I love breweries that are constantly reinventing, experimenting, and still producing great craft beer. When Stone announced earlier this year that they were going to “remix” their original recipe for one of America’s first year–round Double IPA, Stone Ruination, it was met with skepticism. However, the new-old brew is just as fantastic as the first and this weekend Stone Brewing Company’s Stone Ruination IPA 2.0 is What’s on Tap!
I was actually surprised when I poured this brew; I expected it to have a much darker / deeper color than the beer’s clean golden color. Though the color was surprising, the beer’s aroma was exactly what I was expecting from a DIPA – huge fruit, mainly citrus, aromas that are mixed with grassy hop notes. When drinking IPAs and DIPAs it is always interesting which of the two primary flavors, hops or the fruit / citrus, are more dominate. For me, Ruination 2.0 has a nice mix of the two; almost immediately I get the hops, maybe slightly first, and fruit. On the backend there is a nice grassy earthy finish that combines nicely with the crisp puckering bitterness.
Especially in the summer and I am drinking a brew that has a huge flavor profile like Stone Ruination 2.0 I always lean towards pairing theses beers with a blackened fish. The fish’s spice allows for it to stand-up next to the beer and not be overshadowed and the dish is light enough that it will not fill you up. Tonight, I am making some Cajun scallops that should provide the right amount of heat to really pair well with this “new-old” brew from Stone!
Style: Double (Imperial) Indian Pale Ale
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 8.5%
Color: Yellowish / Gold
Hops: Magnum, Nugget, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, Azacca
Beer Review Stats
Beer Advocate: 96 and 97
Rate Beer: 100