Beer Review #88: Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA

Wow! The words used by my brother, my brother-in-law, and myself as we sampled this fantastic beer from Stone Brewing. (http://www.stonebrewing.com/) If you are hophead and are looking for something to slap you in face, then this is a must try beer. Here is a commercial description from Stone:
“And as Stone Ruination IPA turns 10, we thought we’d make ourselves a nice little birthday present to celebrate. But what kind of selfish jerks would we be if we didn’t share?! Behold, the Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. (Clever name, eh? That’s why us folks in the Marketing Dept. get the big bucks!) It’s an amped-up version of Stone Ruination IPA, with a bit more malt to bring the abv up from 7.7% to 10.8%, and a very heavy dose of hops. “Classic” Ruination uses 2.5 pounds of hops per barrel–which is more than double the amount we use in any other of our core beers–but for Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, we went double again, using an impressive 5 pounds of hops per barrel, including about a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop. (Hell. Yes.)

Suggested Pairings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak 
Appetizers: Kimchee, ceviche, bacon-wrapped jalapeños (or habaneros)
Entrées: Salt and pepper shrimp, jambalaya, roasted pork chops with apple sauce, pineapple curry 
Desserts: Apple pie with caramel sauce, toffee bars, spiced carrot cake 
Cheeses: Aged Cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Roquefort, Mimolette 
Cigars: Ashton Classic Majesty, Litto Gomez Diez, Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Invictos Corojo Robusto”

Nice orange/copper pour with a medium sized white head. The aroma definitely has the smell of hash, mixed with pine and citrus with a bit sweet malt. Nice amount of bitterness, resin, citrus, and HUGE hop flavor. This is one of those beers that you will never forget when you tried and I was glad to share it with my brother and brother-in-law.

I’m not sure if there is any more of this stuff on the shelves, I know it won’t be available in Iowa since we won’t have Stone until October 1st, but for those with Stone on their shelves, if you see this one, it is a definite must try beer!

REVIEW

STYLE: Imperial India Pale Ale (Double IPA)

ABV: 10.8%

PURCHASED AT: Got it from a buddy.

Pour: Copper orange pour with a medium sized white head.

Aroma: Weed, pine, citrus hops.

Taste: Perfectly balanced! Huge amount of hops, resin, citrus, and pine flavor balanced by the malt.

Overall: A

My Recommendation: Buy it if it’s fresh. This is definitely one to try.

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