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Stone Brewing Ruintation IPA

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Ruination IPA


American ales, American Double / Imperial IPA

I'm reading the back of the bottle and think, wow, can my taste buds really be damaged after drinking this?

I come back to the beer that put me on the path of appreciating the “hop”.  Not having Stone Brews Ruination IPA for at least a year or two, it’s due  time to have one.  I’m reading the back of the bottle and think, wow, can my taste buds really be damaged after drinking this? I mean, can my palate be wiped clean of ever tasting anything after my first swallow of the ruinous hops contained here forth?  I’m scared, but yet I survived it many times before.  Yes,  I was younger then, more resilient and sure of myself.   The bottle’s warning on the back eggs me on.  I ignore it.

Now for the Beer Review!

Beer bottle is open, my beer glass is chosen (my token “Ruination IPA” glass; Gotta coordinate!) and it is poured. 

Pours cloudy golden yellow. Light lacing and with thin white head on this pour.  Medium carbonation steadily rises.

Smell is hops, big and strong.  Second comes the citrus and 3rd batter up  is the pine.  Ahh, I remember this beer now and why my addiction ran strong.  It’s a bouquet that brings back memories of summer for me.  The smell is “refreshing” and “clean”.  

The taste goes down so smooth.  The bitterness, or the “ruinous” hits you, but again, as I mentioned, I’m a more “mature” double ipa drinker now.  (wink,  wink) It’s not as bold or biting as it was.  It is solid from the first taste to the last that leaves you.  A nice flowery after taste is left behind  The 7.7 % creeps up on you slowly and is well hidden in the background.

Overall, I love this beer.  It’s a solid hop bomb, with a nice bitter bite. (love you 100 IBU’s!)  It’s a great everyday double IPA and what I like about this beer is that each bottle is very consistent from one batch to another.  Plus, the artwork on the bottle is cool as hell!

Ruination IPA- American Double| ABV 7.7% | $5.45 for 22 oz.
Stone Brewing Company.
Escondido, CA


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