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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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854 Reviews
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Reviews: 854
Hads: 5,628
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 332
Gots: 986 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.
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Reviews: 854 | Hads: 5,628
Photo of Rish907
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Moderately see-through. Similar to any other IPA.

S: Sweetness, IPA characteristics, but sort of fruity.

T: Amazing. Sweet, very balanced. Hides the abv mazingly, hoppy yet not bitter.

M: Smooth. Nothing atypical of an IPA.

O: Fantastic IPA. Cannot go wrong. Highly highly recommend.. sweet, smooth, very very drinkable. One of best IPA's on my books... go out and get this.. (costco, at least on the west coast, has this for about $5 which is a steal for the bomber!!). Great job Stone!!!

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Photo of BierStein711
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

25oz bottle poured into shaker pint

Appearance copper red with a fast reducing two and a half finger head with incredible lacing

Smells: hemp, citrus, and pine

Mouthfeel: moderate and oily

Taste: pine and hemp, nothing else

Overall, this is not a beer I would serve at parties. This is a hophead's beer.

I'd buy it again.

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Photo of screamking
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-dark amber pour, slim off white head. 4.25

Aroma-lots off grapefruit, lots of tropical fruits as well. Some apricot and orange peel. Lots of sweet, almost sugar cookie aroma. 4.5

Taste-Wow, this is some top notch stuff. This is hoppy as hell but balanced very well with malt backbone to match. You got your citrus here, strong bitter citrus. Black pepper, peppermint in the aftertaste. 4.75

Feel-what you expect from stone, full bodied strong mouthfeel, aftertaste lingers for quite awhile. 4.25

Overall-double IPA's of this quality is why I drink craft beer. This thing is a monster of a brew, it is hoppy yet completely balanced with malt to make it an extremely enjoyable experience. Stone is slowly becoming one of my favorite craft brewers, they make incredible beer and its usually easy to find and get. This is the best DIPA I've had in sometime. 4.75

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Photo of Kendo
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a small, slightly off-white head. Leaves good splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Real nice nose - I can smell the hops from a distance. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Touch of caramel malt.

T: This one brings me back to the days when I was first discovering this style - Goose Island Imperial IPA comes to mind from the recesses of my memory. . . . Tropical fruit salad and citrusy hops - grapefruit, grapefruit pith and a touch of pine needles at the back end. Heat from the ABV is noted towards the back of the sip as a spicy bite, and then is felt heading down to the belly. Lingering pine bitterness fights the ample malt profile (caramel malt, some toffee) for dominance, with the hops prevailing, but the sweeter malt putting up a surprisingly good fight.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation is light to moderate, with a nice creamy feel to it.

O: This is good stuff. Now if only they'd bring back their 10th Anniversary Ale. . . .

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Good color, Deep and Amber

S. Nice strongly hopped smell. Citrus I would call it.

T. This is where I found this beer a little off. I can taste the strong bite of alcohol, and it is not
a good things. Still better then a lot of beers.

m. Good Mouthfeel.

o. I would not buy this again, bunch better beers for the price.

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Photo of smerrell
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a golden honey with a slight, white head

Smell: An abundance of hops, as well as a honey-sweetness

Taste: Rich and bold, the taste contains citrus, pith, and sugars. A nice long finish resolves into bitterness from the hops, and while you don't taste alcohol, after a few sips you know that this is no lightweight.

Mouthfeel: this coats your mouth, you are truly assaulted by hop oils - a terrific experience

Overall: A brilliant beer, contrary to other reviewers, I would have this over the "Enjoy By" any day. Glad I bought a case, sad I won't have it around for long.

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Photo of edproctor
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a dark honey orange. Fluffy white head that holds on for a bit.
S- piney, sweet, and bitter citrus. Smells a little phenolic too.
T- pine, melon, grapefruit sweetness, and some kings Hawaiian rolls. I swear that's stone's house yeast that I'm smelling.
M- thick as...
O- so far this is my #1 beer of the year...lovin it

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Photo of RickS95
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clearish amber orange color. It's a thicker looking pour than what's left in the glass, but despite it's darkish color, there's no haze and not entirely opaque. The head lacks size and retention. Nothing to see here, carry on.

There's a pleasant smell in the snifter somewhere, but it seems a bit shy. A few swirls (should I really have to do this to pick up the scent) brings out a flowery, fruity garden of pine, orange, and grapefruit. More swirls and the pine dominates.

Very malty, but I guess it has to be to play with hops like this. Bready, crackerlike taste, followed by an onslaught of pine and resin and oil and everything else that comes with hops. In the swallow, you're teased with some orange and grapefruit before the alcohol punches you.

Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's actually fairly smooth for what it is. There's plenty of body, despite the looks and there's a gentle sweetness from the malt before you lose feeling in your tongue from the hop party. There's a splash of citric acid in the finish just before the heat from the alcohol burns it away and the hop resins and oils ambush your palate.

It took a while to get going, but it's pretty good, particularly if you like hop bombs. Much better than Ruination IPA. The alcohol shows up sparingly with some ho hum heat, but this beer is moderately smooth and could get you in trouble with the ABV if you're not paying attention (and your palate can handle it).

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Photo of LarryV
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber color with a minimal head. Smell is all hops, you know what you're in for. There's a sweetness in the back with the hoppiness in the front, but balance is totally missing. For me, it was a bit of a chore to drink - I'm glad I tried it but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again.

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Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey colored with fine streams of bubbles rising up to. Tightly bubbled head of beige from that settles out quickly. Amazing aroma of bright citrusy hops , lots of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Big flavors of hoppy goodness, orange rind pith, tangerine, ruby grapefruit, plus some piney notes. Alcohol strength definitely makes itself known, which detracts from the experience IMO. Finishes dry and very bitter, with notes of grand marnier liqueur booziiness. Good beer, but trying to be so extreme pushes the edges of the envelope into unnecessary places.

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Photo of BigDaveLB
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-clear, dark orange-amber color, fluffy off-white head with great retention.

S-like running through a hops field after a rainstorm, grapefruit, pine, hint of malt

T-a full double IPA, grapefruit bitterness with balance, didn't detect any alcohol

M-pleasent aftertaste, it definitely sticks around

O-a very good double, great presentation, taste, and finish. Hoppy and smooth. Very good.

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Photo of andyfrancis
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a thick frothy off-white head. Looks serious.

Like smelling a glass full of hops. Smells serious.

Yeah. One of those serious IPAs. Boozy, hoppy, some sweet tasty malt back and then more booze.

Thick. No doubt you're drinking something serious, and you wouldn't want to have too much.

Would almost work as a night cap for me. Since it's an annual thing now, I'll probably always get at least one bottle, but not much more than that.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze, small near white head slow to leave. Some cling lace.

S - Hops are there, yes, but maltier than expected.

T - It almost reminds me of an east coast DIPA, as the hops are strong, but the malt is huge too!

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - At near 11%, deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me at her work.

Appearance- copper color, thin head

Smell- floral, citrus hops

Taste- floral, citrus hops, very well balanced, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was very good. I loved it! Definitely one to buy again and again!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. Drink by 08/28/13 on the neck.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a dense mostly white head. Lots of small bubbles are visible in the body. Head sticks around for a long time and leaves lacing on the side.

S: Fresh hop aroma hits you in the face upon first whiff. Lots of citrus with a bold sweetness. Earthiness comes from the hops too, just a touch of pine. Malts warm up and give it a bit of a fermented fruit note.

T: Certainly a bold brew. Hops are huge and dominate the first few seconds after sipping. Malts show up and add a complimenting sweetness. Balances out on the aftertaste with an earthy, fresh hop character. Can taste a bit of the booze.

M: Full body with low carbonation. Comes across fairly creamy and thick. Not overly sticky considering the resinous hops. Alcohol is by no means hot, just warming in the stomach.

Overall Stone makes some serious IPA's and this is no exception. I've always been a Ruination fan and this feel fresher and lighter. A must try for any bold IPA fan. I will be getting next years batch.

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color, a couple shades darker than your traditional IPA. The fluffy head is cream colored and settles into a nice cap. Good lacing on the glass.

Big grapefruit aroma with some tropical fruit notes. There is some pine that is eagerly popping through. Some honey sweetness from the malt.

The flavor is has a bright citrus hop with some bitter grapefruit rind. Orange and pineapple notes provide sweetness. The hop profile then transitions into piney and peppery. Substantial bready malt that helps balance the hop overload.

The feel is moderate to full bodied with softish carbonation. A big sweet malt that is more than balanced out by the hops. The hops leave a dry aspirin like bitter finish.

Very good DIPA. Not overly crushing on the palate but still quite bitter. Nice flavor profile.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tired Hands Stemmed Glass.

Appearance: Orange, copper, slightly red. Mostly clear. 1/2 finger of off-white head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Grapefruit first, followed by hop bitterness and, sadly, alcohol!

Taste: Extreme bitterness with alcohol very present. Grapefruit is found within at all times.

Mouthfeeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. A bit too carbonated for me, and the body was a bit thick. Sometimes I like this oily character of a strong IPA, but this one just isn't working for me. It seems a bit too syrupy.

Overall: I had high hopes for this one, but overall my biggest complaint is that the alcohol smell and taste is too prevalent for me. Bummed! Good, but not great.

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Photo of Bauzen
4.38/5  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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone snifter glass.

Appearance: Transparent slightly dark amber color. Light bubbles on the body that created a thin white head rising to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light hops with a dose of pineyness to it that hits you like a knucklball. Could be more potent but very nice to inhale.

Taste: The smell could use some tweaking but the taste more than makes up for it. A serious citrus overload, Hoppy like a motherf'er and the grapefruit feel is something you won't forget. A sweet bitterness creation that is f'n awesome. The one thing I wish it was more complex, just a little. I think it will satisfy most fans.

Mouth: Medium and ever so sticky. You think the hops are stuck to you palate after placing the glass down.

Overall: I really like this beer, more than the original is really depending on my mood. It's extremely tasty it lacks some other aspects but overall a very good beer. There are some comparisons and definitely an incredible substitute to Enjoy By. When you have one you will understand. Salud!

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Photo of santomark
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark amber color, dark golden, very reminiscent of a setting sunset.

Smell - HOPS, HOPS, and HOPS! Fruity, a touch of spice

Taste - Pleasantly hoppy, fruity, biscuit, and a spice finish

Mouthful - Medium semi heavy body, with a great lasting finish. I can taste it in between sittings.

Overall - Very good IPA, everything combined makes for a great beer. Like other reviews state, I can't get paste one of these without feeling full; however, the overall characteristics of the beer definitely allow you to enjoy it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear orange body with starkly contrasting white head. Moderate spotty lacing.

I love the nose on it. Papaya, orange juice, peach tea. A touch of grass, a little biscuit. Fresh.

Equally impressive flavors. Heavy on the tropicals and bitter. The biscuit malt is enough to hold it together but is completely hop dominated. True to ruination form it destroys my palate. Slightly spicy fusel finish.

Mouthfeel is full, soft, and clean.

I really dig this beer and honestly, is exactly what I like about a high abv DIPA. Bravo.

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Photo of Jree261
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Murky dark amber color with an off white, almost gray foam.

Smell-Powerful smell leaps out of the glass. I can smell a good part of the aroma with the glass sittin on the bar a foot away from me. Cream, Cherries, citrus, grass and hop flowers.

Taste-Baking spice gives way to bitter dark citrus.

Mouthfeel-Heavy full body with a long finish.

Overall-Good beer with the aroma being my favorite part. Like a lot of the Stone's there isn't any way to drink more than one before getting completely full.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 12 oz snifter.
Best by date: 8/28/13

Appearance: Golden amber orange in color. Half finger head of creamy bubbles.
Smell: Orange, Hops, Pine, Resin and straight alcohol.
Taste: On the front is caramel malt which quickly gets taken over by flavors of citrus, bitter grapefruit and sweet orange, an abundance of pine and resin, finishes with a deep alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and frothy.
Overall: Really fuckin nice. Taking a quick sip of this is like taking a shot of whiskey. It leaves a nice warming sensation in your stomach which is reminiscent of whiskey or a deep red wine. When you thoroughly investigate the brew further however you begin to see the beautiful hue, oddly sweet bitterness and unusually thick mouthfeel for an IPA. The high ABV in this beer shines through proudly and I have absolutely no problem with it!

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled British pub pint glass.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, golden amber with a smallish (1/5") head that quickly faded. What's really amazing about the color of this beer is that -when viewed from the side-- it seems to fade from dark amber to lighter amber from the top to the bottom of the glass. Beautiful.

Smell 4.25: Inviting and rare bouquet. I could smell the hops from this baby once my big shnozz got a foot away from it. As I drew closer, my nose went through many different hop varieties and they were all dependent upon my distance from the liquid! Once I brought it in to normal distance, the overwhelming smell is light pine and fresh grapefruit. Just wonderful.

Taste 4.25: Wow! The second the liquid hit my mouth I tasted that wonderful hop alkaline flavor. Front is actually somewhat dry, with a huge wave of hoppy goodness. I taste pine, subdued chlorophyll, citrus... . Middle is almost a burning sensation of deep caramel off-set with a light and drying punch of hops coming in from both sides of the palate. Finish is velvety smooth with more hops kicking your palate around like it was a soccer ball. So many hop flavors to wade through here that it takes a long time to sort them out! Aftertaste was long and went through several stages of alkaline and hop fading until it hit a level that was almost salty tasting (!) and then finished off smoothly.

Mouthfeel: 3.75: Mouthfeel was good, but this amazing beer could have been that much better with a more creamy CO2 addition.

Overall 4.25: Outstanding indeed. Wonderful beer and there is absolutely no hint of the high ABV. This brew is imminently sessionable but brings so many unique and elitist flavor profiles to your humble glass. Highly recommended, but it ain't cheap ($8 for a 22 oz bottle).

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Photo of brewtus
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark orange with a two finger off white head. smell is sweet bread, lemon, citrus, slightly boozy. the taste is the hop bomb that you would expect. very imperial taste, deep mellow warm hops, lots of lemon, citrus, pine, biscuit, I even get some cherry and stone fruit. slightly thicker than a typical IPA, as expected. This beer is very intense as expected but what I was so impressed with was the finish. most imperial IPAs are on the maltier side and they typically have a bitter fist to the tongue for an after taste. this had an extremely smooth finish for the amount of hop presence. This isnt my style but i really liked it and Im glad i got to drink it on the second time around

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.