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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3719   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
Amazing smell! Drinking in a pint glass from the bottle. This did not seem nearly as bitter or alcoholic tasting as I was bracing myself for, which is a good thing. Honey notes. Oh, theres the bitterness! Pretty tasty if you are into IPAs!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ReadySetToke (14) - - MAY 15, 2015
Drank from the bottle, has a dull citrus / hoppy smell to it, absolutely delicous on the palate. Has that sharp bite that other IPAs just dont have, and 8.5% abv you cant go wrong! Not as bitter as you might expect, but has a wonderful SUPER strong hop flavor to it. This is gonna be my new go to beer, via 6-packs at my local specs ; )

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
They don't lie. This beer will "ruin" your palate for any beers you drink immediately afterward. Dark color, with heavy hops. Definite pine and citrus overtone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Rich gold color and strong flavor. aftertaste persistent and strong spice flavor. A few of this and your are ruinated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Beautiful orange cooper colr. Great Thick meaty head. Initial sweet floral taste, becoming a bit more complex as it opens up over a bit of time. A great brew from Stone, took me a long time to find!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Nose is mostly Chinook piney/resiny. Perhaps a little caramel malt underneath. At serving temperatures the beer has noticeable chill haze (probably from the large amount of hops.) Warms to a beautifully clear deep amber. Head sticks around for quite a while. In taste the balance is hugely towards hop bitterness. Again the Chinook piney/resiny quality came to the from with hints of citrus and perhaps some earthiness. The malt backbone was solid and could go with being a bit lighter as this trended towards barley wine like cloyingness. I had the first bottle on its own and found the hops and bitterness to out of balance with the malt. The second time I tried it I paired it with a very strongly flavored food, peppered beef jerky. Amazingly the perceived bitterness dropped dramatically and the balance totally changed. Id strongly recommend pairing this with something bold like a pepper steak. On its own its just too bitter (and Im a fan of west coast hoppy beers.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Pours hazy orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Aromas of sweet malt and orange citrusy type hops. Flavor starts out with a gripping bitterness and carbonic bite then leads into a sweet malt finish with some hot alcohol flavor at the end. I feel this beer is over rated for what it is. A good beer but a little two dimentional with sticky sweet, quiet boring malt profile and domanting bittering hop quality. Not enough flavor and aroma hops. Sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chronickles (13) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Iam not so good at pointing out the distinct flavor differences in beer. Instead I choose to point out the obvious. Of all the stone brewery beers, this is by far the bitterest. That is why I like it. It goes great with pork. Also a very drinkable beer if you have the alcohol tollerance. As with all stone brews alcohol content is up there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Acariya (13) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Finally, I have tasted a hoppy beer that just isnt all hops.. theres (as it states on the bottle) some exceptional malt character to this.. theres a perfect (in my eyes) balance of bitterness and malty flavor.. Its an all around awesome IPA.. Would definitely buy it again,... err.. if it wasnt 15 dollars for a 6-pack..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lucremon (13) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
San Diego tasting note: Preferred Arrogant Bastard but still very impressive: Lighter colour than AB - AB more hoppy (?). Spicy aroma, maybe apricot? Medium-full with nutmeg, cilantro and sweet peanut brittle. Long balanced finish with a hint of citrus.

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