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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Photo of bosox941827
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served (quite cold) from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass....will taste it as it warms.

Is it weird to almost be *afraid* of a beer before trying it? I consider myself to be a dyed-in-the-wool hophead, but I am somewhat anxious before my first taste of this one...some of the reviews reassure me, but others, including the one directly below mine, add to that anxiety. In any case, here goes...

A - Orange-y,-amber, a bit of a chill haze, with not much of a head; what there is dissipates quickly - "soap" and oil, you know?
S - WOW! What do you expect? Piney, citrusy, SOAPY hops. Gotta say - and still haven't tasted it - it's one of the best beers I've ever smelled - just fantastic....
T - So, still quite cold, but the fact that some malt punches thru the 100 IBUs is amazing - but it does. Of course, what is most obvious are the hops - they're everywhere, but this is a quite drinkable beer, even at 7.7% ABV (which you can't taste at all - 22 oz of this will be fun!). What was I afraid of? Goes like this: hops at the front, transition to slightly sweet w/roasted malt character, which lingers as it goes back to hops.
M - Slightly carbonated and fairly smooth...this will cut through any food you want to throw at it, guaranteed.
D - Surprisingly drinkable, but as I said - the hoppier the better for me.

Gotta say - I thought this was a "show-off" beer - 100 IBUs!! But it is also a "real" beer that, though not for the faint of heart, is also quite good. Will *definitely* get this again.

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Photo of Kelp
1.91/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a a golden orange color with a nice white head a finger high. Dissipates slowly and ok lacing to the beer.

Smells of piney hops. Then you get the cirtusy smells and a slight finish of hops.

I feel like I am drinking Pine-sol and bitters. All i can get is a strong pine flavor followed by a disgusting bitter flavor. Then grapefruit on my tongue that I just can't get rid of. This is one of the few times I poured the last of my beer down the drain. It is vile to me, unfortunately i just cant go from pine to bitter to grapefruit. This just isn't my type of brew.

Has an oil and water feel in my mouth. The bitterness that follows takes away any thought after that.

I would never buy this. I probably will never try a fourth time. I have tried to drink this beer a few times as my palate has progressed and each time is as bad to me as it was before. This beer is just not for me.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light copper/amber colored ale w/ 2 fingers of off white creamy head that leaves decent lacing

S: Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops.

T: Rich citrus and pine hop combination that dominate the flavor of this brew. This beer features a slightly buttery malt, yet clean finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Creamy carbonation that mixes the hop flavors and transitions nicely into the clean malt finish.

D: Very good drinkability.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm suprised I never sat down and reviewd this one before. Poured from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Golden in color, very slight haze with a thick white head that slowly settles. Carbonation is fine, and lacing is good as well.

S: Smells like the west coast. Citrusy, with hints of pine and floral meadow, with a nice malty, caramel-like backbone.

T: Like the smell, but backwards. The sweet caramel notes from the malt are present, but soon engulfed with a torrent of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, and flowers. Finish is dry, and sweet at the same time, and dances around the palate for some time.

M: Medium-bodied, and viscous. The amount of malt and resinous hops coat the palate and mingle quite nicely.

D: One of the most consumable beers of this style I have ever tasted. If it were a little less expensive, I could drink this beer every day.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber, but this is the first glass from a bomber so I might see some haze on the next glass. The head is large, sticky and eggshell white. It leaves lacing all over the place and has good retention.

S- Strong bouquet of citrusy and piney hop oils. There is a biscuity and toasty malt bill underneath to give this a pretty nice and complex nose.

T- Sweet then bitter then sweet then bitter. Back and forth it goes. It starts very candy-like citrusy sweet, then it breaks to a very very piney hop presence and finishes a bit toasty. The end result is lots of hop oils leaving a bitter aftertaste. There is a strange sappy taste towards the finish that is somewhat off putting.

M- Soft, smooth and refreshing. Average carbonation.

D- Barely noticeable abv and a nice crisp and refreshing brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange translucent with receding white foam. Leaves some islands of foam floating in the top.

Grassy pine smell, some malt.

Firm hop taste that builds over time. Bitter throughout and lasting long into the aftertaste. Grapefruit notes.

Very powerful in the mouthfeel. I'm no hop head, but this was much mellower than I would have expected - it wasn't mellow by any means, but didn't kick my ass.

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

Picked up a super fresh bottle from Bert's tonight after the stone tasting.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden bordering on copper color with good two finger tightly bubbled white head that recedes slowly lacing my entire glass. Smells of pine and resinin mostly. Caramel brown sugar and a touch of alcohol deep within the aroma. Taste is pine and herbal and bitter. Barely enough caramel malt to soften the bitter blow from the hops. Finishes with a long lingering hop blast and a bit of warming alcohol. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and level of carbonation. I've had this many times and just got around to reviewing it now. This is a great go to beer when I need a blast of hops.

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

Bottled on January 7th, 2010. This is one of several Stone brews that sparked my interest in craft beer, so I figured it's time for a review.

A- Ruination IPA pours a clear dark-gold color with an off-white head of sticky foam that has great retention, displaying some nice webs of lacing all along the inside of the glass. The head settles to a thick cap that sticks around for the duration of my review.

S- Tons of piney, floral hop aromas that are crisp and clean rather than sticky and resinous. There's a hearty base of cracker-like malts present and the aroma has a spicy character to it that resembles lager yeast.

T- The flavors of this beer come in waves: A deeply piney bitterness leads to a slightly herbal character that hits right before the malts kick in to even things out-- sort of. The malt backing tastes similar to grainy bread and provides a nice balance to the flavor before being overtaken by a deliciously bitter and fairly dry finish that lays on the palate for about a minute after each sip. Again, there's a lagerish quality to the yeast (or maybe it's pilsner malt) that gives the flavor a grassy and spicy note that reminds me of Victory's Hop Wallop.

M- A very full-bodied and lightly oily feel with a satisfying amount of carbonation that provides the right amount of pop to the beer.

D- This is closer to a single IPA given the 7.7% ABV, but the flavor and aroma are packed with hops. A great IPA from Stone Brewing Co.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into standard pint.

A- Pours a very transparent golden straw color with about a finger and half's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and a little bit of lacing.

S- A strong scent of citrusy hops with a good bit of piney resin. You can also pick up a little bit of the sweet malt in the background and maybe even some white bread.

T- Good piney hops. You can detect a hint of the sweet malt at the tail end to go along with some breadiness from the yeast.

M- A medium bodied brew that has a pretty good bite to it, pretty standard for the style. The carbonation is good and takes away from the bite just a tad.

D- Like it says on the bottle, this will pretty much ruin your palate after one of these and I think that is pretty much spot on. A good beer to sip on but don't expect to have much else after words.

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

Reviewed form my notes. This beer is nearly translucent with a dark straw color. It has a thick white foam head. The aroma is full of great earth hops. It smells like there may be some yeast aromas present, but it's just as likely I'm just smelling the complex hops and confusing the two. A bit of sweetness appears initially when you taste. This is followed by hearty, grassy hops. The beer finishes with a very bitter hop flavor. Is there a better tasting DIPA out there? Possibly, but I haven't had it. The body feels a bit heavier than what I call medium. There is a lot of tickling carbonation and decent mouthcoating. This is a very hoppy, strong beer. It's hard to drink a lot of these in a row, but individually it goes down very well. Plus, DIPA's aren't meant for chugging, but savoring.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before tomorrow's date printed on the label. Close call here.

Poured a brilliant pale color with slight haze into my shaped pint. The head is just a solid cap of foam with good lacing.

The aroma is of course hoppy, but I'm guessing it would be stronger a few months earlier. It has some good tropical fruit notes as well as some apricot, but it could use more strength. Maybe I'm desensitized after trying the double dry hopped version of this beer. Crackery bread scent from the malt also combines with a touch of the presence of alcohol.

The taste is as bitter as can be with a huge finish. There are some good light citrus notes that come through from the hops but they are a bit to delicate to stand up to the bitter finish. Some of the crackery malt and alcohol combo comes back again. The mouthfeel is full as you would expect from a beer this big, but finishes very dry with a cringing bitterness. Carbonation is right where you want it, lightening the beer a bit while carrying the aromas.

This was an enjoyable beer. The alcohol wasn't too strong, but it carried a good buzz factor. I loved the story on the bottle, it really sums up why we love hops. Thanks for the date code, I wouldn't buy this beer without it. +.5 on drinkability score for that info.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Enjoy by 11/09/09 barely visible at the base of the bottle (guess it's past its prime). Poured a slightly hazy orange-gold with a frothy, bright white half inch head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim of a cap, with delicate strands of lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Nicely balanced nose - some sweet citrus and some aromatic bittering hops. Taste consistent with nose - hops character seems a bit diminished; however, its still pretty tasty. Finish is slightly medicinal and lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation level and some acidity that stimulates the cheeks. Pretty solid IPA - I'll have to re-evaluate on a fresh bottle; however, the fact that this has stood up so well past its expiration date is a testament to the quality of the brew.

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

Appearance: Crystal clear. Off white head. low lacing. Golden colored.

Smell: Grassy hop aromas. No malt aromas. This is very nice.

Taste: Tastes as it smells. Grassy hops. slight harshness, but nothing like their other IPA offerings. Excellent balance to the style. Malt is a bit wheaty flavored, which I like.

Mouthfeel: slightly astringent. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA with excellent hop and malt flavors. One of the best out there.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, served chilled. No "best by" date.

Smell: Intense hops as the name suggests. Mostly grapefruit and pine and some citrus peel. Malts so come through though.

Taste: Starts delightful with oily, piney hops and some malt to balance it out. While the first few sips seem coarsely, overbitter, the bitterness becomes less and less during the course of drinking the beer and it turns into an incredibly delicious, but intense, well balanced beer. Quite oily, not so subtle alcohol, citrus peel and pine blend with , though the finish remains bitter. Viscous mouthfeel.

Notes: An excellent double IPA.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th review, woo-hoo! Went out to McGregor's tonight and this seemed like a fitting beer for the occasion.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a bout a finger of creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A nice floral aroma mixed with what I can tell are going to be aggressive hops. Grapefruit and pine can also be identified.

T: Sweet tropical fruits blend quickly into a devastatingly sharp dose of hops. The finish is pretty bitter, but somehow not unpleasant. Great complexity and balance is achieved here between the bitter and sweet fruitiness. Very nice!

M: A light to medium body that provides a sharp bite of carbonation in the finish. Pretty crisp and refreshing overall.

D: One hell of a DIPA. It's not quite Pliney, but it's pretty damn close. I think Ruination on draft might be better than Pliney in the bottle by just a hair. Overall another great beer from Stone, perhaps my favorite one. A brew worthy of my 100th review.

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Photo of abrand
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Store on back of label and statement that this packs more than 100 IBU's.

The Ruination pours an opaque copper color with lots of carbonation and haziness to the pour. Nice frothy head with plenty of lacing. Smells of citrus, pine, and hops. Aroma's are not overpowering in any way but very pleasant. Taste is surprisingly smooth and crisp. I was expecting the bitterness to be overpowering the other flavors, but this isn't the case at all. The taste is mostly sweet citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied. Although this beer will not "ruin" my palate like the label depicts, regardless it is a tasty beer. One of the more sessionable IPA's in my opinion with the taste being great and the middle of the road ABV not noticeable in the quaff. Overall, great beer from Stone.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks spectacular. A hazy, almost opaque, gold. Big white billowy head that stays around for a while, and turns into a thin white film. Plenty of lacing is left behind while drinking.

S: Wow, hops. Hoppy. Citrus too.

T: Wow, hops, as the nose would leave on. Big pine taste up front. A citrus bitter bite at the end. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms up and gets more complex.

M: Pretty good. About a medium body, pretty high carbonation.

D: Great. It's a pleasure to drink. Almost 8% ABV, not crazy high, but does not taste boozy.

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

22 oz Bomber with enjoy by date on bottle. cost me $7

Appearence - Amazing sunset orange while being unfiltered it glows with hop joy.

Smell - This beer smells like no other the nose on this beer to me is like grapefruit and pine but ripe smells fresh.

Taste - This beer is amazing being a hophead this beer makes me roll around with joy you will not find beer like this very often so its a treat every once in a while.

Mouthfeel - I think my bottle was a little older because the carbonation is a little on the low side, still with less carbonation you can really get a better sence of what the beer tastes like.

Drinkability - This brew is strong be careful you will quite literally Ruin yourself.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another CA beer while I'm in the state. I sure do love all these hops... No bottled date here. I'm not taking points for this, but it's annoying. The bottle was purchased cold, but who knows where it's been?

A - Soapy two finger head on a light amber body. Very little lacing.

S - Very malty. (Just kidding.) Intense pine and citrus hops are filling the room. More sharp pine than sweet citrus.

T & M - I'm actually finding this very approachable and balanced for what it is. It's definitely hop-forward, but not in an in-your-face way. Light body, medium carbonation, and fairly well hidden ABV make this an enjoyably refreshing beer. Although, I'm now noticing my lips are numb from the hops...

D - I was expecting this to be much lower. Maybe I've spent too much time in California... This is good and I want more.

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Photo of Luk13
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Clear gold pour with some white head. Lots of very hoppy aromas, the usual pine and grapefruit all-american nose. Taste is very much the same pine-sol and alcohol. Very complex but also hard to drink. A nice interlude in an otherwise all belgian night.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a nice amount of head and good lacing.

It smells like you just shoved a hop cone up your nose. Beautiful, bitter, bold, delicious smell. If they had air fresheners with this smell I would buy a case.

Wonderful piney hop bitterness with this beer. The bitterness attacks your mouth and hangs around for a good while.

Could I sit and drink a few of these? Probably not a lot, but is that a bad thing? Hell no.

A strong score for a strong beer. Stone never ceases to amaze me.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one that 3rdRowTailgater brought over to taste. This one pours a clear deep gold color. Great head with good retention and lacing. Attractive but not exceptional.

Ridiculous smell to it, my friend here says "it's like shoving a hop cone up your nose." and I agree. Just what an IPA should smell like.

The taste is hop bitterness up fronts with pine flavors. The bitterness lingers magnificently over a slight malty aftertaste. I love the thicker body to this one, it's like you can chew through the hops to get to that slight malt flavor underneath.

One of the better IIPAs I've had and as always from Stone, a winner.

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

Medium amber with a thick, one finger's worth of head; good lacing.

Grapefruit and pine intermixed among a web of floral hop aroma. Very fresh smelling and definitely elicits a salivary response.

Intense pine with a deep, resinous bitterness that takes your taste buds for a ride and doesn't drive the speed limit. Sweet biscuit malt, very light caramel, some acidic character but undeniably delicious. Harsh and palate scraping but in the best way possible.

Light/thin mouthfeel that is all encompassing and very well carbonated. While undoubtedly an assertive beer, hop heads will keep asking for more!

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

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a single finger pearly white head that quickly dissipated leaving small amounts of lace behind. The body is a golden yellow color with amber hues...crystal clear.

Lots of hops come through in the nose. Other aromas are citrus, pine and malts.

The taste is similar to the nose...hops up front that pretty much continue throughout. You can pick up a little of the malts in the middle before the second wave of hops finish.

Mouth feel is light and pretty thin, slightly astringent with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and a great example of the style.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear pale orange color with a cap of thick white-ish foam that retained well throughout the drink, leaving behind a thin but present lacing effect.

The smell is all hops, pine and grapefruit; with an underlying sweet bready malt and yeast notes.

This has a very dry impact on the palate, the hop combination is powerful like a punch to the nose. The dryness is a bit much for me, I would have liked to taste a more balanced malt impact in the brew; the bread my nose was picking up either pulled a disappearing act or was overpowered by the aggressive hops. Not my favorite DIPA, but by no means a poor beer. I much prefer some 90 minute from Dogfish Head.

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