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Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

Beer: Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 10.8%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: The Brickwall, Asbury Park, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumer: Laura, Ally’s sister

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Clear, coppery amber.  Not much head when served, just a light dusting of creamy bubbles.

Smell: Hops and fruit, like apricots.

Flavor: The hops dominate, with the apricot fruitiness appearing in the aftertaste.  It’s not necessarily balanced; there is a clear delineation of flavors.

Feel: Solid, full, dry mouthfeel.  Moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: The Stone Ruination IPA, developed in 2002, was the “first full-time brewed and bottled Double IPA on the planet,” according to the San Diego brewery Stone.  It derived its named from the “ruinous effect” it had on the palate, i.e. hop overload.  Well, in celebration of the Ruination IPA’s tenth birthday, Stone released a special anniversary edition on June 11, 2012, adding twice as many hops to the Ruination brew (can this be considered a Quadruple IPA?) and upping the ABV from 7.7% to 10.8%.

The verdict?  The Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA makes for a good summer beer.  It’s flavorful, but not as overpowering (or ruinous) as you might expect…although it does leave a tingle in your throat.  Since it is a special edition, we can only imagine it’s going to have a limited release, so definitely snag a pint if you find it and see just how strong your palate is against this “celebratory and glorious homage to the almighty hop.”

And cheers to The Brickwall for serving it in a pint.  No pansy 10 oz. pour for us!  Woo!

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Harvest Moon Summit Double IPA

Beer: Summit Double IPA
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Rich amber color, with little-to-no head when served, just a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, citrusy hops.

Flavor: Initially a butterscotch flavor, with small notes of citrus and a salty bready/yeasty taste.  The endnote is earthy and bitter, like bitter salad greens or frisée.

Feel: Thin but not watery, and slick.  Moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  Although it reminds Kerensa of a lesser Troegs Nugget Nectar, Harvest Moon’s Double IPA is still a solid, straightforward rendition.  It’s complex, with lots of flavor, which hide the ABV well.  Harvest Moon rotates their beer menu pretty often, so you might not always find the Double IPA, but if you happen to be in the Brunswick area and spot it on the menu board, give it a try.

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Samuel Adams Third Voyage

Beer: Samuel Adams Third Voyage
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.0%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Medium amber, with a clear body and frothy beige head.

Smell: Citrusy, just like pineapple candy, with notes of pine and a little grass.

Flavor: Bitter hops, with a strong pineapple taste…is this a pineapple ale?  Also a little piny and a tad biscuity. The aftertaste is one part liquor and three parts bitter, and also a rich malt caramel.

Feel: You can feel the ABV via a warm sensation. Thin-to-medium mouthfeel, a tad oily, medium carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  Sam Adams’s Third Voyage Double IPA is like an alcoholic, sour, tropical citrus fruit juice. Not quite enough of an explosive hop profile that you would want from a Double IPA, but one of the better Sam Adams Hopology IPAs!

(Check out the review for Sam’s Grumpy Monk, reviewed earlier this month; and check back for a few others before month’s end!)

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Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Beer: Double Simcoe IPA
Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 9.0%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: A New Brunswick apartment
Primary Consumer(s): Ally and Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Burnt sienna coloration, with a cloudy body and a thick, dense but fluffy beige head.

Smell: Off-putting but, uh, dynamic, we at first thought it smelled of dog urine and mushrooms, or a fake pine sent, or rotten pineapple; but we finally decided upon kitty litter and a damp lake house.  See?  Off-putting but dynamic.

Flavor: Sweet notes initially–a generic fruit flavor, like Del Monte canned fruit in its sweet, sugary syrup.  There are also notes of burnt caramel and copper (but not quite like drinking pennies, as some IPAs will taste.)  The piney hop flavor lingers in the aftertaste, with a bitterness that you feel, not taste.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel that feels like bitterness tastes, if that makes any sense.

Concluding Remark: Simcoe is a hybrid hop variety that was developed in a way that allows a brewer to use a lot of them without creating a harsh taste.  (It has a high alpha acid content, maximum aromatic oils, and low cohumulone levels, if you’re into the specifics.)  As such, this Weyerbacher Double IPA isn’t overly bitter, and it doesn’t feel like a 9% beer.  (Which is ironic, since the Last Chance IPA, another Weyerbacher IPA reviewed this month, has much more of an alcoholic note but only clocks in at 5.9%.)  However, once you get the scent of the Double Simcoe in your nose, it’s kind of hard to enjoy.  It is an interesting profile of the Simcoe hop, though!  So if you’re not into super bitter IPAs, give this guy a try; just hold your nose as you drink it.

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