overall
100
99
style
Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 3719   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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3.6
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2003
Bright golden amber, average head, hop citrus apricot honey aroma. Very bitter beginning and finish, little bit malt finish, keeps getting more and more bitter as I drink it until I start to get used to it, somewhat. Too bitter to have often, prefer the regular stone IPA. At times this has the same apricot taste as the arrogant bastard. I think this is where I draw the line and say uncle.

3.6
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Nice hop aroma. Golden color. Small white head. Decent flavor profile but tasted a little thin. Crisp tasting with little lingering aftertaste. Similar to Bell's Two Hearted Ale.Needs a little more sweetness to balance the hops.

3.6
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Holy hop-tastic batman. This is pure hops with a little bitter taste to compliment. This is the hoppiest beer I have sampled in my 120ish ratings. If you want hops, you want this. If you don't care for hops, stay away, very far away.

3.6
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2003
I'm going by memory because I was without internet when I had this one. It good but I am not sure if I prefer the original or not. I guess that gives me a reason to go buy another IPA to make sure!

3.6
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Ruination has a sweeter and more robust maltiness and a slightly more bitter hops character than Stone's standard IPA, and so the beer has better balance overall, but is light on malt for the double IPA category; Ruination also has a maltier and less hoppy nose than the standard IPA; Nose is floral with hints of bubble gum; The malt dies away to reveal a very hoppy finish with some citrus; Golden color and completely clear; Average head retention but with excellent lacing

3.6
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
This beer does not live up to it’s own hype. It’s good, but not *that* good. Totally lacking in real character aside from a whole bunch of cascade hops. Whoop de doo - like there aren’t 500 other IPAs out there with a ton of cascades in them. Dogfishhead has 3 or 4 beers that hop that pants off of this dull-edged ale. And somehow, this beer just wasn’t bitter enough. I’ve heard that the human tongue can only taste up to 70 or so IBUs and this beer is allegedly over 100. But still it is just not quite hoppy enough. It also lacks the powerful yet refined malt presence of beers like Speakeasy’s amber or Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale.

3.6
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Golden color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of slightly piney hops with caramel. Strong piney and spicy hops flavor with caramel. Strong bitter finish,medium body. A good assertive beer but not excellent.

3.6
badgerben (5107) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Original Rating Sept 13, 2004: (Thanks to SDbruboy for this!) Dark amber color with a medium head. Sudden onslaught of hops up front in the aroma and taste. Kind of mellows out after that. It tones down into an actually smooth hops taste with a good citrus zing and malt backbone. Not nearly as overpowering as I was expecting. One of the better balanced IIPAs out there. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate July 17, 2008: Man... been ages since I’ve had this. Ages, and lots of beers. Copper color with a large head Strong citrus aroma right off the bat, then it fades into a kind of grassy-ness. Piney taste. Very resinous. Moderate caramel malt, more of the grass flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Oddly, not too bitter at all. I would call this a pretty solid IPA. A double? No way.

3.6
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 first off i gotta say the beer looks beautiful.it has a very nice dark golden color.i really liked it overall,but it was very hoppy,and you taste the alcohol a bit.this is a stone brew for sure.RE-RATE 1/13/05 golden brown brown with a nice head that does leave lacing.less hops then i mentioned before.mouthfeel is a bit light.but still a solid brew.

3.6
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle 2004. Pours a light amber with carbonated head that slowly disperses leaving a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very malty with a piney aromatic fragrance that lingers in the air. The taste is quite wonderful with bitter hoppiness combined with a well balanced spicey flavor. The bottle claims that some might think this beer is over hopped but i think it is just right. Very smooth and crisp which makes drinking the 1 and a half pint bottle seem like nothing. Expensive but worth it for an IPA lover like myself.


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