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Old 07-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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This beer was bitter, and the high alcohol content was very much harsh. This kind of beer is nothing more than hop tea. It's not artfully crafted in any way shape or form.

The bitterness of the beer is so sharp and biting that there is little malt to taste. The alcohol content is not cloying but flamboyant. One can simply taste ethanol and hops.

This is the kind of beer I'd like to put on a fence and shoot with a Colt 1911.

I could easily have gotten the same harsh alcohol profile from a can of Camo malt liquor. I don't think this beer is worthy.

 
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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WOW first negative I've read about Stone.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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I thought it was great. Bitter for sure, but i kinda planned on that.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #4
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It's one of my favorites! I'm pretty sure you have to be a hop head to really enjoy this brew.

 
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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I LOVE hops. But I must admit, this one pushed the limits, which I didn't think was possible......
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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i enjoy the stone beers. What were you expecting?

 
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:48 PM   #7
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I'd have to say I would not expect balance or subtlety out of a beer called 'ruination'. It's good beer if you really like hops. Just like I wouldn't order the nuclear fire chicken wings if I didn't like burning my face off (which I do).
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:10 PM   #8
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First negative thing I've heard of this beer, and I loved it, but I had one last night, and I think its past its freshness point. Not so much the liquid hop it was before, and the alcohol and bitterness shine through moreso now, than before. And I had eight of them previously, and this last one wasn't the shining goodness it was before. I had two saved to trade, and I wouldn't feel as good giving the other two to someone now, after how good it was, and the hype I built up about it.

 
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #9
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First of all, its an IPA, they're supposed to be bitter. Second, its called Ruination. Third, Stone makes big beers a lot of the time. So yeah, high alcohol. Fourth, West Coast IPAs are typically hop bombs. There's not intended to be much, if any, malt balance.

Honestly, what exactly were you expecting???

Side note, I really dont like the term 'balance' to be used when describing an IPA, and especially IIPAs. They're supposed to be hoppy, not balanced (my opinion of course - some people like a lot of malt character in IPAs, but not this guy!).

 
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:41 PM   #10
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And my thoughts on the beer: Not as hoppy as I was hoping for. Thought the aroma was good, but it could have had more hop flavor. Solid brew though, and luckily not overpriced.

 
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