Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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Ratings: 5,087
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 282
Gots: 685 | 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 billab914
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. Orange amber in color with a thick white foam filling the top two inches of the glass. Good head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma has a fantastic hoppiness to it. It's got a bit of an orange creamsicle like flavor to it that I'm really liking. There is some tropical fruit flavors that give it a fruit punch like quality. Pineapple, peach and mango flavors all seem to come out. Awesome hoppy flavors overall.

The taste follows through with even more of the really great juicy, tropical fruit, hop flavors. It's juicier and sweeter up front with more of a peach and mango fruit presence. The finish is more bitter with a little more of a resiny, citrus rind bitterness. I don't get much alcohol at all, which really impresses me since it's over 10%.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was one of the best hoppy beers I've ever had. It definitely can hold it's own against any of the top beers of the style. Here is to hoping Stone decides to make this one more frequently in the future.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 bomber from Bourbon Street, Lebanon.

Hazy orange with a bright center, topped by a big billowing rocky snow white head. Good sticky lace. The beer settles into incredible clarity and a new penny copper color. An abundance of carbonation streams.

Big bold inviting citrus aroma: grapefruit, lemon and a grove full of oranges.

Thick sweet caramel slathers the tongue, laying down a big foundation . Juicy fruit explodes throughout the mouth. Big bitter bear trap at the swallow which lingers like the last piano note of "Day in the Life" on SGT. PEPPER. Echo of alcohol with minor warming in the afterglow.

Medium-plus mouthfeel carries everything along smoothly. Even creamy, not a term automatically associated with DIPAs.

Big fan of Stone, and Ruination in particular. This anniversary version exceeded my expectations. Join the celebration.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear amber/orange in color. Two inch bone-white head settles into a thin crown. A thick, sticky ring and some spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass as the head recedes.

S: Mango, pineapple, and fleshy mandarin orange. Whiff of aromatic pine needles. Grapefruit in the background. Earthy and leafy hop scents as well. Tropical esters and a touch of peppery alcohol. Vague hints of a biscuity malt base. A good nose, but not as raw and in-your-face as one would expect, given the excessive amount of hops used in this beer.

T: Resiny bitterness shows flashes of grapefruit rind here and there. This beer is intensely bitter from the start, and it never relents. Hop tastes turn very spicy and herbal toward the mid-palate. Big hit of mint and pine needles. Earthy and leafy with hints of tobacco. Some of that soapy sort of taste you get from intensely hoppy beers too. Almost a bit catty and onion-like as well. Flashes of tangerine, pineapple, and other citrus fruits come to the forefront intermittently. Dry biscuity malt tastes barely make it through the hop onslaught. Spicy alcohol toward the finish. Bitter, oily, earthy, and herbal hop tastes still have a vice-like grip on the tongue well into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Slick with hop oils, abrasively astringent and enamel-scraping. Warming all the way down into the stomach.

O: This one is not for the faint of heart. It isn't just hoppy; it's rip-your-taste buds-out hoppy. Beer nerds cleaned this off the shelf in less than a week around here, and now I understand why. This beer is the next big entry into the great West Coast Hop-Bomb pissing contest. Think of the American hop-head beer nerd as a lover of spicy food. Right now, this is the ghost chili pepper. You can't become a member of the elite hop-head club until you've endured the agony of having your tastes buds ripped out and your tooth enamel stripped off by this beer. I haven't had a beer this hoppy in a long time. Perhaps it lacks finesse, but it makes up for it with brute force. I enjoyed it, though I found it to be a bit over-the-top.

Notes: It goes without saying that this beer would be the perfect accompaniment to a very spicy dish.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s no secret that Stone has a love affair with hops – and for that, I have a love affair with Stone. This, though, has been named the mac-daddy of all hoppy Stone brews…and holy hell, am I excited I got it fresh. To liquid HOPS!

Apparently, this beer fades a little over a month after the date of this tasting (“Enjoy by 08.23.12” laser etching is very visible).

A: A shimmering burnt-orange body pours thick from the bottle, covered by a thick inch of off-white foam. It isn’t the biggest head, but it’s certainly thick as hell – a bold milky-silkiness that doesn’t look like it’s going to be reducing its size anytime soon. Patches of filmy lacing everywhere around the glass.

S: Sweet Jesus, I can smell this from ten feet away – and it’s GLORIOUS! Dank, piney hops make every whiff a maddeningly mouthwatering experience: grapefruit rind, citrus pulp, and pure resin. Some rich caramel malt somehow manages to peek through, showing honey and thick toffee beneath the tidal wave of hops. Exquisitely pleasing.

T: As soon as I took a drink, my ears started to tingle a bit and my face got a little warm – damn, that’s a lot of hops. It hits like a kick of horseradish, clearing out your sinuses and peppering anything you eat for the next week with a taste of pine sap, candied orange, grapefruit rind, and resin. Somehow, though, it never gets to be too much. I’d imagine that some beers that can get too hoppy – this possibly being one of them – but nothing about this screams overdose. There are a few instances of ultra-hopped solvent notes, but I think it’s accentuated by the keen flavors of clean alcohol that float all around this palate. As far as malts go, you can tell there’s tons of caramel lying under the hops as a foundation; however, all I’m getting on that front is a bit of maple and caramel breadiness, like a crisp, sweet graham cracker. Finish is dry as hell, leaving the palate reeling with the oily residue of intense hops.

M: As all Stone beers go, it’s crisp and palatable. Very well done here; any more thickness and it would be too much for me.

O: Tasty beer for a tasty event – I can dig ten more years of Stone bravado, and probably more. Though I’ll probably celebrate with a standard Ruination next time, this anniversary ale has certainly stolen my heart when it comes to hop tribute. Damn straight.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking, orange/tan and clear, nice lasting head and great lace.

Aroma is just amazing. You can smell the oily hops rising off the head. Monster pine and grapefruit. Fruity citrus notes.

Taste is an amazing hop bomb from the ninth layer of light beer hell! This is what BMC drinkers have to consume when the devil wins their soul in a poker game! Great big hop cones blast your taste buds with amazing flavors of citrus (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines), pine, pine resin, a lovely sweetness, and a great malty base.

Well carbonated with a pretty rich, full mouthfeel. Not dry at all, finishes pretty sweet for a double IPA. Lingering sweetness and bitterness.

I've read the reviews and I don't really concur that there's a noticeable alcohol presence. I don't detect it, I think it's pretty damn smooth stuff considering the ABV.

In a word - Stone. That's all that really needs to be said.

Congratulation on ten years of one of the best IPAs, and best breweries on the planet!

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

Ruination is simply a great beer. While anythign can be improved, you can only do so much. Here, Stone has notched up the hops and the malt, but the extent to which one can perceive the change is limited. Pungent citrus hops are, as expectedly, in your face from the start. Malt is a bit sweeter than the regular Ruination, with some cotton-candy stickyness in the background. A big beer that drinks very, very big.

Photo of Jsenay
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from draft into a tulip

A - Deep golden in color with a frothy head that just sits forever. Heavy lacing.

S - Lots of cascade hops for sure. Lots. Grapefruit, resin, pine, citrus

T - All citrus with a heavy hop flavor. Nice full pine and citrus fruit esters. Very nice resinous linger of flavors.

M - Super smooth and creamy up front with a thick center and ridiculously fruity and dry bitter finish.

O - Another delicious hop bomb from Stone. The strength is hidden by the overwhelming hop flavors and never got to a point where it was too overbearing with the 10 oz. pour. One and done with this beer though.

Photo of azdback
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ruination pint glass. Appearance is a very clear and light orange colored. Head is a large three fingers of creamy delight. The head is bright white and lace is huge and gonna be here a while.

Smell is fantastic. Citrus peel of maybe an orange or a tangerine. Some pineapple and sugar. Pine notes and hop cones. Did I mention fantastic yet?

Taste is actually quite malty. Regular Ruination has quite a large malt bill itself so this isn't that much of a surprise. This is though much heavier on everything else. There is a huge mixture of a yellow grapefruit and a blood orange her. Super sweet and bitter at the same time. The Citra hops have left the building by now. I had this last month and it was a different animal. Too bad it took a month to get this in Arizona. Still quite tasty though.

Mouth is crisp but smooth. Carbonation is on the spritzy side. body is balanced and the finish is long and on the wet side for an IPA/IIPA.

Overall I really liked this last month. It has dropped off quite of bit since then but I still want to emphasize how good this beer is. It's a shame that the great flavor of Citra doesn't last very long in any beer. This is one I will be very curious to try in a few month or even a year or two just to see how is has changed but my advise is to drink it as fresh as possible. A must seek out!!

Photo of barnzy78
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber shared with my dad, who is new to craft! Poured a copper-orange color with a foamy ivory head that holds good retention and leaves some good chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are grapefruit, caramel, tropical, slight biscuit and toasted grain, some booze. Tastes are rich dank hop resin, pine, pungent grapefruit, caramel sweetness, honey, mango, booze. Mouth-feel is full bodied, chewy, syrupy, oily, resiny, finishes bitter but sweet also. Nice balance. Overall, I love that they amped up this one! 7.7% ABV for the regular Ruination is on the lower end of ABV's for bottled DIPA's these days. I thought this was spot-on and so glad I got my hands on a bottle!

Photo of Beaver13
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours clear reddish gold with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny, peppery and dank hops and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of alcohol. Some fruits come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts and fruit with a resiny, floral, slightly charred hop finish with lots of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I think the additional malts (and alcohol) make this seem a little more balanced and less one-dimensional than the regular Ruination. A fun big resiny hop bomb.

Photo of hagbergl
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was excited to be able to taste this limited release anniversary beer celebrating 10 whole years since Stone released the alternately famous/infamous Ruination. Had this in a Boulevard tulip glass at the Salty Pig in Boston's Back Bay.

A (4/5): Stone's Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA pours a translucent orange color with a creamy off white head of one and a half fingers. Looks very nice.

S (4/5): Aromas of grapefruit and pine rise up from the glass. Sounds pretty standard for an IPA, right? Yeah, well these particular smells are QUITE a bit bolder, more pungent, and deeper than what you find in the run-of-the-mill IPA crop. Can't help but be impressed. Ruination 10th Anni. also features an interesting dankness. (Perhaps the beer's intense aromas are augmented by the generous alcohol content?)

T (4.5/5): 10th Anni's flavor follows its smell: it is piney, grapefruity, super-hopped up in the foretaste. There is a little bit of boozy alcohol flavor (to be expected in a beer this big), but it is clean and doesn't get in the way. The finish is long, with lots of hop resin flavors and a residual sweetness that calls to mind Stone Old Guardian Barleywine. Excellent flavor.

M (4/5): The beer has a medium body with medium-low carbonation. A little piney prickliness on the tongue and some resinous feel in the back due to the hop oils. Definitely not an easygoing, mild-mannered ale here, but this is Stone we're talking about.

Overall (4/5): This is a very good high ABV American Double IPA that is worthy of the Stone Brewing name: it is one aggressive hop monster. I hope to find a bomber of this to snatch up and drink greedily.

Photo of dmatsui
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour into a tulip glass from a bomber yields a nice, off-white one finger head with low retention. Doesn't leave much lacing but has some nice alcohol legs. Classic west coast IPA; beautiful hazy orange.

Sweet, juicy and very tropical hops bombard the nose. There are definitely some grassy, earthier notes as well. The hope presence is very citric and a small swirl releases the dankier and spicier notes.

Strong punch of big hops, very citric and acidic. Nice rindy lemon notes are forward with some complexities such as mango and bell pepper. The heat from the booze definitely livens things up a bit, as the spiciness leads to a very citron-vodka-esque nature. The bitterness of the hops negates the malt backbone, which is just present enough to let the hops shine.

Mouthfeel is pleasant with enough oil to match the dryness. Good carbonation. Bitterness and booze persists throughout.

Definitely a big winner from Stone. There is a slight imbalance to the brew, and may perhaps just be a touch too bitter. However, this is purposefully a HUGE beer, definitely take your time with it.

Photo of rangerred
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Appearance is a slightly hazy dark orange with a tiny bit of lace on top in place of a head.

The smell is absolutely wonderful. A wonderful mix of pine and citrus. Lots of pineapple. Just a hint of alcohol. A very inviting aroma.

The flavor is just a wall of hops. Unbelievable bitterness with the pine and citrus halfway buried by the bitterness. There are really no malt flavors at all as it is completely hops. A touch solventy and I don't think the alcohol is very well hidden. I can definitely tell this beer is almost 11% abv. Mouthfeel is full and fairly sticky.

Overall, while this is an impressive brew I really can't say I like it over Ruination of even Stone IPA. It is a little too one dimensional and over the top. Probably won't pick up again but I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cadmium orange, good clarity, with a moderate rise of effervesce. Bready oatmeal white head retains nicely and sticks well on the vessel.

S: Fresh grapefruit juice with a touch of pine and fresh oranges have a good level of aromatic level.

T: Dry pine, grapefruit, toasted dry grains, strongly hopped, but smooth, bitter and evenly refined. Flowery bite of dry hops, toasted dry grain base, with strong grassy-lemon dryness.

M: Good fullness, sticky and syrupy consistency, softly carbonated. Bitter pine and soft alcohol warmth.

O: Enjoyable palate wrecking 2x ipa. Few could argue its assertive and aggressive dry hop nature that is overall balanced pretty well with the malt base.The hop fade is rather quick off the tongue but thats ok because it delivers a blunt amount of hops upfront that will leave you satisfied. Overall i would say this is very good, but find it hard to limit its flavor score of just a 4.0, smoothly bitter, well balanced, assertive hoppiness.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this limited brew arrives a light golden brown color with a half finger of off white head with plenty of carbonation to keep it aloft

S - I'm in for some hops, but the smell was far more balanced than I expected, the hops were of the piney and grapefruit variety, however there was some nondescript sweetness layered in

T - citrus hops dominate, big grapefruit at first, which battles with some strong candied sugar flavors, just as I thought the taste was over a strong citrus punch that is distinctively orange

M&D - the velvety tongue coating IBU's, the big grapefruit, the pine, this is a HOP BOMB! very tasty

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Tupelo/clover honey golden in color. Thin, white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: It's like sticking your face into a bag of fresh hops. Like 5lbs of hops per barrel awesomeness! Citrus, pine, candied malts and awesome.

T: Hops, hops, hoppy hops! Obviously this beer is very hop forward. The lemon grapefruit citrus intertwined with pine is well balanced. Usually, there will be too much of one or the other. This beer also has great malt character, and is full bodied. Caramel and candy notes, slightly peppery qualities and a touch of roasted characteristics. Perhaps there's some other fruit in there, but this beer blew out my palate before I could identify everything.

M: Round, full and big. Heavy, long and taxing on the palate. This is what you would expect from a beer like this, though.

O: This is a distinctly intense ale, with the qualities to shock and impress. The additional dry hopping adds depth and punch to this beer. Highly recommended.

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

enjoy by 8.23.12 faintly etched on the neck

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep golden orange with two fingers of slightly off white head
S: smells intensely hoppy with notes of grapefruit, resinous pine sap, and a bit earthy. not much sweetness to be picked up over the hop aroma
T: indeterminate hop bitterness up front before the flavors of pine, citrus and tropical fruit starts to shine. slightly bready malt presence and a touch of caramel sweetness struggles to come forward before being beaten down by the hops. Slight earthyness in the middle and the malt base kicks in toward the end a bit more but the bitterness remains. aftertaste is more bittersweet hops that are a bit herbal
M: slightly prickly carb keeps the beer lively on the palate but this one is still fairly thick but not quite syrupy.
O: every bit as delicious as the original and kicked up a notch. I'd like to see this one show up again from time to time.

Photo of JayAre46
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I ran into this one! 22oz bottle Pours a very filtered yellow amber absolutely transparent with a nice 2 finger off white creamy head on top. The nose is in your face no doubt, huge dank and citrus combo, piney and floral with strong malt backbone and caramel. The taste just absolutely ruins your palate like I've never experienced. Melons and malt show up quick with just an absurd amount of slick hop oils and a big dry and bitter finish with a warming alcohol presence. Hop resin, caramel malt, orange peel, heat, boom. This is the biggest and most aggressive dipa I've experienced hands down. It's like a triple rainbow.... The mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied and i would say this is not an easy drinker. Overall im super stoked i got to try this and am just in aw of how much bigger it is than the regular version.This is definitely not for the light hearted, if mike Tyson were a beer this is what he would be. Right to the gut, left to the jaw and he just knocked your fucking head off. And you're dead.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled May 25, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves a few spots of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is pretty hoppy, initial blast of grapefruit and resinous hops, followed up by floral notes, some apricot, a bit dank, but it’s not all hops as there is a good deal of caramel and bready malt as well. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with seriously resinous hops, grapefruit rind, a bit of fruity hops, moves to a rich caramel malt backbone that does serve up a bit of sweetness to counter the massive punch of bitterness on the end. Noticeable alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, oily, sticky, a bit creamy at times, good carbonation.

Ultimately this serves to remind me why I love the regular Ruination so much...a hop-forward DIPA without too much malt or alcohol getting in the way. This, is nothing like that. Very hoppy, yes, but a lot of distractions going on as well.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. get em quick before they are gone! Freshness dating 8-23-12 ! (2 months from bottling date?)

Enjoy Fresh-I think I will

Pours lightly chill hazed bronzed amber, rocky for a spell light tan head, then a tiny bubble film and nice high sheeting and webs of lacing left behind.

Hopped up nose (suprise) with hop resins, lime and tropical fruits.

Large and lovely. Waves of resiny hops, joined with tropical fruit, some slight alcohol heat/gin note/limes. Coating and super flavorful finish.

DIPA to die for. Big, bold, smooth and brash. San Diego style at its finest. Wish I could afford a case! Seek out immediatly-this one will not be around for long...pitty

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Huge hop aroma that is very citrusy, dank, and bitter. Big hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Big dank earthy hints of pine resin spice. A good backing of caramel malts and biscuit in the background. Very hop driven and bitter aroma.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a huge taste of hops that is bitter but not completely overpowering. Huge citrus hop flavor with notes of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, orange, and papaya. Lots of floral and earthy hops with a pretty dank pine resin. Fairly spicy. Nice presence of bready malts with some good notes of biscuit and caramel. Taste is very full and in your face.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, oily, and chewy. The huge blast of hop bitterness hides the alcohol heat pretty well.

Overall: This version of Ruination IPA on steroids delivers very well. Huge citrus fruit flavor and lots of spicy dank hops. A hop head's dream.

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 Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear deep gold beer; ivory head fades fast but litters the glass with lace

S: bitter hops' citrusy notes, malty backbone

T: grapefruit and citrus up front, resin, pine; herbal; malty caramel; buttery

M: fairly viscous, some alcohol heat, bitter on the tongue; chewy

O: reminds me a lot of what Double Bastard would be as an IPA - very strong, rich, "palate-wrecking" as they say; perhaps too much for some, but spot-on for me

Photo of nlmartin
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served chilled in a tulip glass.

A- The body of the beer is a chill hazed amber. No sediment noted in the glass. The head is thick biege and resolves itself into a thin sheen of foam. Rings of biege foam mark this beers passage from my glass.

S- Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, melons and pine, along with loats of floral notes. This beer is aromatically appealing.

T- The beers flavor leads with citrus lots of grapefruit, grapefruit zest and pith. Brief caramel flavors give way to a chasm of bitterness. Alcohol creeps in a brings another dimension of bitterness.

M- The body of the beer is pretty full with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol is a bit hot at times but not oppressive. Nice bitter finish to the beer.

O- I picked up 4 bottles of this originally. I drank 2 of them and am currently reviewing the 3rd bottle. At times I really enjoy this beer and then it gets a bit oppresive. This beer is definately a palate wrecker. Thanks Stones for another tasty beer experience.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head dissipates slowly to a film and ring around the glass with light lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops, herbal. Promises great things. Flavor of intense pine and citrus hops over a sweet malt body. The malt is nonassertive but perfectly supports the powerful herbal hops. Appropriately piney hop bitter finish with residual caramel malt. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Delicious. A truly dangerous IPA, I wanted to keep drinking this continuously, and had to pace myself because of the massive ABV. A masterpiece from the masters.

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,087 ratings.