Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ludachris:
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Its glowing hazed apricot orange body reminds me of one of the reasons why I love well crafted IPA's so much. Just over a finger's worth of creamy white head sits at the top of my Brandy snifter, and I'm wondering if a bigger head would have been yeilded had I used a bigger glass. Oh well, I'm still a fan.
Fresh and sticky pine sap and grapefruit peel ooze out of the glass with a luscious and smooth mango puree character following close behind. The toasty, lightly sweet malts are just as fresh but not a quarter as concentrated as the hop profile. They still give balance and subltey add to the fruity sweetness of the beer while being incredibly well integrated. Wow.
Fresh but not overly sweet mango puree sweeps across the tongue before being quickly outdone by heavily concentrated pine notes. Perfume and soapiness come to mind when describing the pungency of the pine. The bitterness doesn't have the mouth puckering punch I was expecting but it sure does have the lingering power; coming in waves and in no hurry to go anywhere. Piney, herbal, and dry are what's left at the end of this fantastic IPA. Maybe a bit of fresh mint as well. Light, toasty malt lay on the outer parameters of the beer and don't take a chance at interfering with the great concentration of hops.
Medium weight to the body with a smooth and dry feel. There's a nice creaminess to it as well. The hops do well at disguising the 7.7% ABV.
I'd place this in the top 5 IPA's/IIPA's I've had to date. I love how both the piney/bitter and tropical/sweet hop characteristics are displayed and the balance achieved in this beer. It doesn't strip the enamel off of your teeth with explosive bitterness, but it does do well at giving me my hop fix. I'd take another one and six more after.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2011 20:35:29 | More by ludachris
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3.79/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
EBD 1/14/14 Light amber pour with a light red cast. Well formed head with lasting lacing. Nice nose of citrus and pine hops against a toast and caramel sweet background. Light body with a smooth texture. Just enough carbonation to give a light effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is pretty much one dimensional - hop flavor (grapefruit over pine) flows to a prominent hop bitterness which resembles grapefruit rind. The malt is present, but only in a slight background fashion. The finish is all bitterness, but with a focus on the pine hop aspects.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 19:40:43 | More by tillmac62
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
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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