I had this monster of a beer back when I was just getting into craft beer and was not into IPA’s. You can imagine the shock to my palate the Stone Ruination gave me. All these years later when I revisit this classic Double IPA from the masters of the IPA I can now appreciate and thoroughly enjoy this masterpiece. The beer poured a crystal clear golden amber with a decent white head. The aroma was of grapefruit and citrus with a hint of tropical fruit and a sweet malt underneath. The taste is aggressively hop forward and takes your palate on a hop journey from beginning to end. After you get over the initial hop overload you get loads of citrus and grapefruit rind that peaks with a malt sweetness and ends with an intense pine palate coating. The Ruination has a nice malty sweetness that helps balance the heavy hops and dry finish. This is a top tier palate numbing hop bomb of a Double IPA. Just because its readily available don’t overlook this excellent brew. As always drink it fresh to truly achieve hop nirvana.
October 21, 2014
October 15, 2014
Number 9, Number 9, Number 9… According to the Greenhouse IPA site, Hops & Grain used a blend of Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, German Hersbrucker and a hint of Meridian for good measure for their Greenhouse IPA #9 for September. As usual the beer pours and looks almost identical each month with a deep golden amber and fluffy white head. The aroma had earthy floral hops with some resinous notes, but more on the floral side. The taste started with floral tropical fruit and citrus but quickly changed gears to a sharp earthy and pine bitterness that left a nice resinous aftertaste on my tongue. As with every Greenhouse IPA the wonderful hops are riding a nice sweet malt body that makes these brews easy to drink. This version is definitely a more earthy and floral IPA and keeps the creative hoppy iterations of these Greenhouse IPAs on a high level. So far Hops and Grain can do no wrong with these IPAs
October 9, 2014
Smuttynose is another recent addition to the craft beer scene in Texas, and as usual I am starting off with their IPA, the legendary Finestkind. I poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a billowy white head that left excellent lacing. The bitter hop aroma hits you right out of the gate with heavy citrus, tropical fruits, lemon zest and some floral tones to round it out. The taste starts with the same citrus and tropical fruit hop tones that end with a nice resinous and slight pine bitterness coating your palate. There are some floral hop notes mixed in as well and begin to reveal themselves as the beer warms. The hops float over a slight malt body that doesn't get in the way of this very clean and sharp hop presentation. The bitter dry hop finish keeps your thirst quenched and really allows this beer to shine as a hop tribute. What a fantastic IPA and a great start in the Texas market. Welcome!
October 7, 2014
We decided to jump on the bandwagon and have a Pumpkin Beer theme for October. It seems every year there are more and more pumpkin beers in the market. Most are are brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie like spices. While I liked all of the beers, I think I have come to the conclusion that I am not a huge fan of pumpkin beers. Give me a good Oktoberfest during the same season and I will be happier.
October 1, 2014
Misc. pint glass nights around Austin for October. Buy the beer, keep the glass.
Gingerman – Mondays, at 6 PM
Oct 06 Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin
Oct 13 Rahr Oktoberfest
Oct 20 Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin or BLAST!
Oct 27 Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis
Zax Pints and Plates – Wednesdays, at 6 PM
Oct 01 New Belgium Tour de Fall
Oct 08 Guinness
Oct 15 St. Arnold Oktoberfest
Oct 22 Kwaktoberfest
Oct 29 Austin Beer Week Special Tapping of Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Flying Saucer - Wednesdays, at 7 PM
Oct 01 Ranger Creek Hefeweizen
Oct 08 John Lennon Glass
Oct 15 Deschutes Brewery
Oct 22 Revolver Brewing Weizen
Oct 29 Stone Halloween Glass
Draught House – Wednesdays
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