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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
very good

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Reviews: 854
Hads: 5,625
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 334
Gots: 983 | 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: 5,625
Photo of Fcolle2
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color into a tulip glass. 2 finger white head that has great retention. There a decent amount of lacing. Nice looking beer

Nose has a big grapefruit and citrus kick to it, lots of malt comes in in the finish. Smells balanced and intense

Loads of hops in The front end, dominated by pine. Deep bread malt backbone before the bittering hops kick in.

Mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation with a sticky hop oil finish.

Overall this is a great really good double, big hop aromas and plenty of bitterness.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tied with DDH Ruination as the best ipa Stone has produced by far. A true CA masterpiece. Giant citrus, tropical fruit and oily pine notes balanced in a big way with a moderate boozyness and a solid malt backbone. This should be made again and again. I was beginning to despise Stone til they redeemed themselves with this bad boy.

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Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden-orange color with a very nice off-white head. Lovely lacing.

Nose is wonderful. Great bits of mandarin orange, juicy fruit, pine and so forth. My mouth is watering.

Full mouthfeel. Deliciously malty with enough that this almost teeters on a barley wine. Whoa momma this is packed with citrusy hops and it packs a punch. Chewy yet easy to drink which is scary. Some slight alcohol notes but really finishes dry and piney.

Lingering bits of pine with such a wonderful aroma throughout. I'm glad I got ahold of this. Simply fantastic but what else would one expect?

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

Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Has a nice fresh citrus aroma with some piney resin. Not as much of a boozy aroma as I would think. Has a nice smooth caramel taste with slight citrus and piney resin at the end. Nice and hoppy. Malts and hops blend very well. Moderate to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. It hides the alcohol content very well until the very end, when you get a slight alcohol burn in your gut.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this given to me from TinCup69 purely as a kind gesture on his part, thanks so much Scott! Best by date of 8/23/12.

Poured from a 22 once bottle into a pint glass.

A: A medium hazy orange color with a one finger white head. Not much glass lacing. It's just a rich looking beer.

S: Massive citrus smells with grapefruit and orange. You can definitely smell the dry hopping. Some herbal and pine notes with a rich caramel sweet smell. Alcohol is definitely detected.

T: Citrus flavors are dominant with the grapefruit and orange flavors. The massive hops are pricky and resinous with nice bitterness but then there is this huge sweetness that actually reminds me of candy alcohol. The booze comes out with the sweet all the while the bitterness lingers. Finish stays bitter and alcoholic and actually dries out from the sweet. Massive beer.

M: Full, coating, prickly, resinous, alcoholic, lasting, bitter!

O: Take Ruination and turn it up a few notches. This beer is just massive in both hops and malt and it works perfectly. I think regular Ruination is more enjoyable simply because it's easier to drink, but no doubt this beer is more complex.

A great way to celebrate the 10th birthday of Ruination. A massive beer with massive hops the signature of Stone. Well done.

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Photo of Zraly
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Taphouse in Hampton. Brutal hops in hazy package. Malt is straightforward. Heavy body. Pretty bad ass and warms the cheeks. Heavy on the body and I'm pretty sure I can only drink just one.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; freshness date of August 26, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“DRINK BY 08/26/13”).

Appearance (3.75): Three fingers of light tan foam makes up the head, cappong a toasted golden body that’s almost crystal-clear with just a slight chill haze. Great retention here, with the head taking forever to die down; lacing is moderate at best, though, with some suds here and there on all sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25): Oodles of tropical, brash, citrus hops mixing in with a caramelized sugar cookie-ish malt sweetness (I dunno, like shortbread with caramelized sugar on top?) leads the way. Pineapple and mango juice blur the line with the bready-sweet malt character, with undertones of resinous, dank, weedy hops. Surprisingly good balance between malt and hops.

Taste (4.25): Lots of hops, lots of malt, but more or less balanced. Lots of piney, citrus zest bitterness comes through throughout the beer, from start to finish. There’s definitely a solid malt backbone in this beer (more of that caramelized sugar, some rich short bread, and a rather nutty, toasted characer), but its edges blend into the hops character: the malt sweetness blurs the line with the juicy citrus fruit (pineapple juice, mango nectar), and the nutty toasted note blends into the dank resin from the hops. There’s a relatively strong citrus bitterness (a mix of red grapefruit juice and lemon zest) that is almost hidden by that thick malt character, until the finish—where a wave of that bitterness washes out the malt sweetness and lingers for a while. There’s some booze heat, but it blends in with the resin, toast, and citrus peel, as it should in a big DIPA. This is big and brash, but (relatively) balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Somewhat syrupy in feel, with a fuller-than-medium-weight feel and a smooth, almost velvety carbonation that foams softly and easily on the way down. There’s some boozy heat that sneaks in there, too, and with the hop oils it helps dry up the finish substantially. Feels great, actually for such a big-ass DIPA.

Overall (4.25): As noted in the smell, taste, and feel, this is a big, bold DIPA, with a surprising amount of balance. It’s not the hoppiest or the most memorable DIPA I’ve had, but all of the most prominent components—hops, malt, and booze—blend in to each other well, which is the mark (to me, anyway) of a well-crafted DIPA. For me, I think I actually prefer the regular Ruination, because it’s a lean, mean, hop-blasting machine, while this is a big, thick DIPA with its own character. But this is plenty good in its own right, too, and worth seeking out if you like DIPAs brash, thick, and balanced.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone RuinTen.

Aye. Not so often you get a hold of a ledgend around these parts. So naturally when I saw it on the shelf at my local craft store ( Jake's Liquor in Monroe, Michigan just off the Dixie I-75 exit ) I was inclined to pick a bomber up. $10 you say? Well I believe in you. NOW PROVE YOURSELF * FINAL BOSS FIGHT MUSIC STARTS * .

Look - Slow pours yields a very clear amber, almost as clear as your girlfriends last STD test as requested by myself to ensure you haven't been sticking Dick Johnson into any blimey skanks. Carbonations appears to be on low to medium depending on how you pour. Head is a well retained two fingers.

Smell - Overly ripe banana is a large player in this aspect followed by a boss level dosage of maltyness and grapefruit juices.

Taste - Yep, those overly ripe bananas pull a large margin of the weight in this aspect. Tropical juice notes are there, although flat on their faces . Malts come in and eventually get shot down by the reaper invasion that is my taste buds. 4.

Feel - Well rounded though moderately creamy bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Really don't have much else to say as the tropical notes linger and the alcohol is quite present. 4

Overall - Well.......I expected better for such a supposed legendary brew. But, you must remember rating inflection based on a beers status, how hard it is to get, whether somebody is a " yes man "( IE willing to suck a dick and a golf ball through a garden hose to please a higher point-wise ranking BA than themselves ) which I notice a lot of people are...y'know,despite the in depth reviews I've given you over the last three years apparently I'm not even an ' advocate ' yet? why? Because I won't suck a dong for the latest likes in which swill are you drinking now #737744747?.. anyway, would I have again? Lol not at this price per bomber. Remember that banana esque flavor in all Stone beers? Well yeah it dominates this one. Would be better off with an Enjoy By. 4.

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Photo of nodder
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear red/orange in color with a 2 finger white head. Fades quickly leaving some decent lacing.

S- Big, dank tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit, pineapple). Sweet malts and pine also present.

T- Much like the smell. Very resinous and dank. Quite sweet and bitter to go with the huge hops. Alcohol there but well hidden. A great beer here.

M- Medium body and surprisingly smooth. Just enough bitterness to leave you wanting another sip. Low to average carbonation.

O- A palette wrecker, for sure, but so good. If you haven't tried it, do so.

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Photo of EigenBeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Looked amber like Jurassic park fossil things in the movie

S-Smells good

T- Like an amazing thick resiny sack of delicious amazing bitter yet also sweet piney goodness malts

M- So much thicker than my normal IPAs definitely well carbonated

I really really enjoy this IPA

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Photo of Sintech
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap fresh. I'm not a fan. 1 note super bitter hop bomb. No Idea how this gets such high ratings. Save yourself some money and have a taster or buy a bottle in a mix six pack...

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Photo of kkleu357
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange body with a big white fluffy head. Slightly old at 3 months, but hoping it is still good. Huge malty earth aroma. Some pine smell. Very smooth. I do wonder if the hops have tapered off some because it is more malty and less hoppy than I thought it’d be, but still tastes great. Good amount of sweetness, but still quite bitter. My guess fresh this is great. Today I think it is very good.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep amber tinted with a glowing orange hue having excellent clarity and a persistent off-white head.

S: A big hops nose with citrus and pineapple dominating along with grapefruit, pine and some grassy notes. There is a clean malt aroma. No alcohol noticeable behind all the hops to warn about the ABV.

T: Bitter, yet smooth hop candy dominated by pineapple, orange and grapefruit. It has a high hop flavor with a moderately-high hop bitterness. There is enough malt sweetness keep the bitterness from being to assertive though the balance is well into the bitter side. The bitterness hangs on well past the dry finish without being harsh.

M: Medium-light with a moderate carbonation and smooth alcohol warming.

O: This is definitely in my top five list for Double IPA, just an outstanding beer for a hop head. The balance and smoothness of this beer while having so much hop flavor and a respectable strong bitterness is a real treat.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with three finger white head and nice retention.

Smell gushes with fresh hop flavor while pouring. Well balanced, juicy citrus, grapefruit and floral, without any of the malt sweetness usually found in an IIPA.

Taste is resinous hops, juicy grapefruit, peaches, and grassy/earthy notes as well. Coats the palate with hoppieness and just a spritz of alcohol.

Fantastic IPA!

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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 pagriley
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber about 6 weeks old

L - Deep orange with a fluffy slightly honey colored head that dissipates quickly. Thick heavy syrup legs on the side of the glass as I swirl
S - slight citrus, heavy pine and astringent cat litter dankness.
T - Sweet, somewhat heavy malts with a refreshing piney burst. Surprisingly soft on the finish. It is bitter, but not crushing by any means. Very nicely balanced by the sweetness.
F - Rich creamy mouthfeel. Heavy, but in a good way, and dangerously smooth. Very fine, almost silky carb

Overall a big beer, but very well made and dangerously easy to drink

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Pints OPlenty.

Appearance: Slight haze to this golden-orange pour. Bone white head with very nice retention and lacing, especially considering the abv.

Smell: Big sweet and hoppy. Distinctive citra aromas with lots of tropical fruit (and a hint of cat pee). Citrus and weedlike hops aromas second to the tropical fruit. There's a sweet pale malty aroma that tells me this is a big one, but I don't smell booze. Quite good.

Taste: A great combinaton of fruity hops flavor and unapologetic bitter bite. Nice "balance" from the malty sweetness. A delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a big beer. Some might wish it dried out a bit more, but I like a little stickiness in a DIPA. Feels creamy and soft, ends with a medium-heavy malt stickiness and some hops resin.

Overall: Very well executed DIPA. I'd buy this as a seasonal for sure.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass; darker orange with a huge thick fluffy white head that leaves some rocky lacing. Smell is big hops, almost gin-like piney scents with some other juicy citrus smells as well. Taste is a big, half fruity half bitter foretaste moving into a smooth malt body, finishing very bitter and a little dryer than expected. Alcohol is surprisingly hidden for 10%+.
A delicious DIPA, hopheads must try this one.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with about a finger of head which dissipated but was present along the edges of the glass. There is a beautifully clean burnt orange color to this brew. Active carbonation bubbled in the glass. Very light lacing. Has all the looks that a massive hop bomb should.

Smell: Bam! So much pine and bright citrus attack right away. The hops do not cease, have a slightly darker body in the aroma. Saturated tangerines, grapefruit, pine, mandarin oranges, and some leafy accents are found. Wow so very very bright. Not much else going on but the hops, but they are done outstandingly well.

Taste: The front is a surprisingly tame hop presence. A smooth, rich tropical fruit flavor jumps on the palette. The body is a strong pine and grapefruit presence which finishes very bitter, yet delicious. The finish again is very bitter and dry, with a lot of hop brightness. Gets a little boozy on the finish, but add more then it distracts.

Mouthfeel: Takes the palette on a journey. Fruity and some boozy dryness.

Overall: Is it another massive hop bomb? Yes, but it is done with the mastery that Stone continues to show in their IPAs. Scary drinkable, scary amount of hops, just the way I like to be scared. Got get yourself a bottle.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark golden, slightly hazy with a good three finger thick head after a pretty aggressive pour. The foam subsided slowly and left a good thick quarter-inch layer that provided a beautiful lace to the end. The aroma was flower, citrusy, and pretty sweet, with some fresh-baked bread notes. Mild tropical fruit, pineapple and resiny pine also came forward. The taste is just like the aroma, with big citrus and tropical fruits, pine and some sweet bready malt. What an excellently balanced brew! Overall, RuinTen is one of my favorite Stone brews. Although this beer is already a couple of months old, the hops seemed to hold up really well. Can't wait until next year's version is released.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a very large snifter.

A: The beer is a dark and hazy amber/reddish orange colr. Head was off white and gained a substantial size. Settled to a thick foam after a few minutes with sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S: Beautiful smell of fresh citurs and some berry and melon. Very crisp smelling. Citrus dominates. There is a light spice and honey in there as well. Awesome smelling beer.

T: Up front seems very balanced, with a big bready malt character to keep things honest. Seems drizzled with honey. Hops of course pack a wallop. Very dry but also somehow sappy with some peels in there to add a nice crisp character. Very sticky feeling but leaving a dry floral finish. Overall surprisingly balanced. The honey flavor is consistent throughout.

Overall: This isn't the straightforward hop bomb that I was expecting. there are nuances of sweetness and malt all throughout. There is definitely a hop punch, but with that much hop in the mix they have really compensated in the other direction as well.

Can be a bit cloying, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at refrigerator temperature.

L - Pale amber color with a 3-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Nice retention and great lacing. Not many carbonation bubbles.

S - Lots of hops with lots of pine followed by grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. A subtle touch of caramel and toasted malt can be appreciated, but this aroma belongs to the hops.

T - Starts off sweet and very, very quickly builds into an insanely bitter hop presence with pine, grapefruit, mango, and floral notes. I’m surprised that the sweetness actually sticks around through the entire taste, even with so much bitterness being present. It maybe sticks around for too long.

F - Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, and an extremely bitter and very dry finish. Piney bitterness lingers for a long, long time with a little undercurrent of caramel sweetness that lingers, too. There is definitely a palate and throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This is a good DIPA, but I must admit I’m a little disappointed. It looks really nice and smells fantastic. In the taste, I appreciate that the malty sweetness sticks around through all the bitterness, but it's a bit much for me in a DIPA. The mouthfeel is a bit too thick and sharp than I’d like also. The bitterness and alcohol adds a bite at the finish that diminishes the drinkability. Regardless, I’m glad I got to try it. Cheers to Stone for brewing a stellar DIPA for 10 years. Ruination will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first beer that I ever reviewed. I had my first Ruination only 4.5 months ago, but I’m a believer and I’ll still be drinking it when the 20th anniversary edition comes out. Here’s to another 10 years, Stone!

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - I don't think I've ever seen a beer with this look to it. The deep copper tone was infused with a fiery red that I can only imagine would mirror the color of the Stone Gargoyle's demonic eyes. This, more than the smell, portends the assault that is to come. The head is thick, and quickly recedes to a thin file that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.

S - A bubbling cauldron of hops. I can barely detect pine and citrus elements, but with a kick. No particular scent dominates, but, like the smell, it prepares the consumer for things to come.

T - Not for the faint at heart. The taste explodes from the first sip. It's boldness to the max, and takes a little while to adjust to. After about 6 swallows I'm still blown away by the bitterness that just keeps coming. It's not exclusively bitter though, and is well balanced.

M - Really nice. I take a big mouthful, swallow half, then savor the other half. It isn't pillowy or carbonated, just a really nice medium-full bodied drinking experience.

O - This joins the elite cadre of beers that is greater than the sum of its parts. This category may well be titled "experience", as this bomber is in fact an experience. The alcohol doesn't reveal itself significantly in the flavor, but I could feel it after only a few swallows. This, along with it's (slightly) tamer brother are drinking experiences that few other beers have been able to imitate.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, best by 8/28.

A: Glowing orange, with a finger of head that settles into a nice froth and leaves a ton of lacing. Gold in a glass.

S: Extremely potent. Mango, grapefruit, even a little pineapple and guava. Tropical fruit salad. Can smell it from miles away.

T: Begins gently tropical, then a huge wave of pine-dominated bitterness. Drinks smoother after 20 minutes, but still a bitter bomb, in a deeply satisfying way.

M: Very full, very soft. Texture works beautifully with tropical flavors.

O: Still not as blown away by this as I was last year's original batch, but as is clear from my numbers, this is still great.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden orange with a one-finger off-white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of citrus (orange, pineapple, & grapefruit) and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts with big juicy citrus with lots of orange and pineapple upfront.
The citrus fades into lots of big piney hops. A nice amount of malt sweetness olds everything together.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding DIPA. Lots of big flavors that are very well balanced. An awesome beer.

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