Monday, July 15, 2013

Stone RuinTen IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (924) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a "drink by" date of 9/5/13 and cost $9.49 ($0.43 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark orange to copper in color. Only slightly hazy, but not much visible carbonation. Forms a fairly small, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: Extremely dank resinous nose. A sweet tropical fruit aroma as well.

Taste: I went into Stone RuinTen IPA expecting to drink the exact same beer as Stone’s 10th Anniversary Ruination. However, this beer is quite different as it’s a pure bomb of gooey hop juice. Whereas the original was crisp and juicy, this brew is akin to liquid tree bark combined with some sugary fruit juice concentrate. It seems like such a different beer than I was expecting, which is a bit disappointing. Though the final product is still a fine imperial IPA that you don’t get to try that often.

There’s nothing subtle to the palette of this beer. It’s got a lot of gusto and it makes itself known from the first to last drop. The bitterness is so intense, it almost comes full circle back to sweetness. Though I’d imagine the malt base for this brew is strong to match the hop profile. Whereas most Stone IPAs tend to be citrusy and juicy, this one is pure pine and resin. Dank, intense bitterness throughout, though there is some dryness at the top of the swig. A sticky, syrupy sweetness throughout the second half. Akin to molasses or liquid malt extract. This might be better described as a hoppy barley wine, but why bother splitting hairs?

Drinkability: I distinctly remember the 10th Anniversary Ruination being highly quaffable and actually quite refreshing due to its citrusy nature. Stone RuinTen IPA is a beast. It tears up the tongue with hop oils and cloying sweetness. Refreshing it most definitely is not. This is a sipper, and probably best split with a friend as the 10.8% ABV weight makes itself known. Thankfully, though, there is little to no alcohol warmth or sloppy "booziness" to this beer. At least it goes down smooth, but better have a glass of cold water handy to chase this. 
Grade: 7/10

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