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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
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
Citrus, pine and malt aroma. Orange, pouring a fair sized, rocky, custard head, plenty of lace. Flavour at first is orange peel, then a creamy malt background. Full bodied, crunchy, extra hoppy bitterness. A very bold offering! Thanks so much Aurelius!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Orange/yellow color, mild carbonation, thick frothy white head. Dense, sweet, hoppy aroma. Full-bodied with a nice bitter kick. The bitterness lingers on the tongue long after the swallow. Drinking this beer always makes me somewhat content. My girlfriend gets jealous because I donít smile at her the way I smile at this beer. I guess the hops get o my head a little bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 I tasted this alongside their regular IPA and to be fair I really canít see a great deal of difference between the brews. Similar orange coloured beer with a white head. Aroma shows pine, grapefruit, other citrus, caramel and cookie dough malts. A bit more bitterness than the IPA but not as much as I expected. Some alcohol starts to sneak in at the end of this one. Less balanced than the IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8637) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Bottle. Golden-amber beer with a big off-white head. Aroma of sweet grapefruit with some caramel backing. Thereís some balance here (if you can call something thatís still dominated by hops balanced). Itís smooth for a beer of this type. Bitterness prevails in some grapefruit/tar flavors, but itís relatively easy to drink. Less malt and assertiveness than an arogant bastard.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very bitter and I love it, lots of hops in this bad boy, I recommend this if you love bitter beer. It has a great aroma, of hops and malts, very hoppy. If you havenít had it, get it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This is the top of the IPA food chain in my opinion. Hopp madness in a bottle, but yet somehow controlled and balanced within itís environment. Simply an amazing work of art!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Bottle. Poured a nice bright orange color. Thick, big bubbled headthat lasts for quite a while and fades down to a modest layer over the beer. Great lacing. Aroma of piney and citric hop, bits of melon?? and malt. Very nice. Juicy hop flavor. A touch overdone, but restrained still. This one seems to be about to kick your head in with IBUís and pulls back at the last moment. . Malt and hop compete for a bit and then a long citrus hop finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
More orange and grapefruit. Honestly, itís a little sweeter than Dreadnaught, but other than that, I can barely tell the difference. I donít know if Iíll ever learn to sort out hop complexities. This was.....interesting....not bad, certainly not....but way too much in the hop juice category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Awesome pale/ orange color with a nice fluffy white head and great lacing. Lots and lots of citrus hops in the aroma, and maybe some piney aromas too. Flavor is backed slightly by hops but again- is dominated by those strong american hops. Probably not too much chinook in here like in AB, which gives it more of a smooth citrusy and floral aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is great and it leaves an excellent sticky resin on the back of your throat. One of the best Imperial IPAís however, I think that victoryís Hop wallop uses a little more hops and is indeed more bitter, which is not to say one is better than the other. I like them both about the same. However- I have brewed Imperial IPAís that blow this out of the water as far as hoppiness goes. I really liked this beer and I will pick up plenty more next time i go out to my distributer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Completely over the top. So incredibly overpowering that even I have trouble with the aftertaste. A lot of alcohol, and a lot more hops. A good beer as a novelty, but not one I want to drink every day.

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