When I was going through my notes for this beer in preparation of writing this post I found out that this was the first Stone Brewing Company beer that I have reviewed on this site. I was honestly shocked as I have enjoyed a number of their beers. Stone is located in Escondido, CA and is a big player in the craft beer world. I really love their Smoked Porter and their Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Ruination IPA is one that I had never had from them before, so I decided to give it a whirl.
Ruination IPA pours an orange color with a fluffy white head. There is some hazy in the glass as well. The nose is “thick” smelling. There are notes of piney hops in there along with some floral notes. Other than hops and some heat, I didn’t get much else.
On my first taste I expected to be blown away by hops, but I found some really nice upfront sweetness. The hops quickly kick in and follow up with their promise from the smell. Lots of piney hops flow into this beer. I’m generally not a fan of piney hops, but these were pretty nice. I noticed a slight twang at the end, and I’m not sure where that comes from.
As someone who is not a big piney hops fan I thought this beer was outstanding. The balance was well done, if a bit too much hop forward. At 7.7% this is one that you have to be careful with. I found it enjoyable but it isn’t a beer that I could drink a lot of. Mark this one in the nightcap category for me.