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:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10,845 |  Reviews: 3,080
Photo of robbrandes
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After years of drinking ruination, probably time to review.

poured from a 22oz bomber, beautiful light straw, impossibly fine bubbles and an aroma of hops that smacks your senses.

the taste of ruination is in-line with stone's other hop-heavy offerings - great blend of malty-caramel first to come across, and then the hops just keep coming and coming. the alcohol and dryness are apparent, but the hoppy aftertaste begs you take another drink - once you start, you can't stop!

this beer begs for fish and chips, or in tonight's case - carne asada. tremendous dichotomy, also probably requiring a proactive tums or 3!

the stone perfection that started me down the path to hopheaded bliss.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to wine glass.

A: Amber in color with a rich off-white head that persists and nice lace.

S: Medium hop notes with some pine. Definite malt and some light citrus as well.

T: Medium to Medium-high bitterness, hits toward the end. Spicy with the citrus coming through again as well. Slight tartness at the end as well.

M: Somewhat dry with the tartness, but the citrus and spice make it interesting. Bitterness at the end let you know this is an IPA for sure.

D: Smooth and dry with the hops coming through. Very good IPA.

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Photo of bbarrows
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to pint glass
A: Clear golden color with persistent 1" white head
S: Grapefruit, orange, and lime. Strong but pleasant aroma
T: Bitter to start, followed by tart grapefruit and lemon. A touch of malt for balance.
M: Lightly malty, keeps this beer from feeling too dry on the tongue from all the hops.
D: High. There are a lot of great flavors intermingling here, I could drink this for a while without getting bored.

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Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

A very nice pour, with a clean apple juice color. A thick off-white head held firm for several minutes. There's an immediate, crisp, hoppy aroma that is citrusy but not distinctive. It made my mouth water.

The flavor has excellent bitterness that was clean and without an offensive bite, which I sometimes worry about with beers that claim to be so aggressively bitter. This beer has a perfect mouthfeel for the high alcohol content. Good lingering hoppiness on the tongue.

Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of bboelens
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip

A-Gorgeous bottle, gorgeous pour, gorgeous beer, a vibrant bubbly tangerine orange with flakes of copper and amber when held up to the light. An excellent fluffy 1.5" stark white head sat for a couple minutes and dissipated into beautiful lacing.

S-Floral and citrusy hops, slight yeasty smell as well

T-Similar to the smell but expanded upon immensely. The initial taste is of course grapefruit and hops, slight yeast and honey-esque sweetness come next with a great malty/alcohol finish. All of these blend together flawlessly to create an amazing taste.

M-Medium body, excellent carbonation, slight silky aftertaste.

D-Soooo drinkable, this just may be the best DIPA I've ever had, I don't know how they do it but this is just another exceptional beer from Stone.

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Photo of InIBUsWeTrust
2.04/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'm pretty lopsided in my verdict with the Ruination IPA. In fact, I demand a fresher keg! Maybe this time it will suit my hop friendly palate.

Appearance - Flat

Smell - Atrocious

Taste - Average IPA

Mouthfell - Gargle & Rinse?

Drinkablity - Serve this to your dormitory frat wannabe's

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange, hazy, decent head and sparse lacing.
Smells great. Very piney, grapefruit, dry malts and a little earthy. Very hoppy.

Tastes of rich, thick malts and tons of crisp hoppiness. Great beer.

Lingering bitterness and a nearly full body. Smooth with a medium degree of carbonation.

Drinks typically stone. Great.

Upon re-drinking this beer at every chance, and despite the rather hefty pricetag, this remains one of the top IPAs and all-around top beers in the US.

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Photo of SacredBeverage
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice golden color with a reddish hue. Slightly cloudy.

S: A strong citrus aroma but not too overpowering. Good overall.

T: It is a good IPA, but with a slight bitter aftertaste, almost like an orange rind. The bitterness seems to take away from the taste some, but the beer quality is still great. It does have a nice refreshing taste to it.

M: The Mouthfeel might just be the best part to this Beer. Very smooth feel to it, very nice.

D: The drinkability is not very high for me because I'm not a real big fan of IPA's in general but this was definitely the best I've had. I wouldn't have this over and over again though. Overall, a good Beer but just not my style.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A pale amber, burnt orange color with a glowing white head that was creamy and frothy. Excellent retention with some fabulous lacing. Looks really good. Cloudy through and through. The head settled to a white cap that remained with the brew until it was gone.

Smell - A nice, robust grapefruit citrus at first. Very floral and piney. A touch of orange peel. The smell is phenomenally well balanced and sweet. Bits of bread or biscuit add some malty notes also.

Taste - Wonderfully appropriate splashes of bitterness. Especially from the grapefruit. Very piney and floral tasting, but it has a surprising malt undertone that tones down the bitterness. A touch spicey. Wow!!! Really tastes nice.

Mouthfeel - A very solid, medium mouthfeel. Very dry and crisp. Notably smooth considering how bitter the brew is. Completely overwhelms the palate with flavor that hangs around forever. Very, very nice. Surprisingly refreshing also despite the dryness.

Drinkability - This is an outstanding beer. What aroma and flavors!!! At 7.7 ABV one would need to take the time with this one, but it's so easily drinkable that it makes it difficult. I can just imagine drinking this on a beautiful Spring day. Worth a try and, for sure, one that I will pick up again and again.

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Photo of fsimcox
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy, but still transparent straw yellow. Fluffy white head with lots of bubbles. Dissipates rather quickly, with some lacing.

Smells of hops, and citrus. Perhaps some grass and pine in the background. Nice, but not overpowering.

Creamy hops up front, with a grapefruit finish. Some carbonation in the finish. Grapefruit aftertaste. Not too much hops, but certainly not too little.

Mouth feel is creamy. With an all around hop presence.

A simply wonderful IPA. I will have another.

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Photo of ksmi116
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is absolutely one of my favorites, and it punches me in the mouth every time in the best way possible.

A - Clear golden pour with a white foamy head, mild retention and lacing

S - HOPS! and pine, smells fresh and crisp, wonderful.

T - Heavy on the hops up top, obviously, and refreshing and pine on the back. Alcohol is masked well on the way down.

M - Well carbonated and is not heavy. Doesn't overly coat the mouth, but makes you know that you're drinking a real beer.

D - I could drink this one all day, but beware that it will rock your tastebuds so you shouldn't immediately follow one of these with any beer that you want to taste.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with. Thick head 3.5

The smell is of citrus and pine very nice I could smell this all day

This beer is smooth throughout starts with a airy carbonation and slowly becomes very earthy of pine hops, slightly unexpected as I thought there would be more citrus hop flavors based on the aroma. That said it is a wonderful hop taste and finishes with a bitter taste which is balanced.

I like how the hops shine to many dipas can't balance this well and end up tasting like a barley wine

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Photo of jsprain1
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours orange with a slightly creamed-white color head of one and a half finger thickness. Head retention is good, some lacing but not particularly spectacular in this regard.
S- Hoppy aroma consisting largely of pine notes, and some citrus. Noticable malt aroma, but the multi-level hop aroma is predominant.
T- A kick of grapefruit but this is almost immediately followed by an evergreen flavor. bitter with notes of slightly biscuity malt. is it balanced? no. Is it awesome? Yeah.
M- Perfect mouthfeel. Creamy with a slightly oily finish. Alcohol is not noticed. At all.
D- Super easy drinking. I don't know if the ratings bear this out, but I would say this is just a quarter-step behind IRS, making it my second favorite Stone beer. A super easy drinking beer, by IIPA standards.

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Photo of Rutager
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Slightly hazy gold with a hint of red. One finger of sticky looking white head. Some thick and oily lacing.

Smell. Sweet white grapefruit, a little orange. Some fruity hops and pale malt.

Taste. White grapefruit, lemon, a small malt hit that doesn't even try to provide balance and finally, lasting bitter herby hops and grapefruit rinds. This is awesome.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. A great drinker. ABV is well hidden and the taste is something I can't get enough of.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle with best by 4-10-11.

A: Pours light yellow color with a two finger white head. Good amount of carbonation on the glass. No haze here at all.

S: Very grapefruit and overall citrus in the nose. Good amount of hop presence in the aroma with some drying characteristics. Very fresh smelling with some resin like aromas in the end.

T/M: Tastes like biting a fresh red grapefruit. Very strong hop profile, bitterness is very high. Great clean flavors, somewhat drying on the back end. Good palate feel with real nice cleansing feeling. Fantastic hops make this one just really enjoyable.

D: Really great hop character and good amount of bitterness. I will be getting this one again for sure!

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Photo of RTJakarta
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich golden color with nice white head and absolutely outstanding lacing. Lovely.

A top flight DIPA smell. Rich pine scent.

Tastes like hop heaven. A good deal of citrus on the back end for me. Mostly hops. Which I very much enjoy.

Mouthfeel is a perfect level of carbonation for this beer.

I love IPAs, and while I couldn't drink them all the time, this is a beer that truly tests that statement. Incredibly tasty DIPA, and one of my favorite brews in the world!

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottle shipped to me from Brusin' Ales out in NC. There was no bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- Pours a light amber to gold color. Gives a small maybe half inch of head that was light light tan almost white in color. Lots of carbonation bubbles come to the top. Not fully opaque but very hazy and difficult to see through.

S- Hops and lemon, bread, grain, slight malt, grape, apple, pineapple scents are all noticeable.

T- Amazing. this is hops slamming my mouth hard. A very slight and non present malt character is just there to mellow this brew just a little bit.

M&D- A great drinkable beer. A full character that kills any kind of taste other than hops. Smooth and tickling from the carbonation.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic from Stone, another beer which got me into craft beer years ago.

A: Amazing fluffy white head and lots of sticky lacing, a clear orange hued body as the base. A very nice look.

S: A very solid Double IPA smell of piney spicy hops, a little citrus lemon zest hop, sweet but not overly sweet cerealy malt, some orange notes, and some outdoorsy woods smells that are hard to describe well.

T: A great taste with huge citrus and tropical fruit notes, and that great stone signature bitter biting back of the palate which is great! Some base malts round out the hops a little, but I love the piney and grapefruit hop notes that are the centerpiece of this great beer.

M: A nice carbonation level and great bitter finish with a medium body.

D: Very good. An excellent Double IPA, one I would maybe use as an example of the style to newbies. The smell is the only thing that isn't really great about this beer, so I see why there are double dry hopped versions of this beer.

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Photo of 2late2brew
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be honest a little disapointed after sampling Lucky Bastard yesterday. Tried two bombers, first one cap was stained with oily coating, pretty sure cap was compromised so I tried a second just to be sure. It was clean as a whistle, clarity of beer much improved as well which just means there are bad bottles out there.

Anyways, nice medium pour down the middle, moderate to good retention with some lacing. Color a harvest yellow slightly pale & incandescent. Hops firm assertive grapefruit, amarrilo maybe? with some lingering hop flavor from dry hopping. A in your face tour de force of hops but to me a little one dimensional although a good one at that. enjoyed but prefer to be Lucky rather than just good.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep gold, 2 finger fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Smells amazing, very floral with a piney punch too. A slight hint of caramel malts too.

T- Lots going on here, begins with a nice big hit of toasty caramel malts...but then the hops come. Big floral taste and an almost leafy/wood like flavor but thats kicked out by the pine/citrus hops that finish it off and leave a bitter taste hanging around.

m- Big and chewy mouthfeel to this one. a bit of an oily residue but thats expected with all the hops.

D- Really good beer with so much flavor in there. Gotta grab it if you see it, def worth a try.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool, somewhat hazy golden color, with a bone-white head, attractive, big at first, though ultimately short-lived.

Feels like it's dry-hopped. Piney, citrusy. Continues on the tastebuds, bitter, yet sweetish and slightly fruity.

A bit light in body, a tad lacking in the malt's all over, under and thoroughly about the hops (wish I could which ones). Quite an interesting approach, bitter, yeah, but not too much, and still drinkable.

Not Stone's best offering in this style but still worth a try.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich copper in color with a one finger white head a ton of carbonation. This beer has a lot of activity going on. The second I opened this I got hit in the face with hops. There is a good combination of pine and citrus, which are fighting for dominance. You definitely get your money's worth here. The flavors are very hoppy, as expected. I get a lot of pine and grapefruit with a good amount of bitterness. It drinks very fresh and very crisp and has an excellent crisp bite to finish. It's a very drinkable IPA and doesn't leave behind the severe cotton mouth that some IPAs do. I really like this beer but do prefer their 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA to it.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few coworkers were telling me about Ruination and wouldn't leave me a alone until I bought a bottle. I got a bottle that was two months away from its "enjoy by" date so it seems like I got a somewhat fresh bottle.

As soon as I cracked the cap off the aroma hit me right away. I poured it into a pint glass to reveal the amber glow. The first taste was intense and extremely hoppy, the after taste was excellent and at the same time I wanted more. After the initial shock to my pallet it became very easy and enjoyable to drink.

If your a fan of hops I would suggest giving it a try, this will defiantly enter my regular rotation of drinks!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label, into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. Massive, really massive frothy head that doesn't want to go anywhere. Some really good head retention here.
Aroma as soon as I cracked the bottle was all hops. Hops, hops and more hops with intermittent pine and citrus coming through. Very faint malt aroma escapes as the beer warmed up.
Oh boy, this is a seriously hopped IPA. Feels like the hops are out the ruin your palate. It's hoppy all the way, however, in aftertaste there are hints of sweetness coming through. This is one hell of an IPA. Brutal attack of the hops on the taste-buds.
Excellent lacing drapes the insides of the glass.
Damn, this is one of Stone's finest brews. This is one of my all time favorite IPA's. A must-try for every hop head.
Very highly recommended.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orangy, yellow
S - very nice hoppy aroma
T - An enormous Rush of Hops, a bunch of clean hops. Hopheads will and do love this one.
M - very nice, crisp, not too heavy
D - Drinkability is very good, very sessionable
Stone is so consistant with offering great hoppy beers

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