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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
heemer77 (5295) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Pours with a deep and dark orange coloring. The head is rather large for a double IPA. The aroma is floral with some orange peel. It also has a hint of molasses. The taste is relatively subtle for a double IPA. Of course it has the normal orange peel and some burnt toast. It also has notes of yeasty bread. This is a hop lovers dream. The alcohol is very well hidden. A very solid entry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2004
22oz Bottle Pours a pale light orange, amber with a medium sized head that is very dense and creamy but eventually setled out leaving very thin but even lacing. Aroma is certianly hoppy but also strong grapefruit and other cirtus rinds. Tastes imediately very bitter and robust but full and heavy. My mouth feels like a big Hop bud. I think if I ate a Hersey bar right now, it would taste like Cascade Hops. The feel of this IPA is very nice. Smooth, heavy, just nice. No surprises on the trailer. An IPA with characteristics that put me off, and turn me on. Glad to have tried it. Stone is certianly not shy with their offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Well, there is 42 pages of Ratings here.... if you want to know what it looks like, smells like, or tastes like, read below. Just let me assure you that it is quite the TASTY BREW!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
This beer does not live up to itís own hype. Itís good, but not *that* good. Totally lacking in real character aside from a whole bunch of cascade hops. Whoop de doo - like there arenít 500 other IPAs out there with a ton of cascades in them. Dogfishhead has 3 or 4 beers that hop that pants off of this dull-edged ale. And somehow, this beer just wasnít bitter enough. Iíve heard that the human tongue can only taste up to 70 or so IBUs and this beer is allegedly over 100. But still it is just not quite hoppy enough. It also lacks the powerful yet refined malt presence of beers like Speakeasyís amber or Rogueís Dead Guy Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
natep715 (1) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2004 does not count
Really disappointed with this beer, after loving the Arrogant and Double Arrogant. I love hops, but that was all I tasted in this beer. I donít get why people in bars keep recommending this to me...do they work for Stone?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 21, 2004
bottle. is surprisingly clear light brown with a fat white head. has a creamy orange sherbert citrus taste and aroma. very smooth finish that comes through with a solid malt flavor mixed in with the abundance of hops at the end. leaves the best flavor of any ipa i have had at the finish. and the head laces down the glass beautifully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Bottle. Grapefruit/malt/hop nose. Medium bitter with a nice floral hop bite followed by alcohol and grapefruit. Sticky mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3092) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours out a nice amber color with a medium sized frothy head. The aroma boasts of hops. It has a very smooth taste for a more potant beer....much better than some other double IPAís Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 hops, hops, hops. taste is citrus and orangy. this is definately an imperial ipa worth trying

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours a beautiful amber color. I half expected a bug to be frozen in the middle.
Head was tall and thick, but disapated quickly. Chunky lacing.
Aroma was floral and citrus and pine. every swirl of the glass brought out something different. Some honey tried to peek out, but got beaten back by the hops.
Flavor was piney and citrusy (ruby red grapefruit), but with a sweet quality in there to balance it out.
Lush mouthfeel. Loooooooonnnnnggggg finish. left my lips and tounge tingling and wanting more....

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