Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Brilliant orange copper body. Body is very clean and free of sediment. A frothy four finger egg shell colored head is perched atop. Excellent retention, the head works its way back slowly leaving a thick sheet of lacing plastered to the walls of the glass.
It is a bit of a foregone conclusion that Ruination 10 was going to be hop forward though I still find myself pleasantly surprised. The hop profile is very well balanced. Strong tropical fruit and peach aromas are countered by assertive pine and citrus pith. As you dig through the hops you find a subtle sweet malt presence. Very clean malt aroma reminiscent of lightly toasted bread. A touch of alcohol is picked up though its presence is not obstructive.
Apologetically bold, the hops absolutely brutalize the palate. Heavy resin coats the tongue before the lighter tropical and citrus fruit flavors develop. The bitterness is apparent through out finds its way to center stage near the back of the palate. Lingering pine, pith and resin dig in. There is a general sweetness that is picked up which you can contribute to the malt though you will not find much in the way of a discernible malt flavor.
The body is on the fuller side for a West Coast Double IPA. I am very surprised by the soft, creamy texture of this beer, it is surprisingly appropriate. The finish is a bit longer than most of Stones IPA line up, citrusy sweetness and lingering bitterness still lay heavy on the tongue after the swallow.
As you pour and smell the beer it is very difficult to find fault. As you work your way back the beer does come back to the pack a bit but we are still talking about a mighty impressive beer. For a beer labeled Ruination, who made its name destroying palates, there is an appreciable amount of balance. The hops are blended in such a way that no one note over powers another. Malt presence is rather low but makes crucial contributions in areas that allow the hops to shine without becoming overbearing. A tremendous beer, well worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2012 21:14:03 | More by kzoobrew
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