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Brew Review: Ruination IPA

28 Jul

Brew: Ruination IPA

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

Style: American Double IPA (7.7% ABV)

“A liquid poem to the glory of the hop.” That’s basically it. I don’t really need to say much more, this could be my shortest blog ever. However, I do want to dote on this great beer. Stone has given me great beers in the few that I have tried. Self-Righteous was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed the Bastard every time I have had it. Ruination steps up to the plate an delivers another home run from this power packed line up that Stone has going for it.

It poured out a clear golden color, a little hazy from the fact that its not filtered, not complaining though. A decent head came out with it, left some pretty good lace down to the end.

The smell: Boom, hops. Glory of the hops indeed. There are tons of hops in the aroma, pine, grapefruit, bitterness, everything. This is an amazing smelling brew. You barely have to drink this one to appreciate it.

The taste is bitter to say the least, there are 100+ IBU’s in this bad boy. However, there are some malts present in there to balance it out. To say the least the hops are the main attraction and they do not disappoint. They are balanced a little bit and just enough by the malts to make this a sensational beer. This is a huge hop bomb.

For those who like hops, you have your soul mate. This one blows your taste buds. Like it says it will ruin your taste for other beers. Basically you have to either drink this one at the end of the night or only have it for the whole night as you can barely taste anything else after words. The bitterness dominates but for those who love hop bombs, like me, this isn’t off-putting at all. At a somewhat surprisingly low 7.7% for how strong it tastes this beer is amazing. Go find yourself a bottle now.

Overall Grade: A

Brew Review: Hop Stoopid

19 May

Brew: Hop Stoopid

Brewed by: Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma CA)

Style: American Double/ Imperial IPA (8.0% ABV)

I have had this a few times before and have been glad I bought it every time I brought it home.  Lagunitas is a great brewery that has put out some really good brews.  This one is special in that they used some hop-extraction method to make the beer clearer and more hoppy.  Believe me, it worked.

This beer poured out of the 22oz bomber a golden, orange, amber color.  Easily see-through, no hazy components of any kind, it was as clear as a Bud.  The smell could knock you off your feet halfway across the room, it was full of fruity and piney flavors that told you that this was for sure a Double or Imperial ale.  As a normal, non beer drinker (Zach) would say, this smells like soap, I think it smells like a dream.

The flavor was super hoppy.  There were tons of fresh hops flavors, the pine continued and the fresh fruity aromas translated into an excellent taste.  There was a decent bitter bite to it but that could be expected from such a huge hop-bomb.  As one who enjoys a good hoppy beer, I found myself right at home.  The little malt backing that showed up in the flavor provided a nice sweet balance to the tremendous hop influence.  It was a little syrupy feeling as the hoppy oils glided over my tongue and down into the belly.

The booze was hard to detect, though after the whole bottle you could tell there was some punch behind this barrage.

Lagunitas definitely used this extraction method to achieve exactly what they were looking for: a huge hop bomb that dominates the taste buds with hop-awesomeness.  There isn’t much else to say other than hops, hops and more hops.  A great beer that pushes the IBU’s, it does say right on the label “102 I.B.U.4 U.”  For all you hop lovers, this is a beer for you, Lagunitas has made a beer that I will come back to again and again when I have a craving for a huge hoppy beer.

Final Grade: A