Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by normZurawski:
3.38/5 rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
After all this time, Stone finally comes to New Jersey. All the hype, all the waiting, for...this? There is one word to describe this beer - bitter, bitter, bitter. The front of this is tasty, an almost smooth combination of flavors that instantly hit your tongue. But the follow though is such a broadside of bitterness that anything good gets wiped out almost instantly. There seems to be a trick in drinking this. Wash it out on the side of your tongue quickly then swallow. That way, not so much of the bitterness lingers in the mouth. But then, you're pounding the beer, not allowing the taste to linger in your mouth. For me, that's not the desired intent. That's generally how you drink straight vodka.
I don't know what it is about these Stone beers. But when I finally get my hands on some of their top offerings, they never fail to disappoint. Maybe expectations are a bit high. But really, no matter I expect such a strong bitterness is going to hinder anything I drink. Maybe I'm an East Coast hack, unable to appreciate the West Coast brilliance. Or maybe this beer just doesn't do it for me.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2006 00:10:58 | More by normZurawski
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4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with an inch thick white pillowy head that dissipates slowly to a film.
Smells of light grassy malts with some biscuit richness and floral fresh hops.
Tastes of grassy malt and fresh floral and grassy hops.
Medium to full body with lightly tingly carbonation.
A very solid strong IPA with great flavor, presentation, aroma, and feel. It's not especially unique or complex, just above average across the board. Drinks very easy if you like a punch of hops and well worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 23:47:48 | More by Cylinsier
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,897 ratings.