Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving an arch of lacing. Pours a clear orange and leaves a couple swatches of lacing.
Smell: As soon as I pop the cap, it's clear that Stone still knows how to dry hop a beer. In the bottle as well as the glass, there's tons of hop aroma, mostly orange/grapefruit citrus with some decent Citra pungency. Bit soapy and sweet. Powerful and excellent.
With time and warmth, the booze really cuts through the hops. It still smells good, but it's a bit of a shame. Still get that orange and some pungent fresh hop aroma, but equally strong is flowery alcohol. Genius at first, good but not great in the end.
Taste: Bitter as hell, with all the hop complexity of the aroma. Nice boozy, toasted malt finish (that's surprisingly dry given the ABV). Smooth fruity, melony sweetness up front (the same sort of melon note I often get from Citra or Summit--seems related to the weed-flavor/aroma of those hops), with lots of orange-y hops.
This beer is in the same ballpark as 120 minute and Devil Dancer, more "triple IPA" than "double IPA," which probably only makes sense if you've had those 2 beers (and they're worth having). Also has some Squall IPA reminiscent hop-and-booze adventurousness; the bold flavors balance together in interesting ways, rather than overwhelming the palate or clashing with each other.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy; not juicy at all... this could be a problem for some, but I like it (it's almost stout-like, with a lighter body). Really dry finish given the ABV--high attenuation always welcome in my book, especially with hoppy beers.
Overall: Tasty, hoppy sipper. Worthy as a celebration beer, as most Stone celebration beers are. Doesn't wow me as much as some of their recent hoppy offerings, but very good.
Despite that last sentence, I am continually wowed by Stone's ability to take ridiculously bold flavors and balance them as deftly as one finds in the subtlest, "refined-connoisseur's" beer. While I'm loving these hops and their interplay with the (extreme) booziness, in the end I don't think this beer is quite as good as, say, Double Bastard, or other Stone standbys. Nice boozy treat though.
Final note: if you, like me, figured that a nice dry-hopped Stone offering would be perfect for this hot Summer, I'd warn that this is not the most refreshing beer ever. This is more an after dinner treat for hop heads and alcoholics than an oasis for heatwave sufferers. The 11%~ ABV is not hidden.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2012 02:01:59 | More by Pahn
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