amarcero (24) - , Vermont, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Absolutely "perfect". That’s the only word I can use to describe. Hopped, malty, and alchohaly all rolled into one. Yes, I realize that "alchohaly" is far from a real word, but who cares when the beer is this incredible? heybwebo (1) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2009 does not count
Fantastic floral aroma and overwhelming hop bit. Not a heavy drink, but a powerfully punch of hop glory. By far my favorite beer to savor. Every other beer get compared to this pint of perfection. casualbrewery (1) - Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009 does not count
My favorite from Stone, and probably my favorite bottled beer. If you like/love IPAs, and have not yet tried it, you are missing out.
My only warning is to drink it last if you’re enjoying multiple styles of beer in the evening. "Ruination" is very adequately named, and has this way of making you notice impurities in other brews. TroyFeltis (1) - Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2009 does not count
Until now I have felt that the best IPAs came from the Pacific NW, Colorado, Delaware, and Downingtown, PA...that was until I had one of these Stone Ruination IPAs. This IPA is damn good!!! SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 (several bottles at various times)
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2010
lct-gold, foamy-wh-head, patchy-lace, ^eff, med-co2, med-body.
flavor: pine-herbal-hops T1, herbal-§citrus-hops pine-resin-hops §pale-malt T2, surprisingly-dry-clean §vinyl honey--malt T3.
^drinkable ^enjoyable. very piney-resiny-hops all the way through this beer, but hops are not crazy-bitter and bitterness doesn’t accumulate. hops are as piney as they are bitter, but have a wonderful bright fruity guava character. the malt is not very noticeable, but is obviously there with just enough presence to keep a leash on the hops. alchl is not very detectable in the aroma/flavor either. great beer!
I am a huge fan of IPAs and Imperial IPAs. That being said, this is my all time favorite beer. Nothing compares to it in my eyes, hence the perfect rating. Can’t imagine myself giving a ’5’ rating to anything else. The only drawback is the cost. Where I live, this is $17+ for a six pack. PunkAndRun (8) - Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2010 does not count
I’m not a fan of perfect ratings, as I feel they’re often biased. But as I tried to find a fault with this brew, I came up empty-handed. Upon pouring, the color is a beautiful amber with neat, near-white head; the aroma just reeks of hops, and the flavor doesn’t disappoint. Almost absent malt flavor gives the hops a perfect level of bite with pine and citrus notes followed by a wonderfully crisp finish. 5 stars on all counts. tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2010
pretty much the best beer in the world. goddamnit i love how overhopped this sucker is. so fucking good. vicepeddler (24) - Broomfield, USA - MAY 14, 2010
This is perfection for the hophead. Pours a magnificent deep off-orange amber with a tight, slighly off white head. STRONG grapefruit on the nose dominates the instant the bottle is opened even before being poured. The taste certainly does not disappoint. Powerful grapefruit/ citrus dominates with a certain resin, pine beneath the surface. Sharp and biting on the palate. This is exactly what was promised. Not a giant malty/ hoppy Imperial, but a true ode to the hop. At an enamel melting 100+ IBU’s, this bad boy is right in my wheelhouse. itfitz (10) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
This DIPA hasn’t made its way to the top of most expert’s taste lists by just being "average." Yes, it’s strong. Yes, it’s VERY bitter. Yes, it’s known as "hophead heroin."
Those who complain about Ruination’s lack of maltiness are not familiar with the style, nor with the philosophy of Stone Brewing Company. Stone hit a home run with this liquid gold, and those lucky enough to find it (and fortunate enough to be able to afford it) will surely have a memorable experience.