In the words of Stone Brewing CEO & Co-founder Greg Koch, “Something has to die in order to be reborn.” Even when that something is Stone Ruination IPA, our groundbreaking imperial India pale ale that debuted in 2002. You’ll be able to attest to its epic rebirth as Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 beginning Monday, April 20, when it starts appearing in six-packs, 22oz bottles and on draft.
Stone Brewing Co. has taken this lupulin-laced paean and everything they (and their fans) love about it to a bigger, bolder level. They did this by incorporating 13 years of knowledge back into the beer to help drive this hop revolution that we are all so passionate about. In short: a mix of the original hops bill and newer varietals combined with fresh ways of coaxing every last drop of intense deliciousness from those hops.
Tasting Notes by Brewmaster Mitch Steele:
This beer pours clear gold with a cream-colored head.
The hop aromatics of this beer are massively fruity, with tons of melon, tropical fruit and citrus followed by resiny pine notes and a hint of dankness.
The balance shifts a bit more toward the taste of the hops, with tropical fruit being more dominant and hints of melon and citrus following closely behind. The pine notes are also intense, and the beer’s light malt character allows the bitterness to really stand out.
The beer is medium bodied with a dry, substantially citrusy, bitter finish.
Modernizing a classic is never easy. This recipe is only partially new, in that we took an original concept and added new elements to keep Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 aligned with our tradition. We made an effort to maintain the roots of Stone Ruination IPA by keeping Centennial as a primary hop in the brewhouse and the dry-hop stage, and we added a substantial dose of Simcoe and Citra, along with a new hop variety, Azacca. The result is an intense mix of hop flavors: tropical fruit, citrus, pine, melon and a hint of resiny dankness.
Find out more about Ruiniation 2.0 and where to find it here: http://www.stonebrewing.com/ruin/
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