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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,795 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,795
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 220
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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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a snifter.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut tropical fruits - mostly mango and grapefruit - pungent piney hops, fresh cut grass and an appropriate amount of caramel malt.

T - Starts off with a huge dose of piney hop resin and sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, fresh grass and lightly toasted bread. Alcohol is ever present, growing stronger as it sits in the glass, but it never really gets in the way. Finish retains quite a bit of the hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after each sip.

M - This one is definitely a big hoppy beer with plenty of delicious flavors and moderate carbonation. Not as sticky sweet as I was expecting it to be, although it is definitely still very sweet, with a fairly dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

O - I was expecting this to be good but it ended up being really good. I also had a bottle of this one that wasn't as good as this was so I am glad I got to try it on-tap as well. Nice work Stone!

orangesol, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.49 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange-gold body with nearly two inches of near white foam.

Smell: Pointedly aromatic with some harsh resins, cutting florals, pure citrus oils, and enough alcohol to shrivel the nostrils. I was hoping for beautiful, for vivaciousness. Instead, it's just harsh. Some soften hints of overcooked sugar cookies and toasted grain do little to round it out.

Taste: A mercurial dose of sugar cookies, toasty grains. Then, alcohol and throat-scalding resins. Sip of pure citrus juices. A tad caustic. The bitterness is very high, and it's this bitterness along with the alcohol to angrily shoves you towards the burning finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit of beefiness to the mouthfeel. Just a bit.

Overall: I feel like a champ for getting halfway through this thing!

ChainGangGuy, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Balvenie
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Balvenie, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle 10,8% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 08/23/2012

Review number 250!

This was one beer I never thought I would get a chance to try, so I cannot thank Futura123 for sending this as part of a surprise box!

Appearance: Wow, what a beautiful pour! The body is a crystal clear, bright orange-amber with golden edges. A rough pour yields a large off-white head, that lasts pretty well for the Abv. and leaves beautiful patches of lace as it recedes.

Smell: Ah man, this smells fantastic! The initial nose is absolutely bursting with sweet citrus and grapefruit! Tropical fruit are also present, with notes of mango, pineapple and peach. The malt body is noted through sweet caramel and honey.

Taste: The flavour follows on perfectly from the nose and is simply fantastic. Notes include: Sweet orange, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, mango, pineapple, a light dank character, grapefruit pith, caramel, honey and a light floral character. The finish is quite bitter, but I would not guess that this is over 100IBU.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! I do not think that I could thin of any improvement here. The body is medium-full and very oily, with a medium-high level of ultra smooth carbonation. With a mouthfeel this good, I find myself constantly reaching for my glass to take another sip.

Overall: Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary is an absolutely outstanding IIPA! I guess it would have been a lot hoppier right after the release, but I really enjoyed the more balanced and incredibly drinkable nature of this bottle.
It is beers like this make me want to move to California!

Thehuntmaster, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into snifter

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a good level of lacing.

Smell – A delicious citrus aroma is the heaviest; a wonderful mix of tangerine, orange with a lighter note of grapefruit. Mixed with this are malty notes of a more bready nature mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness. Very pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins big in malt where a caramel sweet and bready taste meets the tongue. The hops soon enter the taste however and mellow out some of the sweetness. While initially the hop flavors are of a sweeter nature themselves, with a strong tangerine and sweet grapefruit flavor, as the taste advances it bitter up ever so slightly as flavors of a pine and some lemon nature come to the tongue. In the end the malt and the hop seem to meet a common ground and blend to produce a very hoppy, yet quite balanced taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. The body suits the beer very nicely and allows all the hop flavors to soak into the tongue.

Overall – Delicious and dangerous. While at 10.8 % this thick and tasty brew conceals its alcohol quite well. Large sweet and hoppy flavors and a great creamy body make this one to try!!

Darkmagus82, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

bluntedboywonder, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of busterwhite
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a 1 finger head and a little lacing on the glass.

Smells of tangerines, pineapple, and pine. Big hop aroma.

Taste matches the nose, big hop flavor with tangerines and pineapple followed by some pine bitterness in the finish. Bit of alcohol also. Bitterness is there but the flavor of the hops is not overshadowed. Actually pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.

Overall this is a great double IPA, wish I'd bought more.

busterwhite, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Rekrule, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a very nice head that sticks beautifully and leaves plentiful shards behind

Smell: Tropical fruit (mango, apricot and grapefruit) with a floral edge

Taste: Very sweet and malty, up front, with a load of sugary flavors; by mid-palate, the edgy hops arrive, delivering a very bitter, citrusy character; quite sticky in the finish, though the hops are still dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat sticky

Overall: I know some folks love this, but I find many of Stone's beers way too sticky to by enjoyable as I like a drier IPA profile; for the style (and accepting the stickiness for what it is) this is a very nice brew

brentk56, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a cloudy orange with a two finger cream colored head. Lacing is consistent and gorgeous. Retention is solid. Lots of firm, persistent bubbles. Lovely.

S. Orange zest, pine, mango, tangerine, caramel. I am getting a hop buzz from nose alone. A juicy, citric, menacing behemoth.

T. Lots of caramel malt and then a knockout punch of orange, pine resin, grassiness, earthiness, ragweed, and tropical juice. Wow.

M. Crisp, moderate to full bodied, and well balanced.

O. An outstanding DIPA. Excellent balance and flavor profile. Citra hops shine here and are balanced near perfectly by the malts and more herbal hops. This is a big, juicy DIPA that earns its ranks among the best. I am not sure how the regular Ruination stacks up because I have not had it in so long, but this certainly makes me want to try it again sooner rather than later. An excellent beer. Outstanding.

siege06nd, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens in Greenvile, Sc

A - A rich copper, with some clarity. 2 fingers of head and the standard sticky lace all over the glass

S - Ok, the smell is the 1st clue of amazingness. Hops in your race, you might as well be swimming in them. Citrus and bitter hops dominate. Malty aromas? you don't stand a chance

T - an amazing concoction of bitter and citrusy hops. Wow, palated wrecked. Unbelievable! Definitely a top 5 DIPA.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation

O - The bottle should say "drink no other beer after this one, as it will taste like )$)&%)$*&%... " Amazing amount of hops in your face. They need to bottle this one on a regular basis.

BeerDawgs, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark orange/copper. Off-white head. Semi-translucent. Looks very appetizing.

Aroma: Grapefruit up front. Nice hop presence and some underlying malts. Nothing overpowering.

Taste: Fantastic. Solid bitterness throughout (not surprising at over 100 IBU's) with definite tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. Surprisingly juicy for a double IPA. The bitterness lingers but not long enough to be problematic. The fine balance of flavors gives it an edge over other beers of this style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tongue biting. A little drying on the tongue after the halfway point. It can be hard to sip and savor considering the above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I wish this wasn't a limited release. Definitely in the top ten beers I've had. Get it while you can, it does not disappoint!

JamesMN, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of alwaysanswerb
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

alwaysanswerb, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - lightly hazed copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring leaving rings and waves of lacing.

S - citrus fruits squeezed over pine cones.

T - hops attack from the start right up until the dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation giving it a smooth feel or maybe my tongue is numb from the hops(?).

O - right up there with the top beers in this style, too bad it's a one time thing.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ElGallo, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy orange/peach colored body with a bubbly slightly off white head.

S- A punch of piney hops with some citrus notes. Some juicy grapefruit notes are apparent as well.

T- Just a blast of hops almost to the point that it is like sucking on hop juice. The piney resin is the first taste with the citrus and tropical fruit notes blending in. Hop bomb.

M- Full bodied, but somewhat syrupy. Mouth is fried after the first few sips.

O- Mission accomplished. Stone set out to create the ultimate hop bomb and succeeded.

stephenjmoore, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Pat316
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Pat316, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, my first review got lost because I wasn't logged in. Shit.

22oz bomber purchased from Good Ta Go. I believe the bottle had a best by date of 08/24/12. I accidentally rubbed it off with my thumb. Poured into my DFH snifter.

Appearance: Nice bronze orange with a two finger foamy white head. Excellent retention and perhaps the craziest lacing I have ever seen. White suds are caked ALL over my entire glass. I wish I could attach a picture to this review.

Aroma: Massive grapefruit aroma here along with some other tropical fruits. Piney hop resin and jus a bit of caramel malt peeking through.

Taste: Piney hop resin and grapefruit are the big players here. Bold flavor and quite tasty. Bitter from start to finish. I love Columbus hops and this one drives them straight to your palate. I'm sure there's some caramel malt backing but I'm too concerned with this tasty bitterness to care.

Mouthfeel: Big beer. Low on carbonation and high on thickness. This beer just never lets up. It dominates you. Completely owns you. ABV becomes more noticeable as it warms. Finish is long and bitter.

I would most definitely purchase this beer again, if I could ever find it again. Great job on this one, Stone.
...I also haven't had a Ruination in awhile. I would have liked to do a side-by side comparison with the two.

nimrod979, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -13%

mothman, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my god finally.

deep amber body with a huge foamy white head. Damn this smells like alpha acids and powdery malt. Little bit of grapefruit and resin.

They should have called this Palate Wrecker instead of that Green Flash thing. SO much bitter resinous hop flavors. Slippery hop extract oils are different, but a welcome addition. Hop flavors are that resin, a touch of grapefruit, and just a bit of pine. Hints of pineapple come and go.

Where there is a ton of hops, there is enough malt to balance things out. This makes it feel slightly creamy and honey sweet. Sticky malt is almost chewy. Finish is piney and bitter, but its doable.

This thing packs a Mike Tyson Haymaker, but its doable. Thick and rich, but really good.

VncentLIFE, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of RES
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

RES, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Michaels (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Enjoy by 8/23/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow with a dense finger and a half vanilla head. A few touches of lacing, particularly where the head had rested. 

Huge hop aromas here! Grapefruit, orange, pine, sweet biscuit, onion, garlic and a wisp of alcohol. I keep coming back to smell it.

Extremely hoppy taste explosion! Sharp piney grapefruit, sweet n sour garlic and very bitter. Biscuit, pepper, pine and grass. I don't think I'd call it balanced but that's not what this is about. It juggles the hops wonderfully. 

Medium full feel, with plenty of poppy carbonation. Sticky and oily with an occasional pleasant alcohol nip. 

Well done and happy 10 years of Ruination! I'm not all that enamored with the standard Ruiniation, this is wonderful. I wouldn't drink it all the time but this is worthy of attention from extreme hopheads anywhere. 

ThickNStout, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

denimdemon, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy with a golden honey color. Head is 2 fingers thick with good retention, resulting in a nice, sticky lacing.

Smell - Big, fresh citrus aromas; orange with hints of grapefruit and tropical notes. A touch sour on the nose.

Taste - Starts with big citrus hoppiness; grapefruit and bitter orange peel with notes of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Malts are scaled back, but do well to preserve a bit of balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full-bodied. Decently carbonated. Really smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Really fresh hop citrus flavors captured here. Not nearly as malty as it's namesake counterparts. Does well to hide the 10.8%. My favorite incarnation of Ruination thus far.

TheSixthRing, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber with moderate frothy tan head with great retention. Huge, resinous citrus and pine aroma. Big malt sweetness of bread and caramel tempered with huge hop notes of orange and pine. Long alcohol and hop linger. Silky smooth.

Unbelievably, this beer is balanced and smooth with huge hop flavor but not bittering. Like most of the new Stone beers, it is easily palatable. An amazing achievement considering the beer but it’s so sweet it’s almost a barleywine with just enough linger to remind you it’s Ruination. A good beer and I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but frankly it’s a little disappointing considering the legacy of Ruination, it’s just a higher ABV version.

Bfarr, Jul 27, 2012
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 4,795 ratings.