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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Hazy, golden-orange with a foamy ivory head that holds extremely well and leaves brilliant lace. The aroma is boldly full of citrusy, grassy and earthy hops including flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. The flavor is also boldy full of citrusy, grassy and earthy hops including flavors of orange, peach, and tangerine. But there is also some distinct, sweet caramel malt present beneath the hops. This beer is big! Truly an assault on the senses! INTENSE. RICH. FULL. Definitely a "one beer" beer - especially in the 22 ounce bottle! And yet it's balanced with enough sweet malt that you don't fall over with "bitterface"! However, the alcohol might get you to fall over at a full 7.7% by volume. Astonishing! However, it should be noted - as it is on the back of the bottle - that this is for the "matriculated imbiber". Albsolutely worth searching out for the hop head.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall a workmanlike IPA with all the standard equipment. Classic amber color in the pint glass, topped with a fine-grained foam. Rich and fruity. Plenty bitter-- you wouldn't mistake it for anything but an IPA. Serious resins are the main flavor. some pineapple and a little lemon peel.

Medium body with a pleasant burst of flavor. Nice big sudsy mouthfeel. Still, it gets bitter and not much else after a few sips. But a decent choice for a hop blast.

Why is this supposed to be a Double? It's an IPA. Maybe there has been some category creep since this was first released. On tap at Bergie's Pub in Old Town.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle (which has the quote "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!") into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold with a thick, foamy, white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Strong aroma of hops with some citrus and malt and a slight hint of alcohol.

T: Nice intense burst of hops hits you right away and dominates the whole time you drink it. There's a little bit of a citrus malt background to it, but this beer is ALL HOPS.

M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation clean finish.

D: It's very tasty and there's no trace of the alcohol, definitely one I had hang with for the whole night.

This is yet another flat out EXCELLENT beer from Stone. I'm always amazed how they can consistently leave their signature in the flavor of a beer, while still representing the style magnificently, no matter what style it may be. Within the style, Dreadnaught is that only one I've had that's better and it's not by much. Since this beer is more accessible and cheaper than Dreadnaught, from now on when I want a DIPA, this is the one I'll choose.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Predominately hoppy aroma smelling of an aromatic blend of gooey pine resin and oily grapefruit rinds. Some lesser candyish notes in the nose, as well as hints of bread and sliced melons.

Taste: Citric grapefruit juices and packed with pine needles. Touch of peppermint, some floral hints as well. Citrus and melon fruitiness. Meek pale, lightly bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness make an appearance when they can. Full, tongue-scalding bitterness. There's a tiny bit of sweetness in the finish and lingering aftertaste, but, by and large, it's all hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: About as smooth as 100+ IBUs is going to get.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange-amber and lighter than expected. The cream colored head is tinted with a hint of lemon yellow and looks like a thick dollop of whipped cream sitting atop the beer. Glass decoration is very nice. There's a copious amount of sticky lace in sheets and rings.

The nose is a wonderous thing to behold, with loads and loads of pungent, floral, fruity, piney hops. The flavor is wall-to-wall hops, but it isn't as abrasive as expected. A tidal wave of hop flavor hits the taste buds instantly and maintains its intensity through the long, bright, hoppy finish. Flavors include grapefruit, lemon, orange and pine in one glorious, sticky, sweet rush.

There's an undercurrent of malt, but it remains in the background where it belongs. Stone Ruination is definitely bitter, but this brewery has a way of making beer with a massive amount of IBUs seem almost sweet and buttery. Which brings me to...

... the mouthfeel, which is all kinds of wonderful. It's full and rich and silky smooth and heavily creamy and perfect. The alcohol is expertly masked, with no hint on the palate, though it does result in a pleasant warming sensation as the beer is swallowed.

I have to hand it to the boys at Stone once again, this is truly a wonderful beer. Both IPA and Ruination are great, but I'll have to give the nod to the little brother. This DIPA is still a treat and will be a 'go to brew' whenever huge amount of hops are required. Which is most of the time.

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

First had: bottle at some bar in the Denver airport

Poured into a nondescript tumbler, a slightly hazy golden orange with a small, foamy, white head that retained and laced well. Seemed like a beefed up version of the regular IPA. Strong floral and citrus hops in the aroma. More of the same in the taste: floral and citrus, with a sweet caramel flavor coming thought, and lightly toasted malts in the background. Strong and flavorful, medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cloudy orange with a small creamy head that quickly faded but left a bit of lace. Smell was hoppy heaven! Pine and strong citrus overtones are really all you can smell. The taste was right behind, just up in your face hops! Truly a DIPA if I have ever had one. Not as strong on the alcohol as some others which made this much more drinkable, which could be a problem with the high ABV. Could drink this everyday, truly a great beer and another treasure from Stone!

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

A: Pours a hazy light golden orange in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that is made up of rather large bubbles. The head reduces to an extremely thin film over the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus and pine/resin hops. This beer has a slightly bitter aroma that is a great advertisement for the flavors.

T: This beer is quite a hop bomb - tons of citrus and pine/resin hops with a mild bitterness throughout. There is some underlying malt sweetness that helps to balance this beer out.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky/resiny.

O: I enjoy the taste and aroma of this beer but it not the easiest to drink - almost a one and doen kind of beer as it does "ruin" your palate for anything after it. This is much more of a sipping beer than a session beer. The flavor and the aroma have a nice complexity and invite/entice me to want to try this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fiancee bought me a bottle of this for my first review of this beer. I was eager to taste it on draft. Served chilled in a pint at Fins fish house and Raw bar in Rehoboth Beach DE.

A - a light amber/burnished golden w/ a thick white cap, great lace collects in rings

S - A floral citrusy grapefruit aroma w/ mild piney and lemony aroma. The nose has rind scents w/ very subtle sweet aroma accenting the citrus bounty

M - An astringent bitter feel w/ a moderately high carbonation and moderately high on the bitterness level . The sweetness is there as a backbone, but no mistake the emphasis of this ale is soley in the hops

T - An intense grapefruit rind and pine needle taste w/ a lemony accent. Spicy w/ an almost medicinal astringency and dry effect w/ alchol and hop essence giving a unified taste. Prickly w/ a nice bitter citrus and orange taste delived easily with effervescent chutzpah as it goes into the last sips w/a gentle dry malt element

D - A great double IPA true to the west coast integrity a beautifully bitter and intense beer which is probably better sampled with food. The beer lives up to the name Ruination

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear pale gold color with about 1 finger worth of foam that slowly drifts away. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Pine and citrus, hop resin, some floral qualities as well. Some malt sweetness, but very minimal.

T: Very bitter, lots of pine, some floral background. The hops are primarily on the front with a slight amount of malt on the finish.

M: Not much carbonation, medium body, kind of sticky on the tongue (especially as it warms).

D: Bitter and boozy, but a delicious DIPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured amber to amber/copper with a slight haze that made me think this was stronger than the actual ABV. Huge fluffy active white head that retained very well and left a large amount of lacing

Smell: Hops bouquet, makes you think you're in hops' heaven; floral motes mostly, but some oilier scents present

Taste: Large fruitiness up front gives way to a persistent but but not overpowering hops finish.

MF: Despite the IBUs the fruitness and chunkiness of this effort hold together well

I think I could drink this all day, but since I only have one bomber, we'll never know. Yummy

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date … not to worry because between the amount of hops and the higher level of alcohol this brew should have quite a long shelf life.

Appearance: The head looks like a foamy off white head of a cappuccino and not only stays think and cake like but leaves an awesome trail of lace down the glass. The pale sunset orange colour is vibrant and clear.

Smell: Perfumy sweet hop oils with big yet rounded citrusy smells, a bit piney and tobacco like sharpness within. Some alcoholic esters, soft toasted malt and fruitiness makes for a very diversely aromatic brew.

Taste: Sturdy medium body with a deeply smooth mouth feel from the even carbonation. After a second of limbo and a quick shot of malt the taste buds start to comprehend the amount of hops and all of their intricate flavours. At first there is an initial rush of floral, soft but every evident. Next is the onslaught of bitterness which comes in quick with a level pungency pushing out piney, citrus rind and leafy / woody flavours. The malt swings in with a mild toasted grain character and light fumes of the alcoholic esters come forth. Then the malt is pushed aside as the coarse side of the bitter hops drops tobacco and earthy flavours far into the finish. Finishes semi dry with a sizeable puckering effect.

Notes: This is one hell of a hoppy brew, not overkill like other massive IPAs but more over aroma, flavour and bitterness as a whole. BTW this beer is devastating to the palate so don’t drink anything that you may want to taste after this beer as the taste buds will become numb in a way. A daring brew that gives you more than enough hops.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large rocky head--quite white. Leaves chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is mildly foggy. The color is dirty gold.

Fresh evergreen and grapefruit hop smell.

Starts with a pale malt flavor but this gives way to strong bitterness, particularly in the swallow and aftertaste. Moderate body with a slightly below-average carbonation. A hop lovers dream.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour motors forth! This stop pours a clear light amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lime, light lemon zest, light orange zest, caramel, and pine resin. The taste holds notes of caramel, pine, very light lime, black pepper, lemon zest, light pineapple, and balsa. The body is on the heftier end of the light medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this is one beastly DIPA, one that wrecks the tongue with its massive hop concentration but still goes down eerily easily. Good times.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with one finger of head that reduces to some lacing around the top of the beer. Decent lacing down the sides as I drink.

S: A lot of citrus and of course a ton of hops. It has a sweetness, but isn't overpowering.

T: This beer certainly has some phases to it, at first you get hit with some floral components. Then you get the hops/bitterness followed by the bready malts that even everything out.

M/D: It is creamy and medium bodied, nice carbonation and easy drinking. While it is quite drinkable, I don't plan on kicking back more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours amber orange with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pine and citric hops, grapefruit, and a small amount of caramel malt. This one is all about the hops.

T - Lots of hop bitterness throughout. Hints of pine, citric fruit, caramel sweetness, and a touch of bread dough. Finish has plenty of bitterness, lingering for some time. One of my all time favorite IPA's.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky feel with plenty of lingering bitterness in the finish.

O - I have been drinking this beer for a few years now and it has never let me down. Sure, there is the occasional out of date bottle but that isn't the beers fault. Still one of the best IPA's of all time.

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Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a pale golden color with a thin white covering on top.

Aroma is very citrusy with grapefruit and a little bit of pine and spiciness. Not as intense of an aroma as I expected knowing how strong the taste is but pretty good none the less.

Taste is very intensely hoppy. The citrus and grapefruit hit you up front and then the spiciness and piny hops hit you in the finish along with the intense bitterness. Taste is pretty much what they describe, a hops overload that will ruin the pallet. The taste is different then the other famous west coast IPA's though, Pliney, Sculpin and others seem to have more of a sweet intense citrus flavor while this one has a more resiny piny intense bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It's an intense flavor but for a hops lover this would be pretty drinkable despite the abv.

Overall I like this one a lot, it's one of the only highly regarded west coast IPA's we get where I live. Probably not my top rated DIPA but not too far down the list, and different then most of the rest to make it something I seek out occasionally.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on tap at Galaxy Hut on 3/12/10.

a - Pours an amber color

s - Smells mostly of piney hops. Maybe a little citrus.

t - Follows the smell. Mostly piney and citrusy hops. Very little bitterness. Maybe hints of sweet fruit.

m - Pretty smooth. medium body with low carbonation.

d - A pretty good DIPA. Nice hoppy smell and taste, will definitely be trying again.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this on the top 100 list so I bought a bomber.

Poured into a 16oz. glass. Had an orange/golden color with cloudiness. A nice head clinging to the glass throughout. The hops, I loved the hoppiness.

Very crisp and refreshing to drink.

I'm going back for more

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Crystal clear, golden hue. No effervescence. Cloudy white fluffy head

S: Hops, bitter citrus

T: Refreshing, dry, bold. ABV well disguised in the flavor. Extremely bitter, yet not astringent. Although the bitterness is more prevalent than I prefer, it is done very well, and gives this beer a distinctive taste.

M: great carbonation. The bitter finish is a bit aggressive, especially in a 7.7% IPA. If it was 10+ %, I might be more receptive to it.

D: A really nice IPA, and a good representation of the style.

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

For me, it seemed like the chance of a lifetime to have this on cask while visiting the Pizza Port Solana Beach location.

The draw settled into a finger-and-a-half of thick, tawny head with fantastic retention, especially given the heat and (relative) humidity. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very estrous with banana being the prevalent smell. Mouthfeel was really smooth with a light, honey-like taste on the tongue. Finish was smooth with a slight hoppy biterness that reminded me to slow down. Yow!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!!! I have finally gotten ahold of the Ruination IPA, and I feel that there is so much anticipation behind the rating of this beer. First of all, I love this style and equally important it is brewed by Stone. IMO Stone brewing is revolutionary from the Bastard to the Smoked Porter. So, here it goes, the beer is poured into an official Stone Brewing Co. Pint glass leaving about two fingers of head. A deep copper goldish tint is the hue that this beer represents. As the gargoyle on the bottle stares at me, I attempt my first sip of this creation. WIth my first gulp, I took a deep breath to absorb all of the hop aroma that engulfed my senses. The hop aroma is a floral, citrusy, and earthy mixture of wonderful hops, with a sharp sweetness to the nose it bitters as it splashes down on my tongue with the welcoming bitterness (100 + IBU's) a trace of sweet maltiness tags along to balance out the beer to become a masterpiece. On the back of this bottle there is a warning of the what this beer can do to the palate. I agree that it is hilarious, and that I would not start out with this beer at tasting event. However, it is not to overwhelming for my tastes.... I love hops. If this beer and the Dogfish Head 90 min IPA were tried side by side a lot would be confused about which be was delivering which flavor. I think they are both sickeningly yet amazingly hoppy, yet I think I prefer the 90 min IPA. Definitely amazing a must try for all beer advocates.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - A little bit hazy. Orange body. Nice white head. Sticky lacing and nice lacing.

Smell - Pungent grapefruit hops. Resiny. Intense.

Taste - Equally intense grapefruit hop flavor. Immediately bitter. Resiny hops. Mild caramel malt. Bitterness is intense.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Detracts a little from the drinkability as it lasts on the palate. Medium body.

Overall - When I think about it, it's too abrasive. When I just drink it without worrying about how to describe the flavors, it's delicious.

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

Pours clear straw with a one finger head and strong lacing. Nose is light - lighter than the Stone IPA. Has a mild citric smell. Flavor carries heavy citric tones with more bitterness throughout. I am drinking this one right after the Stone IPA and I find this one to be more robust and thorough. The IPA is a bit tamer and this one is a bit..."harsher", shall we say. I give them both the same ratings because I feel they are both different, but the same in quality.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another silkscreened bottle with the usual daunting "Stone Story" on the back. I don't know why but like a fluffer girl, it's putting me in the mood and getting me ready before I bust it open to enjoy.

Review notes taken from a month ago: 8/20/09

Pours a pale yellow/light orange color with a hearty head of single finger semi off-whiteness. Smell is wonderfully filled with hops boasting citrus, pine, grass and nearly lemon-like aroma as well. Taste is a blast of hop bitterness, almost oil-like the way the bitterness rolls around the tongue. However, it gives way to malt sweets as well. Finish is long and bitter reminding me for some reason of the sacks of lupulin clinging to hops responsible for this madness taking place in my mouth right now. Could easily drink another but my ability to taste is now desensitized...I'll save another bottle for a different day.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,823 ratings.
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