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.”
The Ruinten poured a copper color into an IPA glass with an off-white creamy head. It tasted delicious – silky smooth, hoppy, slightly citrus sweet yet bitter. As the ABV indicated (10.8%), it had a lovely alcohol finish.
Our only lament is that we only bought one bottle to share!
Honestly, what does one even need to say beyond “This is an IPA by Stone Brewing”? They are true masters of the style, and I have never had a bad IPA from Stone. Their Arrogant Bastard Ale leaves a bit to be desired in my book, but their IPAs are consistently stunning. Additionally, I will agree 100% that one 22-ounce bottle was not enough!