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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

833 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 833
Hads: 5,510
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 318
Gots: 912 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
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: 833 | Hads: 5,510
Photo of thecheapies
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Really pretty peach amber color. Extreme clarity for a DIPA. Head looks great at over an inch, although it only took a minute or so to fall to a quarter of its size. Foam almost has a light peach color itself. Looks immensely beautiful.

Great nose! Loads of fresh hops and residual hop oils and pine and citrus pith and hop resin. Smells dank and rich with humulus. There's a squeak of booze in the nose, as well, reminding me that we're almost pushing 11% here. Bitter orange, melon, tangerine, and papaya. As it warms, it picks up more of that leafy green fresh hop aroma.

Crushingly hoppy. Very bitter in the opening, followed by woody pine, mellow grapefruit, orange, light tropical notes, and the swelling intensity of booze. Finishes with more booze, a crash of latent bitterness, and a big beefy caramel malt at a near barleywine magnitude. All the goodness of Ruination and more. Extra burn, extra oiliness, extra pine wallop. That malt is huge, though, but only wants to show up in the finish. Eases the swallow, all the more so. Has a leafiness to it that Ruination doesn't really feature. Spicy with hops. Booze isn't helping that matter.

Besides a wicked booze burn after the sip, body and carbonation works like a great tandem to power through this big drink. A little sticky, but providing some nice girth in the body, otherwise. Effervescence really carries out each mouthful and swallow. Right about how you'd hope a 10.8% IIPA to feel like, minus pipe dreams.

An exercise in futility for the non-hophead. A hop lover's delight. This beer ranks somewhere north of 'Insane'. Besides all that mumbo-jumbo, it's simply a really great beer. Totally satisfying. Leaves absolutely nothing to be desired for the style. It's just mega. You can either handle 'mega' or you can't. Either way, this beer would sit on the shelf another hour or so before being snagged by someone who loves 'mega'. (1,904 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. The Drink By date is mostly rubbed off but I think it reads 08/28/13

A- Pours a rubyish amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains nicely before slowly shrinking to an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Glorious aroma of hops that's so fresh, I feel like I just stuck my nose into a bag of hop pellets. Somehow earthy and citrusy at the same time but intense all around. A bit musty and there's an alcohol fume that's noticeable after a few short sharp sniffs.

T- Bitterness is restrained at first as the grassy, wet hops contribute their complex flavor but then the bite sinks in hard and doesn't let go. The alcohol is remarkably restrained letting the alpha acids strut their stuff without any interference. The malt is there but just merely to keep the hops in check.

M- Very sharp but in the best of ways with a lingering bite. Medium carbonation and a surprisingly hefty body.

O- Even with the high expectations, this is one awesome DIPA. Dangerously drinkable as well. Pretty much everything you could want from the style (1,126 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - I've never seen a beer so crystal clear before! It is a beautiful copper/auburn shade that is accompanied by a stream up effervescence that is only reminiscent in a fine champagne like Salón, Cristal, etc. The stream bends with every swirl of the glass. This leaves behind a 1/4" head and lacing that sticks to all sides of the glass.

S - The aroma displays a lot of resin and pine. It is almost, in essence, the smell of tree sap. It is not as citrus forward as "Enjoy By". This one is a lot more concentrated. There is a hint of alcohol, but its very suppressed. Maybe a touch of grapefruit, but more of the initial aromas standout.

T - This is a very well-balanced beer. It's flavors are exactly as it smells, but with a malt-like backbone. The hops create a bitterness on the back of the tongue that leaves you just short of shivering. Perfect for me!

M - Medium astringency and carbonation are the first two things I notice about the mouthfeel. It supplies an oily coating to the palate and a finish that continually lingers for upwards of a minute. It's hard not to love this brew.

O - Stone knocked it out of the park! This is a completely different monster than the "Enjoy By". Don't expect a ton of fruit. But if you are looking for a malt-driven, pine-like, hoppy DIPA, look no further....RuinTen is here! (1,327 characters)

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. (712 characters)

Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

O: A good beer, but give me Enjoy By anyday. This beer just needs some of the alcoholic tendencies honed down and this good beer could be a great beer. Nothing bad about it and interesting no doubt. (1,300 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured Ruinten into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The liquid pours amber color with a full two fingers of creamy white head.

S - Getting hop resin right off the bat, grapefruit, pine, hops more hops. Stuff smells really good here.

T - Ok now, this may be the best IPA I have had to date. This thing is very hoppy but so smooth crisp and refreshing, smooth malt balance it out nicely. It has a lot of pine, grapefruit, fresh hops. It has everything you want in a premium IPA. Quality stuff here my friend.

M - Perfect mouthfeel for this brew. Medium carbonation, silky smooth, maybe slight chewy. Awesome mouthfeel. Love the stuff. It has some body to it.

O - Very nice beer. If your into Imperial IPA's please grab a few of these you won't be disappointed. Highly Recommended! Cheers!! (781 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at the Bushnell's Basin Hess.

Pours a murky bright golden orange, with a one inch foamy head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells like rubbing alcohol, sugary malts, and searing pine hops.

This is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, it doesn't mess around. But, to its detriment, it's also super sugary and boozy, making it quite hard to drink. Some lemon pledge and weed-covered pine needle tastes berate the tongue, with a ton of stinging booze. Some sweet almost barleywine like malt flavors as well, plus a shredding bitterness near the end of each sip. There's some weird earthy flavors too that are reminiscent of onion. This is an extreme beer, and tastes relatively good for about 5-6 oz, then gets to be way too much.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very present alcohol.

This one is for people who need their palates to be annihilated. It's one of the strongest, booziest, hoppiest IPAs I've ever had. (965 characters)

Photo of mrchrisray
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

a) little head, with little retention, small amount of lacing. clear orangey amber in color with light carbonation.

s) resinous hops with some sweetness, hints of citrus and florals.

t) intense resinous hops, but hides the 10.8% alcohol pretty well. well balanced flavors.

m) still intense but surprisingly light in the mouth, thin and smooth overall with a coarse hops bite up front.

o) good, flavorful, and surprisingly easy to drink for being strong. i want to enjoy every sip. (484 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

#300

P: Crystal clear body with a silky white top.

S: Juicy tropical fruit bouquet that is encased in lime leaves. Pineapple, melon, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T/M: Succulent juicy tropical fruits, toasted sesame seeds, oak funk, old leather, spiced rum and herbs. Spicy medium mouthfeel that bites back.

O: Huge tropical hops and toasty malts. What's not to love. This is by far one of the best impy's I've had. Succulent and smooth. Great way to celebrate a anniversary. Cheers! (489 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DRINK BY 09/12/13

A: Pours a copper/amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly creeps down to a thin cap

S: Pretty hoppy, with some nice pine, citrus, and earthy notes. Some light maltiness behind that

T: Holy hops. Starts off very hoppy and just keeps it up. Piney, citrusy goodness with barely a semblance of malt to back up the hops. Bitter throughout and into the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly oily and slick

O: Now this is a hop bomb if I've ever seen/drank one. The malts provide barely enough backing, but the point of the beer was to be a hop monster, which it is. Impressively drinkable for nearly 11% and being so damn hoppy. Decent price-point at under $8 for a bomber. I'm glad this will be an annual release now. This will definitely cure any insatiable thirst for hops (848 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark caramel with a big foamy off white head.

S: Sweet tangerine. There is orange peel, grapefruit and citrus all present. It is definitely a hop forward beer! Juicy!!

T: Oh man!! Topical fruit right at the front of the tongue. Tangerine, a little mango, pineapple then comes big pine, resin and earth. Super dry bitter finish that is oh so very long. Starts out sweet on the tip of your tongue before an all out assault of hops!!! This hop presence sits fat on your tongue. A little citric acid makes your mouth water for more. BITTER!!

M: Towards the heavier end of medium bodied. No carbonation and i can't say enough about how good the finish it.

O: This takes ruinination and thrashes it up!! Bitter, bitter pine and earth. This is completely unbalanced. The tropical fruit keeps your mouth salivating for more and the hops definitely deliver! And i cant say enough about the finish. It seems to come in waves. Awesome beer!! /96 (944 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - I don't think I've ever seen a beer with this look to it. The deep copper tone was infused with a fiery red that I can only imagine would mirror the color of the Stone Gargoyle's demonic eyes. This, more than the smell, portends the assault that is to come. The head is thick, and quickly recedes to a thin file that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.

S - A bubbling cauldron of hops. I can barely detect pine and citrus elements, but with a kick. No particular scent dominates, but, like the smell, it prepares the consumer for things to come.

T - Not for the faint at heart. The taste explodes from the first sip. It's boldness to the max, and takes a little while to adjust to. After about 6 swallows I'm still blown away by the bitterness that just keeps coming. It's not exclusively bitter though, and is well balanced.

M - Really nice. I take a big mouthful, swallow half, then savor the other half. It isn't pillowy or carbonated, just a really nice medium-full bodied drinking experience.

O - This joins the elite cadre of beers that is greater than the sum of its parts. This category may well be titled "experience", as this bomber is in fact an experience. The alcohol doesn't reveal itself significantly in the flavor, but I could feel it after only a few swallows. This, along with it's (slightly) tamer brother are drinking experiences that few other beers have been able to imitate. (1,410 characters)

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. (558 characters)

Photo of Jayman931
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale

A -Nice orange/amber color...white head that dissipates

S - Great smell....I use a Zombie Dust scale...zombie is 5.0....this is 4.5
Nice floral and hop smell....very very nice

T - Just a great beer...Carnal malts..then milt carbonation and great bittering hops (not sure what they used)

M- mildly warm but not annoying....medium feel and a little bubbly

O- Love it...it was my 3rd beer in a flight so it may have set a little longer than I would have wanted but if you are in a bar with this beer its a must. (549 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass. It poured a slight head and a copper color. Good clarity with some lacing.

S: This beer has an awesome pungent bitter smell with a variety of hops on the nose. You catch some malt and slight citrus on the back-end. Really the power of the bitter overpowers me from discerning any further.

T: High alcohol content is noticeable with this brew. You get some malt with mainly a strong bitter taste that mirrors the smell. Don't drink this one expecting to taste other beers after it; there is a good reason this is know as an IPA crusher

M: I get a medium to heavy body on this IPA. More body than I am used to with Stone beers but still remarkably drinkable.

O: Worth a buy if you are a hop head as this is a blast on the palate. Really an outstanding stand-alone brew but not really a good beer to pair with anything. Another amazing Stone creation (884 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a high degree of clarity. More than two fingers' worth of foam in the head, and it leaves behind an intricate pattern of lacing. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of Ruination: A big, pungent burst of tree sap, grapefruit, and caramel malt. This was very impressive to me when Ruination was one of the few DIPAs I had yet tried, but it doesn't "wow" me that much anymore. Supposedly they dry-hopped with Citra, but I'm getting none of the tropical faire associated with that hop.

The flavor is super-hop-forward, as expected, but there's a very sturdy malt body adding a good deal of sweetness. That 10.8% ABV is noticeable with plenty of malt sugars to spare. What it isn't is boozy, though. Hardly a trace of fusels on the finish. Huge grapefruity presence upfront followed by malt sweetness that manages to punch through the bitterness. Most IPAs fare well in terms of mouthfeel provided they aren't under or over carbonated, and Stone got it right. Very fine carbonation that's just the slightest bit sharp. Otherwise, it's smooth, slick, and has a heft that points to the high-gravity nature of this beer.

"Ruination on steroids" - that pretty much sums up RuinTen. I'd also liken it to Hoptimum, although much better executed in terms of hiding the alcohol. Big malt and big hops. (1,309 characters)

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. (516 characters)

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. (799 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright flourescent orange with sticky lacing at the edges and a dusty powdering at the top.

S: Aroma of rich sticky clementine, orange peel and pine. Some sweet malt but a powerful hop presence sets the tone.

T: Wow, this is a sticky IPA! Sweet but bittered with a fury that I have not tasted in a while. Sweet clementine bitterness along with sticky pine resin. Malt backbone is relatively nice pale malt and a crystal malt sweetness . The finish is slightly bitter but not tannic , just earthy.

M: Highly carbonated for a 10.8% abv. not stinging and medium bodied.

O: Overall this is delicious. Id be hard pressed to find a DIPA fresh right now in the New England area that is more bitter and refreshing at the same time as this is right now. (761 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Three finger offwhite head that fades to 2 cm pillow--with excellent lacing all around--and sits atop a glowing, translucent marmalade-colored body.

S: Tropical it is. Massive skunky mangoes and pineapple, with a light pine backbone.

T: Same as the nose (mango and pineapple up front), with a hugely bitter grapefruit addition, and even more bitter citrus zest in the finish. Some fine pine lingers as well. Definitely not for lupulinphobics.

M: What you (I) want out of a AIPA--creamy and syrupy. The ABV heat is definitely not hidden, but it's not overpowering either.

Excellent, readily available beer. Does not disappoint. (665 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of BobaFret
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A deep orange/amber with a thick, creamy head.

S - Tropical fruits, sweet citrus/grapefruit, slightly piney/resiny. Awesome.

T - Strong grapefruit and pine with a nice malty, hoppy, bitter finish. The grapefruit lingers as well.

M - Super smooth, medium body. Goes down nicely.

O - Fantastic. A big, bold but superbly balanced DIPA. I'm gonna say it: just as good as Heady Topper. (388 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This son of a gun is a beast! Like, roar! This done thang is like a Prius with a V8; it's all kinds of smooth and subtle, yet at the same time - bingo bango! It come with a wallop. Raul done like it, but he won't put it in his trophy case of the best.

Kind of like Miss Alabama; sorry baby, you just missed it. (312 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish pale honey hue with a now white cap with descent lacing and a touch of alcohol legs.

Hops glorious hops and that is what i want from this. grapefruit pine tropical fruits and more citrus rind.

subtle sweet malt is run over by all off the Hops glorious hops. grapefruit rind on point with piney resony and tropical and HOPS glorious hops.

Well Wow, drinks like a pedestrian ipa, though nothing pedestrian about this glorious brew.

Crack drink repeat! (471 characters)

Photo of KristineT
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap and in a bottle. Busy weekend! The appearance is a beautiful copper color. The smell is crisp "C" hops with a hint of malty goodness. The taste follows suit with grapefruit from the hops and carmel and light brown sugar from the malt. The mouthfeel is pleasant with a slight glycerin slipperiness. Overall I am super excited about this beer. It is big, 10.8% abv, so I did take my time sipping it slow. (425 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.