Less than two weeks after announcing that it was replacing its Pale Ale with Pale Ale 2.0, Stone Brewing Co. will be updating another classic.
The new beer is Ruination Double IPA 2.0, an 8.5 percent ABV double IPA that is brewed with centennial, citra, simcoe and azacca hops. The original Ruination IPA was introduced in 2002 at 8.3 percent ABV and used magnum, chinook and centennial hops.
Filings with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) show a label that provides more details:
When this double IPA first hit the scene in 2002, the hoppy beer landscape was far different than it is today. Ales offering an onslaught of resinous humulus lupulus were virtually unknown. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. Terms such as “lupulin” and “IBU” are well established in the craft beer lexicon. And with the knowledge of all that hops have to offer comes the desire to go beyond bracing bitterness. So we modernized Stone Ruination IPA, coaxing every last drop of Piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the…hops that give this beer its incredible character.
When asked, a representative from Stone declined to say whether Ruination Double IPA 2.0 would replace the original beer, but the label filed with TTB indicated the new release “modernized” the original beer.
Those same filings show the new release will be packaged in both 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles.