Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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Reviews: 794
Hads: 5,327
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 304
Gots: 822 | 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 lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Went over to a friends house one night.There where four of us and we went to costco and much to my pleasant surprise was a four pack of stone brews.The regular ipa,ruination,arrogant bastard and the ruin 10.They let me have the Ruin 10 because it was the only one i had not tried.What a great brew.I have to say I like Ruination alittle better but this is no slouch.With a ABV of 10.80 in a 22oz Bomber it got the job done.Very nice Hoppy flavor with a nice smell.If you are lucky enough to find those four packs grab 2 before they run out.You just can`t go wrong with Stone and this is no exception.Keep on Rockin the better beers.Motley Drunk out. (649 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with three finger white head and nice retention.

Smell gushes with fresh hop flavor while pouring. Well balanced, juicy citrus, grapefruit and floral, without any of the malt sweetness usually found in an IIPA.

Taste is resinous hops, juicy grapefruit, peaches, and grassy/earthy notes as well. Coats the palate with hoppieness and just a spritz of alcohol.

Fantastic IPA! (398 characters)

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

Stone's 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA pours a beautiful, hazy amber with a moderate, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer coating the glass with netted patterns of lace as it descends. Inside, small bubbles float lazily to the top. I'm giving this one of my rare 5's for appearance!

The aroma is loaded with hops. Orange and grapefruit citrus dominate, but some pine is also present. The smell seems to fade quickly after the beer is poured, however it's still present down to the last drop.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is chewy and creamy with moderate fizzy carbonation. The flavor is bitter with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus, plus some lemon rind mixed in. In the middle sweet malt and tropical fruit (mango) feebly try to balance out this hop monster. It finishes peppery and dry with lingering citrus and pine notes when gone.

This beer is a hop lovers dream. It's loaded with hop bitterness and citrus, but I thought the mouthfeel could have been a bit more chewy. Definitely a sipper you want to share with a friend. (1,089 characters)

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

22oz bomber poured into pint glass

A - Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger creamy white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - smells of caramel, citrus, and light pine

T - Starts sweet and with hints of caramel, shifting to bitter hop flavor. finishes bitter, with hints of the strong abv.

M - med body, med carbonation, leaving a slightly sticky feeling in the mouth.

D - Caramel and maltiness balance the hop character. Alcohol is hidden for how much there is Well balanced and easy drinking for such a big beer. (529 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of inandon
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I decide to compare a regular ruination to the ten year anniversary.

Let's start with the pour.
Original is a warm amber orange in color beer. The ten is much dark orange and even foggier.
Like comparing apple juice to a cider. Later on I noticed that the regular ruination kept a head longer then the 10th anniversary.

Both have a very distinct grapefruit and herbal aroma
The ten yr has a lot more citrus. Like lemon and orange.

Original is very bitter and sharp with a clean finish.
The ten yr is not as bitter. Dont get me wrong, it is still bitter but it seems to have flavors similar to an oaked ale with the citrusNess of ruination.

If you enjoy the regular ruination then I feel that you will like this one. (744 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer review in a while, got a little bit motivated when this one came out to review it.

Appearance is surprisingly dark for an Imperial IPA. It's like a dark orange, nearly amber color, and doesn't glow much when held up to the light like most IPAs. The head is bright white and about one finger width in height. Clarity is good. An appealing looking beer, it just doesn't have that spectacular glow that I look forward to in an IPA.

This beer smells nice. It's got a heavy bread aroma with some toffee/caramel there along with a smattering of spicy/citrusy hops. The aroma overall is a little less overwhelming than I expected based on their dry hopping claim, but it smells really good, just not that pungent.

Tastes quite awesome. A nice toasty fresh bread up front with the toffee and caramel as well provide a pretty huge malt base for the hops to interact with. Some citrus notes come next, orangey, lemony... That flavor kind of morphs into a piney resiny crescendo and the finish is some spicyness with some slight phenols.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, it coats my mouth well, has a pretty thick feel for an IIPA and it's perfectly carbonated, at a level just below prickly.

This beer drinks very well for a nearly 11% beer. Its drinkability is impressive and reminds me a little bit of Pliny the Younger's drinkability. There are some slight reminders of that alcohol in the finish however. One of the better beers I've had from the bottle in the last year and I'm definitely glad Stone dropped this one on the market. It's a lot better than regular Ruination in my opinion. The malt backbone is so big and plays such a role in the flavor you could actually argue this is sort of a mix of east coast and west coast IIPA put together in one beer. Regardless of how you classify it, damn tasty. (1,810 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, sunset orange color with an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Smells of lots of pineapple and grapefruit, grass, tons of floral, mango, papaya, resin. Not getting much malt and maybe a hint of booze. Taste starts with grapefruit and floral notes. The middle brings lots of sweetness, as well as some breadiness; however, this just barely mellows out the hops. The finish is very big, but still complex. Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya, and pineapple. Definitely used citra hops in this. Big resin notes and accompanying bitterness. Some earthiness and grassiness. Not much malt to speak of, as the abrasive bitterness covers up the breadiness. The hefty sweetness is necessary to somewhat calm the finishing flavors. Decent amount of booziness along with a warming sensation. Full body with an oily and slick mouthfeel. Just punches you in the face with abrasive, bitter hops. Not for everyone, but I definitely dig it. (990 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mini mason jar at the Rose & Crown.

A: Good head, good lace, clear gold.

S: huge hops. Grapefruit and pine. Perfect West Coast IPA.

T: Delicious. One of the best IPAs I've tasted, and probably my favorite Stone. Abrasively bitter, interestingly floral, and heavy on the grapefruit. Liquid lupulin. Lingering aftertaste. Hell yeah.

M: A bit thin for the ABV.

O: Marvelous. Highly recommended. Would have again. Top notch double IPA. Go to. (460 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a snifer from a 22oz bottle. Orange amber color and a small head and nice lacing.
S - Loaded with hops. Grapefruit , Citrus, Pine
T - Like the smell this is all hops. The taste is strong of grapefruit, Tropical fruit, Citrus, a little pine. Spicy. Good malt profile on the backbone to balance. A bitter biter for sure.
M - Medium body, a little creamy It takes over the palette. the ABV is defiantly noted.
O - This is one hop attack of an IPA and really enjoyable. (483 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-amber with almost two fingers of thick and sticky looking off-white head that leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Pine sap, grapefruits, peaches, slightly herby and grassy. Just a little bit of caramel, toasted malts and booze

Taste. Oh man! Massive thick piney hops and whole grapefruits, some oranges and tropical fruits, a little toasted malt and caramel coming through which is impressive considering the barrage of hops that it has to overcome.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, low carbonation, just a little bit of booze warmth.

Overall. This is one big IPA that's very drinkable considering the boatload of hops and malt that must have gone into it. I'd hate to know the calories in this glass!! (738 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Great looking dark orange and very clear. Only complaint is rather small and quickly leaving thin white head and decent lacing.
S: One of the best smelling beers. Tons of hops, tons of citrus, and a pine backbone.
T: Not as good as expected. Starts with a sweet malt on the tongue. Mid you get some nice taste of citrus. Then a huge amount of hops and bitterness hit. WIth a lingering sticky bitter after taste. You breathe hops for a minute or two after. For its abv I only get a slight taste in alcohol but def, a sippers beer.
M: Good carbonation maybe a little light since no head, but has a very sticky end to it.

O: A hop bomb, with some crazy bitterness and abv. A must try but not my favorite.

ReReview: Just had this on tap and was amazing. The taste was so different from what I remember. It had a lot of malt backbone to it and was delicious. I'm up more original taste score from a 4 to a 4.5 (909 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from 22 oz bomber

A-pours a hazy glowing orange color with fluffy white head nice lacing looks fresh
S-was pne and citrus hops with a sweet soapy grassy smell
T- very hops forward with loads of resinous pine hops followed by more tropical infused hops,sweet malt and lemon grass
M- dry with crisp hops ABV so well hidden you can drink the whole bomber fast really nice hp presence
O- delicious wish this was the regular ruination would love to see this one in 4-paks (469 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Pinocchio's Pizza in Media, PA. Reviewing from notes jotted on a napkin, because I am THAT guy.

A: I partly expected this to be a little more murky, but I was presented with a glass full of a pristine honey-tinted amber hue topped off by an impressive amount of off-white lacing that left obscene lacing down the glass, which is an expected trademark of stupidly hop-heavy ales. Not what I predicted, but lovely to say the least.

S: As expected, an overwhelming hop aroma that emits some complex fruitiness. Grapefruit leading the way with oranges, lemons, apricots, hints of peach, and pineapple partnering in. A light touch of grass or pine, and little to no malt.

T: Red grapefruit upfront, with some orange peel and fresh apricot. Underneath the juicy characteristics is a very Earthy profile: dank grass and pine that is pungent enough to scare off unworthy drinkers. Malts are understated, but present and add a faint candy-like sweetness. Alcohol? Where?

M: Medium-to-full body, seeming more full than medium. Super smooth, with a dash of creaminess that teases the mouth and begs for the next gulp. Incredible drinkability for something nearing 11% ABV. There's absolutly ZERO alcohol presence.

O: Surprise, surprise, surprise... Stone has done it again. An absolutely magnificent beer. An ode to the glory of the hops and definitely not for the faint of heart. RuinTen is a beast that demands respect and earns it with relative ease in just a few sips. A mandatory must-try for hopheads. I'm dying to try this bottled, as well. (1,555 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that I picked up at Stone a few days ago, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color, topped with an inch of off-white head, good retention and sticky lacing.

S- Huge hop aroma, grapefruit, pine, very fruity and tropical, also getting some sweet malt.

T- Absolutely devastating hops, big fruity, tropical flavor, bitter grapefruit rind, balanced pretty well by an almost equally aggressive big sweet, caramel malt and some moderate booziness.

M- Full-bodied, thick, smooth feel, has a nice dry finish. Alcohol is actually impressively masked.

O- A vicious monster of a DIPA, all the flavors are huge, drinkability is actually impressively high for such a big beer, this is a great celebration of what Stone is all about, making aggressive, bold beers, this is really great stuff. (846 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Pours a golden orange with a one-finger off-white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of citrus (orange, pineapple, & grapefruit) and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts with big juicy citrus with lots of orange and pineapple upfront.
The citrus fades into lots of big piney hops. A nice amount of malt sweetness olds everything together.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding DIPA. Lots of big flavors that are very well balanced. An awesome beer. (525 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy amber-gold liquid. 1 finger fo head with good retention. Ring and fuzz of head left throughout. Nearly ideal.
S: Tropical fruit, man candy. Pineapple, mango, some pine. A tad one-dimensional.
T: Hop bite with some sweetness thrown in. All hops after a while. Pine, fir needle, savory dankness. For the hopheads out there! Almost like Hog Heaven (from what I remember) but less thick.
M: Chewy, devastatingly bitter. Definitely a palate wrecker. Dry finish with no heat at all! At 10.8% ABV, that is amazing.
O: I am glad to have the full bomber. I will buy again. Stone IPAs - I love 'em! Worth every penny. Note, when I did have a second one 3 weeks later, the hops had degraded a bit and it was hotter and not as enjoyable. Pliny effect. (772 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Josh, thanks much! 7-8 oz. poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.

A - Very clear golden coloring, 2.5 fingers of a super fluffy eggshell head. Crazy thick lacing.

S - Pine cones and sap, floral notes, heavily dank and weedy. Very little malt bill backing as far as I can tell.

T - Enormous hop varietals here. About as much purely thick, viscous pine flavor I've ever come across. Underneath grapefruit pulp and menthol. Malt grains come in lightly at the back with a touch of honey and bread, but let's face it - this bitch is unabashedly hoppy.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Long lingering bitter coating.

D - Boom goes the dynamite? Completely unbalanced and goes for broke. Totally enjoyable. (750 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass on 4th of July; best by August 23rd. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear, orange-copper color with lots of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass. Two fingers of thick and foamy off-white head top off the glass, leaving great lacing behind. The beer looks very viscous as I slosh it around in my glass.

S: Huge pine, grapefruit, and orange peel hop flavors kick off the smell. Sweet malts provide some balance here, accompanied by a considerable alcohol spiciness.

T: Everything is big in the flavor of this beer; the hop flavor is oily and absolutely huge. Tropical fruits dominate, alongside the pine flavor mentioned in the smell. There's a rich caramel sweetness which can stand on its own with (but never comes close to overpowering) the delicious hop flavors. However, the malts are big enough to prevent the hops from becoming overpowering in their bitterness, which means that you, the drinker, are free to enjoy their flavors for the extent of your taste.

M: Smooth, with a thick body and moderate carbonation. Rather creamy, and incredibly sticky, especially on the finish. This allows the flavors to really linger for quite some time.

O: This is a fantastic beer from Stone, and I was surprised at the price– $8 for a bomber where I am. Given the five pounds of hops they say go into a barrel of this, it's well worth the cost of admission. Huge, heavy hop flavors of many varieties carry this sticky beer up towards greatness. Pick it up while you can. (1,524 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Bottle into some pint glasses, split with oglmcdgl.

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IIPA is a nice looking golden color with some slight bronze tint to it. A nice frothy white foam that builds and leaves some gunk on the glass. Smell is pretty bright and heavenly laden with crisp citrus, orange, grapefuit, other citra brought scents. Some resinous pine with some bubblegum backing. The pale malt is there yet is not detracting. At six weeks in, this is a stellar version of an all ready hopped up DIPA. Bright citrus, orange, papaya, grapefruit. The bubblegum is sweet, the malt brings forth sugars balancing stuff out yet not killing the buzz. Bitter, yes, malt backing, yes, delicious, yes. The body is a step above medium ,resinous, piney and large. Carb is there pricking the tounge. I wish it did not take 6-7 weeks to get over here, but even with a bit of age this is one I would go back to, if I could find another bottle. (936 characters)

Photo of Bauzen
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, golden amber color... There's some fruit and pine on the nose, very hoppy, but a hint of spice that makes it unique.

Flavor wise, its hoppy and fruity, almost on the sweet side for an IPA. It's certainly not as bright and over-the-top, but it has a pleasant kick to it. It's the spice that I can't put my finger on that makes it interesting. The finish is heavy, and ends with that same note of spicy hops.

Overall, it's a great meal replacement. If RuinTen truly is a single-time offering from Stone - I'll be sad when it's gone. While it's not a ground-breaking IPA, it's a intriguing alternative to my usual rotation. (628 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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