overall
100
99
style
Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3717   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2004
How unassuming, sitting there in the glass. Amber in color with a soft looking white head. A soft grapefruity hop aroma drifting slowly to your nose. You lift the pint slowly to your salivating mouth then BOOOOOM!!! You get hammered with hop... Great beer though I'm not a hop head. I wasn't able to decipher much from this one because the hops stole the show which is what I thing they were going for... So good job Stone and keep up the good work.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 fantastic, a smoothed out lagunitas maximus. nice amount of malts, great enough hops - grapefruit, citrus, pine, resin, and with just a fresh floral bite. creamy, smooth, tasty hoppy burps. good enough amount of malt to keep it from being too over-the-top. i'm a fan.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Pop the cap and prepare to get slapped around by the HUGE hop monster! Smells like a bouquet of hop flowers was shoved in my face, grapefruit soon followed along with some pine resin. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. If you're drinking this with other less intense beers, drink it last!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
dark golden to orange color and thick lasting yellow-white head. clear jolt of hops, commanding respect. flowery aroma but this ain't no shrinking violet! strong hop taste. not really my favorite of the Stones.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Ruination has a sweeter and more robust maltiness and a slightly more bitter hops character than Stone's standard IPA, and so the beer has better balance overall, but is light on malt for the double IPA category; Ruination also has a maltier and less hoppy nose than the standard IPA; Nose is floral with hints of bubble gum; The malt dies away to reveal a very hoppy finish with some citrus; Golden color and completely clear; Average head retention but with excellent lacing

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
I guess I'm what they call a hophead and generally can't get enough of them. I felt a little overpowered by this one. True what the boys at Stone say - a sip of this will ruin your palate for the next thing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 sampled both bottled and on tap. amber with a faint haze and a modest head; fruit salad and pine aroma. surprisingly quick and short jab of bitterness and then assorted lingering hop flavours that were too plentiful to identify individually. after a while i found the flavour a touch medicinal but still very drinkable

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2004
all i can say is.. wow.. excellent beer. wonderful aroma, great taste, as far as IPA's go, it really doesn't get any better than this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Beautiful oranger/amber in colour with a light coloured head. Aroma was filled with hops, slightly earthy, lots of citrus (grapefruit, oranges) and lots of citrus in general. Flavour of oranges, grapefruit, quite hoppy, surprisingly smooth and but lacking in balance. Finished with a long lingering bitterness. A hop assult. Thank you very much for this one ClarkVV.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
Majestic golden with light head. Oddly the first thing I thought when I sniffed this earthy brew is that I could blind "nose" test someone with a chardonnay and fool them. Seemed very buttery and mislead me a little about what the taste would be. Then came the assault - as it happens I love a smooth bitter brew so I didn't mind, but it definitely wasn't very balanced. Hops to start and more to finish - but the bitter finish lingered nicely, not unpleasantly. Didn't ruin me but it did make me want more Stone brews. Thanks to radiomgb for bringing this one over to watch the Super Bowl.


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