Recently my brother went the L.A. for business and after equipping him with a comprehensive list of beers to bring back for my enjoyment, blog and book (1,001 beers to try before you die)
At the top of the list was Russian River’s ‘Pliny The Elder’ and Stone’s ‘Arrogant Bastard’
One came back and another did not.
What came back was spectacular!
On the counter when I came to visit this brother of mine sat not only a bottle of the Arrogant Bastard but also Ruination IPA.
Stone Brewing Company has a huge reputation as a brewery which does things their own way.
They run movie nights and are deliberately inflammatory as seen on the label of our first beer, Arrogant Bastard.
I really enjoyed this beer but to be honest I don’t think that the marketing department bullying people into confessing a life long love of this beer is something that should be encouraged. Lines such as “is is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.” Trap people who enjoy craft beer into liking this beer or being branded a less then discerning beer drinker and I think that is just a cheap trick without much class.
This beer comes in at 7.2% and comes bottle out of a 700 ml with plenty to share. It smells great, with plenty to get your nose into with some citrus and pine notes. The balance between hops and malt is very settled.
The first taste you get is one of well rounded hop bitterness which lingers and develops on your tongue and it flows nicely and has a wonderful mouth feel but the 7.2% can be felt for sure.
You should, if you ever have the privilege of seeing this beer pick it up.
The Ruination IPA is advertised as having 100 + IBU and you can taste it. This is not the most bitter beer I have ever tasted but it is enjoyable.
This was quite a crisp sort of IPA. One of the problems I had with this beer was that the hops were quite harsh. I don’t know if this is left in to help with the ruinous hop effect that Stone are promoting or just the way it went with the hops they are using.
This is a good IPA but to call it ruinous on your palate is a little bit of a stretch, if that is what you are looking for go with Greenflash.
Okay that’s it for a Sunday evening. If you ever get the opportunity to try a Stone’s beer do it! Do it right now!