Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA
BA SCORE
4.3/5
Outstanding
10,854 Ratings
Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3,082
Ratings:
10,854
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
465
Gots:
2,370
Trade:
8
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,854 |  Reviews: 3,082
Photo of MattSharpless
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

As one of the most tried, most beloved double IPAs, I have little else to say. Its reputation precedes itself. The nice translucent orange pours with a rocky white head. Tons of hops and a delicate sweetness on the nose. Obviously big hops and grapefruit power through your mouth and on down, leaving your tastebuds in ruins (unless you've got more of the beer left).

 367 characters

Photo of TheMaimed
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kendellmarie
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeavNH
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of slowdaddy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RDWhin01ss
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of xGreatWallx
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ebefiction
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of WoodenLeg410
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of elquinty
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of mcsauter82
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jhhollier
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Appearance: Semi-translucent straw color with a two finger white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit and light citrus from the big hop presence. A little bit of pale malt underneath all the hops.

Taste: Lots of bitterness right away and throughout. Lots of flavorful hops: grapefruit, citrus, pineapple. Actually has enough malt flavor to help balance out all that bitterness. A little bread and caramel in the malt profile. You can definitely tell it's an Imperial IPA. It's not that the alcohol is present, it's just how big the flavor is. Really good.

Mouthfeel: This is a full bodied IPA. Good level of carbonation and slightly above average drinkability. The bitterness slows down the drinking of this but doesn't take away from the great flavors and experience.

Final Thoughts: Wow. This is right up there with the best IPA's I've ever had. If it wasn't so expensive I'd have this one on hand more often. If you are a hop head then seek this beer out!

 949 characters

Photo of ZachBurns
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of justintcoons
2.55/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.
Best by 8/31/11, consumed on 8/7/12

Appearance
Cloudy orange/gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Grapefruit, navel orange, lemon, sugar and caramel.

Taste
Surprisingly this is still viciously bitter. Resinous pine needles, grapefruit zest, grapefruit pith, lemon zest and a light caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, bitter, dry and uber-crisp.

Overall
I’ve never been impressed with this beer, fresh or otherwise. Harsh and overly bitter. Gimmicky. GRRRR…Gargoyles…awesome, Stone.

 562 characters

Photo of JLapadura
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BrianGilbert
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LaChupacabra
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of EL_Ishi
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ScottR
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of hagbergl
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a bomber of Stone Ruination IPA on August 2, also known as "IPA Day." I mean, why not enjoy one of the beers most responsible for starting the Imperial IPA craze. Served this classic into a snifter. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Ruination has a classic IPA appearance: it has a clear copper-orange body, is topped with a 2 finger, billowy, white head of foam, and leaves a ton of lacing on the sides of the glass as it's consumed. You can se a good amount of carbonation on observing the body. This beer looks and acts like you want your IPAs to. Excellent.

Smell (4.5/5): Lots of pine and citrus smells–grapefruit and lemon especially–and some light biscuity malt peeks out from behind the massive hop smells. The smell portends great things to come.

Taste (5/5): Ruination is packed with great hop flavor: grapefruit rind, pine, and rosewater dominate the foretaste. Light biscuity and caramel malt flavors push back, balance, and add body and complexity, but are ultimately overrun by the monstrous hoppiness of the beer. A distinct lemon astringency characterizes the finish, which is very bitter, dry, and almost puckering. There is a slight hint of alcohol heat in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Ruination is medium bodied and possesses a medium level of carbonation, has a slightly resinous and prickly feel, and is drying in the finish. The mouthfeel is right where it should be for an Imperial IPA.

Overall (4.5/5): Ruination is a great Imperial IPA. It's no longer the cool, new kid on the block, but it could teach today's new kids a lot. One thing I really appreciate about it is that it keeps the alcohol levels in check and avoids the "syrup curse" that overly hot, sweet, Imperial IPAs exhibit; these bad apples resemble American barleywines in their flavor more than IPAs. Ruination, on the other hand, is beautifully hopped, highly bitter, and pleasingly dry. She's a beauty.

 1,935 characters

Photo of kuestegg
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 10,854 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.