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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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Reviews: 3,069 | Ratings: 10,818
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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Photo of TheWolf
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/16/14 - from 12.oz bottle into Bordeaux glass. 8 weeks before enjoy by date.

“The first step in knowing that you’re a hop-head is admitting that you are a hop-head”, - Anonymous.

When I look back at the past 7 years of being a craft enthusiast, there exists a half-dozen brews that I can credit to being my gateway into the hobby. However, it was my love for Ruination that helped me realize I was all in. RIP my beautiful nectar.

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Photo of hreb
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this is still Ruination 1.0, weighing in at 8.2% ABV with an enjoy by date of 06/03/15. 22oz bottle. Seriously dank aroma. As in, as soon as I crack the bottle open the whole room smells like bud. Beer pours pale straw yellow in color, and forms a large white soda-like head. Extremely pale in color for an IPA of this gravity.

I remember trying this beer maybe 10 years ago, and finding it undrinkably bitter. Now I've raised my tolerance towards, and interest in, heavily hopped beers in that time, and I dare say the world has gotten better at brewing them. But sure enough, this beer is still just plain bitter on the palate. It's just a mess of entirely too much alpha in the middle of the palate. Admittedly, that doesn't make it undrinkable. I was wrong. This beer is challenging but it's not offensive. It is, however, overrated.

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Photo of bmcmahon1024
3.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointed with this one. The initial taste is just god awful then it acts like it is going to smooth out but then finishes with a strong bitterness. Expecting much more from Stone.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ehh, they oversold this one, not really that bitter I honestly find stone IPA to be more bitter than this, smells like and tastes literally exactly like chinook hop pellets

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-med amber nice head retention and size
- sharp bright hop and hops only
- awesome overbearing hops but smooth as hell amazing ipa flavor slight caramelized taste
- thicker but a slight syrupy taste
- again another great ipa from stone! this one is very overbearing

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Photo of lwillitz
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers off-white head over a cloudy body of golden orange; low amount of visible carbonation

S - complex and hoppy; lots of citrus, floral notes, touch of caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol

T - lots of hop action--citrus, pine, floral, spice, grass, and herbs; bready malt backbone with caramel sweetness; the 8.2% hides very well behind all the flavor; dry, piney finish

M - smooth, slick full body, high carbonation, dry

O - excellent DIPA

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Photo of drew42e
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid , classic west coast IPA. Not as bitter as expected. Orange rind , pretty strong carbonation in mouthfeel but very drinkable for abv, too bad they discontinued

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose and taste were classic Stone. Pretty easy to recommend this beer if you are a fan of their other regular offerings. Maybe a slight dissappoinment in that I was expecting this beer to rip my face off with IBUs based on the name, but it was overall more balanced and easy drinking than expected. Is it is a hop bomb, but it wasn't over the top. Another good offering by Stone.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Despite Stone being in my top-5 (okay, top-2), and loving DIPAs, this is my first time trying Ruination. The taste is surprisingly caramel/toffee-forward (though, this is best-by dated 5/26/15, which means it was bottled around 2/25/15, so it's fairly old by DIPA standards at this point), and reminds me more of Extra Hoppy Old Guardian than any of the DIPAs I'm used to these days. Still a really enjoyable beer. Looking forward to trying 2.0 tomorrow...

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

Poured from the bottle into a Prairie Artisan teku glass. It is a strikingly clear orange with a finger of foamy white head. This may be the most beautiful beer I've ever seen. The aroma of pine, citrus and malt blends together and reminds me a bit of rye. Very malty taste of caramel, then grapefruit, then loads of piney hops. Medium mouth that's sticky, causing the bitter aftertaste to linger and linger. This is aptly named, and worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold body; thick, chunky white head; large bubble carbonation. Fresh hop aroma; piney; grassy. Bread crust hint with a bold, robust hop bitterness. Oily, resinous feel; medium body; dry finish.

A deep, earthy hop bomb with classic hop varietal bitterness. There is a crisp hop bite that lingers long and slow; very enjoyable as the warm malt sweetness adds some nice counterpoint to the lupulin boldness. A well-developed balance and depth exists throughout and makes for one very satisfying, old school styled hop bomb.

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Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic that, unfortunately, I've never had until now. Here goes:

A: Clear orange with a massive head and great lacing. Also pretty well-carbonated.

S: Lots of pine and some grapefruit. This one's incredibly hoppy. Some caramel malt, but it's really just a hop bomb.

T: Pine with a noticeable (but not too annoying) grapefruit aftertaste. A classic WC IPA. Also contains a fair amount of caramel malt that mitigates the grapefruit aftertaste somewhat. Good beer.

F: A little light but still fresh and well-carbonated.

O: Great representation of the style. A true WC IPA.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color.

Overall: Starts off with lots of hops/bitterness. Then fades into malt flavors and toasted grain. Excellent IPA and highly recommend for any IPA fan.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a nice two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange citrus, lightly floral. Flavor is hop forward with dry, piney and citrus hops, orange citrus, hint of dankness, light carmel malt, finishing with lingering resinous pine and grapefruit rind with hints of lemon and orange citrus. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A nicely made seriously hop forward IPA with a resinous, but not particularly herbal hop bill. The malt body was sufficient to support the intense hops, but was not in itself memorable. A quite enjoyable, well named hop bomb. I will not even try to taste another hoppy beer for a day or so. Life is good right now, though. It's been a while since I've had this, and there is a little sadness that it will be discontinued, but I have faith that Stone will continue to come through with worthy alternatives. RIP Ruination.

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Photo of founddrama
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bitter with a slight floral note underneath. Decent color. Way more carbonation than I expected. Also: some sips have an almost mildly "detergent" or dish soapy aftertaste. But very slight, and not enough for me to ding it too badly.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,818 ratings.
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