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Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination IPAStone Ruination IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,040 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8040
Reviews: 2916
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-12-2002)
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the bottle. The cool texture of the golden paint is awesome, the mean looking horned gargoyle gives the beer a nice medieval feel. The disambiguation and description on the back are awesome and also painted on to the bottle which makes it look even more Neo-Medieval. The green text announcing the beers name is a little out of place and the font seems slightly off, but over all this is a cool bottle. I also like nice “Victorian Demonic” feel of the bottle and the description on the back. The golden lettering on the back of the bottle is awesome and very cool to look at.

The beer pours a nice yellowed orange, very much like dehydrated piss, and even the head is slightly yellow, but thick and bubbly, with not a very long retention. Lacing is thick and peaked like a mountain range. The smell is a stupendous kerpow of hops; very piney with slight hints of citrus and not a lot else. The pine hops are very much the dominator in the smell. There might be a slight sweet malt at the end of the smell, but that might just be me stretching to smell. This is just a big bitter punch in the face. This beer is just pine hops blasting over your tongue, but they are great. After taste is like a pine forest bristling in the wind. There is, again, an ever so slight taste of sweet maltiness to it. Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth. Carbonation doesn’t seem to touch the tongue much but the bitterness of the hops is very present on the tongue, and the top of the tongue is left rather dry, but still sticky on the sides with saliva. The overall after-feel in the mouth is bitter. This is a beer that demonstrates the bitters, but not much else. The bottle claims to have great subtle tastes of yeast and malts, but I would say that the real strength and the only true flavor is in the deep piney hops. I don’t know if I would have this one again. I love a good IPA and a good bitter taste but this just seems to be straight pine and nothing else. It’s a great example of the pine flavor but I don’t know how much of the pine flavor I would personally like to drink. The beer is similar to Longhammer IPA by Redhook Brewery, only with more hops and bite and a better smell.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 02:15:59 | More by Maxwell
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,040 ratings.