Stone Brewing Company Ruination IPA
What the brewers say
"We essentially began with our already-awesome Stone IPA, threw in an extra-large helping of malt, and added a lot more hops. And then some more. And then even more, resulting in a vibrant blast of citrusy bitterness that hits you on the first sip. Just one taste and you’ll know why we call this indelicate jewel A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!"
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Grapefruit/lemon zest. Interesting floral herbal notes (light vanilla, jasmine, spruce), some slight cheese, earthy. Strong malt sweetness—caramel, toffee.”
Flavor: “Some spice, citrus, tangerine, orange, caramel, bread crust. Bitterness increases as it warms into earthy, spicy, grapefruit. Caramel candy in the flavor—cracker jacks? Low mint in the background with a musty yeasty earth character that gave it some dimension.”
Overall: "Complex hop aroma carry-through. Nice sweetness in body helps to balance the citrus and earthy dank hops. Gains in complexity as it warms. Not cookie cutter—more points for originality with this one."