Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA
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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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Best Before date: 08-06-12) into a long stemmed, 12oz tulip glass

A- Pours a very clear golden yellow/orange with about a 1-1/2 finger of white, frothy head with minimal lacing.

S- Oh, glorious hops - sweet, sugar coated citrus (tangerine, orange and grapefruit) along with fleshy, tropical fruit (peach, mango, and pineapple) mingle with copious amounts of pine!

T- Sweet tropical fruit is met with a blast of white grapefruit rind bitterness. It is with this last dose of hop bitterness that I can surmise where the name of the beer is derived. However, the hop astringency is supported (but not dominated) by the malt backbone.

M- Ample, but not overwhelming carbonation is provided by THE very, very transparent Chico ale yeast. Perfect.

O- What is there left to document that hasn't already been stated? Ruination IPA has set the standard for an entire wave of IPA's (specifically, Imperial IPA's) flooding the American craft beer market. Although it might seem 'pedestrian' at this juncture, Ruinaition IPA is a testament to Stone's influence in the US craft brewing industry and are confirmed trendsetters. Ruination IPA still ranks with high marks as one of the beers which defined the style.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the bottle. The cool texture of the golden paint is awesome, the mean looking horned gargoyle gives the beer a nice medieval feel. The disambiguation and description on the back are awesome and also painted on to the bottle which makes it look even more Neo-Medieval. The green text announcing the beers name is a little out of place and the font seems slightly off, but over all this is a cool bottle. I also like nice “Victorian Demonic” feel of the bottle and the description on the back. The golden lettering on the back of the bottle is awesome and very cool to look at.

The beer pours a nice yellowed orange, very much like dehydrated piss, and even the head is slightly yellow, but thick and bubbly, with not a very long retention. Lacing is thick and peaked like a mountain range. The smell is a stupendous kerpow of hops; very piney with slight hints of citrus and not a lot else. The pine hops are very much the dominator in the smell. There might be a slight sweet malt at the end of the smell, but that might just be me stretching to smell. This is just a big bitter punch in the face. This beer is just pine hops blasting over your tongue, but they are great. After taste is like a pine forest bristling in the wind. There is, again, an ever so slight taste of sweet maltiness to it. Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth. Carbonation doesn’t seem to touch the tongue much but the bitterness of the hops is very present on the tongue, and the top of the tongue is left rather dry, but still sticky on the sides with saliva. The overall after-feel in the mouth is bitter. This is a beer that demonstrates the bitters, but not much else. The bottle claims to have great subtle tastes of yeast and malts, but I would say that the real strength and the only true flavor is in the deep piney hops. I don’t know if I would have this one again. I love a good IPA and a good bitter taste but this just seems to be straight pine and nothing else. It’s a great example of the pine flavor but I don’t know how much of the pine flavor I would personally like to drink. The beer is similar to Longhammer IPA by Redhook Brewery, only with more hops and bite and a better smell.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Hops are front and center; citrus and a touch of fruit and spice.

Taste: The bottle claims that the hops will have a "ruinous" effect on your palate, and although there is a lot of hop flavor I didn't find that it deadened my taste-buds. Lots of citrus, earthy, spicy and floral notes. The malt adds a fruited bread balance,

Texture: Dry and crisp with warming effect of alcohol.

Drinkability: I had this on my want list for some time and I am glad I tried it. I prefer the balance found in the Levitation Ale.

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stones "smoked porter" was my favorite of Stone's beers, then i tried Ruination. a double ipa even though it doesn't say it on the bottle, how could a beer with this high of i.b.u.s not be a double! this is my favorite double ipa out there heck this is probably even my favorite ipa period. there is not one thing lacking or wrong with this beer, the PERFECT example of a double ipa. GLORIOUS. very VERY hoppy but still balanced in an amazing way...pours golden yellow with slight haziness and reeks of bitter/sweet hops. immediate shock to the palate with an overabundance of hoppiness yet still as i said perfectly balanced... i cant come close to describing how great this beer is so just TRY IT 4 YOURSELF!

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 10,845 ratings
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