Friday, August 14, 2015

Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1429) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Stone 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 fairly well.

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.

RATING: 8/10

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