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
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This is the top of the IPA food chain in my opinion. Hopp madness in a bottle, but yet somehow controlled and balanced within its environment. Simply an amazing work of art!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Bottle. Poured a nice bright orange color. Thick, big bubbled headthat lasts for quite a while and fades down to a modest layer over the beer. Great lacing. Aroma of piney and citric hop, bits of melon?? and malt. Very nice. Juicy hop flavor. A touch overdone, but restrained still. This one seems to be about to kick your head in with IBUs and pulls back at the last moment. . Malt and hop compete for a bit and then a long citrus hop finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
More orange and grapefruit. Honestly, its a little sweeter than Dreadnaught, but other than that, I can barely tell the difference. I dont know if Ill ever learn to sort out hop complexities. This was.....interesting....not bad, certainly not....but way too much in the hop juice category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Awesome pale/ orange color with a nice fluffy white head and great lacing. Lots and lots of citrus hops in the aroma, and maybe some piney aromas too. Flavor is backed slightly by hops but again- is dominated by those strong american hops. Probably not too much chinook in here like in AB, which gives it more of a smooth citrusy and floral aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is great and it leaves an excellent sticky resin on the back of your throat. One of the best Imperial IPAs however, I think that victorys Hop wallop uses a little more hops and is indeed more bitter, which is not to say one is better than the other. I like them both about the same. However- I have brewed Imperial IPAs that blow this out of the water as far as hoppiness goes. I really liked this beer and I will pick up plenty more next time i go out to my distributer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Completely over the top. So incredibly overpowering that even I have trouble with the aftertaste. A lot of alcohol, and a lot more hops. A good beer as a novelty, but not one I want to drink every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
billk (353) - Coeur dAlene, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 bottle 22 oz. Almost clear golden honey amber with large off white head ( a thin surface of fine foam on top of rather large bubbles) which fell rather quick. Moderate to good carbonation with minimal lace. Aroma is fresh, clean, resinous hops with a rich light amber malt background. Flavor is rich, somewhat sweet, light amber malt with alcohol and plenty of hops with a bit of a spicey/perfumey taste. Medium body. Hop bitterness hits right away, stays, and the finish is pleasantly bitter. Something wasnt quite right with this one. Perhaps a bit old or stored wrong. The noticible alcohol taste distracted from the flavors and there was a somewhat overcooked aspect to the malt as well. Will have to try again from a different source. www.stonebrew.com was on the cap. 5/27/05: Got a good one this time. Similar to their IPA but bigger especially in the hops dept. This is one of those brews that can put that hop "burn" on you and make you enjoy every second of it. The burn, & bitterness fit well, not "added on" tasting like some. Almost puckering quality. The alcohol was still noticable all the way through the 22 oz bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Medium amber color witha mild head. Very hoppy at the start, malty sweet at the end. Dry and quenching.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
Hazy, translucent orange-amber. White head. Thin but stable bead. Big floral & citrus (grapefruit) aroma w/ notes of pine & mint. Full, sticky, oily, body. Huge hop flavour of grapefruit, mint, & pine. Nicely supported by the malt but still balanced toward the hops. Long, intensely bitter finish w/ some very dry, peppery notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1195) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Nice! Bam. It needs a bit of getting used to, but I do prefer it to the normal IPA. You all now what this one is like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Ive had this bottle in my fridge for probably a year and a half now. No good reason for it sitting there that long, but it finally made its way out. Orange color, a little cloudy. Citrus scent, and a nice hop bitterness. Any more bitter, and Im not sure how much Id like it. But at this age, its damn near perfect. And since I can only rate it the way Ive had it, it gets a near perfect rating. Fantastic stuff.

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