Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

10,845 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 Schmaltzy
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice hazy golden color with orange hues and 1 finger head that leaves light lacing.

S- Hops, Hops, Hops. Nice citrus and pine hops front and center with a slight sweet maltiness on the backend, definate west coast Imperial IPA.

T- Nice light caramel malt with the 100+IBU's kicking in quickly to add tons of hops and bitterness. Loads of pine and light citrus hops dominate the taste buds.

M- Good medium body with ample carbonation that cleanses the tounge and with 100 IBU's it is definately a West Coast IPA....

D- I finished a six pack within several hours with no hesitations, but I am a HOPHEAD and at less than 8% this is definately drinkable for those who love hops.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Pours a hazy straw color, with a slight twinge of orange. Provides a small white head that ends up as a small film. Very spotty lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops hit the palate right away. There is a small amount of bready malt in there. Very nice aroma.

T: Hops hops and more hops. Lots and lots of pine hops, with just a tad, of bready malt.

M: Leaves a bitter taste on the palate. The beer boasts about 100+ IBUs and it certainly does taste that way.

D: For me, I can drink multiple in a sitting despite the higher ABV. One of my favorites.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a white head. Little carbonation.
Smell was a mild grapefruit aroma with hops in the background.
Taste is citrus with a hop finish and a touch of alcohol at the end.
The mouth fell was of a medium body.
Definitely drinkable. Another good brew from Stone.

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Photo of originalsin
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top off this growler, eagerly anticipating that loud, intense "pop" but it seemed far more toned down than usual. The pour yielded a fat pillowy head nonetheless.
Smell is heavily of grapefruit - it's very very hoppy. This brew smells like a double ipa, I can't help but think that. A lot of hoppy goodness on the nose...
Taste follows suit - there's a big hop presence here, and a good deal of it presents itself as the mildly bitter taste of grapefruit.
There's also a strong malty backbone to this beer though.
The beer is medium bodied but still it's an easy drinking beer. Always has been a favorite of mine. I wish I'd opened this growler a bit sooner (waited a good month....) but still, it's perfect. I love Stone, and I love Ruination.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into Stone I.R.S. tulip. Pours golden-orange with two fingers of fluffy head. The aroma is a very pleasant blend of orange, apricot, lemon, a bit of pine and piles of hops. The taste is dominated by the citrus flavors with a bitter hoppy finish. The 100+ IBUs stay at bay for much of the experience, and the mouthfeel is oily and memorable. It doesn't get much better than this.

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

A - Hazy gold, short white head, low carbonation.

S - Earthy and floral hop aroma that accentuates the sweetness from the malt that comes through.

T - Hop blast, but it is the immense hop flavors that hit you first. Lots of citrus, with some grapefruit sweet and bitter flavors. A nice pungent flavor to counter the citrus. Finishes with a bitterness level that is high but countered nicely with warming effects of the alcohol.

M - Light to medium body even for a bit beer, would appreciate a touch more carbonation to help clean up the palate after a sip (would also help keep the meager head around longer).

D - Extremely bold with tons of flavor, but manages to pull it off by countering the extreme bitterness with tons of flavor, aroma, and alcohol.

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Photo of CONOR8832
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber with a touch of honey, a little cloudy, overall make a good looking pour, nice froathy head, good lacing as you drink.

S - Exceptional smell, earthy, citrusy, very hoppy, touch of pine.

T - Good stong bitterness, explosion of hoppy flavor with an added milded sweetness after it sits in your mouth. Once you swallow it leaves your mouth craving and urging you to take another sip.

M - Not to heavy, not too light, very medium bodied, leaves a unique coating on the mouth that entices you to drink more.

D - Definatley one of my favorites, very easy to drink a couple of these a day if I could. Highly recomend for any hophead, Stone hits a home run with this one.

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Photo of joeland
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance- a copper haxey color, with very little head to srart that fades quick.

smell- a leasing hop aroma that is not over powering at all

taste- the perfect amount of bitterness i would expect. Does not leave a bad bitter taste in my mouth. Also got a noticable malt taste in there.

mouthfeel- a creamy mouthfeel

drinkability- this is a sipping beer for sure.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper color with white head that disappeared quickly

Smell - very hoppy smell with some floral aroma

Taste/Mouthfeel - very hoppy but leaves your mouth watery just looking for more.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, can i have another?

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Photo of ridglens
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a portsmouth snifter, poured a thick, dark orange. hazy beer. a thin island of head sticks around, a little lacing on the glass. smells first of great fresh hoppy goodness, like fresh greapfruit. there is also a definite woody malt profile, though it'n definitely not center stage. taste is of course bitter, with a touch of malty goodness that smooths it out. just a great beer, tastes truly amazing. the mouthfeel is a good level of thickness, but i guess the one thing this beer is not made for was long sessions. the hops are good, but the lasting bitter gets just a little harsh/tiring at the end of the glass. not a bad thing, just a thing!

great beverage, had it along side a sculpin and a PTE, and place this ahead of the sculpin.

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Photo of thatsfine
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a pint glass.

This is a dark, cloudy gold color. A thick one finger head that stays for most of the glass but is just about gone by the last sip. Nice rings of lacing the whole way down.

Definitely hoppy. That goes without saying. But I am picking up a little more sweetness and a tiny bit of smoke. Very cool.

A pretty large amount of hops right away, but the malts are well-balanced so it's not brutal. The tiny bit of sweetness balances the hops nicely. The back end is a little smoky and has a nice bitter aftertaste. Very delicious.

The way it felt was nothing spectacular. What it should feel like. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Creamy feeling.

One pint was perfect. I would finish a bomber, but that much of this beer might be a little much. But refreshing for the style. Another awesome beer by Stone. They have never let me down.

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Photo of GottBier
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey and smoky - a beautiful sight. A lovely, rich, long-lasting head. It gives you a sense of security - "this beer's for real"

Smell: Complex - banana, rye bread, and indefinable aromas.

Taste: Almost too much going on. Everything from citrus to banana, followed by a sharp, hoppy bitterness. After that, an almost woody depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and thick. Like liquid velvet.

Drinkability - One bottle is just right. How many times do you want to listen to a very intense, complex Chopin Etude?
This will take some getting used to for this beer advocate. There's a sort of hybrid confusion going on, a battle between a smooth, thick mouthfeel and a malty sensation on the one hand, and a bitter IPA hoppy citrusy punch on the other. Leaves you wondering. A postmodern beer?

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very appetizing shade of peach. Honey highlights and a foamy, pockmarked head finish out the appearance. Would like to see a bit more staying power from the head.

Aroma is a pure blast of fresh mango, with that fruit's distinct juicy/pine combination in full force. A whisper of guava, and just a touch of fermented, cool alcohol fill out the nose. Remarkably fresh.

Taste presents a full range of flavors, starting sweet with notes of ripe pineapple and orange zest, flavors soon cut off by a bitter lash of resinous, tar-like hops. On the swallow, the true depth of this beer's bitterness rises to the surface, manifesting itself in a slightly burnt, acrid dryness that lingers on the tongue. Like an uneventful flight that ends in an emergency landing, this beer presents every dimension of the hop, for better and for worse.

Mouthfeel is just right, with lively carbonation that never gets too aggressive.

Drinkability is decent; a dedicated drinker could put away an entire bomber, but this 12 oz. bottle is fine for me. Even with such a strong alcohol content, this beer remains light on its feet.

All in all, a great brew -- a pure, uncut, blissful rush for the dedicated hop head. Consider it welcome in my fridge anytime.

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Photo of californiakulak
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Augustiner liter glass.

A. This beer is lighter than I remember. Dark golden color. Huge fluffy head that lingers for a long time.

S. Thick overpowering hop aroma. Strong pine and citrus notes.

T. Good beer. Overwhelming hop flavor. Citrus again with some malt flavors.

M. Very bitter. Almost painful in fact. Medium body with good carbonation. The only thing that stands out though is the intense bitterness.

D. Not very drinkable. I can enjoy one than I am through.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
Big ol'fluffy head on top of a red-orange sunburst color brew. Lacing and retention is excellent. Smell is a beautiful assault on the nostrils. Floral and perfumy aroma hops are abundant. First sip reveals an intense floral and earthy hop flavour. Warm alcohol and a very dry and bitter finish follow. There is alot to take in. Pretty drinkable considering the crowded palate and the level of bitterness. Although I prefer Stone's IPA, this is certainly a worthy brew.

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Photo of Mancer
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a gold color with a two finger high off-white head. The head slowly dissipated throught out the life of the beer. Thick lacing coated the glass. The initial smell of the beer was citrus hops with light a malt backbone. The initial taste of the beer was the citrus and grapefruit flavor of the hops. This progressed to a slight malty sweetness and finished with a lingering hop character and dryness. The beer had a medium body with medium carbonation.

I've had this beer several times now and can't believe that I never reviewed it. I find that I am repeatedly blown away by the quality of the beers from Stone. This is no exception, Ruination is an excellent example of what an American DIPA should be. When I satiate for a dry kick and tons of citrus, this is the beer that I pick up. I highly recommend this to any IPA or DIPA lover out there.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone Imperial Pint glass.

A: Light copper hued body that supported a massive off-white head and thick coat of viscous lacing.

S: Tons of bitter hop aroma and less floral and estery like characteristics. The malt body comes later in the smell, providing ample amounts of sweetness that help counter act the surplus of hops.

T: A definite palate wrecker, this DIPA immediately coats the back of your tongue unlike any other IPA I've had in recent memory. Good and bad at the same time, the malt has just enough sweetness to balance this beautiful example of a "West Coast Hop Bomb".

M: Not overly dry, but it's definitely a signature characteristic of Stone Ruination. The carbonation also helps amplify the hop bitterness...which I vastly enjoy in this case.

D: Even with it's sometimes over-the-top hop bite, this beer is quite drinkable.

Overall: A perfect example of an SD DIPA. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into sniffer.

A: Pours a hazy honey gold with about a finger of cream colored head the dissipated quickly into a thin film and collar around the glass.
S: Resiny sticky hop notes. Very floral, grassy, and perfumey. Sweet malt and a little bit of bread shine through the hops.
T: Follows the nose with floral and piney hops balanced by sweet toasted malt. Finish is full of citrus rind, grapefruit and honey. Bitterness is crisp and lingers in the aftertaste along with some sweet fruity flavors. Slight viscous alcohol feel in the finish as well.
M: Very flavorful with a good hop punch that is fairly balanced by the sweet malt. Medium body with even and soft carbonation all the way through.
D: Very well rounded. Loads of hop flavor but not as bitter as one would think. What a DIPA should taste like.

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Photo of 404UGA
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive gold color. Hoppy but not excessively so, still flavorful. Extremely drinkable beer for the type. Very smooth. Could have easily had a couple more. Not really what I expected, but still certainly one of the better IPAs I've had. Will not be my last Ruination IPA.

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3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 9 oz snifter for $5.50.

A: Less than a finger of creamy foamy off-white head with a yellow orange tinge. The body is an apricot orange with very respectable clarity. The head doesn't last long, but the lace begins to lay down nicely as a mix between sheets and holes. The lacing doesn't continue after the head depreciates, I'm left with a thin film and steady collar.

S: The nose is tropical, mostly clementine and peach but not as invested as the stand out examples of the style. Malts are noticeable, white bread and biscuity.

T: Nothing further develops from the nose to the palate. Flavorwise, Ruination epitomizes the perfectly average DIPA.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty impressive as Stone's tend to be. More than adequate carbonation, semi-fizzy and prickling. Bitterness is appropriate. The finish is dry and the flavor resonates for a respectable amount of time.

D: Drinkability is above average but nothing too special in Stone's Ruination. More often than not, I pass on this one. There are simply too many great DIPAs available to make this a real contender.

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Photo of BigBen61
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer that will make any self proclaimed "hophead" think twice before opening his trap again! During the earlier parts of my experience with beer I found out quickly that IPA's and Imperial IPA's were some of my favorite beers. That being said, this beer hits a strange spot for me in my beer journey. Almost anyone who has tried this beer will tell you the name is no joke, and after a few sips almost any other beer will taste like carbonated water (well maybe not but you get the idea). It will in fact "ruin" your palate (at least for a short amount of time). Onto the review...

The appearance was magnificent holding a good two fingers of pearly white head and with a much deeper golden color than I would have expected. The nose was by far my favorite part of this beer. There was no end to the hop aromas, which ranged from sweet and citrus like to darker wood and pine tar aromas. The nose was also an accurate indicator of the bitterness of this beer and after sip one...OMG! If you don't like your beers much more bitter than than an average pale ale, then stay the hell away. If however you enjoy having an alpha acid onslaught murder your palate look no further. The beer started off with a wonderful complex maltiness, followed by mouth puckering bitterness and citrus hoppiness in the midpalate, and a nearly choking slam of pine tar hoppiness on the finish that could literally last for minute after minute following every sip.

My only qualm with this beer is the drinkability. While I love the bitterness of hops, this one is so over the top that I found my 22 oz. bomber to be broken down into three segments. The first 10 to 12 ounces were as wonderful and exciting as any beer I've ever had. The next few ounces began to wear my palate down, and by the end of the bottle I had to choke down the dregs. That being said it's one of the most intense beer experiences you can find anywhere!

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

A- Surprisingly light in color with a decent head that leaves some nice lacing. Quite hazy. Not the beers strongest point but there are other far more important parts that the appearence.

S-Smells of pine and citus come out to play. I even get some pineapple which is always a treat. This beer is incredibly aromatic. I think this is the smell that made me fall in love with IPA/DIPAs.

T- Bitter as anything I've laid lip to. I love it. Menacingly hoppy. Bitter piney hops take charge. Also get some nice citrusy flavors in there too.

M-Good amount of carbonation. Dry and delicious. The tiny alcohol sting only adds to the awesome tongue beating.

D-Quite drinkable for a 7.7%. Still remains somewhat light which adds to its drinkability. For the power behind this beer, it is unbelievably drinkable.

Maybe the first beer that got me into craft. Have tried it many times since I have started with my beer hobby; still holds up just as good as any other brew. A legend in my mind.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured hazy to the point of opaque from a 12 oz. bottle into my beer mug the color of wheat. Minimal head (though the pour was unintentionally smooth) but the effect this beer has in the light of holding a straw-yellow outside with a tan core is quite pretty.

The nose is greatly hoppy, with large floral notes and a touch of citrus. A wee bit of sweet fruit under all of the hops can be detected.

The taste hits you immediately: hops, hops, hopes, with a clean grapefruit flavor on the swallow. This beer's hoppiness can best be described as a fine balance between bitter and floral with a sticky-dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is large and expanding, with a nice clean finish that leaves your mouth parched and looking for more.

This beer lives up to its title, as it "ruins your palate" upon the first sip. That, to a serious hop-head, is a compliment.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like gold into the glass, nice tight foamy head that leaves behind great lacing.

S - All the hops and more that I want from an IPA, nice floral notes, orange, pineapple, and pine.

T - Hops and pine so good, filled with the fruit flavor of juicy pineapple and a bit of orange. The bitter aspect of this beer perfectly accompanies the rest as it all mellows in your mouth waiting for the next sip.

M - Very smooth and creamy, coats the mouth and throat with the smallest alcohol burn that adds another sensation to the beer.

D - This beer is balanced, full of flavor and hops and is oh so good! Even though it is up there is ABV it's not too high so you can enjoy a few without a problem!

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Photo of bmwats
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep dark golden hue. Poured about a 3 finger, frothy, white head. Deteriorated quite slowly and decrepit-ly, leaving giant peaks and valleys and craters as it did. Thick pockets of lacing stick to the sides of the glass as it does. More pockets of lacing accumulate as you drink it down.

S: Hops and pine. A little bittersweet chocolate, citrus, and some woodiness.

T: Very hoppy. Nice and bitter. Has a nice thick and full flavor. Piny with just the slightest hint of sweetness.

M: Dry and hoppy.... what else can I say. The hops 'assault' the palette and hang around for the entire experience.

D: Well... the harsh hoppiness of this brew will limit your drinking velocity. Sip and enjoy the hoppy goodness.

Atmosphere is very nice. Great regal appearance, and a full floral nose. Flavor is not complex, but pure in its intent. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 10,845 ratings.
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