One of my all time favorite beers, it was time that I review it. Stone Brewing, known for their agressively hoppy beers created this beer after having much success with their original IPA recipe.
Stone Ruination IPA – 22oz poured into a pint glass – 7.7% abv.
Appearance: Deep gold with an 1 1/2 foamy head.
Taste: Floral and citrusy hops. Flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Some sugary spicy malts that give the brew a sweetness. All and all a mouthful of hops.
Mouthfeel: The level of IBUs makes your mouth almost pucker. Doesn’t leave biterness behind when you are done taking a drink, which is suprising.
Overall: Anyone trying to push the limits on making an IPA or Double IPA should look to this beer as the non-standard standard. This beer takes your mouth on a ride, and has you look at hops in a new light.