Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

10,837 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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Photo of justintcoons
2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
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

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

Grapefruit, navel orange, lemon, sugar and caramel.

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

Medium bodied, bitter, dry and uber-crisp.

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

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Photo of JLapadura
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of LaChupacabra
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ScottR
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of hagbergl
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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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%

Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip.

A-Pretty golden color. Hints of orange and pumpkin. Opaque with a half-finger of head that slowly dissipated into a thin ring. Some lacing.

S-You notice the hops, but they are not in your face. I found the nose to be bright and light and not unpleasant, but to be honest, I was expecting more here.

T-Mildly bitter hops is the first note, but again, not obnoxious like some super-IPAs. I thought the taste was more nuanced, which I liked, with hints of lemon and a medium finish. A good model for others to follow when looking to make an Imperial/Double IPA.

M-Almost creamy...delicious.

O-A well-done IPA with good hops that are strong and flavorful without becoming overly herbal and vegetal.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a rich golden color with an inch head, amazing lacing.

smell is of bitter nw hops, citrus. taste is on point. big hop taste , great citrus flavor. very piney. huge bitterness. malts are apparent even through all the hops. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a great dipa. one of the best in the categories.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pure clear gold with 2 fingers of tan foam to start

S: bitter hoppy pine, citrus, and resin

T: rich chewy malt, grapefruit citrus and sticky resin, caramel and butterscotch undertones

M: full, smooth, dense on the palate

O: delicious - it's like food - a very heart and rich beer with just enough bitter hops and brighter flavors to balance it out

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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - pours medium orange with losse frothy head. dissipates with no real lacing.

S - heavy citrus hop aroma. grapefruit, sweetness and not a hint of alcohol burn.

T - tangy bitter citrus on the tongue too. as wonderful as i remember it being. loads of citrus up front finishing with a great stinging bitterness at the back.

M - creamy and full. finishes medium and reminds you it was there.

O - had this countless times but decided to review it finally. This fresh really is one of the best, most accessible DIPA out there. There is a reason they have been doing it for 10 years...its just DAMN good. I feel it's underrated because its NOT new. This is a great DIPA that should be tried by all.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,837 ratings.
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