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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle 2004. Pours a light amber with carbonated head that slowly disperses leaving a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very malty with a piney aromatic fragrance that lingers in the air. The taste is quite wonderful with bitter hoppiness combined with a well balanced spicey flavor. The bottle claims that some might think this beer is over hopped but i think it is just right. Very smooth and crisp which makes drinking the 1 and a half pint bottle seem like nothing. Expensive but worth it for an IPA lover like myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Orange coloured. Nice and very hoppy aroma. Very hoppy and bitter flavour. It is very tasty, but it could use some more depth and complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gerbache (8) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005 does not count
I love the look of this beer; beautifully clear amber with a strong head. Smelly more hoppy than it tastes. Despite the super-high IBU rating, I find it very balanced by a healthy amount of malt, which prevents the beer from being too one-sided. Underneath all that hops is a nice, fruity taste, especially after you get used to the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours a golden orange slightly amber color with a fairly large head that diminishes to a very thin layer. Lace is stuck all over the glass like spider webs. Aroma is.....uh......hoppy. Flavor is slight grapefruit blast of bitter, malt, then a flowery complex hoppy bitter finish with some warmth to it. This has so much wonderful flavor to it without any medicinal qualities. I genuinely enjoy this and need to taste side by side with Stones regular IPA which I also enjoyed. One of these will become a regular in my supply.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 "O Frabjous Day! Calloo! Callay!" A hop-heads delight! The aroma, tho, is actually more tame than Id expected, having heard Stones braggadocio and word-of-mouth from the embittered. Coming from this apricot colored, two-finger headed brew is a serious grapefruit/piney/herbal/earthy hop aroma, sure to wake the weary, but not overpowering. Its in the drinking that the 100+ IBUs really come across. Plenty of the mouth-burning, tear-inducing hop bitterness that Ive grown to crave. Sure, theres some malt there, but in this kind of a brew, I dont care! Great lingering bitter finish, causing my mouth to water, making me want more!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Hops, hops and more hops. You can smell the bitterness before the first drop. Pours a dark amber in color. Starts out a bit bitter and finishes just as it started...with that perfect spicey whallop all good IPAs should have. This ones a keeper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaybeatle (2) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005 does not count
Deep amber color, strong hoppy smell, very bitter in the beginning but smooths out with a spicy tinge. Definitiely more harsh than the standard Stone IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pours a dark golden with a thin white head. Has a hoppy aroma. Tastes of hops, spices, and pine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Intense hopness but very well balanced. Ill have to cellar some of this and see how it comes out.. cant say much anyone else already has, except if you love IPA this is a must!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 Beautiful Golden pour which is a little darker then the Stone IPA. The head is very creamy and quite nice to look at. In terms of the aroma there is malt, orange, graitfruit, and citrus. Really terrific aroma. If you want hops this beer has them. The taste is dominated by pine, graitfruit, citrus and lots of hops. The bitterness is a little high, but I still like it. The aftertaste is very nice and has a lot of hops. The hops are so present in the mouthfeel. This brewery is very impressive. It is hard to believe that the ABV is not higher. It is interesting because this Double IPA has a bit of a Barley Wine taste to it on top of all the hops. It is quite appealing. I got this on 10th and Pine in Philly and there were plenty left.

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