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 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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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong beer full of flavor and fairly bitter but in a good way. Hazy orange color. Nice bite. Some fruity and spicy qualities. Overall it's a bit too agressive for me. nb

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Photo of Totalpackage411
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer. stone isn't my favorite, I've had plenty better IPAs. I've tried a few Stone beers and this was the first one I actually kind of liked, but I would prefer many others to this beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Floral, spicy, light citrus, a touch of pine, a little dankness, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Pine, citrus, grapefruit, orange, a little lemon, spicy, some dank herbal notes, a bit floral, and nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, alcohol well hidden, very drinkable.

O: A timeless classic. I'm gonna miss this one when they retire it.

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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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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Caramel colored. Great clarity. Fine-bubbled off white head retains at a half inch. Broken rings of thin and wispy lacing.

S: Dank, pine, resin, wet and herbal, earthy, grapefruit rind, passion fruit. Caramel malt base backs up all the hops.

T: Hops come out with brute force. Earthy, strong pine and resin, herbal and spicy, cannabis, grapefruit rind. Stiff jab of alcohol. Fleeting bubblegum. Big malt flavors of caramel and toasted grain put up a good fight, but the hops soundly defeat them for overall dominance. Long, bitter and oily hop finish.

M: Hefty malt body and a creamy and silky texture. Carbonation scrubs briskly with fine bubbles. Some gripping astringency.

O: This is an awesome beer, and one that really helped to define the style. It's a shame to see it go. It stacks up with the best of them, but competition in the ipa categories is brutal these days and consumers have proven to be very fickle. Brand loyalty is a thing of the past and drinkers are obsessed with what's new and trendy. Rather than trying to breathe new life into some of their flagging classic core brands, Stone seems to have chosen to get on the same wavelength as the average craft beer geek and offer a constant flow of new, quirky, collaborative brews. Adaptation is necessary in a fast-paced, ever growing and changing industry like this, and so far their strategy seems to be working. Their social media game has been great at supporting these new beers and even creating demand to a certain extend too. However, the danger is overloading markets, especially slower non-metro ones, with more skus than their shelves can handle and causing a traffic jam within their own portfolio. Managing all these new skus and one-offs is going to be a juggling act on all three sides of the industry.

Now I'm rambling. These problems are not unique to Stone. Many breweries face the same issues, especially in the more competitive markets. I bet Ruination 2.0 will be excellent anyway.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised to read about Ruination's impending revamp, had to go back to it again seeing as how it had been a good 6-8 months since my last bomber. What I had was a bottle dated enjoy by 5/6/15, poured to a snifter. Two finger head that laced beautifully. IBUs are listed on bottle at 100+ and yeah this is one bitter beer. Beyond the sharp bitterness I got a lot of that piney flavor, I just had a bunch of Alpha Kings a few months back and this reminded me of a "bigger" version of that beer. This is a classic but I respect Stone for rethinking some of their beers that have been around for a while that people might be taking for granted. Hopefully version 2.0 does this one justice. RIP

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beers that turned me onto the ipa scene many years ago. Sad to see that Stone is changing up what at one time was the best beer I ever had.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with sustaining creamy head and lace. Complex aroma hops giving off blanketing floral and fruity scents. Carmel malts hit the palate first, followed by strong and slightly earthy bittering hops. Sweet nutty flavors sneak their way through. Finishes dry on the palate.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

Pours a clear golden-copper with a half finger of bubbly white head that leaves some lacing. Lots of bubbles, evidence of active carbonation.

Nose is lots of pine and citrus. Very bitter from the get go, and also quite floral. Typical Stone IPA aroma, very sharply bitter citrus and floral.

Taste is orange peel, grapefruit juice, and pine. The malt is there as faint and cracker-like presence, just enough to uphold the onslaught of hops. It finishes fairly dry with a long-lasting and pungently bitter, resiny aftertaste. Not for novice IPA drinkers, but definitely something a seasoned lupulin fan would come to crave.

The mouthfeel is medium. Perhaps slightly heavier than Stone's regular IPA, but not by much. Carbonation is medium and makes it very drinkable.

Overall, this is basically Stone IPA on steroids. It's not too different except for being slightly hoppier and stronger. No alcohol is perceptible, but I can tell it's stronger by the thicker body. Very good beer. Highly recommended for any IPA fan.

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Photo of trainingwithkev
2.89/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look was great! Smell didn't rip my taste bud apart. Taste wasnt too good. Feel was ok. overall okay. I would drink it if someone gave it to me for free but other than that im not buying it again. People are way too hopped out and i am a hop lover!

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,833 ratings.
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