Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very appetizing shade of peach. Honey highlights and a foamy, pockmarked head finish out the appearance. Would like to see a bit more staying power from the head.
Aroma is a pure blast of fresh mango, with that fruit's distinct juicy/pine combination in full force. A whisper of guava, and just a touch of fermented, cool alcohol fill out the nose. Remarkably fresh.
Taste presents a full range of flavors, starting sweet with notes of ripe pineapple and orange zest, flavors soon cut off by a bitter lash of resinous, tar-like hops. On the swallow, the true depth of this beer's bitterness rises to the surface, manifesting itself in a slightly burnt, acrid dryness that lingers on the tongue. Like an uneventful flight that ends in an emergency landing, this beer presents every dimension of the hop, for better and for worse.
Mouthfeel is just right, with lively carbonation that never gets too aggressive.
Drinkability is decent; a dedicated drinker could put away an entire bomber, but this 12 oz. bottle is fine for me. Even with such a strong alcohol content, this beer remains light on its feet.
All in all, a great brew -- a pure, uncut, blissful rush for the dedicated hop head. Consider it welcome in my fridge anytime.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2010 05:53:02 | More by ithacabaron
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