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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mule (4) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
This beer doesnt hurt as much as the label would have you believe, but the bitterness is lasting. I picked up this bomber after an evening of drinking hop deprived IPAs, and it certainly did the trick. I wasnt in the mood for any malty complication.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2006
In the mood for hops again so I thought Id try this one out tonight and see how it fairs from the rest of the bunch. Pours a transparent, golden-amber with a decent off white head. The hop aroma is indeed pungent...lots of pine and citrus and not much else...some light caramel malt perhaps. The flavor also has a good hop punch, lots of grapefruit, some pine, and some light malty sweetness. The body isnt as thick as I would expect for the style...its almost a bit watery at times. Bitter punches in the front and backwith some light maltiness in the middle. Certainly serves my hop craving...though I cant help wanting a bigger body out of this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Very strong smelling beer - rather cloudy looking but made a nice head. Not bad tasting but wouldnt buy it on my own

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
(22oz bottle. 03/2006). Just what the palate needs to cleanse all those suggary brews. Big hop aroma. Big hop bitterness. Big hop taste. A good, easy-drinkin beer. Dont be intimidated ... drink this down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Another one of my favorites! Very strong hoppy aroma, one of the hoppiest beers Ive ever had. Then again Im only 25 years old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Looks an unimpressive red/gold with a crumby loose head. The aroma is terrific, fruit punch, bubblegum, malt, and of course, resinous hops. The mouthfeel is resinous and smooth/slippery with just the right CO2 (I see why the head stunk). The warming influence it has on the innards is also rather pleasant. The flavor is insanely complex. I can taste everything in the aroma with addition of grapefruit, pine, Umbelliferous (carrot family-like) tastes and perhaps a little salt. Oh yeah, and truckloads of hops and malt. Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that this beer is rather bitter, though theres so much else going on its easy to overlook. I cant think of a beer this sweet or this hoppy that pulls it off quite so well, Good job Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
golden/copper color with a lot of carbonation, head doesnt last- big white bubbles. Appearance overall is a little weak. Aroma is great, I get grapefruit, mint, general fruitiness, hoppy. This beer is super strong, very hoppy, bitter. Definitely unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Rich gold color followed by a rich hoppy flavor. It ran rampant with hoppiness, hints of pine, citrus, and no worries of sweetness. Hops are all you get! I liked this IPA very much and will have another soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2006
CLoudy golden appearance sith a frothed white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a flowery malt with sweet undertones. Flavor is fruit like with a sharp bitterness from the overwhelmingly hopped brew. Very good. Palate bitterness holds tight and finishes with a crisp hint of sweet clover. Unique. One of my favorite IPAs. Will buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2006
22 oz. bomber at 55 degrees. Pours a slightly hazy sunset orange with a frothy and lasting white head. Just a huge hop nose emminates from the snifter. Orange, grapefruit, crushed pine needles, its all right up front, but not much in the way of any malt aromas to be found. A nice round mouthfeel with the subdued carbonation level keeping it silky smooth. Massive hop flavor profile; like biting into a whole grapefruit encrusted in honey and pine needles. Some faint crystal malt sweetness attempts to balance out the big muscle hops. Finishes with a big, bold and crisp bitterness; nice and long. The 7.7% interplays nicely being present just enough to accentuate all the luscious flavors of this classic American IPA.

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