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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Crystal clean orange/tan color, with a large foamy white head. The aroma is all hops. There is no scents present. And the feeling one gets is that these are strong hopps. The flavor is all hops, very hoppy nose, very hoppy finish. Very clean, while seemingly heavy, still easy to drink and very refreshing. The finish is not quick, and the aftertaste is highlighted by bitterness. Very ugood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gallagwar (30) - USA - DEC 23, 2006
If you like bitter beer, youíve come to the right place. Very strong. One bottle can kick the unseasoned beer drinker in the backside. A beer you MUST be in the mood for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Double Dry Hopped Version in Growler. Pours light amber/straw with a nice medium white head. The aroma is rich and full of hops. The taste is bitter and potent, slightly tainted by the growler, they didnít clean it well enough. Tastes good nonetheless. Good DIPA but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
The aroma is hoppy. The head is off-white, fizzy with good lacing and mostly diminishing. The initial flavor is light bitter, finishing with a long moderate bitter. The body is light, the texture is a creamy/watery feel and the carbonation is lively. A real good IPA but not as good as I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Pours clear darker amber medium white head. Aroma is intense with grapefruit you know itís gonna be bitter. Flavor is what it is a beer with a ton of hops, grapefruit all the way, nice chocolate and crystal malt touch but the bitterness level is just so damn high. The aftertaste is like you just took a bite out of a grapefruit it really does, but the bitterness really leaves an irony metallic sharp bite on your tongue, itís just not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theReverend (3) - USA - JAN 14, 2007 does not count
Firstly, this beer looks to me like a lovely, appetizing glass of urine, or perhaps apple juice. Strong, fruity, fresh and clean nose. The always charming missive on the bottle for this one talks up the ball-breakery of this beer, but when I drink it I just get smooth, fruity, fizz, yeast...and of course HOPS. I capitalize this because the brewery would want me to, and if I wanted to be in the good graces of a brewery it would be Stone. (Free beer?) Iím sitting here drinking this beer with wheninhell, whose review I peeked at for half a second to catch the word "grapefruit", which immediately made me curse myself for not thinking of that. Itís very true, so thanks for that. The aftertaste is like a wheaty, non-sweetened candy, if such a thing exists.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hops4thebest (11) - USA - JAN 18, 2007
I canít figure out why people fuss about this beer. I like hops, and so the high IBUís are a plus for me. But to me the citrus, pine, grass, etc., etc., that others describe in this beer are not nearly present enough. This is a very good beer, sure, but compared to other top DIPAís I think this one has a notably one dimensional flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Very bitter, but at the same time there is a lot of sweetness going on. Hops are the focus for sure, but all around, they didnít ignore the rest of the beer, which rounds this beer out to be a killer IPA. I just donít care for my mouth feeling like I have drank this 5 hours later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2007
Pours a dark straw colour with an off white head, good lace work. Dark Banana cake on the nose and on the palate with blistering bitterness to follow, immensely unsubtle but I guess thatís what itís all about!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Big Bottle. Poured an orange amber with a small off-white head. Some lacing. A strong sweet grassy hops nose. Potently bitter with a sweet floral resiny hops. A good strong ipa with a nice lingering bitterness and full creamy body. Very nice, but not an ideal hop profile for my taste.

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