Just picked up a few four packs today for a long weekend, had to grab a four pack of Stone Ruination, one of the best American Double/IPAs on the planet!
Mostly clear and tan to slightly orange in color, great head and lacing, a very good looking brew.
The hops permeates your nasal cavity like some kind of magnificent medicine, designed to sooth the soul.
There’s bready malts that beautifully accent the plentiful hops that make up the bulk of the flavor. Amazing! Flowers and earthy woody hop character just blast your taste buds. Pine and citrus/grapefruit accent the bitterness, which is high but very smooth. A hop head’s dream, consistently one of the best IPAs available in the USA! USA! USA!
Feel is so very rich and thick, so much body for a DIPA, and so damn smooth. It’s almost like smoking a maduro robusto cigar, in that it’s powerful but smooth, complex as hell and you just can’t rush it. In fact, if there’s an IPA that I’d want with a fine cigar, this might just be it.
Obviously Stone puts a lot of effort into all their wonderful beers, but Ruination still manages to stand out nonetheless. And how it’s possible to top their regular IPA is beyond me… but ruination really does stand out as an amazing and extremely well crafted beer.
Stone. That’s all I need to know.
BTW, I like the four-packs of this brew better than the six packs. I’m sure it’s just psychological, as the price was nearly identical per bottle, but I also think Stone will probably sell more of this in four-packs than sixers. Though I love the bombers too (haven’t checked the math on the prices, but who cares, I love bombers!).
As an aside, I also picked up a four pack of Sublimely Self-Righteous today. I love four packs of this even better than bombers. For some reason I like the 12oz bottles best for this particular beer.
Are four packs the new sixers?