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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

832 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 832
Hads: 5,503
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 318
Gots: 906 | 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: 832 | Hads: 5,503
Photo of delta490
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep clear amber. Minimal white head leaves some moderate lacing. The aroma is not overwhelming but has some nice depth with rich caramel malt tones balancing the aggressive hopping. The taste amplifies the aroma and is delicious. It is lighter bodied but not thin and is an excellent example of an imperial IPA. (321 characters)

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

Looks pretty enough, light golden color with a persistent head and lacing. The smell heralds the hop explosion to come, with surprisingly muted alcohol fumes for the abv.

Truly one of the great double IPAs, this beer is loaded with citrus and tropical hop flavor of mangoes, star and passion-fruit, kiwi, grapefruit and kumquats, hop flavors so thick one can chew them, all atop a medium-full body that is almost creamy. Absolutely a class act all the way. (457 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing beer from Stone. An incredible orange-gold color with great head and lacing. Tastes is awesome with grapefruit, citrus peel, piney hops....A winner !! (166 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one while sitting around the pool on the 4th in the sun! Served from bottle into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured golden yellow with a one and a half finger white head that subsided to half a finger fairly slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine hop, grapefruit, citrus, grapefruit hop, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, citrus hop, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. I have always been a big fan of the regular version, so when I saw this one, I HAD to try it. It definitely did not disappoint. For them to have raised the bar on an already great brew, I have to give them a lot of credit for that. The alcohol is NOWHERE to be found on this one which is quite scary as easy as this was to down. A definite must try from Stone if you have not done so already. Would love to try this one Randalized (hint hint local bars). (1,025 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours about a reddish, goldish amber color, pretty clear. Has about a 2 finger head that reduces slowly, leaves nice lacing. Visible carbonation running up the bottle. This is a pretty beer.

Very strong smell. I can smell it a good 3-4 feet away from the glass. Really great floral citrus aroma. Pineapple, citrus, a little bit of peach, some pine. This may replace zombie dust as my favorite smelling beer. Wow, that's just really nice.

Yum. Nice and bitter upfront, strong citrus and pine. Not really getting the juicy fruity flavors I picked up in the aroma, which is disappointing. It's very hoppy and quite bitter, but it has a nice malt backbone to smooth it out a bit. Not as balanced as Pliny, this beer definitely lives up to the name.

Mouthfeel is fine. Nice, smooth, but nothing exceptional. A hint more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

This is a great DIPA, but drinkability is hurt a bit by how bitter this is. It's pleasant, but I don't think there's any way I could drink a whole bottle of this. This is one to share with friends! (1,043 characters)

Photo of katseb7
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stuff has renewed my belief in IPAs. It as delicious! What a relief to finally be able to love a beer again. The aroma was good, and the taste was even better. Gorgeous head, guess lacy describes it, still there after writing about it. Was yum with hotdog for lunch; interesting with my Thai coconut shrimp soup (probably not the best choice with it, but its all I have to eat). Better than Ruination perhaps (413 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Just a phenomenal looking eye-catching bottle in the traditional Stone gargoyle-themed fashion with all graphics and text painted on. Front states “2013”, “A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops”, gives ABV info, and a bit of brewery info. Side states “Annual Release” and gives the Stone drink fresh web info. Back label gives web info, a great description, and back story on the beer. Drink by date 9/5/2013 printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Aggressively poured from it 22oz Bomber into a 16oz snifter leading to a 3 finger golden cream colored head of a light airy density atop a clear dark copper orange color beer. Head retention was 4min 42sec before finally fading to a frothy thick coating and ring with very good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep grapefruit citrus with a bit of sweet orange, a large amount of piney resin hops, and a nice grassy aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Wow! Holy HOPS! The deep grapefruit and sweet orange citrus hops hit hard on the front before turning piney/resin at mid point along with a bit of caramel malt that is quickly subdued by the strong piney/resin hop finish and aftertaste. A bit of alcohol heat to this as well. Great!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Very easy drinking especially for any hophead!

Overall/Comments: Another great beer by Stone! This beer is a hophead's dream. RuinTen is hop intensive and doesn't try to hide it! A must try! Classified as an American Double/Imperial IPA @ 10.8% ABV. Consumed 6/22/2013 (1,562 characters)

Photo of travolta
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A very nice apricot & rose gold color with orange highlights. A very thick and creamy head with excellent retention and form. Its a beautiful beer.

Nose-4: Orange, pine, some grapefruit, and an ocean breeze.

Taste-4: switches between dry and syrupy. Mango and strawberry with faint orange. A very faint stem, or tannic aftertaste.

Notes: Incredible for 10% abv. Very well balanced. My very first craft beer was an Arrogant Bastard and I couldn’t believe a beer could be that wild. Stone has not stopped doing that to beer. (540 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so excited that this just dropped in Cuse this week. Stone is a catalyst in the craft industry.

A- Tenth Anniversary pours a beautiful copper body with thick foam all over the sides of my hill farmstead stem. As the foam resides, layers of foam bundle along the sides of the glass. The brew is very clear and impressive

S- an onslaught of tropical hops that is full a pineapple and citric tones that are completely heightened with the brew. A caramel malt undertone is completely present as well. This entire scent profile is amp-ed up with 10th.

T- ripping apart my palate is a blast of the citrus hops and overwhelming caramel malt. The alcohol is well hidden, but the blast of flavor is so coating that the flavor continues to stay. This is a sipper that creates layers of bitter flavor all over the exit. Very delicious with the sticky resinous hop flavor

M- flavor all over that is so coating and delicious. This is like taking a paint brush and coating the inside of your mouth with hops and malt

O- Stone does it again. The bad part? This is a one time brew. Stone is so amazing at making their interpretations of style. So if Ruination is a DIPA on steroids... does that mean that 10 Anniversary is a DIPA that has gone through a nuclear
fallout?!?! This beer is sick nasty. Great job Stone! (1,308 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour, fairly hazy and cloudy, with a 1.5 finger orange tinted head. Very little retention and faint lace.

Nose is sweet, citrus, and esters. Hints of alcohol. Very inviting and appealing.

Taste is very bitter and strong grapefruit with a heavy dose of hop esters. Floral coming on strong as well. Even getting a bit of pine. All the hop flavors are there. Not much in the way of malt balance, but I'm good with that.

Feel is just right. Thick and oily to match the strong hop flavors.

If you want a hop bomb, this is a good choice. (542 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-06-30 in Lititz, PA

A - Mildly-hazy golden-orange with 1-finger head that fades fairly quickly and decent lacing.

S - Strong, dank, crushed hop bud, hop floral, touch of pine, caramel and some citrus. Not as aromatic as on-tap or from a fresh growler.

T - Much like the smell. Starts with that good-tasting ruination-style malt but sweeter and more of it. Then the dankness and hop oils grab you and don't let go even though the strong grapefruit juice tries to demand they take their dirty dank hands off of your taste buds. There's plenty of pine, pepper and spice to compliment the dank vegetal flavors. The alcohol sweetness and burn are evident but complimentary. This is a big, bold tasting beer. Don't look for subtle tropical and sweet citrus in this brew.

M - Medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation. Prickly, sticky, resinous. Nice.

O - A very good brew. Reminds me a bit of Hoptimum but with more grapefruit juice. I really enjoy strong, tongue-busting DIPAs like this although it is the lower ABV, fruitier but extremely aromatic DIPAs that top my ratings. (1,094 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very glad to find this on the shelves since I had heard it was out and I have enjoyed Ruination each time I've had it. Pours a slightly hazy orange/yellow body with a solid two-finger off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

Lots of hops in the aroma. How many hop variations did they use in this brew? I'm getting floral, tropical, citrus and pine resin notes. All this backed by some sweet caramel malt aroma.

Nice balance of flavors, even better than the aroma because the hops are dominant. The sweet malt stays in the background, especially as it warms. The pine resin hop notes take center stage in the flavor, but are accompanied by generous helpings of mango, lemon, grapefruit, and even orange citrus notes.

Medium thickness and an oily hop texture in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the avid hop-head. Very enjoyable and highly recommended if you can get a bottle. (884 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink By 08/28/13

a: darkish copper. thickish white frothy head which keeps it general form for some time

s: piney hops galore. grapefruit. some light caramel sweetness

t: hop bitterness explosive punch to the tongue. some caramel maltiness on the back end.

m: bit syrupy. medium carbonation finishes dry.

o: Halfway through I just notice on the label it is 10.8%. Indeed it is. Boozy one this. Love the hoppy bitterness just wish they toned down the booziness just a tad. A must try for hopheads, no question. A true palate wrecker as well. I think I might need to take a nap now... (589 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce snifter, bottled on 6/12/15, into a snifter.

Pours a good looking copper color, lightly hazy, with a small head and not much lacing. Smell is a boatload of hops- citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange, some pine, a little dank. Malt comes through, maybe a little yeast. Smells great. Taste is led by bitter, juicy hops and more malt than the nose. It's bitter, but not rip your face off bitter. To me, the malt provides a solid backbone. Really smooth for the ABV and the big hop presence. Refreshing.

There's no big palette of unique tastes battering your senses here. Just hops and malt expertly blended. Everyone should try this; I'll be buying it every year. (681 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, orangey-amber with bubbly off-white head

smell: really nice. smells pretty sweet with powerful hops- pineapple, citrus. grainy sweet caramely malt

taste: starts with (obviously) super hops- almost typically 10%+ dipa-- bitter pineapple, lemon/citric-sugar, mango, grain, finishes with nice mildly sweet caramel malt, pine, pineapple and grapefruit, gets a little chaffy malt as it warms

feel: dipa, medium-hefty

this is a great dipa. I'm not a huge fan of Ruination, but Ruinten definitely picks up on some of Ruination's slack. (554 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy burnt orange with a bubbly off white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of dank, sticky, pungent hop notes. Tons of grapefruit, pine, citrus and a bit of tropical fruits. A huge does of sweet malt

T: Just like the nose. Tons of pungent, sticky hops. Sweet grapefruit, pine and a bit of citrus are the most noticeable. It has a massive sweet malt backbone that plays very well with the incredible amount of hops that are in here. A touch of residual alcohol. Long bitter and sweet finish that lasts.

M: Medium to fuller body. Average carbonation. Smooth.

O: For being such a huge hop monster, this has pretty damn good drinkability. I like this a lot better than normal Ruination. Just like other Stone beers, I like when they get higher in alcohol since they all have that great malt backbone that I enjoy and this one probably has the best of the bigger Stone beers I've had. (891 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not beautiful looking but otherwise a great beer.As with most Stone IPAs, scent is piney and grassy, but I find this one a bit more restrained. Taste is similar with a touch of sweet maltiness.What makes this beer a cut above most of the rest is the creamy mouthfeell that seems unusual for IPAs. This is a fantastic beer and I'm consistently impressed with Stone and their piney versions of this style. (403 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone brings a "go big or go home" attitude with their beers. If Ruination isn't enough for some, go bigger with this amped up version. Here goes 22 ounces. On to the beer:

Beautiful amber orange in color and topped with a creamy inch of head. It leaves a solid amount of creamy lace around the glass. Now the aroma, it smells a lot liked a Ruination ale on crack. There's vibrant pine, passionfruit, tangerine, a little tea, and a brushing of caramel.

if you're expecting something akin to the "Enjoy By" series, you may be disappointed. That said, RuinTen is a damn fine ale. It's not quite a barleywine, and it's not quite an Imperial IPA. The base provides a good amount of sweetness, bringing toffee and sweet citrus fruits. It also brings some pine, resin which sticks to the palate, a little passionfruit, and also some tangerine. Being at 10.8% alcohol, the beer hides the booze extremely well. It's also remarkably smooth, which helps lift the enjoyability of the beer.

Remarkable beer. Keep on doing your thing Stone! (1,032 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber from Lil Roberts, poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 6/4/2014

A - Pours a visciously clear red with some orange highlights. One finger head that moves quickly to a thin lace.

S - Grapefruit, orange, mild pine and hop oil, hint of sea salt

T - Citrus, pine, and a hint of malt sweetness, with a mildly bitter finish. You do not get a sense of the ABV from either the smell or the taste. Warming brings out more of the sweetness, which is strawberry/mango like.

M - A touch on the watery side, but very smooth.

O - Hadn't come across this yet, so I was pretty stoked to see it (especiallly this fresh, thanks Robert). Not quite over the top on the hops...(edit) after the 2nd glass, I have determined it IS over the top with the hops, which is fine with me. It is well put together beer and highly drinkable for the ABV. (838 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a high degree of clarity. More than two fingers' worth of foam in the head, and it leaves behind an intricate pattern of lacing. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of Ruination: A big, pungent burst of tree sap, grapefruit, and caramel malt. This was very impressive to me when Ruination was one of the few DIPAs I had yet tried, but it doesn't "wow" me that much anymore. Supposedly they dry-hopped with Citra, but I'm getting none of the tropical faire associated with that hop.

The flavor is super-hop-forward, as expected, but there's a very sturdy malt body adding a good deal of sweetness. That 10.8% ABV is noticeable with plenty of malt sugars to spare. What it isn't is boozy, though. Hardly a trace of fusels on the finish. Huge grapefruity presence upfront followed by malt sweetness that manages to punch through the bitterness. Most IPAs fare well in terms of mouthfeel provided they aren't under or over carbonated, and Stone got it right. Very fine carbonation that's just the slightest bit sharp. Otherwise, it's smooth, slick, and has a heft that points to the high-gravity nature of this beer.

"Ruination on steroids" - that pretty much sums up RuinTen. I'd also liken it to Hoptimum, although much better executed in terms of hiding the alcohol. Big malt and big hops. (1,309 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time having the Ruin Ten and overall came away very impressed
Pours dark gold almost amber with very little head/lacing
Aroma fairly intense with caramel and tropical notes of grapefruit/pineapple
Taste hits with early malt sweetness and tropical notes in the backend. sticky sweet beginning with bitter end and not overly dry (332 characters)

Photo of Extol
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beautiful orange color. Smell - hops and a slight alcohol scent. Taste - BOOM. Full frontal assault on the senses. Hop city. BUT it slowly fades into a sweet citrus sort of blend. Awesome. Overall - I would totally purchase this again. This is awesome. (265 characters)

Photo of BSiegs
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a gorgeous pour. A deep amber color with an abundant slightly off white head. The nose is pine, citrus, and a little spice - but more subdued than anticipated. The taste is powerful. Piney, resinous, and a wallop of hop flavor. A nice malty sweetness to balance things out. The mouthfeel is full, with a pleasant alcohol burn on the aftertaste. Definitely a beer I'd seek out again. (387 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the FW invitational, last beer of the day, but boy o boy, did this one cut through. Big dense orange liquid, small off white almost beige head to it. Aroma, pungent hops, bittersweet. So overpowering it didn't lend itself to particularized notions of grapefruit v. pine or whatnot. Its just that powerful.

Taste, immediately brings me back to the first time I had Ruination ten years ago. Palate bitter shock. Wow. Just an immense amount of hops and malt becomes obvious. Its like the strength of hopping similar to Devil Dancer or Double Crooked Tree, but has more of the green hop vibe ratio going for it moreso than the thick syrupy malt sweetness that the others do (which are both good in their own right). This stuff is so big, it can cut through a days worth of drinking awesome stuff, and it will probably ruin your palate otherwise, hence the name.

Pretty decent way of hiding nearly 11% alcohol too. Brutally hoppy, hefty, acidic. Well maybe not hefty, hefty sugar addition I guess. Nothing delicate here, but if you're in the mood for some alcohol & hop overload, this will float your boat. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear deep gold beer; ivory head fades fast but litters the glass with lace

S: bitter hops' citrusy notes, malty backbone

T: grapefruit and citrus up front, resin, pine; herbal; malty caramel; buttery

M: fairly viscous, some alcohol heat, bitter on the tongue; chewy

O: reminds me a lot of what Double Bastard would be as an IPA - very strong, rich, "palate-wrecking" as they say; perhaps too much for some, but spot-on for me (433 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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