22 oz bottle Tara picked up for me this morning in Columbus, GA. Served up in a tulip.
A: Pours up a very nice burnt orange in color. Held to the light, it brightens up with to a perfect and glowing copper. The body is perfectly clear with a lazy carbonation to it. The pour got me over 2 fingers of tight and bright white head. It holds up pretty well, falling slowly to a half finger but solid top cap. Lace is chunky and spots the glass. Looks friggin fantastic.
S: When pouring this beer, I could smell this thing from the counter top. Just a metric shit ton of hops is billowing out the glass. Mostly pine resin but there is burst of tropical fruit. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, melons, etc. Not much other than the hops. I wish I could say there was a balance malt, but I am very pleased to report otherwise. The hops are huge, inviting, and it is just what I was looking for tonight.
T: Hmmm. Hops start things off again. Pine is huge. Resiny, aggressive. The fruits come through but not as big as in the nose. Touch of grapefruit and pineapple. There is some malt presence, mostly pale but a light caramel note. One of the most assertive flavors is just a bIg boozy character. Pure alcohol. I am sad to say this brings the beer down for me. Its still tasty, but that booze is huge.
M: Medium in body with a medium to light carbonation to it. It tries to dry out but the hops and a bit of sweetness just grabs the palate and keeps everything sticking around. ABV is quite big. Heat on the throat all the way to the belly. Aftertaste is all pine and booze which comes across a little floor cleaner like.
OA: This is my first Stone offering in a while. I have always been a fan of Ruination, so I was stoked to give this variation a try. This beer has its highs and lows. The nose is damn near perfect and just beautiful. The flavor is good to great but that boozy character detracts a bit for me. Each sip is so tasty and refreshing and then all that booze just lingers. It is still very drinkable, but it knocks the beer down a bit. Still, this has been a good experience and I was happy to give it a shot.
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