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Saddleoflamb | | Nov 16, 2008 01:42 PM

A somewhat new arrival to the Carolina's..........very excited to try all their products, being a certified hop addict.
Sierra Nevada has remained the go to beer of of choice, especially when on sale at $7.99 a six or $14.99 for the sealed 12 pack. With the change to the non twist tops, the Sierra products have gained further consistancy........have been an adherant since it's inception.
Tried all Stone's product available here and must say I've fallen in love with their IPA......everyone I talk to (many vendors) sing the praises of the Pale Ale......it is not hoppy enough for my tastes........ only went for a couple of the Ruination 22oz's at 5,99 a pop. Did not want to commit to the $15.99 six price. Thought it was complex/alot going on , but...
Both the Pale Ale and the IPA go for $10.49 a six at the local Harris Teeter....suprisingly they are undercutting Total Wine ($10.99for the Pale Ale/IPA...same price for Ruination).
To my laymans taste buds the Ruination tasted very similar to Lagunitas IPA........tell me what I'm missing.....I know hops are in short supply/high demand, but is $15.99 a six pack justified/warranted, or is Stone working a mystique/hype/very stylish bottling.......nice sound bites......
PS
Am also in love with Bell's Two Hearted .....and Bud's American Ale at $6.99 a six.......I tried a 22 at $1.99.....was swill....with all their history/coin/wherewithal/.....this is , in my opinion is a really sorry, dumbed down attempt.......why can't one of these giants swing for the fences and really suprise someone with a World Class Beer.......
Thanks for any takes....

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