Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.78/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Growler from brewery poured into Unibroue tulip.
From notes on tasting in August 2010.
A: Pours a light copper, that while dark is perfectly clear with no haze at all. Head was initially about one finger, but that quickly subsides to a thin film of bubbles that remains at the center of the glass and on the edge. Lacing is fine, but moderate.
S: Not as in your face with the hops as I expected from a DIPA, but the hops and citrus are there and a noticeable amount of pine needles comes through to give one the smell of hiking through piney woods near a river or stream. The citrus smell is very much like grapefruit with a little orange lingering behind.
T: Unlike most IPA's where the hops are the first to hit you, instead this one waits and takes you off guard. The first taste is of grapefruit like citrus with a little pine flavor following on. As the citrus starts to subside the brewers spices can be detected and about the point you think you might be able to peg which spice or spices it is, the hops come with a mightly blow like the hammer of Thor on your tastebuds. A very bitter taste hits, then runs and leaves that slight bitter feel. That is why I drink IPA's is because I like the taste of hops and that bitterness and Ruination delivers exceptionally with both.
M: With less carbonation than is encountered with other IPA's, Ruination is a little smoother than would be expected. The bitter finish does result in a dry feeling, but that is easily cured by another sip.
D: I love Ruination and grab it every chance I can. I enjoyed the growler, but think I will go with the bottle next time as the carbonation was a bit light and I think this may be improved with the bottle.
Serving type: growler
01-22-2011 23:15:18 | More by pilotgod
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