Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ruination IPA


Burnination!


Stone Brewing Company Logo


Beer Reviewed: Ruination IPA
Style: Ale
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company


Stone Brewing Company Ruination IPA

Discovery

As a continuation of the last few posts that were reviews of various Stone Brewing Company beers, most of which are IPAs, the discovery of this beer is pretty uneventful and just another IPA that I grabbed off of the shelf.

I’ve discussed this previously that when I was first exposed to Stone beers, I thought they were targeting consumers that wanted to prove their toughness by drinking extremely bitter beers, and claiming to enjoy them. This is probably due to the people I knew who were the first in my circle to drink them. It reminded me of times when I was younger and college friends would eat suicide wings to prove their manliness. 


Duff's Chicken Wings

I probably need to have better friends.

As an aside, the word Ruination name reminds me of something that goes back a few years, and relates to Homestar Runner, which I know very little about, except for Trogdor’s Burnination:


Trogdor's Burnination

I think they should’ve named this Burnination IPA, but that’s just me. Now on to the beer….

The Beer

Beer characteristics

Quantitative parameters of beer character

  1. The brewery provided IBU rating for this beer is an even higher that all previous, at 100. As I’ve discussed previously, these ratings blow because it seems to be based on flavors, and not just straight hoppy bitterness. According to The Hitchens Taste Scale, I would put this at about a +7. It’s the most bitter beer I’ve tasted so far, but there is still room for more.
  2. This IPA has alcohol content that is on the higher end at 7.7% alc/vol.
  3. The color is a golden honey with stronger cloudiness. Using SRM, I would put this at 6 on the Lovibond scale, like many of Stone’s IPA.

Qualitative parameters of beer character

  1. The aroma is very citrusy, like orange, grapefruit and tangerine.
  2. The flavor was almost all hops. I can see this higher IBU rating as being appropriate, as this isn’t about many more flavors than just hoppy bitterness.
  3. The aftertaste is a back-of-the-throat hoppy flavor that never leaves.
  4. The mouthfeel is very tingley, but exits quickly.
  5. The carbonation was good, but the head died off quickly. There was a strong stream coming up from the bottom of the glass.
  6. The temperature should be old, but it didn’t taste very boozey, so I think it could be enjoyable at a warmer temp, but with those hops, I wouldn’t recommend.

Recommendation

On the bottle caps was this quote:

“Rather than play down to the masses, Stone has decided to play up to those consumers ready to accept it.”.

When I read that, the phony bravery and arrogance in me, and probably most men, makes me want to say: “I Love This Beer!”, but the fact of the matter is this isn’t for me.  It’s good quality, and certainly meets expectations, but my hops and bitterness limits were exceeded by this beer, and I’m going to skip this next time.

- Enthusiast

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