The Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California pours out an orangey copper in color with good clarity and is topped with a two finger, dense, off-white head that very slowly reduces to a film. On the nose, this best resembles a hophead's dream. The bouquet of hop aromas is mesmerizing. Citrus rind, pine, resin, melon and the faintest of caramel. In the mouth, while there is a substantial malt backbone but the hops are the star of this show. Continual hop flavors dominate the palate. Flavors of pine, citrus, grapefruit peel crush the faint caramel flavors. Medium bodied. Fine carbonation. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Sticky, oily mouthfeel that coats. The finish does not seem to want to quit. It is oily, bitter and packed with flavor.
What a treat it is to be able to drink a craft beer this well crafted. Not for the meek, not for the those that do not understand the true power of a hoppy beer. However, if hops rule your craft beer experiences this is the one beer you must try. Truly an epic beer of monstrous proportions. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 10.8% ABV, 110 IBU
Beer 179 of 366 for 2012