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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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4,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,047
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 184
Gots: 388 | FT: 6
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:
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.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012)
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a few days ago at City Swaggers in NYC. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a deep, hazy orange-amber color with one and a half fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about two minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, some tropical fruits, fruity malts, and
grapefruits. Lots of hops; a very nice nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, and lemon. Moderate to high bitterness. Not quite as hoppy as the nose, but still quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and moderate to high bitterness in the taste.

o - Overall a very good DIPA. I find the normal Ruination a good DIPA, though not my favorite, and I find this one very similar, except a little more orange/citrus and hops in the nose, and more bitterness in the mouthfeel and taste. A good beer; if you like the normal Ruination you'll probably love this one, if you don't then I would pass on it as it is very similar.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 21:23:28 | More by mdfb79
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $7.99 Bright orange color, looks a lot like regular Ruination, sudsy head. Smells like so much hops, dank, notes of pine and pine-sol. Extremely bitter flavor followed up by a bit of citrus and the a huge bitter finish. I am not surprised that I liked this so much because Stone knows how to rock hoppy beers. I may need to buy one more bottle before this stuff is gone, that is if I find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:05:05 | More by ArrogantB
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, first one off the shelves today. Poured into CCB snifter. Looks like it says enjoy by 8/23 (about a month and half away).

A- Pours a translucent golden amber color with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Slightly below average carbonation of slowly rising bubbles. Not too much lacing.

S- Grapefruit hops! Some pine, malts, lemon. Definitely above average aroma strength, could smell right away when the bottle was cracked open.

T- Sticky grapefruit hops not as much as the smell, the malts definitely dominate the flavor profile a little bit more, definitely on the bitter side, finishes malty and a little bit more lemony with a lemon aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, abv very well hidden, smooth, drinkable, not too much carbonation but not flat.

O- I liked this DIPA, however I don't think it is anything amazing. The smell was great, especially when the bottle was first cracked open. The malts in the taste however dominated the hops a little bit too much, which ruined the taste a little bit for me. Still has a very nice taste though. It's been awhile since I've had the regular Ruination, I wished I picked up a bottle to compare. At $11/bottle I recommend at least trying it, you might like it. I however probably won't be buying more, there are a few other DIPAs for cheaper that I think are superior.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:47:52 | More by jaasen64
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden copper color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is extremely hoppy (what would you expect from a Ruination on steroids?). Lovely hops with a good amount of malt and pine sap. Very piney with faint citrus. Taste is initially like biting into a pine cone that is glazed with honey. A good amount of malt in this one...a little too much unfortunately. Still keeps that west coast hoppy flavor though. Hop resin bitter grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Heavy malt richness in the finish...a bit of booze as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a surprising creaminess to it. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a damn tasty beer, but I wish it didn't turn out as malty as it did. Becomes a little much as you continue to drink the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 07:38:24 | More by DovaliHops
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re review since my boss picked me up a bomber.

A: Deep brawny translucent copper in color. Two fingers stained khaki head. Excellent retention for the high alcohol. Carbonation very subdued. Lacing is moderate.

S: Big, dank juicy hoppiness erupts from the glass. Grapefruit, HUGE tropical fruit notes. Malt adds a dimension of sweetness to the experience, with added caramel and toffee notes.

T: Big rush of pine on the intro. Big layer of alcohol and malt sweetness takes over for a split second before accentuating the huge notes of citrus that follow through. The alcohol warmth enhances the citrus, giving it a sweetened flavor that carries throughout the finish. This citrus "sweetness" combines with the huge malts to lend a sweetness to the beer that is somewhat distracting. The hops can't quite escape from the malt and alcohol madness.

M: Big. The lack of carbonation lends to the full bodied feel of this beer. It's a monster, that's for sure.

O: I'm sticking with my original review. While this is good, the hops just can't overcome the insane malt and syrupy booze flavors. The result is pretty meh, considering how amazing Stone's standard and DIPA's are.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 09:42:50 | More by McStagger
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of creamy cream colored foam, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: big grapefruit, sweet orange, booze and tropical fruit notes. Taste: booze and sugar soaked grapefruit. Medium bodied, oily hop everywhere. Vote Ruination in 2012.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 05:11:49 | More by babaracas
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4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber body with a nice white head that dissipates to a small foam cap. Orange when held up to light.

A- Piney citrus aroma. Slight boozy notes.

T- Super citrus grapefruit with a nice caramel malt backing. Hop flavor throughout with a pleasant bitterness. Alcohol is definitely present and provides a bit of warmth.

M- Medium full body with moderate carbonation. There is a bite, but I think that is a combination of the carbonation, hops, and booziness. Smooth going down prior to the bite.

D- Quite enjoyable, but boozey. These will put you down quickly, but it will be enjoyable!

Serving type: growler

06-23-2013 06:12:18 | More by gpogo
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4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General - Got this in a 22 oz bottle from Costco of all places, the price was pretty good, something like $4 for the bottle. Poured this into a New Belgium tulip glass. Still waiting for my new IPA glasses to get in so just getting by for now!

Appearance - The color is a deep deep copper, nearly a brown. The head is a slight off white and is light and frothy. Pours great, there is a steady stream of bubbles from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass. Really great color to this beer.

Aroma - Such a hop bomb! There is a big up front hit of pine with a follow up of some slight citrus! Love the scent of this beer.

Taste - Wow great bitterness with a pine hit to it. There is also citrus in the taste of this, really enjoyable. The bitterness is intense in this beer on the aftertaste! No one they didn't go with this recipe in the original Ruination, while this is good, it's almost too much bitterness!

Mouthfeel - Medium body with almost a creaminess to it. There's also a lot of carbonation that sets of the flavors really well.

Overall - Really nice DIPA! I hope that they keep this one in the regular rotation! Get it if you see it in the store!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:53:11 | More by BeerEngineer
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color, a couple shades darker than your traditional IPA. The fluffy head is cream colored and settles into a nice cap. Good lacing on the glass.

Big grapefruit aroma with some tropical fruit notes. There is some pine that is eagerly popping through. Some honey sweetness from the malt.

The flavor is has a bright citrus hop with some bitter grapefruit rind. Orange and pineapple notes provide sweetness. The hop profile then transitions into piney and peppery. Substantial bready malt that helps balance the hop overload.

The feel is moderate to full bodied with softish carbonation. A big sweet malt that is more than balanced out by the hops. The hops leave a dry aspirin like bitter finish.

Very good DIPA. Not overly crushing on the palate but still quite bitter. Nice flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 20:06:04 | More by Gmann
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $7ish.... Pours with a nice 2 finger off white head that leaves nice drapes of lacing atop a clear lite copper brew.

Nose is proper Stone... resinous pine and oily grapefruit with a little bit of melon or tropical fruit thrown in... There is enough residual maltiness to help amplify the hoppiness.

Big and brutally bitter especially on the finish... But the hoppiness from the aromas translate nearly perfectly to the palate... booze and bitterness sorta burns down the gullet.

Body is medium with a good small bubble carbonation.

Pretty damn good, but certainly not a common pleasure for me anymore.


Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:19:44 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale burnished amber with great clarity and head retention.

Smell: Much like regular Ruination, this is citrus heavy and resinous with big grapefruit, orange and pine hop notes. There's a bit of tropical fruit in here too, presumably from the addition of citra, which works well with the moderate level of malt sweetness. I also pick up a bit of rosemary. Alcohol is plainly noticeable, but it's not at an offensive level for a beer of this size. There's little actual malt character here, more just a layer of sugary sweetness.

Palate: Sweet citrus and tropical fruit - grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple. Feels pretty raw and boozy, but it's very palatable nonetheless, assuming you've got a palate for huge, unabashedly alcoholic hop bombs. It's sweet, but not overly so given the massive ABV. Sharp alcohol and high IBUs dry up the finish nicely, which becomes more herbal and astringent.

Overall: This bears little resemblance to regular Ruination, which has always struck me as a very dry, light-bodied DIPA. Regardless, this is very enjoyable for what it is: a massively hoppy, bitter and boozy monster of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 02:36:43 | More by largadeer
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a bright gold-orange with a poofy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet pale malt, pine, oranges - pithy and fresh.

T: Surprisingly mellow, although not too mellow. Nice mix of doughy sweet malt and bright citrus. Piney bitterness, grapefruit, hop leaf, moderately palpable alcohol.

M: Soft, light mouthfeel.

O: Pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 00:35:23 | More by Etan
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied bright orange gold in color with a one finger white, sticky, frothy head. The nose is bright and super citrusy with a moderate amount of pine and alcohol. It's obviously very fresh. The Citra and Centennial hops are in your face. The flavors are hop atomic bombs. Citra everywhere. Centennial everywhere. Unfortunately there is plenty of alcohol but the ridiculous hop levels are welcome. The longer I sip this beer I get a trace of onion in the aftertaste. That and the alcohol are the only turn offs I see. This is a quality DIPA, yet perhaps overdone. I wonder what it would be like if it was 100% Citra, but who wouldn't? It has a lot f flavor but the booziness knocks the drinkability. It was worth the $10.99.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:13:16 | More by aasher
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a beautiful deep copper that is almost an amber. 1 finger light tan head that is dense and fades away to a ring on top of the beer. Delightfully soapy lacing.

S- A nice balance of hops and toasted, bready malts. Hop aroma consists of grapefruit pith, melon rind, lemon zest, and a touch of pine. Moderate aroma intensity with slight booze.

T- Oily, resinous hop character. Bitterness and alcohol esters present. Some breadiness smooth caramel notes comes through to makes this "hop bomb" more balanced than one might think...similar to ruination. But make no mistake...hops rule.

M- Mid body bordering on full, but remains light in feel, thus giving it a nice level of drinkability. Alcohol warmth is present and borders on hot, but I kind of like it.

O- Different from ruination in that it just seems like a bigger beer and more alcohol detectable. I probably prefer little brother to this one, but both are delicious beers to say the least.

Drink by 8/28/13
Enjoyed on 7/26/13
$7.99 for a bomber bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 15:14:11 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone definitely knows big, hoppy beers. Let's see where this goes.
Pours an amber color that's headed toward copper - darker than expected. A reddish tinted head springs to life with a normal pour.
Big hops running rampant, but none of that dank or oniony nonsense that seems to be so common right now. Tropical notes like pineapple and mango along with peaches finish dry and bitter, with a kiss of orange peel and pine. The old pros know exactly what they're doing here. A great mix of fruits that head right into bitterness without going bonkers with either.
At nearly 11% ABV, it's drinkable like a beer that's around 7 or 8%.
I like this a lot and say it reminds me a bit of Maharajah from a few years ago.
I'm hoping that like Sublimely Self-Righteous, this becomes an eventual regular item. I prefer it to normal Ruination, and most other DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 15:06:52 | More by Domingo
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clearish but dull copper/amber. Thick collar remains with thin sheen. Dotty lacing.

Smell is malt, sugar syrup in the background. Pine sap and needles. Green, luscious hops. Resinous, Grassy. Pineapple/mango. Lemon peel. Touch of alcohol.

Big middle with residual sugar and bitterness; faintly metallic or medicinal tang of hops. Prickly with nice carbonation and aggressive bitterness. Long-lasting tropical fruit/pineapple, slightly syrupy-sweet finish, giving way to resin/oils. Lips a little tacky. Stands up to itself, not wonky. Is not blatantly in excess of 10%; surprisingly sleek and mobile for its girth, like Warren Sapp on Dancing with the Stars.

Hops begin to emanate from pores. Skin takes on green tinge. Hop cones appear behind pupils.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:39:19 | More by beerpadawan
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Just purchased on release day in VA. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Clear golden-amber with frothy 2-finger off-white meringue like head with decent retention and tons of lacing.

S: Aromas are very citrusy, don't get me wrong, but there are an inordinate amount of herbal, almost minty aromas as well as a lot of melon in there too. Malt stays in the background. I didn't pick up a lot of onion aromas, but more shooty/vegetal than I can remember from any previous Stone beer.

T: The minty nature of the hops, most evident on the finish, and the estery, floral, honeydew melon flavor are an interesting combination. There is more grapefruit in the citrus department. There is also no shortage of dank, earthy qualities there too. The slightly bitter booziness is a drawback in my opinion -- maybe I'm not worthy but a 9.5%ABV version of this would have been better.

M: Pretty darn dry but the booziness hurts in this department, maybe allowing a little astringent quality to creep in. Body is medium at most.

O: A good beer, but give me Enjoy By anyday. This beer just needs some of the alcoholic tendencies honed down and this good beer could be a great beer. Nothing bad about it and interesting no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 01:15:07 | More by argock
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bier Baron in DC.

The beer pours a nice dark orange with a ton of lacing left on the chaise it is served in. Nice ring of head that doesn't die down. The beer isn't that hazy, can almost see thorough to the table actually, but pretty nonetheless.

The smell is very dank with hops, just absolutely the only thing there with a very herbal and plant like note too, fresh and inviting. Some bready and slightly sweet alcohol notes in the nose too. The taste follows but there is a big alcohol note there that isn't all that appealing to me. Sure there is a boatload of hops too, but it seems kind of one dimensional with mostly just a hot grassy flavor to it that lingers a while. The feel is sudsy and nice, but also has some alcohol burn too.

Overall a good beer, but I bet it would be better at 9% than 10.8% it's just too hot for me. I'm a huge hophead, but even this dank beer is just a little strong for a double ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 23:14:31 | More by Dreadnaught33
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess you've gotta try this if you see it, 10 years of ruination, it has almost been ten years that I have been drinking Stone....crazy. Real nice to look at, deep orange to amber with a dense crisp white head. Loads of lacing, but not such great retention. Smells good. You can certainly pick out the citra hops, also some pine, and fruit. Does not punch you in the nose, but fair. Well it is certainly bitter. Loads of hops, pithy bitterness, citrusy, and pine. However Stone has done a nice job of creating some balance here. Though perhaps too much crystal malt for me. Slightly thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good XIPA, especially for a guy who is not a huge fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 02:12:01 | More by pmlondrigan
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear gold with a tinge of amber and a nice finely bubbled white head.

A: Bright hop aromas of pear, peach and mango with a touch of spice from the alcohol and some candy-like malt notes.

T/M: Very smooth bitterness upfront, moves into juicy white fleshed fruit, peach and mango with a moderate resiny bite. Malt and body move in contributing flavors of candy, light caramel and a semi-full body. The finish is moderately dry, definitely getting up there in strength.

Overall, a very tasty DIPA that showcases very fruity, tropical aromatics and flavors. I would recommend anyone that loves hops try this one out. Not as awesome as 'Enjoy By', but still a great beer for any hophead.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 04:41:30 | More by Siriusfisherman
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish auburn brown body some decent head and lace. Very hoppy aroma, natch, get my piney citrus and grape feel as well as a sturdy malt backbone. Yes this is a hop bomb that tastes like it smells but I really liked this one because while dry and somewhat of a tastebud nuker, to be honest, I got a medium-bodied beer with good hops and some sweet fruit hop and sweet malt flavorings. The amount of sweetness and balanced packed into this beer is quite unexpected. A sweeter than most DIPA that can still pack a hop wallop is just fine with me and glad I tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 19:16:50 | More by clayrock81
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Drink by 9/5/13.

A - Pours a crystal clear, bright amber with just a half finger of pearl colored head. Good retention and the laser etching on the glass makes a nice oval pattern that sits on top the entire time. Lace paints the walls of the glass as I drink.

S - It has that familiar dank aroma that I have come to love in Stone's IPAs. Juicy citrus with a mellow caramel backbone. Reaks of juicy hops and tropical fruits. Smells like a hoppier, more assertive Ruination.

T - Immediately pungent and hoppy. Sweeter midpalate than I expected. The sweetness is shortlived as huge bitter hops hit on the back of the tongue. Persevering pine lingers on the first few sips, but the finish gets cleaner and cleaner as my palate acclimates to the hop assault. Tropical fruits and ripe grapefruit flavors strengthen as the beer warms.

M - A little bit spritzy off the bat, but smooths out with time. The alcohol doesn't go totally unnoticed, but not bad for a 10.8% bomb.

O - I missed out on the original 10th Anniversary, so I have been looking forward to this one since I heard it was returning. Stone is not bashful with the hops in their IPAs, and this is probably the hoppiest of the bunch. Pine and citrus exchange blows, but I think pine is the primary flavor I get. Sweet malts are not prominent, but they do make themselves known. This is a very good IPA, but I don't think it lived up to my expectations. If given the choice, I would take Enjoy By over this. This is probably one of the hoppiest beers I have ever tasted. I will probably seek this one out every year, but can't put it among my favorite few IPAs as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:53:03 | More by NoLeafClover44
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New York

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A. Gorgeous deep amber color, clear and effervescent. Leaves a receding white head with minimal lacing, belying the strong alcohol content.

S. Smells of pine needles, sap, grass, and lemon. The aroma is faint and the beer settles like I imagine a potion would.

T. Warm, astringent hops. This beer has a super malt backbone with caramel and maple flavors predominant.

M. Clear and effervescent, but the malts weight a bit on the tongue.

O. A wonderful monster of a DIPA. It's 10% but has a minimal alcohol presence. This is the beer I wish Devil Dancer was, and really has the character of a "triple" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:04:47 | More by TychoNDC
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a thick frothy off-white head. Looks serious.

Like smelling a glass full of hops. Smells serious.

Yeah. One of those serious IPAs. Boozy, hoppy, some sweet tasty malt back and then more booze.

Thick. No doubt you're drinking something serious, and you wouldn't want to have too much.

Would almost work as a night cap for me. Since it's an annual thing now, I'll probably always get at least one bottle, but not much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:21:11 | More by andyfrancis
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Al's. From my notes (the growler was about a month ago).

A: Golden amber, translucent with a white head. Stunning, a deceptive looker that quickly betrays its ruinous body.

S: Wow, that is one hell of a nose - hoppy with a caustic edge. Pine aromas, thick and treacly like sap, dominate the ale with a bitter, harsh finish. Harsh, normally a perjorative, is meant as a compliment - the hop intensity through the roof. There is a surprising balance to the ale, the caramel base present with stand-out aromas at times. Generally, though, this is a beautifully hoppy and bitter ale.

T: Oily and juicy, the hop bitterness is absolutely sick, numbing even. Pine at the fore, citrus, including sweet citra, following later. The bite starts off strong and seemingly grows stronger, never letting off the accelerator. Despite the intense hoppiness, the balance of the ale makes it work. Caramel is thick and syrupy, more than able to support the hops. The range of hop flavors, tropical, piney, lush, Christmas tree-like, really hits the spot. Abrasive and biting but oh so delicious.

M: A hop paradise - the bitterness feels like it is still lingering in the back of my month. A bit boozy but that isn't entirely unexpected. One of the hoppiest...

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 20:40:47 | More by akorsak
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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