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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3720   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 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Clear gold/copper. Large, frothy, white head. Aroma of big time resinous hops with some sweet malt support and a touch of sun tan lotion. Same flavor with some citrus added. Huge bitterness. Full, balanced body. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Bouteille-Couleur ambre. Forte odeur de houblon et dacidit (pomme MacIntosh). Malgr son fort got, elle demuere douce au palais.--Ambered. Strong smel of hops and acid (MacIntosh apple). Despite its strong taste, it stays sweet in mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Appearance: Hazy rich amber color with a thick offwhite head and light lacing. Aroma: Hoppy and mildly sweet, like a slight touch of apple. Flavor profile: While it certainly is delightfully bitter, compared to the standard Stone IPA it seems less hoppy. That might be because its not quite as dry although it does have that crisp finish the IPA has. Its a little sweet with some hoppy but mellowed (for Stone) hops. A little smoother and fuller than the standard IP, also a little sweet with some of the malts they put in. Mouthfeel: Easy on the mouth, but not watery. Somewhat smoother than the normal Stone IPA as well as stronger. Overall: A pretty good IPA, but given the talk-up the bottle label I was expecting mroe. I like the regular Stone IPA better, but the Alesmith IPA best of all.

   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.

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