Friday, July 1, 2011

Imperial IPA round-up No. 4 - Stone Ruination

Stone is known for big aggressively hopped beers and Ruination is no exception. Their Imperial IPA is teeth shattering but in a “Please sir may I have another” type of way. This was definitely one of the most unique IPAs in our shootout .

First off, the bottle is a fairly accurate representation of the experience you are about to have. It’s a demon spawn looking gargoyle with horns looking like it’s about to pull your teeth out and eat them like Pez candy. Sounds like fun!

Ruination poors a reddish orange with a two finger head perched on top. The aroma is big aggressive grapefruit and citrus. The taste starts with a brief sweetness which is basically like going up the first hill on a roller coaster and then ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! The bitterness smacks you in the palate. The bitterness is BIG with a bit of astringency, which is usually not a desirable characteristic for me. Somehow the Ruination packs in enough citrus flavor to stand up to the huge bitterness. The malt flavor is clean without any caramel. The finish is super long with the bitterness lingering for ages. The long finish is also something I don’t normally enjoy but works well in this brew. Overall, I would describe this brew as an experience. An experience because it’s not like any other IPA I’ve tasted. I would recommend this brew to anyone wanting to try something different. If you are tired of the same old IPA then check out the Ruination. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, so enter with caution. Keep all hands and feet inside the ride at all times.


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