Tasting: July 5, 2012
Style: Imperial IPA
If you are a hop head, then Stone’s Ruination is an iconic beer. I gave it 93 points in my review and it currently ranks as my # 25 beer. It boasts an IBU of over 100 with a rock solid malt base that delivers enough sweetness to balance off the bitterness avalanche. I’ve described Ruination to friends by telling them that the intensity lingers on even after you’ve brushed your teeth. I also advise them that they should work up to the experience by increasing the bitterness that their palate can tolerate. I mean Everest is the ultimate mountain to climb but I wouldn’t make it the first mountain I climb.
I was ecstatic to hear that Stone decided to recognize the tenth anniversary of this legend with a special release. At first, I thought that this just might be Ruination in special packaging or possibly just tweaked with something like barrel-aging or dry-hopping. Boy, was I was wrong. According to Stone, they use about 2.5 pounds of hops per barrel when producing Ruination. They’ve decided that 5 pounds of hops per barrel was apropos for this beer. Apparently, they also increased the malt profile as the ABV jumps from 7.7% up to 10.8%
I love Stone’s attitude. They’re arrogant and those that drink their beer aren’t worthy. On their website they had a photo of this bottle and in big letters next to it simply says…”you’re welcome”. I can’t wait any longer. Pours a rich orange color with a big citrus aroma. First sip impression, massive citrus lemon/grapefruit, alcohol burn, not as much malt sweetness as I would have thought initially, but once my palate is destroyed to full numbness. The sweetness can only build and it does. Full-bodied and resin laden. This one is bigger than Ruination in hop profile if that’s possible. Definitely a scorched palate. For that alone, it’s definitely a classic 94 points. I can’t wait for another…or the 20th anniversary.
Read my review of Ruination HERE