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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA

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854 Reviews
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Reviews: 854
Hads: 5,628
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 333
Gots: 986 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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: 854 | Hads: 5,628
Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Stone IPA Madness glass

A: Pours rich copper amber with a creamy khaki head that settles to a thick layer and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Big tropical fruit, mango, peach, melon, nectarine, citrus, tangerine, light grapefruit, a bit spicy, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Juicy, fruity, peach, pear, hints of melon, citrus, tangerine and a little grapefruit, pine, bready, maybe even lightly toasty, some caramel malt sweetness, and a little alcohol.

M: Medium to full body, soft carbonation, creamy, pretty smooth, with a hint of warmth as it goes down.

O: I've had this one last year, but remember it being different, namely a bit less fruity. It's still a solid beer, but I'm missing a sorta hoppy kick in the face.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber brown pour (18) with tight off white head, good lace and cap in place; good carbonation. Hoppy citrus nose with elements of wet pine forest and sugary caramel aromas. Dank, hoppy pine and grapefruit flavors with big caramel malt foundation; very hoppy middle with wet forest dankness competing with citrus flavors; finish is bitter hops. Medium mouthfeel with resinous tongue coating; juicy grapefruit zest feel. Overall the bitter hops trump the malt foundation, and while quite good, seems just a bit out of balance.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by date of 9-5-13. This beer is great, a lot like Ruination but with slightly more fresh hop taste, more maltiness, and more alcohol. It's excellent, but I'm not quite sure what the point is compared to Stone's usual offerings. Although the hops rock, It's slightly too malty sticky for my tastes, and it is sort of absurdly potent. I'd rather have a couple of Ruinations because I like the mouthfeel better and I would not fall out of my chair..than again the fresh hop taste of Ruin Ten is nice and it's good to get one's ass kicked once in awhile, I suppose.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This id an across the board fantastic DIPA and has everything you would look for and expect from a good example of the style. Pours a rich, bright amber, very clear with a thin white head that slowly dissipated. Smell is huge with fresh lively hops, heavy malts, lemon, Carmel. Taste follows suit. Mildly sweet, honey and floral. Feel id moderate, a touch sticky from the sweetness, mild carbonation. Overall great IPA, and my second favorite stone offering to date, second only to Enjoy By.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a snifter.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut tropical fruits - mostly mango and grapefruit - pungent piney hops, fresh cut grass and an appropriate amount of caramel malt.

T - Starts off with a huge dose of piney hop resin and sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, fresh grass and lightly toasted bread. Alcohol is ever present, growing stronger as it sits in the glass, but it never really gets in the way. Finish retains quite a bit of the hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after each sip.

M - This one is definitely a big hoppy beer with plenty of delicious flavors and moderate carbonation. Not as sticky sweet as I was expecting it to be, although it is definitely still very sweet, with a fairly dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

O - I was expecting this to be good but it ended up being really good. I also had a bottle of this one that wasn't as good as this was so I am glad I got to try it on-tap as well. Nice work Stone!

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/21/2015

L: Poured from a bomber into a tulip, pours dark copper with a light off white head, a minuscule amount of lacing

S: "Mosh pit of hops" is correct, you get very strong citrus notes, orange, grapefruit, even a bit of pineapple

T: Surprisingly drinkable for what is a "Triple" IPA, very citrusy hops on the nose as expected, with lingering malts in the back, finishes with a bitter-tart booziness, and semidry

Feel: Medium-heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation, you can feel the hop oils on your teeth as it finishes

Overall: I was hesitant to try a "Triple" IPA by Stone after Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum ruined my taste for them (too much hops, tasted like a pinecone); but Stone has managed to take what should have been an aggressively bitter beer and tame it with a bit of malt for a pleasant ode to the hop. Even with the ABV clocking around 10%, you still have a very palatable IPA.

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Photo of Hendry
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear as a bell amber,2 finger soapy white head,carbonation appears slight,lacing respectable.

Aroma is hop forward, but the dank oily type, not so much in the way of tropical nose.

Taste starts out sharply bitter, with the flavors of the grassy hops coating the palate in waves before subsiding. Slight grapefruit pith but mostly resinous acidic hops playing out here with some heat brining up the rear as the booziness becomes apparent in the throat.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy for the appearance: this reminds me of F&W Double Jack which also has a solid "bite" to it with the aggressive hops and alcohol presence.

Overall, a strong-like-bull Imperial, but the highly acidic characteristics are a bit much here. Stone Enjoy By is a much more palatable IPA for those searching for tropical qualities, and a less acidic hop wallop.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is just okay - at a point it just gets gratuitously hoppy and big. I guess that's the point though. It's just a big, hoppy mess - good carbonation and viscocity though.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber color that is completely transparent. I love the way you can see right through this glass. 1/4 finger of head sustains and some lacing. An inviting and beautiful looking beer. One of the best looking DIPAs I have ever reviewed. Just as I suspected, very hop forward with the smell. Getting lots of pine, floral, citrus, some caramel, alcohol and esters. Lots of hops, as you would expect, but there is a substantial malt background that is present. This makes the beer more layered and complex. Alcohol is detected in the taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat moderate, with a great flow of carbonation from bottom to top. It does leave the mouth quite dry. Overall, I was really impressed with the appearance of this beer and of course the hoppiness and the great care that was taken into created a somewhat balanced beer. This is definitely a hop lovers beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Can't wait until the 20 year!

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Photo of nimrod979
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, my first review got lost because I wasn't logged in. Shit.

22oz bomber purchased from Good Ta Go. I believe the bottle had a best by date of 08/24/12. I accidentally rubbed it off with my thumb. Poured into my DFH snifter.

Appearance: Nice bronze orange with a two finger foamy white head. Excellent retention and perhaps the craziest lacing I have ever seen. White suds are caked ALL over my entire glass. I wish I could attach a picture to this review.

Aroma: Massive grapefruit aroma here along with some other tropical fruits. Piney hop resin and jus a bit of caramel malt peeking through.

Taste: Piney hop resin and grapefruit are the big players here. Bold flavor and quite tasty. Bitter from start to finish. I love Columbus hops and this one drives them straight to your palate. I'm sure there's some caramel malt backing but I'm too concerned with this tasty bitterness to care.

Mouthfeel: Big beer. Low on carbonation and high on thickness. This beer just never lets up. It dominates you. Completely owns you. ABV becomes more noticeable as it warms. Finish is long and bitter.

I would most definitely purchase this beer again, if I could ever find it again. Great job on this one, Stone.
...I also haven't had a Ruination in awhile. I would have liked to do a side-by side comparison with the two.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my July 4th beer!!!!
A: Clear, dark amber, thin white lacing.
S: Floral, sweet malt, pine resin and a hint of citrus.
T: Sweet malt, resiny, bitter citrus like finish.
M: Hops prickly to the tongue, medium carbonation, sticky, bitter hop finish. After a few sips the alcohol can be felt. Be warned!
O: Very hoppy and a pretty strong, sweet malty backbone. Happy 4th go Stone!!

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Photo of davey101
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

RuinTen 2013 release. 22 oz bomber into a teku glass. I missed the initial 10th Anniversary Edition so I'm pretty excited to try this recipe out finally. Enjoy by: 08/28/13.

A - Pours a very clear dark amber body. Two fingers of white foam forms and settles down to a thin cap and some edging. Sticky lacing with some killer retention. A swirl produces an instant fingers worth of foam. Filtered DIPA's don't get any better than this.

S - There is a lot happening here. Starts off very fruity with some peaches, nectarines, and grapefruit. It then takes a swing towards the savory side. Dank, dank herb with layers of pine and oily resin with faint notes of onions. The end is undeniably fusel heavy and harsh. Not my favorite IPA hop profile but it certainly smells massive and impressive.

T - Stone fruit interrupted by oily resin and dank marijuana. Some pine and orange scattered around. The hops are pretty unrelenting here with a bitterness that isn't huge but feels like its slowly eating away at your enamel. Some bready caramel malts. The finish is all about bitter grapefruits. Mouth feel is medium bodied and coating. Alcohol shows through a bit as it warms up.

O - This is a really massive and palate destroying DIPA. Lots of flavors here with a manageable but large level of bitterness. This is a damn good beer and I'm happy this is now an annual release. However, Enjoy By is just so much more up my alley and is a rotating release.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours out a hazy golden orange color with a dense layer of foam and excellent lacing. It's sitting about a foot away from me and the aroma is wonderful from here. Picking it up and sniffing, delicious notes of fruity citrus and fresh pine resin. Flavor is bracingly bitter, but backed by a big maltiness. Loads of hop flavor last through the drink and linger after the dry finish.

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Photo of RandyV
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Stone Ruination with a little more hop and malt aggressiveness. If you didn't care for the original formula, this is not going to win you over, as it is meant for those who have enjoyed Ruination over the years.

As for the notion that it is a palate wrecker, the name Ruination is simply reinforced with this anniversary offering. It's not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for the fan of the east coast style IPA. Thank you Stone Brewing!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle marked drink by 8/28/13. Sampled on August 11, 2013 so I made it by a couple weeks.

The color is a handsome looking medium amber-copper orange with a long lasting white head and plenty of lacing. I love the way it looks.

Now about that aroma - there is a full butterscotch and butter nose for certain that intermingles with the piney hops that are all over the place. Some tropical fruits to boot. Inviting.

The body is about medium with an astringency but still palpable.

The taste also has that buttery character with an imposing floral hop bitterness that lingers and leaves an impression at the finale. Quite a fascinating brew. I'm glad I got to try one before it faded into oblivion.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, bout a month old. Deep color. From a vigorous pour I got a solid head, but on the second one not as much. Settled to a thin foam that stuck around. The smell is nice and bitter, like I remember orig Ruination tasting. Some of that bitterness comes through on the taste, but as it warms up just turns in to malt and sticks to the mouth. Like other reviewers have noted, Ruination 2.0 and Enjoy By are better examples of hop bombs from Stone that keep the malt bill in check. This could use more balance.

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Photo of beerbully
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber poured into a pint glass

A-hazy copper,thick off-white 1 inch head, good retention, heavy lacing

S-Faint notes of hops, pine, citrus- while the aroma is nice it isn't very strong

T-Nice balance between the sweetness of the malts and hops grapefruit / lemons a bit bready

M-thick, chewy, oily resins, mild carbonation

O-another good IPA from stone, very enjoyable

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Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't find the lasered-on enjoy by date on the bottle, which is odd since the label instructs to "drink fresh." My records indicate it was purchased exactly three months ago, so it's got some age.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with a white inch and a half head which dissipated to heavy surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Intense citrus and pine.

t: Tasty pine hops forward with considerable strength, some alcohol on the tongue but the hops are rather amazingly easy on it.

m:Moderate and smooth with good body. Carbonation keeps coming.

o: Really a super DIPA. At the risk of having the hops fade, I held onto this bottle for a few months waiting for the right time to drink it, since it is high ABV (10.8%). Now that I opened it, I'm learning what I missed in the interim.

UPDATE 7/19/14: The 2014 version is extremely and dangerously sippable. This bottle sealed 6/0?/14 ( a blank space after the zero for the day). Not much of a head to speak of this time, but the taste is still awesome, and although the bitterness builds somewhat in the back of the mouth, it does not linger annoyingly. Remains one of my personal top-rated DIPAs, but I am reducing the appearance rating from 4.5-3.75 for the disappointingly nearly non-existent head, the smell rating from 4.5-4 since citrus is less evident, and the mouthfeel rating from 4.5-4 because it seems less exceptionally smooth now.

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Photo of hops202
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled two weeks ago. Poured into spiegelau glass.

A - a nice golden amber. Clean looking.

S - holy hoptown. This smells floral and strong.

T - just like you would expect. A delicious hop explosion. Plenty strong too even for a DIPA.

M - slightly cloying.

O - a great stone double IPA. Definitely more full bodied than the Enjoy By. Different in its own right but just as good.

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Photo of cfspartan
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Immediately hit with fruity notes on the aroma and flavor and an excellent hoppy middle and smooth finish. I've had this twice on separate occasions and noted a huge difference in flavor between the two. The first blew my mind, and the second disappointed greatly. If the second experience was like the first, it would be 5's across the board.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a one finger, bone white head. Decent retention, very nice thin lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of pine bitterness mixed with some tropical fruit, some grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. There is a good bit of malt as well, some caramel, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of juicy tropical fruits, some grapefruit and zesty rind with some nice pine near the finish. Not as malty as the aroma, just a bit of sugary sweetness to balance it...slightly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth, no real sign of the abv, maybe a very faint warmth to it.

O: For a DIPA (maybe a triple?), this is nicely balanced with a good bit of malty goodness backing up the fantastic hop bill.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a golden hue and two fingers of slightly off white head that dissipate slowly.

Smell – Huge piney and citrus hops, pine resin, a bit of alcohol. No sweetness to be found!

Taste – Blast of resiny hops up front. Not as bitter as expecting; sweet malts abound, though there is the obvious bitterness reminiscent of all stone products. Bready malts, slight booze, and grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel – One of the highlights. Nice and creamy, oily if you will. Moderate bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Coincidentally, this is a somewhat “balanced” beer by Stone, meaning it isn’t a 100% hop bomb. I will pick another for sure.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy dark gold/orange with a big frothy off-white head.

Loads of citrus in the aroma. A big grapefruit kick with a little pine. Smells phenomenal.

Not as much citrus as the nose. A little grapefruit on the front end. Very little malt although there is a bit for body, the flavor gets overwhelmed by the hops. Finishes very resiny and dry.

Low-medium bodied with good carbonation. Enough malt to add some backbone without interfering with the hop flavor.

Good beer and the nose is definitely better than regular Ruination although the flavor falls just a bit short of that. I do have a weakness for overhopped beer so I love this one.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 6/19/14 poured into dogfish IPA glass

Pours oily and resinisis. Smells of deep pine and tropical fruit. Huge hop and pine on the first sip followed by a nice bitterness. Could use a touch more carbonation to cleanse the pallet from the hop resin. A definite tounge scrapper.

Overall a high 4.25 borderline 4.5. Look forward to this every summer and tough to beat this for $8.99 bomber. One of Stone's best.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light copper with a cappuccino foam head that dissipates moderately. Translucent with what looks to be low-moderate carbonation.

Nose: hello, grapefruit! Lots of caramel sweetness and grapefruit hop bitterness in the nose. This is a definite celebration of hops. Tons of leafy, lemony, piney backbone to the nose but a lot of sweetness up front. This is pure unadulterated hop smell. You can detect a slight breadiness at the back, but this beer smells as close to sticking your head into a bucketful of hops as any.

Taste: I was expecting this to be a lot like dogfish head 120 minute but it's quite different. It's cleaner than I thought it would be from the nose. Crispy bready notes deliver a wave of hop bitterness that finishes almost bone dry. It's as if someone spread hop butter on toast and then turned it into a beer. For what I thought was going to be quite a gimmicky beer, this is quite good. The hops are delivered very well in a restrained but not so restrained kind of way. I mean this is the most pure hop flavor I've ever gotten from a beer but it is done in this gourmet way almost. This is a deceptively simple presentation of pure hop flavor. There's just this solid malt balance underneath that delivers the hop flavor that is really impressive.

Mouthfeel: very enjoyable mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation is perfect for the style and the flavor profile. It would be cloying otherwise.

Overall/drinkability: this is much more drinkable than I had expected, but it is still quite the hoppy beer. Don't get me wrong, I love me some hops, but this one is not something I would have very often. A great offering by stone that I would definitely recommend for a try. It's just a little too forward to have all the time. A great comparison would be to a great tasting menu at a contemporary restaurant. It's a great experience that you wouldn't take back, but you won't be back for a while.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.