Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Every time I look at this bottle I'm reminded of what I drew all over my Physics folder in high school. Sort of embarrassing now.
Anyway, this opened with a pop and compared with Stone's IPA there's more of a muted nose to start which is soon followed by some juiciness and some heavy lingering pine. More orangy in colour than the IPA as well but with more sparkle and clarity too.
An astoundingly supple and very supportive body for the potential weight here. Some very concentrated attacking bitterness that is penetrating (just wave after wave) and stays for the long haul long after the sip is gone. So so dry but relatively carbonic initially as well.
Pretty good, stern, intimidating and firm. What a technical achievement. Could fill 'the stein of truth' many times over with this before I would tire of it but funnily it still doesn't make me salivate the way some other beers do. It is many things to the tongue but for me it just isn't delicious. If it was it would be perfection.
Recently did a Ruination/Hardcore/Tesco American Double IPA challenge and the Ruination, despite being only one day away from its expiry date,was still pretty fine with much more finesse and complexity and a cleaner palate.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2011 19:22:26 | More by Zimbo
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