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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark amber. Nose was strong hops and more hops. Carbonation was moderate to weak. Head was thin, though. Tasted like hops and lager (interesting). VERY HOPPY! Excellent beer!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheep (93) - FINLAND - MAR 24, 2013
330ml bottle, enjoy by 11/3/13. So not quite as fresh as possible. Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head that leaves a little lace as it recedes. Nose reveals caramel, dank fruity hops, citrusy notes and slight piney resin. Taste is citrusy lemon, caramel, slight pine and grapefruit. Huge, puckering bitterness lingers in the finish. Palate is crisp and soft with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joes (92) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
Draught at Stone @ Moeder Lambic (as double dry-hopped Ruination IPA). Golden beer with a good white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine; hops all over the way. Fruity hops in the taste, with orange and grapefruit. Quite bitter, even for an IPA. One of the standard IPAs for me, great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KegOstertag (92) - - NOV 2, 2012
Drank on 11/2/12 in glass from a 22 oz bottle at home. Aroma-strong hoppy scent with light floral notes. Appearance- Golden orange color very appealing. Light head but long lasting Taste- Smooth to drink. Palate- Slighty aciditic mouthfeel. Very hoppy aftertaste. Overall very good IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Alefest 05 - 100+ IBU!!!!! This and Buckeye 76 at this festival combined to outduel the combination of most of my other samples IBUs! Near perfect product as expected from one of the excellent breweries out there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is very pleasant, fruity and sweet. I must admit I was surprised by its taste. It starts out with a milk chocolate flavor with a hint of grapefruits. Eventually the fruit takes over and in the end blends into a hop finish. I would say it is a bit soft and sweet than I expected, but it is still very enjoyable. (In fact this makes it even more drinkable) I am still wondering how I missed this although I often see it in stores. I will definitely try it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle. Poured a very clear, burnt coppery straw color, with a half finger of head. Citrus and floral nose. Great balance of hops and malt for a beer that is overpoweringly hoppy. Finishes smooth and hoppy. Great on the palate, and doesnt have the bit that I expected. Tastes amazing with rosemary bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Lots of head, orange colored body. Smells of grapefruit and hops. Smooth beer taste of hops is excellent without a major bitter aftertaste. Only downfall was that I expected it to be a little higher alcohol content. Great beer, less bitter than Hopslam but lacks the real kick I was looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
A palate wrecking ball. Hints of grapefruit and pine. Ultra dry, bitter finish that sits on your palate for quite a while (basically until the next sip). A hop bomb, but a multidimensional one for sure. Anything less would not be worthy of a name like RUINATION. He who is without an IPA cast the first STONE.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2009
Pours a pale, orange-golden with a thick creamy head that keeps on building. Hop bouquet is tremendous and exquisitely rounded. Piney spiciness upfront, followed by a wonderfully flowery fragrance, and held together with a twist of citrus. Flavor is immense and indeed ruinous. Very sweet and piney, candy-like, with a hint of orange. Perceived bitterness is actually quite mellow considering. A grassy, acrid character comes across which Id attribute to dry-hopping. Malt profile is hard to detect. Relatively clean on the palate with an enveloping bitterness. A classic IPA and quite agreeable if youre into the ridiculous. Myself, I prefer a more subtle, flowery hop dimension rather than something this robust.

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