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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 Moderately citrus hop nose... Lemon + Grapefruit. Body is a really cool gold/amber color and started with an average head. Hops are a bit heavy, but very good. I wouldn't say they are harsh, but they are not flowery, probably piney with some lemon rind. And I taste some honey to, shockingly like Hall's honey lemon cough drops. Bitterness picks up in the finish, and yeast picks up at bottom of bottle. I really liked this, as it has a large body. I'm no hop expert, but I'd say maybe it could use more of a flowery Dreadnaught top of hop addition to add more complexity?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Thick, golden color, head unsupportable from the thick slightly alcoholic body. Big citrus, grapefruit aroma, and some impressive maltiness identifiable. The first taste, when it was still a bit too cold (I think) was not as overwhelmingly bitter as I expected. You open the bottle and expect with a beer like this that some genie or mystical dragon is going to bite your tongue off. However, that first sip proved interesting, with a bitterness at the middle-back of the tongue. However, subsequent sips as it warmed proved sharp, with bitterness all over the mouth and lingering extremely long. I guess some people must like bitterness the way I like sour (gimme a gueuze!), and this is impressive at one level for the extent to which they gave this beer interesting qualities of flavor and prevented the bitterness from having a metallic quality or other glaring fault as is sometimes found in run-of-the-mill "big IPAs". However, at some level this also seemed to me a bit like the Cave Creek Chili beer--yes, it is possible to brew a beer that tastes like this, but why would you want to? I guess I just don't care that much for bitter hop explosions--bring it down while retaining all its other nice qualities and you would have a spectacular beer. Big thanks to Jazz88 for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2004
cloudy amber, off white head. bready malt, perfumy hops, sour plums, citrus and pine aroma. flavour holds big bunches of fruit earth and pine in impressive balance. not as bitter as you'd expect for 100+ ibu. very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
This has to be one of the best beers that I have drank. I can not say enough about the outstanding taste this gives and a smell you will love!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Another Hurray to Joe and Shell who were able to convince the beer shop owner to give this nice brew for them out of his hidden private stock! HURRAY!Nose is unbelieveable: like rolled hops petals in your hand - the kind of thing I do while visiting a brewery - makes me totall high. Orange color, huge foamy head. Hoppy bite, dry, bitter grapelike short finish at end of the tongue. What a nice brew. More enjoyable without an Guitar solo from Keith Richards (sugarlips pivo :-))

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2771) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Hoppy aroma, grassy, piney and biscuity. French fries?! Clean light malts. Peppery hops in the strongly dry finish. Golden color.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
pivo (2672) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
Bottle: This reminded me of Keith Richards guitar solo on "Sympathy For The Devil" - all treble and no bass. In fact, I recommend listening to that song while you drink this beer. Starts with one of the freshest hop aromas I've ever experienced - clean and bright as if you just rubbed some hop cones in your hand and smelled them. Orange color and foamy head. Light and quick malt body that is rather thin. This beer cuts right to the chase quickly: hops, hops and more hops. Grapefruit finish with a bitter tang at the sides on the mouth. This actually dried the front of my teeth. You almost need a toothpick afterwards to get the hops out of your teeth. Kowtow to the hop! God bless the hop!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
11/22/03. On cask at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA 11/22/03. Pours with a rocky, lasting head with elegant if light lacing. Mostly clear, slightly opaque, darkish golden body. Fruity, sweetly hoppy, bubblegummy aroma. Nice and mellow but substantial. Flavor is bitterly hoppy, grassy, lightly sweet, twiggy, piney, with some malt. Flavors are distinctive and straightforward but complex. Long bitter hop finish and dirty malts. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and nice turn to the finish. Quite long and drying. Dirtier and nastier than most IPAs, but not full enough for most doubles. If I had to guess after trying, I'd have thought this was a Double IPA (and it is), but I had thought before trying that it was a regular IPA. Really good stuff, whatever you want to call it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Gorgeous beer! Amber, honey color with a huge white head. Smells like a candied grapefruit. Flavor is of grapefruit. Finish comes full circle. From a bitter citrus to a bite of HOPS and back again. This is fantastic a very big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Orange color with slight haze. Not too foamy, but there is some amount of lingering white head. Aroma is interesting: grapefruit, cream, maybe a tinge of pine--all in hops. FLavor is slightly citrous, little malty, and a loooooong bitter aftertaste which changes from grapefruit to pine and back. Generally, I don't like the over hopped beers, but this one was done carefully and judiciously. Well rounded flavor and full on the palate. I honor the paganistic ritual slaughter of these hop plants. They died with honor!

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