Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

804 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 804
Hads: 5,366
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 308
Gots: 833 | FT: 5
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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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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 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 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)

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This one pours a clear amber color with just over half a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of hope. I'm getting some citrus peel hop bitterness along with some tropical fruits. There are also some floral notes along with some pine.

Taste: A lot more pine in the taste than the smell. Lots of sticky hops just crushing the tongue. Citrus peel and tropical fruit. There is enough malt that the sweetness and some alcohol come through, but the hops are the star.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive, smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic double ipa. The hop profile is just wonderful. I'm glad I have more. (765 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a a light amber-orange with minimal head. Very little, if any, lacing.

Nice flowery hops hit the nose immediatley. Some citrus and caramel malt follow through. Just a well-balanced nose.

WHAM! Hops hit the tongue hard, showing little or no mercy. Citrus and caramel follow up. Medium to fairly heavy body. Carbonation is killed by the overdose of hops.

This is pure hops heaven. Beer really doesn't get any better than this.

Get it, and get it NOW! (458 characters)

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

Today is the annual IPA Day and I wanted to do something special to celebrate. I was able to purchase a couple of bottles from my local bottle shop when they initially went on sale and since it is marked "Limited Edition - Enjoy Fresh", it occurred to me that today might be the day to break it out.

From the bottle: "In June 2002, we released Stone Ruination IPA. Bigger, hoppier, & much much [italicized] much more bitter than the popular beers of the day. In fact, back then it was on the outer fringe of craft brewing. So, in a bid to warn folks of the bitter impact of our "Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop", we named it Stone Ruination, for its extraordinarily bitter, "ruinous effect" on the palate. People thought we were nuts. Nobody would want such a bitter beer. You see, in June 2002, only a tiny handful of breweries either had bottled a double IPA as a limited release or had one on tap at their brewpub. Without realizing it, we'd made a bit of history, as our new beer proved to be the first full-time brewed & bottled double IPA on the planet. How times have changed. Today, double IPAs are brewed by literally hundreds of craft breweries all over the world. Incredible. Delicious. And incredibly delicious.

No, we didn;t create the double IPA style. That honor's been attributed to our old friend, Vinnie Cilurzo, who produced his Blind Pig 1st Anniversary IPA in 1996 in nearby Temecula, CA (the same year Stone opened). We then picked up the double IPA baton with our successively-ever-bigger-and-hoppier Stone 2nd through 5th Anniversary IPAs (1998-2001). Ultimately, in 2002, we blended those recipes to create Stone Ruination IPA, if for no other reason than we simply wanted that big, hoppy character available to us all year 'round. Turned out you did, too! Today Stone Ruination IPA is one of the best selling double IPAs in the world, thanks to you, so we brewed this special version to celebrate."

I set this aside for International IPA Day and here we are! It poured with a massive two fingers of deep-tan head with excellent retention, leaving sticky lace behind as it fell. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was dense with citrus hops, caramel malt and alcohol heat. I almost needed a seat belt before beginning! Mouthfeel was full, kind of viscous and quite oily on the tongue with lots of citrusy hops on the tongue. Phew! I know that I was missing subtleties in it, but the heat was masking a lot of it for me. Finish was beyond dry, it was f**king arid! Man, I wanted a glass of water just to be able to catch my breath. Phew! This was quite the beer, but a steady diet would be too much, even for this self-avowed hophead. (2,685 characters)

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

On tap at Bier Baron poured in a 10 oz. goblet.

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color. Wispy white head tops the beer and leaves a sticky lacing on the glass.

Strong hop aroma of blunt citrus. Grapefruit rind and pith, and blood orange are in the foreground with a touch of weed lurking in the background. A slight sweetness from the malt is detectable as well.

The taste is big and powerful with hops! Major pithy citrus rind. Somewhat one dimensional in its powerful grapefruit character. Sticky resiny hops power this beer.

Stone beers always have a refined full mouthfee, even the low ABV beers and this one is no exception. Coating is a good word to describe it. Bitterness on the back end is huge.

Overall an awesome DIPA done in typical Stone flashiness. (768 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

22oz bottle

A - Pours a golden copper with a two finger off white head. Head retention is very good and there is a decent amount of sticky lace to be had...

S - Caramel, piney hops, and citrus fruit. Hops are definitely present here, but sweet malt is front and center...

T - Grapefruit and mango up front with lots of piney hops in the mix. Caramel is present throughout, but is not up front like it is in the scent. This one rides the hop wave all the way through with a nice caramel backbone. Alcohol is very well hidden considering the abv. Very tatsy...

M - Sits on the higher end of the medium bodied scale with a lower amount of carbonation...

O - I thought this was going to be a straight hop bomb. I was presently surprised that this one is pretty well balanced and fairly easy to drink. Stone comes through with another very solid DIPA...

Cheers... (885 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle labeled best by september, served in a snifter

look is a typical IPA color with a little more reddish tone, small head that lasts, filtered. smell is juicy and full of hops: sour green apple bubblegum, pine and orange marmalade in the background. taste is similar, with juicy green apple up front, then juicy citrus and fruit preserve, finishing spicy, slick and bitter.

Glad they brought this one back. (417 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear golden orange color with a nice foamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is really nice too. A huge amount of tropical fruit hops and a ton of pine. A good back bone of bready malts.

T- Pretty much a hop bomb. Hops every where. Very similar to the original with a nice stronger hop punch. A very slight alcohol taste here. A great amount of hop bitterness too.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- This is a great beer for sure. A hop bomb and very easy to drink. (548 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a copper orange with a ruby back glow. Pancake batter like head remains and leaves nice soapy bubbles after each drink.

S - Citrus hops, caramel, dank, grass.

T - Huge citrus hop bomb, balanced and equaled with a big malt back bone. Everything blends together perfectly and this a smack you in the mouth DIPA with full flavors all around.

O - Quintessential Stone...This brew is right in my wheelhouse. One of the best DIPA's on the planet. (459 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink by: 08/28/13

Solid gold with a thick, tight bubbled head. Aroma is thick with bright lemon, lime, and sugary grapefruit over fresh pine needles and flowery hops. A slight cookie sweetness is present, but it's mostly astringently hoppy with a whiff of alcohol. Seriously hop-forward flavor backed by a pale malt sweetness. Grapefruit, pine resin bitterness, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Oooo tasty...and not too sweet at all, which I didn't expect. Aggressive, crisp, and surprisingly not too strong feeling either. I mean, it feels "big," but I enjoy it, and I should know to trust Stone with hoppy beers after years of proof. I remember drinking Ruination for the first time, now it almost seems tame in relation to what DIPAs have evolved to be, but this sort of brings back that "holy shit that's hoppy" feeling. (826 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Michaels (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Enjoy by 8/23/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow with a dense finger and a half vanilla head. A few touches of lacing, particularly where the head had rested. 

Huge hop aromas here! Grapefruit, orange, pine, sweet biscuit, onion, garlic and a wisp of alcohol. I keep coming back to smell it.

Extremely hoppy taste explosion! Sharp piney grapefruit, sweet n sour garlic and very bitter. Biscuit, pepper, pine and grass. I don't think I'd call it balanced but that's not what this is about. It juggles the hops wonderfully. 

Medium full feel, with plenty of poppy carbonation. Sticky and oily with an occasional pleasant alcohol nip. 

Well done and happy 10 years of Ruination! I'm not all that enamored with the standard Ruiniation, this is wonderful. I wouldn't drink it all the time but this is worthy of attention from extreme hopheads anywhere.  (940 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear and golden with a thin white head which fades to the rim and leaves a bit of lace.

N: Shines with citrus such as grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Some pine and tropical fruit notes also.

T: Follows nose with plenty of sweet malt to balance things out. Resiny and fresh green hops really stand out but the sweet malt wins on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and bitter. Notable ABV here is hidden but certainly present. Perhaps a tad too sweet for me.

O: Big, complex, balanced, and powerful. A nice tribute to a classic. (556 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a smallish ofg white colored head of foam. It left some sticky, patches of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aromas burst out of the bottle after I cracked it. In the glass I get strong copious amounts of grapefruit, dank citrus, pine and tropical fruit in that order. As it warms you get some light toasty malt but you have to really look for it. Some light alcohol as well.

The tastes begin with a light sweet pale maltiness that is instantaneously overwhelmed by the hops flavors. Bitter piney and strong grapefruit are here in waves. Some more lighter toasted and caramel maltiness in the background but once again bitter citrus and pine hops dominate. The tropical fruit notes from the hops are more detectable as it warms and you get past that initial blood orange/grapefruit bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. The finish is crisp and sharp, with a lightly lingering (bitterness wise) and drying quality. Alcohol warmth is felt but lucky not detected in the tastes.

Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. Although the flavor profile is quite similar to many West Coast IPAs of the style, it is amp-ed up thanks to the Citra dry hopping and surprising balance of hop flavor to hop bitterness. The extra ABV malt backbone I believe also contributes to the surprising "balance" and I say balance for those used to hop monsters, not recommenced for a beginner, highly recommended for avid DIPA fans. (1,496 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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