I am looking forward to sipping this one. The brewer's notes over at the Smuttynose website say this one has 120 IBU or international brewers units and here is why:
After being forced to smell the glove at last years' GABF by judges who declared the Big A just not big enough, Stash decided to see if he would like a true West Coast style Double IPA and went about reformulating. The first thing to change was the malt bill by losing the Belgian malts, which was felt to be too close to the Barleywine in character. The malt additions were just a mixture of Pilsner malt and British Pale Ale malts. The biggest change was jacking the hops up to 120 IBU's as well as increasing the flavoring additions, which was felt to be lacking in last years' version. We kept the Horizon hops for the flavoring addition but added Warrior to the bittering and Sterling in the aroma. We dry hopped with Columbus and Sterling at a rate close to 1 lb. per barrel, booyah!120 IBU!!! Stone Ruination boasts only 100+. I wonder of IBUs, the indicators of hoppiness, are like sound. Over a certain level only dogs can actually sense the presence. Well, not dogs around here. Just me. So the top shall be popped.
It pours a nice orangy-straw colour with a big bollowy white head. It is lovely with a good bit of heat - which there ought to be at 9.2% - but not too much. Some orangey-candycane to the hops. Not insanely hoppy in the spiced sense. There is a really nice heavy cream texture to the ale. That richness at this level is quite the thing. I can't think of another beer that is as big as a Belgian triple while being quaffable. This would be very dangerous on tap. At 3.99 USD for a 22 oz bottle it likely has the best price per alcohol per quaffability ratio in all of boozedom. I am now coining that as the PAQ ratio. Very very nice. Gary should be spending more time with this one.