Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.
A - Pours a pale, straw yellow with a bit of orange to it. It's a little cloudy, but it's actually more clear than I was expecting it to be. About a finger and half of cream-colored head, rocky and porous in shape, with pretty good retention. The lacing is nice as well, with a generous sheet of foam coating the glass.
S - The nose is all hops, mainly freshly squeezed citrus, but also some sticky pine cones as well. Very floral and aromatic and it seeps out of the glass to fill the area with it's bouquet. Lots of grapefruit and especially orange rind. While there is a lot of hop, it isn't overly bitter or astringent, but rather more clean which makes it all the more appetizing. Just a hint of toffee in the malts.
T - All hops, all day. This is an experiment in hop extremity and it comes across in spades in the flavor. It starts with just the slightest of malt backbones to give a sweet caramel note, but from there the hops run away with the taste. Mainly bitter citrus with a big tropical and orange taste. Again, there is some pine and floral notes, but it's mostly fruity. Bitter finish, but not a whole lot of alcohol, thankfully.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lowish carbonation. Not syrupy, but would like a little more zest. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste that really does ruin the palate. Even still, it is pretty smooth.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. It's hard to call a beer of this magnitude and hop profile very drinkability, but it is bursting with flavor that keeps going with every sip. Even with the strong bitterness, I found myself reaching for the glass again and again and looking forward to it.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2011 01:48:36 | More by nhindian
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