Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stone Brewing Company RuinTen IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Stone Brewing Company RuinTen IPA.

From the Stone Brewing Company website: “We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark burnt orange color with a nice white head and sticky and chunky lacing.
Aroma: Orange, pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, peach and sweet caramel dominate the nose.
Taste: Five pounds of hops per barrel is right! Grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits and citrus hops up front balanced majestically by caramel malts.
Overall: Do you like hops?  Do you like IPAs?  Do you like great beer?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions go pick up Stone Brewing Company RuinTen IPA.  At 10.8% ABV Stone once again produces a beer worth the praise, worth a long trek to the store, worth stocking the beer fridge with.  I’ll look forward to this release each year and I plan to source a few more bottles and drink ‘em fresh.  You should too.


Mark Harvey

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