Stone Brewing is known for their overhopped brews. Their anniversary beers always seem to be hop bombs and this Stone Brewing Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA is no different. Created as a homage to the almighty hop, Stone cranked up the alcohol in their Ruination IPA from 7.7% ABV to 10.8% and used twice as much hops – 5lbs of hops per barrel including a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hopping.
Filled with a big beautiful citrus aroma, this is one of those brews you can spend quite some time sniffing before ever taking a sip. Plenty of lemon and grapefruit to enjoy. Taking a taste, it’s much the same. Big citrus hops with a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The malt definitely takes a backseat here with just enough to support the huge hop bill.
As with most DIPAs, this is one to drink when it’s as fresh as possible. For the short time it was available, it seems most snatched this brew up with a quickness. Like many of the other Stone brews, we can hope they release the homebrew recipe for this one in time. I’m sure it’s a beer that many would like to brew themselves. Find a bottle if you still can and enjoy it soon.