Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Well, I've had Hopslam and both the DFH 60 & 90 minute IPA's, this could either be my next step into hop head initiation, or something that deters me. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my tulip glass.
A - Very nice dark amber with a thick, pillow of bright white foam. Good retention and lacing.
S - Pine, floral, citrus. One of the best hop aromas I've ever had the privilege to smell, with an excellent malty sweet backing.
T - This is where I got kind of disappointed. It's by no means bad, but it's not as complex as I was expecting. Sure, it's got a lot of bitterness and good hop flavor, but it's just so obnoxiously in your face that the rest of the flavors have a tough time getting through. But, it does open up as it warms up. Good bit of grapefruit and smokiness, but it's a tough nugget to crack.
M - The hops leave a slight resiny, tingly feel, but the body is medium weight and the carbonation is good.
D - I seem to have a high tolerance for bitterness, so I could easily finish off the bomber, but the enjoyability declines as the bitterness continues to assault one's palate.
overall - I loved Arrogant Bastard because it doesn't talk bullshit about it being a tasty, complex brew. This one seems to complete its own mission of being an unabashed ode to hops, which I guess isn't a bad thing, it's just not as balanced or as enjoyable as their flagship brew. Whenever I braced myself with other DIPA's for the bitter hop grenade that never came, this is where it all went.
I am, however, finishing (and enjoying) the whole bomber, just out of spite. Once again, take that, Gargoyle dude!
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2009 23:22:10 | More by DannyS
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