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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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854 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 854
Hads: 5,628
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 333
Gots: 986 | 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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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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Photo of xShoWTeKx
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of goochpunch
4.31/5  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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Photo of Brewdaddy87
4.85/5  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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades slowly with some soapy lacing but not a lot, crystal clear tan auburn toasty color.

Nose is just like Ruination but kicked up a bit, lots of fresh hops, candied orange peel, light resins, a bit of grapefruit and very light hint of pineapple, and even a bit of earthy pine hops, smells like lots of bittering hops, the sweet malts bring a big backbone too, sweet candied malts with a hint of caramel and toasty.

Taste starts with the big sweet malts, candied malts, sweet nectar and a bit of toasty almost caramel but not quite. A hint of warming booze comes through with that, a clean booze though. Then plenty of candied hops, quite bitter mouth buckling bitterness but somehow balanced and not overwhelming or astringent. Candied orange peel, a bit of candied pineapple, a bit of pine and an earthy spicy chewy hop presence, a bit of resin and fresh dry hop almost oily feel. The spicy chewy hop presence builds on with the booze and bitterness and berates the tongue in wave after wave, but my tongue still seems to come back asking for more. Finish is long and somewhat dry but a little sticky, lots of long bitter hops, chewy spicy hops like I just finished chewing on a hop pellet, bit of pine and candied orange peel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, brings some nice hops that almost seem overbearing but somehow don't. I haven't had a super bitter DIPA in a while, so it's nice to have one again since most IPAs have moved onto tropical fruit no balance IPAs. This seemed to have a nice balance since there was so much of everything. However, not quite the summer beer I was hoping, and still nothing spectacular.

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

Stones bravado shines through in a truly audacious and "bash you over the head" ale. The appearance is quite cocky with a sudsy, billowing white head that sets atop a dark golden coloring.

The scent is outdoorsy, dank, mossy pine with some grassy, cannabis leaf aroma. Very strong floral hop aroma fills the nose.

Stone products tend to test my palate and this is one of the toughest. I get lots of earth tones, sweet onion, pine needle, forest grass. Sweet malts try to even this out but a tangy pine ends the taste. There is some alcohol taste but it is not bad yet the warmth in the chest is very apparent. The bitterness is quite drying and tries to destroy the palate.

I have to score points for audacity and strength but it just isn't my favorite tastes in an IPA.

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Photo of mnrider
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown Bomber. Has Drink By on bottle.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice large formation of light tan head. Excellent
lacing with a good amount of retention.

S: Grapefruit, melon, orange, Hop resins. Alcohol!!. Bitter. Possible sweet fruits.

T/M: Strong, full bodied, warming alcohol, and bitter hops. Sharp citrus flavors are
the same from the smell. Creamy. The finish is bitter. Malts come in slightly, but could
just be a figment of my imagination.

O: This anniversary DIPA is a real winner. Great look, great taste and has surprisingly
good drinkability for a sipper. I'll definitely be having this one again.


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Photo of vgarneth
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone has done it again for 2013 with the latest incarnation of their Ruination Anniversary IPA! Enjoying another one with my BA bro, y2korey. Wow, the aroma is intense, color is glorious, hops are bitter and beautiful, and flows throughout with amazement! I had a few of these when Stone first released the 10th Anniversary last year and I'm happy they've decided to rerelease it again. Nice addition to your portfolio, Stone!

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber with a small head

S: Divide hops by zero and measure the result. Seriously, the nose alone could knock some people out cold.

T: This is unbelievable. The hop concentration is so intense, you can't even fully comprehend what's going on in the first sip. Or the second. In typical ruination fashion, it's not terribly complex, but what's there is balanced and properly bitter. I would hazard a guess that it's 120+ IBU's but they've added a lot of malt to balance it out. I wish it were a bit more dry and a bit more complex but those are tiny complaints. This is a "world class" double IPA in its truest form. You can't explain the flavor profile in words.

M: Carbonation is on the low side, so you can experience the full effect. Stays out of the way, just the way I like it. Not terribly smooth, but that comes with the style.

O: One of the best examples of the double IPA example you can get your hands on, and at a bargain basement price. I don't know how they do it.

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.