So I decided to drink a couple IPAs tonight. And why not compare them?
Brewer: Rogue Brewer: Stone
Craft: Yellow Snow IPA Craft: Ruination IPA
ABV: 6.5% ABV: 8.2%
The Rogue starts off with aromas of hops and barley, with a nice complement of floral notes as well. The Yellow Snow is easy to drink. It has a malty sweetness that counters the solid hoppiness in addition to a breadiness that makes you feel like you’re just enjoying a sandwich.
The Stone starts off with aromas of bread, caramel, and hops. I even sniffed out some apple in there. The Ruination is supposed to ruin my palate. I would say it blesses my palate with a smooth, hoppy, bready goodness that makes me want to drink another one.
It is hard to compare the two beers to each other, since they drink differently. If you want a “gateway” IPA, then choose the Yellow Snow. If you want an IPA that shows everyone you mean business, then choose the Ruination. What would I choose, you ask? I’d pick the Stone Ruination IPA every time. Stone knows how to make an IPA.