Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA
10,847 Ratings
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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Ratings: 10,847 |  Reviews: 3,080
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Neehan
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure, light gold with good effervesence and a sizable, diligent head. Light hitting the glass shines in many directions. Ahh, the smell of hops invades the nose with a bittersweet complexity that makes the mouth water. The smell fades to a honey-like scent after a few sips. The taste is no secret, a bombartment of hops that come at you from all directions, but pleasantly. Strongly bitter finish and aftertaste. Biting in the mouth so you remember it sip after wonderful sip.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.14/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-brown, nice white head, good retention, good lacing

Smell: Sweet floral

Taste: Oranges, Tangerines, and a few flowers blended together

Drinkability: Way too over the top with the hops to be able to drink many.

I enjoy this beer once in a while becxause it's a really good ipa, but I could never drink many of them.

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Photo of Shumista
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- Ruination pours a thick, hazy, golden orange with a small amount of head. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass.
S- Huge aroma, you don't even have to get your nose very close to it to smell it. Lots of citrusy hops and a noticeable sweet malt presence.
T- Very nice flavor, not as overpowering as some DIPA's. Bitter citrusy hops, and a very strong malt presence. The hoppiness is noticeably a fruity hop taste. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.
M- Full-bodied ,thick, creamy, highly carbonated.
D- Very, very high for a Double IPA, I could see myself going through 3 or 4.

I feel like that Stone, who I normally associate with over the top, in your face beers, shows some restraint with this one. Nothing in the taste is overpowering, and 7.7 percent alcohol is fairly low for a Double IPA. This is an excellent beer that I will definitely be buying again and again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Ruination pours a crystal clear orange-amber color with a big white head that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is a combination of sweet floral hops and citrus hops with a hint of candy like smells. Not unpleasant at all. The taste starts with strong malt sweetness that is quickly overcome by the bitterness of the hops. The finish is full of earthy hop flavors balanced with a combination of malt and fruity yeast flavors. The aftertaste is pure yummy cascades with subtle hints of citrus and spice notes and alcohol. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with no real carbonation tingle in your mouth.
Overall a great west-coast IPA. Dry-hopped to the max but still some hints of malt and a nice fruity yeast to balance it all out. That is balanced for a hop lover.

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Photo of jimdkc
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear, orangish-gold with a good-sized off-white head which falls back quickly to a persistent foam film. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose is strong with piney and floral hop aromas. But there's more here than just hops.There is also a strong, sweet malt aroma. It smells really good!

Intense bitterness, but surprisingly well balanced. There is a good carmely malt backbone with a bit of sweetness backing up the hops. Strong flavors of grapefruit and pine dominate, but it is incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Amazingly drinkable.

This is a very well-made, enjoyable beer!

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Photo of evanackerman
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a deep orange haze with a billowing head.

aroma is dominated by hops with an alcohol character as well.

taste is very hoppy and there is a deep nutty malt flavor to balance.

mouthfeel is a bit thinner than other 2IPAs that i like better but it is still very good.

drinkability is not bad for a beer this big.

overall, a very good beer but it did not quite live up to the hype for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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

I found this bottle at New Beer while in NYC. They don't have this back home, so I had to grab a bomber.

Nice hazy golden orange, two finger head that fades to a thin layer that leaves some good lacing.

Smell and taste almost identical. Fresh pineapple, even more prevalent in the nose than taste. Floral citrusy hops are all over the place. Definite honey presence makes itself known, and is more obvious in the taste than the smell. This sweetness tries to help balance but ultimately fails. A bit of orange in the aftertaste.

Very pleasant mouthfeel at the beginning, then sticky, hop oils cling to your mouth everywhere. It seriously is almost like chewing a raw hop flower (yes, I have done this before).

This beer defines a hop bomb. It really could use a little more malt to help balance. The hop shortage is probably due to Stone Ruination. If you don't love hops, then don't even touch it. As for me, I won't have any trouble finishing this bomber.

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

First off, really cool looking bottle. Stone sure likes to embrace dark creatures and this stamped/etched beer bottle is awesome.

A: A pleasant murky orange with a nice bubbly 2 cm head.

S: 100 IBUs? Floral, with a pronounced hop nose.

T: Expected more bitterness. Good when I am fighting with sweet malts and want some more hops in my life.

M: Medium body, carbonated, hop characteristics.

D: Pretty drinkable, especially with the hops leaving you with a dry palate that beckons you drink more.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 10,847 ratings
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