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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

BEER STATS
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866
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5,681
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this baby in a bottle.

A: Didn't realize this was going to pour so clear, but it sure looked tasty. Orangy gold with a light head.

S: Loved the smell on this one. Punches of citrus goodness and hops wonderfully wound together.

T: One of the few IPAs I've had that finishes the way it starts. Tropical citrus and hops throughout that keeps this brew tasting bitter and sweet all at once. Quick finish which made me beg my glass for more.

M: Great carbonation, nothing too crazy. Well-balanced feel and the booze was well covered with the incredible tastes. Felt good all throughout and nothing about this beer was difficult to swallow.

D: I could drink this all day if it were possible. Just fantastic, and it definitely beats out Ruination (which is also a fantastic brew).

If you haven't had it, GET IT NOW.

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Photo of Bradthoc
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a bottle. Poured into a Stone/Aces and Ales Tasting glass.

Appearance - Deep, rich, copper with slight red tint. Head is a firm white/pale with a fluffy lacing that grips the edge of the glass as you drunk it.

Smell - In your face hops. Pine is the leading aroma, for me, with a smooth caramel balance aside the citrus finish.

Taste - Pine, wood, and floral finish. This one is bitter, but loving it. As it warms you get a caramel/maple syrup taste/feel. Aftertaste is long lasting bitterness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, long and dry, with carbonation diminishing quickly on the tongue.

Overall - Delicious and well worth the $6 price tag at my local Total Wine. Taste is bold, and perfect for hop lovers.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General - Got this in a 22 oz bottle from Costco of all places, the price was pretty good, something like $4 for the bottle. Poured this into a New Belgium tulip glass. Still waiting for my new IPA glasses to get in so just getting by for now!

Appearance - The color is a deep deep copper, nearly a brown. The head is a slight off white and is light and frothy. Pours great, there is a steady stream of bubbles from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass. Really great color to this beer.

Aroma - Such a hop bomb! There is a big up front hit of pine with a follow up of some slight citrus! Love the scent of this beer.

Taste - Wow great bitterness with a pine hit to it. There is also citrus in the taste of this, really enjoyable. The bitterness is intense in this beer on the aftertaste! No one they didn't go with this recipe in the original Ruination, while this is good, it's almost too much bitterness!

Mouthfeel - Medium body with almost a creaminess to it. There's also a lot of carbonation that sets of the flavors really well.

Overall - Really nice DIPA! I hope that they keep this one in the regular rotation! Get it if you see it in the store!

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Photo of lordofstarside
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First re-review, hoping to take much better notes. Bomber to a goblet, enjoy by 9/16

Pours a very rich dark gold, much redder and deeper than the regular ruination. A finger and a half of foam with impressive retention and lacing, along with some nice legs from the alcohol. Moderate carbonation from the middle and mild from the sides of the glass, 100% transparency. Bottle art is beautiful, nothing not to like

Smells of very dank and acrid hops- strong acidic grapefruit, akin to that of my cats litter box, along with a bouquet of other citrus, mostly lemon with some orange zest laid heavily on a foundation of pine. Sweet caramel malts compose a strong backbone that is very present yet complacent to the hops, and helps conceal most all the alcohol, leaving just a hint that compliments the bite this thing gives your nose. Incredibly rich and pungent, can't get enough of it

Taste is an explosion of hops- strong grapefruit, pine, lemon, passion fruit, along with a strong floral undertone. The hop profile comes together quite well, and all the flavors do a good job of accentuating each other. Just as in the aroma the malt comes through and does a great job of holding everything together. Sweet caramel finishes well with all the different flavors from the hops and is cemented with a splash of alcohol. Again, like in the aroma, very rich

Feel is pretty heavy, with a thicker and fuller body for an ipa. The finish, like the regular, finishes very dry, this one being much stickier and wrecking a lot more havoc on the palate. Bitterness is everything I want it to be, and the alcohol, while very present, doesn't drink very hot at all leaving a pleasant warmth. Like everything else, very rich. Easy to sip, but will catch up quick if you're not cautious

Overall this is the best beer I've had, and the only perfect score so far. I drink the regular Ruination four nights out of the week and credit it to being what got me into hops and craft beer, so this one's pretty special to me. Sentimental reasons aside, this is one of the richest, thickest, and hands down hoppiest ipas I've had, and imo beats Pliny the Younger. Extremely grateful they made much more this year, and really hoping they'll re-release it again in 2014.

Thank you Stone! Another reason you're my favorite brewery

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Photo of DMatsu
3.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful red hue and thin, lightly foamy head. Smells like the catbox. Scoopable clay litter. That's not a condemnation, it's just a fact. Stanky, sticky icky icky. Tastes like a hoppy punch in the eye, and that's a GOOD thing. Nice bitterness, and full bodied hop flavor. A robust beer that is a great way to finish an evening, because at 10.80 ABV, you won't be able to hang too long. Drink the swill, then treat your palate to the full frontal skank of Ruin Ten!

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Photo of Kayaker
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid IPA. Well balanced, very drinkable and i want more. After taste is not overwhelming as I often notice in imperial IPA's. What more can I say: After trying this I quickly went out and purchased 3 more bottles. Price was great also.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale orange with a minimal head of tiny white bubbles. The beer’s body is clean with light carbonation bubbles trundling up throughout the glass. On the nose, the beer smells a little strange. Catty notes with nice, pine punches from the original Ruination recipe, are what come through from the hops while the malt is quite big and sticky on the nose with stale caramel and bread notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely bitter and very sweet with a light tart bite from the acid in the beer, the mouth sends a lot of spittle to keep the mouth neutral. In flavor, the beer begins with a sticky sweet, catty flavor that is not my favorite, but as the beer opens, ruinous pine notes clobber aside the catty notes. Alongside the raping pine is a sweet caramelly bread, which sits lighter on the tongue than the ruinous pine. The finish is of prickly pine with a touch of citric bite, while the finish is of sweet, mellowing caramel malt. In the mouth, the beer feels slightly slick and syrupy in the mouth, sitting on the light side of heavy in the mouth. Carbonation is light and smooth with a slight tingle of bubbles and then a bite from the bitters. The mouth is left sticky with saliva and hop resin. Overall, I wasn’t too impressed for my first few sips, but as I went the beer got better to drink. There is a little bite of alcoholic heat, but overall it covers up its 10+% ABV very well and is quite nice to sip. I like this beer, though it’s not what I would initially reach for when going for a DIPA, but it is nice to sip and it definitely gets you with its ABV. A beer worthy of a try.

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

1PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip glass

This beer pours cloudy and ruddy orange in color. It is capped with several inches of tan head that leaves some lacing as it recedes.

The aroma is citrus and pine.

This is a bitter beer. The pine is apparent. The citrus is kind of covered.

Medium mouthfeel

Another hopped up, bitter IPA from Stone. The 10.8% abv is well hidden.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops is very powerful with some sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by powerful notes of citrus and piney hops with limited bitterness level with a solid malt backbone that is more caramelized and sweet then I was expected. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid hops punch but would have preferred this beer with less sweetness and less caramelized malt.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with very little head, but the head there sticks around for a bit. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops; so many grassy and piney notes come to the nose immediately and this just smells awesome. Also get some sweetness from the malt and a hint of citrus fruit.

Taste: Much of what came to me in the nose definitely is at play here with hoppy bitterness at the forefront. Very piney and earthy character to this brew and this is to be expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a strong taste and great bitterness. The carbonation is solid and this is definitely a sipper as there is so much flavor. A bit of burn from the alcohol but I'd never guess that this was a 10.8% bomb.

Overall: I loved this one but it is definitely not for the faint of heart. This is an extremely bitter DIPA but definitely worth trying if you're into tons of hops. Haven't had Ruination in a while, but I think this is, while different, just a bit better. Great beer from Stone.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color into a tulip glass. 2 finger white head that has great retention. There a decent amount of lacing. Nice looking beer

Nose has a big grapefruit and citrus kick to it, lots of malt comes in in the finish. Smells balanced and intense

Loads of hops in The front end, dominated by pine. Deep bread malt backbone before the bittering hops kick in.

Mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation with a sticky hop oil finish.

Overall this is a great really good double, big hop aromas and plenty of bitterness.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. 2013 vintage. A "best by" date is listed on the bottle neck as "08/18/13." Split with my brewing buddy. Excited to try this one, although definitely a little freaked out given the hype and the concept behind this. While I did re-visit Ruination to prepare myself for this, I did not have the chance to try the 2012 recipe of this.

Pours a thick, syrupy deep amber color that is slightly darker than Ruination, although along the same lines. A frothy, thick, nearly sticky looking white head coats the top of the glass, with large bubbles to boot. There's not much carbonation or bubbles visible, save for jet stream at the glass's nucleation point. Lacing is plentiful, although not as ridiculous as anticipated. A huge looking DIPA - one of the most insane yet serene ones I've seen yet. Stone has always been consistent in making their beers look epic and good, and this is no exception.

The bottle describes this beer as a "stage dive into a mosh pit of hops," and it's immediate that it may be an understatement in terms of describing the aroma. The dry hopping here is out of control. In fact, there's no way I can even DESCRIBE anything here going on other than the hops themselves. Forget about any caramel or syrupy malts, or any booze or crispness for that matter. The hops here are f***ing scary. HUGE notes of pine soaked in booze, blood oranges, green onions, garlic, limes, lemon dry rinds, grapefruit peel, as well as intense earthiness and herbal dried fern/vine chlorophyll-like elements. No tropical notes from the Citra other than a herbal pineapple flavor, unfortunately. Other than that, there's a kiss of sweetness from the alcohol, but this has to be the most dank dry hopped beer I've ever smelled on. No idea how to rank it, but it definitely folds the envelope for the style at hand.

When my friend and I took our first sip of this, we had to immediately take a breather. This is absolutely ridiculous. Imagine taking a bite out of a large hop cone or dried pellet and then slowly chewing on it so that it releases a lot of its alpha acids... That's exactly what drinking this is like (especially at the finish), although it does fade away and make room for other flavors. Stone tunes the floral elements of Ruination up to 11, giving out flavors of oily hemp seeds, marijuana, dried tropical flowers, and then fruity notes of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, a bit of papaya, and tons and TONS of pine. However, I do think the pine was a bit overdone, and the Citra hops feel like they were abused. The malts seep in to provide sweetness and caramelized toasted flavors, and the beer does get breadier as it warms up. Silky smooth unlike any DIPA I've had, which is astonishing. However, this plays an enormous toll on the beer: the warmer it gets, the more syrupy it becomes, as well as sweetened and sickly. This, combined with the high booze and herbal notes makes this resemble near cough herbal medicine by the very finish, and indeed, this was pretty hard to finish - maybe the hardest high quality hoppy beer I've ever tried to wade through.

This is probably, in the eyes of Stone, the equivalent of hop pornography. It's also a test in endurance, and was amazingly flavorful and pushes dry hopping to the next level, but it also is way too over the top, even by Stone's standards. Too syrupy at the finish as well, which is a shame, as the initial thickness and creaminess was pretty heavenly. Not very high in terms of being drinkable, but every hophead should try this at least once. Just make sure you go into it knowing what you're getting yourself into.

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Photo of Rish907
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Moderately see-through. Similar to any other IPA.

S: Sweetness, IPA characteristics, but sort of fruity.

T: Amazing. Sweet, very balanced. Hides the abv mazingly, hoppy yet not bitter.

M: Smooth. Nothing atypical of an IPA.

O: Fantastic IPA. Cannot go wrong. Highly highly recommend.. sweet, smooth, very very drinkable. One of best IPA's on my books... go out and get this.. (costco, at least on the west coast, has this for about $5 which is a steal for the bomber!!). Great job Stone!!!

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Photo of BierStein711
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

25oz bottle poured into shaker pint

Appearance copper red with a fast reducing two and a half finger head with incredible lacing

Smells: hemp, citrus, and pine

Mouthfeel: moderate and oily

Taste: pine and hemp, nothing else

Overall, this is not a beer I would serve at parties. This is a hophead's beer.

I'd buy it again.

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Photo of screamking
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-dark amber pour, slim off white head. 4.25

Aroma-lots off grapefruit, lots of tropical fruits as well. Some apricot and orange peel. Lots of sweet, almost sugar cookie aroma. 4.5

Taste-Wow, this is some top notch stuff. This is hoppy as hell but balanced very well with malt backbone to match. You got your citrus here, strong bitter citrus. Black pepper, peppermint in the aftertaste. 4.75

Feel-what you expect from stone, full bodied strong mouthfeel, aftertaste lingers for quite awhile. 4.25

Overall-double IPA's of this quality is why I drink craft beer. This thing is a monster of a brew, it is hoppy yet completely balanced with malt to make it an extremely enjoyable experience. Stone is slowly becoming one of my favorite craft brewers, they make incredible beer and its usually easy to find and get. This is the best DIPA I've had in sometime. 4.75

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a small, slightly off-white head. Leaves good splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Real nice nose - I can smell the hops from a distance. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Touch of caramel malt.

T: This one brings me back to the days when I was first discovering this style - Goose Island Imperial IPA comes to mind from the recesses of my memory. . . . Tropical fruit salad and citrusy hops - grapefruit, grapefruit pith and a touch of pine needles at the back end. Heat from the ABV is noted towards the back of the sip as a spicy bite, and then is felt heading down to the belly. Lingering pine bitterness fights the ample malt profile (caramel malt, some toffee) for dominance, with the hops prevailing, but the sweeter malt putting up a surprisingly good fight.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation is light to moderate, with a nice creamy feel to it.

O: This is good stuff. Now if only they'd bring back their 10th Anniversary Ale. . . .

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Good color, Deep and Amber

S. Nice strongly hopped smell. Citrus I would call it.

T. This is where I found this beer a little off. I can taste the strong bite of alcohol, and it is not
a good things. Still better then a lot of beers.

m. Good Mouthfeel.

o. I would not buy this again, bunch better beers for the price.

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Photo of smerrell
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a golden honey with a slight, white head

Smell: An abundance of hops, as well as a honey-sweetness

Taste: Rich and bold, the taste contains citrus, pith, and sugars. A nice long finish resolves into bitterness from the hops, and while you don't taste alcohol, after a few sips you know that this is no lightweight.

Mouthfeel: this coats your mouth, you are truly assaulted by hop oils - a terrific experience

Overall: A brilliant beer, contrary to other reviewers, I would have this over the "Enjoy By" any day. Glad I bought a case, sad I won't have it around for long.

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Photo of edproctor
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a dark honey orange. Fluffy white head that holds on for a bit.
S- piney, sweet, and bitter citrus. Smells a little phenolic too.
T- pine, melon, grapefruit sweetness, and some kings Hawaiian rolls. I swear that's stone's house yeast that I'm smelling.
M- thick as...
O- so far this is my #1 beer of the year...lovin it

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Photo of RickS95
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clearish amber orange color. It's a thicker looking pour than what's left in the glass, but despite it's darkish color, there's no haze and not entirely opaque. The head lacks size and retention. Nothing to see here, carry on.

There's a pleasant smell in the snifter somewhere, but it seems a bit shy. A few swirls (should I really have to do this to pick up the scent) brings out a flowery, fruity garden of pine, orange, and grapefruit. More swirls and the pine dominates.

Very malty, but I guess it has to be to play with hops like this. Bready, crackerlike taste, followed by an onslaught of pine and resin and oil and everything else that comes with hops. In the swallow, you're teased with some orange and grapefruit before the alcohol punches you.

Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's actually fairly smooth for what it is. There's plenty of body, despite the looks and there's a gentle sweetness from the malt before you lose feeling in your tongue from the hop party. There's a splash of citric acid in the finish just before the heat from the alcohol burns it away and the hop resins and oils ambush your palate.

It took a while to get going, but it's pretty good, particularly if you like hop bombs. Much better than Ruination IPA. The alcohol shows up sparingly with some ho hum heat, but this beer is moderately smooth and could get you in trouble with the ABV if you're not paying attention (and your palate can handle it).

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Photo of LarryV
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber color with a minimal head. Smell is all hops, you know what you're in for. There's a sweetness in the back with the hoppiness in the front, but balance is totally missing. For me, it was a bit of a chore to drink - I'm glad I tried it but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again.

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Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey colored with fine streams of bubbles rising up to. Tightly bubbled head of beige from that settles out quickly. Amazing aroma of bright citrusy hops , lots of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Big flavors of hoppy goodness, orange rind pith, tangerine, ruby grapefruit, plus some piney notes. Alcohol strength definitely makes itself known, which detracts from the experience IMO. Finishes dry and very bitter, with notes of grand marnier liqueur booziiness. Good beer, but trying to be so extreme pushes the edges of the envelope into unnecessary places.

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Photo of BigDaveLB
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-clear, dark orange-amber color, fluffy off-white head with great retention.

S-like running through a hops field after a rainstorm, grapefruit, pine, hint of malt

T-a full double IPA, grapefruit bitterness with balance, didn't detect any alcohol

M-pleasent aftertaste, it definitely sticks around

O-a very good double, great presentation, taste, and finish. Hoppy and smooth. Very good.

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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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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.