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

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RATINGS: 3720   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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4.2
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!

4.4
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.

4.7
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 doesn’t have the bit that I expected. Tastes amazing with rosemary bread.

3.8
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.

3.9
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pours a cloudy orange with a medium frothy head. Aroma shouts Western style IPA with classical citrus and pine hops. Taste is fairly bitter, but in line for this style. Also has a medium body with a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew to enjoy.

3.4
eloimv (91) - - FEB 7, 2016
Une belle amertume malheureusement pas Assez révélée par un nez plutôt faible.

4.2
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 I’d 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 you’re into the ridiculous. Myself, I prefer a more subtle, flowery hop dimension rather than something this robust.

3.3
beisen (90) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Bottle, pours dusky amber with short head. Fruitful and piney aroma. Flavor is hops all the way, melting to a slight malt texture at the end. Good, but not as good as other IPA’s I’ve tried.

3.9
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bomber. Poured a nice gold color with a small, mostly lasting white head. Nice clarity. Super hop bomb-a-thon aroma, touching off notes of pine, citrus (orange), grass, and flowers. Some butter and honey. Initially quite bitter with flavors of pine and metal. Lightly sweet in the middle with some alcohol warmth, then the bitterness picks up speed again for a very long, dry finish. Velvety smooth, medium carbonation. Not my style, but I can appreciate this brew.

4.5
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Makes a fluffy white head, with a nice pale golden body, nice lacing on the glass. Nice floral aromatics, piney hops, sweet malts, very balanced nose. Starts out bitter as f*ck, then enter sweetness and piney flavor, its yummy. Bitter dry finish, alcohol is there but not overdone. Medium body coats the mouth nicely and leaves a light sticky reside on the throat. This one is spot on, the ABV is just right in that you could enjoy a few of these and not completely leave yourself face down, dick in the dirt. Praise Stone.


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