Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a gorgeous copper color with excellent clarity. A two finger head with a white shade is formed; starting off uniformly even, but becoming fairly rocky as it fades. Some lacing is left on the glass, though not quite as much as the best IPAs of the style.
S: It's actually not a sledgehammer of hops - I notice a moderate amount of maltiness to it, which is biscuity in nature. Still, the hoppiness is the real star of the show here, loaded with floral, piny, and even fruity mango notes. Definitely a great aroma, even after all these years.
T: The first sip doesn't seem to reveal a ton of hoppiness...but the second sip is where the resiny note take charge. While the opening is actually decently malty (featuring notes of toffee, earth, and marzipan), the finish accumulates plenty of piny, floral hop flavors. Combined with the earthen tones, it almost seems to give it a faint boozy flavor to it, but there's definitely no booze in the feel. The hops are actually defined in their flavors - while it's moderately bitter, it's not palate-wrecking for the sake of being palate-wrecking. My only real complaint is subjective: I want less pine and more tropical fruits in the flavor profile. Ah well, not this beer's fault.
M: It's not the lightest-feeling DIPA by any stretch (even at a not-so-double-these-days 7.7%), but it does have a good crispness to the back end. Hop oils accumulate on the palate, slowly building a dry bitterness as more is sipped. It definitely has the "gotta have another sip" quality all the good IPAs have.
O: Eighteen months ago, this kicked my ass, and made me come back for more. Nowadays, my palate isn't raped, but that just means I can enjoy all the hoppy goodness that much more. Even if some of Stone's one-offs (I'm also looking at you, Stone IRS) are wildly inconsistent, their mainline of brews are usually rock-solid. This being no exception. Actually, I'd call Ruination the best of their regulars.
07-14-2013 21:42:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Orange Cremesicle color, nice head--stays for a very long time (no signs of it going anywhere after 5 minutes untouched).
S: Very pleasant harvest wheat smell with a generous serving of hops. Minor citrus and beeswax scent, citrus is perhaps grapefruit.
T: First taste: Pleasant, really goes down smoothly. Hoppy but, light for an IPA. Still detecting subtle citrus tones. Second taste: getting hoppier--it's clearly starting to pick up some power. Smooth, clean finish but still aggressive like an IPA should be. Third taste and onwards: Damn this is a fine IPA, well balanced and really a pleasure to savor. Real finesse for an IPA, not as much brute force that i'm used too (but still very strong, hoppy character). Citrus taste is no longer detectable. Generous serving of hops, no getting around that.
M: Sour foam, but hey it's an IPA what do you expect. Earthy, full, not watered down.
O: Just a really pleasant IPA, something different. Doesn't have the same intensity of many great IPAs, but it is balanced and one of the most refined IPAs I've ever had.
EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.
07-14-2013 06:39:55 | More by Direx
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,177 ratings.