Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lordofstarside:
5/5 rDev +16%
First re-review, hoping to take much better notes. Bomber to a goblet, enjoy by 9/16
Pours a very rich dark gold, much redder and deeper than the regular ruination. A finger and a half of foam with impressive retention and lacing, along with some nice legs from the alcohol. Moderate carbonation from the middle and mild from the sides of the glass, 100% transparency. Bottle art is beautiful, nothing not to like
Smells of very dank and acrid hops- strong acidic grapefruit, akin to that of my cats litter box, along with a bouquet of other citrus, mostly lemon with some orange zest laid heavily on a foundation of pine. Sweet caramel malts compose a strong backbone that is very present yet complacent to the hops, and helps conceal most all the alcohol, leaving just a hint that compliments the bite this thing gives your nose. Incredibly rich and pungent, can't get enough of it
Taste is an explosion of hops- strong grapefruit, pine, lemon, passion fruit, along with a strong floral undertone. The hop profile comes together quite well, and all the flavors do a good job of accentuating each other. Just as in the aroma the malt comes through and does a great job of holding everything together. Sweet caramel finishes well with all the different flavors from the hops and is cemented with a splash of alcohol. Again, like in the aroma, very rich
Feel is pretty heavy, with a thicker and fuller body for an ipa. The finish, like the regular, finishes very dry, this one being much stickier and wrecking a lot more havoc on the palate. Bitterness is everything I want it to be, and the alcohol, while very present, doesn't drink very hot at all leaving a pleasant warmth. Like everything else, very rich. Easy to sip, but will catch up quick if you're not cautious
Overall this is the best beer I've had, and the only perfect score so far. I drink the regular Ruination four nights out of the week and credit it to being what got me into hops and craft beer, so this one's pretty special to me. Sentimental reasons aside, this is one of the richest, thickest, and hands down hoppiest ipas I've had, and imo beats Pliny the Younger. Extremely grateful they made much more this year, and really hoping they'll re-release it again in 2014.
Thank you Stone! Another reason you're my favorite brewery
07-07-2013 08:25:02 | More by lordofstarside
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev -10%
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.
07-01-2013 11:33:22 | More by tectactoe
4.75/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-03-2012 03:05:17 | More by MadScientist
4.19/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-12-2014 05:48:03 | More by LaneMeyer
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.......
08-17-2014 03:56:12 | More by whiterabbit
3.75/5 rDev -13%
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.
08-06-2012 14:12:03 | More by SkiBum22
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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