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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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844 Reviews
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Reviews: 844
Hads: 5,588
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 325
Gots: 953 | 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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Reviews by WTKeene:
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4/5  rDev -7%

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, denoted as a "Triple" IPA. I've always found it a bit strange when anniversary brews (for example, Unibroue 17) get reproduced year after year, with the same original name.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky melting iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of sticky, resinous pine - one thankfully light on the dank - heady orange, red grapefruit, pineapple, and other muddled tropical fruits, brown sugar-flecked caramel malt, and further leafy, weedy, and well perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is dense caramel/toffee malt, strong, yet muddled citrus pith, some still isolated tropical notes (pineapple and kiwi, mostly), terse pine needle and resin, a bit of gin-like herbal and botanical booze heat, and a subtle earthy leafiness that just seems to need a little love amongst the morass.

The bubbles are quite understated in their plain, unadorned frothiness, the body a solid medium-weight, and generally smooth, those acrid pine essences hard to totally obfuscate, and a wee bit creamy, in a caramelized sense. It finishes sweet, piney, citrusy, and boozy, so, um, great!

Yeah, this is another all-around big-ass, and thuggishly hoppy Stone deal, the deltas worth searching for existing only in the brewery's own canon of similar-ish offerings. So - as my toddler is fond of saying before tackling the big-boy toilet - heeere we go! This is much more malty than Ruination 2.0, and way less dank than Enjoy By (at least the last one I had). There, now I've had my hop fix until, oh, say...tomorrow.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of starclimber
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

'This one's pretty pricey', he tells me, after naming the poison hidden in the store room. 'Fetch me one anyways!' I declare after .0001 octilliseconds of thought. Somehow, I managed to not open it Monday evening: seemed unseemly, disrespectful, too early in the weekful.

But tonight, Tuesday, all is well in the glass. Bomber half-emptied into a big-ass wine glass to reveal the hue sunsets should hit every evening before ripening into crimson. Something slightly dungeonesque about the aroma, likely a result of the 'oops! damn, that was a metric ****tonne of hops that fell into that vat' brewing technique employed. I guess you need to match that 'way over the hop' approach with a malt mallet upside the head, and as you might guess, 'perfectly balanced' is this reviewers opinion on the subject after a few slurps.

Syrupy, sticky, delectable, awesome. I'd drink this every night if I could afford replacement livers. Soooooo delicious.

Will buy again, probably tomorrow, and definitely not just one bottle. RAAAAWWWWRRR!!!!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 6/13/15, so just over two months old.

LOOK: Clear rusty golden orange with a thin white head and streams of carbonation.

SMELL: Holy shit, what an aroma! I could smell it the instant I cracked the cap. Overripe peaches and fresh squeezed orange juice assault the nasal passages. Melons, berries, (raspberries?), grapefruit juice, pine resin, pineapple, mango, and passionfruit are also present. Extremely floral, almost like perfume. Holy hell.

TASTE: Thick tangerine sour-sweetness, like orange marmalade, complemented by tangy-sweet notes of apricot, mango, passionfruit, and pineapple. Subtle toasty-biscuit notes from the malt that compliment the fruitiness but always remain in the background. Finishes lip-smackingly bitter with grapefruit pith and pine resin. Slight alcohol warmth, but very well-hidden. Marvelous flavor.

FEEL: Full, but not oily or creamy. Perfectly carbonated, though.

OVERALL: This is a ridiculously good triple IPA. Possibly Stone's best beer. BUY IT.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Amber, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side, an off white creamy head, lots of thick lacing.

A: Smells very sweet, very malty, not picking up any hop aromas, no citrus, no pine, not picking up any alcohol. For being a hop monster it sure lacks a lot of hops.

T: Very sweet, malty, lots of citrus rind bitterness, but this has a very strong sweet malt presence, not really digging the flavor.

M: Very dry, has a creamy mouthfeel, rakes the tongue with bitterness.

O: I did not like this, very malty, very sweet, some citrus notes on the aroma and taste but the malts win this battle. I've noticed that some IIPA are very malty, not sure if I like this, I prefer more citrus/ piney notes than a big sweet malty presence.

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Photo of Spikester
3.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with a huge white head that sticks for about 10 minutes. Lacing is minimal.
Smell is all malts.
Taste is big malts with plenty of alcohol. Hops were there but totally masked by the malt bill.
Mouthfeel is full with enough carbonation. Finish was dry and sweet.
Overall my least favorite from Stone. I was guessing this was a Barleywine or even a Malt Liquor. If you like sweet and boozy this is your beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber with a short yellow white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: large citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, mango

T: soundly bitter grapefruit peel mixes with sweetness of tropical fruits, very fruit salad flavor, honey sweetness

M: heavy, thick, sticky, high alcohol content well hidden but warming to the mouth

O: Stone made a great beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone RuinTen.

Aye. Not so often you get a hold of a ledgend around these parts. So naturally when I saw it on the shelf at my local craft store ( Jake's Liquor in Monroe, Michigan just off the Dixie I-75 exit ) I was inclined to pick a bomber up. $10 you say? Well I believe in you. NOW PROVE YOURSELF * FINAL BOSS FIGHT MUSIC STARTS * .

Look - Slow pours yields a very clear amber, almost as clear as your girlfriends last STD test as requested by myself to ensure you haven't been sticking Dick Johnson into any blimey skanks. Carbonations appears to be on low to medium depending on how you pour. Head is a well retained two fingers.

Smell - Overly ripe banana is a large player in this aspect followed by a boss level dosage of maltyness and grapefruit juices.

Taste - Yep, those overly ripe bananas pull a large margin of the weight in this aspect. Tropical juice notes are there, although flat on their faces . Malts come in and eventually get shot down by the reaper invasion that is my taste buds. 4.

Feel - Well rounded though moderately creamy bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Really don't have much else to say as the tropical notes linger and the alcohol is quite present. 4

Overall - Well.......I expected better for such a supposed legendary brew. But, you must remember rating inflection based on a beers status, how hard it is to get, whether somebody is a " yes man "( IE willing to suck a dick and a golf ball through a garden hose to please a higher point-wise ranking BA than themselves ) which I notice a lot of people are...y'know,despite the in depth reviews I've given you over the last three years apparently I'm not even an ' advocate ' yet? why? Because I won't suck a dong for the latest likes in which swill are you drinking now #737744747?.. anyway, would I have again? Lol not at this price per bomber. Remember that banana esque flavor in all Stone beers? Well yeah it dominates this one. Would be better off with an Enjoy By. 4.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper colored, bright and clear with excellent head retention that lasted more than 10 minutes after being poured.

Aroma: hops! Pine and citrus (grapefruit).

Flavor: well balanced. Despite the uber hop levels, the malt comes through nicely and isn't overwhelmed by the hops. Toasted malt and bread flavors transition into the hops, a 50/50 of pine and citrus. The toasted flavors remind me of Pliny the Elder. The nearly 11% abv is well hidden, but some warmth comes through in the finish. The hops have staying power! After a sip, you need to cleanse your palate before eating/drinking anything else. The hop oils coat all in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: spot on! Nice medium body. The perfect body for a sipping beer, but too heavy to consume more than a 220z bomber.

Overall: in my opinion, this is Stone's best beer and one of the finest DIPAs I've had. At $8.99 / 22oz bottle, it is reasonably priced and even cheaper than many of its competitor's far-lesser offerings. I'll continue to buy this beer as long as it's sold.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a thick 2 inch cream head. The malts and hops blend perfectly in the initial aroma. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter. It tastes better than Devil Dancer in my opinion if I'm comparing triple IPAs. The hops and malt blend perfectly in the taste as well, although it tastes a tad bit like alcohol, a little bit too much for me to love it. It's got warming qualities all around on the palate. Overall, it's worth a try. Stone fans shouldn't be disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Bone53
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Blue Dust

This is one of the biggest, richest tasting "IPAs" ive had. Balanced aromas and flavors of malt and hops. The warmer it got the more hop character i detected, which is usually the case with the malt. It reminds me of Founders Devil Dancer, but this blows it away. I'm admittedly not a big fan of Stone, but this has got to be one of my few favorite beers put out by them. I highly recommend it

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Photo of LaneMeyer
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of EMV
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber, poured into a tulip glass.

L: This one pours an effervescent hazy amber with a gorgeous white head.

S: Hops! Resinous and piney with citrus tones. Alcohol and bready sweetness are also present.

T/F: This one is one complex palate wrecker. The hop profile is delicious and bitter, astringent, and wonderfully balanced out on the back end by the malts and alcoholic sweetness. It's surprising that something with 110 IBU can taste so balanced, but there area lot of flavors going on with this beer and the various hop textures are pretty wonderful. Moderately carbonated and aggressive on the mouthfeel.

O: Probably not quite as drinkable as the regular ruination... which is what happens when you crank the hops up this far, but Stone again shows that they set the bar for what an Imperial IPA is supposed to be. I've never been so glad to have my palate harshed by a beer, and cracking one of these is like reuniting with an old friend every time.

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Photo of whiterabbit
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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.......

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Photo of MrMeerbill
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer would be awesome if it lived up to its promise of over hopped bliss unfortunately it's extreme hoppyness is balanced with extreme maltyness making it far to sweet to enjoy if u like a giant malt backbone this may be your idea of heaven

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Photo of peensteen
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazed amber orange colour, one finger of white head nice sticky lace. Smell is quite malty upfront but alongside it is an equally big hop bill, citrus and dank pine, with lots of grapefruit, orange and sugar cookie. Taste is very hoppy with a big sweet malt presence, grapefruit, orang and tangerine, moderate tongue numbing bitterness that never gets out of hand thanks to the malty counterbalance, dank aftertaste with a touch of alcohol heat. Lightly carbonated, medium full body, fairly oily. Solid and very drinkable, at times when this warmed up it walked the line between DIPA and American Barleywine and while not necessarily a bad thing I think I would prefer Enjoy By or Old Guardian if I wanted a Stone beer that was one or the other, that said this is still a very flavourful, hoppy big beer that while not the best Triple IPA I have had is still something I could see myself coming back to yearly.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a filtered, orange-golden color, with a small froth head, leaving back thick sheets of lacing.

Smells of skunky peaches, luscious papaya and herb topped lemon peel. Provides cakey malts, which add a ripe note to the fruits, enhancing the diverse hop profile on the nose, without becoming too present on their own.

Packs a lower carbonation, making the beer not overly refreshing, which is also due to a sweet malt presence, lending a sticky quality to the taste. It drinks very soft though, with hops rolling over the palate from the beginning till the finish.

Tastes of sweeter malts, which turn even sweeter as the flavors evolve on the palate. Those malts blend well into the equally well developed hops, exhibiting water melon bubble gum, papaya and ripe blood orange. The malts got a honey glazed quality to them, balancing the hop onslaught pretty well. Finishes with loads of honeyed malts and dried oranges, providing a well pronounced, hop supported full mouthfeel, with a decent grassiness being integrated.

Hops and malts blend outstandingly well together, resulting in a honey dripping, well balanced iiipa, with enough fruity hop punch to push through.

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Photo of oberon
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Beetch18
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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