Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

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Ruination IPARuination IPA
10,876 Ratings
Ruination IPARuination IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Different from Ruination 2.0

Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10,876 |  Reviews: 3,084
Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, pours a bright copper color, nice foamy head, clings to my glass, intense citrusy aroma, the smell makes my nose tingle, all hops. Nice thick with a full mouthfeel, hoppy as hell, still has alot of malt balance, very good, I want more.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The hue falls somewhere between amber and copper, but has a distinctive glowing orange presence about it as well. A thin sticky off-white head leaves some very nice lace patterns down the walls of my glass. The nose is a virtual hop garden. Floral, spicy, slightly piney, but mostly oily, pungent and resiny. Very nice. The first thing I notice up front on the buds is the bitterness. What a bite. I love it. After that, I notice other hop attributed characteristics: pungency, oilyness, citrus, pine, and to a slighter extent, orange rind. Malt profile really takes a background in this beer. Moreso than any of the other IPAs I've had from Stone. Seems to be around only for balance as I have a hard time picking up any distinctive malt tastes on my palate. This beer is truly all about the hops. Nice firm body of about medium-full. For a beer of this IBU caliber, the drinkability is good.

Let's face it. Stone is one of the best "Big Beer" producers around. And this beer does that reputation justice.

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Photo of proc
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like IPA's and this one only emphasizes that fact. Once you start to really like the bitterness of hops, you just can't get enough and Ruination doesn't disappoint. An extremely balanced IPA despite the fact that it rings in at 100 IBU's in the bitterness department. Full, rich and yes, you can taste malt here. No, the malt isn't a big player, but it rings the hops down to the point that they aren't as overwhelming as you are expecting. Began the bomber inside and finished while grilling steaks outside in 35 degree temperatures. Delicious. Thanks Murph for the sample.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper with a small head. Floural aroma hops are the first thing you notice. There is something else in the smell that is a bit odd, but doesn't turn you off. Not as powerful of a taste as I expected, but still very well balanced. At over 100 IBU's you can imagine that the aftertaste stays for awhile!

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Photo of zerk
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear copper with a touch of chill haze. Impressive white foam, which settled to 1/4 inch and remained for the duration. Nose is full of floral hops and a touch of bubblegum-like sweetness. Some carmel malt in the flavor, some sweetness, and a ton of in-your-face bitterness. Very carbonated, slightly rough mouthfeel with a meduim body. The bitterness is nicely balanced with sweetness, making this a very drinkable brew. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of Jordan
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Noble hop profile, rich and full bodied bliss. Delightful vanilla/honey and complex floral aromas. Inviting and well centered A-IPA. The label acts as a intimidator, but dont be fooled. Many like-characteristics with Ruination and Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA. Ruination being slightly superior. My advice to anyone who enjoys the IPA, sample this. First class.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange/amber color with a moderate white head. Big time hops, all the way through, this stuff is excellent, citrusy, floral, hop city. Thank you Xlperro. This stuff is an all time favorite of mine!

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As for as IPA's go, this is the bomb. Great stuff. Pours a nice deep golden color. Great hop punch. One of the finest IPA's I have had although it is a bit strong and may not be the beer you want to drink all night. Another great beer from Stone.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good but not what this hophead expected after I read the label. Poured IMO a more of a golden pale ale color with almost no head. The aroma was hoppy and only hoppy but not overwhelming. It had the bitter hop tatse but a very boring one, the character of this beer was the same from the first sip to the last. I would drink it again but there are many other IPA's out there that put this one to shame............CHEERS

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Photo of Wildman
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice reddish orange color and formed a nice bubbly off white head and left some nice bubbly circular lace. A decent amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and some floral aspects. The flavor is of hops and citrus with a slight hint of herb. The finish is light and just a touch bitter and extremely astrigent. Not quite as hoppy as their other IPA. A great IPA and another new aquistition for Ohio beeradvocates!

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Photo of MJR
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful, ultra-clear, copper-orange color. Leaves a good sized head that goes down a bit throughout the drinking of the 22oz bottle. Not to worry though...a quick swirl of the glass brings it back up, and it stays this time.

Smell: Wow...this beer has the most powerful hop aroma I've ever experienced. Amazing. I didn't smell for long...I HAD to taste this brew...

Taste: If you think the aroma is full of hops, you're in for quite a surprise! Full-bodied hop flavor...pine, floral, grapefruit, citrus, you name it, it's in there. The hop flavor is overwhelming if you're not used to such a powerful brew. My tastebuds are actually getting numb as I kill this bottle. There's a good malt background, but you really have to search for it. Drinking this beer after all the others I've tried is akin to going from black and white television to full digital color! It's so full of flavor and so aggressive and complex!

Mouthfeel: Impressive. Very impressive. Goes down with a medium mouthfeel, but again the hops take over and remind what kind of beer you're drinking.

Drinkability: Hmmm...this is probably the only area where this beer suffers. It's truly an amazing beer, easily one of the best I've encountered in my many years of 'better beer' drinking. However, I can't imagine putting away pint after pint of this's simply too powerful. I thought I had tried some hoppy beers, only to be sucker-punched by this outstanding example!

To sum up, this is one of the most incredible beers I've ever tasted. Given that it's my first brew from Stone Brewing, I can't wait to try more...I've got a couple more of their beers in my fridge and it's taking all of my self-control to stop myself from trying them right now! My highest recommendation!

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

Heard a lot about this, and found out that my local beer shop sold it. A huge 1pt 6 fl.oz brown bottle. The bottle is screen printed in gold and dark green which is different, and has a kind of potted history of the beer on the back of the Bottle.
Poured with a huge head, which proceeded to slowly recede, leaving an explosion of lace on the side of the glass. A lovely pale golden color when held up to my PC monitor, but curiously it had an orange tinge when held up to a nearby lamp (its 7:45pm when I drink this). The nose is extremely floral and has a profusion of botanical elements. Reminded me of a cross between a freshly mown English Cricket Pitch and Kentish Hopfields during harvesting, with a smidgeon of the local Supermarket fresh fruit counter aromas thrown in for good measure. Gorgeous hop tastes that punch right at the back of the throat and proceed to shadow box your tonsils. Has some grapefruityness dangling in the middle. But this is not overpowering for me, I like beers with plenty of hops – and this certainly has them. It is a very well-balanced hopped beer. Long bitter finish that really teases me to grab the Glass for the next “fix”. One of the very best IPA’s I have ever had. Only draw-back – it’s strong, and I could only drink say two or three of these. Drinkability for the style is very high though. Wow.
AWESOME Beer with more Hops than a One-Legged Tap-Dancer…
… and a whole 22 fl.oz Bottle to myself.
No more Beer Reviews for me tonight !!!!!.
Described as “A liquid poem to the glory of the hop” – Yep!

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Photo of jackndan
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruination: I hunkered down, waiting to be overwhelmed with hops, but was not (see red felt ale for over the top hops). Despite the typically humorous claims on the label, this IPA is much more than hops. Actually the aroma is very floral, and the taste is very well balanced, with lots of sweet malts to balance out what is clearly a well hopped beer. This beer is significantly more complex than I expected, and easier to drink. Very well made, enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 sinistersteve
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, after waiting all through the summer for Ruination to make its way to Oregon, it has finally arrived and what a joyous occasion it is. An exqusite thick head that never would have violated the sides of my glass, no matter how far it would have rose above the rim and that laces the glass nicely. Piney hop aroma that embraces the nose almost affectionately. Although, the color has a decent copper ale'ish hue to it, I can still read what is on the other side of the glass. Then again, don't judge a beer by its color, this is one great tasting beer. Hoppy, citusy flavor in every mouthfull will keep even the most finiky hophead happy.

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Photo of mophie
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is one kick-ass IPA. Inviting, seductive copper/orange hue with a creamy off-white head. Exceptional aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, grapes. Sweet floral fragrances. I expected to have my tongue numbed upon impact by the hop bitterness, but I found this brew, even upon the initial taste, to be extremely smooth and balanced. There are hops aplenty, but they are intricately layered upon a wonderful malt foundation. In fact, I am almost as impressed by the subtle sweetness as I am by the over-the-top pine and citrus hop flavors. Of course, the hops assert their presence in the finish, and in fact my tongue is becoming a bit numb as I work my way through the glass. What a terrific feeling. Add this beer to my top-ten list, thank you very much.

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Photo of John
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper/orange color. Monster head sticks around to decorate the sides of the glass. Huge citrus, pine cone, hop aroma. The citrus element is as much flavorful fruit as it is rind bitterness...precisely balanced in that respect. Grapefruit juice anyone? The hops are indeed huge but somehow remain smooth and flavorful. The malt is minimally detectable but manages, not necessarily to balance the brew, but to contribute to the superior drinkability. Wow! This is a killer, juicy IPA. Exceptional. Can't wait for distibution in NY. Greg?

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Photo of hyuga
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big sponge-like head that retains fairly well. Beautiful citrus/pine smell that absolutely screams hops. The color doesn't fall short of this impressive level of beauty either. Pale orange that brings the word "nectar" to mind. As suggested on the bottle, an army of hops invades your palate. The hops ride in on a a soft and smooth malt blanket, but the assault is not far behind. As is characteristic of these types of hops, very strong citrus/orange peel-like and floral taste. Very subtle maltiness. This is a huge beer. Obviously, if you're a fan of hops, you'll absolutely love this.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beatiful golden color; highly carbonated with initially thick head which has good staying power and leaves a nice lace, proclaiming that your glass has held a *real* beer, damnit.

Hop oil dominate the boquet -- no surprise. Very fresh smelling, with hints of citrus. Malt is quite present as well -- overall the smell reminded me, in the strength and prsence of the basic elements of the beer, of the smell of wort boiling just after the malt and flavoring hops have been added.

This is a really well-done beer. The taste is complex and, despite the bottle's hyperbole, remarkably well-balanced. Malt hits first with a pleasant sweetness, followed by the hops -- but not all at once. They come in layers, with the citrusy, floral flavors leading the way, followed by a wonderful dry, sharp finish at the back of the mouth.

Ruination is a tasteful, drinkable, innovative beer, and yet another reason why Stone is rapidly establishing itself as the West Coast's premier brewery.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was quite the interesting bier! Enjoyed this while sitting out on the back deck enjoying the sunset on a warm summer day. Poured a luscious, medium-golden color, with a creamy, white head, and A-1 lacing. A myriad of aromas melded together. There was some malt lurking around as well as lots of hops. The hops were very much on the sharp, spicy side. I also found a strong yeasty aroma, like the smell of a yeast culture before you pitch a homebrew. Has real good body, and it passed smoothly over the tongue. As for flavors, again I found a slew of different, pleasurable things. Had a foundation of crackery, toasty malt upon which was laid some yeastiness and then the hops! Like in the aroma, the hops were quite spicy, though with some warming a hint of citrus showed up. I like it! A big-time thanks to Murph for the sample! Stone rocks!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Worth the price of the beer just to read the bottle, which exclaims that it is "a liquid poem to the glory of the hops" and 100+ IBUs. I half expected a mushroom cloud to form over the bottle when I popped the top. Aroma was peppery hops. I braced myself and took the first sip (gulp, actually). To my surprise, the hops were quite smooth and very well balanced with the malt - and the hops, although powerful, are not at all overwhelming. In comparison with Stone's IPA, the hops in Ruination are not as grapefruity, and tended to have more of a herbal character. A must-try for any hophead, but overall I prefer the IPA, which seemed more heavy-handed with the hops.

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Photo of Murph
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden with a huge pillowy/rocky white head that leaves a great lace all the way down the glass. Slight juicy fruit aromas with huge hop oil smells that singed my nose hairs. Intense hop bitterness that lasts from start to finish. As the brew begins to warm the malt character of the beer really shows up and balnces this brew very nicely. There are more juicy fruit flavors as well but they are subdued by the dominant hops. Very crisp and dry on the tongue as well as very refreshing and insanely drinkable for the amount of alcohol and bitterness in this brew. This is an absolutely amzing beer but can I really expect anything else from Stone?

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Photo of marc77
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper in hue, topped by a fluffy, well - retained off - white head that leaves sparse lace. Grapefruit and pine "4 C" American hop nose & mild caramel malt sweetness in aroma. Although the bitterness is expectedly assertive, it is accompanied by a surprisingly rich, toasty, lightly buttery, malt backbone. The citrusy hop flavor comes as no surprise, but is very well integrated into the overall flavor profile. Smooth mouthfeel, with a full, dextrinous body. Finishes w/ a bittersweet balance of hop bitterness and residual malt sweetness. Ruination is an exceptional IPA that showcases American hops, but malt character is not at all lacking. Don't let the 100+ IBUs scare you.

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Photo of aracauna
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I was afraid of this beer. The bitterness of beer always gave me problems, but I have managed to gradually build up a tolerance to hops and have even managed an appreciation for hoppy beers ala HopDevil. Still I was afraid of this beer because of all the talk of it being over 100 IBUs. Then I crack it open. Sure it's huge hops (black pepper, citrus peel and flowers) but not as much as I was expecting. I take a big swig and ... it goes down easily. It's kind of cool how the bitterness and most of the flavor is time delayed. The huge flavor doesn't hit until right about the time I swallow. You get a bit of malt at the beginning and some more in the end as the beer warms, but the hoppage overpowers it. I'm still burping the hops 4 hours later.

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Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 10,876 ratings