Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.91/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The beer pours a pale orange with a minimal head of tiny white bubbles. The beer’s body is clean with light carbonation bubbles trundling up throughout the glass. On the nose, the beer smells a little strange. Catty notes with nice, pine punches from the original Ruination recipe, are what come through from the hops while the malt is quite big and sticky on the nose with stale caramel and bread notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely bitter and very sweet with a light tart bite from the acid in the beer, the mouth sends a lot of spittle to keep the mouth neutral. In flavor, the beer begins with a sticky sweet, catty flavor that is not my favorite, but as the beer opens, ruinous pine notes clobber aside the catty notes. Alongside the raping pine is a sweet caramelly bread, which sits lighter on the tongue than the ruinous pine. The finish is of prickly pine with a touch of citric bite, while the finish is of sweet, mellowing caramel malt. In the mouth, the beer feels slightly slick and syrupy in the mouth, sitting on the light side of heavy in the mouth. Carbonation is light and smooth with a slight tingle of bubbles and then a bite from the bitters. The mouth is left sticky with saliva and hop resin. Overall, I wasn’t too impressed for my first few sips, but as I went the beer got better to drink. There is a little bite of alcoholic heat, but overall it covers up its 10+% ABV very well and is quite nice to sip. I like this beer, though it’s not what I would initially reach for when going for a DIPA, but it is nice to sip and it definitely gets you with its ABV. A beer worthy of a try.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2013 02:07:13 | More by Maxwell
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4.49/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
a textbook west coast ipa, a towering beer, a colossus if you will (and oh, you will!). crystal clear, uncommon in big hoppy beer, no hop or chill haze, and just a fluffy white head, far too delicate for the liquid beneath it. pine aromatics fill the room when i pour the bottle out, carbonation creeps up, and fresh cut christmas tree dominates. other citrusy characters are there in the nose too, but this is a resin bomb, somehow clean though, the whole thing is like an ipa i have had a billion times before, just made quite a bitter better than basically all of them. its so creamy at first sip, too gentle for how intense the hops are, and bitterness is only average. its layers of citric and sappy hops, west coast glory, but delicate and drinkable, scary drinkable really for what it is. this is a better first beer than a last beer in a session, and for all the hopped up stuff stone does, this may be their crowning achievement. clean feel and finish, just enough bubbles, and a medium but fresh and lingering body. its a number of paradoxes all wrapped into one neat affordable package. i have been a fan of stone for a long time, but i am now convinced that this is the best of their portfolio. cant believe it took me this long to get into one. wow! an absolute must for the ipa fan, not to be missed under any circumstances. true brewing magic.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 03:05:29 | More by StonedTrippin
4.21/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.
Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, candied orange, grassy, herbal, resiny pine, warm alcohol, caramel, and pale malts.
Taste:Same as above with mild tingly bitterness in the rear which us typical of all Stone IPA'S.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little booze.
Overall: Awesome beer that got better as it warmed up. Hops died down and the malts and booze warmed up.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 02:42:38 | More by Flounder57
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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