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:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cdfairchild31
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 1pint, 6 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Appearance, well...gorgeous. Mildly opaque brew, crisp golden color. Fluffy head, 2 finger-breadths, nice lacing. Scents of herbs, citrus and flowers persist in the nose. Starts with a good punch of malt flavor. Citrus and woody flavors begin to appear with warming alcohol throughout. While 100 IBU's made me think this would be a bitter offering from Stone, it was actually well balanced and had just the right amount of hops. Feels substantial in the mouth, you know you are drinking a worthy beer. Easily one of the most drinkable IPA's out there, and by far one of the most enjoyable. I will be keeping one of these around for a rainy day.

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

Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing Co.
Imperial IPA
7.7% ABV
100+ IBUs
12 oz bottle with an "enjoy by" date of October 19, 2010 poured into a New Belgium snifter

Appearance 5/5
Very clear orange-red; amber when backlit with white light. Big, off-white, persistent head and insanely fantastic lacing.

Aroma 5/5
Very fresh and herbal, intense, hop aroma. Piney and grassy. I can smell it without sticking my nose in it.

Taste 5/5
Starts bitter, finishes bitter; or as BJCP says, absurdly bitter. There's a decent malt backbone, but I must say that it's just a backbone: no sweetness can be perceived when the beer is cold and it's tough to let it warm (see Drinkability). But for the sake of review, I let another bottle warm up, and the hop flavor, combined with the malts renders a fruity character before the finish. But this beer is not about malt character at all. It's all it claims to be! A dry and bittering finish, with notable warming; not just mouth (tongue, teeth, even lips), even my throat is bitter. The best kind of bitter, that could have gotten annoying, which brings us to the next item.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Hard to say whether it's an IPA or a DIPA, on the basis of mouthfeel alone but this won't deter me from giving this one the best score. The body is spot on, less than this could have made this an annoying experiment. Well carbonated and crisp, but not harsh.

Drinkability 5/5
Supreme. Nobody can have just one*
*Talking about those who can have one in the first place.

Indeed a liquid poem to the glory of the hop. Had been waiting to get a fresh bottle to review and I have to say, it doesn't get better.

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Photo of beer1018
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears bright orange with smoth white head that disapates slowly and leaves some nice lace behind. Smell is all fruity hops like you just put your face in a bucket of them. Taste is all bitter hops but not in the way that ruins it for me.Moutfeel and drink are both right for the style, nothing special here. All around this is one of my favorites from stone so far.

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Photo of jthahn
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle, poured in a sam adams glass.

A - golden beer with a small head. 1 finger head, heavy lacing down the glass. Always a good sign.

S - the hop aroma is very present, although not as strong as many pale ales ive had. Definitely some pine aromas coming out of this glass.

T - ive forgotten just how bitter this beer is. The taste is crisp and refreshing with some good fruit flavors on the front end and a strong malt follow through. Really balanced well.

M - again this is crisp and light. Maybe not the best mouthfeel of any ipa ive had, but certainly up there.

D - the only ding id give it here is that its so bitter that it would be hard to drink more than 1.

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

golden orange a tad lighter in color with a nice head of something nice and sticky. but it looks like a decent IPA. nothing too showy. have has seem difference in bottles in aging. like most it mellows as it gets older. but it seems to age in two directions. either the hops mellow and the sweet honey malt quality comes out. the finish is bitter like day one though. or there is a tamer bitter and it seems to have an extremely robust floral quality. rather in your face lavender and pine. a good balance. there is many quality to this great beer. i really appreciate a imperial IPA with a lower ABV. more balance and less gravity. in the border of crisp and malty dessert.

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler (32 ozer purchased from Westmere Bev this afternoon; full growler was $17.99) into a pint glass. Body is clear, light honey-amber with a half-finger whitish head, which settles quickly to film. Leaves no real lace.

S: Nice. Hops. Citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Slight note of wet cardboard, comes across as metallic or minerally at times.

T: Follows the nose. Sweetish malt foundation (honey-like a bit), followed by lemony citrus, and slightly grassy pine hops. Maybe a touch of mint toothpaste. Lingering lemon in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, slightly oily/slick, which cuts a bit of bitter hop "bite." Doesn't feel - or appear to be - highly carbonated.

D: Very good. I remember back in the day when I thought this beer was too in-your-face hoppy. But now, years later, it seems only modestly bitter. This half-growler will be gone soon.

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Photo of DJED69
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional. Stone IPA is a att-time fave, but this just takes what I love about that beer and kicks it up a bunch of notches. What grabs me most is the smell---its amazing. Intense. Glorious. The color is typical amber-orange with a nice head retention and lacing. Taste is not as insane as one would expect---hops up the wazoo, yes---but very drinkable. Real juicy and bitter up front, but smooth---then finishes dry. Really an amazing beer. And at $4.50-5 a bomber locally, a steal. Love it and think it's time I get another glass full in front of me real soon. A must try!!

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Photo of birchstick
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a darker yellow with a really nice fluffy head

S - smells of tons of grapefruit and sweet citrus malts with some biscuit malt. Awesome nose.

T - thankfully, the nose provides a very good preview of what's to come from this brew. Loads of sweet and citrusy hops dominate the palate; however there is quite a bit of buttery caramel malt to balance out the 100+ IBU onslaught. It leaves with a bitter finish. This reminds me a lot of hopslam.

M - buttery, slick mouthfeel with a body in between medium and full that goes down smoothly.

D - wow. This is a solid IPA. When I pick up new ones to try, this is how I hope they taste. Tgis was a pleasure to drink. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of begforme4484
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy, amber orange.

Smell is of a ton of hops. Piney hops strongest to the nose with a nice floral and citrus scent. Can smell a slight sweet doughy malt scent deep in the background.

They call this beer Ruination for a reason. It ruins your palate. Any beer you consume after this beer, its taste is void. Hops, hops, hops.. and a little more hops. Nice citrus and very bitter hop taste immediately. It's one of those palate cripplingly bitter beers. The punishment is oh so good. Pine and citrus hops are having a little battle over who you taste more. There is a slight bready flavor in the background too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Just what you'd expect from a west coast IPA.

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Photo of jskoog
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange with nice white head.

S: Wonderful smell of citrus, pine with a slight floral bouquet.

T: True to their word this will ruin your pallet for the night. After trying as many DIPAs as I can get my hands on, this one still stands out. If you like Citrus and pine hops you will love this beast. Not a lot of balance with very little malt back but wow does this taste good. In my opinion this is the best all out hop brew I have had. I pick these up on occasion just to realign my love for big hops.

M: Clean crisp carbonation perfect for the style.

D: If you want a pure hoppy IIPA, this is where you should be looking.

My favorite beer by Stone, and I like a lot of their beers.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful orange-amber with a substantial foamy head.
smell: Floral, and citrus hops. Not as complex or remarkable as I was expecting.
taste: Smoother than i expected. Brutally hoppy to be sure but well balanced.
mouthfeel: Nice, full and creamy.
drinkability: Not as much as even some of the higher ABV DIPA's.

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Photo of droomyster
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being something like the 2,149th person to review this masterpiece, there's almost certainly nothing new I can say, but I'll give it a shot if only for my own records.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a generously apportioned, sticky, frumpy, craggy, mess of a white head. Aromas practically run the gamut of hop adjectives (minus "earthy" and "woody"), but are primarily citrusy, then piney and resinous, with floral notes to boot. I also detect a bit of caramel on the nose and a faint hint of alcohol, which is hardly surprising considering the abv. Taste-wise, the hops truly do perform an absolute palate-wipe. Unless you are eating something sweet and sticky ( like bbq ribs) or strong and greasy (like garlic fries), I wouldn't recommend this for a suitable pairing, but if such dishes are the case, you need search no further than this beer to find a match made in heaven.

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Photo of chaz410
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer at the flying saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours a straw colored yellow body with a finger length white head.
Smells of intense pine and grassy hops. Very dry smell with very little malt undertone.
The taste is similar to the smell, very dry, piney, hoppy and some citrus note. There's some basic caramel like quality to the malt but it's mostly the hop dry kick. Very bitter on the end and very dry.
It's mouthfeel could be thicker in comparison to other IPAs in this ABV field.
It's not very drinkable because of the intense hop dryness but that's what most people order this beer for. I knew what i was getting into when I ordered it and I don't regret a sip

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with one finger of head that reduces to some lacing around the top of the beer. Decent lacing down the sides as I drink.

S: A lot of citrus and of course a ton of hops. It has a sweetness, but isn't overpowering.

T: This beer certainly has some phases to it, at first you get hit with some floral components. Then you get the hops/bitterness followed by the bready malts that even everything out.

M/D: It is creamy and medium bodied, nice carbonation and easy drinking. While it is quite drinkable, I don't plan on kicking back more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at whole foods. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A- three fingers of sudsy off white head from a hard pour that slowly settles to a small amount of cascading lace and a big ring. A good swirl brings the head right back. Hazy copper orange in color.

S- piles of citrusy hops and a mild sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit and oranges, tropical fruits. Honey and powdered sugar. The smell just intoxicates you as the brew warms. Simply amazing.

T- hops, hops, and some more hops. Grapefruit dominates but there's some pine apple and tangerine in there too. Some pine and a grassy herbal veg touch, but to a lesser extent. Malts are there but never steal the show. Brings to mind toasted wheat bread and some light brown sugar. Long semi astringent finish.

M- a step or two about medium in body and even one more step in carb that tingles the tongue aggressively.

D- this one is all about the hops and doesn't leave you short. Not for the faint of heart for sure. I took me some years to enjoy this brew but now I really dig it.

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

Stone Ruination has a well-earned reputation as one of the best DIPA's. Immediately after opening, the beer bursts with hop aroma, notably grapefruit and orange rind. The beer was a tawny amber with a centimeter of foam floating on top of the ale. The beer is fiercely bitter with a lot of West Coast hop flavors, especially putteringly bitter and acidic Cascade hops. The mouthfeel was oily and thick from the hop resins. The malt takes a backseat in this beer and the hops really sing. This is a great beer and highly recommended

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Photo of grittybrews
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy gold into a Duvel tulip with a minimal film of loose head. Sweet caramel aroma with elements of grapefruit and lemon.

Fairly high carbonation and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Burst of cane sugar and grapefruit up front, some passing toasty malts, and a long, dry, tart finish of hoppy citrus, pepper, and pine. Though the initial flavors are well-balanced and very nice, the long finish really dominates. Drinkable and very tasty; the bitterness builds in a very pleasant way as the beer warms.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a very nice strong straw yellow color with some orange hues and a nice haze. There is a .25 inch head that forms that is dense and white. Head recedes pretty quick but leaves some slight sticky lacing.

S - Tons of grapefruit sweetness balanced well with some nice delicious pale malt. The citrus is mostly present though with a slight flowery bouquet. Nice sweetness is present on the back end.

T - Strong orange and grapefruit sweetness comes up first quickly followed by the strong citrus burst. The citrus is not as overwhelming as expected because it is well balanced by some nice sweet and bready pale malt that comes in and out. There is some slight spice and vanilla that is present in this beer way on the back end. This beer is bitter and dry as it finishes very delicious and indicative of a DIPA.

M - Nice medium body with good balanced CO2 and flavors. Great dry feel and citrus tartness.

D - Yummy and refreshing. ABV is not too crazy.

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Photo of brendan13
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy orange with a few centimetres of dense white head that hangs around.
S - Piney, citrus pith & floral hops dominate a slight underlay of bready maltiness.
T - More delicious piney & citrus hops again with a slight touch of bready malt.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with an aggresive bitterness. Medium to high carbonation.
D - A delicious DIPA that I could & would drink more of. Sadly it's not available here (with brewery approval anyway) so my buying will be limited because I want to respect the brewery.
Trying to brew something close to this is my homebrew goal.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a murky yellow at first that settles into a golden yellow as it sits. It starts with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of hop aromas in the form of pine, grapefruit, and slight tropical fruits. This really smells great.

T: The tastes start with a punch in your mouth of bitterness and after your mouth adjusts you can taste grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. They really mean Ruination!

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. The carbonation is good for the style.

D: This is a good DIPA but the bitterness is a bit much for me. I would drink this again but it's one and done for me.

I've heard plenty about this beer and seen it on the shelves for a long time. Glad I finally tried this bad boy out.

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Photo of silentjay
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange with a big off-white froth that sticks around a while and leaves tons of lacing with each sip.

aroma is hoppy greatness. lots of pine and biter citrus with some bready malts showing their support. The hop aroma in this one is epic.

Flavor is exemplary as well. tons of piney and juicy citrus hops blend well. a bit of fresh mint, lemon zest, orange juice, grapefruit juice, and flowers. malt is light, but is of light bread. Hops are the story here, and they are glorious.

a tad bit thin bodied with generous carbonation and tons of syrupy resin left long after the swallow that leaves a bitterness on the palate.

so easy to drink. tasty, refreshing with little alcohol harshness. One of my favorites, its even better fresh on tap.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: light hoppy with a tiny bit of citrus.

T: Light with bright hop taste. Some grapefruit (including a bit of pith) and a touch of bitterness that stays through for a while after a sip.

M: Tight bubbles almost fizzy.

D: Refreshing - good during the summer.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a golden orange with yellow highlights. It has a frothy, white head, about 2 fingers, that dissipates rather quickly. Only a pinstripe head is left on the edge of the glass with average lacing.

S: Not a complex nose. Floral and citrus hops are evident with a malty backbone.

T: This beer has a balance flavor of bitter citrus hops and malts. The initial taste on the palate is sweet, then goes hoppy, and ends with a pleasant bitter finish. An aggreeable aftertaste, the malts create a nice back bone for this beer. However, this beer's flavor can be summarized in one sentence by a friend... "it taste like I'm chewing on an orange peel."

M: A lean texture with a medium body and carbonation.

D: It's a good IPA, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. Not my favorite beer of this style.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Tan orange and amber, golden brown, 1/4 foamy head with some sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit, Hops oils, a little sugar and spice also.

Taste - Strong hops, bitter grapefruit,Hop oils and a little alcohol burn at first sip. After the hop crush hits you, then some sweet fruits and sugars come out to round this amazming beer out.

Mouthfeel - Its a d-ipa for sure. Its bitter and strong, tounge gets the numbed hop effect along with some fruits and sugars, palate gets more hops, and a finish of pine and sweet fruits. Aftertaste is very bitter, dry and piney.

Drinkability - Truely a world class ipa, very hoppy, and the alcohol isnt over the top. You must really enjoy hops to fully understand what this is all about. Still after years of drinking this, i can come back to it and enjoy as much today as yesterday. The price on this is a little much, 14-19$ a six pack, so when i do drink this, i buy a case to counter the overlal price per bottle. Its worth it, top 5 double ipa on the planet, enough said.

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Photo of MysticRuler
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted twice

Truly an IPA with flamboyant flavors that really pop. Behind the initial whiff of floral, citrus bitterness, was a wall of strong malt backbone which held the hoppiness in check. Clearly they were going for a style which would blow your socks off and they sure succeeded. If I had any criticism it is that it lacked a bit of complexity in the hoppiness...the strongest hops seemed to drown out the more floral elements a tad, sort of like an orchestra where the brass overshadows the woodwinds. For a comparable style with more complexity, at least in this man's opinion, try the Green Flash West Coast IPA.

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