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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

5,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,025
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 241
Gots: 643 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fantastic deep amber orange with a rambunctious head of off white foam that sat aloft for quite some time before it fell to a thick cap and ring. Left plenty of nice lace to decorate the soon to be empty glass. This beer was simply handsome. The color was rich and it had plenty of clarity. There were tiny bubbles that wafted up not just in the center but all over, making me wonder just how big is the bottom of that glass? Nose is big citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Has a terrific malt caramel sweetness that's dry and sugary. There's bread in there too, pine and earth. Touch of spice to liven it and a good perfume from the hops. Touch of alcohol on the nose. Taste is bitter up front with plenty of juicy and ripe fruit that is sweet enough to make you feel safe. Then the malt, deep, full & bready and carries all that oil and resin to the back palate and before you can think too hard the bitter really peaks. The hops oil and resin linger at the back of the throat, piney and with a touch of alcohol. There's grapefruit, there's a little pepper and even a little onion. It feels sticky and it even feels thick on the palate. The tropical fruits are combined into a punch like quality but there is some melon and orange.

As it warms the malt becomes heavy and little sweet for my taste and the bitter is a bit loud. The fruits were forthright but they lost to the oily pine. Hints of nutty qualities as it warmed. They made a very big beer. A hop bomb, a huge fat hoppy beer. It's pretty good.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for bringing this one by and opening it. It looks like a burnt stoplight amber color in my glass with very sharp and crisp clarity. The thin-bubbled, creamy, off-white cap grows thick and settles slowly; it leaves very nice lacing behind - something I've come to expect from basically every Stone brew now.

Huge citrus and mild tropical undertones line the first sniff; ripe-ass, juicy grapefruit, some pineapple, and lightly white-pepper covered citrus peels and citrus zest. No doubt that this was crafted on the West Coast with a citric hop profile like this. The hops are pretty dank, herbal, and floral; they smell of dripping wet bitterness.

As RuinTen warms up a little, the aroma warps from all hops and no malt, to some hops and a lot of malt. The malts actually become a bit overpowering if you let this sit in your glass for too long - caramel and sticky toffee malts; sweet, sweet, and sweet. Bready and full of itself; I recommend not letting RuinTen mellow for too long, though it may be a hard one to guzzle at 10.8% ABV.

The malt base is strong in the flavor up-front; toasted breads, lightly sweet caramels and a touch of toffee - a huge, lofty malt cloud upon which the huge hop profile opens up. Pungent, leafy, and full of hop oils. Just like the aroma, the initial hop flavors are super fruity; tons of citrus and grapefruit peels, candied and dashed with a bit of white pepper. A very mild onion flavor comes and goes around mid-palate or so.

The malt sweetness cuts the bitterness and keeps things balanced at first, but much like the aroma, the flavors gets a bit too "malt heavy" and almost cloyingly sweet once the brew has about 15-20 minutes to warm up. The hops take a backseat, the caramel and toffee malts jump out, and the alcohol inherits a larger phenol-like presence. The mouth on this beer is huge; thick, sticky, with a resinous and heavy mouth feel.

Had I reviewed the first half of this beer only, I would have loved it. The latter half proved to be a bit too sweet, borderline-cloying, and overpowered with malt. The hop profile was beautiful, but unfortunately it doesn't shine strong for more than 15 minutes or so. I prefer the regular Ruination to this, if only for the lighter malt bill, however this brew is still pretty solid.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of NEhophead
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone brings a "go big or go home" attitude with their beers. If Ruination isn't enough for some, go bigger with this amped up version. Here goes 22 ounces. On to the beer:

Beautiful amber orange in color and topped with a creamy inch of head. It leaves a solid amount of creamy lace around the glass. Now the aroma, it smells a lot liked a Ruination ale on crack. There's vibrant pine, passionfruit, tangerine, a little tea, and a brushing of caramel.

if you're expecting something akin to the "Enjoy By" series, you may be disappointed. That said, RuinTen is a damn fine ale. It's not quite a barleywine, and it's not quite an Imperial IPA. The base provides a good amount of sweetness, bringing toffee and sweet citrus fruits. It also brings some pine, resin which sticks to the palate, a little passionfruit, and also some tangerine. Being at 10.8% alcohol, the beer hides the booze extremely well. It's also remarkably smooth, which helps lift the enjoyability of the beer.

Remarkable beer. Keep on doing your thing Stone!

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3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 & 2014

A: Poured from bottle to tulip. Pours a copper/orange with an off white head that holds for quite a while but doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Smell is very pleasing with sweet caramel and huge citrus.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with a sweet caramel front and a strong pine and citrus hop finish. The alcohol is very present in this beer.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a very dry finish.

O: A good DIPA, not the best and far from the worst but a very good brew non the less..

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a brassy amber with a thinnish, frothy head. Smells like whenever I make hop tea. Hops have an earthy and herbal character. Tastes like sweet hop tea. Again, the hops lean more towards earthy and floral tones. Pretty sweet overall with not THAT much bitterness in the end. This is more about the flavor of the hops over crushing bitterness, although there is a bitterness that lingers on and on. Mouthfeel is a tad thick and sticky, but not exaggeratedly so. Nice bit of prickly carbonation. I'm not big into DIPAs (too sweet for me), but, just as with Enjoy By, Stone managed to win me over.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Brewdaddy87
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap from the brewery and was blown away. It pours a darker amber color but with the glass at your waste, you can smell the awesome coming from this beer. Grapefruit was the first to hit my nose, then the pine and clove like hints following. I have been lucky enough to find plenty Pliny the Elder offerings but this one has it beat in my opinion. I bought a bottle just to do a sanity check and further verified my initial opinion. This beer is outstanding. The only somewhat downfall is that it is pretty heavy in the mouthfeel department. Stone has outdone themselves with this one. I'll take this over the Enjoy By any day. Not to say Enjoy By is slacking but the Ruin Ten is a step above anything I've had from them.

Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Missed reviewing this the fist time around. Glad to see it is back as Stone shines when it comes to using hops.

A- Poured into a tulip glass from the 22oz bottle with a dark-orange body. A cap of foam forms to about a finger or two high and has a nice silky, creamy texture. A puffy ring stays around the edge of the beer and lace is spotty.

S- Blast of tropical fruit notes immediately upon opening the bottle and pouring the beer. A hop bomb in the truest sense of the word, just like the original Ruination. Fresh mango, peach, passion fruit and just about any tropical fruit comes to mind. Citrus juice and rind also come into play from the hops. Slight malty hint, probably because of the massive ABV. With time, some maltiness is aromatic after the hops saturate my palate.

T- For me the balance of power shifts a bit in the flavor. It is still a hop monster but it shifts a bit to pine and citrus rind, especially with the high end bitterness present. It reminds me a lot of when I zested a bag of oranges last week, that bittersweet orange flavor. The tropical fruit hints are still here but more prevalent in the aroma. The other big change here is the malt flavor coming into play. Big caramel and some sweetness reminiscent of certain American Barleywines. Some alcohol hints with warmth and time.

MF- Huge body for a Double IPA, which is fine because it is better overly thick than too thin. A slightly oily feel to it all. Carbonation is on the high side and with agitation the whole beer becomes like whipped cream. Huge bitterness in the finish.

This is a damn good Double IPA but I certainly have some thoughts. At just about 11%ABV the malts come out and remind me slightly of Hog Heaven and other American Barleywines, I know this border is blurry at times. It also makes me wonder how the hell Russian River makes Pliny the Younger. When I had it a few years ago I knew it had an absurdly clean hop flavor for 12% but I still haven't found a beer that is above 10% with that same feel.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,025 ratings.