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:
No notes at this time.

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 bigfnjoe
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy light yellow with a very thin white head. Head fades quickly, nice lacing.

S- Pretty hoppy...mostly grapefruits, though I'm getting some pine.

T- Very, very hoppy. Theres something I can't put my finger on...almost like an oat characteristic? Its an interesting twist, adds another new level to things

M- Its really heavy for an IPA. Very thick. Its...interesting, thats for sure. Not sure if I enjoy it or not though.

D- I couldn't see myself drinking more than one or two in an evening. Its just so hoppy. I'm not saying its too strong or anything like that...but god, the flavor is overwhelming. Its like an attack on your taste buds

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

How fitting that I have my most hop happy experience on Easter...

I must say that if this beer was a cologne I would wear it just to smell myself. Very clean, citrus/pine smell that never gets old. I treated this beer like a fine wine and inhaled before every sip.

I must say, at first taste, the name and story on the bottle isn't just a marketing gimmick. The chips I was snacking on tasted like cardboard after having this ruin my pallate. The hoppiness is up front smacking you in the face waking you up. Citrus notes in the taste as well.

For the amount of intensity and hoppy bitterness, this beer is relatively easy to drink and I found myself enjoying the bomber faster than I had planned as I felt a bit of the alcohol, which I try to avoid. It does give a bit of a sting on the tongue but nothing uncomfortable and something I expect from a beer of this potency.

This wont be my staple beer as its a bit intense, but this is completely an indulgence beer to anticipate and enjoy from time to time. I cant keep it in the house though because I might find myself sleep walking to get it every night.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an "Arrogant Bastard" pint glass
Honey-gold in color with a nice, eggshell-white head of foam
Aroma-Fresh, aromatic citrussy, piney hops
Taste-Full on piney, citrussy hops, but not overly bitter. Wonderfully balanced with fresh hop and citrus flavor and an underlying hop bitterness that follows you to the finish.
Overall, dynamic, full of flavor and character, Stone Ruination is delicious and verges on the sessionable in its drinkability for being a DIPA.
Hop-heads: Run, don't walk to get this brew if you have never tried it. Get Some!!

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Photo of thatsright
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is light and cloudy when poured, with a little head that doesn't stay around too long.

The smell is fruity, bready, and somewhat floral.

The taste is exceptional, with a substantial amount of hops but not much bittering, only enough to balance out the high ABV and maltiness.

This is an unfiltered beer, with a full mouthfeel, sweet up front and a little dry at the end.

Way too drinkable given the ABV.... one of my favorites

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, slightly hazy, golden color with a thick white head that reluctantly recedes, leaving sticky lace down the glass.

Smell: So sick. Hoppity hops on the nose. Floral, citrus, and earthy hop aromas all combine to create a fantastic smell. The grapefruit citrus aroma seems to be the most prominent. Pale malt sweetness is also present.

Taste: How they squeeze over 100 IBU's into this monster is a secret I cannot unravel. It actually starts off a little bit soft, with some pale malt sugar dripping some sweetness over the strong citrus flavor. Almost immediately, however, the hops establish dominance and do not let go. The different hop flavors - pine, citrus, and floral, all combine to add flavor without becoming overwhelmingly bitter. That is not to say this is not a huge beer. It beat my taste buds into a numbed submission, and I felt the bitter taste in my mouth fifteen minutes after finishing it. The alcohol only appears as a mild reminder of what a strong beer you are drinking toward the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, above average carbonation. Surprisingly smooth.

Drinkability: Numbing your mouth is a double edged sword. Nothing else tastes the same, so you may as well have another Ruination.

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

Stone Ruination pours a pale golden copper, slightly cloudy, with a nice thick white head that leaves copious amounts of lacing as it subsides.

The aroma is full of hop goodness, very citrusy (grapefruit, orange and lemons) and somewhat sweet from the malts.

Sugar sprinkled ripe ruby grapefruit, orange, lemon leap out from the flavor with a strong pale malt backbone backing things up while hanging out in the background. Piney and resinous hop flavors twine around the citrus in equal amounts as well. There is bitterness in plenty but mostly in the finish and is not overpowering. Alcohol is nearly invisible and mostly tasted as a warming on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with nicely done carbonation that combines with the alcohol to tease the palate as a warming tingle.

For a huge beer Ruination is very drinkable, I could easily sit here and down it in gulps when it should probably be sipped. Very nicely done!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to a snifter. Pours a nice orange, great fluffy white head which looks great the whole time. Lots of carbonation bubbles. The snifter I'm using usually is pretty resistant to lacing, but Ruination manages to leave nice webs of it. Near perfect-looking for an IPA. Incredible grapefruit scent bursts through right upon opening the bottle. Citrus and pine hide behind it. Oh, and hops, hops, hops.The smell says "you're about to be assaulted by hops". But alas, the taste isn't quite as hoppy as the nose and labeled 100+ IBU's would hint towards. I have had this a few times before and remember it being a bit more intense. I'm getting a big caramel/biscuit malt taste reminiscent of Stone's regular IPA. Tingly, bitter hops and grapefruit taste as it goes down. Tiny bite from the booze pops up now and then but mostly stays very hidden. A bit boozier in the finish. Mouthfeel is great and creamy, carbonation is perfect. Drinkability is very close to a 4.5, however I chose to give it a 4 mostly because this is very heavy, not sure I'd want to have more than one of these. Also the price is high, if this was a couple bucks cheaper for a 6-pack I'd buy it often. Yes, this does seem a bit like Stone IPA on steroids, but what damn fine steroids those are. Maybe my favorite Double IPA so far, that is, until a certain Elder arrives at my door...

Edit - I liked Ruination more than PtE, lolz.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my Duvel Tulip (Growler from Greens on Piney Grove Columbia, SC)

A - Glowing orange-amber with a big off white head, lots of bubbles run up the side of the glass, above average amount of lacing sticking to the glass

S - Rather mild nose. Strong lemon smell with hints of sweet malt.

T - Piney hops dominant the flavor. A hint of sweetness when it first hits my tongue but that gives way to a lingering piney bitterness.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body

D - Not a real hard one to drink but I'm not the biggest fan of piney DIPA's. I think this one might not taste as good thanks to the growler of Coast's Boy King DIPA that graced my tongue recently.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber color with a nice foamy off-white head. Moderate lacing that sticks well.

S: Disappointing. Very mild! Some sweet hops and citrusy smells. Slightly piney, but all very mild, even as it warms up to room temperature. I've had some realy great DIPA's lately and expect that fragrent Hopslam pine and citrus smell.

T&M: Sturdy medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Some floral and slightly piney hops taste with a bit of malt. Next is the hop bitterness which is piney, citrus rind, and woody flavors. Finishes with that typical coarse bitter hops, semi-dry.

Wow! Hoppy, Hoppy, Hoppy. Excellent.

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

Pours a nice clear amber/gold with a big fluffy white head and great lacing.

Smells like a delicious strong and lemony tea. Floral hops and clean malty scent.

Taste is the same but less lemony. Just like a brisk and delicious iced tea. Floral hops, clean malt, dry hoppy finish.

Medium body, moderate-light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Clean and crisp.
I could have a few of these.

Clean and crisp. Beautiful hop and malt balance not disasterously bitter. Beauty in simplicity.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rerate on 7/6/09. On cask with amarillo hops at Daily Pint, Santa Monica. Absolutely amazing grapefruit, lemon, and orange aroma. Also has a touch of sweet toffee and vanilla. This was a beautiful hazy golden pour, with typical cask frothy head. Very well balanced flavor, then a wonderful dry bitter finish. This is an amazing brew, and the cask only adds to it.

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

[Appearance]: Honey-golden color, slightly hazy, lots of carbonation, nice foamy head, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Strong piney hops, little citrus and floral, some sweet malts.
[Taste]: Piney hops up front, floral, some touch of citrus (grapefruit). Tropical fruit (pineapple like) in the mid-palate. Sweet finish from the malt.
[Mouthfeel]: Very smooth and crisp! Light-medium bodied, pretty carbonation.
[Drinkability]: Very drinkable.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden caramel with a nice white foamy head.

Smells of a citrus and piney hop with an slight underlying sweetness. No alcohol at all.

Tons and tons of citrus hops in the front and a sweeter background than the nose would lead you to believe. Also no alcohol in the taste. This all attributes to a wonderfully balanced yet very bitter DIPA.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation that fully coats the tongue.

Drinkability is great despite the 7.7%, everything comes together pretty nicely with this one.

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

I love me some Stones Brewing beer!

I know I had this beer before I knew what good beer was. My favorite types of beers are IPAs and this one is in my top 5.

Nice strong aroma, very strong hop taste with a hint of fruitiness. I would love to pair this with some type of strong pungent cheese.

After one 22oz bottle you will feel happy!

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Photo of backfat
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow. this is a beast.
pours a hazed amber with a perfect one finger off white head. smells strong and floral. very leafy hops, citrus, stinging alpha acids with a strong tropical fruit backbone. the taste is brash and unforgiving. bitter pine hops explode on the tongue with whispers of faint malt and a spicy/peppery finish. one of the most bitter beers i've tried, and i love it. bold and brilliant. medium body. i could drink a few of these, but it's not a beer that the rest of the room will likely enjoy. stone raising the bar again. help me rhonda...

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

A very nice cloudy gold orange with a medium off white head. A superbly rich hopa aroma just fills you up. It's a preperation for the hop overload the first sip has prepared for you. Hops smack you upside the head and permeate the tongue. But, if you think that's all there is and give up too quickly, you'll miss out. After that wonderful hopshock subsides and your taste buds begin to recover, the complex flavors begin to take shape. A light malt sweetness comes through the bitterness as well as the grapefruit and floral hop flavors start to shine. A smooth mouthfeel, aside from that longer lingering hop bite, sets the stage for everything to dance around on your tongue.

Despite all the hops, or perhaps because of it, this is a smooth very enjoyable beer to drink. It is a fine foil to their otherwise very balanced IPA.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium white head with good retention. Tawny orange in color, but more gamboge when held to the light. Zero carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a decent film with a thick ring. Leaving some immediate lacing. Splotchy film and a ring remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose with a touch of pale malts, but it's all about the huge hop presence of pine and grassy hay. Some citrus and grapefruit notes there too, but it's very heavy on the pine. Massive one-dimensional nose.

TASTE: Huge hop bill. Extremely bitter. There's a hint of pale malts there, but never mind that. Overloaded with piney flavored hops and background notes of citrus and bitter grapefruit. A slight bit of melon and caramel offer a decent attempt at some balance through the middle, but they're soon brushed aside by a monster bitter piney hop aftertaste that's really bold and long lasting. The bitterness just lingers and lingers.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy smooth, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes crisp, with an appropriate amount of dryness on the palate. Solid here.

OVERALL: Ruinous, just like it said. There are a lot of beers out there that claim this or that, but this one lives up to its name and then some. Easily the most bitter beer I've ever had, completely frying my palate, and I couldn't wait for more. Stone said they would ruin me, and they did, and for that, I give my thanks. They should also say that if you'd like your palate returned to you, expect about 6-8 weeks delivery time. Recommended.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is 100% a non-session beer. Don't let the ABV fool you, this is an intense beer with a huge hop profile. Pours a hazy golden brownish yellow with a light white head. The nose is punched full of citrus hops and pine. Beautiful! This beer disperses in your mouth and leaves a film of alpha acid and fresh cut pine. If you were planning on drinking any other beers for the night. Forget about it! This beers hop profile dominates most in not all others so be sure to drink last. Big nose, Huge body, and a ridiculous amount of hops. Great brew.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this tastey drink.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a hint of red. A touch of big bubble head, but quickly leaves the glass.

Nice caramel malty tone in the scent with plenty of lemon and orange essence. I like the citrus smell.

Plenty of malt up front that quickly develops into piney citrus hops. There are essences of orange peel and spruce tree before the malt balances in the back end.

A relatively full beer for a double IPA, but does not overpower the mouth. There is plenty of bitterness but not in an overpowering way.

I could drink several of these with no objection, but it is a little malt heavy for my taste.

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Photo of joeldp144
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a frothy head 1" in my tall pilsner glass. Cloudy appearence (not transparent), but the color is golden line the sun on a summer morning.

S: The cascade hops come through with a strong citrus fragrance. Grapefruit, mandarin oranges, floral, and a hint of pine. Oh, yeah...they went there.

T: Very smooth for an IPA of this magnitude. Had it side by side with the Stone IPA (standard), and I found this one to be far smoother. Very balanced taste. Very hoppy, but the malt and alcohol counter the punch.

M: Crisp. This beer feels like a 5% beer in your mouth, but then your body starts to warm from the alcohol.

D: For me, I could not drink more than one due to the overall "size" of this beer (both hops and alcohol), but it is very balanced.

Overall, this IPA is a great example from Stone, but it greatly surpasses the standard Stone IPA with regard to balance. Regardless of what the label says, it is not that hoppy, so don't be afraid. If you see this beer and are in an IPA mood, I highly recommend it.

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

Pristine, light amber with a yellowish hue. Eighth inch white head that thins out, becoming patchy with a thick ring around the perimeter.
Piney hops and malts are up front on the nose, with the hops dominating. Lemon, orange, and pineapple filling in the rest.
Bitter, piney hops dominate the taste, becoming peppery, with the malts coming in after. Lemon, orange, and some faint pineapple join in on the peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and biting. Medium body--just right for this particular beer.
Good drinkability, considering the ABV. I definitely feel the effects after one bottle, but the unique and exceptional taste of this one makes it very appealing.

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

Bought at Whole Foods (Arroyo Parkway), Pasadena, CA.

Poured a golden color into glass with a one inch head. Bubbles foaming the top. The smell of hops and fruits is noticable. Taste is definitely hoppy with carbonation. Mouthfeel is a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate. Drinkability is very good for an DIPA. Overall, a very good DIPA from Stone. Could drink a couple more if I had some in the fridge.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on tap at Galaxy Hut on 3/12/10.

a - Pours an amber color

s - Smells mostly of piney hops. Maybe a little citrus.

t - Follows the smell. Mostly piney and citrusy hops. Very little bitterness. Maybe hints of sweet fruit.

m - Pretty smooth. medium body with low carbonation.

d - A pretty good DIPA. Nice hoppy smell and taste, will definitely be trying again.

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Photo of keanex
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local Canals while hearing great things about this beer.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber with a thick off white head. Head lasts a while and forms a slight mound. Head sticks to the sides for a while. Lacing will last the whole beer.

Smells rather fruity with a subdued hoppy scent. Maybe banana? Very pleasent.

Taste is hoppy with a fruity after taste, similar to Fruit Loops. It's a mellow IPA, but the hops are present.

Full bodied flavor, this beer holds nothing back.

Drinkable beer, but I wouldn't have more than one a night.

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Photo of mike130
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark yellow colour. Nice head that leaves a bit of lacing and moderate retention. Looks very much like a rich IPA, and the smell confirms this. Hops, hops, hops come out, in a rather piney way, quite dry if anything. Very little malt presence.

The taste was a tad unpleasant at first - expecting something a bit more balanced, but it does taste outstanding. Concentrated hop-bomb made a tad milder by a middling malt presence, but the most prominent flavor here is undoubtedly hops. Quite piney and dry, not at all like the more citrus-y IPA's I've tried before, but nevertheless a most excellent quick.

The carbonation is basically what you'd expect from this sort of brew - it's carbonated enough to make it easy to drink but not so much that it's overly fizzy. Quite thick, with not as much booze as you'd expect from a ~8% brew - there's simply no room for it in the avalanche of hops. Very drinkable for a beer of it's style - not enough balance to truly be an easy drinker, but very enjoyable nevertheless. An excellent brew from Stone, as would be expected.

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