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Double Dry Hopped Ruination IPA by Stone Brewing Company
American IPA
7.70 % ABV

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/29/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 17 4 9 0
Thanks to Alex for sharing the growler of this hoppy beast. Poured from a stone 1L flip-top jug into a Surly pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazed shimmering golden-tangerine color with peachy highlights when held to a light. It has about a half finger of late rising bubbly foam even with a hard pour and it fades to near nothingness very quickly. Nice lacing is left but not the thickest or densest I’ve seen. Seems to be a bit under carbonated.

S: The smell is explosively hoppy, even a good 6+ inches away from the glass. Lots of skunky/dank herbals (Columbus hops maybe?) and grapefruity citrus pith smacks the nostrils around plenty before just a touch of pale sugary maltiness and some drier biscuity malts come in briefly. This is hop forward all the way though, strait west coast style.

T: The taste, much like the DDH regular stone IPA, loses a touch of that pungency from aroma to taste. It’s still super hoppy and filled to the brim with grapefruit and dank/floral herbals before a light pale sweetness barely sugar coats the hops enough to be called “balancing”. It’s mostly a hop delivery device, which is how I like my WC IPAs, but not quite as powerful as the nose still.

M: The mouthfeel is slightly on the thinner side of medium bodied with a surprisingly low level of carbonation that is almost cask-like it’s so soft and out of the way. The body is a touch sticky for a split second upfront before the oily, dry, and nicely bitter hoppiness coats the tongue and doesn’t relent for at least a minute or so. Alcohol heat is hidden really well too. I love the body and high level of bitterness but it’s just a bit too lightly carbonated for my tastes.

D: This was a very impressive tweak to an already good beer. The aroma was pretty fantastic and this pale bruiser of a DIPA is right up my alley for being a slammable option. I easily put down the first pint and could see myself killing a growler alone in no time given the chance. It does numb up the tongue a bit after a while so be ready for that going in, but I like the tingly strong bitterness.

Stone always impresses me with their hoppy brews and DDH Ruination is a strong offering from them. I’d love to have the chance to drink a lot more of this in the future. One of the best WC DIPAs I’ve had in a while, very highly recommended to hopheads out there.

Served In: Pint Glass

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