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Release New beer celebrates Stone Ruination IPA turning the big 1-0

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,534) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    (Escondido, CA | June 5, 2012) -- Stone Ruination IPA, the first full-time brewed and bottled Double IPA on the planet, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this June. And what better way to celebrate a glorious decade of hoppy decadence than with even more hops?

    Beginning June 11th, Stone Brewing Co. will unleash the brand new, lupulin-loaded Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. "We took the unapologetically hoppy StoneRuination IPA—so named for its ruinous effect on the palate—and hopped it to high hell," explains Stone CEO & Co-Founder Greg Koch.

    "We actually amped up everything," continues Brewmaster Mitch Steele. "We added more malt to bring the abv up to 10.8%, and the amount of hops we used almost defies reason," he jokes. "Stone Ruination IPA already uses 2.5 pounds of hops per barrel, which is more than double the amount we use in any other core beer. For this anniversary version, we went double again, and used a most impressive 5 pounds of hops per barrel!"

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    San Diego Launch EventStone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA Party at Henry's Pub
    Sunday, June 10, 5-10pm | 618 5th Ave, San Diego

    We return to the first SD bar to ever pour Stone Ruination IPA, throwing an awesome birthday celebration filled with brews, food, music, and a lot more! On deck are guest appearances by Stone CEO & Co-Founder Greg Koch and Brewmaster Mitch Steele, five taps with special versions of Stone IPA and Stone Ruination IPA, food pairings with dishes created just for this momentous occasion, plus limited-run Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA glasses and T-shirts on sale. Full details at http://www.stonebrew.com/ruinationtenth

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    Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPABlog Post: http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=3205

    Stats: 10.8% abv, 110 IBUs
    Availability: Limited 22oz bottles & draft. One-time release, beginning June 11th
    Malt bill: Pale Malt, Crystal 15
    Hops bill: Columbus and Centennial. Dry hopped with Citra and Centennial.
    Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA

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    Tasting notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele

    Appearance: Deep gold with an off-white creamy head of foam.

    Aroma: Intense, dank and fruity hop notes. Lemon oil infused with nectarine, pineapple and tropical fruit, with hints of mint and spice.

    Taste: An abundance of tropical fruity hop flavors upfront, and carrying throughout the palate. A pleasant maltiness balances the hops about mid-palate. Finishes with a long, lingering clean bitterness.

    Palate: Full bodied but dry, with an alcohol fullness and sweetness. Very bitter!

    Overall: In our Brewers' Tasting Panel, we all get excited every time we sample one of our new beers for the first time. When we absolutely nail a beer, and get exactly what we were hoping for on the first swing, we call it a homerun. This morning's (hey, we're professionals!) taste panel was definitely a homerun. Or, as Brewing Supervisor Mike Richmond commented, "this one has got the love." We brewed this beer using the same ingredients as in our classic Stone Ruination IPA, but bumped up the malt to achieve its elevated 10.8% abv. And of course we jacked up the hops as well. Not just in the boil, but we doubled the dry-hop amount, using a 50/50 blend of Centennial and Citra. The combination is, dare I say, magic.

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    Suggested pairings, provided by "Dr." Bill Sysak

    Appetizers: Kimchee, ceviche, bacon-wrapped jalapeños (or habaneros)
    Main Course: Salt and pepper shrimp, jambalaya, roasted pork chops with apple sauce, pineapple curry
    Dessert: Apple pie with caramel sauce, toffee bars, spiced carrot cake
    Cheeses: Aged Cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Roquefort, Mimolette
    Cigars: Ashton Classic Majesty, Litto Gomez Diez, Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Invictos Corojo Robusto

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    ABOUT STONE BREWING CO.
    Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch in North County San Diego, CA. It is the 11th largest craft brewery in the United States and has been named "All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine - TWICE! A recently announced $50M+ expansion plan (that includes a hotel among other lofty ventures) is underway, as are developments to become the first American craft brewery to open a brewhouse in Europe. Visit stonebrew.com for more information.

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  2. Rampage1

    Rampage1 Aspirant (233) Mar 10, 2011 Arizona
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    Can't wait for it to show up in Phoenix. Ruination tenth anniversary beer glasses are in route.
     
  3. iwantsomerocks

    iwantsomerocks Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2010 New Jersey

    Can't wait for this. Ruination is one of my favorite reasonably priced bombers. Can't wait to see what lupulin does to the character!
     
  4. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    It's on tap around the corner from me but I have to resist. Man I wish I wasn't broke
     
  5. Hatzilla

    Hatzilla Aspirant (276) Jul 25, 2008 California

    Go sell some blood :slight_smile:
     
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  6. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (2,107) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
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    I'll be looking for this!
     
  7. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,199) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Whew, I was wondering what kind of cigar I should pair this beer with. Thanks Dr. Bill!
     
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  8. bstave

    bstave Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2008 Washington

    Has anyone had this yet?
     
  9. grandmachine

    grandmachine Initiate (89) Mar 11, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    I had it last night. Good stuff.
     
  10. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    5#/bbl = insanitous. You could dry hop another beer with this beer.
     
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  11. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

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  12. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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  13. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    Yessir, I most certainly loved it. I thought it was amazing.
     
  14. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Well seeing as you and I agree on many a beer, I am sure once I find one. I will love it.

    Cheers!
     
  15. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    Much, much better than I thought it would be. Intense and flavorful
     
  16. mikul93

    mikul93 Aspirant (243) Jan 13, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Had at the Firestone Brewfest and it was delicious!
     
  17. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    Anyone seen this in Michigan yet?
     
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  18. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Aspirant (219) Mar 21, 2012 Georgia

    Anyone seen this in the Atlanta area yet??
     
  19. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    With so many new beers to try on the way, I may have to cut back my work schedule.
     
  20. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    So is there a lot of this or a little? Is it something I have to run out and get fast because it will be gone or available for a while like the RIS?
     
  21. MEsoJD

    MEsoJD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 California

    Just reviewed this beer and it was amazing. Possibly the most delicious DIPA I've ever had. It probably over takes Pliney.
     
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  22. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    Its just needs to get to Michigan already, Chicago has it from crying out loud were only 4 more hours
     
  23. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (704) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Any sightings yet in Michigan? It was in Toledo.
     
  24. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (272) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I've bought twobottles in Michigan
     
  25. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (704) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    How about metro Detroit area. My local store says they haven't got it yet.
     
  26. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    I was calling all over before the Frangelic Release took all my attention. Consensus was that it should be here this week so check. Whats it going for? Id like to try it but I blew the budget a bit on Frangelic.
     
  27. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (704) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I bought 1 in Toledo, not sure but I thought it was around $8. I would have bought more but I like to support my local store.
     
  28. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    That doesnt sound too bad and I agree about supporting the locals.
     
  29. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    This beer has already dropped off into hoppy-barleywine territory.
     
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  30. TinCup69

    TinCup69 Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2012 West Virginia

    Any in Pittsburgh yet?
     
  31. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    Thats disappointing I don't even think it has gotten here yet.
     
  32. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    IPA's don't travel well. Drink local, Drink fresh. It'll probably still be fantastic, but it's already not the same beer it was 4 weeks ago.
     
  33. OTB

    OTB Disciple (391) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Concur 100%, I actually posted about the transformation a few days ago. The first thing that went was the fresh Citra infused nose, now it's a caramel hop bomb nosed monster, still drinkable though.

    Cheers......
     
  34. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    It's also why I don't drink east coast IPA's...they've traveled too long and far and are probably not as good as they once were on the east coast. Even then when on the east coast I can't stand DFH 90m. Anyway, not a lot of east to west distribution so it's not much of an issue. West to East is a whole other concern.
     
  35. OTB

    OTB Disciple (391) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Distribution aside, east coast IPA is a different beast altogether, malt is the main focus, sweet malty brews are what they make and it's the style. I just returned from a few weeks on the east coast and most everything I found, and I got fresh beer, was playing up the malt bill. It's funny, I send friends super fresh Alpine, Pliny, Kern ect. And they all say the same about us here on the west coast, not enough malt, to dry, to lite. It's a coastal thing. I am sending two bottles of SR10 to a friend in New York who will probably declare it his favorite west coast DIPA.

    Cheers......
     
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