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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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844 Reviews
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Reviews: 844
Hads: 5,588
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 326
Gots: 953 | 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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle 10,8% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 08/23/2012

Review number 250!

This was one beer I never thought I would get a chance to try, so I cannot thank Futura123 for sending this as part of a surprise box!

Appearance: Wow, what a beautiful pour! The body is a crystal clear, bright orange-amber with golden edges. A rough pour yields a large off-white head, that lasts pretty well for the Abv. and leaves beautiful patches of lace as it recedes.

Smell: Ah man, this smells fantastic! The initial nose is absolutely bursting with sweet citrus and grapefruit! Tropical fruit are also present, with notes of mango, pineapple and peach. The malt body is noted through sweet caramel and honey.

Taste: The flavour follows on perfectly from the nose and is simply fantastic. Notes include: Sweet orange, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, mango, pineapple, a light dank character, grapefruit pith, caramel, honey and a light floral character. The finish is quite bitter, but I would not guess that this is over 100IBU.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! I do not think that I could thin of any improvement here. The body is medium-full and very oily, with a medium-high level of ultra smooth carbonation. With a mouthfeel this good, I find myself constantly reaching for my glass to take another sip.

Overall: Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary is an absolutely outstanding IIPA! I guess it would have been a lot hoppier right after the release, but I really enjoyed the more balanced and incredibly drinkable nature of this bottle.
It is beers like this make me want to move to California!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into snifter

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a good level of lacing.

Smell – A delicious citrus aroma is the heaviest; a wonderful mix of tangerine, orange with a lighter note of grapefruit. Mixed with this are malty notes of a more bready nature mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness. Very pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins big in malt where a caramel sweet and bready taste meets the tongue. The hops soon enter the taste however and mellow out some of the sweetness. While initially the hop flavors are of a sweeter nature themselves, with a strong tangerine and sweet grapefruit flavor, as the taste advances it bitter up ever so slightly as flavors of a pine and some lemon nature come to the tongue. In the end the malt and the hop seem to meet a common ground and blend to produce a very hoppy, yet quite balanced taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. The body suits the beer very nicely and allows all the hop flavors to soak into the tongue.

Overall – Delicious and dangerous. While at 10.8 % this thick and tasty brew conceals its alcohol quite well. Large sweet and hoppy flavors and a great creamy body make this one to try!!

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Photo of busterwhite
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a 1 finger head and a little lacing on the glass.

Smells of tangerines, pineapple, and pine. Big hop aroma.

Taste matches the nose, big hop flavor with tangerines and pineapple followed by some pine bitterness in the finish. Bit of alcohol also. Bitterness is there but the flavor of the hops is not overshadowed. Actually pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.

Overall this is a great double IPA, wish I'd bought more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a very nice head that sticks beautifully and leaves plentiful shards behind

Smell: Tropical fruit (mango, apricot and grapefruit) with a floral edge

Taste: Very sweet and malty, up front, with a load of sugary flavors; by mid-palate, the edgy hops arrive, delivering a very bitter, citrusy character; quite sticky in the finish, though the hops are still dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat sticky

Overall: I know some folks love this, but I find many of Stone's beers way too sticky to by enjoyable as I like a drier IPA profile; for the style (and accepting the stickiness for what it is) this is a very nice brew

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Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a cloudy orange with a two finger cream colored head. Lacing is consistent and gorgeous. Retention is solid. Lots of firm, persistent bubbles. Lovely.

S. Orange zest, pine, mango, tangerine, caramel. I am getting a hop buzz from nose alone. A juicy, citric, menacing behemoth.

T. Lots of caramel malt and then a knockout punch of orange, pine resin, grassiness, earthiness, ragweed, and tropical juice. Wow.

M. Crisp, moderate to full bodied, and well balanced.

O. An outstanding DIPA. Excellent balance and flavor profile. Citra hops shine here and are balanced near perfectly by the malts and more herbal hops. This is a big, juicy DIPA that earns its ranks among the best. I am not sure how the regular Ruination stacks up because I have not had it in so long, but this certainly makes me want to try it again sooner rather than later. An excellent beer. Outstanding.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens in Greenvile, Sc

A - A rich copper, with some clarity. 2 fingers of head and the standard sticky lace all over the glass

S - Ok, the smell is the 1st clue of amazingness. Hops in your race, you might as well be swimming in them. Citrus and bitter hops dominate. Malty aromas? you don't stand a chance

T - an amazing concoction of bitter and citrusy hops. Wow, palated wrecked. Unbelievable! Definitely a top 5 DIPA.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation

O - The bottle should say "drink no other beer after this one, as it will taste like )$)&%)$*&%... " Amazing amount of hops in your face. They need to bottle this one on a regular basis.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark orange/copper. Off-white head. Semi-translucent. Looks very appetizing.

Aroma: Grapefruit up front. Nice hop presence and some underlying malts. Nothing overpowering.

Taste: Fantastic. Solid bitterness throughout (not surprising at over 100 IBU's) with definite tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. Surprisingly juicy for a double IPA. The bitterness lingers but not long enough to be problematic. The fine balance of flavors gives it an edge over other beers of this style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tongue biting. A little drying on the tongue after the halfway point. It can be hard to sip and savor considering the above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I wish this wasn't a limited release. Definitely in the top ten beers I've had. Get it while you can, it does not disappoint!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - lightly hazed copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring leaving rings and waves of lacing.

S - citrus fruits squeezed over pine cones.

T - hops attack from the start right up until the dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation giving it a smooth feel or maybe my tongue is numb from the hops(?).

O - right up there with the top beers in this style, too bad it's a one time thing.

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

A- A hazy orange/peach colored body with a bubbly slightly off white head.

S- A punch of piney hops with some citrus notes. Some juicy grapefruit notes are apparent as well.

T- Just a blast of hops almost to the point that it is like sucking on hop juice. The piney resin is the first taste with the citrus and tropical fruit notes blending in. Hop bomb.

M- Full bodied, but somewhat syrupy. Mouth is fried after the first few sips.

O- Mission accomplished. Stone set out to create the ultimate hop bomb and succeeded.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, my first review got lost because I wasn't logged in. Shit.

22oz bomber purchased from Good Ta Go. I believe the bottle had a best by date of 08/24/12. I accidentally rubbed it off with my thumb. Poured into my DFH snifter.

Appearance: Nice bronze orange with a two finger foamy white head. Excellent retention and perhaps the craziest lacing I have ever seen. White suds are caked ALL over my entire glass. I wish I could attach a picture to this review.

Aroma: Massive grapefruit aroma here along with some other tropical fruits. Piney hop resin and jus a bit of caramel malt peeking through.

Taste: Piney hop resin and grapefruit are the big players here. Bold flavor and quite tasty. Bitter from start to finish. I love Columbus hops and this one drives them straight to your palate. I'm sure there's some caramel malt backing but I'm too concerned with this tasty bitterness to care.

Mouthfeel: Big beer. Low on carbonation and high on thickness. This beer just never lets up. It dominates you. Completely owns you. ABV becomes more noticeable as it warms. Finish is long and bitter.

I would most definitely purchase this beer again, if I could ever find it again. Great job on this one, Stone.
...I also haven't had a Ruination in awhile. I would have liked to do a side-by side comparison with the two.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my god finally.

deep amber body with a huge foamy white head. Damn this smells like alpha acids and powdery malt. Little bit of grapefruit and resin.

They should have called this Palate Wrecker instead of that Green Flash thing. SO much bitter resinous hop flavors. Slippery hop extract oils are different, but a welcome addition. Hop flavors are that resin, a touch of grapefruit, and just a bit of pine. Hints of pineapple come and go.

Where there is a ton of hops, there is enough malt to balance things out. This makes it feel slightly creamy and honey sweet. Sticky malt is almost chewy. Finish is piney and bitter, but its doable.

This thing packs a Mike Tyson Haymaker, but its doable. Thick and rich, but really good.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Michaels (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Enjoy by 8/23/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow with a dense finger and a half vanilla head. A few touches of lacing, particularly where the head had rested. 

Huge hop aromas here! Grapefruit, orange, pine, sweet biscuit, onion, garlic and a wisp of alcohol. I keep coming back to smell it.

Extremely hoppy taste explosion! Sharp piney grapefruit, sweet n sour garlic and very bitter. Biscuit, pepper, pine and grass. I don't think I'd call it balanced but that's not what this is about. It juggles the hops wonderfully. 

Medium full feel, with plenty of poppy carbonation. Sticky and oily with an occasional pleasant alcohol nip. 

Well done and happy 10 years of Ruination! I'm not all that enamored with the standard Ruiniation, this is wonderful. I wouldn't drink it all the time but this is worthy of attention from extreme hopheads anywhere. 

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy with a golden honey color. Head is 2 fingers thick with good retention, resulting in a nice, sticky lacing.

Smell - Big, fresh citrus aromas; orange with hints of grapefruit and tropical notes. A touch sour on the nose.

Taste - Starts with big citrus hoppiness; grapefruit and bitter orange peel with notes of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Malts are scaled back, but do well to preserve a bit of balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full-bodied. Decently carbonated. Really smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Really fresh hop citrus flavors captured here. Not nearly as malty as it's namesake counterparts. Does well to hide the 10.8%. My favorite incarnation of Ruination thus far.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber with moderate frothy tan head with great retention. Huge, resinous citrus and pine aroma. Big malt sweetness of bread and caramel tempered with huge hop notes of orange and pine. Long alcohol and hop linger. Silky smooth.

Unbelievably, this beer is balanced and smooth with huge hop flavor but not bittering. Like most of the new Stone beers, it is easily palatable. An amazing achievement considering the beer but it’s so sweet it’s almost a barleywine with just enough linger to remind you it’s Ruination. A good beer and I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but frankly it’s a little disappointing considering the legacy of Ruination, it’s just a higher ABV version.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear, coppery honey hue with a solid off white two finger head that faded into a dense one finger creamy slumped blanket.

S - Strong malt backbone here, which I remember with stone ruination. Lots of sweet caramel malts and a nice bitter piney finish. Not sure if I'm getting a specific hop, just a nice pine bitterness on the finish.

T - Ohhh yah, this is ruination alright! Nice and malty, which while I don't really like in anything IPA works with this. Not really getting the citra with this at all, however, the strong bitterness works nice with the malts and forms a rather nice beer.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, very very solid for a DIPA. Excellent carbonation here, huge bitter at the end. Ohhhh yah, this is a ruination!

O - Overall this was a delicious beer from Stone, a nice improvement on the base. Really like this beer. Definitely a pallet ruiner.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark orange color with 2 fingers of tight white head.

The smell is very nice, like regular ruination tons of pine up front, with just a touch of resin, dank, grapefruit behind it. I can't detect any malt on the nose.

The taste is more of the same, lots of bright hops all over the place and a strong bitterness to cleanse the palate. I must be experiencing lupulin threshhold shift because I really wasn't blown away by how bitter this beer was. Extremely drinkable.

The mouthfeel is light, with just enough body to carry the heft of the beer.

Overall Stone is really good at what they do and this is no exception. The best comparison to a 10% DIPA is to PtY and Ruination 10th is slightly less clean (both in hop profile, bitterness, and alcohol bite) but it is still an excellent beer.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 6/28/12 served in a tulip.

Pour: mostly clear deep amber with some carbonation bubble. Two finger off-white head.

Smell: Loads of piney hops. Some sweetness in there too.

Taste: Bitter pine followed by citrus and caramelly sweetness. Way more balanced than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Kinda syrupy, but nice. Definitely a big beer.

Overall: Really, really tasty. Would love to see Stone make it year round or yearly. Would definitely buy again fresh.

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Photo of Dine
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i will start by saying i love the original. one of the first ipas that stood out to me and thus i was very excited to try the anniversary addition.

a-pours a nice hazy orange with a orangish white head. darker then the original and a plus in my book

s-the nose on this is full of citrus and pine. nothings changed here over the original except more intense

t-this is a pallet wrecker (just as intended). i have had this a couple times now and let me warn you...save this one for last. bitter at first but is quickly overtaken by hoppy sweetness. this is where i see a major change over the original. it is MUCH sweeter. no sense in doing a side by side (as i did), you won't taste much after sipping this.

m-oily, sticky but not overly thick. carbonation is just right

o-great beer. while the sweetness took me by surprise a little i would (and have) bought this beer again. im not sure i would say its an "improvement" over the original but it deserves its own recognition as a standout beer!

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: orange/amber in color with an off-white head that slowly settles. Lacing is very sticky, and carbonation is very fine. Good head retention for its ABV.

S: Some caramel malt and fruity notes up front, with a swath of citrus, pine, and just a bit of onion.

T: A bit of toffee at first, with some sweet honey character, followed by a massive dose of hop bliss. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and intense floral notes.

Notes: Full-bodied, resinous, and has a slick mouthfeel. Drinkability is superb, as alcohol is hidden very well. Tasty as all Hell, but definitely a palate-wrecker. Definitely worth the investment! A job very well done by Stone!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16; enjoyed side-by-side with Double Dry Hopped Ruination.

A: Clear, pale orange-amber body with nearly an inch of ultra-fine, creamy tan head. Great retention and lace. Stunning.

S: Intense. Pine and grapefruit are both front and center, with some deeper citrus fruitiness and some distinct Christmas tree resin underneath. Not too much booze. Terrific.

T: Surprisingly dull here, with some malt sweetness combining with the citrusy hops up front and the pininess relegated to pure bitterness on the big, boozy finish. It's really good, but not as stellar as the aroma.

M: Creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit oily, but nice.

O: The aroma alone is worth the price of admission, but I really wish that hadn't ramped up the ABV quite so much - this beer should be all about the amazing hops, and the booze just became a distraction.


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Photo of Intrinsic
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although there's nothing super-special about its appearance, the 10th ann. IPA has a very nice orange-amber colour that puts it just above average. The smell is pungent - loads of piney hops. It doesn't prepare you for the intense up-front malt blast, perfectly balanced by the even more intense bitter finish. Very piney. Very heavy, quite dry. Overall, a great example of the style. I would definitely buy this again if only they sold it in Quebec....

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Photo of korguy123
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. Purchased in Buffalo at Consumers Beverages.

A- Slightly chill hazed dark orange pour with a finger width, soapy, sticky, off white head. Lacing is good.

S- Massive amounts of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple and lime with bitter resinous pine in the backing. Very little in the way of sweetness. Slight floral that reminds me of dandelions. Very lop sided on the way of bitterness (what did you expect anyway?)

T- Oh my, this is something else. Full on onslaught of pine and grapefruit. Orange and limes with a huge wallop of floral and just pure fresh squeezed hop nectar. Slight sweetness but a juicy lingering, bitter finish.

M- Slightly heavier than normal. A little on the chewy side which is nice. Alcohol is hidden and the finish is lingering.

O- I guess the question is "How do you make Ruination better?" Simple answer is "double the hops!" They've done that and hit a home run. Can't wait to see what the 15th and 20th anniversary brings!

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Photo of peabody
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly hazy yellow/amber with 1/2 finger of white suds. Some lacing here and you can tell this is a 10%er.
Aroma is sticky pine/floral hop and mango/grapefruit and a slight alcohol tinge. There is a hint of alcohol also.
Taste is very bitter at first but as it warms you get a mango/pine initial flavor then the bitter hop hits and overwhelms the palate. Too bad the mango/grapefruit couldn't stick around some more. Some alcohol here.
The mouthfeel is very clean and dry as the brew makes its way down the throat. The aftertaste is bitter hop and some sugar malt holding on for quite a while.
Overall this one is slightly higher than the 4 I gave it but not more than 4.25 which is where I would put this nice big IPA.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours a hazy amber color topped with a white head.

S Lots of tropical fruits, sweet citrus and some bittersweet grapefruit.

T Taste is about the same as the nose with lots more grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruits. Lots of hop flavor with not too much bitterness.

M Medium body and carbonation. Smooth though.

Overall this is a great IPA that I'm quite glad I picked up. Definitely better then the regular Ruination and quite and excellent way to celebrate 10 years of a great beer.

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.