Stone Ruination 2.0 (8.5% abv)
Stone’s original Ruination was, rather fittingly, my first experience with a bottle of imported American double IPA, and ‘twas lurve at first slurp of its relentlessly dankalicious insides. So can this big budget sequel recapture the magic of the sublime original hop bomb. Y'bet y'r prized dangly bits it can!
Punchy tropical fruits and various green stuff flavours batter my taste buds, with pineapple, mango, gwaaarva, tangerine, grapefruit, spruce, and lush windswept grass the most aggressive, sweet caramel malts get a look in towards the middle, with mildly spiced pine and grapefruit returning for the big bitter finish. The seductively soft and smooth mouthfeel is a delight, the booze unnoticeable.
For my particularly peculiar set of taste buds this bottle of wonder juice absolutely lived up to expectations, a dank, resinous, hop attack of the most beguiling kind, and a fine way to see off a Friday. Cheers m'dears!