Stone Ruination IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
A - Beautiful hazy IPA color with a solid 1.5 inch head giving way to very nice lacing.
S - Powerful hop aroma, to be expected, with heavy zesty notes with a slight pine background. Emphasis on the citrus. Not finding any hint of the malt.
T - Wow, hops. Pine comes through much more prominent than in its bouquet. Citrus finish but lacking the malt to completely balance out the full effect.
M - Light sparkly mouth feel with a drying finish.
O - Great for its category, I'm partially biased and double IPA's are just a little beyond palate comprehension at the moment but I can appreciate this beer for what it is, a phenomenal example of an American Double IPA.
02-19-2012 20:24:19 | More by rowmine
4.13/5 rDev -4%
12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Best by 2/7/12...guess I missed this by a bit.
A: Nice two finger head tops a very clear light amber body. Heavy lacing throughout.
S: Hoping the aromatic hops haven’t faded too much, but if they did then this must be super intense when fresh. Lots of resiny floral hops with some pine mixed in there too. I can smell some sweet light caramel malt. There’s a bit of the unfortunate onion characteristic that I personally get from certain types of hops.
T: There is a big floral, citrus and pine hop presence, but not as face melting as I initially expected. This is actually pretty balanced with a proper dose of malt holding up all that hop goodness. It’s not the most citrusy, floral, or piney beer I’ve had, but it’s interesting that they are able to work so many hop profiles in without it being a total mess. Finishes with a bit of warmness and you do get some alcohol in there as well.
M: Medium body, medium carb. There’s a good amount of astringency involved...I feel like it’s removing a very thin layer of my taste buds.
O: Far from balanced, Ruination works on an extreme level even if it is a style of IPA/DIPA that I only crave once in a blue moon (no, not THAT Blue Moon). I’d love to get this fresh on-tap sometime soon and if it’s very different then I’ll re-review.
02-19-2012 05:05:42 | More by mjtiernan
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Best by 2/27/12.
Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely hoppy with an emphasis on herbal and citrus zest aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, herbal hops, and some slight honey flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA that I have put off trying entirely too long. A very pleasant surprise.
02-18-2012 07:32:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Straw and gold hued body. Moderate white head on an aggressive pour. Retention is moderate, lacing is good.
S - Strong citrus with a lively dankness behind it. Some floral notes as well. Some biscuit in the background but not much.
T - Good firm bitter up front. Definitely some citrus like grapefruit up front and some floral flavors behind that. The malt backbone comes through as well which is impressive for the insane amount of hoppiness that comes through as well. Finishes pretty clean for a nice complete profile.
M - Medium bodied with a bitter stinging sensation. No alcohol burn and carbonation is fine.
O - A very good example of an American IPA. Very solid bittering throughout and the hop profile plays wonderful together. The maltiness is there, just wish it was just a tad more pronounced. Very good beer overall.
02-18-2012 00:58:07 | More by WrathsU
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Ruination, it’s been too long. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an “in-season” bottle of this stuff for months – they always seem to be at least eight weeks past their best-by date. This one, though, has a couple more months left before it fades, so this “liquid poem to the glory of the hop” should go down well. Bottoms up!
A: Excellent shine on the body, a crystal clear gold. Adorning the top is a thick white foam – four fuill fingers of bubbly glory – with a nice web of lacing. Retention is mostly bubbly, but in a silky-looking way. One of the best looks I’ve seen in this style, especially as the foam takes minutes to settle.
S: Dank, dank hops – explosive pine and sticky grapefruit with tangerine and lemon. It’s so satisfyingly pungent. The malts are a little grassy and grainy, though mainly caramel and toasted bread. Light alcohol presence on the end.
T: Hop flavor is intense and enjoyable: starts resiny, a powerful pine, followed by a less intense (but still awesome) orange rind, lime, and grapefruit. So hoppy it’s almost salty. It’s balanced by a hefty amount of caramel malt, with a bread crust taste and the sweetness of honey and strawberry shortcake to match. The balance between the two flavor extremes is what makes this beer so great: the hop sting is strong, but after the thick malt sugariness, the bitters end up just peeking out behind the sweet flavors. In that way, it finishes dry yet with the sweetness of (orange) hard candy.
M: Mouth-coating for the malts, popping with the hops – just perfect. Overall, it feels pretty foamy; weightless, smooth, and bubbly is the name of the game.
O: Nectar of life! A beer this bitter should NOT be this drinkable…alas, it is, and it’s so damn awesome. The distinct bread tastes contrasting with piney hops remind me of Sierra Nevada’s Celebration, but more intense in the hop department. Legendary beer…this might be the first $20 six-pack I ever buy. Worth every penny, for sure.
02-17-2012 03:11:24 | More by BarryMFBurton
Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 9,294 ratings.