« on: September 04, 2015, 07:12:52 PM »
I'd heard mixed reviews (mostly solid), but to me it's a pretty nice beer. Bought some from Costco, bottled 7/28. Given that it sat there warm for most of a month, the hop character is pretty strong - per Stone, it's Magnum, Nugget, Centennial, Azacca, Citra, and Simcoe. Pale orange, fairly dry, strong (8.5%ish) but subtle alcohol, nice foam, crystal in check.. Nice bitterness, big hop flavor and aromas of pine, citrus, peach, mango. I assume they bitter with Magnum and Nugget and use a healthy amount of the others late, given the hop flavor and aroma. My only ding is how I feel about the style in general now - the alcohol provides its own sweetness which detracts from drinkability, and unless you have a bunch of friends over it's tough to drain a DIPA before the awesome hop character leaves town (personally, I hop like DIPA in a 1.064 beer, just me). I completely give Stone (unlike other breweries) thumbs up for the foresight not to be set in their ways - I loved Ruination 1.0 for how it challenged the ideas of IPA, but with new methods of late hopping it was time for an upgrade. This isn't RuinTen or some of the Enjoy By IPAs, but as their new readily available DIPA and an upgrade to original Ruination, I have to say I'd buy it again. Good stuff.