24
Dec
08

Beers of Milwaukee, vol. 20

So.  Stone Brewing Company’s Ruination IPA.

Earlier I wrote a few words about Tree’s Hophead IPA.  Lately I’ve come to think of it as rather a sledgehammer of hops, without a great deal of subtlety to it.  Going by what I’ve heard about Ruination, I expected this particular beer to kick a fair bit of ass.

Well, as far as the hops go, Hophead’s an 8lb sledgehammer, and Ruination’s more like a 12lb sledgehammer.  Yes, it’s substantially hoppier than Hophead, but when you get hit by a sledgehammer it doesn’t really matter just how heavy it is*.  However, the stronger flavour of Ruination manages to permit a great deal of secondary subtlety, with the same fruity undertones of the Hophead accompanied by a very satisfying richness that I can’t quite place.

It’s bloody good beer, and the best IPA I’ve ever tasted.

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* Unless you’re Marv, I suppose.


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