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Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

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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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Photo of puboflyons
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 4, 2013.

It pours a fairly cloudy pale yellow-amber with a decent but short lived white fizzy head. It looks exactly like an IPA should so give that a 5.0.

The aroma is like a volcano of floral, perfume, bitter hops tearing through my nostrils like a nasal spray through a stuffy nose. Woah! Is that strong! Also a tad zingy.

The body is around medium and is also creamy.

The taste is a carnival of hops with a low profile grainy character that is like David when compared to the Hop Goliath. But in this case Goliath wins.

I can see why hop lovers give this a world class rating. Me, I like my hops to be more subtle and balanced rather than the entire package. But when it comes to being an Imperial Double IPA it has to be one of the best anywhere.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful orange-amber with a substantial foamy head.
smell: Floral, and citrus hops. Not as complex or remarkable as I was expecting.
taste: Smoother than i expected. Brutally hoppy to be sure but well balanced.
mouthfeel: Nice, full and creamy.
drinkability: Not as much as even some of the higher ABV DIPA's.

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance: Honey-colored with a fluffy white head that leaves behind a ton of sticky lace.

Smell: Spicy, resiny hops and little else. The fresh pine aroma is absolutely huge.

Taste: The taste closely follows the nose with a massive resiny hop flavor attacking the palate from the get-go. It sits on your tounge with a piney, oily, intensely hoppy taste, but the finish is smooth and even somewhat malty. Unexpectedly smooth, and even pretty mellow. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and very smooth.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable double IPAs out there. Too strong to session, but not so strong that you couldn't easily enjoy a pint or two.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to wine glass.

A: Amber in color with a rich off-white head that persists and nice lace.

S: Medium hop notes with some pine. Definite malt and some light citrus as well.

T: Medium to Medium-high bitterness, hits toward the end. Spicy with the citrus coming through again as well. Slight tartness at the end as well.

M: Somewhat dry with the tartness, but the citrus and spice make it interesting. Bitterness at the end let you know this is an IPA for sure.

D: Smooth and dry with the hops coming through. Very good IPA.

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Photo of Boccu
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice head. This is very complex with a huge hop flavor that pops with some malts and a good caramel sweetness for balance. As with almost every stone IPA exceptional flavor extremely well made.

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Photo of fx20736
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a large glass, served at fridge temp.

Hazy Lemon yellow with linen colored head. Magnificent rings of lacing.

aroma of pine, citrus, yeast?

mouthfeel is slippery and smooth.

taste: light coating of malt followed by a cavalcade of hops that tumble by in such a profusion that they are hard to immediately identifiable but include citrus, pine and eucalyptus followed by a strong puckering bitterness.

notes; this is a big beer with a very complex hop bill. So many IPAs feature citrus and pine. This one includes those but in a swirling stew that my beer knowledge is inadequate to describe.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! There is for sure some hoppy bitterness going on with this brew. Pours a clear, medium golden amber color with a frothy looking, initially gigantic head that shrinks in size, retaining itself at about 1/4 inch rather quickly. Nice coating of lacing on the glass as the beer is sipped. I really can't decide which is better, this beer or the regular IPA from Stone. Both are fantastic! Aromas of hops are most dominant with some malt, sweetness, and maybe a hint of certain fruits such as some citrus, perhaps grapefruit, or even a touch of lemon. Taste is pretty much the same as the smell. It is dominated by hops galore! Also present are the aforementioned malts and hints of fruit. Nicely balanced though. The hops certainly make their presence known and come across as somewhat aggressive, but they are not overpowering either. It has a sort of dry and bitter aftertaste, not that this should come as any surprise. This beer has a very nice crisp yet also smooth, frothy and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light to moderate. I am quite pleased how highly drinkable I found this beer to be in spite of its hop bitterness.


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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger, NYC 10/8/03 Night of the Imperials Part 2

Appearance/Head: A surprisingly light orange color. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Massive resin and hops. It reminds me of a brew kettle after you throw in a large dose of hops. There is an interesting complexity to the aroma of this beer, but the strength of the hops makes it difficult to discern specific smells.

Flavor: It starts with moderate malty character, that quickly makes way for an extreme hop flavor that has a long finish. The beer is slightly sweet with a big, full body. The massive hop attack gives it a concentrated character that makes it seem like the beer is higher than 7.7 abv. It really takes over the tongue.

Bottom line: Another interesting, powerful brew from Stone. A real treat. Despite the intense flavors, the beer retains its drinkability. I would love to get a chance to have this again.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jdiddy
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As for as IPA's go, this is the bomb. Great stuff. Pours a nice deep golden color. Great hop punch. One of the finest IPA's I have had although it is a bit strong and may not be the beer you want to drink all night. Another great beer from Stone.

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Photo of CCash
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcall384
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vigilante
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jimmah120
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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.


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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 10,858 ratings
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