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 ElJacobian
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just a little too bitter on the back end, but I want to try a fresher beer and see if that makes a big difference. Still an incredible beer and the smell is phenomenal.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a white head. Laces all the way down.

Smell: A lot of hops.

Taste: Even more hops. Bitter. A little citrus and floral Maybe a bit of malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: So smooth with a nice medium body.

Overall: A great beer for IPA fans. A ton of hops that drinks well.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a two finger white head. Aroma is hops, bread, and resin. Taste follows with bread, resin, some pine, and a big bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and mouth coating. Overall, it dies what it says, ruins your palate for the time being.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with thick, clinging head. Heavy pine, with some nice malt comes through to the nose. The hop bitterness is perfect in flavor, and again well-balanced by a bready taste. The lingering aftertaste is a bit much, and really my only complaint. Very well done overall.

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Photo of chaseparker9
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

For some this will be too strong of a taste. Lots of hops which I'm into, if you're not a hoppy guy then stay away. This thing has a great smell and gnarly taste.

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Photo of Jrhockney
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A level of bitterness to satisfy just about any hophead. I'll take this one whenever I can get it. I've found its best in a bomber. For some reason, in a 12oz, it doesn't have quite the effect or consistancy from my experience, but I suppose it could have been sitting on the shelf longer. The look is almost terrifying as the taste. The descriptions on the back of all Stone bottles is half worth the cost...I'm starting to wonder if they really are written by demons...

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Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- An over the top hops and citrus aroma.
Appearance- The beer is a murky golden yellow with a small white head. Looks good.
Taste- Very hoppy, I noticed the high scores and I guess I am not a follower. The flavor was OK
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The hops made this a very dry beer.
Overall- I thought this was OK, not great or even real good. I much prefer Arrogant Bastard over this.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This may be the gold standard for super hoppy ales, for many. I think its an open forum, with few contenders. Definitely a must try for hop heads and, like all Stone beers, its huge hop bitterness is balanced by a letting the malts shine through early and late in the tastes. Right on - my only complaint is that this could be even more hoppy if it were to live up to its name. I would compare this to favorably with Six Point's Resin but put it below Green Flash West Coast IPA. There is something a little commercial to the flavor, too smooth so to speak, that is also present in most Stone beers. Green Flash seems to pulls better/truer malt flavors than Stone, which is chiefly why I rank that beer higher.

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

A-white head that dissipates quickly, cloudy golden yellow color
S-there is a dank smell that accompanies a nice hop citrus, but more on the piny side of things
M-carbonation is perfect for an IPA
T-not too sweet, and a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate, nice malt backbone that compliments the hops
O-I recommend this beer, a solid IPA, thank you Stone.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pine resiny hoppiness. Still, very well balanced and not overly bitter or spicy. Citrusy with just a note of sweetness. A bitter, slightly metallic aftertaste. A definitive West Coast IPA.

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Photo of JordanAlster
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a good one for hops lovers. Super hoppy, but flavorful. The smell got me excited to take my first sip. Not perfect overall, but damn close for what you pay.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing 'Ruination IPA' @ 8.2% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottle's purchased for $8.70 each
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy gold in the glass with a tight white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-slight pine presence
T-big tasting DIPA , very smooth
MF-ok/decent carbonation , nice full body
Ov-good beer , almost great (sampled alongside Ruination 2)
prost LampertLand

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Photo of DaverCS
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous colored beer. Soft orange and slight golden hue. Light lacing with nice tiny bubbles streaming from the top.

Aroma is quite forward with the hop citrus and floral notes. Definitely heavy in the hop department just based on the nose. Some nice under-ripe lemon and grapefruit rind on the nose as well. Slight pine aroma.

Taste isn’t as great as I would have thought. Still their best IPA is Enjoy by. This beer just doesn’t live up to it. It is full of hops, so if that’s what you are going for then this may do it for you. It’s not all that well-balanced. Immediately your mouth is coated in a thick-bitter hop taste. You get some nice citrus notes near the middle and some slight pine, but these true beautiful flavors are short lived. The end flavor is just a harsh un-wanted bitterness that lingers and stays for too long. It prevents the next sip from fully being experienced due to this. I like bitter IPA’s, but I don’t like harsh IPA’s. This one doesn’t allow the citrus to play through, nor does it have the malt to cut back the bitterness to make the beer enjoyable while drinking. It tastes thick and bitter. Not my idea of a great IPA… their Enjoy By is what they should stick to!

Overall, this isn’t worth the time. Not well-balanced and just too harsh in terms of bitterness. The beer gets thick and overcoats the palate. The beautiful citrusy nose isn’t allowed to shine… Bummer. This really doesn’t pair too well with that many foods, but If I was to pair food with this beer, I would have to go with a spicy bowl of ramen. The spiciness will help compete with the level of bitterness of this beer. I give it a 79/100.

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Photo of pat61
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big citrusy hops with some grass notes, a touch of alcohol, pale malt, and light fruit on the nose. I have several of these and most pour amber with a slight haze that grows brilliant as the beer warms. Occasionally I get one that is cloudier but it is still good. The 1" creamy, off-white foam collar produces thick sheets of lace that break into classic gothic cathedral window designs as they dissipate. A rich hop palate with some citrus rind bitterness rides on a solid malt backbone seasoned with yeast driven fruit flavors and a hard to pin down spiciness that give way to long, lingering hop aftertastes. An initial sweetness tempers the hops. Medium body to a little above and medium low carbonation. A true classic.

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Photo of Radome
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Slightly cloudy; dark straw color with some orange. With lights around it, it seems to glow from within the glass. The head is white, and sticky with lots of lacing, but is not overly persistent.

S - Strong citrus hops with an herbal note in their background. Malt is equally prominent with sweetbread and brown sugar aromas. Very well balanced and appetizing in the nose.

T - Flavors are hop-forward. Sharp grapefruit with some earthy and herbal flavors as well. Malt flavors are muted in the background, but contribute some low biscuit. Flavors end quickly in a dryish finish.

F - Medium body. Super strong, puckeringly sharp hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol heat. Low carbonation.

O - The aromas are superbly balanced and inviting. However I don't think the flavors live up to the promise. For me this beer is over the top on hops sensations and flavors when a double IPA should have more malt to balance. Not the best of the breed in my opinion, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Joncasso
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really felt it was a nice beer that went down smooth and was very enjoyable. I shared it with my Australian father who doesn't like "foo foo beers" and he really enjoyed it.

It's not my favorite ipa, but I still really enjoyed it. (Not being my favorite is not a negative)
The taste was smokey. I dug it.

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Photo of jooler
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really great hoppy taste with a slight boozy taste. Not too much malts either which is great. Very refreshing on a hot day. Very crisp. The only problem is that it leaves a bad after taste in my mouth.

Edit: gonna try this and 2.0 back to back. Taste is more bitter than I remembered. Then it just goes skittle flat and still has the bad aftertaste

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

From a single into a Great Divide Cervoise glass

a: pale clear apricot with a 2 finger off-white head, decent lacing
s: warm wheat bread, sweet toffee, herbal and piney hops, with just a tiny promise of grapefruit
t: follows the nose, more piney than herbal, more herbal than citrus; kind of sweet for a Stone offering but not in an unpleasant way. As it warms a bit, it becomes more complex.
m: a nice bite but not as overpowering as the IBUs might suggest, fairly slick, carbonation is about right (medium toward high), not at all heavy and the alcohol is warming but not forbidding.

overall: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not in the upper echelon of great DIPAs, but still very good. Would like to try it on tap....

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by: 3.1.15. Drank 12.27.14 Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz shaker. Part of a Stone Mixed Pack.

A: Pours a crystal clear, golden apple hue. Missing the haze and deep colors of other DIPAs. One finger of flat white head which fades to a permeable cap with a slight collar and little lacing. Low retention. Very light visible carbonation. Foamy apple juice is a good comparison.

S: Powerful dank pine, syrupy malt sweetness. Hop bitters in a resinous concentration. Very light citrus, sweet caramel malt, traces of honey... nothing remarkable.

T: Assertive hop bitterness up front, followed by a wave of oily pine, hints of apricot, and a finish of sweet caramel malts that compete with a drying bitterness. Has a certain dirtiness to it.

M: Medium body, prickly... but not the kind from carbonation. Slick and stingingly bitter.

O: Maybe I just happen to prefer more aromatic/floral/balanced DIPAs, but this was very underwhelming. In no way do I find this to be world class, as to me it simply comes off as another bitter West Coast hop bomb. But... if thats what you are looking for, then I imagine it is good for what it is.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as part of a sampler pack but I have tried it before but needed to give it a proper review.

A - Bright orange color. Hazy from all of the hops with beautiful head and strong lacing.

S - Extra strong hop fragrance with lots of citrus, herbal, and resiny tones. Could smell it before I picked it up. Almost perfume like from the magnitude of aromatics.

T - Full flavored with a pungent hop character that has citrus, resin, herb, and some fruit with alcohol and malt to round it out. Strong bitterness but there is so much flavor that I feel it just adds to the full DIPA experience. Some may be taken back by the bite but I just relish in the glorious hops.

M - Full mouth-feel with good carbonation. This is definitely a big beer in pretty much every way but I could drink more than one without stripping my teeth.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Great aroma, flavor, feel, appearance, but does have substantial bitterness and some bite to it so it might not be the best beer for your first DIPA. This brew is not a light beer but if you like big, resiny, and complex beer I'd recommended it.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of ALewis84
1.99/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I'm an up and coming fan of IPA's. That being said, I was really disappointed with this beer. Far too bitter, and no hint of citrus whatsoever. That's just me though.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really fine double IPA.
Pours partially clear - as if only half-filtered. Light, lacey head.
Flavors of pine, more pine, resin, and citrus.
Little perceived sweetness.
Beautiful, rich unfiltered texture.
Extra bitter on the finish. A little bit more than I prefer.
Idiosyncratic - not a daily drinker for me - but the quality shines through.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden into a std pint glass. Small head with low retention. Some nice yet light lacing. Beautifully balanced lightly citrus/pine hop aroma with a touch of nice earthiness. The taste is very well balanced. Not overly bitter and leaves you wanting another sip. Sip is the keyword as a few of these will really slow you down. Mouthfeel is beautifully round and balanced. When I am stacking beers to drink, I always leave this one for last. It tastes great regardless of what you drank before and after you drink this, other beers are underwhelming. There are other beers that are more floral in aroma and taste, but none have this balance. If you like nice top-end DIPAs, this is a must try. Excellent beer.

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Photo of FatBaldGuy
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ya know...the name says it all. The text on the bottle about the name really says it all. Between this and Hop Stoopid I dont think any other beer will ever appeal to me. I am truly "Ruined".

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Photo of car2052
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A: Nice, clear, burnt orange. Slightly hazy as it warms up. 1/2 in white head.
S: Deep piney dank hops. Candy-like sweetness. Lot of pineapple. Peach and mandarin orange peek out as the fruit flavors. Hint of caramel malt.
T: A strong bitterness up front. Assertively hopped, with the hop oils giving a very piney taste. Fruit flavors peek through, with orange being the most dominant. Decent amount of sweetness coming from the malt. Slightly earthy. Alcohol is hidden well. Strong hoppy aftertaste.
M: Medium. Slick. Prickly carbonation.
O: My palate has been "ruined". I wonder if you can drink this as a mouthwash?

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
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