Friday, August 31, 2012
Ruination 10th Anniversary
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Location: Escondido, California
Hops: 50/50 Citra and Centennial
Availability: If you didn't get one I'm Sorry... Seriously...
Drinkability: Changed my life... Just like the first one. Drink up!
Served Cold: right out of the fridge with a Hoppy nose that Enter the Dragon punches you in the face. Pours with a... To hell with describing it...
This beer is like the hot girl in high school that was the outsider that only dated college guys. She wore a leather jacket, smoked cigarettes, rode a Harley and didn't put up with anyone's shit. Every guy wanted to date her but no one had the balls to ask her out.
The first taste is akin to the afore mentioned angsty teenage badass girl walking up to you in chemistry and planting a kiss on you that's right out of Letters to Penthouse. The resulting fireworks display that goes off to the sound of Ozzy's "Crazy Train" montage in your head is only rivaled with the Chuck Norris round house to the face you just recieved right after she pulls away. Bully for you...
Post mortum: Ruination is the beer that I compare all hoppy IPA beer to. This being the 10th Anniversary bottle, they kicked up the malt and hops, went from 7.7% to 10.8% ABV. Hoppy, citrus fruity, bitter till the end... At one point I saw Asgard and heard Odin laughing at my side, Valkyrie's and all. Hand to God. Be forewarned.
O-Dawg: *5.0 heads
*add half head when serving fresh off the tap