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:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of spk154
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

By far the best of the Stone Brewery offerings, which tend to be
too "big" for my tastes.

The aroma was harsh at first; the hops were extremely apparent
with just an undercurrent of evergreen. The first sip was even harsher. However, once your tastebuds have a chance to adjust to the bitterness, the complexity of the beer really comes through. After that, the beer becomes increasingly drinkable. Not a beer to
be taken lightly, which is, im my opinion, a hallmark of the entire
Stone line-up.

I really enjoyed this brew, despite its "in your face" hoppiness, but
would not recommend to anyone whose face contorts at the
mention of the words "hops".

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Photo of bkett01
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my pint glass with nearly no head at all. Intrigued by this I took a whiff and WOW.... west coast hop factor, gotta love it. A great fresh piney smell rises out from the pint.

As for taste, I agree with other BA's when they say that this should be the only beer you review for an evening. The hop punch truly "ruins" your palate's ablilty to taste any lessor flavors, in a good way. Heavy citric flavors are evident over a mild, yet detectable malt. Stone truly lives up to their well hyped name with this one, it won't let you down.

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Photo of SethB2
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a pint glass. Has a nice one finger head that disipates, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. Smell of HOPS and a lot of them. Grapefruit notes dominate. Taste much like the smell. Not a lot of malt balance, but in the case of this beer, it isn't a bad thing. Mouthfeel if medium and oily. Very nice. Drinkability suffers slightly, as many DIPAs do. I just can't drink more than one or two at a sitting. Overall, very good brew. Stone guys, you do a great job!

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Photo of thetachibro
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

into my tulip it goes...comes out a somewhat hazy golden orange color with a monster sized white head that's very pleasing to the eye...the nose is very hopy and malty as well....the taste is a great balance of sweet malts and not overly bitter hops...great combination...still a little citrus and piney in there as well...very crisp mouthfeel and for me im pleased with the drinkability because the hop presence is definatley there but not too overpowering

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

Served in a tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature. 22 oz. bomber purchased from Cable Beverage in Rockland County, NY. Cellared for 6 months, we're ready for a tasting.

Appearance- Very nice medium amber/gold color, clear, with a three-finger bone white head. After swirling, it is a glowing apricot orange. Mostly uniformly scaled bubbles pop their way down the glass, leaving sticky lacing. Gobs of patchy residue are left behind.

Smell- Aromas of grapefruit and pine needles jump ebulliently out of the glass, almost too intense for the boundaries of my glass.

Taste- A nice blend of the citrusy, piney hops with a terrific malty backbone that balances quite well. Not even close to the hop monster I was expecting... this drinks pretty easily, and I'm pleasantly surprised with the balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy and rolling in the mouth. Not the "beast" I expected... it's a pretty damn easy drinkin' IPA if you ask me.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought a bottle at City Wide in Mishawaka to try with a friend from out of town. orange color. not head. some lacing. hoppy, citrusy odor. smells great. tasty. hoppy, citrusy, bitter and sweet. Like sucking on the hops themselves. Definitely destroys the old taste buds for further drinking that night...but i'd still have another. Reminded me of 3F Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

crystal clear golden orange with an inch of foamy white head that leaves a few nice rings.

runs the gamut on hop aromas. bitter, floral, earthy and citric, resiny with grapefruit rinds and peach candy.

mouthful of bitter hops with a surprisingly nice clean finish. prickly light mouthfeel that leaves just a touch of oily hop bitterness. nice flavor, but it's a little too straightforward for a DIPA. little malt presence, and the complexity from the aroma is missing from the flavor.

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Photo of BRLockwood
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A light clear golden color with a decent head that seems to last a long while. A decent but not overly carbonated beer. With the decent head retention and good carbonation I would call it very inviting.

S: The smell is definitely of hops! I would call in piney and resiny.

T: Tasty, and hoppy just the way I like it. The was definitely brewed for the hops and they did a good job!

M: Tastes good on the palate, it is light but strong on the hops, not watery but smooth with a good aftertaste. If I had to say something negative I would say it had just a touch too much carbonation.

D: Easy to consume and you can't really tell it has the 7.7% abv. A really decent beer that I could drink again and again.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with some ruby hints. Head is small but manages to stick around for awhile.

Smell: Very potent herbal hop aroma

Taste: Just like the bottle says, "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Very herbal, piney hop flavor with a nutty malt background that does not really balance the brew. Not as aggressive as I thought it would be, but pleasantly hoppy without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and nicely carbonated. Light-to-medium body. Overall very pleasant.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good. I was expecting a more challenging, aggressive beer but this one is really smooth and drinkable. The alcohol is well-hidden and the hops are not overdone.

I like this beer, but am not impressed enough to go out of my way to buy it again. Definitely worth a try, but don't kill yourself trying to get it.

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Photo of curtisb8
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Light brown hue, witha white medium frothy head.

Smell: Citrus twang with a hint of brown sugar

Taste: great hoppy sour bitterness. any real beer drinker would love interesting flavor of citrus with a nice hop aftertaste

This is one of the better IPA that I have tried and comes highly reccomended from the BevMo Crew in Socal!

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Photo of orfeu
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden peach juice with a not-quite-white 1" sticky froth. Ridiculous citrus aroma: grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, lime. There's a certain doughy sweetness present in the scent, too. Grapefruit rind dominates the first sip. Bitter indeed, but certainly not out of line. More floral citrus nuances emerge as the beer warms. And a definite malt sweetness is apparent as well. Medium body, juicy mouthfeel. Maybe I like the hops a little too much, but my tongue isn't numb at all from this. While Ruination is a hop showcase, I wouldn't claim that it is at all out of balance. In fact, it's quite measured, all things considered. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be so damn easy to drink. Kick-ass bottle art, to boot.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, slightly orangish darker golden color. There was a fair sized white head that drops off somewhat quickly. The aroma is definitely hoppy. It is a good mix, with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange. The taste is quite good. The hopiness is right upfront and strong, but not as overpowering as I thought this one might be. Medium malt body behind the hops, but you can’t taste it at all. There are a few that are better, but you can get this one most anywhere.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper colored with modest orange-tan head.

S - Aroma is of pine and grapefruit.

T - You can taste sweet malted barley but the hops are pretty prominent as in most IPA’s. The hops give the beer a piney citrus flavor. I have to hold the beer in my mouth for a bit to get much of a bitter taste even though the beer is rated at 100+ IBU’s. The bitterness of the hops combines well with the yeast and malt

M - Moderately viscous with adequate carbonation.

D - If you like west coast hops then you will like this beer if you don't, you won't. It's that simple.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This awesome DIPA pours golden to orange with a small white head that lasts. Good lace is left on the sides of the glass.
Ruination has a wonderfully hoppy/floral/perfumy aroma.
The flavor is strong and hoppy with mellow malty notes behind and follwed with a bitterness that rests in the back of the mouth.
This very hoppy brew bubbles throughout the mouth... you could almost feel the hops... and again the bitterness is left.
This is the beer that really got me into hop bitterness and flavor.
This is truly a great DIPA!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with not much head to speak of, its a bright cloudy orange/copper that seems to glow. Aroma is strong. Smells like grassy hops all the way. The taste is strong and hoppy also. Dank hops, the malt is lightly sweet but overpowered by hop flavor. The finish is quite bitter, but you don't realize how bitter until later on when it is still lingering on the tongue. Very bubbly, smooth and rich, it is medium thick and has a nice crispness to it. I felt is was pretty drinkable, especially for hopheads. I would have expected a little more balance but I don't think Stone was really going for that anyway. Recommended...

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Photo of kmo1030
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orangey amber, and slightly pink i the right light, with a thick white head that lasts.
the smell is perfumy leafy floral hops. some citrus is present as well as some grassy vegetable character. a little alcohol.
floral grassy faintly herbal hops dominate the taste. some citrus and pine is in there too. taste like a healthy dose of amarillo is in there in addition to others, it's got that strange medicinal quaility. struggling out fromunder the truck load of hops is a light caramel and a faint lgihter fruity quality. finishes dry with a lot of bitterness at the back of mouth. citrus is more apparent towards the finish and aftertaste than i originally expected. powerful stuff. given the type of doule IPA they seem to be going for here (the non barelywine like), there is nothing i would change about the flavor of this one. i feel like if i spit on my desk right now it would eat through to the floor.
fuller side of medium bodied with smooth but active carbonation.
i remember my first time trying this beer a couple years ago. i had already taken a shine to the hop flower, but i was in no way prepared for this. i was overwhelmed, though i did manage to choke down the entire bottle. many tastings later, i can say that while harsh, very harsh, but so good.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a tremendous beer! This is not for the faint of heart and non hop heads, need not apply.

Golden cloudy appearance with a nice thick foamy head that lingers and lingers, leaving a nice lacing that lasts throughout the glass.

The smell... man where to begin. Hugely citrus first and foremost. One would only have to smell this, to know that they are in for a hop infused implosion. In addition to the afermentioned cirtus, there is everything from pine, to floral notes. Truly a smorgasbord of aroma.

Taste... HOPS! Huge huge hops. Make no bones about it they are there and in full force. If ones really really tries, they might pick up the slightest hint of malt and a ever so slight alchohol taste.... but this is hopped up to the degree, that nothing's breaking through those hops.

I told myself not to ever give anything straight fives, but this sure came close to accomplishing the impossible. If you love hops, you owe it to yourself to try this beer at least once.

Kudos to Greg Koch and everyone at Stone for this one.

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Photo of badturtle
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I have a favorite beer now. I smelled the bottle after opening and was amazed. It was a complex scent for an IPA. It poured a wonderful dark golden color with a light, quickly fading head. Make sure you drink while there is still some head. The additional flavors you'll get from smelling the head as you drink are amazing. Besides the hops, I noticed citrus flavors. It reminded me of an orange bubble gum I had as a kid. Neither the beer nor the gum tasted much like oranges, but there was a hint of it. The only thing holding back the drinkability is the alcohol content. If this beer was around 5-6%, I could drink it all night. At 7.7%, one is probably enough.

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Photo of aleyeast
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with about a year age on it. Poured into a Stone IPA glass, deep tulip. Color is hard to describe rose-apricot maybe, definitely has some pinkinsh hues, head is white and small. Smell is perfumey hops with a grainey edge, no alcohol on the nose. Taste is hops of course, but also a good blst of citrus, hops are not overwhelming, but they are the main flavor. There has to be a decent amount of malt, but it is definitely in the backseat. Drinkability is extremely high for the style (I2PA). Have a newer one in the fridge I need to check against.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber $4.99 from Mall discount liquors.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a slight head that leaves pretty nice lace down the glass.

S: Aromas of fruity and floral hops hit the nose with a tad of malt thats kinda hidden. Theres also a grassy aroma somewhere in there.

T: Tastes of citrus comes first then a nice bitterness that starts at the back of your tongue and moves towards the front of your mouth.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. The beer seems kind of oily, but its a nice, as it coats your pallete with hoppy goodness. Drinkability is very high on this DIPA. A nice and refreshing offering from Stone.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this one about two years ago in the beginning of my craft beer drinking days and it was a little over the top for me, but now that I have grown to love IPA,IIPA or Imperial IPA I can say I really had no clue what I was doing back Beer pours to what I can describe as a honey maple with a creamy white head. The smell is tough to describe, no real over the top hops, best I can describe the smell is musty. Taste is great, hops and fruit are very detectable and goes down real smooth. I could probably drink 2 bombers of this one but I would hope to do so at home or with a DD as its got quite an undetectable alcohol kick to it.

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

Nice orange-amber color, with a tan head that has some staying power. The aroma is powerful - it jumps right out at you, a nice blend of soft citrusy hops, some woodiness and slight mustiness, and heavy malt, with a touch of esters. The flavor is powerful too; the hop bitterness and flavor coat your tongue and compliment the maltiness perfectly, and you also get hints of cherry, caramel, and alcohols. Very drinkable. This seems a better balanced and blended beer than the Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey amber. A glorious crown of beige meringue-like head tops the glass. Fine lacing as the head subsides.

Smells of hops (obviously) and pine forest with a trace of citrus.
As the beer warms the citrus is more defined, grapefruit. I did note a citric acid feel on the tongue. Bitter hop finish, but not wholly unpleasant.

Overall, this is a well crafted IPA. I could (and probably will) drink a few of these, no problem.

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Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured amber to amber/copper with a slight haze that made me think this was stronger than the actual ABV. Huge fluffy active white head that retained very well and left a large amount of lacing

Smell: Hops bouquet, makes you think you're in hops' heaven; floral motes mostly, but some oilier scents present

Taste: Large fruitiness up front gives way to a persistent but but not overpowering hops finish.

MF: Despite the IBUs the fruitness and chunkiness of this effort hold together well

I think I could drink this all day, but since I only have one bomber, we'll never know. Yummy

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

This beer is golden orange in Appearance. It forms a resilient and creamy beige coloured head and produces sheets of sticky lace. There are plentiful amounts of carbonation. The second pour is mostly the same except with a larger but less dense head.

The Nose has a vague caramel malt base with an aromatic bouquet of grassy, herbal, and pine resinous hop character. Maybe a bit of grapefruit, but very grassy and fresh overall. Concentrated green hoppiness. Not alot of fruitiness. Hop driven.

The Taste is sweet and juicy with a dry and bitter finish. Not a fruity sweetness, but a sugary sweetness. There is just enough malt to properly carry a double credential without falling into the trap of sickening sweetness. Hops are bitter and drying to the palate with earthy and green notes of grass and sap. The hop aspects are definitely the most pronounced feature of this beer. They linger on and occupy most of the flavour time.

Mouthfeel is medium. The beer is carbonated well and of an appropriate thickness.

Drinkability is good for the style. Respect is due and caution should be exercised. This beer is certainly good but I think I expected more after the standard IPA.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,830 ratings.
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