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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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843 Reviews
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Reviews: 843
Hads: 5,585
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 323
Gots: 949 | FT: 5
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:
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: 843 | Hads: 5,585
Photo of Jekyll
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops" Nice! Pretty much describes it. This beer starts out looking impressive and smells amazing and at first tastes great. Great turns to good as I struggle to finish the 22 oz bomber. Hops truly overpower any trace of a malt backbone. At near 11%abv it is not disguised and hits you in the face at the halfway point both in feel and in taste. Have to knock it down 1/2 a point for tasting the booziness of the beer. Otherwise an outstanding offering any hopheads should experience.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a deep, rich amber orange with some golden glow. Scant white head with moderate lacing.

Nose is big and lovely. Hints of orange, grapefruit, hibiscus, papaya, guava. Really delightful.

Taste is grapefruit, massive grapefruit up front, followed by a massive blast of bitter, sticky hoppiness. Acid from the grapefruit lingers and melds nicely with the hops.

Feel is right on medium. No real thick coating sensation many DIPAs provide. Too bad, was hoping for a bit more body.

Great brew, glad I got to pick it up on its limited run. Balanced really nicely and shows off the hop character substantially. Definitely feel the alcohol though. This is potent. Personally like the Enjoy By series a bit better from what I have had for my personal tastes, but this is a wonderful beer overall.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright flourescent orange with sticky lacing at the edges and a dusty powdering at the top.

S: Aroma of rich sticky clementine, orange peel and pine. Some sweet malt but a powerful hop presence sets the tone.

T: Wow, this is a sticky IPA! Sweet but bittered with a fury that I have not tasted in a while. Sweet clementine bitterness along with sticky pine resin. Malt backbone is relatively nice pale malt and a crystal malt sweetness . The finish is slightly bitter but not tannic , just earthy.

M: Highly carbonated for a 10.8% abv. not stinging and medium bodied.

O: Overall this is delicious. Id be hard pressed to find a DIPA fresh right now in the New England area that is more bitter and refreshing at the same time as this is right now.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Three finger offwhite head that fades to 2 cm pillow--with excellent lacing all around--and sits atop a glowing, translucent marmalade-colored body.

S: Tropical it is. Massive skunky mangoes and pineapple, with a light pine backbone.

T: Same as the nose (mango and pineapple up front), with a hugely bitter grapefruit addition, and even more bitter citrus zest in the finish. Some fine pine lingers as well. Definitely not for lupulinphobics.

M: What you (I) want out of a AIPA--creamy and syrupy. The ABV heat is definitely not hidden, but it's not overpowering either.

Excellent, readily available beer. Does not disappoint.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by date of 9-5-13. This beer is great, a lot like Ruination but with slightly more fresh hop taste, more maltiness, and more alcohol. It's excellent, but I'm not quite sure what the point is compared to Stone's usual offerings. Although the hops rock, It's slightly too malty sticky for my tastes, and it is sort of absurdly potent. I'd rather have a couple of Ruinations because I like the mouthfeel better and I would not fall out of my chair..than again the fresh hop taste of Ruin Ten is nice and it's good to get one's ass kicked once in awhile, I suppose.

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Photo of BobaFret
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A deep orange/amber with a thick, creamy head.

S - Tropical fruits, sweet citrus/grapefruit, slightly piney/resiny. Awesome.

T - Strong grapefruit and pine with a nice malty, hoppy, bitter finish. The grapefruit lingers as well.

M - Super smooth, medium body. Goes down nicely.

O - Fantastic. A big, bold but superbly balanced DIPA. I'm gonna say it: just as good as Heady Topper.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This son of a gun is a beast! Like, roar! This done thang is like a Prius with a V8; it's all kinds of smooth and subtle, yet at the same time - bingo bango! It come with a wallop. Raul done like it, but he won't put it in his trophy case of the best.

Kind of like Miss Alabama; sorry baby, you just missed it.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish pale honey hue with a now white cap with descent lacing and a touch of alcohol legs.

Hops glorious hops and that is what i want from this. grapefruit pine tropical fruits and more citrus rind.

subtle sweet malt is run over by all off the Hops glorious hops. grapefruit rind on point with piney resony and tropical and HOPS glorious hops.

Well Wow, drinks like a pedestrian ipa, though nothing pedestrian about this glorious brew.

Crack drink repeat!

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Photo of KristineT
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap and in a bottle. Busy weekend! The appearance is a beautiful copper color. The smell is crisp "C" hops with a hint of malty goodness. The taste follows suit with grapefruit from the hops and carmel and light brown sugar from the malt. The mouthfeel is pleasant with a slight glycerin slipperiness. Overall I am super excited about this beer. It is big, 10.8% abv, so I did take my time sipping it slow.

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Photo of zimm421
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Appears a nice amber color with an off-white head. The head sticks around for a good amount of time, and leaves thick lacing.

The nose is full of pine and grapefruit, and is very resinous. The alcohol is well hidden in the nose, and a bit of caramel comes through. The taste is really complex. The grapefruit and resinous pine stand out the most, as expected, and the alcohol is also very present here. There is a slight balancing aspect that is bready and full of caramel.

The mouthfeel is great; full bodied, slightly sticky on the end, and the carbonation is spot on. Overall, this is a very interesting, and over powering beer. The complexities are outstanding, and this is amazing to experience as it warms.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was pretty excited to try this- i was in the mood for an ipa, and this one is like needing a gun and someone handing you a missile launcher. the color is a nice crisp golden. there is white head and a ton of thick lacing. the smell is supper hoppy with citrus. the flavor is a whole mouth experience. the bitter hops coats all of your mouth with heavy pine and bitter. this is a beer to buy an enemy that drinks bud, so you can see the look on his face when this beer does kung-fu in his mouth.

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Photo of tittymcj
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper pour with a 1 finger head. Lacing is extremely good as the beer is consumed. Beer is extremely clear and crisp.

S: Smell is of pine and citrus, as well as some deep bread characteristics. Lots of hops, obviously. Very bitter.

T: Taste is extremely bitter. Again, very piney, but like other Stone IPAs, it has a very strong malt profile. Backs up the bitterness nicely.

M: Thick, sharp, gives a good bite from the bitter.

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Photo of MWolverines66
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow this is my first stone beer, and Im glad to say it's off to a good start. Poured out of bottle a copper/amber color, somewhat cloudy, with minimal foam.

Smells of orange zest, grapefruit, pine.

Taste of orange hit you on the way in, followed by a smack of hops. Stone has really found a good balance of these tastes to make them bold, but not overwhelming.

Overall a very solid beer, hoping to continue trying more Stone beers.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stone RuinTen IPA (Formerly 10th anniversary Ruination)

200th review! Glad it was a worthy brew for it!

Look - Poured into two Dogfish Head IPA glasses as a bottle share this poured a clear filtered copper with an amber hue. Sports a full foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace, retains some, and leaves chunks and rings of lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Extraordinarily pungent bitter hops similar to the oniony Summit ones used in some of the West Coast brews I have tried, but there are definitely more than just that particular flavor. Deep citrus resin behind that. Slight malt tones provides the higher ABV.

Taste - Malt is there in a nice wave with some sweetness, then hops ride in super bitter nice blasty IBU as well as an alcohol kick, then they slowly ride out but wreck the palate on the way out.

Mouthfeel - Sits slightly dry and not overly boozy, which is extremely well done. Remarkably drinkable. More light-bodied than medium-bodied. Again, extremely well done here.

Overall - What a fantastic brew from Stone, we went and picked up another one the next day. Ballsy and bitter but well blended with a touch of sweet, an absolute decimation of the palate.

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Photo of gpogo
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber body with a nice white head that dissipates to a small foam cap. Orange when held up to light.

A- Piney citrus aroma. Slight boozy notes.

T- Super citrus grapefruit with a nice caramel malt backing. Hop flavor throughout with a pleasant bitterness. Alcohol is definitely present and provides a bit of warmth.

M- Medium full body with moderate carbonation. There is a bite, but I think that is a combination of the carbonation, hops, and booziness. Smooth going down prior to the bite.

D- Quite enjoyable, but boozey. These will put you down quickly, but it will be enjoyable!

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Photo of beerme12
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice medium toned brew. Pretty

S: piney, citrus, malty on the end

T: Nice. It's not as hoppy as advertised but distinctly bold, flavorful, and smooth. Big taste early, satisfying, no bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium. very smooth. much taste without a great deal of repercussion.

O: One of the best things a beer can do is hide its potency. this beer has great flavor, very high alcohol content, and goes down very, very smooth. My buds and I look for a drinkable, hoppy, high alcohol brew. This beer is that. This beer is hoppy, very powerful, very drinkable, and damn smooth for a 10.8!

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Photo of Bobheed
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've sort of stopped writing reviews and ticking my hads, but I felt this one was worthy of documenting

A: A nice, clear bronze color, darker than a typical IPA, but not quite as dark as an amber. Thick two finger, foamy eggshell colored head. Very sticky and resinous character clinging to the glass

S: A giant punch of fruity, floral, and piney hops. Simcoe is very present if I'm not mistaken, all the hops blending together to make a remarkable blend that smells the closest to raw hops I've ever experienced from a beer.

T: Follows the nose very well. Huge fruity characteristics and rose like flavors right off the bat, transitions to a harsher, piney bitterness, and then finishes fruity once again. For how potent the flavor is, it is a really well balanced variety of hop flavors.

M: Thicker than average IPAs for sure, but not in a bad way, very sticky med-high carbonation, no alcohol presence despite the very high ABV

Overall this one was outstanding. Probably my favorite beer I've ever had from Stone and quite possibly the best IPA in the world.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: shiny marmalade body, 1 finger head, amazing lacing!

S: peach, mango, grapefruit, pine, sweet malt, mild tobacco/leather

T: same as nose, sweet candied malt flavor, long pine bitter finish

M: med/heavy, big sticky/oily mouthfeel

O: SUCH A BEAST! Stone crushes these hops and it
is truly a sublime bitter experience.


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Photo of JCHOPS
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass. A dark amber color (darker than ruination). Great retention with great lacing. A beautiful looking beer indeed.

S: The smell of orange, grapefruit and pine combine for one truly amazing smell. This beer absolutely reeks!

T: Wow! A hop lover's delight for sure. The Columbus, Centennial and Citra hops smack you right in the face! Not surprising given the 5 pounds of hops per barrel the good people over at Stone used to brew this masterpiece. A strong bitter finish that definitely rivals Green Flash Palate Wrecker.

M: Medium syrupy body with great carbonation.

O: This beer truly is Ruination on steroids! This is an elite DIPA that rank in my top 5, right behind Pliny the Younger, Double Sunshine, Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of klythjohan
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of themind
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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