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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3719   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2006
Pours a hazy copper-gold with a decent head which collapses and forms around the edge. The aroma is mildly hoppy and not overpowering. This makes for a decent marriage of the hops and malt. Anymore sniffing and I lose the hops as I acclimatize to them. The flavour is all hop and its as though I could munch on a batch of hop cones...its that crunchy and good. I think the label saying 100IBUs is misleading...Im not catching that much. Perhaps this is due to the balance with the malt. For 7.7%ABV, the alcohol is well-camaflouged as there is usually a distinct burn which is absent here. The palate is full and grinding. I am glad to have finally sampled some of the Stone products.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Each time I try a Stone product, I forget how badass these guys are. This is one stand-up-look-at-me-punch-you-in-the-face GREAT beer. Even if you arent a hophead, this is something to get and get it quickly. If you cant, make your way to California and get it NOW. The aroma alone is simply pefect as perfect could possibly be. I wont bother with words, just the advice of...get it. Appearance was copper colored, slightly hazy with barely any head. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, yet alive and bright. Flavors are the near perfect balance of hops and malts. The combo of those two profiles in this beer make it a must have. I dont say many beers are must haves, but this is one of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2006
22 oz. Bottle: Cloudy gold with a white head and sticky lacing. It wafts large sweet citrusy aromas and floral notes alongside some typical juniper action. It is "bracingly bitter" but also has a delicate flowery (almost sweet) sense to the hops which is immediately followed by a huge citrusy, bitter trailer. I thought this beer was really good, but I guess I thought from the commercial description and the reputation of Stone that it might be more robustly bitter.

   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2006
22 oz bomber. Clear orange with off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet orange/grapefruit hops and some cheesy yeast. Flavor of hops (what else?) very citrusy and piney and some dry slightly toasty malt. Leaves that wonderful bitter hop aftertaste. Youll be licking hop oils off your teeth after each sip. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2006
Notice the grapefruit predominantly on the nose which was ok as it didnt transfer fully to the taste, sure the bitterness was right up there, along with the malt, which made it balanced and very drinkable. Sampled at local homebrew club. Enjoyed but not my best IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigHarryDeehl (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
I like IPAs in gerneral. IIPAs are a n occasional treat that I enjoy. This is a hoppy beer that reminds me of Great Divides Hercules. Hoppy with a nice malt character. Not over the top hops as others say. There is only so much hoppiness you can get in a beer and the IIPA style is all about reaching that limit. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bitter, hoppy, sweet, and delicious. Dark goldedn pour, sweet hoppy aroma, hops all the way through with some slight fruity sweetness, and a bitter fantastic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattdmb (5) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2006 does not count
Fruit/summery aroma. Pours blonde, dominated by citrus flavors. Balanced flavor, although prefer other IPAs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agl108 (1172) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Flat Rock Saloon. Pours a dark gold with nice, thick head. Head leaves nice chunks of lace. Sweet aroma of grapefruits. Flavor is dominated by citrus and an overwhelming bitter finish. Tasty IPA, although I dont agree with the lofty rating. Too bitter for me.

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