Friday, July 24, 2015

Stone Ruination Double IPA (review)

When you crack open a chilled 12oz. bottle and get a whiff of citrus and pine before you even get the bottle to your nose you know there is a good chance that you're holding a great India Pale Ale. Ruination Double IPA (2.0) brewed by Caifornia based Stone Brewing Company does not disappoint.

Ruination 2.0 is the second incarnation of an IPA originally brewed in 2002. As best as I can tell, Ruination was "revised" by adding "dry hopping" and "hop bursting" (whatever that is) to the brewing process in order to (according to the brewer) "squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical, essence from the hops"

Stone Brewing Company describes Ruination as a "Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop." As a self-professed hop-head, home brewer and amateur poet I certainly appreciate the cleverness of this tag line. My academic background teaches me to loath cliches and sentimentality, and yet sometimes when the verse/prose is good enough such triteness can be forgiven . Stone aimed big and hit the target with Ruination 2.0

At 8.5% alc/vol, Ruination isn't the stiffest DIPA on the market, but expect a pleasant, yet not too "boozy" alcohol warmth on the back of your tongue to go along with those big, fresh pine and citrus notes that come courtesy of Centennial, Citra, Simcoe and Azacca hops.

For those who like'em bitter, Ruination comes in at a whopping 100 IBUs. Bitterness, as measured on the International Bittering Units scale is admittedly pretty subjective, however. But on a big, dry, west coast style IPA such as this, there is no malt backround to "balance" out the bitterness taking center stage. And that is of course the point, and exactly how we like it.

Highly Recommended.

Musical Pairing: And Soon The World Shall Cease To Be, by Swedish "Viking Metal" titans Amon Amarth

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