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: 3717   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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49degrees' rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 16, 2003
OK, so we"ve all seen the stupid ad on television about bitter beers and what that Brand X says, bitter is bad. Well, if bitter is bad, that Brand X better check out Stone Brewery of San Diego County with their red hot lineup of wicked (that"s good) bitter beers. We"ve all heard of Arrogant Bastard and its cousin the Double Bastard, but don"t let the Ruination IPA slip you by, Damn - this one is bitter - but here, bitter is BETTER. Sold in a traditional the 22oz bottle (650ml for us Canadian folk) this whopper of an IPA is set at an unheard of 100+ IBUs -- as George Carlin would say, that"d knock a buzzard off a S****-wagon!! This really is a truly remarkable beer. Not only do they hit what may be the highest hop factor in an ale, they do so with such elegant ease, ensuring that the aroma, texture, and taste of this beer hits its mark each and every time. Pours a rich golden hue with suitably large head -- something that never really sits less than 1/6 high. Lacing is superb along the entire glass, so much so, that the lacing once there, won"t budge until you have finished your beer and are ready to clean the glass. An extremely bitter aroma, almost overwheling, but not quite. Incredible mossy tones with heavy accents of pine throughout, plus some accents of a fruity complexture. As for the taste, it closely mirrors what is found in the aroma -- heavy but well balanced hops with an incredibly long aftertaste -- something that has yet to be paralleled from any brewer on either side of the Atlantic. I first poured this one, and started drinking it straight from the fridge. It was almost overwheling at that point, but as the beer heated up closer to room temperature, its increadibly robust characteristics really started to shine. With such striking characteristics, one is forewarned to keep Ruination IPA as your final drink of the night because it lives up to its billing -- by the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (3785) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 9, 2016
Keg @BierCab, Barcelona. 05-10-215.
In short: nice robust IPA.
Pours deep gold with frothy off white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Tropical fruit, caramel nose. Medium body, average carbonation, little crispy texture. Taste follows the nose. Solid brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SebBrews (92) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - NOV 25, 2016
Pours a clear-ish amber color with a foamy, persistent head. Aroma: tropical fruits, mango, pine. Taste is a bittersweet juice bomb - mango, pineapple, papaya, honey. Heavy body, thick texture, medium carbonation, long bitter finish. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewtalita (292) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2016
SPicy aroma, aggresive hop profile, bit of garlic.Palate watery, low carbonation. Taste sweetish spicy like your mommas stir-fry! Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ulrikolsen (538) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2016
[email protected]ernes. Pours hazy orange with tight lazing offwhite head. Aroma has light malt, bread, biscuit, grain, straw, grass, pine and resin. Taste is light malty with biscuit and light bread, slightly fruity, grainy and hoppy with straw, apricot, floral notes, pina and resin. Finish is balanced malty, semi-sweet, dry and moderately bitter. Good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (764) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 4, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Golden, clear with medium, semi-thick, white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma are mostly piney with medium tropical fruits notes (mango, pineapple), also some citrus character (grapefruit, mandarin). All this is nicely balanced with bread malty profile. Nice combination of hops. Taste is medium bitter, broken by semi-sweet malty profile. Medium body, creamy and smooth texture, average carbonation, finish is big hoppy, fresh, malty. In general very clear and hoppy IPA, a little bit overrated here, but go for it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (862) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
The most prevelant feature of this beer to me is pine sap, the aroma, flavor, aftertaste and even the color bear a strong resimbalence to pine sap (in a good way of course). Like the bottle warns watch out for the bitterness, however it goes down rather smooth considering the IBUs. Overall it was a pretty good IIPA not sure if its my favorite but its up there. Originally rated on 10/28/08.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1165) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2016
On tap at St. Augustines. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Aroms and taste are candied citruses, resin. Piney, resin aftertaste. Very good balanced and pleasant beer. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (935) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Bottle. Clear gold with white head and lacing. Notes of citrus, pine, some caramel and florals. Lasting bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maricarmen (13) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
Un cervezn! A esto se le puede llamar una bien IPa. Aromas bestiales a resina de lpulo.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WaddlingPlatypus (145) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
355ml bottle at the Head of Steam, Durham. Cloudy yellow pour with a fine white head. Powerfully hoppy aroma balanced by wholemeal bread. Strong IPA flavour, with lingering bitterness.


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