This week’s beer: Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California.
This 7.7% alcohol regular offering from Stone Brewing Company pours a cloudy honey color with a nice off-white head that leaves thick lacing down the pint glass.
On the nose is floral hops and earthy undertones.
The flavor is a burst of hoppy goodness with a solid, malt backbone. There are more hops on the nose than the palette, but there is no doubt that it’s a solid IPA. The alcohol is not too prominent, but definitely noticeable. It finishes strong with a lingering bitterness that makes you want another sip. Then another and another. It’s brewed with Columbus and Centennial hops to over 100 IBUs.
The label sums it up nicely. It says it is a liquid poem to glory of the hop.
This is one of my all-time favorite beers. It’s not available in Arkansas, but it’s so good it makes the drive to Missouri worth it. Stone has yet to make a beer that is anything less that wonderful. Their Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Levitation Ale and regular Stone IPA are all top-notch.
Pair with a spicy entree or a strong cheese.