Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

Posted: July 1, 2015 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Reviews, Stone Brewing Company

The other half and I headed to Doylestown for brunch and this beer was on the taplist. I tried it when it first came out, but didn’t review it. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Stone Ruination IPA was the first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA on the planet. As craft beer has evolved over the years, so too have techniques for maximizing hop flavors and aromas. For the second incarnation of our groundbreaking India pale ale, we employed dry hopping and hop bursting to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops that give this beer its incredible character. We’ve also updated the name to reflect the imperial-level intensity that’s evident in every sip. Join us in cheering this, the second stanza in our ‘Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop.'”

Random: The place we went to brunch had 32 ounce mimosas in Mason jars. Val got a small one and they were incredibly boozy.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep orange color with light carbonation. The nose was intense. There was a lot of grapefruit flesh, pineapple, mango and pine resin at the end. There was no hint of malt on the nose, which I was totally okay with. The taste was more dank than the nose, starting with notes of pine and juniper. Then, the tropical fruit came out (specifically pineapple and mango). Citrus was assertive too. Again in the taste, there was very little malt. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long and dank with pine. This beer was just excellent. The original incarnation of the beer was one of the first double IPAs that I fell in love with and the new version does it justice. Go grab this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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