Stone Ruination 2.0 DIPA w/Smoked Prickly Pear (8.5%) - on cask -

Served in a 12oz snifter at the brewery tap at Escondido, California.

Stone have never been ones to sit on their laurels. When it's time to tweak something and change the recipe with different malts and hops, they go ahead and do it. Hence, their Stone Pale Ale 2.0 and Stone Ruination DIPA 2.0, which actually had an ABV increase over the original Ruination, from 7.7% to 8.5%.

It doesn't appear to be widely known that Stone has an active cask ale programme, thus it was pleasing to find Ruination 2.0 w/Prickly Pear served on cask.

Visually, it looked a treat in the glass, a stunning mixture of red-orange; definitely not the standard IPA look.

Starting with a nose of pear, there were strong pear flavours with a touch of bitterness followed by a noticeable smokiness. Mid-flavours brought rose hip syrup, leading into a hoppy bitterness in the finish. This was a mild and soft cask IPA which really helped calm the hop flavours.

Prickly Pear isn't a pear at all, it's actually a cactus (official name Opuntia) which imparts pear-like flavours. And quite delicious too.