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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 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 that’s what it’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2008
From bottle : Big citrus aroma comes off this from the start. Grapefuit mainly. Pours a hazy, carbonated orangish color with a thin white head, that bubbles on the surface, and works down to a foamy ring around the edges. Taste is interesting, following the hype and description of the beer. It claims it is so hoppy and bitter and whatnot, but it really isnt. Dont get me wrong, it is good, a bite and the beginning, followed with a hop flavor in the middle, the end with a little hint of alcohol. But not at all the hop monster that it is made out to be, mainly by Stone. Aftertaste is faint and watered down it seems. Palate is smooth and fast, with a medium body, turning kinda light on the end. The main problem is when it warms, i find that it is very watered down and bland, not good at all. Cold, its good. Warm, its not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
From bottle. Poured cloudy golden color. Huge fluffy white head. Had to let it settle. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was all grass. Flavor grassy, citrusy, with mild sweet caramel hints in the finish. Thick but smooth mouth feel. You definitely get a hop bite out of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 26, 2008
pleasant hoppy flowery aroma, thin soapy white head and a nice hazy amber color. not as intense as i was expecting. its immediately bitter, and goes to the roof of your mouth, then begins to mellow and ends with an earthy wheaty type flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2008
Golden with a white head. Resiny aroma, sweet, hoppy with not much maltiness or caramel... kind of feels really green. Quite a mild mouthful, fairly bitter but not a ’hop bomb ’ as I’d expected. Lots of perfumey, resin flavours, a bit of pinefresh. The finish almost has a citrus twang, and quite a serving of alcohol. Not a standout, but pretty good all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle pours a dark amber color with white head. Has a nice sweet hoppy aroma. Has a medium mouthfeel. Tastes piney, hoppy, and citrusy. Is a nice hop bomb for a beginner. There are other more intense hop bombs out there. Overall this is a nice session IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simcoe (5) - , California, USA - JUL 15, 2008 does not count
An experience worth having, but not repeating, at least not very often. This is a great beer for learning about the difference between centennial and cascade hops, but give yourself half an hour before tasting any other beers to avoid pretty serious flavor distortion. There is a lot to be learned from this beer; we often learn to taste the presence of certain flavors in smaller concentrations by reference to an exaggerated example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Golden beer with a white that left decent lacing. Sweet hoppy aroma. Floral hop flavors with more carbonation that I anticipated. Smooth beer with a very bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NextBestThing (22) - Westtown, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Too much. Over the top hoppiness, more than necessary. I love Stone but prefer their basic IPA to Ruination. I don’t get even the whisper of a malt backbone, just hops for the sake of over-hoppiness. Not horrible by any stretch, a reasonably drinkable brew but there are other more desirable alternatives. If you get a reasonable example of Dogfish 90 Minute you’re drinking a better beer. Still acceptable if it’s the only bottle of Stone at your disposal.

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