Ruination 2.0

California
United States
Stone Beer Ruination 2.0 IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Stone Ruination IPA was the first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA on the planet. As craft beer has evolved over the years, so too have techniques for maximizing hop flavors and aromas. For the second incarnation of our groundbreaking India pale ale, we employed dry hopping and hop bursting to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops that give this beer its incredible character. We’ve also updated the name to reflect the imperial-level intensity that’s evident in every sip. Join us in cheering this, the second stanza in our “Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop.”

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
100+
Hops: 
Magnum, Centennial, Nugget, Simcoe, Citra, Azacca
Judges Review 
Sal Mortillaro II's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Ruination 2.0 by Stone Brewing Co. is being judged as a Double IPA (category 22A) per the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

This beer pours a medium-gold color with lightly hazy clarity. A slightly off-white head of large bubbles lingers with a visual reminiscent of sourdough bread. A beautiful lacing is left on the edge of the glass as it is consumed. The aroma is first noted as a lightly sweet, grainy malty aroma but a moderately low aroma of powdered sugar-dusted blueberries becomes prominent. The aroma of this beer is extremely pleasant and is reminiscent of a blueberry granola bar. The flavor consists of a moderately low malt sweetness and a low grainy flavor is quickly taken over by a medium-high hop bitterness and medium hop flavors of blueberry, very light bitter orange peel, and very light notes of pine. In the finish, a moderately low ethyl alcohol helps push the bitterness further and allows it to linger well after the sip. This beer finishes lightly sweet but the balance is very much towards the bitter. This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation. There is a low, pleasant alcohol warmth to this beer and no astringency despite its prominent bitterness.  

Overall, this is an exceptional beer that showcases unique hop flavor and firm assertive bitterness. It slightly lacked the depth of layered hop flavor and aroma, though it was well done and a very tasty beer. This beer had the bitter presence and malt character to back it up that an American double IPA should have. 

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

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