Beer Wednesday: Hop Heaven Week 1 – Stone Ruination
Happy Beer Wednesday! (or should I say “Hoppy” Beer Wednesday!)
For the month of July, I’ve decided to embrace my favorite flower: the hop. To do this appropriately, I’ll be spending the Wednesdays of July reviewing the hoppiest vegan beers I can get my hands on, and rating them using my six-pack scale as well as a scale of one-to-four hops.
I’ll be starting with Stone Ruination imperial IPA, so called because they claim that it will ruin your palate for other beers.
Like most Stone brews, Ruination opens with a ton of hops on the nose. Citrus is followed by hints of pine and clean hop bitterness.
The first taste is bitter, but as it warms and opens up, the floral notes come to the forefront of this vegan beer, carrying the pine and citrus through the bitter hops. That is followed by the malt, making a bitter/sweet, delicious combination.
You would think that with over 100 IBUs that the bitterness would be overpowering, but at usual, Stone managed to balance the sweet, bitter, and alcohol beautifully. I didn’t notice the 8.2% ABV, and the depth of flavor kept me wanting more. At the end, though, so the delicious depth kept coming back to hops, hops, hops.
I’m happy to give Stone Ruination a 5/6 on my six-pack scale, and a 4 out of 4 hops.
Be sure to come by next Wednesday for my next visit to Hop Heaven, and tell me what your favorite super-hoppy vegan beer is below.