Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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5,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,126
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 289
Gots: 708 | 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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Ratings: 5,126 | Reviews: 769
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to the 33 cL line of a goblet.

A: Half finger of white head that fades quickly to a permanent lace fizz on the surface. Fizz clings to the glass with each swirl but slides quickly back into the beer. Yellow-orange mostly opaque body.

S: Awesome - it's very hoppy but not overwhelming in the slightest. Mostly citrus with a bit of pine, I don't get any floral hops. A bit of malt rounds it out nicely. I don't think I've smelled a better IPA.

T: The hops come out swinging but it's well balanced by the malt. The citrus is there a little but mostly covered by the malt and hop bitterness. Can't taste any alcohol but I can definitely feel it.

M: A very well-behaved IPA. Just the right amount of carbonation to swirl it around a bit and get all the hops. Despite the name, no lingering unpleasantness on the palate - a very clean finish.

O: A lovely IIPA, I'll be sad if this is the last we see of it.

Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of beige head. Decent lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit & grapefruit pith, plus boozeyness

T: Grapefruit pineyness, woodiness, dryness & a touch of caramel up front. Some breadyness, much pineyness, & a boatload of grapefruit, plus a truckload of pineapple, plus orange peel as this warms. Finishes piney, mucho grapefruitty & cakey

MF: Big bodied, slightly carbonated, sticky, warming, great balance

Great DIPA, would love to see this more often, a hophead's delight; drinks fantastic for being such a massive & flavorful beer

Photo of PaulyB83
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%

Served on tap in a 10oz. snifter.

A-Pours a deep copper, good clarity, small white head.

S- Big tropical notes of mango and pineapple, citrus, big dank pine. Light alcohol notes as it warmed. All the aromas are at level 10.

T- Similar to aroma, with a big long bitterness, notes of mango and pineapple and dank pine. Alcohol as it warm but not at any level to make it harsh.

M- On the heavy side of medium, pretty drinkable for such a full flavored high abv beer.

O- Really like this beer. Supposedly has 50/50 Citra and Centennial but I have to say the Citra really seems to steal the show, not that I'm complaining. A really big beer that is also surprisingly smooth to me. This beer is right up there with some of the most aromatic IPAs that I've had.

Photo of djjacobsen
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited to score a bottle of this one. It goes very heavy of the hops, of course, Citra and Centennial dominate the nose along with citrus and very, very light pine. The taste was fairly frustrating as the nose gets overpowered by the 10.8 ABV. Definately better than standard ruination, but fails to have that wow factor that we search for in the ultimate beer. enjoyable for a hop-head but this will faintly be remembered for nothing more than an over-the-top anniversary release.

Photo of stonermouse
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours amber, very clear. There's steady foam at the top throughout the full hour I took to finish this.

The aroma is solid, especially when cold for some reason. You can pick up some serious booze in the smell, as well as some sweet fruitiness. You can definitely tell it's going to be a bomb.

The taste is quite a wallop as advertised. Sweeter than I expected, but the sweetness is overwhelmed by booze and hops. Wicked depth of flavor here, just layers upon layers. Slightly fruity sweet up front, and as each sip finishes (and especially as the brew warms) a ton of earth and spice come through. Solid dose of garlic in the finish, which is more pleasant than it may sound. A bit hot, showing every bit of the 10.5%.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. This brew is dense but not syrupy, and lends a fantastic palette to the deep flavors that reside within.

Very nice beer. Drink it ten times, I imagine you'd get ten different impressions, as there's so much to experience here.

Photo of dheacck11
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a deep, rich amber orange with some golden glow. Scant white head with moderate lacing.

Nose is big and lovely. Hints of orange, grapefruit, hibiscus, papaya, guava. Really delightful.

Taste is grapefruit, massive grapefruit up front, followed by a massive blast of bitter, sticky hoppiness. Acid from the grapefruit lingers and melds nicely with the hops.

Feel is right on medium. No real thick coating sensation many DIPAs provide. Too bad, was hoping for a bit more body.

Great brew, glad I got to pick it up on its limited run. Balanced really nicely and shows off the hop character substantially. Definitely feel the alcohol though. This is potent. Personally like the Enjoy By series a bit better from what I have had for my personal tastes, but this is a wonderful beer overall.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid a bit more than I wanted (10 bucks) but this in no way harshed my expectations.

A - Very no filtered look with a hazy light amber body and plenty of carbonation (kind of strong pour) got me a full inch of head and nice sticky lacing.

S - Like other said the expected strong grapefruit and pine hops one would expect in ruination just doubled. Malts are amazing with sugar like gram cracker goodness.

T - What I liked best about this was how balanced it was. Hiding the ABV is something I enjoy with big DIPA's and this one had plenty of hop bitterness to do that. The malts do a wonderful job giving some sweet gram cracker body that keeps it from truly ruining your palate. Hops in the finish, I love it.

M - Medium to heavy but man drinkability is excellent.

Overall the bottle went rather quickly and it packed a good buzz. Not sure if I would prefer it to fresh ruination but for the style it was sublime.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into snifter with a good solid half inch of white head. Orange copper color and very transparent with slight amount of bobbles. Smells like a hop explosion with some citrus in the background. Very hoppy bitter beer with a strong boozy taste and sweet taste of pineapple and some type of citrus. Medium body and carbonation. Fantastic beer!

Photo of timmylange
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited about this beer. I've heard nothing but great things! Here we go:

A: a breath-taking copper color with a thick foamy head; steady stream of carbonation emitting from the bottom of the glass

S: strong, resiny smell; almost like sweat

T: light feel, yet full-bodied taste, like I'm chewing hops; slight carbonation; aftertaste comes out of no where starting at the back of the throat and heading out the mouth; almost on the verge of too much dry hop character

M: super crisp; resiny; over-powering on the tastebuds

O: Delicious! Absolutely delicious! This is by far my favorite IPA (sorry Sixpoint Resin). This is a perfect example of the style: ridiculously full of hop character (you can taste every bit of the 5 lbs), strong alcoholic profile. There is only one thing I find wrong with this beer: I can't drink anything else after it; my taste buds are bombed. Too bad, I was going to rate another beer. TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!

Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer last year in NYC, unfortunately I think it was past it's prime, so I'm looking forward to this super fresh bottle.

Beautiful pour, bright and clear orange color with a fine white head.

Aromas are big bold, and I noticed them while pouring. Orange sherbert, mangos, and stinky resin. Very nice.

Taste starts out with caramel and creamy malt sweetness, nice body, and a good balance of malt and hops. Hops kick in on the snappy dry finish. Mangos, orange sherbert, floral, and resiny. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is excellent, nice full feel, and spot on carbonation.

Overall, superb. I was impressed with Enjoy By, and this is just as good, if not better. Well done Stone.

Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a cloudy, glowing, peachy-amber color. A bubbly, creamy, two-finger head of light khaki froth topped the liquid. Large drippy blocks of lacing trickled down glass. Although it initially appeared that the beer was unfiltered, the chill haze soon dropped and the body turned completely transparent.

The aroma was outstanding. Tons of peach and apricot notes. Tropical fruits were apparent. Mango and papaya were both detectible. Some candied orange peel and ruby red grapefruit came through as well. A fair dose of caramel malts lent the beer a pleasant sweetness. All in all, remarkably fragrant.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was also super hoppy. However, it seemed to be significantly drier and pithier than the nose. Caramel malts appeared on the front end before the hops took over. The hops were fruity, bold and assertive. Tons of grapefruit pith. Some candied orange peel was noticeable. Peachy. The finish was super piney, bitter and dry. Tons of sticky, resiny hop oils. A touch astringent. At 10.8% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was plush, smooth and creamy. Supple. Medium bodied with a fairy standard, moderate effervescence. I was hoping for a bit more heft to this.

As the bottle states, Ruination was a forerunner in the world of bottled double IPAs. This beer managed to kick things up a couple of notches. Congratulations on ten years Stone. Hop heads rejoice!

Photo of orfeu
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy apricot color supporting a firm, just-off-white head, about an inch thick in the tulip glass. Foam is pocked with craters. Grapefruit and tangerine rind aromas predominate. Pine resin. Stinging bitterness right away, accompanied by apricot, mango, and tangerine flavors, finishing with a grapefruit zest bitterness. Some understated caramel sweetness appears as the beer warms. This is a big IPA. Although it is primarily medium-bodied with an oily, resinous character at first, the beer does begin to feel heavy. A nice annual release overall.

Photo of santomark
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark amber color, dark golden, very reminiscent of a setting sunset.

Smell - HOPS, HOPS, and HOPS! Fruity, a touch of spice

Taste - Pleasantly hoppy, fruity, biscuit, and a spice finish

Mouthful - Medium semi heavy body, with a great lasting finish. I can taste it in between sittings.

Overall - Very good IPA, everything combined makes for a great beer. Like other reviews state, I can't get paste one of these without feeling full; however, the overall characteristics of the beer definitely allow you to enjoy it.

Photo of Gushue3
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone IRS glass.

A 1.5 finger fuzzy off white head forms and turns quite foamy. The body is a hazy orange with excellent carbonation. Lacing is left after the head goes down and leaves rocky bubbles of foam above the body. Looks very nice.

S Big ole tropical fruits jump out at you. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango take charge along with what smells to be a bitter citrus.

T Excellent citrusy and piney bitterness upfront that carries all the way to the finish. Lots of fruit the same as the nose comes out that's somewhat sweet but mainly bitter. The finish is piney, bitter and dry, this stuff is excellent. West Coast hops bring the nice fruity character along with a solid palate wrecking bitterness. Citra bomb, best of both worlds. So close to a 5

M Medium feel that's somewhat sticky and syrupy. There's a medium carbonation made up of smaller carbo bubbles that makes for an almost creamy sip. Feels good but a toned down sticky/syrup feel would definitely benefit the beer

O This is a great anniversary beer. Definitely a step up from Ruination that doesn't deviate from the original beer. Make this every year..

Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white frothy head with nice lacing on a crystal clear golden with slight amber hues body, perfect really.

S: very strong and full nosed flavor with floral and citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, tangerine, orange, mango and pineapple. slight oak mustiness, again, perfect really.

T: Flavor goes more to the piney and resiny side of an IPA. Alcohol is there but less noticeable as you drink this one. Bitterness is about as much as I can handle before it is too much to make it a good beer. caramel, citrus, grass and light herbal notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. A little sharp.

Overall: Very nice beer. If the pine was just a little milder it could be a 4.5 or 5 there as well. It hurts the drinkablity really. Still a must try brew.

Photo of Braz
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Only drawback is this is so heavy it sits in my chest for a bit.

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,126 ratings.