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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Can't believe I hadn't gotten around to reviewing this one. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Light almost golden copper. Decent finger head recedes to about an 8th of an inch. Nice Lacing afterwards.

Smell: Biscuity with pineapple/tropical scent. The caramel from the malt plays well with all of the hops that are prevalent.

Taste: This is where the beer wins me over. Unbelievably complex. The IBU's are off the charts, yet it is balanced so well to make up for it. It may sound intimidating (especially after reading the wordy label), but it is so worth a try. By no means a hop bomb. Taste a lot of pineapple and tropical citrusy fruits.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean finish. Won't say this is a session brew, but still very drinkable.

Overall: Can easily say this is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. I mentioned the wordy label, yet the beer and brewery do not come off as pretentious--if anything, one sees the passion and pride that they put into each beer that they make. Extremely enjoyable and highly recommended! Wish they would've released more of the 10th anniversary in GA though.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wittekerke 1/2 liter pilsner to mix things up a bit. Just had Ruination tenth two days ago, so I'm eager to to see how this compares. I have had this before, but it's been awhile.

Appearance - A lightly transparent hoppy orange. Bustling with carbonation. One finger of lightly creamy head. A very caramelized look to it. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Extremely piney. Fresh, complex hops. Very faint caramel malt. A bit on the weaker side.

Taste - Very piney hops with orange, lemon, mango and citrus notes. A nice alcoholic burn among a forest of flavors. The malt in the background is extremely faint and hardly offers any sweetness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Extremely bitter due to the piney hops. Not nearly as sweet as Ruination tenth anniversary. Much less of a malt back to it as well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 7/4/12

Appearance: Pours very clear, golden orange - nicely sized white head, fades to some spots and streaks

Smell: Hoppy as promised - citrus and pine in abundance - orange and grapefruit, some flesh and a lot of rind, pith, with some floral notes - sharp, sticky pine resin and some herbal notes - just a touch of green onion - some pale and vaguely caramel malts buried in the background

Taste: Hoppy and remarkably bitter - orange and grapefruit rind, with some juicy citrus flesh and some pith - straight-up hop resin, some dry pine, and a touch of mint - floral and herbal notes - very, very bitter, even for the style, but not abrasive - some pale malts function as a base, but this beer certainly in not about balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely dry, smooth, nicely carbonated - light for the style, but it's so drinkable that it gets bonus points

Overall: More than a benchmark for the style

I had this about 3 years ago, and I honestly couldn't comprehend it. Now that I better understand the glory of a well-done DIPA, I am somewhat blown away that I wasn't blown away by this beer in the past. Ruination is fantastic, and I am sad that I haven't had it in years. It's incredibly hoppy and dry, not sweet. In other words, this is what I want in my life.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,841 ratings.
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