Stone ruination, an IIPA that rates incredibly well, and has an abundance of information on cloning. A beer, that unfortunately, is not available in Ontario, and that I haven’t actually tried. Despite this, when planning on making an over-the-top hoppy ale for brew number 3, I figured this beer would be a perfect model. I can’t really say how close my beer got to the real thing because I haven’t tried it. Though I suspect I was far off in one aspect – aroma. My current set up is sub-optimal for dry hopping… so I just don’t do it. I try to make up for it with late boil additions, but it is not the same… and a lot of those aromas end up being lost when you have a vigorous fermentation (such as in this case when using a large starter on a beer nearing 1.080 OG). Despite this, the beer is quite decent, and I assume it tastes like Stone Ruination that has sat on the shelf for a couple weeks and lost some hop character in the nose. I won’t mention many particulars about this beer, but the head on it is straight-up meringue-like. Maybe I should be toning back the carafoam a bit? Anyways, I will brew this beer again next year, and I trust by then I have figured out a way to get the hop aroma into it… perhaps through the use of a randall when transferring to serving kegs.