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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
This is a world-class beer. I like my double IPAs without the over the top alcohol. This one pours a syrupy golden color with a nice fluffy head and effervescent bubbles. Perfumy hops with some pineapple. Well balanced flavor. Donít buy the propaganda, because I donít feel this is over the top at all. Rich in malt, very sweet backbone, with a broad array of flavorful hops. Not overly piney or citric, just a friendly melange of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly evident on the aftertaste, but is fairly non-existent. A nice brew for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Thanks to clarkvv for sharing this bottle. Amber/golden color with a white head. Lots of hop aroma along with malts and alcohol. Big hop taste, but that was expected. The hops were the piney type. The hops seemed to be a bit unbalanced but there was a malt taste in there as well. Some alcohol, more than I expected. A long lasting bitter taste. This was good, but I like the regular IPA better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Pours golden amber with thin white head. Nice hop nose with citrus. Strong hop bite finishes bitter and warming. Interesting blend of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
at kuhnhenns thanks clark v v for bringing this to sharewith flemdawg and me. my 1st stone rating. poured deep golden with a white head. aroma,hops citrus, alcohol, malts, honey, pine. flavor,some malts, hops, vanilla, alcohol,hints of pine, grapefruit with sugar on it,. nice balanced beer wish I could get it in the detroit area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlondeBush (5) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2004 does not count
Not as good as Bear Republic Red Rocket; the hops massacre here got a little out of hand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Very good. Perhaps great, but not fantastic. Appearance is a little upsetting, as is the lack of aroma, however, it does taste like an imperial ipa. Nice flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Looks like a glass of honey. Not a lot of aroma. Flavor is fruity and very hoppy. Maybe a little too hoppy for my taste. A decent beer that I think is better alone than with most food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (3023) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours an interesting golden/red color. Very aromatic. Sweet and fruity. Very hoppy/piney aroma. Very good. Lots of hop flavor, but done very smoothly so that you can actually taste all of the different things going on in the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bottle: Golden orange with a medium off white head, that quickly diminishes. Tons of hops in the aroma, grapefruit, pine, resin, flowers, herbs, tea, orange, lemon. Taste has tons of hops. Biting pine, resins, lemon rind, bitter tea, tart orange. By no means could you call this beer balanced, though there is a nice toffee, caramel, sweet malt hiding in the back somewhere....just enough to really allow you to keep wanting more. Classic Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Draught. Golden. Strong, fresh, floral hop aroma. Hints of grapefruit, resin and pine in the nose. A wonderful DIPA in flavor. Cutting, masterful hops with the determination of sperm cells attack my mouth and spin my brain with its long, think, coating bitterness. Really well balanced with a nice malt backbone as well. Iíve been off Double IPAís lately but this one is very good.

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