Brew Review: Stone Ruination IPA

by Kelli H. on December 20, 2011

Beer: Stone Ruination IPA
Date: 12-2-11
Alcohol: 7.7%
IBU’s: 100+
Location Brewed: Escondio, San Diego County, California
Package: 6 pack 12 oz bottles
Price: $14.99

Aroma: HOPS

Appearance: Dark golden. It reminds me of unfiltered natural apple cider.

Body & Texture: Medium to full. Smooth and not too carbonated.

Aftertaste: Bitter

Overall Impression: 
This is an American Double IPA, and at over 100 IBU’s (Int’l Bittering Units), you better believe it’s bitter. It’s very smooth, and it doesn’t make you want to swallow immediately. Keeping it in your mouth for a while is actually pleasant. If you’re into hoppy West Coast IPA’s then this beer is for you. If you’re a newbie to beer, be warned, you’re most likely going to complain it’s “too bitter”. This beer will give you the ultimate beer burps. The more I sipped this beer, the more I enjoyed it. Stone Brewing has very awesome bottles with great information on the back explaining what the names of the beers mean. The bottles also have great artwork on them. I always enjoy that.  At $14.99 a six-pack, I will not be stocking this beer. If I had an option to drink this beer again, I would definitely accept.

Have you ever tried any of Stone’s beers?
You can read my Stone Smoked Porter review here.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

David December 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I really really loved this one. At $14.99 per six pack, that’s only $2.5 per 12oz bottle. Not bad for the quality you’re getting, though definitely more expensive than many other craft beer 6 packs.

I think this might be the one I want to drink tonight after my final. 🙂


courtney (pancakes and postcards) December 21, 2011 at 5:44 am

i wish i liked IPAs! They are definitely the hippest beers in SF. 🙂 maybe I should just make myself drink them…


Made in Sonoma December 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

@courtney (pancakes and postcards)
haha, I wouldn’t make yourself drink them, but maybe get in the habit of tasting them when people your with order them. That way you can develop your palate for them. 🙂


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