Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sam_bliss:
4.69/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Orange-ish copper crystal-clear beer with a few tiny bubbles serves as the foundation for a monstrous four-finger off-white frothy head. Beautiful. Smells floral and citrusy, fresh and bold, sweet and bitter. After sniffing an aroma predominantly of hops, I am taken aback by the strong roasted malt character providing the base for the taste. Yummy hops and a bit of charred bitterness throw a party on the palate. Ginger, tropical fruits, fields of flowers, and some lemon all shine through. An alcohol kick and caramelly flavor swirl around the cheeks and tongue. The medium-full body washes down with the tang of grapefruit. The beer is thick but carbonated and clean enough not to leave a sticky after-feel, just a residual happy-hoppy tingle.
This brew is kick-ass and complex. Each swig brings something as yet-unnoticed. A bit of tobacco just as liquid touches taste buds. Lilac in the nose. The woody smoothness of single-malt liquor. Brown sugar. Lingering OJ. Perfume of the gods. I could go on for hours. Actually, if I had a keg of this IPA I could go on for days describing flavors, smells, feelings, and experiences. But now I shall just enjoy. For it is quite enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2013 03:16:55 | More by sam_bliss
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Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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