Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

10,841 Ratings
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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

Grabbed a 22 oz bottle of Stone Brewery’s Ruination IPA on the way home. The beer style is American Double / Imperial IPA and this one is a hop lover’s fiesta. ABV of 7.7% on the bottle.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass with a large head that slowly left a thick and lacy reside while the beer was eagerly consumed. Poured as a cloudy, hazy, golden color.

Lots of complex smells greet the nose. Had distinct hop dominated aromas of piney lemon / orange citrus and spiciness, with just a hint of malty sweetness in the background.

Rich tastes of citrus fruits and hop bitterness with some malty sweet flavors. This beer tastes just like it smells but is very complex.

The mouth feel for this beer is rich and full bodied with a fully carbonated, lingering hop dominated finish.

I was prepared for a hop bomb and, while it pays great respect to the almighty hop, everything works together to make this beer a very drinkable and well balanced tribute by Stone to this particular style.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of dsmcva00
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is like hay, slightly hazy, 1/2-inch head lazily turns to lacing which hangs in there until the final sip. Smell is a little musty and slightly sweet. Taste is not as bold as 100 IBU would convey, it's actually tamer than many New Belgium brews (such as Snow Day or Red Hoptober - two brews I use as benchmarks for IBUs) even though the NB offerings are much lower on the IBU scale. The grainy malt flavor doesn't fight the hops as much as balance them. The wonderfully bitter hops come in at the finish and beg me to drink more as if to even things out. Banana esters and mango dance on the middle of the tongue as I take a second sip. Mouthfeel is thick and wonderful, allowing the luscious fruity and grainy flavors to mingle and tantalize the senses. I believe this hop bomb is one of the top IPAs available and will definitely drink again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone Ruination IPA - India Pale Ale - Bottle (Six Pack)
I grabbed a sixer of these at our local Shaw's (which carries a great microbrew selection) when I was unable to locate some Heady Topper.

Look - Gradient amber from dark to light, very minimal head even with an aggressive pour. Hoping this wasn't due to expired product. No dates labeled to check. Typical Stone labeling, badass. Moderate, welcome fizz.
Smell - Sweet and citrus, but hops immediately obvious (in a good way).
Taste - Hops galore followed by smooth citrus. After taste is hoppy, hop heads will love while others will not.
Mouthfeel - This beer possesses the fabled "throat-bomb", which is a welcome finish to this beer.
Drinkability - Due to its potency and strength, only a few of these are needed, but I will say that I never had a warm sip.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, so much so it inspired me to write my first beer review in almost four years. Another excellent Stone brew!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Appearance: Intermediate color of golden straw and amber; pretty transparent in appearance. Finger and a half head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves mild lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and floral hops sting the nose from the outset. After this settles, a little lemony zest lingers before some grapefruit and piney notes appear. Remarkably complex aroma.

Taste: This boasts 100 IBUs, but this isn't so much an indication of ironclad bitterness as much as it is a dynamic, multi-faceted flavor. First thing that hits me is the aforementioned floral lemon zest, which is quickly usurped by a strong amalgamation of piney hops. Perhaps the best thing about this is the biting blast that hits the tongue immediately (it makes its way up to the base of the nose too; potent shit) and allows a slightly waxy mouthfeel to usher in the surge of flavors described above. Each sip brings something new to the table, this stuff is top-notch.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of chicagoish
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden, . Thin clingy head that looks soapy.

S: Smells piney and resiny with a little bit of citrus. The hops take over for sure, smells like sticking your face into a fresh bag of hops.

T: Huge hop bitterness, perhaps too much. Some subtle bready malt character. Very Piney

M: Thin and dry on the tongue.

O: This beer would be really good with some spicy food. I enjoyed it, my only complaint however is it was a little one dimensional.

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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 4, 2013.

It pours a fairly cloudy pale yellow-amber with a decent but short lived white fizzy head. It looks exactly like an IPA should so give that a 5.0.

The aroma is like a volcano of floral, perfume, bitter hops tearing through my nostrils like a nasal spray through a stuffy nose. Woah! Is that strong! Also a tad zingy.

The body is around medium and is also creamy.

The taste is a carnival of hops with a low profile grainy character that is like David when compared to the Hop Goliath. But in this case Goliath wins.

I can see why hop lovers give this a world class rating. Me, I like my hops to be more subtle and balanced rather than the entire package. But when it comes to being an Imperial Double IPA it has to be one of the best anywhere.

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4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful cloudy, pale orangeish color, with a nice and frothy off-white foam head.

A really sweet, fruity, oily citric aroma up front, with a little bit of light maltyness that remains overpowered by the abundance of hops.

The taste starts off with some sweet malt and a slight hind of breadyness up front, followed by a gush of various hop flavors perfectly blended together and a sharp bitter finish. The bitterness really gives it it's defining characteristic, yet the fruity, almost piney hop flavors keep the bitterness in check, A magnificent balance. All flavors work in perfect harmony with this brew.

Wow! This is the first word that comes to mind when sampling this beer. From a beautiful appearance, to the oh-so-pleasant and enticing aroma and the complex and absolutely enjoyable flavors, I found this to be one of the most enjoyable beers I have tasted.
Be forewarned, drinking one of these is sure to ruin any chance of tasting any other beer for the rest of the day. The 100+ IBUs really give the taste buds a work-over.

This is very drinkable for those who love extra bitter IPAs. This is going to be on the top of my list of favorites, and one of my most recommended.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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