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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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4,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,059
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 184
Gots: 395 | FT: 6
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012)
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

06-30-2012 04:57:05 | More by djrn2
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draheim

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear orange/amber w/ a thick frothy head, good retention, clumps of sticky lacing, lazy carb.

Aroma is a burst of tropical hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pine, sticky hop resin, and a touch of booze. Dank.

Taste is a bitter hoppy assault tempered by an adequate backbone of pale and crystal malts. Pine, citrus, resin, alcohol heat and tongue-scouring bitterness. This is a beast of a beer. Reminiscent of PtY or Hoptimum in the hops/malt/booze ratio.

Mouthfeel is slick, a little sticky w/ a lingering aftertaste that doesn't want to let go.

Overall this might not have been quite as good as I expected, but if I hadn't been expecting anything I might have been blown away.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 04:42:58 | More by draheim
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Philousa

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great clarity on this not quite copper colored beer. It's a little tawny for the style. Half a finger of head settles to a thin, spotty layer on top. After the pour, the aroma is (you guessed it) aggressively hoppy. The hops are mostly the West Coast piney variety. In fact, it almost feels as if pine needles are being shoved up your nose, prickling you. This is mainly after pouring and comes back a bit when the beer settles. There is a huge grapefruit and lemon aroma from the hops, which comes out more as the beer warms. The malt does come through after the head settles a bit. Big biscuit aroma with a good amount of presence, which may be an indicator of body. A hint of that malt flashes light and even, like a canvas for the hops to come. Somewhat orangey, with a hint of biscuit. Bitter weed flavor comes through very soon after the malt shines. I get some nectary, syrupy, stick to your tongue hop oil flavor soon after. I think this hop oil is the strongest I've ever had. The bitterness moves to the back of the tongue and lingers for a while. Balanced feel cold, but a little thick warm. Which is weird when you think about how thermodynamics works. A surprisingly balanced finish, though a little on the dry side.

I'm pretty sure this did, in fact, ruin my palate. I was planning on having another beer in an hour, but I think I might as well just have water and call it day. I say water, because I'm pretty sure this bomber just ruined my balance and reaction time as well. This beer was refreshing and fruity to begin with. It was a little resinous and thick towards the end. This is aggressive. I mean, it's Stone Brewery. One should expect it. Stone's aggressive nature is why I like them. Their aggressively hopped beers in regular rotation are great. It's the special one-off beers that tend to knock me off balance. This is really good, but not great. Great for a special occasion but wouldn't want it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 04:16:39 | More by Philousa
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear amber pour with an enormous fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacework on the glass.

S: Can smell this one in the glass from across the room. Loaded with citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit, mango and pineapple abound. A little pine. Super duper sweet caramel malt.

T: Hop bomb right from the get go. Tons of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, oranges and bitter lemons. Despite the enormous hop overload there is a very strong and sweet caramel malt that desperate tries to balance it out. Lingering resin and pine in the aftertaste...forever. Huge DIPA, it reminds me of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree but with 3x the hops. One of the few really big DIPAs that still maintains a proper palate ruining hoppiness. No indication of alcohol.

M: Big, thick, almost syrupy.

O: Well, they certainly made what they intended. It's Ruination 1.5 (Clown Shoes reference, anyone?). One of the few really big DIPAs that doesn't become a barleywine like 120min and doesn't become an undrinkable mess like Devil Dancer. Mega hop bomb, super caramel sweetness, all working together to create a surprisingly balanced brew (for a Ruination variant anyway).

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:56:31 | More by Dope
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justinlaz

Arizona

5/5  rDev +16%

06-30-2012 03:49:34 | More by justinlaz
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit, with some pine and orange notes thrown in. There is also a hint of biscuit malt and some alcohol. The flavor is also full of hops and features a ton of bitterness. The grapefruit notes really stand out, as does some resinous pine. The alcohol is also quite strong in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:41:59 | More by Mora2000
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lovindahops

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so excited that this just dropped in Cuse this week. Stone is a catalyst in the craft industry.

A- Tenth Anniversary pours a beautiful copper body with thick foam all over the sides of my hill farmstead stem. As the foam resides, layers of foam bundle along the sides of the glass. The brew is very clear and impressive

S- an onslaught of tropical hops that is full a pineapple and citric tones that are completely heightened with the brew. A caramel malt undertone is completely present as well. This entire scent profile is amp-ed up with 10th.

T- ripping apart my palate is a blast of the citrus hops and overwhelming caramel malt. The alcohol is well hidden, but the blast of flavor is so coating that the flavor continues to stay. This is a sipper that creates layers of bitter flavor all over the exit. Very delicious with the sticky resinous hop flavor

M- flavor all over that is so coating and delicious. This is like taking a paint brush and coating the inside of your mouth with hops and malt

O- Stone does it again. The bad part? This is a one time brew. Stone is so amazing at making their interpretations of style. So if Ruination is a DIPA on steroids... does that mean that 10 Anniversary is a DIPA that has gone through a nuclear
fallout?!?! This beer is sick nasty. Great job Stone!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:29:58 | More by lovindahops
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bbadger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-30-2012 00:42:51 | More by bbadger
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CellarGimp

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-29-2012 21:59:40 | More by CellarGimp
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant orange copper body. Body is very clean and free of sediment. A frothy four finger egg shell colored head is perched atop. Excellent retention, the head works its way back slowly leaving a thick sheet of lacing plastered to the walls of the glass.

It is a bit of a foregone conclusion that Ruination 10 was going to be hop forward though I still find myself pleasantly surprised. The hop profile is very well balanced. Strong tropical fruit and peach aromas are countered by assertive pine and citrus pith. As you dig through the hops you find a subtle sweet malt presence. Very clean malt aroma reminiscent of lightly toasted bread. A touch of alcohol is picked up though its presence is not obstructive.

Apologetically bold, the hops absolutely brutalize the palate. Heavy resin coats the tongue before the lighter tropical and citrus fruit flavors develop. The bitterness is apparent through out finds its way to center stage near the back of the palate. Lingering pine, pith and resin dig in. There is a general sweetness that is picked up which you can contribute to the malt though you will not find much in the way of a discernible malt flavor.

The body is on the fuller side for a West Coast Double IPA. I am very surprised by the soft, creamy texture of this beer, it is surprisingly appropriate. The finish is a bit longer than most of Stones IPA line up, citrusy sweetness and lingering bitterness still lay heavy on the tongue after the swallow.

As you pour and smell the beer it is very difficult to find fault. As you work your way back the beer does come back to the pack a bit but we are still talking about a mighty impressive beer. For a beer labeled Ruination, who made its name destroying palates, there is an appreciable amount of balance. The hops are blended in such a way that no one note over powers another. Malt presence is rather low but makes crucial contributions in areas that allow the hops to shine without becoming overbearing. A tremendous beer, well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:14:03 | More by kzoobrew
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H0rnedFr0gs

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-29-2012 20:33:28 | More by H0rnedFr0gs
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice amber color, verging on copper, that is crystal clear. There is about a half finger of head that settles quickly. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: It smells sweet, with massive amounts of citrus. The malt base comes through nicely, but this is super hoppy. The citrus is mainly grapefruit and lemon.

T: The initial blast is mild sweetness. But that changes fast. It's packed full of lemon and grapefruit right after that. The bitters get a bit more intense in the finish, reaching a point where the beer gets really astringent. The high abv is noticeable.

M: Full bodied beer. It starts out sweet and finishes hugely bitter. It's really resiny and the hops seems to stick to your mouth.

O: I like this beer, but it's a bit to harsh for my liking. If you're a true hophead, which apparently I'm not, then you will love this beer. But in my opinion, it's just ok. I don't think I'd buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 19:46:20 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

since Ruination is my all time favorite ipa, when i found out stone had made this i HAD to get it (i feel the same way about their 2 new smoked porters, even thoe now i see they are not distributing to MN! ?) this was very very delish if you c it buy it! i can say thoe that it is defiantly more bitter and hoppy than the original which is great, it hits the mark 4 what it is. with that being said i feel that the "perfect balance" of ruination is a little lacking in this offering.
very similar to ruination in looks, smell and taste and still a well balanced beer. in fact for the 10.4% content it has a great feel and taste with little booziness if at all. i have a few bottles of this and i wonder how its going to age in perhaps 2 or 3 months from now. i feel perhaps it has just a wee bit too much edge to it and look forward to it mellowing a bit from that fresh hops taste!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:55:49 | More by Beerlover
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bstave

Washington

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A- Poured brilliantly translucent copper with nice white 1 finger head.

S- Smell is big citrus and pine hops with nice subtle malt character.

T- Taste is HUGE hops with a nice malt backbone to balance it out to a degree. The hops are still the main character here. EXCELLENT!

M- Mouthfeel is nice for the style. Not a lot of heat to this for the 10.8 ABV.

O- Stone nailed this one. It is BIG, BOLD, and DELICIOUS. I can't wait to find another bottle. Picked this up in Oregon as it hasn't arrived in Washington state yet. Find it!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:09:07 | More by bstave
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AgentMunky

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mini mason jar at the Rose & Crown.

A: Good head, good lace, clear gold.

S: huge hops. Grapefruit and pine. Perfect West Coast IPA.

T: Delicious. One of the best IPAs I've tasted, and probably my favorite Stone. Abrasively bitter, interestingly floral, and heavy on the grapefruit. Liquid lupulin. Lingering aftertaste. Hell yeah.

M: A bit thin for the ABV.

O: Marvelous. Highly recommended. Would have again. Top notch double IPA. Go to.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 03:52:17 | More by AgentMunky
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By the way, also had this beer the night before on-tap at Hops & Pie, Denver.
As a lover of IPA's-- and beer in general-- this offering is brilliant.
Full, syrupy body, just exploding with tropical-fruity goodness and hops bite. The extra malt brings a lot to the table, yet the alcohols is not too overpowering. Finish is surprisingly smooth and easy, which makes this amazingly drinkable. I cannot say enough about this beer. The way the head retains and sticks to the glass is just awe-inspiring. I'm not even a huge Stone fan in general, so there's no agenda here. This is simply one of the best IPA / Double IPA's I've ever had, if not the best. And I've had most of the West Coast / Rocky Mountain region, plus a few from Vermont and New York.
Get this beer while you still can! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:25:17 | More by UpToMeBeer
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herman77

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy burnt orange with a bubbly off white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of dank, sticky, pungent hop notes. Tons of grapefruit, pine, citrus and a bit of tropical fruits. A huge does of sweet malt

T: Just like the nose. Tons of pungent, sticky hops. Sweet grapefruit, pine and a bit of citrus are the most noticeable. It has a massive sweet malt backbone that plays very well with the incredible amount of hops that are in here. A touch of residual alcohol. Long bitter and sweet finish that lasts.

M: Medium to fuller body. Average carbonation. Smooth.

O: For being such a huge hop monster, this has pretty damn good drinkability. I like this a lot better than normal Ruination. Just like other Stone beers, I like when they get higher in alcohol since they all have that great malt backbone that I enjoy and this one probably has the best of the bigger Stone beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:09:19 | More by herman77
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-29-2012 01:56:16 | More by ShemRahBoo
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear amber color with a beautiful 3 finger white head with great retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. and pine.

The taste is sweet, balanced nicely by bitterness. There is grapefruit, oranges, pine, pineapple, and caramel malt. Very nice.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. There is a nicely balanced bittersweet aftertaste. As far as I am concerned, Stone hit a home run with this beer. I would like to see this version of Ruination stay around.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:31:18 | More by hardy008
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turnerk3

South Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours quite an exquisite golden hue with quite a miniscule white head. It may be small but it leaves a lasting impression on the glass.

S: The astounding aroma of hoppy goodness is quite amazing. It's quite a nice floral, piney essence with minimal malt sweetness coming through.

T: Personally I think the three letters "IPA" should be changed to "HOP" and this is a perfect example why. Amazing burst of hop flavor coats the palate in quite a delicate way considering the 10.8% ABV. Surprisingly, it is the sweet malt flavor that initially comes through. It is quickly, and let me emphasize QUICKLY, replaced by the stupendous hoppy flavor.

M: I was quite flabbergasted by this brew. At first the stickiness that most high ABV brews have is the first impression received. However, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it goes from monstrous to very well mannered. For 10.8% there is relatively no alcohol sensation, which is profoundly impressive.

O: Stone Brewing is one of my favorites, and this only helps to validate my reasoning. This brew delivers a perfect, and quite delicious, example of the DIPA style. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 23:53:09 | More by turnerk3
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-28-2012 23:41:07 | More by eawolff99
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ahalloin

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bier Baron poured in a 10 oz. goblet.

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color. Wispy white head tops the beer and leaves a sticky lacing on the glass.

Strong hop aroma of blunt citrus. Grapefruit rind and pith, and blood orange are in the foreground with a touch of weed lurking in the background. A slight sweetness from the malt is detectable as well.

The taste is big and powerful with hops! Major pithy citrus rind. Somewhat one dimensional in its powerful grapefruit character. Sticky resiny hops power this beer.

Stone beers always have a refined full mouthfee, even the low ABV beers and this one is no exception. Coating is a good word to describe it. Bitterness on the back end is huge.

Overall an awesome DIPA done in typical Stone flashiness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 23:32:55 | More by ahalloin
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bier Baron in DC.

The beer pours a nice dark orange with a ton of lacing left on the chaise it is served in. Nice ring of head that doesn't die down. The beer isn't that hazy, can almost see thorough to the table actually, but pretty nonetheless.

The smell is very dank with hops, just absolutely the only thing there with a very herbal and plant like note too, fresh and inviting. Some bready and slightly sweet alcohol notes in the nose too. The taste follows but there is a big alcohol note there that isn't all that appealing to me. Sure there is a boatload of hops too, but it seems kind of one dimensional with mostly just a hot grassy flavor to it that lingers a while. The feel is sudsy and nice, but also has some alcohol burn too.

Overall a good beer, but I bet it would be better at 9% than 10.8% it's just too hot for me. I'm a huge hophead, but even this dank beer is just a little strong for a double ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 23:14:31 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-28-2012 16:36:57 | More by Cyclone8
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Focusf111

Vermont

5/5  rDev +16%

06-28-2012 13:44:03 | More by Focusf111
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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