Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by vrazionale:
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a copper body with a thin lacing of head that stays at relatively the same level.
S - Hops, naturally. Richly layered, with citrus, pine, flowers, pungent aromatics, and stone fruit all unfolding in the nose. One of those noses where a quick sniff is pleasant and appealing, but a deeper quaff rewards the drinker even further.
T - Pungent, bittersweet hops meet a sturdy malt backbone for a thoroughly drinkable brew. The finish is long, with a pleasing interaction between bitter and sweet. The citrus and pine flavors of the hops stand out the most to me.
M - Slightly sticky feel after swallowing, but I doubt that many brews with a malt presence like this can avoid that. Slight lack of carbonation, but this was likely intentional to let the hops and malt work their magic.
D - As far as DIPAs go, this is one of my favorites. Hard to taste the alcohol behind the hops and malt, but who cares. Well-layered hop profile makes every sip different and exciting. This is a feel-good brew, for those that like hops, at least! A must-try for fans of strong IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2009 01:40:24 | More by vrazionale
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
EBD 1/14/14 Light amber pour with a light red cast. Well formed head with lasting lacing. Nice nose of citrus and pine hops against a toast and caramel sweet background. Light body with a smooth texture. Just enough carbonation to give a light effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is pretty much one dimensional - hop flavor (grapefruit over pine) flows to a prominent hop bitterness which resembles grapefruit rind. The malt is present, but only in a slight background fashion. The finish is all bitterness, but with a focus on the pine hop aspects.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 19:40:43 | More by tillmac62
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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