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Stone Ruination IPA | Stone Brewing

3,068 Reviews
Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 3,068 | Ratings: 10,813
Photo of ccbrewer138
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-I really like the color on this one. Deep pale with a thin white head of foam, brilliant and can see through if held up to a light.

S- very nice grapefruit and pine aromas, but not too overpowering.

T-this is definatly a hop bomb, very thick on citrus and pine. Nice clean bitterness from hops, balanced by a huge dallop of sweet and toasty malt.

M-sticky, and super heavy in body, but not over carbonated.

D-although I wouldn't drink a whole 6 pack in one sitting, this is top on my list the next time I want a double ipa.

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

The sweet barley is only a vehicle to deliver addictive quantities of hops.
So you had better be a hop lover when you try this beer.

Pours orange copper clear with creamy ivory head.

I am suprized that I can even detect the sweetness of the malt over the obvious bushel of hops per bottle.

Nice mouthfeel. I had hop flavor hanging on 30 minute later.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden hue a bit transparent, a nice foamy off white head at the top that left a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drank this goodness.

S: Great nose on this brew, pine, citrus and slight amount of honey on the back end, very nice and sweet.

T: Taste is almost exactly like the nose, piney, grassy citrusy, all mixed together for a perfect blend of greatness, amazing taste.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky at the tail end, well balanced.

O: This IPA is truly world class, cannot wait to have another!

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

Appearance is a coppery orange with a large white head that leaves tons of lacing behind. The aroma is dominated by hops with hints of grapefruit.

Bold and hopy upfront with grapefruit and pine in the finish. This one is highly carbonated, a bit oily and medium bodied.

Despite its bold character, if you like hops, this one will be gone before you know it. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of changeup45
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a nice sticky head considering the abv. Carmel malts are followed by a strong rush of floral hops. Nice gradual hop bitterness that is tasted long into the aftertaste. Strong hops as expected but also balanced nicely for an IIPA. Excellent! I don't think Stone ever disappoints.

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

Hazy golden peach juice with a not-quite-white 1" sticky froth. Ridiculous citrus aroma: grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, lime. There's a certain doughy sweetness present in the scent, too. Grapefruit rind dominates the first sip. Bitter indeed, but certainly not out of line. More floral citrus nuances emerge as the beer warms. And a definite malt sweetness is apparent as well. Medium body, juicy mouthfeel. Maybe I like the hops a little too much, but my tongue isn't numb at all from this. While Ruination is a hop showcase, I wouldn't claim that it is at all out of balance. In fact, it's quite measured, all things considered. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be so damn easy to drink. Kick-ass bottle art, to boot.

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Photo of Ty1erC
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: it's very clear and yellow-gold in color. there's tons of frothy head that stays around for the duration. thick lacing. awesome.

s: the smell is all hops. tons of grapefruit and pine.

t: again, all hops. it's definitely a blast to the palate. there's also some very subtle maltiness and breadiness.

m: medium-bodied, medium/high carbonation

d: really drinkable. i love it.

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

My everlasting gratitude to Bill for this gifted bottle. As the label faithfully and accurately states: " A liquid poem to the Glory of the Hop." From collectable, screened bottle to tasty, tongue strangling bitter aftertaste hours after drinking, this IPA is a hop lovers Tour de Force - the coup de gras - the Holy Grail - the lead in the pencil - the Wind in the friggin Willows - I go overboard you say? I dont think so. I have almost finished this 22oz. bottle and I am still exploring new flavors exploding in my mouth. The medium + malty body makes its self known at @ 60 deg. F. - dont drink this one too cold please , you will miss so much! Oh yea,... crystal clear, gold amber color, slow trickles of carbonation, dripping strands of lace, inviting yet surprisingly subtle, floral and grassy hop aroma, smooth and oily mouth feel, flavors of warm biscuits, citrus and peppery hop, yadda, yadda, yadda....bottom line is find this beer and drink it! Buy alot of it because you will want more than you will ever have. This stuff is simply awsome. Somehow mantains balance despite outrageous hop rate and flavor. These guys are awfully cocky (and comical) about thier beer ( read a label) but now I know why! They have every reason to be proud.
Postscript: After tasting this on draft at the Stone Launch (12, [email protected]) at The Blind Tiger, I can honestly say it DOES get better than this! Amazing.

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Photo of sessycuban
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking Ruination for several years now, but I haven't bothered to review it. Now is as good a time as ever.

A – The beer pours a rich orange. The beer is highly carbonated, but not so much so that you get excessive head. The lacing is wonderful and the beer retains well. This one is an absolute joy to look at even if you have no intention of drinking it.

S – The beer has an intense citric note. This is the foremost aroma. I’m also getting pine and floral notes. Again, fun to smell even if you have no intention of drinking the beer.

T – Hops. I’ve had my fair share of DIPAs and they all claim to be the hoppiest beer but I’ve yet to find a beer as hoppy as Ruination. Although a hopbomb, it is still easy to identify the malt in the brew. In one word, fantastic.

M – The beer is medium bodied. The high level of carbonation is a plus, as I find many DIPAs to taste a bit flat. This is perfect.

D – This is by far the most aggressive beer I’ve ever had and likely will ever have. This is both good and bad. In some ways, the beer is extremely drinkable. If you’re going to enjoy a DIPA, why not start here? On the other hand, as I said, this is a very aggressive beer, making other Stone offerings look tame in comparison. This, coming from a brewery that has never been reticent to challenge their consumers.

For those who haven’t experienced, it is well time you should.

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

I didn't even get to try this on tap on my trip to San Diego last year, but I managed to hit The Drafting Room while this was available. What a catch! My pint looked great - clear, golden orange with a short white head of fine bubbles, thick solid lacing throughout. Big hoppiness in the aroma, plenty of grapefruit, a bit powdery. Strong bitterness with lots of orange and grapefruit. Also, a solid malt base that gives the balance necessary for a hop-bomb. Citrus is just in-your-face from the beginning until the last bits of the aftertaste - the hops just linger and linger and linger. There's also just a hint of warmth towards the end as well. Very nice. Silky texture with fine carbonation and a medium/light body. Dryness creeps in as well. This is a hop showcase. It's balanced enough to keep things together, but still an aggressive beer. It seemed just a little more mellow on tap than in bottles, but that's really a minor difference.

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

Serving was from a 22 oz. bottle.


On the pour, you get a beautiful golden colored ale, with a nice, thick head. The head dimishes soon, but there remains a fine ring all the way to the bottom. Lacing is quite evident all the way down to the last drop. The nose is wonderful and fantastic, full of hop aromas to sate the most voracious hop head. The first sip will knock your socks off with a hop bitterness that astounds. Mouthfeel is, to my taste, "just right" for an IPA; not too heavy, but definitely not thin. Initially, its almost 'chewy', but then you get rather used to it by the end, and it seems just very smooth. The alcohol content is significant, so this is an ale to respect .. a couple of glasses will make a fine session.

I thought I'd had some of the best IPAs from Victory Brewing: Hop Devil and Hop Wallop. However, truth be told, I would have to rate this IPA slightly higher than either of those. If you are into IPAs and/or are a 'hop head', this is a MUST beer for you.


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Photo of bigchris1313
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Unlike its little brother, this brew pours much closer to orange than a dark gold. A head approximately 3/4-7/8" forms, but that of course depends on how one pours. It's beautiful.

Smell: Hops hops and hops. Also some spices like the IPA, but even more hops.

Taste: Hopheads rejoice, for this beer brings tidings of great hoppiness. This would rate as the hoppiest beer I've had to date, though I have not sampled the 60, 90, or whatever minute IPAs. I love hops and thus, I love this beer. It scores a 5.

Mouthfeel: Like a good IPA, the brew is thicker than lesser beers, yet thinner compared to a porter or stout. When cool, the beer rolls through my mouth like a slow creek, for lack of a better simile.

Drinkabiliity: This is the only field where Stone's regular IPA surpassed the ruination. I could drink this beer nearly all day, but not quite all day. As wonderful as it is, it's just a hair too powerful to drink indefinitely, as it were.

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

Pours a nice murky gold with a one finger head that turns into a crown with heavy lacing.

Hop scent is more floral than fruity, but very nice indeed.

Wow this is good. For the palate breaker this supposedly is, it is very nice tasting and refreshing and well worth it's place in the top 100. Fruity hops are the emphasis with less on the (IMHO) less pleasant casade area.

Mouth is medium with medium carbonation. Works here.

I could drink this all the time. I am thinking more often that West Coast DIPAs kick the asses of those from our end.

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, no dating of any kind, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale copper color. The head formed thick but faded quickly into a layer on top that retained nicely.

Aroma: Lots and lots of hops, mainly floral, very inviting.

Taste: Faint malt character at the beginning, but then the hops take over. Again mainly floral and citrus, not as bitter as one would imagine but the flavor really packs a punch. The finish is all hops, slightly bitter, and hangs around for a while. My taste buds are tingling right now.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth. The carbonation balanced out nicely as well, enough to let you know it's there but not so much that it interferes.

Overall: This beer is a hop-head's dream come true. Leave it for the end of the night, though, as the name "ruination" fits quite well.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention.

S - Very hoppy. Citrus hops, touch of bitter caramel and toasted malts on the finish.

T - Earthy hops, citrus hops, piney hops, just plain hoppiness. Very well put together. Was expecting more bitterness from a 100+ IBU, but still very nice bitterness. What you'd expect from any finely made DIPA.

M - Medium bodied, incredibly smooth yet slightly dry. Just enough dry to remind you this is an DIPA.

D - There's a reason this is top rated. Very drinkable and very well made. This could easily be my go to if SN's Torpedo becomes unavailable. Cheers

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Photo of JohnG190
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold, much lighter than most DIPAs, with a thick bright white head that dissipates slowly to a nice foam cap. Little lacing to speak of. The aroma is subtle, but definitely hints at the hop bomb that will assault the tongue. Lots of sweet tropical fruit and bitter, pithy grapefruit dominate with hints of other citrus and a hint of caramel. On the taste, there is a burst of sweetness followed by a wave of astringent bitterness. Ruination is aptly named, yet quite balanced thanks to the strong malt backbone. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, a well crafted DIPA that truly is a "liquid poem dedicated to hops!"

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

600ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours an orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a small to medium, creamy, fluffy white head. Medium retention and many lacings left

S: Absolutely delicious flowery, citrus, very grassy and piny hops in the nose. What would you expect? Caramel malts and honey to compose...

T: Again, delicious, sligthly sweet upfront. Caramel, sweet malts, honey, pine, pineapple, grass, fruit esters, earth, perfect

M: Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation, very smooth texture and mouth sensation to such IBU and ABV. Pleasant bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable. Excellent Stone quality beer. A liquid poem to the glory of the hop! No more, no less...

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

The color of this beautiful stone brew is a nice pale cloudy gold hue with a nice half inch head of off white foam sitting on the top.

The smell of this one was a piney hop smell with a touch of wood earthiness and some slight alcoholic goodness.

The taste of this one definitely is ruinous to me it starts off with a nice bread like splendor which fades off into a very nicely hopped taste loaded with pine and earthiness. The bitterness never is overbearing, and I was actually not that impressed the first time I tried it but now I stand corrected. This beer has one of the smoothest hop flavors I have ever had and I find it to be perfectly balanced.

The mouthfeel is a dry shot of pine straight to the throat ( but in a pleasant way)

The drinkability of this to me is extremely high and I could see myself drinking 2 or more of these if then opportunity presented itself. The alcohol is really hidden well behind then perfect forest of hop flavor in this IPA.

In conclusion I truly appreciate the flavor of this stone brewing gem and am glad I tried it again. Now I know it is not the beer I thought it was, and that it is actually a truly great brew.

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Photo of Sokool
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Hazy light amber with an inch of off-white head and heavy lacing all the way down. Smells like pine, citrus and...roses (first sniff only). This may be may favorite IPA to date. Wonderfully dry and bitter hop and citrus flavor, backed by a surprisingly solid malty backbone. The mouthfeel was just right, just enough thickness to give it some real substance, but stops well shy of being too syrupy.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, coppery orange into my Smutty Big Beer glass. This brew pours a huge pillowy head that does not want to back down. Aroma is huge with waves of stewed grapefruit boiled down with Pinus Strobus leaving my nose hairs curled a bit with nasal passages wide open waiting for more.

Tastes of overripe grapefruit with a hint of floral essence. This rools into fields of hos, follwed by hills of hops. Carbonation is just enough to ripple across the tongue. The hills are alive with the taste of hops. Finishes bitter and dry, twisting the tongue, with hairs standing on end.

I have had this a million times but it never gets old, I guess that is why sometimes I don't review a beer the first time I drink it - to make sure it is not an anomoly. This is one friggin solid brew - duh! I love you Stone - you were my first love and always will be!

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

22 oz. bottle poured to a bright golden orange hue...lighter than I had anticipated. Smell was strong with oranges and pine. Fluffy head that quickly dissipated to a thin veil. The bitter hops overwhelms with the first sip leaving an aftertaste of grapefruit. Almost a resin mouthfeel that sticks in the back of your throat. This is an aftertaste that is not fleeting. That lovely taste hangs out for quite some time, which is a good thing. Overall, a very tasty hop assault.

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

Rich orange-amber and lighter than expected. The cream colored head is tinted with a hint of lemon yellow and looks like a thick dollop of whipped cream sitting atop the beer. Glass decoration is very nice. There's a copious amount of sticky lace in sheets and rings.

The nose is a wonderous thing to behold, with loads and loads of pungent, floral, fruity, piney hops. The flavor is wall-to-wall hops, but it isn't as abrasive as expected. A tidal wave of hop flavor hits the taste buds instantly and maintains its intensity through the long, bright, hoppy finish. Flavors include grapefruit, lemon, orange and pine in one glorious, sticky, sweet rush.

There's an undercurrent of malt, but it remains in the background where it belongs. Stone Ruination is definitely bitter, but this brewery has a way of making beer with a massive amount of IBUs seem almost sweet and buttery. Which brings me to...

... the mouthfeel, which is all kinds of wonderful. It's full and rich and silky smooth and heavily creamy and perfect. The alcohol is expertly masked, with no hint on the palate, though it does result in a pleasant warming sensation as the beer is swallowed.

I have to hand it to the boys at Stone once again, this is truly a wonderful beer. Both IPA and Ruination are great, but I'll have to give the nod to the little brother. This DIPA is still a treat and will be a 'go to brew' whenever huge amount of hops are required. Which is most of the time.

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Photo of Cunningham26
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a dark blonde haze into an oktoberfest dimply glass, my first unfiltered IPA! a great head that looks a little green! Ok maybe its just the eco friendly fluorescent lights, but hopefully not.
S- Amazing, like the meadow in my dream where a beautiful german beer maid is running towards me, and I towards her, to embrace in the middle.
T- Really great, they did a great job balancing these huge flavors. although a DIPA, it's really well balanced and the bready malt comes through clear with some caramel sweetness and butteriness. i get some of the fruitiness, mostly the high end of citrus, but the combination of that with the malts definitely gives a faint tobacco wisp.
M- really great, does it's job of ruining.
d- For a DIPA, this has probably the best drinkability due to its balance. while i couldn't session, a 22oz bomber isn't hard to get down.

While i loved this, i also love their regular IPA, and don't feel that this is too far above that. Their regular IPA has a great hop profile that is intensified in this brew, but that's not always necessary and for a couple extra bucks i can get a 6 pack of the regular stuff! A great job by the boys in Cali though, I would approach this again, and once again approach with caution.

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Photo of bluesfan1181
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a two finger white head that dissipates slowly. Lacing sticks all the way down in the glass.

S - Pine trees, citrus, powerful hops, and honey.

T - Piny citrus and hops on the front palate. A smooth finish that reminds me of honey and medicinal herbs.

M - Full and Powerful. Mild Carbonation.

Overall - This is one great DIPA. I think it is right there with Hopslam. Bold hop pop that any hophead can appreciate. And IPAs and DIPAs aren't even my favorite style.

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

Aah, the legendary Ruination from Stone. I've been wanting to try this one for a long, long time.

Poured from a bomber style bottle into a pokal.

A - Beautiful orangey amber with a touch of haze. Nice nuggety head that looked as if it intended to maintain itself forever.

S - Wow. Where to begin? This is a massively complex beer. Citrus with floral. Pine with Herbs, and grasses. Woody and sweet. Dusty, with minerals. I think that about covers it.

T - Wow again. There's just so much there. Fruity esters and alcohol. Citrusy with loads of hops. Pine and herbs (rosemary, lavender?) all over the place. Floral and woody, almost sawdusty. Definitely a huge bitter element, but it's all part of the grand scheme. Excellent flavor in this beer.

M - soft and wonderful

D - I could drink a terrifying number of these beers. They could truly be my ruination.

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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 3,068 ratings.
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