Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

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Ruination IPARuination IPA
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Ruination IPARuination IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Different from Ruination 2.0

Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3,084
Ratings:
10,870
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
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460
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Ratings: 10,870 |  Reviews: 3,084
Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A double IPA experience. Great floral pine citrus smell. Nice dark orange color. Cellared for a couple of months, and found balanced in bitterness and only a bit hoppy. Was interesting with heavy meal. Had it 4.5 years later and its supurb bitterness was apparent.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured a beautiful hazy orange with huge bubbly white head which stuck to the glass nicely. Nice hop aroma with some pine and earthiness. Taste is like bam! of bitterness. Medium body. Nice hop flavor but super bitter. Quite drinkable for 7.7 abv.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good imperial ipa, but i think i like the regular stone ipa better. this one pours a mostly clear honey color, a tint of orange to it, and quite a nice sudsy head. the nose is all lupulin, hop essence, and a touch of fruit, maybe apples or something to this in smell only. flavor carries the big bold hop nose, but it also has a nice medium malt body underneath it. possible wheat additions become curious towards the finish, but this is a hop bomb all the way. it tastes fresh, almost as fresh as the enjoy by, but it lacks a real hop identity i think, i dont know which hops are used, but i know its not quite bitter, its not quite sweet, its just sort of hoppy, if that makes sense. good carbonation, sessionably smooth, lots of alcohol but it can hardly be tasted. overall an outstanding version of the style, but i think a more distinct hop varietal would really pop this beer off.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 2/27/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely hoppy with an emphasis on herbal and citrus zest aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, herbal hops, and some slight honey flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA that I have put off trying entirely too long. A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ON TAP at Stone. Disclaimer: I have to disclose that in bottle this is the beer that is my "go to beer" when I don't want my usually favored stout. This is my "every day beer" so I may taste it with some prejudice. However...

Orange color with a short white head and nice and heavy, long lasting lacing (more than from a bottle); assertive orange citrus nose that gives way to pleasant and heavy grapefruit.

Big and appealing orange/grapefruit flavor with a big, full bodied mouthfeel and with a long lasting and pleasant grapefruit/hop finish.

This is always a winner and the beer on tap mirrors the nice drink found in a bottle. Nice mouthfeel and character all around.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a murky golden orange color. The head was really big and foamy. The lacing was very sticky along the glass. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, they aren't fooling around with this beer. The aromas are mostly earthy to me, there are some qualities of citrus that peak through but not much. The taste of this beer is loaded with monster hop flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and even a bit heavy. Overall as much as I like this IPA, I feel there are much better choices out there. For some reason the hops they use in this don't really do it for me.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light amber-copper in color and poured with no head or visible carbonation.
S: There is a moderate aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: A big burst of hop flavors and bitterness dominates the overall taste, yet these are nicely balanced by the underlying malts and are not too overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat sticky.
D: For a beer with this much bitterness, it's rather well balanced and drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this infamous brew; just started being distributed to CT recently and man, it does not disappoint. Not much else to say that anyone else hasn't covered. It's an absolute hop bomb, full of floral aromas and flavors, nice fruity hoppiness to it, amazing mouth feel. Finishes so smooth and clean, hard to find anything wrong with this beer... for the ABV it is super drinkable, I could easily down a few of these no problems. Just a super tasty, well balanced beer, with tons of hops.. love it.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - I grabbed this at a grocery store in Austin, Texas late last year, opting for the smaller version, the better to pack back home through the not always so friendly skies.

This beer, poured into a standard American pint glass, appears a slightly hazy, medium apricot-orange hue, with a few skinny fingers of thickly foamy, and densely bubbly off-white head, which leaves some melting iceberg lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of rather bitter white grapefruit, underripe navel oranges, lemon Pledge, and further unnameable tropical fruit, gritty, somewhat grainy pale malt, ethereal caramel notes, a certain chalky flintiness, and a sort of separated at birth floral perfumed character. The taste is a salvo of unchecked bitterness at first, the tart citrus (orange, grapefruit, and lime, mostly) and pine resin fairly intense, before the seemingly behind the scenes pale and caramel malt barely sticks its head up over the horizon, along with a still pervasive flinty, um, er, 'stoniness', and those big flowery, well-soused sister hops carrying on like that one particular aunt at a family reunion.

The carbonation is moderate, just giving some pleasantly frothy pep, if only to distract somewhat from that swingin' hop party, the body a heady medium-full weight, and smooth in a well dissonant cognitive sense - the hops and elevated alcohol can be ignored (at your own peril), if you really try! This ruinous beauty finishes dry, like there was any doubt, with a nice warm, lingering citrus and piney bitterness.

Everything promised by the still amusing and enjoyably overwrought labeling is delivered, so I cannot, in good faith here, fault truth in advertising. As I fancy myself a connoisseur (hah!) of the style, it did indeed take an acclimatizing first few sips, before this went down as nice and smooth as it was meant to, soon disappearing way too quickly, for my liking and my needs. Woe upon me for only having the one bottle at my disposal.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of off white head. The head leaves a layer on top of the pour and some lacing.

Smell: Juicy citrus notes up front. The hops remind me of citrus peel along with some pine. There is an overall sweetness as well.

Taste: Thank goodness, it taste a lot like it smells. Hoppy right off the bat with a nice sweetness to balance things out. Juicy citrus peel hops along with some pine needles. The finish is rather bitter and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very good IPA from Stone. I enjoy this beer and will have more in the future.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-cask at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica into a New Belgium goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of some cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a non-opaque caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy floral hops - cascade, certainly. Clean malts. A bit of butterscotch. Oily piney hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Quite light, a result of the cask serving type. Oily pine, resinous grapefruit hop character, fragrant clean floral hops, a bit of pear, and some clove. Grapefruit is dominant but not overbearing. Clean malts form the foundation. Butterscotch is present (diacetyl?). It's fresh, tasty, and clean. Nicely layered. A bit simple, but mostly balanced and enjoyable. Some dry hop bitterness surfaces on the climax - though only briefly. It's decently concealed. Not a real subtle flavour profile, but subtlety has never been Stone's strong suit.

Mf: Light, clean, undercarbonated (a victim of the cask), smooth, wet, and thin (again, the pesky cask). Doesn't suit the flavour ideally, but generally so. A bit oily.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd prefer it on tap, no doubt. It is nice, though. Beats my low expectations. A nice beer from Stone, but nothing to write home about. I'd like to try it on proper kegging. Hides its ABV well. Priced highly at $8.00 for the underwhelming quality.

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

Browsing the beer aisle today and it dawned on me that I hadn't had this beer in a while. Good choice Kevin, good choice!

The beer opens with a coppery-orangy tint, obvious haze from dry hopping and froathy head formation. The head laced well but I expected more. Lots of lacing left behind.

Sharp, spicy, citrusy, piney, and acidic hop aromas assault the olfactories and promise a hop-forward beer. Only a timid caramel malt character wants to compete. No esters, no phenolics- a pretty clean aroma.

Hop flavor makes the hop aroma look pansical. Juicy hop flavors of grapefruit, orange zest, grapefruit, piney-grassy, grapefruit, and lemon-grass, and, ...oh yea, grapefruit! The clean malt character that I found in the nose falls by the waistside in flavor- this one is all about the hops.

As expected, a clean hop bitterness dominates with a malt roundess that offers little sweetness on the palate and even less balance. Cracker-like in the body, then caramelized malts don't stand a chance. A piney, grapefruit aftertaste persists as the beer dries out wonderfully in the end.

Has a truer American IPA ever been brewed?

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange body, tight head with a creamy surface texture. Lace forms in sheets, and really looks amazing as it slowly dries into webby capillary shapes.

Grapefruit is the distinct aroma, delivered by a pungent load of hops.

Nice hint of sweetness melded into the heavy load of hop bitterness. Alternating pine and citric bitterness, juicy at first, then fairly dry in the aftertaste. Pine flavor wins out in the end, balanced by light malt flavors.

It's not so over the top that you can't take a big swig without stripping tooth enamel. It's actually pretty drinkable, but the alcohol can limit a session somewhat. Try mixing it up with their regular IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/23/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, floral, honey, bread, grass, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, light honey, lemon zest, and piney spiciness. Large amount of floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine resin, floral, grass, honey, bread, and piney spiciness on the finish for a while. Excellent flavor balance of citrus hop complexity and pine flavors; with big piney citrus bitterness lingering on the finish for a while as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with an extremely sticky, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Imperial IPA. Great intense hop flavor and balance with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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