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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Has a loose but thick head and a coppery amber color with resin and grapefruit in the aroma. The resin returns in the flavor along with very little malt flavor (a positive in this case) which leaves a clear palate for the hops profile. Lots of crisp, bitterness that leads into a long, lingering finish. ts well balanced alcohol makes this a clean, clear, and refreshing hops celebration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1611) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pour is a deep orange with thick creamy tan head. Aroma is of apples, citrus fruits and hops. Taste is powerful and hits like a punch to the face. Sweet and hoppy with a strong alcohol presence. Nice and thick with a dry bitter finish. Seems like a regular IPA with everything just turned up a notch. Not the most flavorful beer, but very strong and the quality is obvious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Has that cake-like flavor and aroma I find in some beers (usually American Strong Ales) that just gets my gag reflex going. With all the hype about how bitter this was going to be I was hoping to drink something resembling Pine-Sol but alas I was dissapointed with this cloudy orange beer. Nice lacing and great bitter finish are a few redeming qualities but it was a miss-fire in my opinion, especially considering what a perfect example of the style that their IPA is. I would expect the same result from Stones Imperial IPA offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Pours orangish amber with small thin head. Aroma wasnt as strong as i expected. Flavour was pretty tasty though. Lots of hops in this one. Nice and bitter but still very well balanced. Some roasty flavour in there too. Overall a pretty good IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 Re-rate, previous rating 4.0 This poured an orange colour with a luxurious tall and creamy head. There was a ton of lacing left behind on the glass, even when finished it had a large blob of foam in the bottom of my glass. The aroma was lots of pine hops with some grassy citrus in there as well. My palate is pretty much immediatly assulted with hops, bitter, beatuiful hops. There is more pine resin like hops in the flavour with a larger hint of citrus than in the aroma. The malt evens the brew out, but doesnt lend much of its own profile. If I had the opportunity to get this more often, I would. It is truly a fantastic IIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9556) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
This amber ale poured with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. As advertised, there is an intensely hoppy flavor, with a fruity finish. The effect of the massive hopping is, surprisingly, well balanced, but is probably still a bit much for all but hopheads.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zekenhoe (4) - Northfield Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005 does not count
My favorite Imperial IPA. Reminds me so much of their 5th Anniversary. Malty with a slightly sweet taste. And then come the hops. An almost overwhelming (but in a good way) hoppy aroma and nicely bitter. Pretty close to being hop candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 btl. nice, bright amber colour. brief release of gasses with a small head that dissipates rapidly. smells light with hops and citrus. i found this beer to taste a bit flat. otherwise, the flavours were mostly good:malty, nutty, ripe fruit, alcohol, and HOPS. too many hops, almost. it upsets the balance of the beer and is slightly sickining paired with the lack of carbonation. still, twas a good try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
Enticing copper colour, hoppy aroma. Nice crisp and bitter taste, a touch much on hops for me but not by much and Im no hophead for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
I hate to give a Stone brew such a low score, but this was like going to the brew shop, grabbing a handful of hop pellets and jamming them in your mouth. I mean, I love hops, but man, this stuff is out of control.

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