Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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5,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,118
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 289
Gots: 702 | FT: 5
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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 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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

Served on tap at The Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden copper to light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is extremely hoppy with the smells of citrus, grapefruit, and mango dominating and a lighter presence of grassy and pine/resin hops. Lighter notes of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: The beer has a solid body of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. But the dominant flavor of this beer is that of the hops - primarily citrus, grapefruit, and mango. There is a lighter presence of pine/resin hop notes as well. The beer has moderate to strong bitterness that really lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but this is a big beer and needs to be sipped slowly. Much too bitter to be easy to drink but I think I like this better than the orignal it was based upon. Really enticing aroma.

Photo of adam42381
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Best before 8/23/12 etched in glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with orange highlights and a 2-3 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: This is one hoppy aroma. Features strong grapefruit and pine notes with touches of sweet citrus and caramel and just a hint of candied malt. Alcohol peeks through just bit.

Taste: Grapefruit and lemon rind up front followed by a touch of malt and sweet citrus in the middle before ending with a blast of resinous pine, a touch of alcohol and more bitter citrus at the finish. Aftertaste is mostly lemon zest and the flavor is long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The hop oils really coat the entire mouth, leaving a film of hops that stays for a while.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability for a beer with an ABV of 10.8%.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I'm a big fan of Ruination and this one surpasses it in pretty much every way. This is such a contrast to the Pliny the Elder I reviewed yesterday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Stone clearly set out to wreck the palate and they've accomplished that with their Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA. Highly recommend trying this one. Get it while you can.

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

Slightly hazed amber color with a white head. Huge citrus aroma, pine, and tropical fruit. A light floral note, mild malty sweetness, but mostly hops, which is impressive for such a high gravity beer. Really great grapefruit, peach, and tropical fruit. A moderate pine bitterness, and a bit of malt sweetness. Really a great beer.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, best by 8-23-22. This pours a nice amber color with a small short lived off white head. The smells are of pine, citrus, grapefruit and a little caramel. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is of hops lots of then, pretty good but a lot of sweetness, more balanced than expected.

Photo of cfrances33
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 6/28/12 served in a tulip.

Pour: mostly clear deep amber with some carbonation bubble. Two finger off-white head.

Smell: Loads of piney hops. Some sweetness in there too.

Taste: Bitter pine followed by citrus and caramelly sweetness. Way more balanced than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Kinda syrupy, but nice. Definitely a big beer.

Overall: Really, really tasty. Would love to see Stone make it year round or yearly. Would definitely buy again fresh.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 32 oz. growler to a tulip glass. Had a bright copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A nice, big aroma of hops, fruit, malt, and possibly some caramel.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: Lots and lots of hops, light tropical fruit, a bit of citrus, caramel, and a tinge of malt. A large flavor here, one that's aggressive but not over the top.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another powerhouse West Coast IPA. It's very well done and totally drinkable.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2014. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly sticky/crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA. All around awesome complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with amber hues. Aggressive pour leads to a big fluffy 2 finger head that keeps on truckin' leading to sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Big monster hops, Citra first but the Centennial are definitely identifiable. Malt is present and accounted for. The alcohol is not very prevalent in the nose.

T: Hops and malt blend a bit more than the nose leading to a balanced DIPA. Personally, I prefer a hop bomb but I can respect a well balanced DIPA as well. Nice flavor. Alcohol definitely present at the end of the taste.

M: Perfect creamy yet carbonated with tons of hop oils coating the mouth. Exactly how I want it to feel.

O: A wonderful beer. World Class Double IPA most definitely. Stone rarely disappoints, this is another example of excellence in a glass.

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

A: Pours a clear dark orange, frothy off-white head that lingers a bit.

S: Citrus orange notes with a good bit of grassy/piney tones. A bit light as compared to others of this variety.

T: Pine resin is the clear forward flavor, but lends to some citrusy notes with a touch of caramel. Brings a nice balance to the flavor of this beer, much different than what I was expecting.

M: Nice body, moderately carbonated. Hops do a nice job of hiding the alcohol.

O: Very solid brew, well-balanced and much more complex than the Ruination. Personally I still prefer Enjoy By but this is still a must try!

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

Served from a bomber bottle into a wine glass.

A - Color is a brilliant gold-orange with excellent clarity. Head is pure white and a bit weak. The bubbles have an oily sheen. Strong lacing.

S - The aroma is mainly of hops: spicy, peppery, citrusy and piney. Some bready malt and sweet alcohol in the background. Very clean and fresh smelling.

T - Hops initially drown out all other sensations. Very strong bitterness, along with a big hit of citrus and spice hops flavors. It seems a bit harsh at first. Later in the palate some sweet biscuit-like malt comes in and even a bit of cotton candy sweetness. Then the bitterness rushes back and turns it into a mostly dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy body. Extreme hops burn along with some alcohol presence, although the 10.5% is not evident. Carbonation is a bit low.

O - This beer's flavors undergo amazing changes during a single sip. Great complexity. I like the way it seems to slide into a sweet malty place and then back into a burning, hops-driven dryness. Wow.

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

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

The body sits a golden orange with a huge, fluffy ecru cap. The cap rose 3-4 fingers and receded in raindrop fashion. Sticky, spider web lacing.

Bright orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple aroma leaps out of the glass. Some spicy earth as well. Toasted light caramel malt back bone.

An oily, resiny flavor profile. Sweet tropical fruits with tons of orange. Some spicy earth, almost rye notes underneath. Big, full hop profile with a sturdy, yet light malt bill.

Oily, resiny, chewy hops. Medium feel with mild carbonation. Finish is a moderate bitterness at first, but builds with each sip.

This beer is welcome in my glass anytime. An enamel ripper of a DIPA.

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

Pours from cask a great bright orange. Supersaturated and cloudy, can't see through this ipa at all. Off white frothy one finger head that stays.

Smells of fresh orange zest with some mango and grapefruit. Grassy slightly piny hop notes.

Tastes of some great malty sweetness up front. Warming alcohol and fruity esters. Tons of mango, orange, and grapefruit. Bitterness is quite mild at first but comes through towards the end. There's that grassy, pine hop bite but it blends well with the resinous, sticky quality of this beer. I can't say its perfectly balanced but that's a good thing for this beer. It stands out to me mostly because of the diverse flavors throughout the taste. I was wondering why it had the amount of alcohol notes coming through and realized this is almost an 11% beer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, sticky, and round. This on cask makes it feel like a beer worth savoring.

Overall, it's a fantastic ipa that's very different from all others in its class. Refreshing, diverse, and interesting. This could be one of the best beers I've had if it weren't for the amount of alcohol notes. But, it's still up there.

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,118 ratings.