Brew Review: Ruination 10th Anniversary

7 Nov

Brew: Ruination 10th Anniversary

Brewed by: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)

Style: Double IPA (10.8% ABV)

 

Stone’s Ruination Ale was the first double IPA bottled year round in the United States, they started that glorious tradition 10 years ago.   The original Ruination is awesome and a must have for hop heads anywhere.  “A liquid poem to the glory of the hop” might be one of my favorite pieces of bottle art from any brewery ever.  A perfect wording to a beer’s profile.   I picked up the 10th anniversary of that great brew ready for another amazing double IPA from Stone.  Let’s get after it.

The 10th Anniversary poured out a deep amber and very coppery color.  It obviously had tons of malt in there, clocking in at 10.8% that’s a given, with the colors that swirled in my glass.  There was a decent head to it, off-white in color and maybe a half inch at its peak.  Looked like an imposing double IPA, I could tell just from the look that this was going to be a big beer with tons of flavor.

The aroma is magnificent.  Mangos, tropical fruits, grapefruit citrus and pine all rush out at me and linger for the whole glass.  This brew is bursting at the seams with hops.   There is a definite malt backbone, there has to be with the ABV this high and with the ridiculous amount of hops forced into this one.  If you want a journey through what hops can smell like take a whiff of this beer.

The first sip is brutal.  The bitterness from the hops is huge.  The beer is resinous, a viscous brew that coats everything from your tongue, mouth throat and stomach.  It gets a hold of you and doesn’t let go.  The hops are totally the main show in the beer, the malt is just there to make sure our teeth don’t fall out from drinking liquid hops.  It is surprisingly drinkable, however, with this much flavor packed in.  It does cloy the mouth with all the hop oils but each sip is great and I have no problem finishing my glass.  There is a slight burn to it with the big alcohol percentage. 

This beer does exactly what it’s supposed to.  It takes the hop level and ups it once again and does it in a well crafted way.  The oily texture to the beer was a little off-putting but the aroma that bursts out of this beer is phenomenal.  I would probably drink the original Ruination over this in the future just because I don’t need all the booze and so much packed into one bottle.  The ruination was really so good that there was no reason to try to make it better. 

 

Final Grade: B+/A-

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