Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5 IBU: 100
Stone Brewing Company Ruination Double IPA 2.0
What the brewers say
“For the second incarnation of our India pale ale, we employed dry hopping and hop bursting to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops...”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Lemon and red grapefruit– hops aromas, grain sweetness, and nice hints of pineapple as it warms. Bitter orange, candied citrus, green onion, garlic, and honey add to the juicy character.”
Flavor: “Aggressive hops bitterness is piney, resinous. Biscuity malt helps round out the finish. Hint of higher alcohols in the finish. Bitter orange, more scallions, a touch of earthiness, and a lovely caramel note. Complex flavor and great mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.”
Overall: “Big earthy hops bomb with very light oxidation. This beer is high enough in IBUs that you really need to let it warm thoroughly before drinking. As it warms, some nice fruity, citrusy flavors help balance out the aggressive hops bitterness. The hops profile comes across somewhat murky, which isn’t to say it’s bad—it leaves one guessing, which can be quite rewarding. A nice double IPA overall.”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
High Hops Brewery Dr. Pat’s Double IPA
Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.