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
This beer was served from a bottle at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. We pour our drink into generic squared chalices, and it glows of reddish golden honey. It holds a two finger head of creamy tan bubbles showing nice retention. This is easily reproduced with a light swirl. The head leaves serpiginous lacing, showing the skyline of a mountain range in a circle around the glass. Carbonation appears highly active, coming from the dead center of the glass' floor. No sediment or haze is noted. The nose fills with sweet malted milk balls, roasted honeycomb, earthy muskiness, and explosive citric, piney, and soapy hops. Big fusel booze and minerals take on the back. Our first impression is that the booze is high and there are big bitter hops and phenols on the back, but it is quite smooth. As we sip, honey sweetness, pale toasted malts, and light caramel start things off. Bitter soapy hops and a thick grassy musk crash in for a beautifully smooth balance. Booze then comes quickly to the peak, with vodka and fire. Light caramel sugars cut this, as do juicy and citric fruity hops. The mix remains nice until the end, where massive booze and biting hollow phenols echo around the palate, destroying all other flavoring. The final flavors are black pepper, oily citric hops, and faint pale and caramel malt sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of big bitterness of soap and booze, mineral and stone, and pale malt bitterness. It breathes almost like a mead, with big honey and booze, but with a puckering hoppy bitterness. The body is full, syrupy, and sticky, while the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, cream, froth, and lip-smacking pop to each sip. The mouth is initially coated with that big frothiness, but it soon puckers and dries with that immense bitterness. The abv is big, and this guy is a definite sipper.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the explosive, borderline abrasive flavoring. Staying true to the Ruination brand, Stone really one-ups themselves here. The flavoring is massive and bitter, while the musky aroma and drying, boozy feel take on not a background role, but rather add additional layers of complexity.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2012 23:01:55 | More by TheBrewo
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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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