Stone Ruination IPA - Tropical Heat Edition - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Mini-growler fill picked up tonight at Bier Thirty... Thanks Chris and Derek for making it happen.
Pours a clear darker golden with a nice long lasting head and good lacing.
The nose is the expected strong pithy citrus and piney hoppiness.. Some fruitiness that I guess comes from the mango.. there is certainly something in the aroma that hints of the heat to come.
Flavor does not seem as bitter as the traditional Ruination.. A light fruitiness is present that isn't in the standard beer... Not as spicy as I was expecting, but the head does grow and keep building and burns not only on the palate, but on the lips, throat and on down to the belly.
Whew... 32oz of this are going to be fun.. but morning might be a nightmare.
Super stoked I got a chance to try this.
07-04-2013 04:49:38 | More by JohnGalt1
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Ruination, mango'd and peppered out...sounds neat.
A-Pours pretty clear. The body is a glowy orange color. Nice puffed out head. Good lacing as well.
S-The tickle from the peppers is lurking. Then, I get mostly all of what Ruination always offers. Tropical, bitter and delectable..
T-There is some legitimate heat here. I had a small sample of it and it got a bit too spicy for me by the end of the sample. However, I do enjoy the mixture of spiciness and tropical hoppiness.
M-The heat makes this a slow ride for sure. Its painfully enjoyable it some odd way. Heated bitterness doesn't sound very drinkable and at some points it isn't.
O/D-Interesting and well worth a try but any more than a small glass of this and I'm sweating.
06-28-2013 23:33:47 | More by VelvetExtract
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Feel, feel, feel, feel my HEAT! Back to back world champs! I just had to try this beer at the FW fest, its the East Conference finals every year during that time, and it was just one of the down 3-2 comebacks they had to pull this year (Indiana/San Antonio). Heck yeah I'm gonna throw down some Stone Ruination Tropical Heat.
Usual dark orange pour of Ruination, a thin off white head on the top barely forming a solid wisp across the liquid. Aroma was less hoppy than normal Ruination, but the addition of mango and peppers made for a more fruity and spicy aroma.
Taste wise, the peppers weren't heavy (I had Habenero Sculpin a few hours earlier, now that is a hot beer), they were complimentary, the usual sturdy malt bill for Ruination seemed thinner with the tropical fruit and pepper additions. Leans toward the bitter side of things in the mouthfeel. This is a worthy variation of the normal Ruination. Would like to see bottled.
06-27-2013 16:21:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5 rDev -0.8%
On tap at 16 tons the other day.
The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, reminding me very much of the regular ruination, as it showcases considerable dry citrus, black pepper and pine. Perhaps there's a bit more pepper in the nose than usual, and a bit less citrus, but otherwise it's pretty similar to the regular ruination. On the palate, I'm just not digging it all that much. The finish is pretty hot and peppery, and I just don't think there's enough tropical fruit and/or citrus to handle that amount of heat. The beer is quite bitter as well, which only seems to intensify the heat I'm picking up from all the pepper. The finish is otherwise long, bitter and quite dry (this beer could really use a bit more sweetness to balance the pepper and bitterness). Mouthfeel is fairly fully otherwise, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.
A decent beer, but I prefer all the other ruination incantations I've had so far in comparison. An interesting effort, but I don't think I need to try it again.
06-27-2013 15:36:18 | More by John_M
Stone Ruination IPA - Tropical Heat Edition from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.