Stone Brewing Co.
Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA
What is there to say about Stone Ruination that hasn’t been said before. As one of catalysts for double and imperial IPAs, the intensely hoppy, insanely bitter yet incredibly drinkable beer is well known and much loved by hopheads.
So, what to do when your “liquid poem to the glory of the hop” celebrates its 10th birthday? Kick it up a notch.
Everything in Stone’s 10th anniversary celebration of Ruination is turned up to 11. The ABV was upped from 7.7% to 10.8%, the amount of hops used in the brewing process was doubled to five pound per barrel, and then another pound of Centennial and Citra hops are used during dry hopping. While Ruination is phenomenal and easily one of my favorite DIPAs, the 10th anniversary is easily one of the best imperial IPAs I’ve ever had.
The pour is a clear brownish orange with a finger or two of head that lingers for a while, surprising for a high ABV beer. There’s some really gorgeous and very strong lacing and nice alcohol legs around the sides of the glass.
The nose is, in a word, delicious. There’s massive, epic notes of tropical fruits such as peach, pineapple and mango. There’s kind of a candie sugar note as well, I’m guessing from the increased malts used to balance out the hops.
For a beer this bitter, it was surprisingly mellow on the front. I have a feeling that’s just because the bitterness destroyed my tastebuds as it explodes with a huge hop note in the middle and settles into a surprisingly smooth and juicy finish. It just glides across your tongue. The bitterness is, of course, damn strong, but it’s evened out with all the malts that go into the brew. If there’s a beer that’ll give you hop mouth, it’s definitely this one. Big piney hops on the back.
This is absolutely an A+ beer for me. Ruination changed the game for me as far as hoppy beers go, and what the guys are Stone have done with this special batch is really impressive. It’s still insanely hoppy, but incredibly drinkable and show just how damn good the guys at Stone are. Pick one up if you’re man enough to handle it. (Sorry, couldn’t pass up the chance for a bit of Stone arrogance.)