Saturday, December 3, 2011

Beer Review: Ruinition IPA

Reviewing the Ruinition IPA from Stone Brewing Company.
Score: 95

2011 bomber bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-orange with about a finger of head that settles down to a half finger. Above average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Crisp explosion of citrus hop bitterness. Zesty lemon rind and pine. A little floral. Some malty sweetness too. Really fresh aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: An explosion of awesome flavor on palate. Earthy, citrus hop bitterness hits you right away. Some grapefruit and orange sweetness on the mid-palate. Light bready malt flavor on the mid-palate as it layers. Finish is a very earthy grapefruit bitterness and resiny pine that lingers. Flavors are extremely fresh. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. A little oily. Finishes dry and bitter. The carbonation makes the zesty citrus flavors and bitterness of the beer really pop on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall: The golden standard for nationally available, year-round imperial IPA's.

Recommendation: This is a great beer for hop heads. Perhaps not the best first "craft" beer for casual beer drinkers, but an absolute must try once you get your beer feet wet.

Pairings: Backyard-cooked hamburgers.

Cost: $6.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

No comments:

Post a Comment