741. Stone Ruination IPA

741. Stone Ruination IPA

I had this on tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Alcohol: 7.70%
Serving: Tap
Style: American Double IPA, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a nice copper with a light haziness to it. Topped by a creamy beige head that fades slowly to a film, leaving sheets of lace.

Smell (4.0): The hops really dominate the aroma. There's a fainty sugary maltiness that's eveident, but herbal, resiny and citric hops are at center stage here. There's also a hint of grassiness.

Taste (4.5): Toasty maltiness followed by some caramel sweetness are evident briefly. Resiny and citric hops soon take over making for a very bitter finish with a bit of alcoholic spice.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. A bit of oiliness.

Drinkability (3.5): Pretty strong and hoppy.

Overall (4.25): This is a very nice Double IPA. It has strong hops that are the focus without enough, but not too much malt for balance. I find too many DIPAs to be too sweet.

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