Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

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Ruination IPARuination IPA
10,867 Ratings
Ruination IPARuination IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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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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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Family Beer and Liquor in East Dubuque, IL. Beer poured an amber color with a thick off white head. Fruity/citur aroma with a hoppy scent. Smell makes your mouth water. Flavor is hoppy with a fruity aftertaste; very refreshing. Not an overally bitter IPA, but very drinkable and lots of flavor. Very drinkable and very good!

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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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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

I know all 5's are supposed to be rare, but I'm spending one here.

A: Absolutely gorgeous! Pours a completely clear dark amber color; I doubt the Hubble telescope could achieve this kind of clarity. 1.5 Finger white / orange head. Medium / Low carbonation. Amazing lace sheets the pint glass throughout the drink. IMHO this is what beer SHOULD look like.

S: Very floral hops, pineapple, pine, and an underlying biscuity malt presence round out a hop heavy, yet balanced nose, 7.7 abv (as listed on the bottle) is nowhere to be found.

T: Floral upfront, followed by a quick reminder of malt, and then the palate ruining pine and citrus hops seize the taste buds. Malts try to regain some presence in the end with a reminder of fresh, doughy biscuits; but the floral, citrus hops dominate and subdue the tastebuds with a lingering bitter finish that goes on forever. Alcohol presence is only noticed with a slight warming of the belly halfway through.

M: Medium body, though somewhat oily, the carbonation is just enough to scrub the tongue clean for more ruinous hops on the next sip. As mentioned in the taste, the finish goes on and on - pleasant bitterness remains, but not too much. A balanced hop bomb?

O: Hands down one of my favorite beers. Amazingly easy to approach, despite the gargoyle's warning on the back of the bottle, despite the name and reputation. This is a BIG beer in every sense, and it slaps every sense upside the head. It will seize your attention, grab you by the nose and make everything else you taste this evening seem bland in comparison - but it that's the idea, isn't it?

Amazing stuff!

Again, all 5's should be rare, reserved for nectar such as this.

Thanks Stone!!!

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4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bomber bottle served in a tulip glass.
Score: 95

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-orange with about a finger of head that settles down to a half finger. Above average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Crisp explosion of citrus hop bitterness. Zesty lemon rind and pine. A little floral. Some malty sweetness too. Really fresh aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: An explosion of awesome flavor on palate. Earthy, citrus hop bitterness hits you right away. Some grapefruit and orange sweetness on the mid-palate. Light bready malt flavor on the mid-palate as it layers. Finish is a very earthy grapefruit bitterness and resiny pine that lingers. Flavors are extremely fresh. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. A little oily. Finishes dry and bitter. The carbonation makes the zesty citrus flavors and bitterness of the beer really pop on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall: The golden standard of double IPA's.

Recommendation: This is a great beer for hop heads. Perhaps not the best first "craft" beer for casual beer drinkers, but an absolute must try once you get your beer feet wet.

Pairings: Backyard-cooked hamburgers.

Cost: $6.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a chilled Odell's IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful tangerine, golden hue that has a frothy white head with excellent lacing retention.

S: The citrus and piney hops jump right out at you. The malty background is rarely imminent, but it is there. This is a classic West Coast IPA.

T: Like so many before me have mentioned, this really does terrorize your palate, but I love it. The bitterness of the hops is really outstanding.

M: What a refreshing beer for the IBU's it possesses. It has a nice dry finish to it.

O: One of my favorite West Coast beers.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with about 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Big hoppy smell as you would expect. Nice fruity taste with a hoppy back end. With 100+ IBU's it absolutely ruins your taste buds, but it a good way. This is the first American double I've had and will be the benchmark for all others after this. Overall a delicious brew that I can't wait to have again.

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Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 10,867 ratings