Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

792 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 792
Hads: 5,317
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 301
Gots: 818 | 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: 792 | Hads: 5,317
Photo of kkleu357
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA shared by Joe at Dan's. Side by side with Ruination. Thanks!

Much darker and thicker looking than the regular. Certainly a more "serious" attempt at ruination of the palate but a tad too big for its own good. It's moving from one of my favorite IPAs towards the Devil Dancer territory and that's not a plus in my book... more viscous and unpleasantly bitter at times in comparison to the regular version. Also maltier.

However, considered on it's own it's still a pretty good 4+ rating DIPA; just not the clean, dry beer that Ruination, Pliny and Heady are. (590 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone IRS glass.

A 1.5 finger fuzzy off white head forms and turns quite foamy. The body is a hazy orange with excellent carbonation. Lacing is left after the head goes down and leaves rocky bubbles of foam above the body. Looks very nice.

S Big ole tropical fruits jump out at you. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango take charge along with what smells to be a bitter citrus.

T Excellent citrusy and piney bitterness upfront that carries all the way to the finish. Lots of fruit the same as the nose comes out that's somewhat sweet but mainly bitter. The finish is piney, bitter and dry, this stuff is excellent. West Coast hops bring the nice fruity character along with a solid palate wrecking bitterness. Citra bomb, best of both worlds. So close to a 5

M Medium feel that's somewhat sticky and syrupy. There's a medium carbonation made up of smaller carbo bubbles that makes for an almost creamy sip. Feels good but a toned down sticky/syrup feel would definitely benefit the beer

O This is a great anniversary beer. Definitely a step up from Ruination that doesn't deviate from the original beer. Make this every year.. (1,146 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant orange copper body. Body is very clean and free of sediment. A frothy four finger egg shell colored head is perched atop. Excellent retention, the head works its way back slowly leaving a thick sheet of lacing plastered to the walls of the glass.

It is a bit of a foregone conclusion that Ruination 10 was going to be hop forward though I still find myself pleasantly surprised. The hop profile is very well balanced. Strong tropical fruit and peach aromas are countered by assertive pine and citrus pith. As you dig through the hops you find a subtle sweet malt presence. Very clean malt aroma reminiscent of lightly toasted bread. A touch of alcohol is picked up though its presence is not obstructive.

Apologetically bold, the hops absolutely brutalize the palate. Heavy resin coats the tongue before the lighter tropical and citrus fruit flavors develop. The bitterness is apparent through out finds its way to center stage near the back of the palate. Lingering pine, pith and resin dig in. There is a general sweetness that is picked up which you can contribute to the malt though you will not find much in the way of a discernible malt flavor.

The body is on the fuller side for a West Coast Double IPA. I am very surprised by the soft, creamy texture of this beer, it is surprisingly appropriate. The finish is a bit longer than most of Stones IPA line up, citrusy sweetness and lingering bitterness still lay heavy on the tongue after the swallow.

As you pour and smell the beer it is very difficult to find fault. As you work your way back the beer does come back to the pack a bit but we are still talking about a mighty impressive beer. For a beer labeled Ruination, who made its name destroying palates, there is an appreciable amount of balance. The hops are blended in such a way that no one note over powers another. Malt presence is rather low but makes crucial contributions in areas that allow the hops to shine without becoming overbearing. A tremendous beer, well worth seeking out. (2,020 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Tupelo/clover honey golden in color. Thin, white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: It's like sticking your face into a bag of fresh hops. Like 5lbs of hops per barrel awesomeness! Citrus, pine, candied malts and awesome.

T: Hops, hops, hoppy hops! Obviously this beer is very hop forward. The lemon grapefruit citrus intertwined with pine is well balanced. Usually, there will be too much of one or the other. This beer also has great malt character, and is full bodied. Caramel and candy notes, slightly peppery qualities and a touch of roasted characteristics. Perhaps there's some other fruit in there, but this beer blew out my palate before I could identify everything.

M: Round, full and big. Heavy, long and taxing on the palate. This is what you would expect from a beer like this, though.

O: This is a distinctly intense ale, with the qualities to shock and impress. The additional dry hopping adds depth and punch to this beer. Highly recommended. (973 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Seriously this beer looks amazing! Golden orange-yellow color with a thin white head that smells of sweet malt, a touch of caramel, good sweet citrus and a great hop-forward presence. Taste is just a bit much for me; Ruination decided to RAGE! I love the increased malt character, but the additional hops is just too dominant. I do like how the hops dance on my tongue, and the slight bite from the hops. The linger of the hops in the middle of my tongue is quite nice. FT my other RuinTen... (492 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 RaulMondesi
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This son of a gun is a beast! Like, roar! This done thang is like a Prius with a V8; it's all kinds of smooth and subtle, yet at the same time - bingo bango! It come with a wallop. Raul done like it, but he won't put it in his trophy case of the best.

Kind of like Miss Alabama; sorry baby, you just missed it. (312 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

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. (525 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%

Served on tap in a 10oz. snifter.

A-Pours a deep copper, good clarity, small white head.

S- Big tropical notes of mango and pineapple, citrus, big dank pine. Light alcohol notes as it warmed. All the aromas are at level 10.

T- Similar to aroma, with a big long bitterness, notes of mango and pineapple and dank pine. Alcohol as it warm but not at any level to make it harsh.

M- On the heavy side of medium, pretty drinkable for such a full flavored high abv beer.

O- Really like this beer. Supposedly has 50/50 Citra and Centennial but I have to say the Citra really seems to steal the show, not that I'm complaining. A really big beer that is also surprisingly smooth to me. This beer is right up there with some of the most aromatic IPAs that I've had. (765 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (1,625 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (839 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Hop lovers, rejoice! This is one hoppy ass brew. Bought two down at Total Wine. This one has a drink by date of 9.05.13. Thank you Stone for putting a freshness date clearly on the neck!!!

Poured into tulip for review.

A: hazy orange with frothy white foamy head. Suds cling to the neck of the glass.

S: mango, papaya, pineapple, citrus, resin, orange peel. A truly hop lovers paradise.

T: same as taste but with bitter resin that bites back, coats the tongue, and offers pure hop bliss. Dank & chewy.

M: stickiness makes it feel full. Drinks nice, but dankness is cloying at times and may weigh you down. Definitely a supper all by itself.

O: wonderful hop bomb. This is what I wanted and what I expected and Stone just fuckin' knocked it out of the park. (766 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a bit orangier than a medium black tea, certainly brighter. two finger cream head. small and slow rising carbonation.
S: nose is very fruity, a sort of sweet, unplaceable fruit.
T: my housemate remarked how the flavor moves through 5 distinct stages of flavors: from sweet fruitiness like fermented plum/pineapple/unsweet apricot-peach, in the middle with ice tea and at the end with a very bitter hop punch. all great flavors. alcohol well well hidden and just burns your throat a bit.
M: medium and smooth bodied and ending with a smooth transition into a crisp sting.
O: Quite an achievement of a beer. Very very good. as far as flavors go, I'm not completely in love, but it's still really great. (704 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from CBX. Poured into a Bell's tulip glass...

A: Deep gold / tangerine, with an off-white, creamy 2-finger head; a few strands of lace cling to the glass. Looks pretty perfect for a 10.8% imperial IPA.

S: Citrus hoppiness and some tropical fruit syrup aroma; a wee bit of dank / resin and grapefruit rind is there, too - but the dry tropical fruit is what really gets me.

T: Big time citrus hop blast... Mango, grapefruit, orange pith... It's all there. Just enough malt sweetness to cut the dryness - there almost seems to be a bit of honey.

M: Close to full bodied; moderate carbonation; a touch viscous and oily... Pretty typical of an IPA of this stature.

O: One of the best imperial IPAs I've had! Nice hop aroma and taste with just enough malt to keep things in check. Pretty drinkable considering the huge abv. I might have to pick up a few more of these... (881 characters)

Photo of acevenom
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours dark orange copper with a large white head. Some tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and side of the glass. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing on the glass. The big hop aromas hit the nose first. I pick up the citrus hop aromas, but the pine aromas are much more intense. There's a big caramel malt aroma as well. There is a gigantic hop flavor explosion in the mouth. The piney resin coats the tongue, bringing a large amount of hop bitterness. The citrus flavors come next as do the sweet malts. For the intensity of the hop flavors, this is extremely well-balanced. The alcohol does not come through in the flavor either. The body is full with moderate carbonation. For such a big style, this is dangerously easy to consume. This is an excellent beer that was well worth the hype. (856 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip/snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a completely clear golden amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly slowly to some chunky foam. Leaves heavy lacing.

S- Pretty potent, the aroma hit me the second I cracked it open. Immediately I get big grapefruit-citrus and grassy, earthy aromas combined with pine and definitely caramel and toffee.

T- Wow, slightly different than I was expecting. I was expecting a hop-heavy, juicy, tropical blast, instead it's more on the piney, resinous, citrusy side. After the initial hop blast, I get big malt notes that are almost creamy, like vanilla cake frosting (weird, I know, but I'm definitely getting this). The finish is piney, bitter and astringent, and sticks on the tongue for a while. The hops seem to be all over the place in this one.

M- Medium carbonation with a pretty heavy body. Leaves a bitter taste for a while.

I wasn't exactly blown away by this beer given it's hype, but it was still a good drink. I could name many other DIPAs I'd rather be drinking, including "enjoy by" and the original ruination. The balance was a little off on this one, the hops kind of just punched you in the face instead of working together. Do try it though. (1,263 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle date 5/14.
Poured a light copper color into a Spiegalgau glass with a 2 finger head. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Attractive beer.

The aroma wasn't as strong as anticipated- light vanilla, some grapefruit. Not as strong as other DIPAs.

Mouth feel: excellent. Not overdone. Carbonated but smoother than other DIPAs.

Taste: there was less grapefruit in this beer than expected in a DIPA. Very malty.
The highlight is the hoppiness which carries through to the hoppy finish which is also spicy and mildy bitter.

Overall: this beer is a hop bomb. The spiciness in the taste and finish are excellent. The fruit, usually dominant in a West Coast DIPA, is not as prominent. This beer is about hops. (710 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A: Pours a dark orangish gold. Thin 1/4" head.

S: Excellent aroma, tons of hops in the nose. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine.

T: Excellent DIPA. Great balance between tons of citrusy and slightly piny hops with a solid pale malt base. Slightly sweet with a very bitter aftertaste. This one delivers on the promise to overwhelm with hoppiness.

M: Full bodied, slightly viscous, a bit under moderate on the carbonation level.

O: An excellent tweak to the always outstanding ruination. (557 characters)

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

#300

P: Crystal clear body with a silky white top.

S: Juicy tropical fruit bouquet that is encased in lime leaves. Pineapple, melon, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T/M: Succulent juicy tropical fruits, toasted sesame seeds, oak funk, old leather, spiced rum and herbs. Spicy medium mouthfeel that bites back.

O: Huge tropical hops and toasty malts. What's not to love. This is by far one of the best impy's I've had. Succulent and smooth. Great way to celebrate a anniversary. Cheers! (489 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. 2014 release.

Orange gold in color, significantly hazed, with slow head formation. Looks unsurprisingly syrupy. Super citrusy and sweet aroma, like candied orange peel. Flavor matches it, with a lot of citrus up front, developing into a little bit of an unmalted grain bitterness as it moves towards the back of the tongue. Orange rolls, grapefruit pith. Ethanol burn (some).

I remember the first time I tried (the original) Ruination, I thought it was an unbalanced mess of hops and not at all enjoyable. (though based on the BA reviews there are a lot of people who think otherwise) The flavors here are very clear and concise. The result is a pretty impressive brew, though to call it more balanced might be a joke. (733 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Dirty orange color, hazy and thick looking. Big white head and lacing like artwork.

S- Big citrus hop bomb, grapefruit. Pine tree resin, sweet malts and lots of alcohol.

T- Malty sweet with citrus hop overload. The alcohol is very forward and the sweetness fights through the hops.

M- Thick full feel. Resinous and beautifully bitter to the end. It is too cloyingly sweet and alcohol forward thus lacking balance.

0- I feed on hop bomb beers. This one delivers the hop fix. Its problems lie in the sweetness and alcohol overkill. I want to love it and rate it higher but it needs a tone down. (647 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.