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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Been drinking this one for over a year now, never reviewed it though. First hats off to Stone for bottle dating and being so aggressive in promoting fresh beer. This one was a month old.

So, this one isn't for the faint of heart. This one blasts me with hops out of the bottle with the smell and the taste. You have to be a true hop-head to enjoy this one. If you can get by the bitterness there are some nice tastes in there. I think I prefer my IPAs to be a bit more flavorful, but this is a great IPA and will put hair on your chest if you drink enough of it :)!

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Photo of teromous
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It is a medium shade of amber, with more hints of orange than brown. The beer is mostly transparent, showing limited haze through the glass. The head is a fluffy white billow that sticks well to the side of the glass.

S: I get a nice hop scent. I get a light resin scent, layered with more citrus on top. There is a hint of what smells like noble hops, with a light earthiness. Mostly I get a citrus scent though, which is like grapefruit and lemon peel.

T: There's more bitterness in the beer than hop flavor. I get what tastes like a bitter lemon rind. I don't get as much of the refreshing hop flavor that I expected from the scent. The malt character is very subdued in this beer. The aftertaste consists of what tastes like spruce fronds. The bitterness is right there, but I want more flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth with great carbonation. There is a punch of bitterness and it lingers strongly in the aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied, and leaves a light puckering of astringency.

O: Overall the beer is alright, but I wanted more hop flavor out of this. I can't call it average because it's better than some of the other average IIPA's I've had, but it also strongly lacks the flavor of many others. It's hard to call this one, because a bottle can lose a lot of flavor based on how long it's been shelved. I bet this is a lot better on tap. I would drink it again, but only if I could figure out how to verify the date, and only to re-review the beer. As it stands right now, I wouldn't pick this up if I had a chance to buy an IIPA from another brewery.

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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  rDev -6.5%

Photo of lawlerj
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy light amber with a patchy slightly off white head.

S - Big grapefruit aroma with some citrus and pine notes mixed in as well.

T - The taste more or less follows the aroma - big grapefruit and citrus flavors; also a touch asringent. No malt backbone to speak of here - just a hint, but it's not really balanced. Just big, bitter hops. The other flavors do come out a bit once the beer warms, but not a ton.

M - Medium bodied, feels a little oily and slightly less carbonated than I would like.

O - Overall, I wasn't super crazy about this. It's a good beer, but it might just be a bit much for me in the hop department. I'll probably give it another try in a year or two when I have a chance.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Raven3464
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer pours a gorgeous golden-orange body with a one finger heard. The clarity of this beer is second to none for the style.

Smell: There is an initial explosion of hop bitterness and citrus. This is balanced by an underlying aroma of sweet pine, lemon juice, and fresh flowers. This is what an IPA or Double should smell like.

Taste: The citrus hop bomb hits immediately. This transitions into a grapefruit and orange sweetness on the mid-palate. A freshly baked bready malt flavor can also be detected. The beer finishes with a pine bitterness that lingers forever.

Mouthfeel: It is oily with just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate for another sip of hop heaven. The "feel" makes the fruit flavors and hop bitterness stand out on the tongue. As mentioned above, a dry bitter taste lingers for quite a long time.

Overall: Simply put, this is a hop lovers dream. There should be a picture of this beer under the definition of Double IPA. Kudos to Stone for creating this masterpiece for which all Double IPA's should be judged. By far this is my favorite beer for the style and worth all "5s."

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz taster.

A- pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thin white head. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- floral and citrus hops with orange zest, pink grapefruit and lemons along with pine needles, grass, caramel malt and faint tropical hops.

T- pungent citrus and piney hops with grapefruit, orange, lemon and grass with some light green melon and mango and a caramel malt backbone

M- medium carbonation and body. Hop resins coat the tongue with a dry and bitter finish.

O- similar to other stone ipas I've had with a big citrus and piney hop presence and the malt taking a backseat. This is a good ipa, but there isn't really anything in my opinion that makes it elite in the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of SawDog505
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a cloudy orange yellow, with 1 and a half inch sticky white with head, lots of lacing. Smell is pungent pine, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, and tangerine. Taste is just as powerful, grapefruit is most prominent and besides what was mentioned in the nose, some hints of garlic. Mouthfeel is dry, perfect size not huge or thin, very approachable, and lots of life. This is the beer that turned me into a hop head and it is still one of the best. Best by 1/25/12.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
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