Ruination pretty much invented the concept of the “Double IPA.” It’s
what I would consider a Hall of Fame beer for many reasons. Not sure why
Stone felt the need to re-invent the wheel with their Ruination Double
IPA 2.0 since it’s not – in my opinion – an improvement over the
original. Maybe I’ve just been spoiled by years of drinking big hoppy
brews, but this is actually pretty standard for the format. Not that
it’s bad, it’s very good to be sure; it just doesn’t impress me the way
the original did.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an enjoy by date of 9/4/15 and cost $3.50 ($0.29 per ounce).
Appearance: The usual dark shade of orange with an extremely hazy body.
Pours to a two-finger, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces
Smell: Citrus juice concentrate. Fruity and sweet. A bit of an alcohol presence, too.
Taste: No doubt there are plenty of hops in this beer and no doubt it’s
high on the IBU scale. Though the palette is not quite as complex as you
might think it’d be. There’s a citrusy taste, yes (this is a San Diego
beer, after all), but it’s thick and dank rather than crisp and dry. I
get a strong malty presence throughout the entire first half; amber and
honey flavors really stand out. It’s actually quite sweet. The hops
create for orange juice at first and morph into sticky resiny pine on
the back end and leave a drying sensation. The alcohol is also quite
prominent and creates for a bit of a vanilla character. It actually
doesn’t seem to be ridiculously bitter as marketed, probably because
it’s so well-balanced. This is exactly the kind of palette I’ve come to
expect in a DIPA.
Drinkability: I remember being anxious my first time trying Stone
Ruination. But only one sip into the new edition and I was already
accustomed to it. The mouthfeel is pretty full, with a noticeably
viscosity and chewiness. The 8.5% ABV alcohol does impart a warming
sensation, though it’s in no way a burden or distracting. This is not
refreshing, though; nor is this the type of beer you drink on a whim –
it really sticks to your ribs.