Sometimes we’re in the mood for a good, hoppy, IPA, and Stone Brewing Company always delivers. We picked up the Ruinten at our local bottle shop on a weekend, and tried it out the next day.
According to Stone’s website, the Ruinten is the same recipe as the 2012 Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the famous IPA. It has five pounds of hops in each barrel, and the ABV has been cranked up accordingly. The Stone website boasts “The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again.”
Dark. This beer is dark. It looks dark, and it tastes dark. Mind you, Guinness may look dark, but actually tastes quite light. Maillard’s Odyssey, which is named in part for the chemical reaction that occurs when sugars are heated, is dark across the board.
Sometimes the best laid plans made with good intentions just don’t pan out. This is not always a bad thing, as instead of being responsible adults following through on the idea of heading to Costco in SoDo, we ended up in Fremont at Outlander Brewing Company. Yeah, slight detour there. Anyway, we were drawn in by a tweet about Biggus Dickus II. Based on name alone we knew we would regret it if we did not get to sample that brew. Bulk groceries and cleaning products be damned…we needed beer!