fermented beverage review: stone oaked arrogant bastard ale, ruination IPA
oaked arrogant bastard ale -- pours a dark amber with two fingers of tan head. nice lacing, sticky stuff. nose is hops, oak, and sweet malt. lots of interesting ester-y stuff going on -- tropical fruit, maybe a little peppery. nicely balanced -- lots of toasted and caramel malts, but the bitterness offsets them so it's not at all cloying. nice woody undertones. dry finish. lives up to the name and posturing on the back of the bottle. A+++ would drink again. kind of reminds me of brooklyn monster ale circa 2007, but hoppier.
ruination IPA -- a "west coast" IPA. this was outstanding. nice clear orange color with white head. citrus and pine resin hops aroma, blending together nicely -- not a simple citrus note and pine note. amplitude! caramel malt sweetness in tension with hops character. very nicely balanced. this is what an american IPA should be.
sixpoint double IPA today. perhaps a tale for another day.