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Stone Ruination IPA

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


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Orange-yellow with a decent size white head. Aroma is hops galore. The flavor pretty much follows the aroma, hop mania with some malts. A hopheads dream come true.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Dark copper body with a medium beige head. Appearance is the last boring/average thing about this beer. Aroma is straight hops. The first sip reveals a huge, piney flavor that is followed up by a nearly excessive dry aftertaste. Truly extreme - this lived up to its reputation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Iím surprised that this has such a high rating. I kinda felt it was a bit one dimensional. Hoppy. Hoppy aroma - smells like hop pellets. And you wont be surprised that it tastes like hop pellets too. Virtually no malt flavor. I wouldnít consider this a "full bodied" IPA. Especially when itís contending with the likes of Great Divide Hercules. I know Iíve tasted a beer or two that was more hopped up than this one, but this is still pretty intense stuff. If youíre a crazy hop head and donít care about anything else, you will enjoy this beer. Itís attractive to the eye and doesnít taste bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Deep golden color with a white head. The taste is a full body with a very balanced yet complex hoppy pattern. A light alcohol sharpness really fits this bitter beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 Big bottle. This beer blew me away. Huge hops, grapefruit aroma, flavor and after taste. Liquid gold. Followed this one with a GreatDivide Hercules - and Herc coulnít touch this one. Some time will have to put Ruination up against DFH 90 (hate to say it, but my money is on Ruination). 5-30-05: Lots of DIPAs lately - and Iím upgrading Stoneís Ruiniation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Hazy gold color with a small white head. Strong hop aroma along with pine notes and citrus. Flavor is all hops! A little bit of malt sweetness on the finish but the hops dominate here. Could be a little more balanced but who cares? This is a great 2IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is all hops. Strong grapefruit and equally strong pine. Pours a transparent orange without much of a head. Lacing is there, but nothing special. Not a whole lot of flavor in the initial taste, but great balance of citrus hops and sweet malts in the finish. No real sweet presence at all in the aroma, but very noticeable in the flavor. Alcohol flavor is noticeable in the finish as well and could possibley be covered up a little better. Long bitter aftertaste. A little over the top, but still good. I prefer the regular IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2004
A clear orange beer with a disappearing white head. The aroma is very grass and hoppy on a sweet background. The flavor is sweet caramelic with loads of grass and hops, besides hints of alcohol. A lovely 2IPA. Thanks to Dave (Rodolita) for trading this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a clear light copper color with great head and lacing. Resiny pine and some floral/citrus notes in the nose. Intense bitterness in the front end that flows into a earthy and grapefruit flavor. Edgy at first and then becomes smooth at the finish. This is a very enjoyable double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2004
suprisingly light gold in color, belies the sensory facts about to confront you. Definately reveals all that hops have to offer in terms of aroma, fruit, and astringent bitterness.

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