Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served (quite cold) from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass....will taste it as it warms.
Is it weird to almost be *afraid* of a beer before trying it? I consider myself to be a dyed-in-the-wool hophead, but I am somewhat anxious before my first taste of this one...some of the reviews reassure me, but others, including the one directly below mine, add to that anxiety. In any case, here goes...
A - Orange-y,-amber, a bit of a chill haze, with not much of a head; what there is dissipates quickly - "soap" and oil, you know?
S - WOW! What do you expect? Piney, citrusy, SOAPY hops. Gotta say - and still haven't tasted it - it's one of the best beers I've ever smelled - just fantastic....
T - So, still quite cold, but the fact that some malt punches thru the 100 IBUs is amazing - but it does. Of course, what is most obvious are the hops - they're everywhere, but this is a quite drinkable beer, even at 7.7% ABV (which you can't taste at all - 22 oz of this will be fun!). What was I afraid of? Goes like this: hops at the front, transition to slightly sweet w/roasted malt character, which lingers as it goes back to hops.
M - Slightly carbonated and fairly smooth...this will cut through any food you want to throw at it, guaranteed.
D - Surprisingly drinkable, but as I said - the hoppier the better for me.
Gotta say - I thought this was a "show-off" beer - 100 IBUs!! But it is also a "real" beer that, though not for the faint of heart, is also quite good. Will *definitely* get this again.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2010 23:12:24 | More by bosox941827
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