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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3718   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Pours copper-orange with a generous white head, some effervescence, and nice lacing. Smells like a sandwich consisting of oranges, grapefruits, and pine needles. Nice and hoppy flavor, but not as much so as other Double IPAs Ive had. Very well-balanced. Excellent, but kind of on the border between an IPA and a Double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (12571) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
22-oz bottle. Pours copper with a frothy off-white head and excellent spotty lacing. Resinous floral hop with huge pine notes and background caramel malts. Fizzy and spicy hoppy moderately acidic dry pine flavor with alcohol notes but mostly covered by the hops. Medium bodied and warming dry and fizzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Sampled from a bottle at the montly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Aroma of pine and citrus meet up strongly (dare I say harshly?) on the palate. This is a "brutal" hop attack, which is impressive given this was poured alongside Dreadnaught, 90 Minute, Hercules, and a few other good IPAs. Perhaps Im a wimp, but I tend to find Stones standard IPA more enjoyable. Some time in the cellar might round out the flavors for a better balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle (GBBF): Insane Hop Juice!! Dark gold clear with a lasting beige head. Juicy citric hop aroma. Pure hop flavour all the way through, loads of lychee, grass, citrus and grapefruit. Medium bodied, very refreshing. Nice stuff, though a little over the top at times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Before I begin, I would first like to thank Stone Brewing Co. for the brutal masscre of countless hops. Orange with a thin white head. Looks almost identical to the picture. Aroma is floral and grassy with citrus notes (orange and lemon). The fruitiness is muted by the hop aroma. The first taste made me smile and cringe at the same time. I said to my good friend, "I got some words before you even try that." Can we say pure hop power? The aroma and appearance dont do the flavor justice. It is strongly hoppy at first. With each sip it gets sweeter. The first sip punches you in the face then it gets sweeter and sweeter. More fruity with every sip after the first. The hops are still there but already did their damage. I dont even know what to say other than it is so good. Strong malty body to it to balnce it. The appearance and aroma are what keep me from the perfect score here. As far as flavor goes this has to be up there. Worth every penny and then some.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
kjharley (8) - anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 11, 2005 does not count
I am not a fan of IPAs and this one proved it for me not that it is a bad beer but not for my palate. If you like bitter, hoppy beers this ones for you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Clear amber with a thick murky hop aroma. Strong hop flavour, and bitter but not that bitter. Theres better flavour in their regular IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2431) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 From a 22oz bottle.

Pours an almost-clear golden amber with a generous head. This beer has a great big hop-and-grapefruit nose that already starts to bite even before the first sip. The palate is rich and even a bit sticky --- but no way offensively so. The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops with pine resin and citrus peel. The finish is a long and lovely bitter that keeps the mouth watering for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 Bottle - GBBF 2005. A golden coloured beer which pours with a floaty white head. The aroma was good piney hops but not the extreme grapefruit character Im looking for. The taste and the body are good with nice chewy sticky hops. Slightly on the sweet side. Nowhere near as hoppy as I expected, think it needed chilling a bit more, but a really good (just not outstanding) beer. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 4.1 Average becomes 3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17685) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Bottle at GBBF Thanks to maeib for this. Amber colour. White chocolate flavours, lovely hops, superb balance, good flavour, hoppy finish. Excellent. Just so full of flavour balance and quality. This stayed on the table for some time and I kept tasting it just to make sure I wasnt dreaming. 4.4/5.0 Re-rate Cask gravity at GBBF 2007. OK, so in the bottle 2 years ago I loved it. In cask? Aroma is terrific, its got the body to carry it and then this mouth ripping hop on finish. For a hophead its brilliant. Still a good beer. Yeah.

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