The Tenth Anniversary Ruination IPA was a highlight of 2012 for me. It took a beer that I’m indifferent to and turned it into something worth crowing about. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Stone heard the cries of the beer faithful and decided to turn their one-off anniversary beer into a yearly release. Here is my review of the inaugural release of RuinTen IPA.
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For years now the Stone Smoked Porter has been readily available for mass consumption with the occasional alternate version popping up at the brewery and beer events. Finally after years of talking about that great Smoked Porter that you tasted at that one beer event you can now pick up a six-pack at your local beer store.
SMOKED PORTER with VANILLA BEANS is an American Porter with a 5.9% ABV.
After a breakfast of slightly warm hotel eggs and bacon, I got showered and toward the San Diego Zoo. Google Maps on my phone was apparently unaware of the actual location of the zoo (it thought it was on the side of a grass covered hill), so I ended up making a couple laps around the block before finding my way to the parking lot.
Stone has been making some pretty good collaboration beers with a variety of different breweries/brewers lately and what better way to keep this tradition going than by making a pumpkin ale! I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time that Stone has brewed a pumpkin ale (or even an autumn seasonal), but Elysian and The Bruery are both known for their great autumn beers (Night Owl and Autumn Maple, respectively) so I have faith in this beer.
La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is a pumpkin ale brewed in collaboration between Stone Brewing, The Bruery and Elysian Brewing. It has a mild 5% ABV.
Juxtaposition is another collaboration beer from Stone Brewing Company, this time with the help of Scotland’s Brewdog and Massachusetts’s Cambridge brewery. This Black Pilsner has an ABV of 10% with a 100 IBUs of wort.
Sawyer’s Triple is a beer brewed for a good cause. All proceeds raised from this 7.6% ABV “Golden Triple” go towards ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy) causes and charities.