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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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843 Reviews
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Reviews: 843
Hads: 5,579
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 322
Gots: 942 | 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: 843 | Hads: 5,579
Photo of andyfrancis
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a thick frothy off-white head. Looks serious.

Like smelling a glass full of hops. Smells serious.

Yeah. One of those serious IPAs. Boozy, hoppy, some sweet tasty malt back and then more booze.

Thick. No doubt you're drinking something serious, and you wouldn't want to have too much.

Would almost work as a night cap for me. Since it's an annual thing now, I'll probably always get at least one bottle, but not much more than that.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze, small near white head slow to leave. Some cling lace.

S - Hops are there, yes, but maltier than expected.

T - It almost reminds me of an east coast DIPA, as the hops are strong, but the malt is huge too!

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - At near 11%, deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me at her work.

Appearance- copper color, thin head

Smell- floral, citrus hops

Taste- floral, citrus hops, very well balanced, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was very good. I loved it! Definitely one to buy again and again!

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

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. Drink by 08/28/13 on the neck.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a dense mostly white head. Lots of small bubbles are visible in the body. Head sticks around for a long time and leaves lacing on the side.

S: Fresh hop aroma hits you in the face upon first whiff. Lots of citrus with a bold sweetness. Earthiness comes from the hops too, just a touch of pine. Malts warm up and give it a bit of a fermented fruit note.

T: Certainly a bold brew. Hops are huge and dominate the first few seconds after sipping. Malts show up and add a complimenting sweetness. Balances out on the aftertaste with an earthy, fresh hop character. Can taste a bit of the booze.

M: Full body with low carbonation. Comes across fairly creamy and thick. Not overly sticky considering the resinous hops. Alcohol is by no means hot, just warming in the stomach.

Overall Stone makes some serious IPA's and this is no exception. I've always been a Ruination fan and this feel fresher and lighter. A must try for any bold IPA fan. I will be getting next years batch.

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color, a couple shades darker than your traditional IPA. The fluffy head is cream colored and settles into a nice cap. Good lacing on the glass.

Big grapefruit aroma with some tropical fruit notes. There is some pine that is eagerly popping through. Some honey sweetness from the malt.

The flavor is has a bright citrus hop with some bitter grapefruit rind. Orange and pineapple notes provide sweetness. The hop profile then transitions into piney and peppery. Substantial bready malt that helps balance the hop overload.

The feel is moderate to full bodied with softish carbonation. A big sweet malt that is more than balanced out by the hops. The hops leave a dry aspirin like bitter finish.

Very good DIPA. Not overly crushing on the palate but still quite bitter. Nice flavor profile.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tired Hands Stemmed Glass.

Appearance: Orange, copper, slightly red. Mostly clear. 1/2 finger of off-white head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Grapefruit first, followed by hop bitterness and, sadly, alcohol!

Taste: Extreme bitterness with alcohol very present. Grapefruit is found within at all times.

Mouthfeeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. A bit too carbonated for me, and the body was a bit thick. Sometimes I like this oily character of a strong IPA, but this one just isn't working for me. It seems a bit too syrupy.

Overall: I had high hopes for this one, but overall my biggest complaint is that the alcohol smell and taste is too prevalent for me. Bummed! Good, but not great.

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Photo of Bauzen
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, golden amber color... There's some fruit and pine on the nose, very hoppy, but a hint of spice that makes it unique.

Flavor wise, its hoppy and fruity, almost on the sweet side for an IPA. It's certainly not as bright and over-the-top, but it has a pleasant kick to it. It's the spice that I can't put my finger on that makes it interesting. The finish is heavy, and ends with that same note of spicy hops.

Overall, it's a great meal replacement. If RuinTen truly is a single-time offering from Stone - I'll be sad when it's gone. While it's not a ground-breaking IPA, it's a intriguing alternative to my usual rotation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone snifter glass.

Appearance: Transparent slightly dark amber color. Light bubbles on the body that created a thin white head rising to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light hops with a dose of pineyness to it that hits you like a knucklball. Could be more potent but very nice to inhale.

Taste: The smell could use some tweaking but the taste more than makes up for it. A serious citrus overload, Hoppy like a motherf'er and the grapefruit feel is something you won't forget. A sweet bitterness creation that is f'n awesome. The one thing I wish it was more complex, just a little. I think it will satisfy most fans.

Mouth: Medium and ever so sticky. You think the hops are stuck to you palate after placing the glass down.

Overall: I really like this beer, more than the original is really depending on my mood. It's extremely tasty it lacks some other aspects but overall a very good beer. There are some comparisons and definitely an incredible substitute to Enjoy By. When you have one you will understand. Salud!

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Photo of santomark
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark amber color, dark golden, very reminiscent of a setting sunset.

Smell - HOPS, HOPS, and HOPS! Fruity, a touch of spice

Taste - Pleasantly hoppy, fruity, biscuit, and a spice finish

Mouthful - Medium semi heavy body, with a great lasting finish. I can taste it in between sittings.

Overall - Very good IPA, everything combined makes for a great beer. Like other reviews state, I can't get paste one of these without feeling full; however, the overall characteristics of the beer definitely allow you to enjoy it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear orange body with starkly contrasting white head. Moderate spotty lacing.

I love the nose on it. Papaya, orange juice, peach tea. A touch of grass, a little biscuit. Fresh.

Equally impressive flavors. Heavy on the tropicals and bitter. The biscuit malt is enough to hold it together but is completely hop dominated. True to ruination form it destroys my palate. Slightly spicy fusel finish.

Mouthfeel is full, soft, and clean.

I really dig this beer and honestly, is exactly what I like about a high abv DIPA. Bravo.

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Photo of Jree261
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Murky dark amber color with an off white, almost gray foam.

Smell-Powerful smell leaps out of the glass. I can smell a good part of the aroma with the glass sittin on the bar a foot away from me. Cream, Cherries, citrus, grass and hop flowers.

Taste-Baking spice gives way to bitter dark citrus.

Mouthfeel-Heavy full body with a long finish.

Overall-Good beer with the aroma being my favorite part. Like a lot of the Stone's there isn't any way to drink more than one before getting completely full.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 12 oz snifter.
Best by date: 8/28/13

Appearance: Golden amber orange in color. Half finger head of creamy bubbles.
Smell: Orange, Hops, Pine, Resin and straight alcohol.
Taste: On the front is caramel malt which quickly gets taken over by flavors of citrus, bitter grapefruit and sweet orange, an abundance of pine and resin, finishes with a deep alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and frothy.
Overall: Really fuckin nice. Taking a quick sip of this is like taking a shot of whiskey. It leaves a nice warming sensation in your stomach which is reminiscent of whiskey or a deep red wine. When you thoroughly investigate the brew further however you begin to see the beautiful hue, oddly sweet bitterness and unusually thick mouthfeel for an IPA. The high ABV in this beer shines through proudly and I have absolutely no problem with it!

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled British pub pint glass.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, golden amber with a smallish (1/5") head that quickly faded. What's really amazing about the color of this beer is that -when viewed from the side-- it seems to fade from dark amber to lighter amber from the top to the bottom of the glass. Beautiful.

Smell 4.25: Inviting and rare bouquet. I could smell the hops from this baby once my big shnozz got a foot away from it. As I drew closer, my nose went through many different hop varieties and they were all dependent upon my distance from the liquid! Once I brought it in to normal distance, the overwhelming smell is light pine and fresh grapefruit. Just wonderful.

Taste 4.25: Wow! The second the liquid hit my mouth I tasted that wonderful hop alkaline flavor. Front is actually somewhat dry, with a huge wave of hoppy goodness. I taste pine, subdued chlorophyll, citrus... . Middle is almost a burning sensation of deep caramel off-set with a light and drying punch of hops coming in from both sides of the palate. Finish is velvety smooth with more hops kicking your palate around like it was a soccer ball. So many hop flavors to wade through here that it takes a long time to sort them out! Aftertaste was long and went through several stages of alkaline and hop fading until it hit a level that was almost salty tasting (!) and then finished off smoothly.

Mouthfeel: 3.75: Mouthfeel was good, but this amazing beer could have been that much better with a more creamy CO2 addition.

Overall 4.25: Outstanding indeed. Wonderful beer and there is absolutely no hint of the high ABV. This brew is imminently sessionable but brings so many unique and elitist flavor profiles to your humble glass. Highly recommended, but it ain't cheap ($8 for a 22 oz bottle).

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

pours dark orange with a two finger off white head. smell is sweet bread, lemon, citrus, slightly boozy. the taste is the hop bomb that you would expect. very imperial taste, deep mellow warm hops, lots of lemon, citrus, pine, biscuit, I even get some cherry and stone fruit. slightly thicker than a typical IPA, as expected. This beer is very intense as expected but what I was so impressed with was the finish. most imperial IPAs are on the maltier side and they typically have a bitter fist to the tongue for an after taste. this had an extremely smooth finish for the amount of hop presence. This isnt my style but i really liked it and Im glad i got to drink it on the second time around

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 5 East Unearthly West RuinTEN

Overall it came down to personal preferance which to me I enjoyed unearthly a little bit better... stone was a cleaner nice hoppyness and bitterness with a sweet malt back to it.. it was absolutely glorious... I will definitely be buying it again next year. RuinTEN placed 6th out of ten spots.

Original review 4.8

Bottle said: enjoy by 9/12/13 drinking on 7/2/13... that's about right...
Drink hoppy beers as fresh as you can... reject old ones.

Poured into Sniffer glass...

Niiice 1 1/2 finger bone white head..super thick... lacing just stayed on the glass like it was glue... did not move... super clear amber reddish hue that was crystal clear with bubbles dancing to the top. The best looking dipa I've seen yet.

Smell was on the okay side, more hop forward than citrusy but overall a great smell.

Taste was out of this world like all of stones IPA's... very hoppy bite at first that absolutely takes over everything... slight citrus but mostly hop oriented tastes. Alcohol is more prevalent in the taste than any other stone ipa I've had but I like it.... nothing annoying or overpowering but it's there.

Completely smooth crisp ending with hop smack all over the aftertaste...

Overall a phenomenal IPA but I'd give a slight nod to the enjoy by ipa from stone... very slight... still liked it better then the reunition one.. a definite must try

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Photo of CoachC
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - appearance is a beautiful amber orange color, with a 1/2 inch head poured into a snifter.

S - smell is of dank tropical hops. Unbelievable.

T - taste is also of tropical hops, very hop forward flavor. Also can taste the alcohol, although the hop flavor is amazing. Also has a slight malt backbone.

M - good mouthfeel.

O - one of the best imperial IPA's I've ever had. Although I think Stone's Enjoy By is slightly better.

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Photo of HomeBrewed
3.02/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A very overrated beer IMO. I was expecting a hop bomb and received a malt bomb with a lot of hops added. I don't know how else to put it, but it tastes like an old DIPA. Very disappointing. Not much else to say. I would not waste my money again. Ruination and the regular IPA are much better.

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Photo of crispy620
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I own a Craft Beer bar get a number of beers to try and many are common and basic.
This beer is outstanding for a high hop, high alcohol IPA.

Got this in a bottle.

The color is a golden yellow with a nice foam that cling to the glass. The smell, if you are a hop head, is for better sake of a word, is almost that pungent acrid smell that hoppy beers attain.

The taste is nice and acidic that cling to your palate and remains for a good while.A - Pours a nice orange color, two finger fluffy white head, thick lacing.

While other people might not like this type of style, this is the type I really enjoy.

If this lands in your neighborhood grab a couple of bottles and stash one for a couple of months.

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Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Sam's Pilsner

A - Pours a nice orange color, two finger fluffy white head, thick lacing.
S - Lots of fresh orange, mango, pineapple, big pine and caramel malt, smells like a lot.
T - This is a barrage of hops, actually for once, its too much, the good flavors are overwhelmed by an agressive ibu that is just too much.
M - Excessively bitter and too strong.
O - Its ruination, but overly hopped and too strong. Not thats great.

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Photo of challenja
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lyons Hall Arlington, VA .Poured into a tulip
A: Solid copper. Light laced foam. Stickiness

S: Stank dank warrior tomahawk grapefruit pine dropjaw . Citra and centenial flower hops. Way more aromatic than regular ruination.Lemon oil, pineapple, sour white sugar lemon drops.

T: Wow. Amazing pine tar ipa flavoring facepunch. Sweet and sour white grapefruit. White sugar lemon drops. Its very bitter and corruptly citrus lemon peel. Man this takes ruination up a notch. If this was bottles year around I would buy this by the case. It puts everything to shame. Buy this beer.

M: Full to medium body. Frothy and throat tingling. Sour and tar. Crisp alcohol and thickly wet.

O: If this wasn't my last and best beer of the night I would be buying more. Amazing fantastic wondrous must try buy and save IPA.

Add on : the review was for the original release, the 2014 batch has a great cayenne/white pepper finish that really wows the tastebuds!

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Photo of briankrespan
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just wow… That was my reaction last year when I had this magnificent brew. And even more so now. My palate has become much more refined, and enjoys a lot more brews then when I had this last year…. but god damn.

Stone, you incredible bastards have done it again. I know you used last years recipe, but this beer is epic. 5 pounds of hops into each barrel… and you can tell. This one slaps your tongue from first SMELL, not even taste. This beer has an aroma. If I could find a way to make this scent into a candle, my wife would kill me.

It poured a gorgeous dark orange with a nice hazy head on it. I poured it into my Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary glass that I bought last year.

It’s really hard to explain this beer, but only because its hops through and through. It’s a hop bomb to your nose before you take a sip, then one to your tongue… then again in the finish. BUT, it’s done with refinement that only a solid West Coast IPA can pull off. There’s something about those Californians that just have the perfect IPA down.

Needless to say, if you are a hop head… why are you still reading this, no seriously… go buy this. You won’t regret it.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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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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 DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.