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

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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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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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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.