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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

832 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 832
Hads: 5,502
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 318
Gots: 906 | 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 TheSixthRing
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (706 characters)

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

Bomber poured twice into a Medieval Manor pilsner glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

O: I have no idea why I like this so much. I hate IPAs and everything about this is a punch in the fucking face. Well, I guess this is why I don't give up on certain styles even if I'm just not that into them. Occasionally you find one that really reaches out and smacks you. (1,290 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Dine
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (998 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (692 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

Cheers! (877 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
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.... (453 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (981 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never thought I'd be saying this, but I'm currently holding an IMPERIAL version of Stone's Ruination IPA. Craziness. This anniversary edition has 3% more alcohol on the bill, thanks to the addition of more malt and double the amount of hops, including a one pound dose of both centennial and citra hops for dry-hopping. Yowza.

Ruination is one of my all time favorite IPAs. Do these extra additions throw off the balance of perfection? We will soon find out. I'm pouring from a bomber with the obligatory badass silk screen gargoyle artwork and a long diatribe on the back, which is strangely not about how unworthy we all are to be drinking this beer. The best by date is 8/23/2012 and I poured this into an imperial pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear amber/orange with a thick white head with good lacing and retention. Looks inviting.

S: Smell is, surprise, hops. It's very tropical and dank.

T: Wow...this one is intense. It starts with waves of orange, pineapple and mango crashing into the palate. About halfway through, there's a nice pine and slight bitterness. Finishes bitter, as well. There's more malt expression in this beer, but it's pretty much required due to the insane amount of hops.

M: Mouthfeel is what you would expect from an 11% IPA: thick, viscous, oily, and slick. For 11%, there is surprisingly little alcohol burn (probably because it's overpowered by hops.) It drinks easy enough, especially for a strong and intense IPA.

O: My palate is officially shot for the night. This beer nails a perfect hop intensity with a malt balance. I believe it's better than the normal Ruination. Think what you want about Stone, but you cannot deny their passion for beer. This beer perfectly embodies their love for beer and dedication to brewing.

Stone has always been one of my top breweries, and this beer solidifies their position at near the top of my list. Get this one while you can, drink it fresh, and cheers! (1,948 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, peach, tropical, and citrus hops with some pine hops, caramel malts, and a bit of biscuit.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, apricot, tropical and citrus hops with lots of bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, lots of resiny pine hop and more bitterness comes through with a bit of biscuity malt. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with a good amount of bitterness and a bit of sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice strong hop profile with tons of bitterness. Very tasty. (802 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, vibrant orange with a big white head. Lots of lacing.

Could smell this as soon as I cracked it..Big juicy pineapple, orange, grapefruit, some pine, big deep hop aromas.

Immediate hop bomb on the palate. Huge citrus again, some malty backbone with the sweetness, then the massive slapping lingering bitterness. Slight warming from alcohol.

A sipper through and through. Dry finish.

This is a must have for hop heads.
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(I must note that I had the second release of this beer and the smell was much boozier. Tingle-the-nose boozy as it warmed.) (562 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a cloudy, glowing, peachy-amber color. A bubbly, creamy, two-finger head of light khaki froth topped the liquid. Large drippy blocks of lacing trickled down glass. Although it initially appeared that the beer was unfiltered, the chill haze soon dropped and the body turned completely transparent.

The aroma was outstanding. Tons of peach and apricot notes. Tropical fruits were apparent. Mango and papaya were both detectible. Some candied orange peel and ruby red grapefruit came through as well. A fair dose of caramel malts lent the beer a pleasant sweetness. All in all, remarkably fragrant.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was also super hoppy. However, it seemed to be significantly drier and pithier than the nose. Caramel malts appeared on the front end before the hops took over. The hops were fruity, bold and assertive. Tons of grapefruit pith. Some candied orange peel was noticeable. Peachy. The finish was super piney, bitter and dry. Tons of sticky, resiny hop oils. A touch astringent. At 10.8% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was plush, smooth and creamy. Supple. Medium bodied with a fairy standard, moderate effervescence. I was hoping for a bit more heft to this.

As the bottle states, Ruination was a forerunner in the world of bottled double IPAs. This beer managed to kick things up a couple of notches. Congratulations on ten years Stone. Hop heads rejoice! (1,531 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, not much of a Ruination fan to say the least, but heck, let's give this a try anyways. Liked the thimbleful I had at a tasting, so half a bomber is now on tap. So to speak. 22 oz. bomber, wiz wife.

Pour is an unclear orange. Nose is an improvement over the base right away, nice citrus, tropical fruit trees, the hops are nice & bright.

Ruination 10th Anniversary IIPA, my friend, it's hard to believe you're related to that sad-sack IPA that shares your name. WD-40 oiliness is the first thing to impress the tongue: dripping. Liquid hops. The taste isn't as good as the nose, more bittering than flavor, but there are streaks of flowery Hawaii that come & go quicker than a Higgs-Boson. I'm picking up (& I'll note my wife is not) a faint metallic aftertaste that's harshing my mellow, too. Ton of malt sweetness that overwhelms the hops at the bottom of the hill. Certainly easy to sip, however.

This is a good beer; taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose & the mouthfeel, but quite nice nonetheless. (1,031 characters)

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

A 22 ounce bottle split into tulips.

Pours a bright copper color with about an inch or so of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Solid retention and gobs of lacing. The aroma is of orange and grapefruit citrus, earthen hops, wet dirt and grass, and some bitter and floral hops. It tastes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus galore. Some earthen notes in the middle, and some sweeter candied fruits. A bit of boozy ethanol towards the end. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, full-bodied in terms of flavor yet thin in consistency. Finishes clean with some warming ethanol. Overall, this was a great showcase of the glory of hops, but the amount of ethanol pulling through was a bit of a disappointment. It seemed to dominate the aftertaste, and really stand out in the mouth. A lot of great things going for this one, but just too much raw alcohol coming through for me. (862 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with amber hues. Aggressive pour leads to a big fluffy 2 finger head that keeps on truckin' leading to sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Big monster hops, Citra first but the Centennial are definitely identifiable. Malt is present and accounted for. The alcohol is not very prevalent in the nose.

T: Hops and malt blend a bit more than the nose leading to a balanced DIPA. Personally, I prefer a hop bomb but I can respect a well balanced DIPA as well. Nice flavor. Alcohol definitely present at the end of the taste.

M: Perfect creamy yet carbonated with tons of hop oils coating the mouth. Exactly how I want it to feel.

O: A wonderful beer. World Class Double IPA most definitely. Stone rarely disappoints, this is another example of excellence in a glass. (855 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, big, gritty orange citrus hops. In the taste, big, aggressive orange citrus hops, with a small alcohol note in the end. A mellow hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus hop and a small alcohol not in the aftertaste. Big hops, small alcohol, that is hop a imperial IPA should be! (384 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a couple of russian river goblets

Pours a delightful honey golden color with a bubbly eggshell white head.

Heavy pine and citrus smell that awakens your nose. Blends into a sweet honey and lemon

Goes in with a lot of might. Heavy earthy taste slowly turbs into a wonderfully hoppy bitterness. Finishes with just a tinge of sweetness

Not too overbearing. Definitely a treat to be savored (408 characters)

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

A deep amber pours from the bottle and trails off into lighter golds and amber once in the glass. A half finger head is white with large soapy bubbles that dissipate very quickly. Lacing is thick with a slight alcoholic "leg" to this beer.

Sweet, sweet crystal malt on top lingering with biscuit and caramel. This is followed quickly by floral scents. Lots of stickiness to the scent. The floral aromas are followed by a bright grass scent that trails off.

Holy Shit! Bright burning, resinous hops up front but balanced so well by the malt bill that this is just too drinkable! Flashes of orange, lemon and lime appear on the tongue but they're carried so well by caramel and sweet biscuit that the burning almost never happened. It begs for another drink!

Slightly chewy in the mouth but the burning hops take away from this and clear it out extremely fast. One of the lighter DIPAs that I've had (surprisingly).

Amazing. This beer is mind blowingly good and if I could buy this year round, I would. Never been a huge Stone fan but after this, I am a convert! (1,064 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bold DIPA, hits the mark. Wafts hop aroma. Translucent body with enormous soapy head. Smooth and big 100 IBU territory. Reinvigorates a romance for the style.Fruity tartness.
Very drinkable and well integrated, though with pineapple acid it is a sipper.A bit boozy. Doug's bottle. (284 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange with a nice 1 inch white head, real sticky lacing.

Smell - Wow, huge piney, grapefruity, sweet hops. Some malts and slight sugars but really overboard hop aroma, amazing.

Taste - As expected, bitter cascade hop crush! Very bitter, very strong, and yet some sweetness. Malts are barely noticable behind this hop monster. Alcohol is present and adds some warm at the finsh. A hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel - Your tounge gos numb as soon as you take a drink. Mouth is puckered, coated with hops and bittered to hell. Palate is wrecked, bittered and left dry. Finish is real bitter and dry.

Overall - What a monster of a beer. I got to drink a bottle a few weeks ago before this one and it was even more intense. Still, even now this is a monster. You must love hops, not looking for a balance between malts and hops cause this is a straight up hopbomb. Lets pray this becomes a annual release at least. Amazing. (968 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.