For a lot of beer geeks, Stone Ruination was the first palate ruiner and first mainstream American Double IPA or perhaps the first beer that really differentiated the West Coast and East coast Double IPA wars. Well, I was 15 when this beer came out and didn’t have my first Ruination until some time last year so, I’m merely going to review the 10th anniversary as its own beer and not as a comparison to the original or use this review to tell stories about the good times when Cantillon flowed like water.
AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
adamjackson (433) – Canaan, USA – JUL 9, 2012
Picked this up for $7.99 at Hunger Mountain Co-Op in Vermont. Kept it in the fridge overnight and poured into a Duvel glass by my river.
A – Pours a nice 2 finger head that subsides fast to a quarter finger. Burnt orange appearance, slight haze.
S – Gloriously dry hopped! Smells amazing. Slightly beefier than the nose of a Heady Topper, more malty than Pliny the Elder. Citra dominates with its grapefruit. Slight level of pineapple and lemons.
T – Whoa! What a pallet wrecker. Green Flash has a Pallet Wrecker but there’s absolutely no balance to it. Ruination 10th is absurdly hopped but is not too boozy and tastes amazing. I get a heavy wood taste, big malts profile and nice citrus tastes at the finish
M – High medium body, big bitter finish.
O – This is exceptional. I’m going to buy a few more! Amazing taste.