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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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3,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 3239
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012)
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Photo of dethomp


3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit too high ABV me. Still, the high IBU deals with that very well.

Mouthfeel a bit rough for me. Again, due to high IBV.

I'm drinking in a bar so can't properly evaluate color.

I give fairly low ratings for taste and mouthfeel because of me. That has to do only with my preferences.

Yes, overall quality is more than average of others -- sum is greater than parts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 00:27:51 | More by dethomp
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white creamy head that reduces, leaving a layer of lace around the entire glass

S- bright citrusy hops, danky with some fresh grass, big backbone of sweet doughy malt

T- enough hops to wreck the palate for sure, lots of citrus with some herbal and earthy notes, sweet caramel malt transitions into sweet and doughy flavors to stand up to the hops, long and bitter after-taste stays on the palate on the finish

M- heavy and viscous body with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a viscous yet smooth finish, a loco is noticeable but not overpowering. The viscosity makes it a bit of a chore to drink an entire glass

O- as specter, an enormous hop bomb that destroys the palate. 10oz was more than enough for me because of the syrupy mouthfeel, that was the only downside for me

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 14:57:46 | More by Treyliff
Photo of ianmatth

New Jersey

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

A - Yellow-orange, pretty cloudy. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Citrus, pine, some spice. Basically Stone IPA and a half.

T - Hops and alcohol. Citrusy, piney, spicey hops cut through, but due to the high ABV, the malt is heavier than Ruination, and while I feel the malt profile of Ruination is a little light, I get that alcohol flavor that I often detect in 10% ABV beers, and thus I think Ruination tastes a little better.

M - Alcohol and hops. I think the higher ABV makes it harder for the hops to cut through.

O - Stone Ruination is one of my favorite beers. This is similar, but I feel the high ABV slightly compromises the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 06:26:15 | More by ianmatth
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 16:04:52 | More by mhksuccess
Photo of Tone


3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 18:02:02 | More by Tone
Photo of champ103


3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at several place around Houston. Cottonwood and Hay Merchant most recently.

A: Pours a dark golden/orange color with a bit of haze. A two finger white head forms, and recedes after a few minutes. Sticky lace is left down the glass.
S: Burnt caramel malt, resiny pine, and a lingering grapefruit bitterness last forever. Not much else in the nose.
T: Like the nose, burnt caramel malt, and sugar which quickly fades to the intense resiny and bitter hops. Resiny tree sap, piny hops, and grapefruit bitterness. Plenty of solvent like alcohol.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Sticky, syrupy, and resinous. Hot, solvent alcohol, and an intense hoppy bitterness. Which means, it is something I am not particularly interested in.

I don't get the love for this one. Really one dimensional, and Enjoy By is worlds better. As well as many great locally made Texas DIPA's I will take in a heart beat over this. Let alone the classics like Pliny.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:35:46 | More by champ103
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Bier Station in Kansas City--leftover from an "IPA Day" tap takeover. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Orange-amber body that is clean and clear. Head is slightly tan-colored and dissipates after a few minutes. Lacing is silky and fleeting, disappearing after settling on the glass for a moment.

Aroma - Strong, with grapefruit and floral hops. Some ether and other notes that hint at the high ABV level. Perhaps some pineapple-like acidity comes through as well.

Taste - The aroma was strong, but the flavor is even more aggressive, with more grapefruit and pineapple, and even some bitter greens complemented by a background characteristic of sweetness. There even seems to be a hint of medicinal quality, but not in an off-putting way.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, with light-to-moderate body and light carbonation. Some of the bitterness from the hops sticks in the back of your throat.

Overall, a tasty DIPA, but when it comes to Stone-made DIPAs, I'll take Enjoy By. This one is just too much from the hop profiles and not enough balance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 22:37:12 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of bundy462


4.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy burn orange with a frothy white head.

S: Spicy floral hops. Grassy and woody. Roasted malt barely sneaking through.

T: Not the hops assault that I had expected. In fact it was very nicely balanced with a great roasted malt base and a little boozy hint. The hops do get tapered down a little by the malt but they are certainly there and are the dominant force. Very prickly and woody hops, peppery in fact. This is a great brew with perfect balance. Fantastic.

M: Very smooth and very creamy body, off the charts in the normally harsh IPA world.

O: Highly drinkable. This is just a great brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 17:30:02 | More by bundy462
Photo of beertunes


3.21/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery gold color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that that had good retention and left OK lacing.

The aroma started off with a really sweet malt scent, followed up by some nice pine hops. But then, then a strong alcohol scent took over and dominated the entire olfactory aspect. The beer followed a pretty similar path across the tongue. Sweet malts at first, some piney hops, then big alcohol. The alcohol took over and gave a sharp burn at the back. After the heat passed, those nice hops lingered for a while at the rear of the palate.

The body was a bit more full than is generally seen in the style, and had a bit of bitter finish. Drinkability was hurt by the harsh alcohol taste (although, I did end up drinking 3 in a row, so there's that). Overall, a decent enough brew, one worth trying if you see it, but don't get anxious if you miss it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 17:37:53 | More by beertunes
Photo of 3sheets2wind


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

This is a wonderful beer. This really is an amped up version of ruination. Strong bitterness and aromatic hops. High ABV, but well hidden.This dude will sneak up on you. 3 ten once pours dropped me on my butt. I am not one of those that dismisses stone. Any brewer that puts out enjoy by, irs, ruination, sublimely self-righteous and distributes all those other beers for others is aces by me. This is their best beer. Not for the faint of heart, but when has stone ever been. If you like IPA's run and get this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 19:53:00 | More by 3sheets2wind
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg


4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my new all-time favorites. I just happened to see the bar getting the tap ready for this one and had to take the opportunity. It will knock you on your but if you are not careful.it has a hoppy somewhat grapefruit smell. and is very hoppy, wait, crazy hoppy! the aftertaste is slightly bitter but not as much as ruination. I would recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 00:33:54 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_greg
Photo of Mikecap


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with very little head, but the head there sticks around for a bit. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops; so many grassy and piney notes come to the nose immediately and this just smells awesome. Also get some sweetness from the malt and a hint of citrus fruit.

Taste: Much of what came to me in the nose definitely is at play here with hoppy bitterness at the forefront. Very piney and earthy character to this brew and this is to be expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a strong taste and great bitterness. The carbonation is solid and this is definitely a sipper as there is so much flavor. A bit of burn from the alcohol but I'd never guess that this was a 10.8% bomb.

Overall: I loved this one but it is definitely not for the faint of heart. This is an extremely bitter DIPA but definitely worth trying if you're into tons of hops. Haven't had Ruination in a while, but I think this is, while different, just a bit better. Great beer from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 14:56:52 | More by Mikecap
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New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 03:55:07 | More by Bauzen
Photo of challenja


4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lyons Hall Arlington, VA .Poured into a tulip
A: Solid copper. Light laced foam. Stickiness

S: Stank dank warrior tomahawk grapefruit pine dropjaw . Citra and centenial flower hops. Way more aromatic than regular ruination.Lemon oil, pineapple, sour white sugar lemon drops.

T: Wow. Amazing pine tar ipa flavoring facepunch. Sweet and sour white grapefruit. White sugar lemon drops. Its very bitter and corruptly citrus lemon peel. Man this takes ruination up a notch. If this was bottles year around I would buy this by the case. It puts everything to shame. Buy this beer.

M: Full to medium body. Frothy and throat tingling. Sour and tar. Crisp alcohol and thickly wet.

O: If this wasn't my last and best beer of the night I would be buying more. Amazing fantastic wondrous must try buy and save IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 19:56:27 | More by challenja
Photo of Brewdaddy87


4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap from the brewery and was blown away. It pours a darker amber color but with the glass at your waste, you can smell the awesome coming from this beer. Grapefruit was the first to hit my nose, then the pine and clove like hints following. I have been lucky enough to find plenty Pliny the Elder offerings but this one has it beat in my opinion. I bought a bottle just to do a sanity check and further verified my initial opinion. This beer is outstanding. The only somewhat downfall is that it is pretty heavy in the mouthfeel department. Stone has outdone themselves with this one. I'll take this over the Enjoy By any day. Not to say Enjoy By is slacking but the Ruin Ten is a step above anything I've had from them.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 01:44:36 | More by Brewdaddy87
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to re-try the new batch by any means necessary - ChurchKey to the rescue! 4 oz. served into a snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger white shade that's creamy and well-retaining for the style.

S: The hops here are ridiculous. Pine, mango, grapefruit, apricot, passion fruit, the works; I am bowled the fuck over. The notable hint of booze is the only thing keeping this from receiving a 5.

T: First things first, it's not balanced, complex, or refined in any manner, it's just tropical fruits, bitterness, and booze. Incidentally, the descriptor I'd use for this is "tropical fruit, bitter, and boozy heaven". Intense fruitiness opens this one up, gradually giving way to a slightly alcoholic finish. It's actually not as moronically bitter as I feared, thankfully. All I know is that I love it.

M: This doesn't have the syrupy bulk of a 10.8% TIPA, so the hops are doing their job of cleansing the finish properly. Before that happens, it is pretty creamy and thick, with a mild hit of finishing booze. Very drinkable for what it is.

O: This is about a billion times better than Enjoy By in my opinion, and is easily Stone's best product right now. Actually, it's one of the finest DIPAs (make that TIPAs) I've ever had. Now time for me to hunt down bottles!

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 17:52:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
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South Carolina

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


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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 21:22:25 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Jayman931


4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 20:29:12 | More by Jayman931
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 02:02:17 | More by KristineT
Photo of Topher78


4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a golden color with a fingers worth of a white head that left great lacing. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The flavor profile was dominated by citrus and pineapple with numerous tropical fruits in the background. The mouth feel was sticky and finished dry and bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 18:25:11 | More by Topher78
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY: pours a slight hazy yellow gold color with a massive 1 finger foamy white head that faded extremely slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down; typical for Stone IPA and always a pleasure to look at.

Smells of big juicy citrus hops up front, followed by piney notes, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, floral hops, grains, biscuit, light caramel and brown sugar, and then some more citrus. The malt backbone adds balance and this is a really nice fresh smelling IPA.

Tastes like the nose, but with more malt presence; flavor consists of piney notes/pine cone, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange peel, floral hops, roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread, grass, light brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf, and then some more bitter citrus notes that trails off on the clean side. Not the hop bomb that I expected, but it's incredibly smooth and well balanced and really easy to drink. No sign of the ABV, and the spices were mild like floral notes or dry hops; for such a big beer this is sessionable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time, with average carbonation, a medium body that's almost chewy and a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Overall not what I expected from Stone since it was not full of sizzling hops that smacked your taste-buds around, but it was just as delicious as I had hoped for so this was a winner in a slightly different form. Glad I got to try this one time release. This was so smooth that it exceeded my expectations.

8/24/13-Glad that Stone keeps making the RuinTen as it is a damn tasty beer. Had it a few times this summer and it is so fruity, like a pineapple, grapefruit and orange were blended with wet hops and some caramel and rich malt. Nice balance, good piney notes, solid bitterness and a grainy backbone that makes this very smooth, almost completely hiding the 10.8% ABV. Really, really enjoyable. "A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops."

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 03:54:30 | More by CHickman
Photo of corby112


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

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Über fresh, juicy hop aroma that's dominated by tropical and citrus fruits.  Slightly earthy with a decent amount of grassy, resinous pine but the nose is bursting with sweet mango, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and orange peel.  Subtle biscuit malt notes underneath.

Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that provide a lot of earthy bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  This is countered by a strong tropical and citrus fruit presence that's really juicy and sweet with tons of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavor.  Really well balanced with a complex hop profile followed by a subtle pale malt backbone.  Hints of biscuit and grainy graham cracker before the finish.  Perfectly balanced and the high abv is excellently masked resulting in a deceptively drinkable and delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 03:12:41 | More by corby112
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North Carolina

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

Served on tap at The Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden copper to light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is extremely hoppy with the smells of citrus, grapefruit, and mango dominating and a lighter presence of grassy and pine/resin hops. Lighter notes of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: The beer has a solid body of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. But the dominant flavor of this beer is that of the hops - primarily citrus, grapefruit, and mango. There is a lighter presence of pine/resin hop notes as well. The beer has moderate to strong bitterness that really lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but this is a big beer and needs to be sipped slowly. Much too bitter to be easy to drink but I think I like this better than the orignal it was based upon. Really enticing aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 16:53:28 | More by dbrauneis
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Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Beer is a darkish blonde colour with a small white head. Retention is poor, but lacing good.

Smell consists of bright, sticky citrus. Grapefruit, pine, some pineapple. A bit of caramel malt below that.

Taste is, unsurprisingly, quite bitter. Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit. A surprisingly large amount of caramel malt. Some booze, but not as much as one would expect given the abv. Actually surprisingly smooth!

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, oily.

Overall, very good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 22:12:27 | More by jrenihan
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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hair of the Dog in St. Louis. Great pour; big, 3 finger head, even with the bartender knowing how to pour. The best lacing and retention I've seen outside of a stout.

Smell was huge hops floral. Taste was surprisingly balanced with the extreme hop profile equaled by an impressive malt bill. Starts and finishes with a solid bitter hops flavor, but in between, the malt flavor profile provides a sweetness and balance I haven't seen in a DIPA. Drinks suspiciously easy for the 10.8% ABV, and is sticky and thick on the palate.

Overall, a great DIPA. I haven't had regular Ruination, but I need to try it to get a solid baseline.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 03:48:48 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 3,239 ratings.