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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
The appearance is an average white head that disapates quicky but not fully. The body is clear and orangish. The head, although small, laces really well. The aroma is very hopped. I get notes of orange rind, pine, BAM! in your face grapefruit hops. All hops, no malts. The flavor is VERY delicious. I love this IIPA. I get lots of citrus hops and sweet malts. MMMMM.... Very dry-hopped flavor. The finish bittersweet. The palate is very bitter, well carbonated, and has a thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Medium translucent orange with a cream colored head. Very clear beer. The predominate scent that I can pick up is orange rinds. Very hoppy. Good lacing. Nice and bitter. Not overwhelming though. Very yummy but I like IPAs quite a bit... Thanks Blake (1FastSIi).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
pours an orange hugh w/ a fairly decent sized thick white head that laces very well but dissapates a bit quickly. Smell is a HUGE cascade citrus hop aroma orange rinds hints of bubble gum and more hops.. smells good. Palate is rich and creamy big solid mouth feel. Flavor is almost overwhellmingly bitter w/ a touch of sweet malts in the finish and a warming sence after swallow. Thanks to blake for bringing this one in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle: Translucent orange, medium to large off-white head, nice lacing, subtle carbonation. Hoppy nose, slight pine resin but very subtle. Bitter start, definitely hoppy, soft pine notes, but it doesnt seem very thick or viscous. This seems more of a 1 IPA to me. Nope, definitely not big enough. Tasty, but without the big sweet malty background it tastes quite average. Clean finish, but seems way too light for an Imperial IPA. Still prefer Dreadnaught and Double Crooked Tree over this one. Top 50? Doesnt seem that way to me... and I was really looking forward to this one too! Its just not big enough... heavily hopped without the big malt backbone to support it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a bright rich gold with a thick white head. Smell is, you guessed it, all hops. Citrusy (grapefruit mostly) bitter hops. There is no malt aromas that I can pick up. The fruity bitterness of the hops overpower anything else in the beer. Thats not a bad thing. Big bold bitter hops. So strong they almost burn. Damn tasty though. This beer says it will ruin your palate and it means it. You can forget about tasting any other brew for the rest of the evening. Except this one. Pour me another.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 9, 2005
Hazy, orange body. Some red shows when held to the light. Lots of bubbles on bottom of glass. Head is eggnog colored and coats glass nicely. Smell is deicious sweet malt and spicy hops: pineapple, apricot, bubble gum and sugars. Mouthwatering aroma has me ready for a taste. Sweet with incredible hopping all pineapple, apple and white grapes to begin. Medium-thick, somewhat oily. Beer hangs on tongue and releases a kaliedosope of hop flavors to the taste buds. Goes from sweet to lemony sour, then to roasted/vegetable hops. Finally rich yeasty/dough flavors hang in the back of the throat and cheeks like mamas biscuits. Alcohol is strong but not overly so. Really great beer but so repetitive for this brewery. I can think of about 6 Stone beers this reminds me of, so Im going to rate this, then subtract 2 from the overall score due to lack of originality

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Review came from a 22oz bottle with the usual stone look to it. This poured out a murky golden color with a tall beige head. The head lasts a good bit and decent sized chunks of lace were left about the glass, as it was consumed. Very hoppy nose here with citric grapefruit and floral notes galore. Not much else came through just hops, hops and more hops. The flavor was damn hoppy as well, bitter citric hops mainly dominated with a bit of earthy notes as well. This really grabs you tongue and doesnt let go very much the palette destroyer that ends in a long lasting dry bitter hoppy finish. Hmm this is pretty light on the tongue for a Double IPA, with a less than medium body to it. Drinkability is hurt a little by the lighter body but it is still good. I would definitely have this again, as the flavor definitely packs the hops you are looking for in this type of brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2005
They say the road to ruin is paved with good intentions well Stones intent comes to definite fruition with this beer and Ive got to say Im enjoying ruination. Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick offwhite head that settles to about half an inch and hangs on from then down the glass. Aroma is very citrus and hoppy. Grapefruit, lemons, and some pine cones. My wife, who I always let have a whiff of the beer, said this is the best smelling one youve tried yet. Ill give it a 9 for the hop power on the aroma. Flavor is interestingly malty for all of the hops. There is alot of malt backbone to this IPA. This is not harsh at all, beautifully bitter at the end but amazingly balanced. I cannot taste the alcohol at all and I think it is very nice on the palate somewhat creamy in the mouth and that puckering bitter bite on the back makes it very memorable. Also my first double IPA and Ive got to say if they are all this good Im going to try more in this style!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2005
I have a 22 oz bomber that I picked up at Citywide Liquors. This beer is crystal clear. The color is a deep gold/light copper. Very nice, long lasting foamy white head. Very nice, citrus (lemons, oranges, grapefruit) some piney notes. If theres one thing Stone Brewing has over everybody else, they make the most fragrant beer. This has to be the easiest drinking Double IPA ever. Im going to go out on a limb and say they use something like Magnam of Horizon for bittering because there is zero harshness. Very well done. I just looked in a copy BYO. They say Magnum. This may be one of the fuller bodied IIPAs on the market. I have had some where the brewer tries to get the alcohol up there, but it comes at the expense of the over all brew. Again, Stone has their stuff together. Like I said before, this is the easiest drinking IIPA that Ive had so far. Very dangerous. Kudos the Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle. Marigold yellow with a medium off-white head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with notes of pineapple and applejuice. The taste is very bitter with a dry finish. Theres a slight alcohol afterburn. Tart beer that quenches your thirst and almost makes your mouth pucker. Stone isnt lying when they say that Ruination is "very bitter." Great beer!

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