Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

10,838 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with thick white head that lingers well in TEKU glass.

Smell is heavy citrus and pine. Tangerine, lemon and grapefruit predominate.

Taste is malty up front. Takes a while for the citrus and bitterness to come through. Bitterness lingers for a long time though. Very well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very slick and smooth. Lots of good carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style. Very drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Roose13
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight from the bottle

A: Amber with a good-sized head (from previous pours)

S: Piny for sure. Smells like a greenhouse to me

T: Again piny, which lingers. A bit citrusy too. Very hoppy as expected, which Stone doesn't disappoint in.

M: Carbonated, bready, coats the mouth entirely. A bit chewy too.

Overall. Damn good beer. One of the best Stone has to offer, which is saying a lot because Stone has a lot of fantastic beer to offer to this world.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of fmccormi
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a Hill Farmstead oversized wineglass. Freshness date of December 23, 2012 (“ENJOY BY 12.23.12”) printed in yellowish ink on the shoulder of the bottle above the label, so going by the 90-day freshness period that Stone uses, this was bottled just two weeks ago. Freshest bottle of Ruination I’ve ever laid my hands on, so I’m psyched!

Appearance (4.0): The body on this is crystal clear and a 24ct golden color, with a bone-white head that comes to about two fingers before dying down, leaving good lacing all around and some craters in the middle. Good looking beer, for sure.

Smell (4.5): Red grapefruit flesh and some pine needles lead the way here, without a trace of malt sweetness in the nose. The citrus character is somewhat sweet though, compensating for the plain / relatively absent malt component. Just juicy, bittersweet citrus, and a lot of it.

Taste (4.0): Lots and lots of citrus pith, just loads of grapefruit rind and some pinesap underneath—wonderfully bitter from the start to the finish, which takes a while to wind through herbal and sappy notes. There’s barely enough malt to carry the hop load, but what’s there is just plain and pale, like water crackers. Not surprisingly, not even a hint of alcohol or yeast character—true to the style.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Soft, almost lush carbonation adds some life to the body—otherwise it’d be almost painfully dry, in spite of the coating effect of the hop oils. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): I really do like this beer, and if it’s fresh it’s hard to beat if you’re looking for a hop fix. It’s pale, crisp, bitter as hell, and the hops linger for a long, long time. Generally I prefer IPAs to be just a bit sturdier and more dynamic, but to me this beer represents the classic West Coast-style American IPA hop bomb. Great out of the bottle, but even better on tap.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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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 jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Oct 2012 - fresh! Acquired from Trembling Madness in York just the other day. Looking forward to trying this famous Stone brew....

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A rich golden-sunset hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a while before reducing to a surface layer. The aroma is deeply hoppy: juicy notes of pine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon and citrus. This is underpinned by subtle hints of caramel malt and a fair whiff of alcohol. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of overwhelming hops with an intense bitterness - wow! Notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, bitter orange, lemon and citrus. Underneath the hops lie sweet caramel malt and a hint of yeast, which provide a degree of balance. Very dry and seriously bitter upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly - the hop oils play havoc with the palate. Nice body and decent carbonation. Highly astringent. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops - plenty of lingering flavour to savour.

Tasty - a solid DIPA and possibly the best I've tried to date. The hops need no further introduction; they are the stars of the show. A lovely range of aroma hop flavours that blend together perfectly. The bitterness is powerful but never seems over the top, while the malt provides just enough sweetness to keep this brew from seeming one-dimensional. Ruination is a well-deserved title; it towers over many other IPAs. Superb - add this to your must-try list.

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3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with 3-4 fingers of white fluffy head.

S - Piney goodness, a touch of floral/citrus, mostly pine.

T - Piney bitterness, palate wrecking for sure. Tiny bit of malt, mostly hops.

M - Bunch of carbonation.

I think I have been ruined by trying some amazing IPA's (pliny, heady, sculpin, hill farmstead stuff), this just wasn't doing it for me. Better than average but not really memorable.

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a soft yellow-amber color with a bit of opaque haziness in the middle of the glass. The slightly less-than-white head looked very foamy and stayed on top of the brew all the way down. The lacing was magnificent - truly amazing.

The nose is just as advertised - FULL of hops. Hops, pines, and hop oils crowd your nose and send your nostrils on quite a trip. A hefty dose of citrus creeps up from the back as well. Very aromatic and perfume-like, just what you expect from a top of the line IPA. Walk through a field of pine trees. Stick your nose into a rose bush.

The taste jumps up and runs a goddamn number on your palate. Hops, hops, hops, and more hops. The hops have a huge pine taste surrounding them, kind of like drinking a liquid tree. Earthy and floral flavors also come out, especially as the beer warms. Grapefruit is noticeable, as are other citrus fruits, perhaps pineapple and orange zest being the best description.

The combo of the wet and pungent citrus rinds and the oily, hoppy bitterness assault is surely a palate destroyer, but in the best way possible. The tongue is left with a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of saltiness that keeps you thirsty for more. Medium-thick body with a sticky mouth-feel. The alcohol doesn't go unnoticed, but it doesn't hinder, either; it provides a nice, solid body that ties everything together.

Probably the best tongue-scrapingly-bitter DIPA that you can get almost anywhere. If you haven't had this beer, I suggest that you try to find it. Be prepared to take a few days off from drinking after you have this one, you'll taste nothing but hops for a while.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm going to start off with my overall opinion saying I wasn't impressed by this considering all the praise. It lacks the wow factor in the taste department, and honestly I thought it was unpleasant. I was able to finish one, but on my second it ended up in a drain poor. My other two are going to be freebies.

A - Nice deep gold color which started with a foamy one finger head. No lacing on this.

S - Probably the strong suit of this beer and even in this category it wasn't special. Notes of hops, pine, and citrus.

T - Just wasn't as robust as advertised. It was standard IPA of hops, Pine, and Citrus. I've had cheaper IPAs with more complex flavors. This was just boozy and bland.

M - For something marked with over 100 IBUs it lacked serious kick. It's balanced and doesn't leave much for aftertaste aside of alcohol.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,838 ratings.
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