Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BJA:
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.
A: The appears as a crisp, clear golden color with carbonation bubbles steadily rising to the head. I got a solid two finger head. The head is a creamy, slightly off white color and started to dissipate after about one minute. A nice little cap remained and a lot of thick lacing was left on the glass.
S: Smells like hops: dank, resinous hops with a slightly floral and piney scent in there. It is a pungent smell.
T: Tastes like hops. I get a little less of the dank, resiny taste compared to the scent. There are herbal, grassy, piney notes. I also get a little citrus and spice flavor. Oh yeah, and it is bitter. Obviously this beer is built with a hop dominance in mind. It succeeds smashingly in that regard.
M: I think this beer has a medium mouthfeel, but the hops tend to explode on your palate just after you take a sip. The hops leave a strong aftertaste on your tongue and, particularly for me, on the roof of your mouth.
O: I think this beer accomplishes what it sets out to do: fill your mouth with hops. I really like hoppy beers that have their own character and this beer has that. It has the Stone taste with incredible hoppiness. It is right up there with some of the other crazy hopped San Diego IPAs that I drink a lot in this wonderful beer city. I wish I had the ability to describe all the nuanced flavors better. I like these beers because they turn out to be great sipping beers. You really have to like hops to get through one of these though. If you do appreciate hops, you will like this beer, along with the other crazy hopped west coast IPAs. When you spend time with them, you find they have a lot of nuance to them beyond the crazy hops. That is nice. The one thing I don’t like about the Ruination IPA is the aftertaste. It really lingers on the roof of my mouth in a bitter way. I suppose it is just ruining my palate.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2011 03:44:00 | More by BJA
More User Reviews:
3.13/5 rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Much maltier than expected. Bitterness and sweetness battle to achieve dominance. Not in a balanced way. Not crazy about this sweet, bitter IPA. A little sweet for my tastes, despite the bitterness. It's not my cup of tea, altogether. Too sweet and simultaneously too bitter... Not balanced for my preference....
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:40:12 | More by logicalparadox
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,921 ratings.