Stone Ruination: 7.7% abv
Background: Stone Brewing Company was founded in 1996. They are found in Escondido, California and as of 2010 they are 14th largest craft brewery in the U.S. What is Stone’s house style? Bitter. They are the classic west-coast style brewery, which means they high hop content. Stone Ruination IPA is known for its high bitterness content, which we think is not a benchmark to strive for, but we’ll see if it pays off for this brew. Otherwise, there isn’t a lot to say about this. This is a mainstay beer, so you can find it at any time. Let’s get into it.
Nose: Pineapple, grapefruit, earthy, floral, citrus, pear, lemon, clementine, , crisp, fresh, more characteristic of a P.A, vanilla, kiwi, green grape
Arrival: Pretty much nothing, water, bland, tonic water, air
Body: Grapefruit, lemon, pear
Finish: Pine, juniper, boozey, gin, lingers, hops, dry, earthy
Final Comments: So it might appear to you that there is a lack of tasting notes on this one. That is because there is a lack of taste. I can try to be nice about this, but it’ll be pretty hard to say anything redeeming. This lacks flavor and content, and I understand the chase for bitterness that the IPA-drinkers have, but Stone has proven in the past that you can accomplish this without losing all sense of flavor. This shouldn’t be bottled and shouldn’t be produced. Sorry, but there is nothing about this that we like. The nose was good, but that wasn’t even a good thing because it only got your hopes up before disappointing you like a bad sequel.
Why you’d buy it: You like hurting yourself
Why you wouldn’t: You don’t fall into the Darwinism category