Ah, Stone Brewing Company. What can I say other than they are one of the coolest breweries we have here in the US. They have one of the coolest logos with that gargoyle demon thing(pictured below) and in the most recent issue of Beeradvocate Magazine they were named All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth .
Unfortunately here in Louisiana we don't have Stone yet but hopefully we'll be seeing them this year!! As for the beer I'm reviewing it's the Stone Ruination IPA which is a Double or Imperial IPA which basically means it's hoppy as shit. If you click on and read the label below it gives you a great description of the beer.
Enough jibber jabber. On to the review!!
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
Beer: Stone Ruination
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
Recommended Glass: Snifter, Tulip, Oversized Wine Glass
Serving Type: Tulip
Appearance: This beer poured an orange-y yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Lacing was present the whole time.
Smell: Hops, hops and more hops! A nice subtle hint of sour grapefruit and then more hops.
Taste: A nice toasted bread flavor in the front that is quickly masked by a HUGE bitterness. This beer is HOPPY! Again, as in the nose, a subtle hint of grapefruit. The piney hoppiness dominates here though.
Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy body with medium carbonation. Kind of thick and syrupy.
Overall: Overall this beer appeals to the hopheads only. For the style of beer(Imperial IPA) it is a great beer. It fits the style quite well. I see why they call it Ruination because it completely ruined my palate.
Score: 4.5 out of 5 Buddhas