Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
OK. I'm not a real hophead. I used to be an anti-hops guy until I was turned on to Double IPA's that offset the bitterness with citrus juice. I mainly drink IPA's made here in Vermont that tend t be on the citrusy side (Heady, Hill Farmstead and Lawsons). I actually went to the liquor store to get some Lawson's Double Sunshine and they were out. Figured I'd give this a try. Wow!. Super hoppy but balanced so nicely that I wasn't overwhelmed. Great head and carbonation level. A little clearer appearance than I like but no big deal. The key word here is balance. If I could change one thing it would be the super strong hop flower aftertaste, but I realize this beer is made for the fullblown hophead and will rate accordingly. This one is a masterpiece if a guy like me who isn't in love with hops can love such a hoppy ale. Well done Stone.
06-17-2012 00:28:55 | More by celfan
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip from a bomber. I've had my eye on this brew for a while and finally decided to give it a try.
Appearence: light translucent caramel; thick head diminishes about as quickly as you'd expect from a beer with similar gravity, but leaves some nice lacing (more than I was expecting)
Smell: very prominent tangerine-y scent; very sweet--almost too much so for my nose, but my ultiamate verdict on beer in based on much mroe taste than smell; maybe a faint hint of vanilla?; mellow-spicey note that reminds me of sage more than it does anything else; the booze smell isn't nearly as pronounced as you'd expected given the ABV
Taste: alchol not nearly prominent as most other beers at this ABV; bitterness isn't as pronounced as i'd expected it to be, nor is the sweetness; you get a good amount of citrus, but I can't ascertain exactly which fruit it reminds me of--grapefruit maybe?; pine-y note as well
Mouthfeel: coats the mouth nicely; the pine notes come through as the beer is going down and linger for a bit after your sip; goes down easily for 7.7%
Overall: incredibly drinkable beer that is much more session-able than I thought it would be; I'm a bit of a hop head and was expected a bit more of a punch, but this was still a delicious beer that I'll buy again; I let the bomber sit out and re-poured as I finished each glass, and as the brew warmed it opened up quite a bit--for my next tasting (I bought two bottles), I'll let it come to room temperature before the first pour
06-16-2012 20:56:51 | More by RCK86
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
this one pours a nice hazy apricot color. the smell is hands down the best part of this beer. it is nothing but a powerful hop fruitiness with noticable flowers. the taste is bitter fruitiness with a slight soapiness. the bitterness is relentless and dominating. this is probably the most bitter thing i have had. the mouthfeel is is sticky and leaves my lips feeling dry. overall it was exactly what i expected but i like a slightly less rough one.
06-14-2012 02:06:11 | More by Doughbodyboy
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Very stong interesting IPA that i have wanted to try for quite some time now. Did not let me down, completely lived up to my expectaions. I would recomend this beer to any one that usually likes IPA beers and would like to try something a little stronger.
06-13-2012 17:22:25 | More by Craig01890
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,248 ratings.