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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,053 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,053
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 267
Gots: 663 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.
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Ratings: 5,053 | Reviews: 752
Reviews by DM1293:
Photo of DM1293
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged this one at a fair $7.00.

Appearance: A nice, rich, gold copper. Nice lacing on the glass. Head was prominent but didn't last too long.

Smell: Citrus hops. TONS OF IT. Its a very nice sweet/citrus/pine smell, with bits of malts. Smells great.

Taste: Wow. Every bit the palate-wrenching hop that Ruination is, only it feels a little smoother on the afterbite and initial bite. Really strong pinehop bite, some citrus to round it out. This one, it ruins your palate, but its like you don't care, and you revel in the taste.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky but otherwise fine.

Overall: It really is a souped-up version of the classic DIPA they've come to brew. Its got a lot better balance; its actually kind of nearing the balance that Pliny The Elder had for me. Its not nearly as smooth, but from Stone, this is a damn fine showing. Good malt, good hop, big flavor and good drinking. This is a limited-time release, so if you love Ruination or DIPA's, this is definitely worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for bringing this one by and opening it. It looks like a burnt stoplight amber color in my glass with very sharp and crisp clarity. The thin-bubbled, creamy, off-white cap grows thick and settles slowly; it leaves very nice lacing behind - something I've come to expect from basically every Stone brew now.

Huge citrus and mild tropical undertones line the first sniff; ripe-ass, juicy grapefruit, some pineapple, and lightly white-pepper covered citrus peels and citrus zest. No doubt that this was crafted on the West Coast with a citric hop profile like this. The hops are pretty dank, herbal, and floral; they smell of dripping wet bitterness.

As RuinTen warms up a little, the aroma warps from all hops and no malt, to some hops and a lot of malt. The malts actually become a bit overpowering if you let this sit in your glass for too long - caramel and sticky toffee malts; sweet, sweet, and sweet. Bready and full of itself; I recommend not letting RuinTen mellow for too long, though it may be a hard one to guzzle at 10.8% ABV.

The malt base is strong in the flavor up-front; toasted breads, lightly sweet caramels and a touch of toffee - a huge, lofty malt cloud upon which the huge hop profile opens up. Pungent, leafy, and full of hop oils. Just like the aroma, the initial hop flavors are super fruity; tons of citrus and grapefruit peels, candied and dashed with a bit of white pepper. A very mild onion flavor comes and goes around mid-palate or so.

The malt sweetness cuts the bitterness and keeps things balanced at first, but much like the aroma, the flavors gets a bit too "malt heavy" and almost cloyingly sweet once the brew has about 15-20 minutes to warm up. The hops take a backseat, the caramel and toffee malts jump out, and the alcohol inherits a larger phenol-like presence. The mouth on this beer is huge; thick, sticky, with a resinous and heavy mouth feel.

Had I reviewed the first half of this beer only, I would have loved it. The latter half proved to be a bit too sweet, borderline-cloying, and overpowered with malt. The hop profile was beautiful, but unfortunately it doesn't shine strong for more than 15 minutes or so. I prefer the regular Ruination to this, if only for the lighter malt bill, however this brew is still pretty solid.

Photo of MadScientist
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep amber tinted with a glowing orange hue having excellent clarity and a persistent off-white head.

S: A big hops nose with citrus and pineapple dominating along with grapefruit, pine and some grassy notes. There is a clean malt aroma. No alcohol noticeable behind all the hops to warn about the ABV.

T: Bitter, yet smooth hop candy dominated by pineapple, orange and grapefruit. It has a high hop flavor with a moderately-high hop bitterness. There is enough malt sweetness keep the bitterness from being to assertive though the balance is well into the bitter side. The bitterness hangs on well past the dry finish without being harsh.

M: Medium-light with a moderate carbonation and smooth alcohol warming.

O: This is definitely in my top five list for Double IPA, just an outstanding beer for a hop head. The balance and smoothness of this beer while having so much hop flavor and a respectable strong bitterness is a real treat.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs out there. Thank you Stone.

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a container of melted sand. About 1 month old.

A - Golden honey, not much head. Pretty clear, I like to see some haze in my beers.

S - Big floral and citrus notes. Honey vanilla, lavender, sugarplum, caramel.

T - Bitter toasted sugar, lemon, alfalfa, hints of candy like butterscotch & caramel, flower nectar, unicorn blanket, vanilla, oats, ethanol.

M - Could use a touch more carbonation.

O - A very good DIPA. I think I like the regular Ruination better.

Photo of whiterabbit
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

I normally would break this beer down, but this time, it broke me. It has it all. Color, aroma, mouthfell, flavor, complexity...I have enjoyed a lot of beers, this was one to savor, it has it all. A hop bomb with the perfect malt balance. Every sip was outstanding, and more enjoyable than the last. One the most enjoyable beers I have had, and I want another. I enjoy Stone offerings, cannot tell you how much I appreciated this one. Definitely top 5, maybe top 3. Get it, you will love it, if not send it to me.......

Photo of oberon
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone imperial nonic a medium clear golden with a tinge of burnt orange a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop.Drunken sharp citrus fruit in the nose, a mix of alcohol and awesome hops just what would I expect from this beer.Flavors are deeply resiny with a leather note,overripe citrus fruit lends to the deep hop presence,sweetness comes from alcohol and a bit of caramel.Wow this is big,brash and beautiful in it's intense hops and high alcohol content,not for the faint of heart by any means.I was gonna mention this beer to a few beer novice friends,I think I'll mention something else.This beer is no joke.

Photo of SkiBum22
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer is a deep golden amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is solid with a primarily grapefruit and pine hop scent that has a resin hint. A hint of alcohol and not a lot of malt presence.

T - Big pine flavor with huge bitterness mixed with some caramel malt flavor that adds a bit of sweetness, but not too much.

M - Medium-full body, low carbonation, just a little bit of booze warmth.

O - This beer does live up to it's name. It's the most destructive IPA on my pleat that I've ever experienced. Good beer but does not live up to the hype for me.

Photo of Kjanisch7
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this baby in a bottle.

A: Didn't realize this was going to pour so clear, but it sure looked tasty. Orangy gold with a light head.

S: Loved the smell on this one. Punches of citrus goodness and hops wonderfully wound together.

T: One of the few IPAs I've had that finishes the way it starts. Tropical citrus and hops throughout that keeps this brew tasting bitter and sweet all at once. Quick finish which made me beg my glass for more.

M: Great carbonation, nothing too crazy. Well-balanced feel and the booze was well covered with the incredible tastes. Felt good all throughout and nothing about this beer was difficult to swallow.

D: I could drink this all day if it were possible. Just fantastic, and it definitely beats out Ruination (which is also a fantastic brew).

If you haven't had it, GET IT NOW.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a thick frothy off-white head. Looks serious.

Like smelling a glass full of hops. Smells serious.

Yeah. One of those serious IPAs. Boozy, hoppy, some sweet tasty malt back and then more booze.

Thick. No doubt you're drinking something serious, and you wouldn't want to have too much.

Would almost work as a night cap for me. Since it's an annual thing now, I'll probably always get at least one bottle, but not much more than that.

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a orange/amber with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Head has very good retention. Small spots of lacing are left.

S - Very big citrus presence, with grapefruit and orange leading the way. Also a strong pine presence. Definitely a maltier aroma than regular Ruination, with some nice caramel notes. As per usual with Stone, a decent amount of alcohol in the aroma. Smells very good.

T - While this is definitely hop forward, the bigger malt base is welcome in the taste. Quite resinous. Similar to aroma, citrus and pine lead the way, with a nice caramel presence in the middle, before yielding to more hop bitterness on the finish. There is also a nice tropical fruit taste, maybe a bit of mango. Some alcohol in the taste as well, but doesn't detract from the taste at all.

M - Despite the strong bitter elements, the mouthfeel is actually very creamy, with a medium body. Finish is quite bitter and dry.

O - Definitely one of my favorite new beers of 2012. Would love to see this become a regular, especially at the price point. A fitting tribute for 10 years of Ruination.

Photo of marvin213
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good. Murky orange allows only the faintest image of my finger on the other side of my DFH snifter. Smell is divine: fresh, yummy hops. Interestingly, I think the base beer (and other IIPAs like it) are overly bitter while still too malty. This fresh fish here offers those tropical flavors of mango and pineapple. I call it fruity more than I call it bitter (I get the bittering now, don't get me wrong). Like a really good hop bomb, sheets of lacing leave a trail after the liquid swirls. The feel is great. It tastes great. This is probably the best beer I've had from Stone!

Photo of Beaver13
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours clear reddish gold with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny, peppery and dank hops and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of alcohol. Some fruits come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts and fruit with a resiny, floral, slightly charred hop finish with lots of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I think the additional malts (and alcohol) make this seem a little more balanced and less one-dimensional than the regular Ruination. A fun big resiny hop bomb.

Photo of generallee
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bomber bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10.8%. It also had a nice description of the beer. Appearance: The body has a hazy look and an inviting amber color. This is topped with a good thick head. The head is light tan and slowly settles down as I drink. This leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell: It’s aroma is exactly what you want from a Stone IPA. It leads of bright tropical fruit and citrusy hops. It also brings solid sweet maltiness to the nose as well. Taste/Palate: The base is a solid sweet bready maltiness with juicy tropical fruit, mango and grapefruit jumping right out. The finish has a good bitterness slowly fading of the tongue. The palate feels full and the carbonation is active but smooth overall.

Photo of Jayman931
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale

A -Nice orange/amber color...white head that dissipates

S - Great smell....I use a Zombie Dust scale...zombie is 5.0....this is 4.5
Nice floral and hop smell....very very nice

T - Just a great beer...Carnal malts..then milt carbonation and great bittering hops (not sure what they used)

M- mildly warm but not annoying....medium feel and a little bubbly

O- Love it...it was my 3rd beer in a flight so it may have set a little longer than I would have wanted but if you are in a bar with this beer its a must.

Photo of mverity
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Seriously this beer looks amazing! Golden orange-yellow color with a thin white head that smells of sweet malt, a touch of caramel, good sweet citrus and a great hop-forward presence. Taste is just a bit much for me; Ruination decided to RAGE! I love the increased malt character, but the additional hops is just too dominant. I do like how the hops dance on my tongue, and the slight bite from the hops. The linger of the hops in the middle of my tongue is quite nice. FT my other RuinTen...

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date.

LOOK: Hazed over, amber glow, head perfection

SMELL: Orange pulp, resin, melon rind, grapefruit, alcohol, fresh grass, hemp oil

TASTE: Full body, creamy, resin, bitter, orange peel, palate ruined, faint breadiness, crackers, alcohol, esters, faintly solvent, hoppiness rules, bitter hoppy finish

WTF, happy anniversary to a beer that has taken over my palate time and time again and this is what we get ... a beer that is a palate destroyer. LOL, thank you Stone. Gratz!!

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. get em quick before they are gone! Freshness dating 8-23-12 ! (2 months from bottling date?)

Enjoy Fresh-I think I will

Pours lightly chill hazed bronzed amber, rocky for a spell light tan head, then a tiny bubble film and nice high sheeting and webs of lacing left behind.

Hopped up nose (suprise) with hop resins, lime and tropical fruits.

Large and lovely. Waves of resiny hops, joined with tropical fruit, some slight alcohol heat/gin note/limes. Coating and super flavorful finish.

DIPA to die for. Big, bold, smooth and brash. San Diego style at its finest. Wish I could afford a case! Seek out immediatly-this one will not be around for long...pitty

Photo of ElSid
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California

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Freshness Date: 9/13/13

A: Amber orange with a deep haziness and a full, cream colored head. The varied sized bubbles slowly fade leaving a path of lace on the glass.

S: So fresh, sweet, and dank to the maximum. Pine, flowers, grapefruit pulp, tropical fruit, and biscuit malt.

T: The hops take a hold of the taste buds and suplexes them into submission. Pine, earth and hints of green tea bitterness along with strong citrus characteristics. The tropical notes are overpowered by the hop bitterness. Somewhere there are hints of bready, biscuity malt sweetness. The alcohol is moderate and lends a warmth to the finish.

M: Syrupy and sticky with a hop oil bitter linger and a moderate, activating carbonation.

O: After stage diving into this mosh pit of hops, my palate will need several days of rehabilitation. A solid DIPA that doesn't quite separate itself from other West Coast DIPA's. The strength here in the end lacks interest and complexity.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Went over to a friends house one night.There where four of us and we went to costco and much to my pleasant surprise was a four pack of stone brews.The regular ipa,ruination,arrogant bastard and the ruin 10.They let me have the Ruin 10 because it was the only one i had not tried.What a great brew.I have to say I like Ruination alittle better but this is no slouch.With a ABV of 10.80 in a 22oz Bomber it got the job done.Very nice Hoppy flavor with a nice smell.If you are lucky enough to find those four packs grab 2 before they run out.You just can`t go wrong with Stone and this is no exception.Keep on Rockin the better beers.Motley Drunk out.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit, with some pine and orange notes thrown in. There is also a hint of biscuit malt and some alcohol. The flavor is also full of hops and features a ton of bitterness. The grapefruit notes really stand out, as does some resinous pine. The alcohol is also quite strong in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great Double IPA.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Tupelo/clover honey golden in color. Thin, white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: It's like sticking your face into a bag of fresh hops. Like 5lbs of hops per barrel awesomeness! Citrus, pine, candied malts and awesome.

T: Hops, hops, hoppy hops! Obviously this beer is very hop forward. The lemon grapefruit citrus intertwined with pine is well balanced. Usually, there will be too much of one or the other. This beer also has great malt character, and is full bodied. Caramel and candy notes, slightly peppery qualities and a touch of roasted characteristics. Perhaps there's some other fruit in there, but this beer blew out my palate before I could identify everything.

M: Round, full and big. Heavy, long and taxing on the palate. This is what you would expect from a beer like this, though.

O: This is a distinctly intense ale, with the qualities to shock and impress. The additional dry hopping adds depth and punch to this beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brass colored with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of eggshell white head rests on top. Light Brussels lacing. Pungent aroma of citrus hops smell of mango and pineapple. The taste is extremely bitter with intense citrus and tropical hops. Vegetal tasting hops dominate the front and the back of the palate. There's substantial light malt in there,but this is clearly a hop bomb. The mouth is thick,somewhat syrupy, and carbonated.

Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

Clear, dark orange with a hint of amber and a moderately sized off-white head that lasts for quite some time, eventually leaving messy, irregular webs of lace down the glass. I've never seen a prettier DIPA.

A tremonds bouquet of hops in the aroma: big pine and citrus notes, a good amount of resin and dank marijuana, tree sap, and some caramel sweetness. Bold, expressive, and fresh!

Big bitterness, huge amounts of pine, citrus, and sap hop flavors, lots of floral elements, along with some citrus and malt sweetness. Complete and delicious. This smacks you over the head with hops.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, as well as a touch oily.

A world-class DIPA. Better than Ruination.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Huge hop aroma that is very citrusy, dank, and bitter. Big hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Big dank earthy hints of pine resin spice. A good backing of caramel malts and biscuit in the background. Very hop driven and bitter aroma.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a huge taste of hops that is bitter but not completely overpowering. Huge citrus hop flavor with notes of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, orange, and papaya. Lots of floral and earthy hops with a pretty dank pine resin. Fairly spicy. Nice presence of bready malts with some good notes of biscuit and caramel. Taste is very full and in your face.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, oily, and chewy. The huge blast of hop bitterness hides the alcohol heat pretty well.

Overall: This version of Ruination IPA on steroids delivers very well. Huge citrus fruit flavor and lots of spicy dank hops. A hop head's dream.

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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