Stone Brewing Co. founded in 1996, is the largest brewer in Southern California, a leader in the field of epic American beer, and proof that small is not essential to being great.
Ruination, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA, USA
Another lesson from a master brewery about how to dump a trailer load of hops into a beer that has such depth of flavour it might as well have come from Atlantis. This IPA is not remotely ruinous unless you decide to drink three bottles of it, through a straw, on an empty stomach. Bags of grapefruit citrussy hops accompany a depth of malty goodness, balanced pine resin bitterness and a long finish. Not the most 3 dimensional complex beer out there, yet impressive. 8.75/10