Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by NolateM:
5/5 rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a stemmed pilsner glass. It's orangish-gold and completely free of haziness, and it has a thick, wonderful white head, with very nice lacing quality.
Aroma is powerfully delicious. Citrusy, piney, hoppy... just what I expected, but amped up.
Upon first sip, I think "wow, this has the incredibly smooth qualities of the regular Stone IPA." Then I wait a few seconds. Suddenly, I taste a waterfall of hops and citrus and pine and bitterness cascading through my mouth. It gets stronger and stronger as the seconds go by. Yet, the bitterness is pleasant and not overbearing. I had a HopDevil before I drank this, which was actually more bitter than this beer. Still, some might find this Ruination IPA experience difficult to handle... I find it to be one of the greatest IPA experiences of my entire life. No, make that THE greatest.
The mouthfeel is weird, but AWESOME. I give it a five because I can actually feel the hop presence getting stronger and stronger AFTER I sip it. There's not really much malt presence that I detected, but who cares... it's a freakin IPA.
Shockingly drinkable for its alcoholic strength and hop potency.
I never thought I'd give a beer straight 5s, but this is a perfect IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2006 19:45:21 | More by NolateM
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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 8,839 ratings.