Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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Ratings: 5,118
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 290
Gots: 702 | FT: 5
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California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.
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Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper in color, wispy head that stays around, some lacing along the edges of the glass, spectacularly clear – 3.75, S: Amazingly hoppy nose – tons of pine and pink grapefruit, slight tartness and hint of bubblegum, heaven for a hop head - 4.75, T: Extremely bitter, lemon rind and pith, some syrupy caramel that has little chance of balancing the beer against all the hops, alcohol burn is evident and a little off-putting – 3.25, M: Quite creamy and medium bodied – 3.50, D: Enjoyable beer but a little lopsided in true Stone hop obsessed fashion, recommended for a drink – 3.50

Photo of LeRose
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle with a best by date of 11/03/13, poured into SA perfect pint, $7.99

Appearance was a deep bronze/brassy color. A good inch of white foamy head, died down to a layer that persisted to the bitter end. Very clear.

Smell was citrus, predominantly grapefruit peel, pine, resin. Some hay-like notes and toffee/caramel malt aromas.

Taste - well, the first sip went down hard. Very overpowering bitterness and some heat from the alcohol. Then some balance starts to kick in. Get the grapefruit, bitterness, pine/resin qualities and then an underlying sweetness that kind of ties things together. Still felt it quite heavy on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - it was medium bodied, well carbonated. Found it a bit tongue numbing, very dry and astringent. The bitterness lingers but it is OK. The astringency/drying effect lasted quite a while - bordered on being unpleasant.

Overall, it was a good beer to try, but not one I would seek out specifically. It seems a little bit one-dimensional and to me the bitterness overpowered some of the other hop qualities.

Photo of RSJames
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Looks beautiful, smells fantastic.

Unfortunately the taste doesn't hold up to the initial impression. Lots of citrus in the smell, but little in the taste. The pine taste hits you hard and lasts well after it's left the mouth. This is not a beer for the faint of heart or anyone that doesn't really, really love hops. It's good, but not as good as Enjoy By... When they say this is an aggressive, hoppy beer, believe them. If you're going to pair this with food - and it's not a beer best enjoyed by itself - it better be something bold with a good kick to it.

If you love smack-you-in-the-face hoppy, this is probably a great beer for you. If you prefer your aggressive hops delivered a bit more subtly, pass this one by.

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Two month old bottle. Tasted a bit ripe. Probably much better if it was more fresh.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 6/20/12

The color is a medium shade of sun-faded two-tone tobacco burst. Bubbles rise languidly; ultimately the billow three finger head isn't able to be maintained and it collapses slowly. Overall retention is a fairly thin, soapy layer. Not a whole lot of lace until later in the glass; even then there are only a few drippy sheets.

Scathing grapefruit and pine resin make for a seriously potent hop aroma. There are clean, almost tropical citrus notes rounding out the edges. Sweet bread takes up most of the malt's space, though there are notions of caramel and faint hints of dough and yeast. Overtones of alcohol.

Whew! The hops are rather strong at the beginning of each sip, but they grow in intensity in the mid-section and culminate in a brutal grapefruit and pine bitterness on the finish. Of all the DIPAs I've had, this is perhaps the most bitter while still retaining full hop flavor. The malts are reminiscent of sugar cookies and sweet biscuit. The finish manages to be reasonably dry despite the malts and alcohol.

The feel is slick with alcohol and loaded with hop oils and resin. Carbonation is appropriately moderate and restrained; then again, it might not have much of a choice against the intensity of the beer. Bitter hop flavor lingers for quite some time and tapers off in its own time.

Despite the fairly generous amount of malt, this is pretty tasty. Despite the alcohol heat, this is drinkable. That said, this is much better cold; it's a bit of a drag as it warms because the alcohol and malts start to become more appreciable. The hops were very well done; it's a shame they're run off by a piddly heat wave.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Clear. Small white head. Just some wisps on the surface.

Smell - Boozy, wow. Aggressive grapefruit and pine hop. Not a distinct hop profile, but nice. The malt profile is strong, but booze is more prominent.

Taste - Still really boozy. Grapefruit and some brighter citrus. Caramel malt is accentuated more than the sugars, although it retains some sweetness. A lot of booze, though. Aggressive bittering hops that build with each sip. Really boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavier than your average double IPA. Excessively boozy.

Overall - I definitely enjoy regular Ruination over this. Rough alcohol and not enough of a hop profile to justify it.

Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bright orange with a good bit of sticky white head.

The smell was light and citrusy with a bit of dry crackery malt sneaking through, not nearly as hoppy in the nose as I expected with all the talk of extra dry hopping.

The flavor had a bit of light bready malt poking through the onslaught of pine, grapefruit, herbal hop assault. Finishes very bitter, one of my friends described it as "this is what bitter tastes like"

The mouthfeel was very oily and resiny, thick and warm.

Kind of a fun Double IPA being severely Palate Wrecking and very big, the flavors you do get through the bitterness are quite good, I only wish they would have maybe diverted some of those bittering hops to even more dry hopping.

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance and great hoppiness levels.

Photo of harrymel
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not seeing the standard best by date on this one, but I know it to be fresh.

Pours orange with some light off-yellow soapy foam. Nose is citrusy grapefruit with plenty of weed and body odor. The malts come through in the nose more than anticipated with a crystal dominance and boozy sweetness. Bitter with a solid boozy character and a lingering citric rind flavor. Nice and sharp, but the hops seem to have difficulty dominating the malts here - this one is quite malty, almost some honey notes. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a watering finish. A nice beer, and glad it was the same price as standard Ruination (at least where I picked it up). If they were next to one another tomorrow, I'd buy the OG - cuz it's that fucking good.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured twice into a Medieval Manor pilsner glass.

A: Poured a honey orange color with 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Hazy with bubbles actively rising to the top. Rings of lacing coat the sides of the glass.

S: Like being hit in the face with a grapefruit. Hate to say this, but I'm getting a bit of cat pee in the nose too. Starts to get pretty strong as it warms.

T: Oh god it's... actually not quite as bitter as I remember Ruination being. Obviously still pretty bitter up front, but there's a seriously sweet, candylike malt hiding behind
that.

Bitterness lingers a long time. Like an ex who still hangs out with friends of your and so you still see them sometimes and hey, fuck you, I was going to go chill with Chris at Pat's house tonight so go back to your stupid little apartment in Brockton.

The cat pee leaks into the taste and gets a bit more pronounced as it warms.

M: Thick and resiny. I mean, very thick. There isn't much of a difference here between this and actual maple syrup.

O: I have no idea why I like this so much. I hate IPAs and everything about this is a punch in the fucking face. Well, I guess this is why I don't give up on certain styles even if I'm just not that into them. Occasionally you find one that really reaches out and smacks you.

Photo of Roman5150
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: golden orange with a subtle amber/ruby hue, 1 finger white head, some lacing

smell: pine heavy, citrus, some grapefruit, sweet malts, sugar, alcohol presence

taste: Very pine dominant, also with an earthy west coast sweet malt backbone, but it easily takes the back seat to the piney hop overload. I guess comparing it to normal Ruination, the alcohol obviously is a lot more pronounced. In my opinion, this is way too sweet, definitely on the sweeter side of the DIPA spectrum. The bitterness lingers and is very sharp and sweet. A little medicinal in the aftertaste. A little off balance, but that's the very obvious intention behind this hop bomb.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, thick syrupy body, more so than a Ruination

overall: Wow this beer got a lot of hype. Glad I picked up two of them, a very great beer for what it is, an extreme, huge hop bomb. Stone went all out on this, and it's pretty hard to rate this to style, it's sort of it's own unique thing. I think i may prefer Ruination to this, and by prefer I mean I could drink it more easily on a regular basis. This is something every hop head should seek out and try, but far from Stone's best beer. Glad I tried it, but I thought it could have been a little better. I would have liked more tropical, fruity, floral notes instead of straight pine and it seemed a little too sweet for my liking. However, it does do it's job, completely destroys your palate. I will drink my other one in a few days and possibly re edit my review.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on a whim last weekend to enjoy with the All Star game.

The beer pours a pumpkin shade of orange with a thick foamy ecru colored head that leaves thick gobs of lacing lining the empty glass. Immediately upon opening the bottle there was a very strong smell of grapefruit and citrus imparted by the hops. After pouring the scent opens a bit more displaying an undercurrent of caramel sweetness beneath the dominating hops.

The taste is every bit as hoppy and it is surprising just how strong the hops are with the high alcohol content. Pine and a very strong citrus flavor commands the flavor. The back end has someof the caramel malt flavor and it mirrors the scent very well. Finishes with a strong hop bite. The alcohol content is hidden and makes no appearance in flavor or scent. The mouthfeel is on the slightly heavier side of medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

All about the hops, but you knew this before checkout. Enjoyed if not the most unique. A hop fiends' must try.

Photo of Jekyll
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops" Nice! Pretty much describes it. This beer starts out looking impressive and smells amazing and at first tastes great. Great turns to good as I struggle to finish the 22 oz bomber. Hops truly overpower any trace of a malt backbone. At near 11%abv it is not disguised and hits you in the face at the halfway point both in feel and in taste. Have to knock it down 1/2 a point for tasting the booziness of the beer. Otherwise an outstanding offering any hopheads should experience.

Photo of SkiBum22
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer is a deep golden amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is solid with a primarily grapefruit and pine hop scent that has a resin hint. A hint of alcohol and not a lot of malt presence.

T - Big pine flavor with huge bitterness mixed with some caramel malt flavor that adds a bit of sweetness, but not too much.

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

O - This beer does live up to it's name. It's the most destructive IPA on my pleat that I've ever experienced. Good beer but does not live up to the hype for me.

Photo of eclipse54
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle split into tulips.

Pours a bright copper color with about an inch or so of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Solid retention and gobs of lacing. The aroma is of orange and grapefruit citrus, earthen hops, wet dirt and grass, and some bitter and floral hops. It tastes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus galore. Some earthen notes in the middle, and some sweeter candied fruits. A bit of boozy ethanol towards the end. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, full-bodied in terms of flavor yet thin in consistency. Finishes clean with some warming ethanol. Overall, this was a great showcase of the glory of hops, but the amount of ethanol pulling through was a bit of a disappointment. It seemed to dominate the aftertaste, and really stand out in the mouth. A lot of great things going for this one, but just too much raw alcohol coming through for me.

Photo of mhksuccess
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well i will review this years and say that it was not near as good as the year before
i had it on tap and it pour nice color and about 1/2 inch head
smell was nice
but the taste is something off from last year where it had a nice hop bite and
citrus after but this time seem more malty and not as pungent
the mouthfeel was good but still lack from last years and
overall this was a disappointment would not get again
just did not live up to what they put out last year

Photo of BA_Berto
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A beautiful copper color, and when poured into my Jester King glass, had one finger of lacing.

S- Citrus, and wood.

T- Pine, grapefruit, hops, booze

M- With the ABV that this beer brings in, you can expect that it doesn't feel watered down. A nice mouth feel, but not as viscous as the big stouts.

O- Not bad for $8. Stone is always a solid performer, and they didn't disappoint once again. If you like hops, you will enjoy this flavorful brew.

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a cloudy burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that reduced down to a large puddle and collar of residue, and had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of pine and resin hops, grain malts and a soapy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit and orange), caramel and a mild apricot sweetness.

The taste was a little sweet and a tad bitter with a hint of caramel and a mild fruity ester at first, and then had a serious hoppy citrus bitterness along with a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an very long time after the swallow with a nice bitter and mild sweet hoppiness settling in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body with a dry yet slightly oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a very well put together brew with tons of flavor and a smooth feel, which just complimented the mildly sweet bitterness...

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 & 2014

A: Poured from bottle to tulip. Pours a copper/orange with an off white head that holds for quite a while but doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Smell is very pleasing with sweet caramel and huge citrus.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with a sweet caramel front and a strong pine and citrus hop finish. The alcohol is very present in this beer.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a very dry finish.

O: A good DIPA, not the best and far from the worst but a very good brew non the less..

Photo of RickS95
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clearish amber orange color. It's a thicker looking pour than what's left in the glass, but despite it's darkish color, there's no haze and not entirely opaque. The head lacks size and retention. Nothing to see here, carry on.

There's a pleasant smell in the snifter somewhere, but it seems a bit shy. A few swirls (should I really have to do this to pick up the scent) brings out a flowery, fruity garden of pine, orange, and grapefruit. More swirls and the pine dominates.

Very malty, but I guess it has to be to play with hops like this. Bready, crackerlike taste, followed by an onslaught of pine and resin and oil and everything else that comes with hops. In the swallow, you're teased with some orange and grapefruit before the alcohol punches you.

Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's actually fairly smooth for what it is. There's plenty of body, despite the looks and there's a gentle sweetness from the malt before you lose feeling in your tongue from the hop party. There's a splash of citric acid in the finish just before the heat from the alcohol burns it away and the hop resins and oils ambush your palate.

It took a while to get going, but it's pretty good, particularly if you like hop bombs. Much better than Ruination IPA. The alcohol shows up sparingly with some ho hum heat, but this beer is moderately smooth and could get you in trouble with the ABV if you're not paying attention (and your palate can handle it).

Photo of charlzm
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on July 4th, 2014 (hoppy Independence Day!) from a 2 ounce bomber with a bottled on date marked June 14th, 2014. This three week old beer was poured into a big, tall Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer was brilliantly clear and made a fairly dense off-white head three fingers high. Good looking beer.

Smell was dank and properly hoppy (pine, citrus, moist herbs) though not especially tantalizing.

Flavor was malt-forward (?!?), with a big, strong backbone of sturdy caramel. Hops were there, sure, providing balance to the unexpected sweetness, but not washing over the palate like the lupulin tsunami I had been expecting. Hop flavors were intermingled and indistinct: muddled, save for a readily discernible bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a little thicker than anticipated but nowhere near as oily or resiny as I had been prepared for.

This is a surprisingly balanced and drinkable beer for its big ABV. Don't let the bottle scare you off; the hop presence in this beer is significant but controlled, almost exactly like drinking hop tea would not be. I wasn't especially impressed.

Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 17 July 2012 as 10th Anniversary Ruination, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear golden orange, with a nice two-finger golden-yellow head. Good retention, excellent lacing. Good stuff all around.

Smell is floral hops and a strong melony sweet malt aroma. I like the combination, but the hops aren't as dominant as I'd expect in a beer the brewery touts as over-the-top. The hops I do get are rather juicy and citrusy.

Taste is similar to the smell, followed by a dose of bitterness that's below what I was anticipating. It's big and sweet, definitely balanced, tipping towards malty. Lots of fruity flavors come through, a blend of the hops and the sweetness of the malts. Melon, oranges, a touch of tropical fruit. Decently tasty. Alcohol is obvious, but doesn't detract much from the flavor. Finishes, hmm, bitter, I suppose, but not exactly palate-ruining.

Good mouthfeel - big, sticky, carbonation on the low end. Not bad, not particularly memorable.

I dunno, maybe I'm spoiled, living in the land of Abrasive. This is a good DIPA, but nothing about it wowed me. Definitely on the malty side, not surprising at almost 11%. But the hops were not showcased particularly well, IMO.

Photo of utopiajane
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fantastic deep amber orange with a rambunctious head of off white foam that sat aloft for quite some time before it fell to a thick cap and ring. Left plenty of nice lace to decorate the soon to be empty glass. This beer was simply handsome. The color was rich and it had plenty of clarity. There were tiny bubbles that wafted up not just in the center but all over, making me wonder just how big is the bottom of that glass? Nose is big citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Has a terrific malt caramel sweetness that's dry and sugary. There's bread in there too, pine and earth. Touch of spice to liven it and a good perfume from the hops. Touch of alcohol on the nose. Taste is bitter up front with plenty of juicy and ripe fruit that is sweet enough to make you feel safe. Then the malt, deep, full & bready and carries all that oil and resin to the back palate and before you can think too hard the bitter really peaks. The hops oil and resin linger at the back of the throat, piney and with a touch of alcohol. There's grapefruit, there's a little pepper and even a little onion. It feels sticky and it even feels thick on the palate. The tropical fruits are combined into a punch like quality but there is some melon and orange.

As it warms the malt becomes heavy and little sweet for my taste and the bitter is a bit loud. The fruits were forthright but they lost to the oily pine. Hints of nutty qualities as it warmed. They made a very big beer. A hop bomb, a huge fat hoppy beer. It's pretty good.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Dirty orange color, hazy and thick looking. Big white head and lacing like artwork.

S- Big citrus hop bomb, grapefruit. Pine tree resin, sweet malts and lots of alcohol.

T- Malty sweet with citrus hop overload. The alcohol is very forward and the sweetness fights through the hops.

M- Thick full feel. Resinous and beautifully bitter to the end. It is too cloyingly sweet and alcohol forward thus lacking balance.

0- I feed on hop bomb beers. This one delivers the hop fix. Its problems lie in the sweetness and alcohol overkill. I want to love it and rate it higher but it needs a tone down.

Photo of B33R501
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty color but too pale. mellow hoppy aroma could be bigger. big pineapple, mango, pine, very fresh and juicy, lots and lots of hop juice flavor on a pale malt background. gets a little earthy halfway thru. decent mouthfeel and bitterness. not sweet but a little too juicy for me. i prefer my ipas bone dry, and more bitter with the obvious exception being heady topper.

good, but im much more into stouts and barrel aged beers this year. and i do prefer regular runination. nice to try, but dont need another.

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