Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by shacawgo24:
4.39/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A-Hazy yellow. Dull. Urine like. Held to light becomes murky light orange/golden like egg yolk. The head is egg-white white. Average size, two/three finger. Average retention. Average lacing. I like the fact an IPA doesn't always have to be bright & vibrant colored and still look good. Murky and mysterious. Demonic.
S-Citruses are all there. Orange, lemon and lime. Pine. Funky. What is this funk? It keeps you guessing. Funk is STRONG.
T-Lemon. Resinous middle and finish. Bitter citrus. Like an orange drizzled in grapefruit juice. Pine. A STRONG funky cheddar bitterness. Wow, one of the most bitter beers I've had. The backdrop is strong citrus/pine IPA, then this bitterness stands on the forefront. Malt is there if you want to dig and find it. This taste puts hair on your chest. Love how, a blockage of bitter pine funk clogs the palate, then a flood-wash of citrus breaks through the pine dam. Super pine.
M-Medium body. Not too chewy nor liquid thin. More on the fluid side than thick. Great carbonation, medium-high. Can be very bitter and yet, pleasing fruity sour tarts refresh on the finish. Sour yet bittersweet finish, like sucking on a lime. Feel meets the bar, doesn't wow. Does thin out a bit.
O-Worthy of praise. Expected a bit more. Will buy again. Not sure if four should be priced as a sixer. But this is a Super DIPA. I wish the bitter-to-citrus transition was more smooth. But it works with the "one-two punch" style. The cheddar funk makes me want to pair Ruination with a cheese plate. If you're not a craft drinker this will give you a sour face, (maybe even craft drinkers). This is not a gateway beer. I stress this because we may lose potential craft newbies if we beer advocates don't give them say a regular Stone IPA as liquid training wheels. Great beer for those who like bitter yet citrusy flavors combined with a "can't put my finger, nose and tongue on this funk" taste.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 03:21:58 | More by shacawgo24
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4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Excellent! Great body for a Double IPA, forward hop, and aftertaste that wins! Thank you Stone Brewery for always living up to your expectation. Ruination is an excellent IPA for those who enjoy the sensation of superior hops!
Cheers to you Stone! Thank you for the excellent brew
Serving type: on-tap
07-29-2014 02:17:04 | More by kenny400m
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 8,952 ratings.