Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.26/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
22oz bomber with a best by date of 8/28/2013, shared with Benish and poured into a New Belgium globe yesterday, 7/23/2013.
This beer smells like cat piss. A decent bit of pine with a lot of citrus, a bit of grassiness. Somehow this all comes together to make cat piss. This is all mixed in with a strong malty sweetness reminiscent of caramel and toffee. This nose does not prepare you at all for what you are about to experience drinking this beer. No way.
The appearance is outstanding. A clear amber, burnt orange body that pours with a lovely, fluffy 2cm white head that takes its time to go away, leaving thick collar and lacing on the side. The lacing is exquisite. This is a very good looking pale ale type of beer.
As I drink it, I feel like I just got kicked in the face with pine resin, citrus orange, lemon zest straight up. This is supported by an excellent malt backbone that provides sweet caramel and some brown sugar. All I got to say is that this is a super hoppy flavour that is actually balanced well by the malt backbone. It is very bitter as well in a good way.
The beer ends well with a bitter hoppy finish that is some amalgamation of the pine, citrus and grassy hops. The finish is a bit dry but not overly so. It is a well carbonated beer that comes with a thick medium body, which is a pleasure to drink as an DIPA. Not boozy at all for me. I find this beer to be very well put together in terms of the hop and malt balance.
All in all I thought this is a great DIPA. I wonder if this ought to be classified as a Triple IPA because the hops are just above and beyond what I expect from a good DIPA. The malt backbone is well-constructed and supports the bittering hops very well in this beer, so the drinking experience is very good. I continue to be impressed by Stone and what they have been doing with their beers, despite all the marketing they do produce excellent hoppy but well-balanced DIPAs that sell at a great value. I do think they could do more with the aromatic hops in this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2013 14:01:08 | More by Stevedore
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