Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

10,834 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: 10,834 |  Reviews: 3,073
Photo of MPLS
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Plissken
2.67/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

There's just something that's off about this beer for me. An almost chemical, artificial taste. But you like what you like and it looks like a lot of people like it, so cheers!

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Photo of The_Jerk
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Pours a golden amber with a cappuccino-like white head that leaves a beautiful white lace down the side of the glass. Aroma is fairly medicinal, and obviously quite hoppy. Also, there is some citrus going on. There's also some pine and a touch of malt. Taste is absolutely hoppy. Starts out floral. The name of the beer is "Ruination" because it ruins your tastebuds after the first few sips. This is dead on. Eventually this goes to malt, and finally it ends earthy. Medium-bodied. Fairly creamy mouthfeel - not at all what I was expecting. This is a tasty beer, but doesn't seem much different that Stone IPA. For a hoppy beer I prefer Hop Devil.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big 24oz bottle with green and gold screen painted design. No freshness information to be found, but it comes from a reliable source. Slowly pours a ghostly goldish copper, sticky looking whitish head. Olfactory confirmation of hop presence. Citrusy, flowery.

Surprisingly smooth, given how the text on the back label talks up how much my tastebuds are going to be razed. And I must have a high IBU tolerance, because I figured 100+ would kick my tongue's ass. Over time, perfume vapors form in my mouth from all the hop action. Breadiness lingers.

If you like hops, you'll like this.

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

This brew pours a massive, white head that never wants to leave! The Ruination brew creates a head that adheres to the glass and remains till the very last drop. The appearance is probably the worst thing about the beer. It doesn't stand out to me in any way. The smell, however, is fantastic. It's as you would expect...HOPPY! The taste is an assault on the taste buds and as the bottle states kicks the ass of other tastes in the mouth.

Overall, this beer is truly an assault on the taste buds. Full of flavor and complexity. This beer is, for a lack of words, kick ass!


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Photo of ryrust5301
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Looks like a good one. A very hazy orange gold color with a foamy clumpy white head. Generous amount of the head hangs around on top the rest of the way through.

Smell - Very citrusy, but a lot more malty than I expected. Hops are piney, yet very smooth and somewhat oily.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Crisp bite but not overly harsh. It's paired with just enough smoothness to give it balance in the mouth. A little bitter bite comes through in the end due to the hop bitterness. The malt creaminess really gives this beer it's identity. Stone did a great job blending it together with the hops. Citrus melon flavor with a gentle breadiness adds to the overall experience.

Drinkability - Stone really doesn't make a beer I don't like, and this was another winner from Cal. A wonderful job of not letting the hops kill the palate with the blend of sweet malts and bready notes. A great experience!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 11millsown113
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks perfect pale and see thru the way a IPA should look with spotty lace.. A/T sweet pale malt, dry cracker, pine, citrus, slight pepper.. This is the definition of a IPA to me.. Lovely beer

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

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

A: Beautiful golden orange with massive head and excellent retention. Tons of lacing

S: Hop oils, citrus

T: Intense hops but with a nice creamy malt backbone. Grapefruit. Not that bitter, which is amazing given the IBUs

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel with a nice pleasant carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, which means it's really dangerous at 7.7% abv

An awesome San Diego style IPA. I compare this with the Port 2nd Anniversary I just had and this one just has cleaner, more balance flavor profile. Very much recommended for IPA fans.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,834 ratings.
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