Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.11/5 rDev -4.6%
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:
4.04/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This ale pours a hazy golden copper color with a small short lived white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is just what it's namesake implies. ..ruining. it is super bitter with loads of citrus and pine hops. There is a slight malt backbone but it is subtle at best. The mouthfeel is traditional dipa, medium bodied and mouth coating. The flavor is everything the name and nose promises, nothing but palate numbing hoppy bitterness. Like being socked in the tongue by a lemon, a grapefruit, and a bag of pine needles. This beer is not well balanced nor well crafted, but it us exactly what it vows to be; an utterly mouth destroying, taste bud ruining hop bomb of an ale(imagine a less fresh version of Hopslam). This is by no means my favorite dipa or my favorite Stone offering or even something that I'd frequently return to, but it is exactly what it is meant to be. All others will effectively be ruined for the night following this. Not great but exactly what its meant to be...and then some.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 02:35:08 | More by lochef81
4.05/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by 05/11/14.
Pours amber-yellow, slightly hazy, medium white head, medium carbonation. Smell is grapefruit and flowers.
Taste is heavy grapefruit rind bitterness, some pine, slight (very slight) honeysuckle sweetness. Such a long, bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is dry, medium body. Overall, quite good.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 04:12:58 | More by snaotheus
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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