Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lazy Magnolia: Jefferson Stout | Beer Review

At first, I was excited to try this interesting-sounding beer.  A sweet potato milk stout.  Sounds good, right?  Well, unfortunately that is about all that was good about this one.  All I'll say in these comments is that it was "WA-TER-Y".  Watch the video, and see for yourself how I thought this beer fared. Rating: 84  Rating: 72 (overall) / 46 (Style)

Lazy Magnolia Jeff Stout

STYLE: Milk Cream Stout
ABV: 4.65%

 - $1.99 for Single
 - $10.99 per 6 pack

GRAIN: 2-Row, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate Malt
HOPS: High alpha bittering.  No aroma hops

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Stone Ruination Double IPA 2 0 | Beer Review | B |

For the style, I was very underwhelmed by this beer. Compared to the original Ruination (Yellow Label), this does not hold a candle.
This is a West Coast IPA version of the original.

First off. This is a good beer.
But with that said, that's all it is. A GOOD beer. There is nothing special about it.
With the title of Double IPA I was expecting more. A lot more.
This has a very similar hop character as Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. I'm not saying it tastes the same, but it has a similarly intense hop presence.
It's very malt forward. And not very hop forward (like you'd expect a Double IPA to be).
At 8.5% ABV, I wouldn't even consider that to be a 'DOUBLE' IPA.
Compared to the normal Runitation, this was is severely lacking.
It smells like it's going to be a crazy hoppy beer, but that's about where it ends.
For the style of beer (Double IPA) I gave this one a "B".
Was it good. Yes. It was fine.
But was it a good Double IPA? Nope!
I was pretty disappointed.
When I looked at Stone's website and I saw that there were 2 different beers with the name "Ruination", that's when I went, "Hmmm".
Apparently, this version; the 2.0, is a West Coast styled IPA. And my experience with West Coast style IPA's is that they seem to have a more subdued hop character in favor of a heftier malt character and bitterness.
So be aware of all of this when you are trying to decide. Rating: 94 Rating: 99

Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

ABV: 8.5%
- $2.99 for Single
- $12.99 per 6 pack

HOPS: Magnum, Nugget, Centennial Simcoe, Citra, & Azacca