Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

10,842 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle cap reads something along the lines of "an ale on overdrive" as was published by food and wine magazine. There might not be a better description than that as Stone's Ruination will knock you on your arse with with overblown hops and it won't quit until the very last drop. This beer is certainly not for everyone, as it will gladly blow the doors off your palate making other beers you try in a short timespan to seem utterly lifeless. That being said if hops are your thing this is one of the very best. The appearance was lackluster but everything else beats you into submission with relentless taste nose and feel. I have had ruination many times before and will many times again. It also serves as a great introductory lesson into the field of imperial IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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

Appearance: Clear dark gold. Head pours big and fluffy and drops to a thin cap in short order. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and dense. Serious notches of lacing. Sheets even.

Smell: Big flowers and citrus. Grapefruit, orange zest, and grapefruit flesh. Some underlying pine resin. Malts are bready and to be expected. Crazy floral. Almost like a delicious citrus perfume. Big hops, but it's not aggressive like some other DIPAs.

Taste: Pith. Bitter grapefruit rind and oily resin. Massively floral. The aftertaste of delicious hairspray. Punches of citrus. Nice malt backbone is shoved aside in favor of the hops. Mild biscuity undertones. Some lingering malt sweetness. As it warms the hops push some more earthy and herbal notes with a touch of mint. Not balanced, but also not aggressively bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily and slick. Nice mellow/moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth. Dry on the finish.

Overall: 10 years ago this beer was punching babies in the face. Now, it's still worth drinking.

I wasn't drinking this beer 10 years ago, but I can imagine it was so radical it blew minds. As it is, it's still a solid DIPA. Big flavors and big personality.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

600ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours an orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a small to medium, creamy, fluffy white head. Medium retention and many lacings left

S: Absolutely delicious flowery, citrus, very grassy and piny hops in the nose. What would you expect? Caramel malts and honey to compose...

T: Again, delicious, sligthly sweet upfront. Caramel, sweet malts, honey, pine, pineapple, grass, fruit esters, earth, perfect

M: Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation, very smooth texture and mouth sensation to such IBU and ABV. Pleasant bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable. Excellent Stone quality beer. A liquid poem to the glory of the hop! No more, no less...

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best of the Stone brews I've ever tried.... The appearance is a deep color with slight amber under light.... It has a nice and plentiful head.... The taste seems hoppier than that of the "Levitation" with citrusy hints.... It has such a delightful nose of deep citrus notes with an aftertaste that hangs with you for awhile.... Amongst my favorite beers of the over 400 I've tried.... Easily, one of my favorite American brews.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,842 ratings.
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