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Stone Ruination IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3712   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Please note that the Ruination produced in Europe is the Ruination Double IPA 2.0
So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate. 100+ IBUs. Bracingly bitter. Thick, pungent hop aroma. We would say that no hops were injured in the brewing of this beer, but that would be a massive lie. In fact, the words "Stone Ruination IPA" are what older hop vines use to cause little hop vines to quiver with fright and lose sleep at night . We at Stone honor the brutal massacre of countless hops with this "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Paganism at its best!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2605) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Pours an amber body with a moderate head. Grapefruity and citrusy hops dominate the aroma with resiny notes. Some caramel backing, but not a lot of malt complexity. It’s funny to look back and think this used to be one of the most bitter beers I had. One of my favorites from Stone, but that doesn’t say much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Nice, clear amber colour with a small, white head. Lovely spicy nose - ginger? Spicy flavors with lots of sweet caramel and hops - loads of them. Pronounced alcohol - almost grappa-like. Very unusual, but very delicate. Oh, did I forget to mention, that this is quite a bitter beer also?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2005
I was expecting the hops... after reading reviews and the label... but I was surprised to taste the strong citrus and pine flavors that come out. Bitter aftertaste - great stuff - will have again!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
this beer tastes like vodka mixed with pine sol and grapefruit juce. just kidding this was a good one. a lot of alcohol is apparent in the aroma and it is a little unbalanced, but i guess that is the point. i prefer stone’s regular ipa to this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a dark golde, with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. a litle sweet malts surface too. Taste is an explosion of bitter and aromatic hops. Grass, hay, flowers, all the superlatives you can use about hops. Taste is surprisingly well balanced for a beer this bitter. The malts do make a firm broad foundation for the wonderful hops. Aftertaste is long and bitter. P.S. Did i mention the hops?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a hazy dark gold/orange color with a small amount of offwhite head. Aroma is delicious, perhaps one of the best ive ever smelled...huge amounts of citrus fruits and floral gardens. Flavor is slightly fruity and malty, then totally wiped out with a huge amount of hoppy bitterness and then finished with a dry sweet fruit aftertaste. Overall, I found the beer enjoyable. I drank it out of my sniffer and it was pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Amber colour with a white head. Hoppy, fruity aroma with lemon and pine notes. Malty and light caramel sweet flavor with a dry hoppy pineapple sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a small white head. Hoppy aroma and a light sweet dry hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a great dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26200) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Bottled. Orange coloured with a white head. Nice hoppy aroma with notes of malts and fruits. Hoppy flavour with notes of malts and pine needles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 update 02/26/08 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Illini08. golden amber with a quickly fading white head and spotty lace. citrus & pine nose. flavor is just as good as I remember, malt forefront quickly taken over by the citrus & pine resin hops. very smooth and drinkable!

22oz. bomber courtesy of Eric ( Heemer77 ) very similar in appearance to the Stone IPA but with much less head & lace. the alcohol is more noticeable than in the regular IPA and definitely a quality brew. the malt front taste is quickly overshadowed by the bitter hop aftertaste. I liked this one, not as balanced as the Stone IPA but overall, a damn fine beer.

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