Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Birdmarg741:
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug
A: Pours a hazy yellow orange; nothing overly spectacular.
S: Soapy. Resin, mild citrus and earthy honey. Very calm compared to the taste.
T: Kick right from the beginning. Colored peppery spicy all over the mouth- not simple black pepper, but something a fruity, earthy, and spicy - all at once. It wonderfully hits every part of the tongue - with a strong taste of rasin and raisiny bitterness that lingers long after swallow. Eventually the rasin mellows out to a clean extra hoppy aftertaste that is extremely pleasant and balanced; mostly bitter but with a nonspecific sweetness that alleviates any drying sensation. The sensation is nice enough that any food seems like it may only take away from this enjoyment. If this were the baseline state of my mouth I would never complain. That said- the spiciness and lightness of the beer does make is wonderful with food.
M: Spicy the second it hits your tongue and it lingers - as long as its in your mouth. Highly activating and extremely bright. Feels very carbonated, but that could also be accentuated by the spice prickles. Overall, it feels lighter than its alcohol concentration. Extremely drinkable.
O: Wonderful IPA. Would absolutely have again (and again) just by itself or with any fatty food. For me, this is what an IPA should taste like. It was one of my firsts, and it still is as great as I remember many beer experiences later.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2013 00:08:02 | More by Birdmarg741
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