First it was Levitation Amber Ale, then Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA, then Pale Ale. Now Ruination IPA.
Today Stone Brewing Co. added another name to the list of beers being discontinued: Ruination IPA. The 8.3 percent ABV beer was introduced in 2002 and used magnum, chinook and centennial hops. The original version is being replaced by Ruination Double IPA 2.0, an 8.5 percent ABV double IPA that is brewed with centennial, citra, simcoe and azacca hops.
A blog post on Stone’s website explains further:
We could never completely kill off this saintly imperial India pale ale. I mean, you didn’t really think we’d get rid of our liquid poem to the glory of the hop, did you? Yes, Stone Ruination IPA as we know it now will soon be gone, but only because we’ll be reciting the second stanza in our lupulin-laced ode, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0. That’s right. We’ve taken this fluid paean and everything we (and our fans) love about it, and taken it a new, loftier level. Why, you ask? ‘Tis a good and inevitable question for any discerning hophead to pose. And we have not one, but many answers to this justifiable query. It’s because, when we first released Stone Ruination IPA…
- A far smaller number of high alpha-acid hops were available compared to present day.
- Myriad brewing techniques for extracting hop flavor and bitterness had yet to be invented.
- Our palates were less used to onslaughts of lupulin and we felt like we’d maxed out the IBU possibilities.
- The tastes of craft beer drinkers, like ours, hadn’t yet been turned up to 11 (something Stone Ruination IPA did for many of our fans).
An email sent to the brewery for additional details was not immediately returned.