Beer Review: STONE RUINTEN IPA – TASTING NOTES BY MITCH STEELE – PAIRINGS BY DR. BILL SYSAK

Beer Review: STONE RUINTEN IPA – TASTING NOTES BY MITCH STEELE – PAIRINGS BY DR. BILL SYSAK

Stone Brewing Co.’s latest creation, the Stone RuinTen IPA, has hit the shelves, and we dove into the tasting notes provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele and the recommended pairings by Craft Beer Ambassador Dr. Bill Sysak. Here’s our take on this bold double IPA.

Tasting Notes: A Symphony of Hops

Appearance: The Stone RuinTen IPA pours a deep gold hue, crowned with an off-white, fluffy head that beckons anticipation.

Aroma: Mitch Steele’s nose unveils an intense bouquet, featuring dank and fruity hop notes. Picture lemon oil infused with nectarine, pineapple, and tropical fruit, accompanied by subtle hints of mint and spice.

Taste: From the first sip, an abundance of tropical hop flavors dances upfront and persists throughout the palate. The maltiness gracefully balances the hop assault around mid-palate, leading to a long, clean bitterness that lingers.

Palate: Full-bodied but dry, the beer presents an alcohol-induced fullness and sweetness, leaving an unmistakably bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Steele’s team dubbed this creation one of their favorite Double IPAs, celebrating the magical combination of Citra and Centennial in the dry-hop. A word of advice: indulge in this brew fresh to experience the full impact of the hopping!

Suggested Pairings: A Culinary Adventure

Appetizers: Elevate your palate with kimchee, ceviche, or the fiery kick of bacon-wrapped jalapeños.

Main Courses: Complement the robust flavors with salt and pepper shrimp, jambalaya, or roasted pork chops with applesauce and pineapple curry.

Cheeses: Indulge in a cheese platter featuring Aged Cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Roquefort, and Mimolette.

Desserts: Cap off your meal with sweet delights like apple pie with caramel sauce, toffee bars, or spiced carrot cake.

Cigars: For the aficionados, the suggested cigars include Ashton Classic Majesty, Litto Gomez Diez, and Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Invictos Corojo Robusto.

Stone Brewing Co.: Pioneers of Flavor

Known for their bold and largely hop-centric beers, Stone Brewing Co. has been making waves since 1996. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, the brewery has secured its position as the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, all without compromising on standards or resorting to paid advertising. Beyond brewing, Stone boasts eclectic farm-to-table restaurants, an organic farm, an off-site events company, and a beer distribution arm. Discover more about Stone Brewing Co. on their website and social media platforms.