Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a gorgeous copper color with excellent clarity. A two finger head with a white shade is formed; starting off uniformly even, but becoming fairly rocky as it fades. Some lacing is left on the glass, though not quite as much as the best IPAs of the style.
S: It's actually not a sledgehammer of hops - I notice a moderate amount of maltiness to it, which is biscuity in nature. Still, the hoppiness is the real star of the show here, loaded with floral, piny, and even fruity mango notes. Definitely a great aroma, even after all these years.
T: The first sip doesn't seem to reveal a ton of hoppiness...but the second sip is where the resiny note take charge. While the opening is actually decently malty (featuring notes of toffee, earth, and marzipan), the finish accumulates plenty of piny, floral hop flavors. Combined with the earthen tones, it almost seems to give it a faint boozy flavor to it, but there's definitely no booze in the feel. The hops are actually defined in their flavors - while it's moderately bitter, it's not palate-wrecking for the sake of being palate-wrecking. My only real complaint is subjective: I want less pine and more tropical fruits in the flavor profile. Ah well, not this beer's fault.
M: It's not the lightest-feeling DIPA by any stretch (even at a not-so-double-these-days 7.7%), but it does have a good crispness to the back end. Hop oils accumulate on the palate, slowly building a dry bitterness as more is sipped. It definitely has the "gotta have another sip" quality all the good IPAs have.
O: Eighteen months ago, this kicked my ass, and made me come back for more. Nowadays, my palate isn't raped, but that just means I can enjoy all the hoppy goodness that much more. Even if some of Stone's one-offs (I'm also looking at you, Stone IRS) are wildly inconsistent, their mainline of brews are usually rock-solid. This being no exception. Actually, I'd call Ruination the best of their regulars.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2013 21:42:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Excellent! Great body for a Double IPA, forward hop, and aftertaste that wins! Thank you Stone Brewery for always living up to your expectation. Ruination is an excellent IPA for those who enjoy the sensation of superior hops!
Cheers to you Stone! Thank you for the excellent brew
Serving type: on-tap
07-29-2014 02:17:04 | More by kenny400m
4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Mouth-numbingly hoppy and at times almost to powerful, almost. Certainly one of those beers you must taste in your beer drinking lifetime. Must be the last beer of the day, anything else will not taste the way it should after this brew. This is at the pinnacle of hoppiness!
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 16:48:47 | More by Jeremy_Karanovich
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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