Ruination IPA - Tropical Heat Edition | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feel, feel, feel, feel my HEAT! Back to back world champs! I just had to try this beer at the FW fest, its the East Conference finals every year during that time, and it was just one of the down 3-2 comebacks they had to pull this year (Indiana/San Antonio). Heck yeah I'm gonna throw down some Stone Ruination Tropical Heat.

Usual dark orange pour of Ruination, a thin off white head on the top barely forming a solid wisp across the liquid. Aroma was less hoppy than normal Ruination, but the addition of mango and peppers made for a more fruity and spicy aroma.

Taste wise, the peppers weren't heavy (I had Habenero Sculpin a few hours earlier, now that is a hot beer), they were complimentary, the usual sturdy malt bill for Ruination seemed thinner with the tropical fruit and pepper additions. Leans toward the bitter side of things in the mouthfeel. This is a worthy variation of the normal Ruination. Would like to see bottled.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Most Arrogant Bar Bash at Barleys in Greenville SC.
I made this my last beer of the night, fearing Ruination + Habanero peppers would ruin my ability to taste anything subtle in other brews. No need for special fear here; the peppers have been added in moderation, with enough to alter the flavor and produce a only very mild burn. The mango is also subtle but detectable, and seems to help temper the peppers and, of course, the huge hop load.

O: More flavorful and complex than regular Ruination, yet the regular version is so well crafted I'm not sure which I prefer overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's (from notes 6/21/13)

A: Nice amber bronze with decent lacing.

S: All citrus and spice. Mainly orange notes with just a hint of pine.

T: Nice capsaicin on the aftertaste, that steadily comes through more and more the more you drink it. The spice dominates. Spice and pine. Gets hotter the more you drink too, almost like black pepper. I didn't get too much of the hops, which I know very well from Ruination (got me into craft). The pepper distracts you and covers up a lot of the hop profile. To me the spice is complementary to the hops but in the end dominates due to its nature over the bitterness. I couldn't detect the mango out of the heat.

M: Weird mouthfeel, that is crisp but feel like it has little powder particles in it due to the habanero hotness that is coming through.

O: Don't burp, it releases the heat and brings back dry capsaicin that will make your eyes water and have you reaching for some water. This beer has one of the most pepper forward profiles out of other similar beers with peppers in them. It is interesting and great, but doesn't taste too much like Ruination. It is there but has been taken over by the HEAT WAVE.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mini-growler fill picked up tonight at Bier Thirty... Thanks Chris and Derek for making it happen.

Pours a clear darker golden with a nice long lasting head and good lacing.

The nose is the expected strong pithy citrus and piney hoppiness.. Some fruitiness that I guess comes from the mango.. there is certainly something in the aroma that hints of the heat to come.

Flavor does not seem as bitter as the traditional Ruination.. A light fruitiness is present that isn't in the standard beer... Not as spicy as I was expecting, but the head does grow and keep building and burns not only on the palate, but on the lips, throat and on down to the belly.

Whew... 32oz of this are going to be fun.. but morning might be a nightmare.

Super stoked I got a chance to try this.


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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Ruination IPA - Tropical Heat Edition from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 89 ratings