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: 3718   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13265) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Golden ale with no head. Light hops aroma Rather nice hops and malts, light citrus. Good bitterness but not ruinating. Good balance and body. (Sept. 2004)

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark golden with a medium sized head that doesnt last long, but with decent lacing. Sweet, grassy aroma, with some hops. Taste is almost all hops with a sweet undertone. Hits all parts of the tongue equally. This is phenomenal.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13132) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear orange golden color with a small frothy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong citrus and floral hops. The taste is very hoppy with pine and a bitter finish. Hides the alcohol, a very good double IPA from Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13124) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Cloudy orange with a lasting off-white head. Rich hop aroma, with pine, grapefruit, mango, peach, tobacco, perfume, and a hint of alcohol. Sweet malt flavour obviously balanced with a huge bitterness, and a pure hop flavour character. But I like my extreme IPAs to be less sweet. Cask @ GBBF 2007. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Same aroma as bottled perhaps slightly less intense. Flatter flavour. Lower score, but this style shouldnt really be made for cask serving.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a golden copper color with medium head. Great hoppy flavor! One of my favorite IPAs!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (12886) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle from Dkachur, thanks Dan! Orange blonde color. Malt, pineapple, hopoil and grapefruit in the aroma. Malty sweetish at first, with immediately an oily hoppiness banging in. Grapefruit, pineapple. Oily hopbitter aftertaste. Well balanced, with soft and velvety notes. Quite pleasant and likeable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12576) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Re-rate 3/7/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagans place. Thanks Dagan. Clear golden. Aroma of slightly stale hops with some citrus and floral notes. Bitter flavor with light sweetish graininess and some slightly stale hops. Medium-bodied. Past its prime but still OK. 7/3/6/3/13=3.2

Re-rate 2/22/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagans place. Thanks Lee. Clear deep golden. Aroma of slightly stale hops and some fruity notes. Very bitter hoppy flavor, a bit resinous, a bit grapefruity and a bit stale. Medium-bodied. Not bad, but past its prime. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2

Re-rate 10/29/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Hazy golden. Pleasant citric hoppy aroma. Flavor has a bit of sweet maltiness and a hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Decent but seems past its peak. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5

(10/23/08) Bottle drank at my hostel room in New York. Clear deep golden color with a medium stable white head. Aroma full of hops, resin, some pine needles, some flowery notes, cookies and some caramel. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, cookie dough and some fruity notes. Continues with a very bitter hoppy attack (but still remains quite balanced) with pine and some grapefruit and light alcoholic hints. A very pleasant DIPA. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (12567) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
22-oz bottle. Pours copper with a frothy off-white head and excellent spotty lacing. Resinous floral hop with huge pine notes and background caramel malts. Fizzy and spicy hoppy moderately acidic dry pine flavor with alcohol notes but mostly covered by the hops. Medium bodied and warming dry and fizzy palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (12350) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
courtesy of Allen - hazy orange colour with a little white head; aroma of apricot and quinces; quite perfumy; full-bodied and very bitter, aggressive; dry and very bitter fruity finish - terribly one-dimensional and quite a deception considering the high score on ratebeer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12329) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2002
This beer will definitely make your tongue stand up and do a little jig. IPAs are not one of my favorite styles but I will make an exception in this case. Nice dark golden color with a medium thick off-white head. Sinus-clearing hops aroma with a nice floral touch. Senses-shattering hops flavor along with grapefruit and a little malt to keep your heart from stopping. Nice long, bitter finish. Excellent.


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