Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.55/5 rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
I feel bad slamming this beer, but given Greg Koch was in the audience, I feel like I'm entitled to it. On tap at Church Key today.
Light amber with a dense white head with exceptional retention and lacing, this looks every bit as good as the regular Ruination. The nose is not as good (I drank them side by side). Soapy and grassy in hop character, there's not much malt. Ultimately, the hops are just that - soapy and grassy. The palate opens grassy, vegetal and mildly soapy with a lower bitter than Ruination, there's a noticeable (but mild) cheesy hop character. Bitter and dry on the finish with cheesy, oxidized hops. Light in body with moderate carbonation and some bitterness, the oxidized hops really take away from the beer.
Serving type: on-tap
10-05-2010 01:25:33 | More by DefenCorps
2.6/5 rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
On-tap at Hoptomic. The formulation of this brew varies, apparently. This one is not a winner.
A - Pours a hazy golden hue and is capped with a wispy ecru head.
S - The nose is piney and rindy, with notes of unripe mango sap, grapefruit peels, green oranges and tannic lemonwood. It is very bitter, and obscures any reference to malt.
T - This beer has been literally poisoned with hops. It is not terrible, but it is more like bitters than beer. The taste of essential oils, incense, and perfume are all evoked; not transposed from the aromatic, it is as if I have a mouthful of incense et al. Malt is not to be found, but alcohol is. Strike two. There really is not a strike three, but it doesn't get much better as I drain the glass.
M - I am not a huge fan of IPA on-cask, in general. That said, this was not horrendous.
O - Not impressed; far too bitter to show any dynamics. This is 'extreme beer'; take that FWIW.
Serving type: cask
06-22-2011 15:52:51 | More by ktrillionaire
3/5 rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
On tap at the Easy Tiger in Austin.
Look- Hazy amber with a hint of orange, served with no head, and leaves the glass squeaky clean.
Smell- Musky pine, wood, borderline catty. Heavy on the simcoe, I would guess. Weak aroma for a dry-hopped anything.
Taste- Less bitter than the standard Ruination, which surprised me. Fairly malty, very musky flavor. Lime, umami, subdued sweetness, resin. Finishes with toasted pine needles and herbal tea. Next to nothing in regards to the bright florals or citrus I was hoping for.
Mouthfeel- Slick, light carbonation. Moderate astringency. Moderately dry finish. Middle of the road for a DIPA.
Overall- I went in expecting a bigger, bolder, more tongue-curling rendition of Ruination with plenty of sweet citrus aroma and flavor, and was sorely disappointed. More balanced, I suppose, but that wasn't what I was looking for when I ordered a dry-hopped DAIPA. Not terrible, but moving a portion of the hop addition from the boil to the keg isn't worth an extra $2/pint. Probably would have rated this one higher if they had called it something else and left out the "double"
Serving type: on-tap
07-22-2012 06:15:52 | More by Lawl3ss
3.53/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
500ml bottle - Quingenti Millilitre series. Ruination double dry hopped with Citra and Centennial. Thanks for sharing!
A: Transparent golden orange with a frothy white head. Great retention and lacing
S: Grassy, with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Malt imparts bread and cracker. Faint pine with floral notes. This smells maltier than I expected.
T: Orange and grapefruit flesh. Upper moderate bitterness. Malt is bready and crackery with a little caramel. Finish is very dry with orange pith and flesh. Again, more malt than I expected and it seems a lot maltier than regular Ruination or any double dry hopped iteration of Ruination that I've had.
M: Medium body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.
Overall: This was maltier than your typical Ruination, though I'm not sure why. Pretty good, but not as good as I'd expected.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2011 18:45:04 | More by HopHead84
3.7/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
i love ipa...and was interested in this particular one cause all the hype...dont get me wrong...it was decent...look was very pale...decent head...lacked a little in the smell catagory...but taste was average...low alcohol taste...hopiness was good...but i was looking for more citrus smell/taste...i guess i was expected to be blown away and i was just pleased
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2011 01:46:34 | More by bljebd
3.71/5 rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
a clean golden pour with a finger of off white head. smells of cat piss, skunk, bready. by the hop taste/smell this is the simcoe edition. straight up mind numbing bitterness, burnt tire, skunk, cat pee, caramel malt profile. medium body with moderate carbonation. bitterness lingers and creates a hard to swallow drink.
don't get me wrong, i like bitter beers. i make super hoppy beers (over 200 ibu is not above me) but this was just such a palate wrecker with its burnt rubber-like lingering bitterness that it is just hard to drink. with that said, i really enjoyed the challenge of drinking a whole growler of this.
Serving type: growler
05-10-2013 00:20:48 | More by facundoCNB
3.73/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I had this on cask at Rustico's Glassware Giveaway, immediately following HopSlam and Nugget Nectar. I think those other two beers might have ruined my palate for this one. It poured hazy gold with a bit of white head. It smelled like tea leaves and floral hops with clover honey malt. It tasted much the same, very dry and bitter, but not nearly as clean or fresh of a hop character as the two predecessors. It was surprisingly thin for a cask ale, but was still very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol was hidden nicely, but the flavor just didn't click with me. Not sure if it's an age issue (this beer is retired?) or just because I was spoiled on HopSlam and Nugget Nectar first. Definitely not a bad beer, but it just didn't stand up to those other two.
Serving type: cask
03-11-2009 16:43:18 | More by Pencible
Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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