Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

3,073 Reviews
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:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3,073 | Ratings: 10,833
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 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 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 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 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 Mod_Nyzreth
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is most definitely my Stone favorite. An overload of hops with IBU off the scale while maintaining a good balance. Going to miss this one if it really is retired!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the first dipa to ever be bottled. Comes out a hearty mix of orange and auburn, drops plenty of hops all over the place.

Taste is ruiningly bitter. Its palate fatigue, but the good kind. Covers alcohol relatively well, the massive ibu payload is all up on you. Got a little malt heavy as lighter drier hop bombs came along, especially the citra hop, but this is definitely one that belongs in the time capsule, heavy C and maybe simcoe hops, lots of crystal malt, warming sensation.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another superlative beer from Stone. An ode to the NW hops, biting, bitter, pungent, resinous, hints of caramel, pine, soap. Bracing, a wake up call for your palate.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a tulip glass at the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing in Terminal 2)
Appearance: Cloudy amber. Slightly less than 1 finger of white head.
Smell: Citrus+hops+pine.
Taste: Another stone beer with a great mix of bitterness and sweetness. Great hoppy flavor with hints of citrus. No unpleasant aftertaste. 8.2% ABV is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full body beer with moderately high amount of carbonation.
Overall: Another awesome beer by Stone Brewing.

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Photo of BWED
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Semi-hazy, bronze in color. White head is dense. Great retention and some sticky rings of lacing.

S- Dank, pine, fruity, juicy sweetness, a little OJ.

T- Strong pine bite, resin, faint citrus, and even fainter biscuit malt flavor.

M- Hop bomb. Long bitter finish, dry. Medium full body.

O- Great hop bomb. Ruthless hop profile, but still a little balance. And dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of peepmachine
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours golden orange, head retention is great, nice lacing

S- musty, piney, citrusy, heaven

T- Dank, resinous, and super piney. Lingers in the back of throat and on the palate

M- Medium to full mouth feel most likely due to the yummy ale yeast they use and being unfiltered.

O- One of my favorite West Coast style IIPA's. Hides that alcohol very well then BAM!

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Photo of irrevjim
3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

cloudy golden orange. 1/2" head dissipates quickly. lacing stays forever
smell;alcohol, pine
taste; alcohol, pine, some grapefruit
feel;bitter but not dry, boozy, feels full bodied
overall, feels like someone managed to get 10% abv into a 6% old school ipa, heavy but i don't taste the malt, hoppy but more booze than bitter and there is enough bitter

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Photo of ajilllau
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great ipa. Sexier than most woman that come into my bar. It's thick looking in a glass with an orange tint to it. It has a great hoppy smell to it. Just make sure you clean your beer lines after you put this beer on.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best doubles out there! Clean, simple with a perfect hoppy balance that will even concert the non IPA drinkers. Watch out, high alcohol sneaks up...

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

Review from notes, 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep golden orange color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin film on top

S- strong citrus hoppy notes of tangerine & grapefruit peel, along with some pine resin. Doughy malt underlying

T- big blast of bitter pine resin, quickly followed by citrus peel and some grassy notes. Spicy and earthy mid-palate with some bready malt finishing it out, big hop bitterness on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish, alcohol hidden pretty well

O- a pioneer in the craft beer world that still stands up to the hop rage of today

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

This brew changed my life. Bought a bottle blind, took it camping with my GF, chilled it all day until we hit the campsite. Started building a fire and remembered I had it chilling. Poured it into a glass, took a sip and swooned! She grabbed the glass from me, tasted it and asked me what was I going to drink! After that first taste it was a no-brainer...had to get more. So sad that they retired it and reformulated the Ruination. Ive had the reformulated and I prefer the original.

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Photo of Amedlin18
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good but not great. Probably due to it being within a week of the best by date. Need to get a fresher one and revisit. Update: had a slightly fresher one a me its slightly better

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Photo of mpyle
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big whiff of pine initially, bright hop nose. Hint of caramel sweetness makes it through as well.

Very slightly cloudy, very pale amber in color. Pours a rocky white head, creamy and long lasting.

Intense hop flavor from the start, but with just enough malt sweetness from making it feel like an overwhelming hop bomb. Fairly bitter from the start, so is a gentle transition to the bitter finish. No sharp division or bite to the hops. Bitterness lingering on tongue infused with earthy and pine flavors...not the fruity modern hops.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency, and honestly very little alcohol warming considering the 8%+ ABV.

Liked this beer more than I remembered. Insanely hoppy, yet nuanced at the same time. Tons of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness in a well-crafted product.

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Photo of Srs5768
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Like many, I would have been fine if Ruination 1.0 got to live on alongside 2.0 -- the more great DIPAs, the better. I'll always be thankful for Ruin 1 leading me down a rabbit hole of crushing bittering hops propped up by an herbal, earthy, piney, fruity mix the likes of which few other have captured. Palates may have shifted but Ruin 1 is still an all-time classic.

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Photo of Extol
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - nice yellow color

Smell - herbal, oniony, grassy. Very slight citrus.

Taste - same as the nose. Lots of herbal grassiness and a very faint hint of citrus.

Overall - it's ok. Just ok. I wouldn't personally buy again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into an Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA snifter. Purchased while in Niagara Falls, NY. Appears to be the original Ruinstion, no freshness indicated. Probably not the freshest, but given the higher alcohol, this could be a DIPA / Barleywine cross by this point.

Appearance - a hazy but bright coppery orange color, topped with a finger and a bit of dense white foam that leaves behind a small ring of lacing. Sufficiently hazy so that the carbonation is not visible.

Smell - huge citrus nose, mountains of grapefruit, with some sweeter pineapple, some thick grains that have been roasted and a caramel undertone to the whole beer. One of the most appealing DIPAs I've ever run across.

Taste - monstrously hopped but yet restrained like a barely caged animal. Big dose of grapefruit bitterness, some earthyness and a roasted grain that nearly has a smoked element to it. Very interest, complex and of course intense. Some spiciest to wrap everything up although maybe it's just extreme hops.

Mouthfeel - smooth and full of hop oils yet not inherently oily. Prickly carbonation and full but refreshing body. Amazing feel.

Overall - completely worth the purchase and top notch even if a little past it's prime. The intensity is staggering but it all comes together in a way that is pleasing. Just a great beer that I'm glad to have tried as it rides off into the sunset. Now I need to try ruination 2.0 to compare.

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Photo of lovemesumipa
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love hoppy IPA's. Maybe it's the 95 degree heat outside but this has to be one of the best beers that I have ever tried. Yes, it's hoppy. But it also has a unique, floral taste that I love. It's complex, fruity and very dense in its presentation. This is a classic double IPA.

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Photo of twage04
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly bitter with a smooth fruity/floral/piney hop flavor. Malt is in perfect balance with everything else. Alcohol imperceptible. This was stored for a few months in the fridge so the hop aroma was understandably lacking, Good appearance and carbonation.

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

Pours nice head. This is very complex with a huge hop flavor that pops with some malts and a good caramel sweetness for balance. As with almost every stone IPA exceptional flavor extremely well made.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civeras in Drexel hill, PA. Let's see how it goes, excited to be one of he first customers to grab it at the deli.

Appearance: Pours a dark, malty, yet fluorescent, pale copper brown. As the dust settles, leaves a 1 inch head behind, somewhat decent lacing and somewhat aggressive bubbles of carbonation.

Smell: upon first inspection, I notice an explosion of hop aroma. Heavy pine and grapefruit scents come through. Some malt aromas kick in towards the end to give a nice balance to the floodgates of hops.

Taste: obviously, the first observation is the explosion of hop flavors on the palate. Grapefruit, deep pines, and a slight hint of orange-like zest hit the tongue and present a heavy "mosh pit of hops" as the label describes. I'm not sure more than one is warranted under normal circumstances. This brew brings the ruckus, and it's delicious, yet means business.

Mouthfeel: semi-heavy carbonation, over average body and has a somewhat clean finish, yet sometimes buttery towards the end. Pretty good.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was excited, since I consider myself an IPA fanatic. This brew was bit of a tough one to digest. Heavy on the hop flavors and it completely satisfies. I'll definitely try again and would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
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