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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,786 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 4,786
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 220
Gots: 581 | 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 whiskey
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review and I'm a rookie so I'll keep it simple. I was very excited to try this beer as i am a big ruination fan.
Nice orange color, hazy for sure. Smells great to me, hops and citrus. Not much head or lacing.
I'm a big double IPA fan and for the most part my initial thoughts on a new beer are thoughts of the hoppiness, or the floral and citrus tones, but this was the first beer that made me immediately think "wow, bitter".
It's Stone, it's great, but I would still choose other DIPA's over this if the choice was given.

whiskey, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mjord23, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

WritersBlock, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. Orange amber in color with a thick white foam filling the top two inches of the glass. Good head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma has a fantastic hoppiness to it. It's got a bit of an orange creamsicle like flavor to it that I'm really liking. There is some tropical fruit flavors that give it a fruit punch like quality. Pineapple, peach and mango flavors all seem to come out. Awesome hoppy flavors overall.

The taste follows through with even more of the really great juicy, tropical fruit, hop flavors. It's juicier and sweeter up front with more of a peach and mango fruit presence. The finish is more bitter with a little more of a resiny, citrus rind bitterness. I don't get much alcohol at all, which really impresses me since it's over 10%.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was one of the best hoppy beers I've ever had. It definitely can hold it's own against any of the top beers of the style. Here is to hoping Stone decides to make this one more frequently in the future.

billab914, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Chugs13, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of duff247
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

duff247, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

csnullptr, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

cfinch2, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 bomber from Bourbon Street, Lebanon.

Hazy orange with a bright center, topped by a big billowing rocky snow white head. Good sticky lace. The beer settles into incredible clarity and a new penny copper color. An abundance of carbonation streams.

Big bold inviting citrus aroma: grapefruit, lemon and a grove full of oranges.

Thick sweet caramel slathers the tongue, laying down a big foundation . Juicy fruit explodes throughout the mouth. Big bitter bear trap at the swallow which lingers like the last piano note of "Day in the Life" on SGT. PEPPER. Echo of alcohol with minor warming in the afterglow.

Medium-plus mouthfeel carries everything along smoothly. Even creamy, not a term automatically associated with DIPAs.

Big fan of Stone, and Ruination in particular. This anniversary version exceeded my expectations. Join the celebration.

RonfromJersey, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear amber/orange in color. Two inch bone-white head settles into a thin crown. A thick, sticky ring and some spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass as the head recedes.

S: Mango, pineapple, and fleshy mandarin orange. Whiff of aromatic pine needles. Grapefruit in the background. Earthy and leafy hop scents as well. Tropical esters and a touch of peppery alcohol. Vague hints of a biscuity malt base. A good nose, but not as raw and in-your-face as one would expect, given the excessive amount of hops used in this beer.

T: Resiny bitterness shows flashes of grapefruit rind here and there. This beer is intensely bitter from the start, and it never relents. Hop tastes turn very spicy and herbal toward the mid-palate. Big hit of mint and pine needles. Earthy and leafy with hints of tobacco. Some of that soapy sort of taste you get from intensely hoppy beers too. Almost a bit catty and onion-like as well. Flashes of tangerine, pineapple, and other citrus fruits come to the forefront intermittently. Dry biscuity malt tastes barely make it through the hop onslaught. Spicy alcohol toward the finish. Bitter, oily, earthy, and herbal hop tastes still have a vice-like grip on the tongue well into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Slick with hop oils, abrasively astringent and enamel-scraping. Warming all the way down into the stomach.

O: This one is not for the faint of heart. It isn't just hoppy; it's rip-your-taste buds-out hoppy. Beer nerds cleaned this off the shelf in less than a week around here, and now I understand why. This beer is the next big entry into the great West Coast Hop-Bomb pissing contest. Think of the American hop-head beer nerd as a lover of spicy food. Right now, this is the ghost chili pepper. You can't become a member of the elite hop-head club until you've endured the agony of having your tastes buds ripped out and your tooth enamel stripped off by this beer. I haven't had a beer this hoppy in a long time. Perhaps it lacks finesse, but it makes up for it with brute force. I enjoyed it, though I found it to be a bit over-the-top.

Notes: It goes without saying that this beer would be the perfect accompaniment to a very spicy dish.

ryan1788a5, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s no secret that Stone has a love affair with hops – and for that, I have a love affair with Stone. This, though, has been named the mac-daddy of all hoppy Stone brews…and holy hell, am I excited I got it fresh. To liquid HOPS!

Apparently, this beer fades a little over a month after the date of this tasting (“Enjoy by 08.23.12” laser etching is very visible).

A: A shimmering burnt-orange body pours thick from the bottle, covered by a thick inch of off-white foam. It isn’t the biggest head, but it’s certainly thick as hell – a bold milky-silkiness that doesn’t look like it’s going to be reducing its size anytime soon. Patches of filmy lacing everywhere around the glass.

S: Sweet Jesus, I can smell this from ten feet away – and it’s GLORIOUS! Dank, piney hops make every whiff a maddeningly mouthwatering experience: grapefruit rind, citrus pulp, and pure resin. Some rich caramel malt somehow manages to peek through, showing honey and thick toffee beneath the tidal wave of hops. Exquisitely pleasing.

T: As soon as I took a drink, my ears started to tingle a bit and my face got a little warm – damn, that’s a lot of hops. It hits like a kick of horseradish, clearing out your sinuses and peppering anything you eat for the next week with a taste of pine sap, candied orange, grapefruit rind, and resin. Somehow, though, it never gets to be too much. I’d imagine that some beers that can get too hoppy – this possibly being one of them – but nothing about this screams overdose. There are a few instances of ultra-hopped solvent notes, but I think it’s accentuated by the keen flavors of clean alcohol that float all around this palate. As far as malts go, you can tell there’s tons of caramel lying under the hops as a foundation; however, all I’m getting on that front is a bit of maple and caramel breadiness, like a crisp, sweet graham cracker. Finish is dry as hell, leaving the palate reeling with the oily residue of intense hops.

M: As all Stone beers go, it’s crisp and palatable. Very well done here; any more thickness and it would be too much for me.

O: Tasty beer for a tasty event – I can dig ten more years of Stone bravado, and probably more. Though I’ll probably celebrate with a standard Ruination next time, this anniversary ale has certainly stolen my heart when it comes to hop tribute. Damn straight.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

BillyTWilliams, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Kmccabe33, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Massbmx, Jul 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

rkasten1, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking, orange/tan and clear, nice lasting head and great lace.

Aroma is just amazing. You can smell the oily hops rising off the head. Monster pine and grapefruit. Fruity citrus notes.

Taste is an amazing hop bomb from the ninth layer of light beer hell! This is what BMC drinkers have to consume when the devil wins their soul in a poker game! Great big hop cones blast your taste buds with amazing flavors of citrus (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines), pine, pine resin, a lovely sweetness, and a great malty base.

Well carbonated with a pretty rich, full mouthfeel. Not dry at all, finishes pretty sweet for a double IPA. Lingering sweetness and bitterness.

I've read the reviews and I don't really concur that there's a noticeable alcohol presence. I don't detect it, I think it's pretty damn smooth stuff considering the ABV.

In a word - Stone. That's all that really needs to be said.

Congratulation on ten years of one of the best IPAs, and best breweries on the planet!

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Brent
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruination is simply a great beer. While anythign can be improved, you can only do so much. Here, Stone has notched up the hops and the malt, but the extent to which one can perceive the change is limited. Pungent citrus hops are, as expectedly, in your face from the start. Malt is a bit sweeter than the regular Ruination, with some cotton-candy stickyness in the background. A big beer that drinks very, very big.

Brent, Jul 13, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from draft into a tulip

A - Deep golden in color with a frothy head that just sits forever. Heavy lacing.

S - Lots of cascade hops for sure. Lots. Grapefruit, resin, pine, citrus

T - All citrus with a heavy hop flavor. Nice full pine and citrus fruit esters. Very nice resinous linger of flavors.

M - Super smooth and creamy up front with a thick center and ridiculously fruity and dry bitter finish.

O - Another delicious hop bomb from Stone. The strength is hidden by the overwhelming hop flavors and never got to a point where it was too overbearing with the 10 oz. pour. One and done with this beer though.

Jsenay, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

MarkyMOD, Jul 13, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ruination pint glass. Appearance is a very clear and light orange colored. Head is a large three fingers of creamy delight. The head is bright white and lace is huge and gonna be here a while.

Smell is fantastic. Citrus peel of maybe an orange or a tangerine. Some pineapple and sugar. Pine notes and hop cones. Did I mention fantastic yet?

Taste is actually quite malty. Regular Ruination has quite a large malt bill itself so this isn't that much of a surprise. This is though much heavier on everything else. There is a huge mixture of a yellow grapefruit and a blood orange her. Super sweet and bitter at the same time. The Citra hops have left the building by now. I had this last month and it was a different animal. Too bad it took a month to get this in Arizona. Still quite tasty though.

Mouth is crisp but smooth. Carbonation is on the spritzy side. body is balanced and the finish is long and on the wet side for an IPA/IIPA.

Overall I really liked this last month. It has dropped off quite of bit since then but I still want to emphasize how good this beer is. It's a shame that the great flavor of Citra doesn't last very long in any beer. This is one I will be very curious to try in a few month or even a year or two just to see how is has changed but my advise is to drink it as fresh as possible. A must seek out!!

azdback, Jul 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

mecmd, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber shared with my dad, who is new to craft! Poured a copper-orange color with a foamy ivory head that holds good retention and leaves some good chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are grapefruit, caramel, tropical, slight biscuit and toasted grain, some booze. Tastes are rich dank hop resin, pine, pungent grapefruit, caramel sweetness, honey, mango, booze. Mouth-feel is full bodied, chewy, syrupy, oily, resiny, finishes bitter but sweet also. Nice balance. Overall, I love that they amped up this one! 7.7% ABV for the regular Ruination is on the lower end of ABV's for bottled DIPA's these days. I thought this was spot-on and so glad I got my hands on a bottle!

barnzy78, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours clear reddish gold with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny, peppery and dank hops and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of alcohol. Some fruits come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts and fruit with a resiny, floral, slightly charred hop finish with lots of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I think the additional malts (and alcohol) make this seem a little more balanced and less one-dimensional than the regular Ruination. A fun big resiny hop bomb.

Beaver13, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was excited to be able to taste this limited release anniversary beer celebrating 10 whole years since Stone released the alternately famous/infamous Ruination. Had this in a Boulevard tulip glass at the Salty Pig in Boston's Back Bay.

A (4/5): Stone's Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA pours a translucent orange color with a creamy off white head of one and a half fingers. Looks very nice.

S (4/5): Aromas of grapefruit and pine rise up from the glass. Sounds pretty standard for an IPA, right? Yeah, well these particular smells are QUITE a bit bolder, more pungent, and deeper than what you find in the run-of-the-mill IPA crop. Can't help but be impressed. Ruination 10th Anni. also features an interesting dankness. (Perhaps the beer's intense aromas are augmented by the generous alcohol content?)

T (4.5/5): 10th Anni's flavor follows its smell: it is piney, grapefruity, super-hopped up in the foretaste. There is a little bit of boozy alcohol flavor (to be expected in a beer this big), but it is clean and doesn't get in the way. The finish is long, with lots of hop resin flavors and a residual sweetness that calls to mind Stone Old Guardian Barleywine. Excellent flavor.

M (4/5): The beer has a medium body with medium-low carbonation. A little piney prickliness on the tongue and some resinous feel in the back due to the hop oils. Definitely not an easygoing, mild-mannered ale here, but this is Stone we're talking about.

Overall (4/5): This is a very good high ABV American Double IPA that is worthy of the Stone Brewing name: it is one aggressive hop monster. I hope to find a bomber of this to snatch up and drink greedily.

hagbergl, Jul 13, 2012
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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