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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3717   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2006
great ipa with hop delight i keep running into more stone beers and every one has been great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle 1 pnt 6 oz POurs a deep amber color with light head. ThisIPA is what its all about. Stone has done it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
WOW! This is one complex mutha of an IPA. Definitely not your typical IPA and not just because its extremely forward with hops, much more so then most IPAs. Everything about this beer is amazing. Nice aroma with piney scents along with a dark carmel scent pulling through as well. Sounds typical but its just different with this one. Hops are MASSIVE. Everytime I drink this one my first sip is like "OMG this bastard is HOPPY!" but as the hop resins coat your tongue (and they do quickly) you will definitely find some hidden complexities and it balances out very well. Definitely in the top 4 IPAs for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1578) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle: Bright orange-yellow, nice lacing. Aroma is floral, very hoppy. Also strongly present in the intense taste, a true IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Original rating, 7/05: Nice amber orange color that came with a small but respectable initial head. The latter dissipated far before the drink was gone and the lacing was minimal to none. The aroma was hoppy (pine, minimal floral) with a touch of fruit (citrus). Flavor was much of the same with a fairly sweet base. The hop "bite" definitely gets you initially with a mild burn sensation. However, that disappeared quickly into a pleasantly hopped beverage to go along with the old bay-spiced crabs I had with it. Not a bad combination, although this DIPA was hard to distinguish from the rest of the bunch out there (good, but it didnt really stand out). Re-rate, Nov. 06: Pretty smooth, not overly bitter, nice hops presence for a dIPA, where the malts can outrun the hops. This one had a significant floral hop presence this time through over top of crystal malt and citrus hopping. A nicely balanced dIPA, but nothing to write home about. Re-rate, Sept. 07 on draft: Amber-yellow in color, very nice initial head, quite good lacing. The aroma was most certainly hoppy, lots of citrus and grapefruits in there, followed by a touch of resinous pine in the finish, absolutely no floral elements. The flavor followed suite, ample citrus and grapefruits over top of a malt base much like Stones basic IPA, crystal malts, etc.... This thing works for me quite well, and along with the standard IPA, this thing is up there among my favorites. Mouthfeel is full, yet not creamy, carbonated (with nicely slowed rising bubbles), alcohol gentle. The numbers on this thing have risen quite nicely over my experiences, this tap experience perhaps the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3313) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Flavor is citrus and Hops, i dont care for an IPA but this isnt bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Not my favorite 2IPA but a solid effort by Stone. Lots of hop aroma, but the flavor profile just seems a bit flat. Not quite as good as their Smoked Porter and Imp Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebigreason (2) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006 does not count
Perfectly balanced Imperial/Double IPA. This is a big beer. You may need to be a hophead to really appreciate it, but the body and malts are there to back up the crushing blow of hops. My wife love this beer so much, we split a bottle every Friday after work. Weve dubbed it Ruination Friday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
californiapete (9) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006 does not count
While I cut my craft-beer teeth two decades ago on Sierra Nevadas hoppy pale ale, I cant really call myself a hophead by todays rather ambitious standards. Thus, with a bias toward "balanced" beers rather than more extreme offerings, and with a lukewarm response to Stones Arrogant Bastard (which I find way too harshly bitter), I wasnt very optimistic about Stones facefull-of-hops iconic DIPA. But man is this one outstanding beer! The hop aroma upon opening and pouring is indeed in your face. Its an aroma I enjoy while brewing beer, but much like black pepper and vanilla when cooking, Id rather it be tempered and blended with other ingredients when actually drinking beer. In other words, not unpleasant, just out of place. But thats the last of my complaints. The bitterness is definitely pronounced, but the beer remains surprisingly drinkable. There are some really good sweet, biscuity malt undertones to this beer, as well as an appropriate amount of alcoholic warmth. Moreover, the longer one lingers over this beer, the more those malt aromas and flavors come through, making for an amazingly balanced beer (for something that claims -->100 IBUs) and a relatively drinkable one, too, at least for a beer of its strength. Im still not much of a fan of Stones imagery (gargoyles, dare-you-to-drink-me marketing type/hype), but a great beer will always rise above its packaging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Incredible. This is what IPA should be. A big, badass, hop-smelling hairy bear of an IPA. Aromas of citrus, pine, flowers, and acetone with a stiff body and enough bitterness to keep you thirsty for more.

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