Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

798 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 798
Hads: 5,349
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 308
Gots: 831 | FT: 5
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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:
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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Reviews: 798 | Hads: 5,349
Photo of klythjohan
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark orange, frothy off-white head that lingers a bit.

S: Citrus orange notes with a good bit of grassy/piney tones. A bit light as compared to others of this variety.

T: Pine resin is the clear forward flavor, but lends to some citrusy notes with a touch of caramel. Brings a nice balance to the flavor of this beer, much different than what I was expecting.

M: Nice body, moderately carbonated. Hops do a nice job of hiding the alcohol.

O: Very solid brew, well-balanced and much more complex than the Ruination. Personally I still prefer Enjoy By but this is still a must try! (600 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Less than a month old.

A - pours a clear orange with a short, ephemeral head. Light lace. Minimal bubbles.

S - orange, pine, over-ripened mango and a fairly robust caramel malt note for the style. The intensity is surprisingly not as intense as Enjoy By, Pliny and several others.

T - follows the aroma and adds a touch of dry pineapple.

M - medium body. Assertive, but smooth bitterness with a spicy quality that lingers for a while, but doesn't ruin your day.

O - I like it quite a bit better than Ruination, but not as much as Enjoy By. Still a very good DIPA with a smooth, high ABV. (594 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from cask a great bright orange. Supersaturated and cloudy, can't see through this ipa at all. Off white frothy one finger head that stays.

Smells of fresh orange zest with some mango and grapefruit. Grassy slightly piny hop notes.

Tastes of some great malty sweetness up front. Warming alcohol and fruity esters. Tons of mango, orange, and grapefruit. Bitterness is quite mild at first but comes through towards the end. There's that grassy, pine hop bite but it blends well with the resinous, sticky quality of this beer. I can't say its perfectly balanced but that's a good thing for this beer. It stands out to me mostly because of the diverse flavors throughout the taste. I was wondering why it had the amount of alcohol notes coming through and realized this is almost an 11% beer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, sticky, and round. This on cask makes it feel like a beer worth savoring.

Overall, it's a fantastic ipa that's very different from all others in its class. Refreshing, diverse, and interesting. This could be one of the best beers I've had if it weren't for the amount of alcohol notes. But, it's still up there. (1,137 characters)

Photo of themind
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a quality brew! to me this beer is less bitter then the original yet has a larger hop blast. The brew is very drinkable even at the high ABV. The aroma was hoppy and the carbonation was crisp. If you like Ruination you will really enjoy this one. A quality brew from a quality brewer.

Bottom Line: Palate wrecking hop blast! (333 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma was incredible. Lots of bright citrus with a touch of honey and pine.
The taste is loaded with hops and bitterness. It is more than a hop bomb though. There is great variety and complexity. Lots of fruit and some pine with a huge malt backbone to hold it all up.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Impressive. (400 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip glass from a bomber

A- pours a crystal clear burnt orange, with a pillowy white head the slowly dissipates to a thin smear around the glass

S- pungent garlic and onion up front, followed by touches of feel citrus and orange juice with a subtle plum of alcohol on the end

T- wow, just awesome, some more garlicky taste mixed with orange juice, orange peel, hints of brown sugar just an aggressively hop forward brew.

M- medium in body, super aggressive hoppy beer, just destroys the palate the way a west coast dipa should

O- and absolute assault on your tastebuds, a hopheads delight for sure, cheers! (626 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, drink by 09/05/13 stamped on it. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours an orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very nice, it smells mostly like pine and citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some earthy notes and bit of bready malt noticeable too. Of course the lingering finish is good and bitter! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a little creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I'm glad I picked this up earlier today. Definitely worth trying, and I'll be buying this again in the future. $7.99 a bomber. (709 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper, much like regular ruination with a rocky white 2 finger high head, with good retention and tons of pillowy lacing on the glass.

Pine resin and a touch of earth. Sweet caramel, honeyed amber malt. Hops clearly dominant but balanced with a mix of bright lemon and grapefruit citrus filling the holes with pine resin. My only gripe would be that the aroma isn't as strong as it could be.

Sweet honey dipped bread with a touch of caramel brings in the balance before the rest of the drink is dominated by hops. Pine resin is the clear forward flavor but bright citrus and some tropical hues of mango are there. Far from the one dimensional regular Ruination. The bitterness is even keeled, strong yet supportive, alcohol is nicely balanced.

Ideal body but muted carbonation, it's just enough. There is a bitter mouth coating that dries nicely leaving smore than a little sticky malt residue. Alcohol is just getting overwhelmed by the hops so I guess it's well hidden. Very drinkable and more balanced than I thought it would be.

Stone hits on another stellar ipa, the anniversary Ruination is more complex and balanced than it's celebrated namesake and the alcohol is very well hidden. Well worth trying this one for size. Dig that pleasant pine resin burn. . (1,280 characters)

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reddish orange in color with a light tan colored head that laces nicely as you drink. Piney hops in your face, lots of hops, boozy aroma as well with some floral aroma in the background. The first sip tastes really syrupy, like someone took a handful of hop cones and squeezed them into my mouth. Really sweet with bitterness after, but not as bitter as I thought it would be. The alcohol is pretty well hidden as well. This is a real heavy hitter, probably the most intense IPA i've had which is not necessary a bad thing - you gotta be in the right mindset to enjoy it. (571 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

RuinTen 2013 release. 22 oz bomber into a teku glass. I missed the initial 10th Anniversary Edition so I'm pretty excited to try this recipe out finally. Enjoy by: 08/28/13.

A - Pours a very clear dark amber body. Two fingers of white foam forms and settles down to a thin cap and some edging. Sticky lacing with some killer retention. A swirl produces an instant fingers worth of foam. Filtered DIPA's don't get any better than this.

S - There is a lot happening here. Starts off very fruity with some peaches, nectarines, and grapefruit. It then takes a swing towards the savory side. Dank, dank herb with layers of pine and oily resin with faint notes of onions. The end is undeniably fusel heavy and harsh. Not my favorite IPA hop profile but it certainly smells massive and impressive.

T - Stone fruit interrupted by oily resin and dank marijuana. Some pine and orange scattered around. The hops are pretty unrelenting here with a bitterness that isn't huge but feels like its slowly eating away at your enamel. Some bready caramel malts. The finish is all about bitter grapefruits. Mouth feel is medium bodied and coating. Alcohol shows through a bit as it warms up.

O - This is a really massive and palate destroying DIPA. Lots of flavors here with a manageable but large level of bitterness. This is a damn good beer and I'm happy this is now an annual release. However, Enjoy By is just so much more up my alley and is a rotating release. (1,452 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink By 08/28/13

a: darkish copper. thickish white frothy head which keeps it general form for some time

s: piney hops galore. grapefruit. some light caramel sweetness

t: hop bitterness explosive punch to the tongue. some caramel maltiness on the back end.

m: bit syrupy. medium carbonation finishes dry.

o: Halfway through I just notice on the label it is 10.8%. Indeed it is. Boozy one this. Love the hoppy bitterness just wish they toned down the booziness just a tad. A must try for hopheads, no question. A true palate wrecker as well. I think I might need to take a nap now... (589 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. best by 8/28/13

pours a dark reddish/copper with an inch thick white head. darker than most IPAs. Smell is a big blast of citrus hops. its huge. As you take a sip your palate gets an onslaught of hops. citrus and orange flavors on the back end, but youre just overwhelmed by the hops on this one. as to be expected i suppose. higher end of medium bodied with medium carbonation. the massive amount of hops make this a challenge to drink if youre not up to the task.

overall it delivers whats promised. personal preference, i like more balanced IPAs such as pliny, but if youre in the mood to get destroyed by hops, then this one might overtake palate wrecker as king. (695 characters)

Photo of SDbrewerJake
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this beer before ever trying Stones ruination IPA. My father in-law said it was a little different from the regual and became furious when I told him I had never tried the regular. He cracked this guy open and drank from a snifter. Relly pretty dark gold color with a hope varient that isn't common to stone. OK mouth feel with extreme hop notes... Not sure what hop in particular but they put a bunch of this one strand. Overall good beer... not the best. (464 characters)

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I appreciate the "drink by 08/28/13", but I'm sure the hops would be quite faded by then.

A - It is translucent golden orange in color with a quickly fading small, off white head with minimal lacing.
  
S - Very pungent. Resinous grapefruit... This is not delicate.  It's one-dimensionally overpowering, but that's what I expected.  Huge hop profile.

T - Hop spiciness and big bitterness upfront, yet still smooth . There's a substantial burn in the finish, but I don't mind it too much.  Oily hop resin and alcohol in the finish. There's a nice,slightly Brady aftertaste which lingers.

M - It has a thinner body than I was expecting, which threw me off at first since it's so strong in flavor... I expected a slightly fuller body and mouthfeel.

O - It's a big, bad west coast DIPA... I'd would have liked to compare it to FFF dreadnaught Ina side-by-side.  I'm glad I got to try it, especially in the summer hear, but once was enough for me.  I'd recommend it to hopheads, but it's not a beginner craft beer. (1,021 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $7ish.... Pours with a nice 2 finger off white head that leaves nice drapes of lacing atop a clear lite copper brew.

Nose is proper Stone... resinous pine and oily grapefruit with a little bit of melon or tropical fruit thrown in... There is enough residual maltiness to help amplify the hoppiness.

Big and brutally bitter especially on the finish... But the hoppiness from the aromas translate nearly perfectly to the palate... booze and bitterness sorta burns down the gullet.

Body is medium with a good small bubble carbonation.

Pretty damn good, but certainly not a common pleasure for me anymore.

4/4.5/4/3.75/4.25 (663 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a medium to dark copper color with a thin layer of white head and mild carbonation.

S - Resiny pine and tropical fruit aroma that's a little earthy, sticky, and vinous.

T - Spicy, earthy dank, dark resiny citrus with grapefruit

M - Medium to full medium body.

O - Ruination is a really enjoyable beer and comparing this side by side there's no way I'd peg these as being siblings. Definitely worth trying but do it now as opposed to later before all the hops fade. (478 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone pint glass. The bottle is marked "Drink by 08/28/13", it should be very fresh.

Appearance: Pours a translucent copper and leaves a finger of nice, dense head that lingers for quite some time leaving behind some very nice lacing.

Smell: That nice, dank ruination hop aroma shines through: pine, light citrus/pineapple, earthy tones, hops, hops, hops.

Taste: Pleasant, strong pine, caramel, nice malt backbone to keep it in check, earthy tones. I might even dare to say that this is more balanced than standard ruination, although both are definitely hop bombs. Tasty hop-forward flavor.

Mouth-feel: Very well carbonated with a medium slightly syrupy body, although not overly so. Finishes very smooth for the ABV.

Overall: Definitely a quality (¿triple?) IPA. Lots of hops, but still very drinkable. I'm impressed with the tasty, piney flavor as well as the nice, slightly softer aroma. I would tend to look for a bit more balance in an IPA like this, but this is certainly close. (1,019 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Really nice looking filtered IPA. Bright orange/amber with an off white head with pale yellow hues. Decent amount of head considering the abv

S: Just huge and super dank. A powerful smelling beer. A lot of the west coast notes come through - big fresh sticky resinous pine and incredibly bitter grapefruit rind. There is some really dank astringency - musty overripe pineapple and mango. Some sweet pink grapefruit comes through with some orange juice. There is a sweet caramel malt backbone that helps balance it out.

T: One of the most substantial and vibrant tasting beers I've ever had. Exploding with hop bitterness - leaves a resin hop oil film in the mouth. Incredibly bitter grapefruit, resin and pine hit first. The middle of the mouth it has a citrus and tropical fruit explosion with pink grapefruit, mango, orange, and some pineapple. Really, really incredible.

P: Huge mouthfeel for the style but works perfectly. Pretty soft carbonation and silky smooth.

O: This is an amazing beer. So incredibly flavorful with over-the-top hop intensity - it's the culmination of American hop-assult beers. (1,113 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a snifter giving way to a clear dark orange/amber body. A thick and creamy looking off-white head falls quickly leaving lacing and retains fairly well until the end.

The smell is full of hoppy goodness. Dank and resinous pine melds well with the peach, cantaloupe, and citrus fruit. Some alcohol vapor.

The flavor hits big with pine and grapefruit flavored hops. The alcohol is detectable but not distracting. There is some balancing sweetness from the malt that comes across a little crackery and bready. But this is really all about the hops.

Fairly big bodied for an IPA. It is smooth and creamy with an all encompassing pleasant bitterness. Dries out the palette and keeps you wanting more.

This feels comparable to the Enjoy By batch I had. A wonderfully big IPA. One bottle is not enough. (824 characters)

Photo of ILoveIPA
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well Stone, you have done it again. I thought you peaked with Enjoy By but I guess I was wrong. This beer is absolutely amazing. It's a Kung Fu kick to the palate. So much hop goodness and all balanced out by enough sweet malt to keep you coming back for more. If you are a fan of aggressively hoped DIPA's or just want to drink one of the best beers in the world, do yourself a favor and seek this out. You will not regret it. The best part is you will be drunk off of one bottle! (481 characters)

Photo of arfenhouse
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Released earlier today.

A: Dark copper with a white head. Retention is good with some lacing.

S: A small bit of malt sweetness peeks out behind the spicy pinecone, and pineapple hops. Grapefruit and tangerines. Light on the flowery hops and peach.

T: Tangerines, peaches, pine needles, and a tiny bit of alcohol. Pine, some bitter/sweet grain, and grapefruit in the aftertaste. Big and in your face.

M:Full bodied and coats the mouth, yet quickly dries. Medium-full carbonation.

O: Nice big hopbomb. (504 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; freshness date of August 26, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“DRINK BY 08/26/13”).

Appearance (3.75): Three fingers of light tan foam makes up the head, cappong a toasted golden body that’s almost crystal-clear with just a slight chill haze. Great retention here, with the head taking forever to die down; lacing is moderate at best, though, with some suds here and there on all sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25): Oodles of tropical, brash, citrus hops mixing in with a caramelized sugar cookie-ish malt sweetness (I dunno, like shortbread with caramelized sugar on top?) leads the way. Pineapple and mango juice blur the line with the bready-sweet malt character, with undertones of resinous, dank, weedy hops. Surprisingly good balance between malt and hops.

Taste (4.25): Lots of hops, lots of malt, but more or less balanced. Lots of piney, citrus zest bitterness comes through throughout the beer, from start to finish. There’s definitely a solid malt backbone in this beer (more of that caramelized sugar, some rich short bread, and a rather nutty, toasted characer), but its edges blend into the hops character: the malt sweetness blurs the line with the juicy citrus fruit (pineapple juice, mango nectar), and the nutty toasted note blends into the dank resin from the hops. There’s a relatively strong citrus bitterness (a mix of red grapefruit juice and lemon zest) that is almost hidden by that thick malt character, until the finish—where a wave of that bitterness washes out the malt sweetness and lingers for a while. There’s some booze heat, but it blends in with the resin, toast, and citrus peel, as it should in a big DIPA. This is big and brash, but (relatively) balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Somewhat syrupy in feel, with a fuller-than-medium-weight feel and a smooth, almost velvety carbonation that foams softly and easily on the way down. There’s some boozy heat that sneaks in there, too, and with the hop oils it helps dry up the finish substantially. Feels great, actually for such a big-ass DIPA.

Overall (4.25): As noted in the smell, taste, and feel, this is a big, bold DIPA, with a surprising amount of balance. It’s not the hoppiest or the most memorable DIPA I’ve had, but all of the most prominent components—hops, malt, and booze—blend in to each other well, which is the mark (to me, anyway) of a well-crafted DIPA. For me, I think I actually prefer the regular Ruination, because it’s a lean, mean, hop-blasting machine, while this is a big, thick DIPA with its own character. But this is plenty good in its own right, too, and worth seeking out if you like DIPAs brash, thick, and balanced. (2,748 characters)

Photo of Weas
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Great clarity, fluffy white head, poured a nice amber color.

S: Lots of hops; oranges, piney -- amazing aroma.

T: The hops are heavy, but they get balanced out very well. Pine, grapefruit, lemon and spices; nice dry finish. For a 10.8% ABV, the alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Great carbonation, medium-body, nice dry and bitter aftertaste.

O: Great beer. First beer from Stone I've had, and it makes me excited to try some of the other varieties I picked up. (469 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer last year in NYC, unfortunately I think it was past it's prime, so I'm looking forward to this super fresh bottle.

Beautiful pour, bright and clear orange color with a fine white head.

Aromas are big bold, and I noticed them while pouring. Orange sherbert, mangos, and stinky resin. Very nice.

Taste starts out with caramel and creamy malt sweetness, nice body, and a good balance of malt and hops. Hops kick in on the snappy dry finish. Mangos, orange sherbert, floral, and resiny. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is excellent, nice full feel, and spot on carbonation.

Overall, superb. I was impressed with Enjoy By, and this is just as good, if not better. Well done Stone. (686 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2013 release bottle poured into a large snifter 2013-06-15. Note: My bottle says "RuinTen" on it, not "Ruination Tenth Anniversary". I think it's the same beer.

Pours clear, coppery amber, nice light tan head, fades and leaves a tall ring and a clumpy layer. Small amount of fine fast carbonation. Very pretty. Smell is gorgeous. If it was a bit more potent and room filling, I'd give it a 5. Smells of pine and a little citrus.

Taste is super piney and grapefruit rindy. Lots of caramelly malty flavor. This is really nice.

Mouthfeel is thick, slightly filmy, a little sticky. Oveall, this is an excellent beer. (620 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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