Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by enso:
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
12 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Freshness date 9.16.08
Appearance: Hazy tawny golden hue. A shallow yet dense head which persists for a few moments. Plentiful carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: Like standing in the hop yard at harvesting time holding a freshly baked steaming sweet bread. Glorious pungent floral citrus and bready malt sweetness.
Flavor: Sweet malt up front quickly followed by citrusy-herbal bitterness and then resiny-piney bitterness coating the tongue. Each sip renewing the taste buds and repeating the cycle.
Mouthfeel: Good foundation for the plentiful hops and malt. Leaves a not unpleasant coated feeling on the tongue and mouth. Perhaps a protective layer from the dense bittering properties of the hops which enables the ability to appreciate the many nuances of the hops without becoming overly taste fatigued.
Overall: A wonderful beer. As ruinous as they claim it to be to the taste buds it is anomalously balanced in its own right. Perhaps best enjoyed at the end of a tasting session. I could drink numerous pints without taste bud fatigue but realize other beers would have a hard time following this one. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2008 17:46:56 | More by enso
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