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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,653 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 213
Gots: 549 | FT: 6
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:
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.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012)
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Photo of jaasen64
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, first one off the shelves today. Poured into CCB snifter. Looks like it says enjoy by 8/23 (about a month and half away).

A- Pours a translucent golden amber color with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Slightly below average carbonation of slowly rising bubbles. Not too much lacing.

S- Grapefruit hops! Some pine, malts, lemon. Definitely above average aroma strength, could smell right away when the bottle was cracked open.

T- Sticky grapefruit hops not as much as the smell, the malts definitely dominate the flavor profile a little bit more, definitely on the bitter side, finishes malty and a little bit more lemony with a lemon aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, abv very well hidden, smooth, drinkable, not too much carbonation but not flat.

O- I liked this DIPA, however I don't think it is anything amazing. The smell was great, especially when the bottle was first cracked open. The malts in the taste however dominated the hops a little bit too much, which ruined the taste a little bit for me. Still has a very nice taste though. It's been awhile since I've had the regular Ruination, I wished I picked up a bottle to compare. At $11/bottle I recommend at least trying it, you might like it. I however probably won't be buying more, there are a few other DIPAs for cheaper that I think are superior.

jaasen64, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Golden amber with 3 fingers of fluffy head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Low carbonation.

Nose
Sugary caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, lemon zest onion and nail polish remover.

Taste
Resinous pine, grapefruit zest and lemon zest. Killer floral and perfume like hops. Some thin caramel and bready malts. Efforts of tangerine and pineapple gets lost among the bitterness. A lot of grapefruit. A lot of pine. A lot of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, bitter, sticky and dry.

Overall
Hop water. Why should I have expected anything else? Sure, it's a palate wrecker. Congrats. Don't expect anything past astringent pine, grapefruit, perfume and onion.

I don't get it. If you're looking ONLY for hop bitterness, this is for you. If you want a classy DIPA with juicy citrus and/or tropical fruits, go elsewhere.

To all the morons giving this a perfect score, get off BA!

justintcoons, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bomber poured into a globe glass, the 10th Anny pours a clear copper with half an inch of just off white foam. Offers good retention and some sheets of lace.

Aroma is intoxicating in itself with loads of resinous pine and some citric qualities to round it all out. Alcohol is fairly well hidden on the aroma. Some graiiny malt and some light caramel play a secondary role. Citra noted on Stone's website round things out but are largely crowded out by the piney Centennial.

Flavor is creamy with a malty presence up front. A firm bitterness lingers on the close after the sweetness ebbs from the palate. ABV is a bit more evident here than the aroma and she finishes with an oily grapefruit note.

Good feel with a carbonation that works with the brew and helps to keep the sweetness at bay, at least initially. As the beer outgasses and warms up it does get a bit rich and malty with notes of orange and caramel.

Overall a good DIPA but I'm in the 'Standard Ruination' camp on this one, preferring its bolder bitterness and palate ruining capabilities. This one may offer better 'balance' but who needs that.

HalfFull, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

schnarr84, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.2%

WeisGuy, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper color with a large, foamy, billowy, light, white head. Nice retention leaving behind a faint lacing.

S - Heavy on pine resin and herbal/green notes. Some grapefruit and citrus. Touches of sweet caramel but overall it smells fairly bitter and "green.'

T - Like the nose, overall this is fairly bitter and green. Herbal, floral and pine hop flavors are dominant. Some citrus along with a whisper of tropical fruit. Some sweet caramel malt provides a touch of balance but it finishes with a bitter note.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly slick feel.

D - Hop presence is strong and isn't necessarily big on fruitiness compared to other DIPAs. Fairly bitter but the alcohol is very well hidden. Enjoyable to drink and just enough malt to make it a little easier to drink more than sips.

Notes: This was a solid DIPA. Nothing outstanding, although I tend to prefer more fruity (D)IPAs. Provides a nice bitter kick though. Well crafted and worth a try, though I wasn't impressed enough to splurge on another bomber (particularly compared to Enjoy BY).

FreshHawk, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear honey gold with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Lots of sticky hop aromas here, reminiscent of pine, grapefruit resin, and marijuana.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of resiny pine, grapefruit, and marijuana There are some slight caramel notes as well with a moderately bitter finish. Quite tasty.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation, this beer is a bit undercarbonated, but the sticky body goes with hop characters well.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. Lots of sticky, weed-like hop characters that I enjoy.

n2185, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

RoryOMoore, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served chilled into a pint glass.

Ruination's Tenth is a hazy golden orange with thin white head. It's tight and dense with some lace left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is big and hoppy just as expected and just as it should be. Huge grapefruit and citrus like nothing else I've had.

Flavor is very intense. In fact, I think only the Younger is stronger in aroma and flavor. It has some sweetness up front from the huge malt bill leading to its 10%+ ABV. But the rest of the sip is pure hoppy goodness. So strong, so bitter, and so hoppy. Rind and pith and all that is bitter in a piece of citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. No balance really, whatsoever. It's big and bitter and that's it.

Overall a really special double IPA. Hopefully it will not just be a one-off but at least we will always have Ruination. It's the grandfather of double IPAs.

GilGarp, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into nonic.

My complaint about regular Ruination is that all the hops seemed to have gone into bittering rather than the flavor... This beer holds TONS of flavor-- and tons of bitterness still!

Slightly coppery amber body with a two-finger off-white head. Great lacing... Average retention. Looks pretty good, but not blowing my mind.

Smells of some sweet malts with a giant grapefruit and tropical fruit hop notes. Big old boozy aroma wafting up-- lots of fusel alcohol.

The flavor starts slightly sweet with caramel and sweet breadiness before it dries out with hop notes. Grapefruit, pineapple, citrusy tropical fruit notes abound. Big bitterness on the dry finish.

Feels pretty full-bodied... Really oily, lots of residual sugar coating my teeth.

Overall-- I was happy to try this one, but I don't think it's any better than the regular version-- it's just boozier and more hoppy flavored... It isn't bad by any means, in fact I mostly think it is pretty good. It just isn't one I feel cowled to drink again.

AleWatcher, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of mikeincharleston
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mikeincharleston, May 13, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -13%

bigbeers84, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev -7.2%

ajzy, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of djaeon
5/5  rDev +16%

djaeon, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of mpayne5
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

mpayne5, May 28, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Zachtheporter, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Best by date of 8/20/13.

Pours a frothy, light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is thick, layered, and web-like with great stick. Couldn't ask for much more.

Nose is citrus, pine, resin, sap and cane sugar. Some caramel and brown sugar too. Super aromatic. Real nice.

Opens citrus, tree sap, brown sugar, and amber. Resin and hop bitterness in the middle rounded out by caramel, molasses, and brown sugar coarseness. End is citrus and more nutty sweetness. Aftertaste is hop bitterness mixed with a robust malt presence. Solid.

Medium bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Filmy and prickly in the mouth and goes down aggressive and bubbly. Finishes messy with a lingering, coating aftertaste. Pretty good if a bit more robust than I would like.

RuinTen is one of those molasses-brown sugar-resin based IPAs that I usually don't like. However, this one pulls it off admirably and is actually quaffable. Decent but I think you really have to like this type of IPA to appreciate what's going on here. Still worth trying though.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of bum732
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Big, bold mango, grapefruit and orange peel, unbelievably fragrant, slight maltiness, lots of passion fruit.

L: Hazy burnt orange, creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Tropical fruit galore up front, lots of passion fruit, mango and pineapple. Underneath is just enough malt to stand up. Medium high bitterness leading to slight alcohol burn. Finishes with loads of resiny hops, slightly dry.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, some alcohol burn.

Like a souped up Sculpin, pretty fucking amazing.

bum732, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

PatGreer, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bobv, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber with a best by date of 8/28/2013, shared with Benish and poured into a New Belgium globe yesterday, 7/23/2013.

This beer smells like cat piss. A decent bit of pine with a lot of citrus, a bit of grassiness. Somehow this all comes together to make cat piss. This is all mixed in with a strong malty sweetness reminiscent of caramel and toffee. This nose does not prepare you at all for what you are about to experience drinking this beer. No way.

The appearance is outstanding. A clear amber, burnt orange body that pours with a lovely, fluffy 2cm white head that takes its time to go away, leaving thick collar and lacing on the side. The lacing is exquisite. This is a very good looking pale ale type of beer.

As I drink it, I feel like I just got kicked in the face with pine resin, citrus orange, lemon zest straight up. This is supported by an excellent malt backbone that provides sweet caramel and some brown sugar. All I got to say is that this is a super hoppy flavour that is actually balanced well by the malt backbone. It is very bitter as well in a good way.

The beer ends well with a bitter hoppy finish that is some amalgamation of the pine, citrus and grassy hops. The finish is a bit dry but not overly so. It is a well carbonated beer that comes with a thick medium body, which is a pleasure to drink as an DIPA. Not boozy at all for me. I find this beer to be very well put together in terms of the hop and malt balance.

All in all I thought this is a great DIPA. I wonder if this ought to be classified as a Triple IPA because the hops are just above and beyond what I expect from a good DIPA. The malt backbone is well-constructed and supports the bittering hops very well in this beer, so the drinking experience is very good. I continue to be impressed by Stone and what they have been doing with their beers, despite all the marketing they do produce excellent hoppy but well-balanced DIPAs that sell at a great value. I do think they could do more with the aromatic hops in this beer.

Stevedore, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -7.2%

CoolEthan, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of buzzy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

buzzy, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of NJBeer265
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

NJBeer265, May 19, 2014
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 4,653 ratings.