Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MJR:
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours with a beautiful, ultra-clear, copper-orange color. Leaves a good sized head that goes down a bit throughout the drinking of the 22oz bottle. Not to worry though...a quick swirl of the glass brings it back up, and it stays this time.
Smell: Wow...this beer has the most powerful hop aroma I've ever experienced. Amazing. I didn't smell for long...I HAD to taste this brew...
Taste: If you think the aroma is full of hops, you're in for quite a surprise! Full-bodied hop flavor...pine, floral, grapefruit, citrus, you name it, it's in there. The hop flavor is overwhelming if you're not used to such a powerful brew. My tastebuds are actually getting numb as I kill this bottle. There's a good malt background, but you really have to search for it. Drinking this beer after all the others I've tried is akin to going from black and white television to full digital color! It's so full of flavor and so aggressive and complex!
Mouthfeel: Impressive. Very impressive. Goes down with a medium mouthfeel, but again the hops take over and remind what kind of beer you're drinking.
Drinkability: Hmmm...this is probably the only area where this beer suffers. It's truly an amazing beer, easily one of the best I've encountered in my many years of 'better beer' drinking. However, I can't imagine putting away pint after pint of this brew...it's simply too powerful. I thought I had tried some hoppy beers, only to be sucker-punched by this outstanding example!
To sum up, this is one of the most incredible beers I've ever tasted. Given that it's my first brew from Stone Brewing, I can't wait to try more...I've got a couple more of their beers in my fridge and it's taking all of my self-control to stop myself from trying them right now! My highest recommendation!
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2002 18:00:15 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Burlington Beer Works pint glass.
A well-reviewed highly anticipated IPA.
A: This beer pours smoothly, a dark gold color with a mild head and very resilient lacing. It has tinges of red and brown in its translucent body. A very nice, attractive beer that just shouts its richness and fullness at you.
S: A wonderfully biting hopiness over a thick grapefruit body. Pepper hints are accompanied by an earthy aroma and fresh pine.
T: An extremely thick but smooth beer. The first flavor is a very wonderful hop-intense bite that is followed by a lovely citrus and grapefruit with a hint of green apple. This beer has a nice layered texture with the citrus and fruit notes on top with a nice undercurrent of thick rich hops and a good malty base. There are also some mild hints of herbal flavors and a rose-like nose with some pepper.
M: Rich and thick but smooth with a crisp finish and a very powerful hoppy bite giving a prickly fresh mouthfeel. Extremely well layered.
O: A wonderful IPA, definitely worthy of its huge following. Excited to try more from this brewery. Very rich with huge flavors and tons of intricate layers. Lovely lovely.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 22:16:43 | More by jsausley
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,849 ratings.