Review: Ruination IPA, Stone Brewing

Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing Co. — Escondido, California

  • Style:  Double IPA
  • Bitterness:  100+ IBU
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Columbus and Centennial
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  So called because of the "ruinous" effect on your palate! This massive hop monster has a wonderfully delicious and intensely bitter flavor on a refreshing malt base. One taste and you can easily see why we call this brew "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Those who seek, crave and rejoice in beers with big, bold, bitter character will find true nirvana in Stone Ruination IPA!  — Stone Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   This is the second of five Stone beers I'll be sampling.  I tasted Stone IPA a few weeks ago and enjoyed it.  Today, I'm upping the ante.

The tasting:   Golden straw in color with a white head that lingered and left some lacing on the glass.  Appearance is hazy and I noticed fine particles floating in suspension.  When I held the bottle to the light, I saw sediment floating near the bottom of the bottle.  Aroma of mainly grapefruit hops.  Flavor of grassy hops, caramel malts, sweet bread-like malts, and a touch of alcohol.  Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel.  The carbonation provides a nice bubbly feeling towards the end of the taste.  It finishes dry with grapefruit hop bitterness that lingersfor a long time.  

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   When I want an amped-up double IPA, Ruination will be on my short list.  This is a HUGE, hoppy beer.  While it's not well-balanced, it has a strong malt backbone.  Is it possible for a 100+ IBU beer to be balanced.  Why would you want it to be? 

Have you tried Ruination IPA or any other Stone beers?

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1 comment:

  1. I'm not a big fan of overly hoppy beers and this one definitely reigns as King in that catagory, almost like a hop-grenade went off in you mouth, but for such a strong tasting beer I did quite enjoy it, but don't expect to be able to taste ANYTHING but this beer while drinking it or for a while after :)


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