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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

857 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 5,651
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 335
Gots: 994 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

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 Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Dark orange, amber color with a finger of an off white, cream colored head which fades to a thin coating and collar. Body is fairly clear with some light carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Orange, mango, peach, pine resin, light malt sweetness.

Taste: Light malt sweetness upfront. Lots of hop flavors of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, mango. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Medium high bitterness in the finish, with a strong alcohol warmth.

Overall: Excellent DIPA. Extremely flavorful and well balanced. Glad stone decided to make this a yearly release.

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Photo of becktone
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done in a horizontal review/tasting with GLBC Alchemy Hour

Eye: Crystal clear orange on the pour. Very nice creamy dirty white head that holds and leaves excellent lacing. Really they don't get much better appearance wise.

Nose: Big hoppy aroma upfront. Definitely can tell that this has been dry hopped. Citrusy hops dominate, grapefruit and some limey aromas. Overall nice. Malt backbone to support it all.

Tongue: Malt upfront with some alcohol and nice hop flavor. This beer is balanced very well. Citrus hop flavors meld nicely with the strong malt presence with a nicely balanced finish. Body is heavier than I'd have expected but the hop bitterness and citrus flavor help to lend lightness to it. Taste here lingers, alcohol on the back of the throat with hop bitterness sitting on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: This is one I'd have no problem drinking again. But really, its not something that is so amazing that I'd seek it out. Glad I bought the bottle and tried it, but nothing really all that mind blowing. Really good, but its not one of those beers that changes your world.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, bout a month old. Deep color. From a vigorous pour I got a solid head, but on the second one not as much. Settled to a thin foam that stuck around. The smell is nice and bitter, like I remember orig Ruination tasting. Some of that bitterness comes through on the taste, but as it warms up just turns in to malt and sticks to the mouth. Like other reviewers have noted, Ruination 2.0 and Enjoy By are better examples of hop bombs from Stone that keep the malt bill in check. This could use more balance.

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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 Arithmeticus
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured chilled in an ale glass chez White

A: medium amber color; fantastic lacing; medium head; modest carbonation
S: malt, hops--very intensive, sweet, and lingering
T: crazy bundle of hops and malt, with overtones of bubblegum; very complex, very intense flavor; one of the most delicious IPAs I've had; flavor lingers long

Unbelievable. Get it. Buy a second.

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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 bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy dark orange, an extremely hoppy beer and one of my all-time favorites. Whereas many of the new Stone IPA offerings have been more crisp and citrusy, Ruinten is hoppy and aggressive, make this year round Stone!

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Photo of themind
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a quality brew! to me this beer is less bitter then the original yet has a larger hop blast. The brew is very drinkable even at the high ABV. The aroma was hoppy and the carbonation was crisp. If you like Ruination you will really enjoy this one. A quality brew from a quality brewer.

Bottom Line: Palate wrecking hop blast!

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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 AndyAvalanche
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 version bottled 6/19/2014 poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out golden amber and with excellent clarity (like many IPAs from Stone). Nice eggshell colored head with mostly small bubbles, nice frothy lacing to it, almost looks like a road map on the upper portion of the glass and there's a ring around the edges on the top and a little island in the middle. Liquid glows when you hold the glass up to the light; a nice overall looking DIPA.

Smells awesome. Initially there's a good helping of generously honey glazed roasted than toasted pale/caramel grains. Multiple different styles of hops detected in the nose, but some of the more mild ones in the nose, you can tell it's not going to be a complete palate wrecker. Starts a little grassy and floral, but plenty of tropical fruits and hints of woody and sappy pine in there. Hints of pepper slightly tickle your ode at the end.

Tastes phenomenal, big flavor all around. Lots of honey roasted sweet toasted grains, almost slightly buiscuty. After that there's an extremely generous amount of hop flavor. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and some other tropical and citrus flavors. Hints of sticky prickly and sappy pine then there's a slightly spicy hop almost peppery flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel is really good. Big, bold, flavorful, with a full body and a nice long lingering finish. Layers of flavor adding lots of complexity. Well carbonated providing a slightly lighter body to a getting close to heavy beer. Heavily effects both sweet and bitter taste buds. Starts off bold with a sticky sweet start, not completely but fairly smooth with a oily bitter finish. Slight warming effect from the alcohol. Overall and absolutely delicious well rounded full beer. Another home run from Stone. I'm glad it was brewed again, I missed out last year. If this is coming out every summer (which is what I hear), then I will try to seek it out.

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Photo of davey101
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

RuinTen 2013 release. 22 oz bomber into a teku glass. I missed the initial 10th Anniversary Edition so I'm pretty excited to try this recipe out finally. Enjoy by: 08/28/13.

A - Pours a very clear dark amber body. Two fingers of white foam forms and settles down to a thin cap and some edging. Sticky lacing with some killer retention. A swirl produces an instant fingers worth of foam. Filtered DIPA's don't get any better than this.

S - There is a lot happening here. Starts off very fruity with some peaches, nectarines, and grapefruit. It then takes a swing towards the savory side. Dank, dank herb with layers of pine and oily resin with faint notes of onions. The end is undeniably fusel heavy and harsh. Not my favorite IPA hop profile but it certainly smells massive and impressive.

T - Stone fruit interrupted by oily resin and dank marijuana. Some pine and orange scattered around. The hops are pretty unrelenting here with a bitterness that isn't huge but feels like its slowly eating away at your enamel. Some bready caramel malts. The finish is all about bitter grapefruits. Mouth feel is medium bodied and coating. Alcohol shows through a bit as it warms up.

O - This is a really massive and palate destroying DIPA. Lots of flavors here with a manageable but large level of bitterness. This is a damn good beer and I'm happy this is now an annual release. However, Enjoy By is just so much more up my alley and is a rotating release.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 gcamparone
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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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 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 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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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.