What follows is the July 10th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
In 2002, Stone Brewing introduced Ruination, one of the few double IPAs on the market at the time. Aggressively hopped, it remains one of their top sellers. A decade after Ruination’s introduction, Stone brewed a special version of it to celebrate 10 years of ruining palates everywhere. That beer was such a hit that they decided to make it an annual release, thus the birth of Ruin Ten.
Ruin Ten is not for the meek of heart. This tongue buckler is an ale immensely hopped with five pounds of hops per 31-gallon barrel. It pours an orange-amber with an aggressive head and wonderful lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops. Citrus, grass and pine dominate the nose and leave you wanting to take a few more whiffs before even sipping it. A huge hop burst is the first thing one tastes before the big malt backbone takes over. At 10.8 percent ABV, this is a big beer through and through. Stone takes pride in the saying “Fizzy Yellow Beer is for Wussies.” Ruin Ten is definitely not for wussies.
Find Stone Ruin Ten on draft at the Chimes, Bulldog and Pelican House or in 22 ounce bottles at Calandro’s, Cuban Liquor and Whole Foods for about $7.
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