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:
2,353
For Trade:
8
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Photo of WickedBeer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Gordon Ramsey Burger.. they swear it was OG Ruination ... not sure how to believe that this place just randomly has a keg of the original Ruination IPA, but I rated accordingly. High hop profile, way to similar to 2.0 to not be a little skeptic. Either way, cheers!

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2009 backlog. Bomber. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit. Appearance is cloudy gold, decent head, decent lacing. Good balance between the malt and hops. Hops are still the dominant flavor here. Very citrusy flavor. Not quite as full-bodied as I was hoping, but definitely not watery. Good IPA, but I’ve had better.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a burnt rugged copper color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head. Light lace glistened around the glass as the head died off.
The aroma had some throat burning grassy to citrusy to piney hops, full and pummeling with a sturdy caramel/toffee malt base.
The flavor was basically the same with that palate wrecking capable hop burn aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was "hot" hop worthy with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt right as projected.
Overall, this is one of those palate wrecking capable DIPA's that basically subjugates your tongue into submission, which don't get me wrong, it's very well done, but not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of igl
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jnosvsu
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing double IPA! Actually the first one I've ever had, at that time I was dumbfounded. Now I'm drinking it again to write these impressions down.
Very citrusy, grapefruity in the nose, Citra, Centennial, Amarillo perhaps? Zesty aroma hops backed up with huge amounts of bittering hops. Every sip you feel its citrusy zestiness but soon after comes the bitterness, similar to that of a grapefruit.
As sophisticated as Stone is, this beer is not only about its taste but also its feel. They make legends with their beers, most definitely with this one, with their dark idol the Gargoyle snarling back at you from the bottle/can. All you can do is give in to the greatness of this hoppy beast.
Very fruity though, quite unusual of double IPAs, also not that heavy on the body - but tough and intense, the flavors come in a multitude, bombarding you as its taste keeps changing.
No matter how bitter it becomes, as it soothes out it leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. Perfectly created and brewed, classical IPA, a must for all to try!
The first time I had this I could not dare to imagine that Stone ever made anything better, but honestly this is only the introduction to their greatness...

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Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mostly pine on the nose. Not juicy.

Slightly hazy orange/amber.

2 finger head. Nice looking beer.

Taste is resinous pine - a little grapefruit / citrus white rind bitterness. Nice malt / biscuit flavor.

I have to agree with some others - very nicely balanced. A very well crafted beer.

It's almost "sticky" on the backend with some alcohol burn. But no intense booziness.

Nice IPA but sort of so well balanced nothing stands out.

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Photo of Nolster
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwbetts
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Jodio
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Adam1993
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikey440
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Remains one of my favorite double IPAs ever. It has a lot of flavor that isn't overpowering, plenty of hops, the freshness of a westcoast IPA, and some of the best balance I have ever had in a beer. As much as I enjoy the 2.0 version, I still think this version was better. Miss this one.

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Photo of Timtac
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.25/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

A palate punisher. Nothing but onions, garlic, and pine on this thing. If you enjoy scrubbing your tongue for a good half hour, this is the IPA for you. Otherwise, pass with pride.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheRock7755
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a good brew straight from the bottle or tulip and they did well, only stone beer I ever really enjoyed. Intense hop flavor that seems to be missing some sense of balance as far as brewing and intense hopiness, but it's a shame it's retired.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a hazy orange with some carbonation and a thin head that disappeared quickly. I get a nice bready, piney, orange aroma with a nice underlying sweetness. The beer has a nice roasty flavor and nice balance. Nice pine hops kick in the end but still very good. The beer has a good drying effect and a long bitter finish

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Photo of glf60
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
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