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Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

3,069 Reviews
Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, Ruination sits in my Stone IPA glass a nice clear golden color. A thick and rocky white head forms, filling the empty space of the glass. It's a very pretty presentation. As the head dissipates a great deal of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is the first of the many intense sensory experiences this beer delivers. A huge grapefruit and citrus fruit aroma greets your nose with a very intense bitterness lying in the background. There is also a very apparent strong malt backbone that holds the whole beer up. The taste hits you like a freight train. Grapefruit and other citrusy fruits lead the charge followed by an intense bitterness. Underlying all this is a wonderfully nuanced malt base that is the equal of the intense hops. As intense as the hops and resulting bitterness are, it never seems harsh or abrasive. It just has the devestating, enamel-dissolving, tongue smacking, eye watering, tooth itching, tastebud killing, skin quivering hoppiness that hopheads adore and crave. For a beer this powerful, it is awfully drinkable. 22 ozs down the shoot before I know it, but the 7.7% catches up to me fast! Wow...what a great beer, a true experience.

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

Another big boy from Stone. Geez, they put out the hammers. A clear amber/org with a sticky ivory head, nice lacing all the way. Whew, an intense floral hop fest, this thing is like drinking a rose bush dipped in a citrus bath – and I luved it!

Oily on the tongue – and which the hairs were burned off by third sip. Puts a decent buzz on ya by the end of the bomber. Only thing to bitch about was the way it thinned out as it warmed up. Still a thing of beauty to behold and quaff.

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Photo of les1721
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The appearence is a beautiful dark orange with a thick head. The first thing you smell is intense hops; perfumy, citrus and grapefruity. The taste is unbelievable, the hops are intense but not overwhelming. It's very bitter but the sweetness from the malts balances it out. A very crisp finish with a great hop aftertaste. It's kindof a happy medium between stone I.P.A. and Arrogant bastard with more alcohol then both. It's hard to believe this bigger than life beer didn't get a better raiting then 91.

An incredible Double IPA from a great brewery.

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Photo of grindcore666
2.76/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a faded butterscotch coupled with a nice fluffy milky froth which dissolves in clusters. Smells floral with orange citrus and fruit. Hop is strong and up front as usual. I taste astringent grapefruit with an everlasting linger and a touch of sweetener. Good for the style, but it's my least favorite Stone thus far.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy, dark radioactive orange pour. Not too much of a head, the 1/2" that was there fell off very quickly.

Hop nose. By Jove, this is the heavenly aroma of the gods! Rich bitter, bitter hops, and I like it.

The taste is bitter, strong hoppy IPA. No real attempt to be balanced at all, and a big thank you to the Stone brewers for that. It is exactly what it sets out to be. "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop". Lots of citrus and piney flavors, but not simply a grapefuit blast like some other West Coast IPAs I have had. Yep, if you love hops, this beer rocks!

Mouthfeel is tart, tangy, not overly thin, even somewhat syrupy. None of the "tooth enamel-stripping" qualities as seen on other IPAs and DIPAs that are out there.

Drinkability is exceptional. If you like what this beer is, and obviously I do, it is almost compulsively drinkable. If only I could get this beer on tap...

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Photo of waldowin
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very light amber, with a head that was just ludicrously large. I've never seen a beer with this much foam, and I tried to pour as smoothly as possible. After a ten minute wait (no exaggeration!), I was able to pour the last 1/3 of the bottle into the glass. This foam is just insanely dense. It doesn't fade away quite so much as collapse in the center, with the sides holding it up. Just sheets of pure styrofoam almost. And lacing? You can't see through the sides of the glass as the beer level drops. Nothing else compares.

Smells *very* intensely of pine, just overwhelmingly so. Think "pine-sol." I could actually taste hops when I smelled this beer. This fully prepares me to just not like this beer. And now I see the "100+ IBU" stamped on the back of the bottle.

And, what do you know, it's pretty damn good. Has a dry crispness to it just after the malts that almost reminds me of a tripel. And then the hops step in, and it's just pure pine trees and grapefruits. There's no way you can taste anything other than hops when you're drinking this, I don't care what food you pair it with. This is hop juice, pure and simple. Yeah, there's a bit of malt up front, some nice light, airy sweetness. But the hops beat it to the ground, and send it home without any lunch money. Just gorgeous.

This feels pretty thin on the lips, and thickens only marginally as it works its way back. Carbonation is evident throughout.

If you're a masochist, or a hophead (is there a difference?), this is your brew. Just a super-bitter aftertaste, you'll need something either sweet or pretty neutral to eat with this, or you'll have a hard time finishing it. But oh those hops keep calling you, and you drink more when you know you shouldn't.

This was just too much hop juice for my gut. I was pretty sure if I finished the last few swallows I'd be sick.

...but I was sorely tempted.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bar far the hoppiest beer I've ever had.
Bright golden yellow color white a thick foamy white head. Nice lacing
I could smell the hops before I even stuck my face in the pint glass. Strong hoppy scent, almost like Simple Green it's so powerful.
The first sip was like a pop in the mouth, so bitter.
The finish was actually a little smoother and sweet.
Very nice Double IPA. I don't think I could pound a bunch of these but I could do a couple pints.
It's true, it really does ruin your palate, so don't plan on tasting any other beers afterwords.

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

This is one hoppy monster of a beer.

The appearance is a cloudy amber with a good head that laces the glass heavily.

The smell is herbal, flowery, and citric.

The taste hits you with hops and lots of citrus flavors. Not too bitter, but definitely hoppy. There is some toasted malt flavors in the middle to balance things out before the hops obiterate your tastebuds. The mouthfeel is smooth as can be, and very drinkable. This beer hides it's ABV well.

Overall, a very, very impressive Double IPA. An absolute must try.

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

Gorgeous thick tan head, covering a light brown, cloudy beverage, with noticeable but not overwhelming carbonation making it's way to the surface.

Aroma is hops, floral spice, citrus fruit (maybe orange, grapefruit, tangerine..), and I detect some underlying toasted malt.

Tasty, I expected no less based off the appearance and aroma. Hops are definately at the forefront of this one, but it is kept under control by the other ingredients. I've tasted "hoppier" doubles, than this, but this one is top notch as it manages to find good balance in a category that is inherently un-balanced. Still not for the faint of hops though.

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Photo of mentor
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) a couple days ago. Pours a lushious clumpy light tan two finger head over a nearly clear rust (lightly browned) liquid. The smell during the pour in really enticing. Wet sweet with piney floral hops and mango. Some kind of frutiy ester mixes with the hop sting to make a really delicous aroma. To the nose, the fruity esters predominate over the hops, which are pithy piney. Peaches, oranges, honey malt. Tastes...hoppy bitter initially seems high, but then the thickness of the beer steps in and the bitter gets long in the tangle. Grapefruit pith is so strong it almost stings. It leaves the mouth with an chalky aspirin-like dryness. Behind the hops is the malt sweet. Noticable mostly, but poking it's head up for a view on occassion. Fruity esters are difficult to find. Peaches may be there, lost behind the hop bites. Thick chewy syrupy body with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is flat out grassy hop bitter, accompanied by a touch of heartburn. Fairly enjoyable, but I don't need any more. The malt is so far below the hops that this beer is way out of balance. That's kinda to style, but not particularly drinkable. Vastly over-rating, IMO.

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Photo of qwert59
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Ruination IPA pours a pleasing golden-amber color, with very light carbonation. Not a whole ot of head, and the head that is there settles very quickly, but it did leave nice lacing on the glass.

Not surpisingly, I smelled hops. And then more hops. The hops are very piney, with a nice touch of citrus.

The taste is massive. The taste is bitter, hops, very piney, but good. It reminds me of getting a back rub that's too hard; it doesn't make sense why, but it still feels really good.

This beer didn't let me forget I'd tasted it. It leaves a very strong after taste, and a slight film on the tounge, which kinds of dried my mouth out, but then I immediately wanted more. It has a thicker mouthfeel than most IPAs. Ruination IPA is also very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude, even though it's dried my mouth out.

One of the nice things about this beer is that it could stand up to spicy food. I think this beer would be great with anything hot, because I don't think there's any food hot enough to overpower this beer. I like a lot of hot food, so sometimes it's hard to have a beer with dinner, cause not every beer can stand up to a meal that makes you tear up, but Ruination can.

Overall, I think this one of my favorites. I've had it before, twice in the bottle and once on draft. Every other time I'd tried it, it blew me away, and it didn't disappoint tonight.

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Photo of Shaw
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I brought some more Ruination back to Florida from my trip to San Diego. Tonight I wanted to celebrate, seeing how I just finished a big project at work. Let's see how the beer compares to the bottles I had last year ...

It pours a beautiful amber color, very clear, with small bubbles and a lovely foamy head. Very nice.

The smells is great. It's hoppy: floral and citrus notes abound. This smell reminds me of California and all their great hoppy brews.

What a taste! Wonderful hop bitterness is of course the main flavor. And what a flavor it is. But there are some nice sweet notes from the malt. The aftertaste is a teeth-cracking bitterness. It's fantastic.

The body is very good. The higher ABV no doubt assists with this beer's smooth, glass-like mouthfeel. It glides over my tongue.

To show how good this beer is, consider that it's very, very drinkable despite the massive 100+ IBUs.

Hell yes! This is the best Stone beer I've had, and they make some damn good beers. For those of us in the East, seek out this beer. You won't be disappointed.

Note: I see I've given it a bit higher score than before and that pushed this beer to my No. 2 spot at the moment. Either my tastes have changed or I got a fresher bottle this time, although I would imagine this beer could age well.

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Photo of EPseja
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah! My 100th beer review... and a friggin' crazy killer beer to celebrate with...

Kickin' gargoyle, gold and green texture-screened in negative onto on a 22oz. bottle. Nice presentation! Very cool bottle. Served into a Duvel tulip (my favorite tasting glass) at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a very faintly hazy, thick golden-orange color with a sticky, tacky head. Barely any movement inside the glass. Head drops to a thin mat after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty at best.

S - WHAM the scent hits like a delicious Mack truck loaded down with hops. Sweet citrus; grapefruit dominant. Definitely pineapple. Dried kiwi fruit. Lemonhead candy... or is it the crystal sugar bottom of a Marino's Lemon Italian Ice? Oily pine-sap in lesser amounts. Light malts. Bold as hell. Constantly improving as the temperature rises. Wonderful.

T - The first thing that you get is like poor Ralphie's punishment for cursing -- perfumed soap in the mouth. Instantly bitter -- even at the tip of the tongue where the bitter taste buds do not reside...

The taste sweetens up considerably in the middle where the hidden malts play out like a well-meaning but unskilled understudy next to the superstar hops. This malty middle-point is Ruination's Eye of the Storm.

Once the beer makes its way to the back of the mouth, the brief moment of gustatory solace is quicky shattered as Ruination proceeds to execute an astringent ninja ass-kicking on your bitter taste buds. Even as you are swallowing, the bitter hops stick their hooks into every untainted crevice of your throat, leaving a hot, dry, perfumey legacy that works longer than any mouthwash could ever hope to.

After the Ruination's passing, you're left with a warm belly, a numbness on the tip of your tongue, a throatful of insane hop bitterness and a hyperventilation-style headrush from your body thinking you've tried to breathe the ethanol laced air of some alien planet.

M - Due to the anisthetic qualities of this beer, it's hard to judge the mouthfeel. It's definitely viscous and slippery in the mouth. At first it seemed a little bit too carbonated, but as I drank further, it seemed to mellow a touch. It does effervesce a bit too much in the mouth, and the swallow isn't exactly a water slide. I guess that's the price you pay when inventing a beer for the sole purpose of going over the top, and in turn "ruining" people's taste buds.

D - The only reason I gave the drinkability better than a 3.5 is because of the sensory rush and sense of urgency you get when drinking it. Ruination is genuinely delicious, but the IBUs are so cranked up that it ultimately becomes a test of fortitude -- almost a dare -- for you to continue on to the next sip. However, the raw bitterness left in your throat is so strong that much like an addict, you *need* to take that next sip to quell the demons that are despoiling your palette.

EPILOGUE: All I can do is shake my head in disbelief. This is one crazy ass beer. The smell is euphoric and sublime. The taste is demonic and deep as the Laurentian Abyss. Unfortunately, the bitterness is so over the top that it creates mouthfeel and drinkability detriments that would otherwise be near perfect.

I retired for the evening about 20 minutes after completing the 22 oz. bottle, and sitting in bed, I noticed that the feeling I had was strangely reminiscent of the Codeine buzz I got from the medication I took last time I was ill. This beer is no joke.

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Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22oz. bottle. Poured a very slightly hazy light amber with a small, slightly off-white, foamy head that slowly diminished to a film. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pine with some citrus backing up this hop-attack. Marvelously hoppy with a pleasant light caramel maltiness backing it up.

Taste: More hop-attack. Pine and citrus. Grapefruit, orange, a little pear. Hmm. I’m getting a lot more hop bitterness than hop flavor here, and the malt is very faint. Long-lasting resiny finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, oily texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a great example of where balance is intentionally thrown off, yet done in a tasteful way. So many subtle flavors underneath the insanely hoppy dominance. Definitely not one for the macro-drinking pansy. This one is for the adventurous and the hop-head that is searching for that hops Vahalla.

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

The up front hop bitterness is something to be hold. I poured this into a snifter. There was not as big a head as say their IPA, but the aroma was floral hop oils. The taste was a big smack in the face of bitterness followed by a smooth malt backbone and finished with a tingling hop presence. This a must try for any true hop head.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish yellow color with a quarter inch of tanish head made up of small bubbles. There was some pretty decent lacing after consuming the beer.

Aroma: Oily, citrusy hop aroma. There may be a tad of malt there, but it is nothing compared to the hop presence. I can pick out Oranges, Lemons, and Grapefruits specifically.

Taste: Boat loads of citrus! It is rich and oily, while being bittering. I compare it to drinking orange juice, because the entire profile is lodged on the hop side of the balance.

Opinion: Well, I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, and this beer in particular I would be inclined to say that it was too one dimensional. Not that they didn't put enough dimensions of hops in there, but there is barely any malt to balance it all out. It is pretty good, but I personally prefer some others more...like their regular IPA for example. Hey...this may be blaspheme to some...but it is my OPINION

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Photo of rowew
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. Stone screen printed label, with the typical long description on the back. 100+ IBUs.

Appearances: Pours a bright orange color - Very cloudy. Thick white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Mmm .. hops - lots of piney hops, and some strong citrus as well.

Taste: Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level. Lots of piney hop taste here as well, plus some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is creamy with just a bit of oiliness from all the hops.

Overall Impression: Hop juice! Fantastic beer if you are a hop-head.

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Photo of Brian700
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear orangish tea color with a nice white head that sat nice and tall. It looked great in my tasting glass. There was a good amount of lacing going on.

Its big head gave off quite the aroma. Very floral and citrusy. The hop presence slaps you right in the face.

The taste follows the nose. There is a major hop presence but is not overwhelming. I think this beer does a great job of getting all of that hop flavor to come through without being pungeant. There is also some nice maltiness in the middle.

The mouthfeel is good. I would say this is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of medic25
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately this is one I have to pick up out of state, since Connecticut doesn't get Stone's beers. Pours an orange-amber color, with a nice white head. Odor is incredibly hoppy, with quite a bite. The taste is like no other beer I've tried. Ass-kicking amount of hops, without being too bitter and too hoppy. Hints of grapefruit/citrus, maybe some pine. The alcohol is very well hidden, and this beer drinks very easily for such a super-hopped flavor. I only wish I didn't have to drive the NY or MA to get it!

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

its a shame wisco doesnt get stone brews but i picked up some bombers(ruination, arrogant bastard, imp stout) at city-wide in South Bend

appearance: straw orange with minimal bubbly head/lacing, purty lookin ipa

smell: hoppy as hell, grapefruit and tangerine aromas, mild piney hops in the nose as well

taste: yum, very hoppy, more fruity than piney...grapefruit, tangerine, and peach dominate. sweet caramel malt lies underneath. quite a tasty double ipa from stone

mouthfeel: oily hops, bitter, quite nice

drinkability: i will thoroughly enjoy knocking back this bomber

my 2nd "celebration beer" of the night as I am celebrating ND beating Michigan in the big house this afternoon. The first was fish tale 10 sq

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

22 oz bomber

I've been saving this one for a while. Pours a copper to amber color with a nice thick frothy head and lots of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell is earthy, piney, grassy, aromatic hops, with some malts. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with alchohol and nice carbonation.
Taste is much more bitter than sweet, alchohol is present with a complex and very dry aftertaste. Pow.

This is a strong brew, read the lable carefully. Awesome hop flavor not as malty as some other Imperial IPA I have tried so I like this one better. If you like hops and are ready to step up to the imperials this is the one to go for.

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

This poured an orangeish yellow, with a giant off-white head. It is big and frothyand laced beautifully down the glass. It has a strong aroma of well balanced spicy and floral hops. The taste of overpowering hops turns to sweet malts and some grains. This ends up with a strong but not harsh bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is slick and full, but with all of the carbination in the beer the bubbles arent harsh on the palette. This beer is definitley high on the drinkability scale. It's delicious, strong, and an all around great I.P.A.

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

Appearance is a coppery orange with a large white head that leaves tons of lacing behind. The aroma is dominated by hops with hints of grapefruit.

Bold and hopy upfront with grapefruit and pine in the finish. This one is highly carbonated, a bit oily and medium bodied.

Despite its bold character, if you like hops, this one will be gone before you know it. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of MrBen
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had IPAs before, but nothing like this. This brew is a one-way ticket to Hopsville. It rents the top level of the Hop Hotel, never checks out, and generally mistreats the housekeeping staff. You've just tuned in to the 24-hour Hop TV Network, broadcasting nothing but HOPS.

If carrot juice were transparent, it would be called Stone Ruination. Great color. Head was big and rocky, it held on to the bottom, and the lacing was quite decent.

Aroma was taken over by pink grapefruit zest, and the smell of bitterness and acidity rang out as well. As far as taste, well, extreme on the citrus. There were some malty notes in there, as well as some accompanying sweetness (thank goodness), but I swore I could see big, hoppy, bootprints on the drowning malt's shoulders.

Stone Ruination is quality beer. It's more than a few steps over the line as far as acidity and bitterness go, but these characteristics don't totally detract from the refreshing nature of the brew. IPA is a style I don't visit often. There are too many others I prefer, plus it's only fair to let you guys have your share.

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

Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice creamy head not a whole lot of carbonation, leaves some nice lacing afterwards. Scent of hops. This is my first double IPA the taste is outstanding IHMO with a medium body. There's a nice bitter taste, but is not that overpowering. This is a very drinkable ale, I will definitely be buying more.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 3,069 ratings.
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