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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
What a beer. Amazingly clear yellow/gold color with a huge foamy white head that lasted the whole glass. In fact, I was so exited about pouring my second glass, I was not near as careful as I should have been, and the head threatened to come pouring over the side. Luckily, I was daft enough to get my lips in position so as not to waste one drop of this liquid gold. Aromas of hoppy citrus, and citrusy hops. Aromas of Coastal Sage, and some more floral hints as well. Flavors of hops, hops, and hops. Very bitter and very yummy. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6855) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled. Deep golden, bubbly head. Grassy, hoppy and sweetish aroma. Sweet hoppiness with a late, flowery bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2644) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 The signal: Light copper with large, bubbly head.The windup: Strong hop aroma - grapefruit, pine, citrus. The pitch: Immediate bitterness that curves around the palate. The follow-through: Smooth delivery with a bitter citrus aftertaste. Bitter to the end.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
devi (2) - USA - JUN 18, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 The name fits. If you like hops, it may ruin all other beers for you. Everyone writes of the hops, from the aroma to the bitter finsh but there is a good malt balance that makes this a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMP (16) - USA - JUL 5, 2005
Hop, hop and more hop. I have never had a beer this hoppy which was still drinkable before. One of the best IPAs I have come across.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Great beer. The aroma is quick and biting, getting right into your nose. Very nice amber coloring, with a smallish white head. Very little lace on the glass. Flavor is instantly on top of you. Upfront hops, a slight malt taste in the middle, and then a nice bitter hop finish. More balanced than I expected. A good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2005
damn good beer. hops, hops, and more hops. a great tasting beer. had it on tap and am glad i have a bottle sitting in reserve. a definite must have on-deck.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Incredible Double IPA. I actually like this more than AleSmiths Yule Smith. The taste is stronger, hoppier, and far more bitter. If you do not like IPAs, you will truly hate this beer. Communist.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Was as good as the reputation that follows it -- aroma has hops literally jumping out and singeing your nose. Appearance was not exactly what I expected -- I thought it would be more copper but it was actually more brassy straw. Head was minimal with little lace (strange for such a hopmeister) But the taste -- ahh -- it was like SNPA on steroids -- I loved it -- so hoppy and delicious -- grassy and wonderful feeling inside. A treat if you can get it -- cheers!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful golden amber in color with a decent off-white head. You can smell the ridiculous amount of hops. The hops are also, obviously, quite apparent in the flavor. However, I think that Stone may have overdone this one. The bitterness really does ruin your taste buds.....at least they warn you!

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