Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.73/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A-Pours honey-amber; transparent. crystal-clear. Head is 1 finger off-white, moderate bubbles that form a soft head. Dissipates quickly with great retention. Tis a thing of beauty in a Tremens tulip.
S-Sweet Hops, Malt, citrus - grapefruit, lemon, apricot.
T- soft, sweet apricot, not overtly hoppy, Bitter but not as much as I anticipated - not mouth-puckering. Flavors from the nose don't necessarily carry through to the palate.
M-Wow. Full, sticky, resinous, rich. velvety. lingers on the palate forever.
O-great, rich double IPA. Absolutely a must-try/work into a consistent rotation.
Thank you Stone!
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 17:05:32 | More by jroberts8811
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review taken many times over the past few years. Due for on actual review on BA.
22 oz brown bomber with a screen printed gold and green label. One of my all time favorite labels. Poured into a Ruination Bitter pint glass.
S - wow. Smells like a bomb about to go off. A hop bomb that is. Lots of grapefruit and lemon. Pine like hops with an oily resinous character. Caramel malt drifts in and out of the semi boozy aroma.
T - fruitiness of grapefruit and a lemon bite. Pine resin with the hops doing a lot of the work. Caramel and toffee flavored malt ensure this isn't a 1 sided hop show. Everything sits pretty well together. A touch of hop spices and booze in the finish.
M - big medium body. Texture is typical stone thickness and its remarkable how drinkable this DIPA is while still coating every inch of the mouth with flavor. Even the slight booziness ruination has is very enjoyable. It's stunning how a Brewer can put so much hop flavor while still allowing the drinker to enjoy the hops. Ruination can hold its own with any of the bigger Double ipa's in terms of flavor and drinkability.
O - it took one sip for me to fall in love with this brew. A so readily available dipa packing all this delicious flavor? How could one not love Ruination. A true West Coast Gem and a tribute to what the Stone Brewing Co is all about. I can enjoy this literally any time I want to and that's enough to put a smile on my face. It shows that Stone has been and always will be in the top tier of the world's greatest breweries. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 14:12:06 | More by BradtheGreat7
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Haven't had this for a while, but seeing as I've never reviewed it and am prepping for RuinTen, I thought I'd give this a try once again. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is printed at the side of the bottle as "08/18/13."
Pours a slightly viscous, orange amber color complete with about 1-2 fingers of head. Head retention is fairly decent, sticking around for about a half-finger for a while. Hardly any bubbles on this thing. Lacing is semi-decent, but soon fades away as well. Definitely not as monstrous as seemingly advertised, but rather a very elegant looking DIPA, almost in the realm of Pliny (for instance - and I really should stop comparing DIPAs to it). Quite good - barely any complaints here other than the lack of stickiness and head retention.
At the nose, I get immediate dank earthy hoppiness and floral characteristics that, to this day, is very different from Stone's other hoppy beers. The experience is pungent yet breezy, almost feeling like walking through actual citrus and hop groves. Near vegetal characteristics abound such as onion and garlic. There's a fruity, slightly resinous consistency of passion fruit, guava, tangerines, and limes. Malty sweetness abounds in a Sherry-like feel, as well as a little bite from the booze. Pretty fantastic, actually - strives for balance in spite of Stone's usual exaggerations of the style.
The flavor produces a really surprisingly silky texture on the mouth, filled with a sweetened, bready robustness and juicy fruity notes of citrus rinds and tropical varieties. The bittered orange, grapefruit, and passion fruit combo is pretty good here, with a dry, astringent finish that slowly grows in power, and a bit of heat from the booze. Honey and Eastern spices really hit home as well. Not too sticky until it warms up a bit more, and even then, I feel it's less resinous from the hop flavors itself and a lot more from the caramel, close-but-not-quite butterscotch malts. The finish really is astringent, but I've had bigger hop bombs by now, so it seems relatively tame. The booze gets increasingly stronger, so it's wise to make this a sipper.
A pretty extraordinarily balanced offering from Stone, in spite of its undeniable prowess in terms of displaying the brewery's talent at showcasing their hops and big, earthy malty notes. This is very floral and citrusy as I remember it, but I forgot how easy it is to drink compared to other readily available DIPAs. The hops are strong but by no means assault the palate, as the malts hold the fort with juiciness, and it is only semi-dry in feel, as well as not being as alcoholic as others in the style. I should be kicking myself in the face for not buying more single bottles of this in the past. At $3, this is a bargain indeed. Excellent stuff.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 04:26:03 | More by magictacosinus
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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