Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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 incredibly 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!"
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2003 20:19:07 | More by 49degrees
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5/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Let's put it this way:
This IPA is phenomenal.
The 10th anniversary edition is spectacular as well, if not more perfect.
The bottle design is nice, rough, and gritty. That makes for good grip and great looks.
This is one beer that I'd legitimately say, the hoppier the better.
I am a Sea Creature (look it up)
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2014 03:59:01 | More by goodolbrandon
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,969 ratings.