Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Presentation: ~10oz. from draught in a tulip glass at The Blind Tiger’s Stone 12 event. Served a bit cold. Cost: $5.
Appearance: A beer that shows very nicely in the glass, and probably even lovelier in a Shaker glass. An orange-gold body, capped with a medium-thick ½” of foam, which resolved gradually to an opaque film. Not appreciably different than the Pale Ale or IPA.
Smell: A strong scent of herb-and-grapefruit, with a stronger touch of the grassiness that made itself known in the cask IPA tasted before this.
Taste: Grabbed a foothold on my tongue like a Marine Force Recon team and percolated up through my sinuses. I could detect some malty-grain flavor elements and some peppery spice, but mostly this delivered hops, hops, and more hops. As it warmed, the beer assumed a somewhat medicinal characteristic, largely composed of a mentholated pine flavor I often begin to feel in these super-hoppy beers. Even a glass of club soda to cool my palate didn’t help much. The resinous, citrusy hops flavor provides a long-lasting but rather simplistic finish.
Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, providing a soothing counterbalance to the over-the-top flavors. Fuller-bodied than the pale ale and IPA, perhaps due to the increased ABV.
Drinkability: Not something I’m going to opt for frequently when I should now be able to get the IPA on a regular basis. Too strong for a session beer, but not complex or interesting enough to linger over.
This sample followed the somewhat weak Pale Ale and the stupendous casked IPA, which perhaps prejudiced my opinions of this. In the pantheon of deservedly praised Stone offerings, this one lacks the elegance and complexity of most of the others. Possibly because it crossed the threshold of my hops tolerance, I have been overly critical. In any event, I’ll lean toward the IPA in the future.
Bottom Line: For those of you looking for a Tactical Hop Weapon, this one’s for you. As Goldilocks said, “This one is toooo ‘hard’.”
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2003 10:15:19 | More by Dantes
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