Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

10,834 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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Ratings: 10,834 |  Reviews: 3,073
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with an enjoy by date of 02.29.12. Pours a clear dark gold with three fingers of head that recedes to about two. Maintains a sticky, substantive head with great lacing on the glass. Good carbonation evident.

Nose is a mix of a citrus grove and a pine forest. Also some tropical fruit salad. Mouth-watering aroma. I can pick up subtle hints of an underlying malt foundation. Most of all, there is that pungent hop aroma from the resins.

Taste is primarily pine with some grapefruit-citrus flavors on the edges. There is a malt backbone there, believe it or not, which produces a little sweetness. But, primarily, this is a full-steam-ahead hop assault that produces some lip-smacking, mouth-puckering bitterness. A little alcohol comes through with the hops and the resins.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily from the resins. Nice substantial body on this imperial IPA. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, Stone has produced a hop-lover's dream--an oily/resinous/bitter/citrus/pine bliss.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of rowmine
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful hazy IPA color with a solid 1.5 inch head giving way to very nice lacing.

S - Powerful hop aroma, to be expected, with heavy zesty notes with a slight pine background. Emphasis on the citrus. Not finding any hint of the malt.

T - Wow, hops. Pine comes through much more prominent than in its bouquet. Citrus finish but lacking the malt to completely balance out the full effect.

M - Light sparkly mouth feel with a drying finish.

O - Great for its category, I'm partially biased and double IPA's are just a little beyond palate comprehension at the moment but I can appreciate this beer for what it is, a phenomenal example of an American Double IPA.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Best by 2/7/12...guess I missed this by a bit.

A: Nice two finger head tops a very clear light amber body. Heavy lacing throughout.

S: Hoping the aromatic hops haven’t faded too much, but if they did then this must be super intense when fresh. Lots of resiny floral hops with some pine mixed in there too. I can smell some sweet light caramel malt. There’s a bit of the unfortunate onion characteristic that I personally get from certain types of hops.

T: There is a big floral, citrus and pine hop presence, but not as face melting as I initially expected. This is actually pretty balanced with a proper dose of malt holding up all that hop goodness. It’s not the most citrusy, floral, or piney beer I’ve had, but it’s interesting that they are able to work so many hop profiles in without it being a total mess. Finishes with a bit of warmness and you do get some alcohol in there as well.

M: Medium body, medium carb. There’s a good amount of astringency involved...I feel like it’s removing a very thin layer of my taste buds.

O: Far from balanced, Ruination works on an extreme level even if it is a style of IPA/DIPA that I only crave once in a blue moon (no, not THAT Blue Moon). I’d love to get this fresh on-tap sometime soon and if it’s very different then I’ll re-review.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 2/27/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely hoppy with an emphasis on herbal and citrus zest aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, herbal hops, and some slight honey flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA that I have put off trying entirely too long. A very pleasant surprise.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of WrathsU
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw and gold hued body. Moderate white head on an aggressive pour. Retention is moderate, lacing is good.

S - Strong citrus with a lively dankness behind it. Some floral notes as well. Some biscuit in the background but not much.

T - Good firm bitter up front. Definitely some citrus like grapefruit up front and some floral flavors behind that. The malt backbone comes through as well which is impressive for the insane amount of hoppiness that comes through as well. Finishes pretty clean for a nice complete profile.

M - Medium bodied with a bitter stinging sensation. No alcohol burn and carbonation is fine.

O - A very good example of an American IPA. Very solid bittering throughout and the hop profile plays wonderful together. The maltiness is there, just wish it was just a tad more pronounced. Very good beer overall.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,834 ratings.
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