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Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry HoppedStone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 433
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 66
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 12-27-2006

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I too am in the same spot as SV650TN below because I had this tonight at Stone for their Wednesday night cask special and movie on the lawn and mine was also dry hopped with the amarillo but centenial hops were used as the 2nd dry hop andI too also can not add a beer because I have not reviewed enough. This has to be one of my favorite beers and im not even a hop head.

First coming out of the cask it looks beautiful with a white fresh-look untill it settles for a second with a nice creamy looking head and a golden creamy looking body.

The smell is amazing with those two hops combined, this my turn me into a hop lover because now thinking about it I am craving those hops.

The taste is a perfect balance of anintence hop flavour with a nice malty base to balence it all out.

The mouth Feel reminded me of a good crem ale on a nitrogen tap.

I drank two of these and if I hadnt shared a westy 12 and a Tommy Arthur Signature Brew Master Colaboration with Linden from the Stone Store, and also a stone IPA, I would have drank that all night with my beer Mac-n-Cheese.

Simply one of my Favorite Brews.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was just about the best IPA I think I have ever had on tap anywhere. And I have had some really awesome IPAs. The floral noted from the dry-hopping were right up in your face. I had this side by side with the double dry-hopped IPA and the 10th Anniversary Ruination and this was my favorite of the three. It was so excellent. Funny because the first thing my friend Joel told me when I walked in the door of 1702 that night was that I had to try this one, it was the best. The most "Stone" he said. The hops were so out front but not overpowering in any sense. Excellent.

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Photo of fields336
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at proof
Served in ommegang tulip

A: dark golden amber color with one finger of solid white bubbly head. Some legs and Lacing hang around. Not much visible haze  
S: piney and citrus amazing aroma on this. I'm getting strong resin and pine 
T:holy hops, malts hit up front with huge pine and citrus notes as a finish. This is great flavor. Booze not really detectable, dank resiny hops. Very complex
M: Chewy and thick this is a full bodied d ipa I love how it feels, smooth with a prickly finish as it coats your mouth with delicious hop goodness. Only downside is it is a little bit syrupy but not overpoweringly so.
O: this is what I imagine the perfect super hopped double IPA to taste like

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for this great growler pick up for Bottleshare.
Fairly hazy orange color. Bubbly eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.  

Fantastic nose. Big bright Citra and Centennial hops stand out. With Nice citrus notes along with sweet Pineapple.

Amazing flavor. Sweet nice citrus and floral hops. Great balance. Mild bitter back end and finish. Nice candy malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very fresh and crisp. 

Overall an amazing beer. Too bad they can't dry hop all Ruination this way so we could have this awesome beer with the same accessibility. Big beautiful Centennial and Citra hop nose and flavor just make this already great beer exceptional.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at kickbacks in jax. Poured into a snifter. Medium off-white head and retention. Clear, oily lacing. Aroma is pungent grapefruit and pine. Intense hops to the highest level of comprehension. Some alcohol in the aroma but really totally dominated by one of the most spirited hop aromas of all time. Taste is dominated by grapefruit and i think it actually tickled by tongue and made it curl a little bit. Really a delicious taste and awesomely drinkable. Really one of the best double ipa's ever.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a a clear goldeinish yellow with good carbonation, nice white cap. Minutes later the lacing is hanging tough

S: Jizzed in my pants. Again. Sweet, dry, fresh citrus and flowers. Nose was pungent and I can now believe this is double dry hopped.

T: Wow. This beer really worked wonders coming from the growler. The citrus was aggressive;lemon, light orange peel. The floral notes were big and nice not overly floral or perfumey but down right perfect. The beauty of this beer is that it still is a balanced beer.

M: Light to medium body, crisp and refrshing, A palate wrecker no doubt

O: Exceptional!

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super hazy. There is no way this could have possibly been filtered. It was a fairly bright orange color. A touch darker than the normal version of ruination. The lacing on this beer was epic.

S: The smell was quite simply reDONKulus. The most over the top hop nose in a beer I have ever smelled. It smelled like marijuana. There is no way around it. Tons of citrus. Pine. Words cannot describe how good this smelled.

T: The taste was also awesome. It was so hoppy. TONS of west coast citrus. The bitterness was off the charts as well but thanks to years of drinking DIPAs most of my taste buds have been worn down sufficiently

M: A little thicker than the normal version but not nearly enough to make this even a touch less drinkable.

D: I don't even want to know how much this beer costs. The hops were off the charts. I have had the Pliny's and everything else but god damn this was hoppy. The triple hopped version should all be destroyed as this is more than enough. Heady.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 5/18/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus and caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, great representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice to get such a rare brew down here to try. Thanks to Green's for the hookup. Night light golden brew with a foamy white head. Aroma is flowery and hoppy, like fresh cut vines; also a sugary tinge hides in there. Taste pushes fresh to the limit. Fresh hops mix with an earthy tone to give this brew an exceptionally fresh and hoppy taste. Lip-smackingly bitter, well-removed even from Stone's usual Ruination. Best word I can think of is earthy and leafy, like a fresh hop vine. Finish is full bodied, big and bitter but not boozy.

Another great brew for those of the hop-head persuasion to seek out. A real treat.

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Photo of bstave
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my favorite watering hole. This was an amazing DIPA! I was very impressed. Poured a nice golden with nice lacing. Smell was big pine and citrus hops. Taste followed nose and was super resiny. Mouthfeel was medium. Overall, this is a great example of a true DIPA. Big hops and not a big malt bill. I am a fan and will seek this out in the future.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sweet very unique swingtop growler from Pinochio's Pizza & Beer Garden in Media, PA today. They are doing a special Stone tap takeover this week, with special deals on Growler fills and these unique growlers with the Stone logo on one side and Pinochio's on the other. Really cool shape!

Normally I stick to PA Brews only, but I do love me some Stone!

A - Basica golden-yellow appearence, pretty clear, not really an important rating factor for anyone who knows what "real ale" is...cloudy is okay people : )

S - Beautiful bouquet of bountiful hops...noticeably more gorgeous than a fresh standard ruination. Fragrent ripe peaches, appricots, citrus, resiny pine...all the things you would expect from a big west coast ipa

T - The taste is excellent...matches the nose spot on with flavors from all of the above simultaneously and wickedly balanced!

M - Here is where I am totally thrown off...it seems very thin and watery to me...maybe b/c its from a tap and not a bottle...but the weight/body seem to be lacking...not necessarily a negative...but it doesn't feel like a near 8% brew

O - Great! I like it much more than the standard ruination which I had previously dismissed as a novelty beer. Its funny but this doesn't seem as bitter as the first time I had ruination. Either this batch is very smooth, or the extra dry hops balance it out, or I have become acustomed to extremely bitter ales...probably a combo of the 3.

Anyway, if you see it on tap or in bottles (and fresh) give it a go...especially if you are a HopHead like me! : )

Cheers Brothers!

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Public House in Vegas. Poured into small goblet. Nice copper color with great lacing. Very grassy flavor at the start, but the hops take over. And did thy take over. This had a nice mouthfeel and a staying carbonation. But this had a great hop blast. Very good beer

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Photo of jdklks
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this friday night in a growler fill at the brewery... very exciting. it pours a dark gold/light amber with an off white bubbly frothing head. the smell is SUPER-hoppy and nothing else. citrusy and piney, hops everywhere.

as if regular ruination weren't enough, the taste is excruciatingly bitter. huge hop presence everywhere. there are hints of citrus fruit sweetness up front, but that is demolished by the overwhelming oily bitter hoppiness that is double dry hopped ruination. in fact, this beer redefines what it means to be "dry-hopped". Huge lingering bitter hop after-taste.

the mouthfeel is simply fantastic. full bodied and a thick film of oily hoppiness on the palate. drinkability is up there with regular ruination, though a little less because of the sheer intensity of the hops.

a great, great beer.

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Photo of MattyBones
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to have this on tap earlier this year. I'm a big fan of Ruination and was excited to give this one a test run when I saw it.

Appearance: Golden, copper color with a nice head.

Smell: Super funky hop aroma. Smells like the regular version x3 with a little more of a piney smell to it.

Taste: Super bitter hop bomb that smashes the palate the second you taste it followed by a slight malt backbone that doesn't seem to balance out the hops. Pine and citrus. Definitely a palate wrecker for sure, but quite enjoyable. Very fresh tasting as well.

Mouthfeel: Not too oily but just enough to coat the tongue, doesn't matter because the hops go crazy in your mouth.

Overall: Anther solid effort from Stone. Ruination is a delicious brew so to get this stronger, fresher tasting version was a treat. Hopefully I'll catch this one on tap again at some point.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a goblet.

Appearance: On tap this has a deep hazy gold and tangerine color with a thick, sticky white head. A soft sheet of lace hugs the glass on the way down. This even looks hoppy.

Smell: Somehow Stone managed to double dry hop this without it completely losing its mind. Slightly caramelized grapefruit, orange zest, a barrel of sappy pine, and a little grass contribute to a blur of a hoppy aroma. I could say there is some pale malt in there, but that would pretty much be a lie.

Taste: There is a bit of a biscuity malt base - the flavor would come through a bit more if the hop bill didn't just smash it to bits. Some residual malt sweetness helps to coat the grapefruit and orange zest, which complements the sappy pine and grassy hops quite well. Although hoppy as hell, my palate is left mostly intact at the end of the glass, at least intact enough to order another.

Mouthfeel: For a DIPA, it is medium bodied, with creamy carbonation that comes in just above medium. Very smooth.

Overall: I am not sure whether my palate has just been blasted by so many hops at this stage in my beer drinking career or whether I just love the aroma / taste balance of the dry hopped version, but I prefer this over the regular version. A great beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap at The Mayor in a tulip glass.

Hazy light copper colored ale with tight sticky head and nice lacing.

Aroma is super hoppy, as I expected. Citrus and pine in equally huge amounts.

Flavor is so intense, I wonder if I'll be able to taste anything else the rest of the day. So bitter but also has tons of hop taste. Almost like when I tried eatting a hop pellet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and not really balanced at all.

Overall a crazy big IPA and one that really lives up to its name.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have this beer on tap at provisions market in Santa Ana. What can I say it's a type of IPA I thoroughly enjoy record a clean Chris yellow with a fluffy head that lingered. The nose was was phenomenal citrus, fresh fruit, oranges, lemon zest, very floral just a lovely scent. The taste was the same fresh juicy citrus. Overall I think this is the epitome of a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a mug at the County Grill in Yorktown.

A - Hazy orange brew with a small bit of froth. Head settled to a thin layer and remained that way the rest of the way down. Scattered lacing.

S - Sort of musky aroma, with a little sweetness, and some grapefruit flavors. The hops are present, but slightly muted here.

T - The hops are in no way muted in this department, however. Bitter as all Hell. I imagine chewing on a hop cone would be similar to this flavor. Some grapefruit and citrus notes poke through, but can't escape the massive hop bite.

M - Dry medium body, lightly carbonated, and ultimately tongue-numbing.

D - Excellent. Certainly an experience. True to it's namesake, my palate was demolished after this. Everything else had no flavor whatsoever. Must try for hopheads or fans of Stone.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Shane for sending me a 1L swingtop. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Shared with d0b for New Beer Sunday.

A - Pours with a late-rising finger of off-white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of spotty lacing. Lightly haze glowing golden color that is super attractive.

S - Tons of dank pine, lush tropical fruits, orange zest, and a light doughy malt backbone. The difference between this and regular Ruination isn't as pronounced as the difference between Stone's double-dry hopped IPA and the regular IPA. That said, it's still quite excellent and aromatic

T - I actually like the taste even more than the smell. It's full of tropical fruit goodness - mangos, peaches, guava - as well as some citrus zestiness. Minimal malt character, and palate-shredding bitterness, but I would expect nothing less from Ruination. This is verging on a 4.75 for me - so I'm going to bump up mouthfeel and drinkability by .5 each.

M - The carbonation level is quite low - verging on cask levels. I actually quite like it, as it makes the beer very soft and creamy. The body might also be a little thin, but this isn't the highest ABV DIPA either, so it's not wholly inappropriate.

D - Downing half the growler was pretty easy, and I definitely would have gone for another glass. Even with the palate shredding bitterness, the lower carbonation and ABV made is near sessionable.

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Photo of victory4me
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler to a standard shaker. Thanks regspeir!!!

Pours a hazy golden elixer with two fingers of fluffy head that leaves webs of lacing all over the glass. Big aromas of pineapple, apricot, peach, and pine cone. One of the best smelling IPA's I've ever had, almost in the same league as Younger based simply on the aroma.

Big punch in the face of citra and centennial hops. Initial flavors of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and pine. The piney flavors further develop into an extremely bitter finish that lingers and coats the back and sides of my tongue. No resemblance of malts or sweetness, truly the palate ruiner one would expect from stone. The extreme bitterness takes the mouthfeel down a notch, which is otherwise quite typical of a high-end IPA.

My favorite hoppy beer from Stone and certainly among the elite IPA's I've tried. Thanks again, Reg!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deliciously resiny, bitter hop soup of citrus, pine, and fresh grassy goodness. Very few beers showcase hop character in such vividness, cleanliness, and refreshment as what Stone displays here.

Bright golden with a hazy orange glow, the beer seems to suspend hop resins in the hue of the beer. Somewhat sticky with a white airy head that blankets the beer throughout the session while clinging to the glass with intermitten patterns.

Juicy and sprite aromas of white grapefruit, orange zest, fresh cut grasses, and sappy pine notes attack the nose with a great amount of intensity and nearly overwhelms the sense. Only the faint scent of thin caramel malt supports the ramped hop dominance, and nearly gets lost with the complex hop profile.

Hops, hops, and more hops continue throughout the taste. A mix of white grapefruit with ruby red grapefruit pulp borrow flavors from the zest of under rippened oranges, grasses and herbs, pine, and a pep of lemon acidity. Very resiny, it's hard to tell if these juicy flavors are all hop derived or part of the skim malt backbone. Lightly must from fresh hopped character, the beer keeps comming wave after wave. Alcohol flavor remains moderate but only fuels the bitter flavor and elevates the intensity of citrus fruits.

Medium creaminess early makes quick work across the palte and makes a b-line towards a bitter resiny finish of supreme dryness and minty cooling. All making this beer much more drinkable than it should be- dangerously so.

This beer is a malt lover's nightmare and a hop head's dream. The onslaught of hops both intimidate the senses and waters the mouth all at once. Both the remedy and the curse, the beer makes the tongue sweat with anticipation and shrivel in delight. This should be the blueprint for the design of all imperial IPA's.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

On tap at Max's.

I'm not the hugest fan of Stone, but this beer is pure hop goodness! The appearance of this is sunset orange with nice soapy white head. The aroma is out of this world! It's a cyclone of Tangerine Citrus and Dank Resinous hops! I get a lupulin high just smelling it! The taste is just as great. Resinous and citric hops flourish with some hop spice. Nice sweet malt backbone with a Dry-Bitter finish with a lingering bitterness. The feel is medium-light smooth body with active carbonation.

Overall: This brew is a hop heads daily drinker...if you like 8% as a daily drinker. The brew is balanced, smooth and popping with in yo face hops! It's sweeter than I remember regular Ruination being, I'm not complaining though. Stone really knows how to nail a hop bomb. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Naja's

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger's worth of white head and sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Goodness does this beer smell awesome. Incredibly intense citrus hops in the form of grapefruit and lemon rind. Pungent and resinous pine, and even a bit of a floral aroma. Malt? Not here.

T: That brutally bitter flavor of Ruination is on display here with lots of fresh grapefruit (fruit and rind) and pine flavors all the way from start to finish. Again, the malt is almost non-existent.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being much along the same lines.

D: Ruination can be a bit much at times, but the overpowering bitterness was appropriate and welcomed on this occasion.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes Aug 27, 09. On cask and dry hopped at the Old Toad.

A - poured orange amber, very clear with a short lived white bubbly cap that retained as a thin ring. No lacing to speak of. 3.5

S - Sweet caramel and a hint of biscuit with a very citrusy hop profile. A touch of pine rounds off the nose. Pretty clean actually. 4.5

T - Very sweet malts in the forefront followed by intensely bitter, herbal hop flavor. Hops dominate the rest of the palate. Mild tang of citrus in the finish. Subtle pine overtones throughout. 4.5

M - Very smooth and velvety. No carbonation prickliness that is characteristic of the kegged and bottled brethen. 4.5

D - Exceedingly drinkable. Please keep ruining my palate. 5.0

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Photo of corby112
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very dark and completely opaque burnt orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Chunks of lace left behind.

Dank, earthy aroma that's bursting with juicy, über fresh hops.  Nice balance of earthy pine and sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes.  Beautifully fragrant with grassy, piney hops followed by hints of mango, papaya, pineapple and orange peel.  Very faint pale malt presence with some biscuit and graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, earthy hops that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a crisp, dry finish.  Never becomes too bitter because it's excellently balanced by citrus/tropical fruits and light malt presence.  Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange peel followed by bready biscuit and graham cracker.  Excellently balanced and extremely quaffable.  Really refreshing with dry, bitterness and sweeter notes complimenting each other.  Highly recommended.

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Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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