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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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4,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,804
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 222
Gots: 582 | FT: 6
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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

lakersfan16, Oct 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

grniz3, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Ssmith999, Oct 07, 2012
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$12.50 for the single. Bomber to tulip.
Sampled 08AUG12

The distribution network was inexplicably slow and I'm sure this beer's prime has come and gone - so take this review with a grain of salt.

[A] With a semi vigorous pour, a one finger high is produced. The color reminds me of French vanilla. Very small foamy bubbles give the appearance of a creamy texture, but modest retention gives way to a soapy surface. The body really illuminates when backlit. Color is medium orange, looks menacingly thick - and the slow moving bubbles prove it. Lacing is entirely random.

[S] Before the cap was completely pried off, the intense hop aroma had already wafted to my nose. It's like it was dying to escape the bottle (like two months ago, right?). Big sappy pine plus orange and red grapefruit scents. Ennn-ticing.

But. Sadly. The fresh hop aroma is quick to disappear and we are left with just an-above-average DIPA nose. Of course the ABV comes across and the caramel malt aromas begin to set in as the hop character searches for the white flag.

[T] Piney, resiny. The citrus fruit barely translates. The sweet, caramelly wort has emerged from it's hoppy cover. Damn, I wish I got to experience what the fuss was about.

[M] The mouthfeel is very enjoyable. Bitterness is constantly invigorating. Body leans full, texture is chewy and sticky yet the effervescence lifts the beer off of the tongue.

[O] Well, as expected, Stone 10th is extremely underwhelming at this point - obviously a shell of it's former self. I expected some major drop off going in to this experience so I'm not mad. I'm sure it was a lovely brew in it's hay.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Phacoman, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a very well hazed, almost dirty golden amber color with a finger of thick, dense foam of an off white color. Thick, sticky webs of lacing are left on the glass with rocky islands of foam on the surface.

S - Still smells almost identical to a regular Ruination, but with a bit more alcohol. Thick, citrusy and resiny hop aromas mixed with an abundance of sweet and caramelly malt mixed with some booze. Overall has a "sticky" smell to it, almost in a concentrated and syrupy way.

T - Nothing is shy in the aroma here...everything is intense and amped up. Heavy base of sweet, sugary, caramelly malt at the base...has a bit of a barleywine-like malt character. Tons of hops balance things as well as can be expected. Sharp bitterness that cuts through the syrupy effect, but diminishes at the finish, returning the flavors to a sweeter, citrusy/tropical fruity barleywine. Reminds me a bit of the Southern Tier Backburner with a little age on it. Booze is noticeable and slows the consumption of this beer down quite a bit. Not quite a sipper, but quaffing this will surely do some damage.

M - Thick and a bit syrupy...definitely a fuller bodied beer. Syrupy still comes to mind. Alcohol warmth, heavy citrus, caramelized sugar and intense bitterness almost overpowers the taste buds and coats the mouth in sticky sweet and resiny goodness.

O - Overall a very good double IPA, although not the hop bomb that might have been expected out of Stone for this special release. Malty is a bit of an understatement...and balanced, this is not. Really complex combination of flavors and sensations. A worthy beer for sure, although I think I like the standard Ruination a little better.

portia99, Oct 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CoryK86, Oct 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY: pours a slight hazy yellow gold color with a massive 1 finger foamy white head that faded extremely slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down; typical for Stone IPA and always a pleasure to look at.

Smells of big juicy citrus hops up front, followed by piney notes, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, floral hops, grains, biscuit, light caramel and brown sugar, and then some more citrus. The malt backbone adds balance and this is a really nice fresh smelling IPA.

Tastes like the nose, but with more malt presence; flavor consists of piney notes/pine cone, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange peel, floral hops, roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread, grass, light brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf, and then some more bitter citrus notes that trails off on the clean side. Not the hop bomb that I expected, but it's incredibly smooth and well balanced and really easy to drink. No sign of the ABV, and the spices were mild like floral notes or dry hops; for such a big beer this is sessionable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time, with average carbonation, a medium body that's almost chewy and a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Overall not what I expected from Stone since it was not full of sizzling hops that smacked your taste-buds around, but it was just as delicious as I had hoped for so this was a winner in a slightly different form. Glad I got to try this one time release. This was so smooth that it exceeded my expectations.

8/24/13-Glad that Stone keeps making the RuinTen as it is a damn tasty beer. Had it a few times this summer and it is so fruity, like a pineapple, grapefruit and orange were blended with wet hops and some caramel and rich malt. Nice balance, good piney notes, solid bitterness and a grainy backbone that makes this very smooth, almost completely hiding the 10.8% ABV. Really, really enjoyable. "A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops."

9/9/14-This year's batch tasted like fresh squeezed hop juice filtered through citrus peels and dropped into a DIPA. More exotic fruits like mango, pineapple and passion fruit mix with the strong citrus flavors and rich malty backbone that is like a liquid graham cracker stirred into a hop bomb. 10.8% ABV is completely hidden as this is once again very smooth and easy to drink. Stone keeps making this brew better, so I can't wait until the next batch.

CHickman, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bschinelli, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

lilnicky068, Oct 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

smutty33, Oct 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Andrerhausen, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a cloudy burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that reduced down to a large puddle and collar of residue, and had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of pine and resin hops, grain malts and a soapy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit and orange), caramel and a mild apricot sweetness.

The taste was a little sweet and a tad bitter with a hint of caramel and a mild fruity ester at first, and then had a serious hoppy citrus bitterness along with a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an very long time after the swallow with a nice bitter and mild sweet hoppiness settling in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body with a dry yet slightly oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a very well put together brew with tons of flavor and a smooth feel, which just complimented the mildly sweet bitterness...


KajII, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

glitchedmind, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

JonathanSuarez, Sep 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ThirdEyePA, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a dull burnt orange hue with a 2.5 inch cream-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly collapses in on itself. Head eventually settles into a broken, frothy cap with some residual textured clumps of lacing present as the liquid recedes. Clarity is on the murky side. This beer is a malt bomb - I can smell it from two feet away. That said, nose also expresses a slight oniony character, earthiness, citrus and rind (in that order). Big malt presence in the flavor profile. There's a caramel/toffee presence off the bat which is quickly cut by ethanol and earthy/rindy citrus flavors. The onion quality present in the nose comes out again towards the back, but it is much less assertive in the flavor profile. Finish is a combination of sweet and bitter; a nice juxtaposition. Great mouthfeel - medium-bodied with a lively, although not overly assertive, carbonation. There's a slightly oily texture and a light acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this. All of the elements don't necessarily come together for me, but this is a pretty good DIPA. I'd like to see what 2-3 years does to this beer. I definitely think it will take on some barleywine-esque qualities as it matures.

Jwale73, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

illiniipa, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazed orange color. Some good white froth & lace.

(S)- Huge bursts of a resin-like pineapple and lime citrus. Just loaded with it that the malts are nearly unnoticed. Such a vibrant aroma that I do not really miss them.

(T)- Again, a huge burst of hops; a bit less citrus compared to the smell, but far more bitter pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance for the style with a bombardment of massive hop levels.

(O)- A massive DIPA in every sense of the hops totally overtaking every corner that this beer has to offer; and I like it!

sweemzander, Sep 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

zonker17, Sep 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

morebeersforgeorgia, Sep 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

MagillaGriller, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

ChuckGnarly, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Casedogg43
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 2nd and last bomber. Drinking it as I type!

A: nice 1/2" of head. With some solid lacing.

S: piney hoppy and some malts. Hint of floral too

T: hops and big on the malts. Truly like big brother ruination!

M: this is a big slick mouthfeel for a IPA. Imperial it is! Really like that aspect.

O: really good, very balanced. But yet happy it's my last one. I've almost confused myself with that feeling. Maybe because I'm finishing with a Zombie. For a quite malty IPA, I like it. Normally, I run from malty IPA, thumbs up here!

Casedogg43, Sep 25, 2012
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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