amber with a lot of lacing and a good head in my new Belgium glass ( my new favorite glass)
S- hops, pot, more hops, grapefruit, malt
T- taste like hops, some sugar, some citrus, grapefruit more hops , a touch of malt, some sugar
M- great carbonation, can really taste the hops
D- really nice, cant taste the extra hops

an awesome DIPA, can barely taste the extra alcohol.... awesome a great beer

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,838 ratings.
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