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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stone Ruination IPA Double Dry Hopped with Centennial and Citra

I stopped by Stone Brewing to pick up a growler fill of 2009 Old Guardian for an upcoming trade.  While there I stopped by the cold case and was pleasantly surprised to find bottles of Stone Ruination IPA Double Dry Hopped with Centennial and Citra Hops.  As part of Stone's new Quingenti Millilitre Series it comes corked and caged in a beautiful 500 ml bottle.  Word on the street is this run was done to test out the new bottling line for the Quingenti Millilitre Series, if that's true I'm very happy they decided to do it with this beer. 

500 ml bottle opens with a pop and is poured into a Bruery Tulip.  Reviewed 17-Sept-11 

Appearance: The beer is a gorgeous pale golden color and when poured creates a nice inch tall fluffy white head.  Good level of carbonation is presents and it forms a solid lace down the side of the glass. Swirling the glass reinvigorates the head to a beautiful fully cloud.

Aroma: Literally smelled like I opened a bag of citra hops. Very pronounce citrus smell, primarily drive by the citra, the centennial hops do form a nice counter.   Bonnie Notes - oh my lord, light hop note to the smell, very pleasant

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, fills the mouth well, sits nicely on the palate. 

Taste: Citrus! Very slight passion fruit, key lime rine. Still has the classic Ruination bitting bitterness but highlighted by a citrus rine bitterness… some lemon and grapefruit notes are present. Very bitter on the back end but as a lupulin addict I'm very ok with that though I do have to say the dry hopping has softened it slightly.

Overall:  Absolutely fantastic. When I spotted it in the store my heart stopped I was so excited.  I love citra hops especially as a dry hop and have always appreciated Ruination. As I grew in my craft beer journey I started to feel like Stone was stuck in a past era, this beer has changed that option of them.  This is probably my new favorite Stone beer, hopefully this won't be the only time they make this.

Upon further investigation I learned additional facts about this beer from Jacob McKean, Communications Specialist at Stone.
1) It was done to test out the line.
2) It was bottled back on 6/22 (held up really well)
3) It was intended to be given away to Team Stone members only.
4) Super rare = Whale! I;-{)]

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