Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

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Ruination IPARuination IPA
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 3,085 | Ratings: 10,885
Photo of ManapuaMan
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rifling through my notes and realized that I never wrote a review. From what I hear the recipe has changed and the beer is substantially different. Let me put on my old man and filter and say - back in the day this DIPA was king dingaling, a true citrus, pine and bitter monster that stuck to your gums and coated your pie hole with a sticky resin that had you begging for more.

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Photo of founddrama
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -18.4%
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 -15.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +0.9%
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 +2.1%
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 -3.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -4.7%
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 -8.2%
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 -32.6%
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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Photo of majorbase2
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lively, slightly hazy orange color with a big fizzy, white foam head. Recedes to a very thin layer with good lacing around the edges and sides.

Smells of strong citrus and floral hops. Good deal of bitterness. A bit of pine. Just the slightest hint of some bready and caramel malts.

The taste starts with the citrus hops from the aroma, and a great deal of bitterness. Grapefruit and mango. The pine isn't overpowering and actually forms a tasty trio combined with the citrus and bitterness. Speaking of, not agreeing with the people knocking this for the bitterness. Yes, this beer is bitter, but it accomplishes it whilst allow the other flavors to showcase themselves.

Medium bodied. Not too much carbonation. Despite the bitterness, I was able to down this one in no time, and could do a few more. A bit resinous, which makes it a little more difficult to chug.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I would like to try a fresher one, as this one was actually quite close to its drink by date. Still thoroughly enjoyable. If you like bitterness, this one's for you. Even if you don't, its still worth a try.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +5.1%
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 -6.1%
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%
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 +6.1%
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 +11.7%
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 -17.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +4.7%
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%
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 +11.2%
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%
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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Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 10,885 ratings