Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +9%
Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at iTap-Soulard for St. Louis Craft Beer Week.
Pours a bright dark copper with some slight haze. There is a dense light creamy colored head that forms and has some sticky lacing.
Aroma is intense. Sweet and boozy with monstrous hop resin notes that are intense and delicious. Strong grapefruit and tangerine and even some sweet pineapple notes. Malts might be there with some caramel and slight grain notes.
Taste is impressive. Intense hoppy brew. Citrus notes with some grapefruit and strong orange notes, both sweet and citrusy. Sweetness is definitely prominent in the taste. But mixes well with some intense hop notes that destroy the palette. Yummy. The booze is prominent and I can definitely feel it a bit. Great resinous and sticky body with some nice dry finish.
Overall. Stone nailed it with this brew. Delicious and well crafted. Intense and devastating hops that really put your palette out for a rest but that is so delicious that you can’t help but want more.
08-03-2012 02:14:24 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.93/5 rDev +14.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep golden amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is an excellent combination of fruit citrus, piney hops and caramelized malts.
T: The taste is expertly balanced with strong flavors of floral hops bitterness and citrus and caramel sweetness harmoniously coming together. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the high ABV is very well-hidden. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is every bit as wonderful as the original. It’s the type of beer that once you start drinking it you won’t want to drink anything else for the rest of the evening.
08-03-2012 01:58:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.7/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a golden orange color and forms a 1/2 inch eggshell colored head that slowly reduces leaving a nice lacing.
The aroma is solid with a primarily grapefruit and pine hop scent that has a sappy/resin hit. A hint of alcohol and not a lot of malt presence.
The taste is again that great hoppy blend of pineapple sweetness and pine rawness, combined wih just barely enough malts and bitterness at the end.
The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. Velvety texture with a nice dry finish.
Overall, I think this is a great beer. It is a solidly hopped beer with great flavor and aroma combinations. Well worth it if you can get it.
08-03-2012 00:32:04 | More by SykDoc
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
A: clear orange/gold color with a thick off-white head that stays for the whole glass.
S: amazingly strong hop aroma. People say it has fallen off at this point, and I get a lot of that onion character that I often smell from old hops, but there is also a big pine smell and some citrus. Aroma isn't fantastic altogether, but it's so strong.
T: big pine flavor with huge bitterness mixed with some caramel malt flavor that adds a bit of sweetness, but not too much.
M: fairly dry for such a big beer, but it still has some body to it. Well carbonated all the way through.
O: It's no doubt one of the better DIPAs I've had. $10 or so at Beer Heaven in Philly. I grabbed the last one today. If only it had hit Philly earlier than 2 months after it was released. Ridiculous. Extra points for being so awesomely hoppy.
08-03-2012 00:15:02 | More by Holland
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
Today is the annual IPA Day and I wanted to do something special to celebrate. I was able to purchase a couple of bottles from my local bottle shop when they initially went on sale and since it is marked "Limited Edition - Enjoy Fresh", it occurred to me that today might be the day to break it out.
From the bottle: "In June 2002, we released Stone Ruination IPA. Bigger, hoppier, & much much [italicized] much more bitter than the popular beers of the day. In fact, back then it was on the outer fringe of craft brewing. So, in a bid to warn folks of the bitter impact of our "Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop", we named it Stone Ruination, for its extraordinarily bitter, "ruinous effect" on the palate. People thought we were nuts. Nobody would want such a bitter beer. You see, in June 2002, only a tiny handful of breweries either had bottled a double IPA as a limited release or had one on tap at their brewpub. Without realizing it, we'd made a bit of history, as our new beer proved to be the first full-time brewed & bottled double IPA on the planet. How times have changed. Today, double IPAs are brewed by literally hundreds of craft breweries all over the world. Incredible. Delicious. And incredibly delicious.
No, we didn;t create the double IPA style. That honor's been attributed to our old friend, Vinnie Cilurzo, who produced his Blind Pig 1st Anniversary IPA in 1996 in nearby Temecula, CA (the same year Stone opened). We then picked up the double IPA baton with our successively-ever-bigger-and-hoppier Stone 2nd through 5th Anniversary IPAs (1998-2001). Ultimately, in 2002, we blended those recipes to create Stone Ruination IPA, if for no other reason than we simply wanted that big, hoppy character available to us all year 'round. Turned out you did, too! Today Stone Ruination IPA is one of the best selling double IPAs in the world, thanks to you, so we brewed this special version to celebrate."
I set this aside for International IPA Day and here we are! It poured with a massive two fingers of deep-tan head with excellent retention, leaving sticky lace behind as it fell. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was dense with citrus hops, caramel malt and alcohol heat. I almost needed a seat belt before beginning! Mouthfeel was full, kind of viscous and quite oily on the tongue with lots of citrusy hops on the tongue. Phew! I know that I was missing subtleties in it, but the heat was masking a lot of it for me. Finish was beyond dry, it was f**king arid! Man, I wanted a glass of water just to be able to catch my breath. Phew! This was quite the beer, but a steady diet would be too much, even for this self-avowed hophead.
08-02-2012 22:50:07 | More by woodychandler
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
Draft offering served in a nonic. It was an awesome experience last month to see this get wheeled into the local bar and get put on tap within seconds of arrival. Awesome that the serving temp was ideal straight from the getgo with no need to warm up. The brew appears a clear copper color. A tan creamy cap sits atop supported by streaming carbonation.
The smell is herbal as all hell with pine and citrus. A light tropical quality runs throughout with a hint of sulfur. Underneath toasty grain and a fusel touch of alcohol mix things up and a cheesy grain note towards the back evolves as it warms up.
The taste is toasty grain with a huge hop presence. Flavors of herbs, pith, pine, resins are upfront. There is a very nice tropical friut flavor present before the onset of the alcohol. The hop flavoring is really noteworthy. It displays a wide array of flavor without crushing your palate with bitternes.
This is a heavier than medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very nice tribute/anniversary brew that I would pick anytime over the normal ruination. After coming down of a week long ruination kick where i was drinking the normal brew just about every day, this anniversary is a real superior treat.
08-02-2012 15:32:11 | More by stakem
4.75/5 rDev +10.2%
big thanks to scott for hosting a mini-tasting and pulling this treat out. this beer has eluded me as LI got royally screwed on this one and apparently not even 10 cases made it to LI and it flew from shelves the minute it arrived. I had no issues securing any of the uber limited founders or GI beers, but this stone offering is the one that got away...and definitely lived up to the hype.
a - pours a semi transparent orange with a generous few fingers of head.
s - smells aweseom. fruit bouquet. resiny. dankness.
t - taste is phenomenal. heavy handed hops, but beautifully balanced with sweetness. sticky and dank.
m - feel is great. wonderful sweetness dancing with bitterness.
o - overall, i am very impressed. this is a hell of a beer. shame it is so hard to get locally. really wish i could have more of this, but i'll take my pour and savor every sip.
edit - managed to land a few bottles in NYC!!!
08-01-2012 01:44:14 | More by cosmicevan
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-amber with almost two fingers of thick and sticky looking off-white head that leaves some nice bands of lace.
Smell. Pine sap, grapefruits, peaches, slightly herby and grassy. Just a little bit of caramel, toasted malts and booze
Taste. Oh man! Massive thick piney hops and whole grapefruits, some oranges and tropical fruits, a little toasted malt and caramel coming through which is impressive considering the barrage of hops that it has to overcome.
Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, low carbonation, just a little bit of booze warmth.
Overall. This is one big IPA that's very drinkable considering the boatload of hops and malt that must have gone into it. I'd hate to know the calories in this glass!!
07-31-2012 23:29:00 | More by Rutager
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
a very clean beautiful amber pour with 2 fingers of head that kept rising! beautiful lacing. smells of bitter hops, spicy hops, pine, honey, grapefruit.
taste is bitter sweet up front with hints of pine, honey, roasted grains, spicy notes, sweet malt notes in the backbone. a very earthy bitterness throughout.
medium body with a nice creamy feel on the lips and a subtle warmth from the alcohol.
this is a damn great beer. i barely remember what regular ruination is like, but i may have to pick a bottle up again to compare!
07-31-2012 22:13:26 | More by facundoCNB
4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
S: Big, bold mango, grapefruit and orange peel, unbelievably fragrant, slight maltiness, lots of passion fruit.
L: Hazy burnt orange, creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.
T: Tropical fruit galore up front, lots of passion fruit, mango and pineapple. Underneath is just enough malt to stand up. Medium high bitterness leading to slight alcohol burn. Finishes with loads of resiny hops, slightly dry.
M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, some alcohol burn.
Like a souped up Sculpin, pretty fucking amazing.
07-31-2012 03:04:15 | More by bum732
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Slightly hazed amber color with a white head. Huge citrus aroma, pine, and tropical fruit. A light floral note, mild malty sweetness, but mostly hops, which is impressive for such a high gravity beer. Really great grapefruit, peach, and tropical fruit. A moderate pine bitterness, and a bit of malt sweetness. Really a great beer.
07-31-2012 01:58:20 | More by womencantsail
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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