Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

794 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 794
Hads: 5,327
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 303
Gots: 822 | 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: 794 | Hads: 5,327
Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright clear copper color with a proper white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is a heavenly combination of citrus and pear and deep nutty malt. Scrumshish! The flavor brings intense peppery citrus-pine hop mixed with a buttery brandy hint that announces some alcohol but keeps it tasty as all get out. This stuff is leafy and near full bodied with a fairly viscous feel and frothy carbonation. A very impressive, high quality hop brew! (442 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber poured into my tulip glass, this beer pours a somewhat clear while somewhat hazy dark golden/light copper color with a bit of an orange hue with lots of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass from its bottom. Nice, off white head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured with a very thick foam ring lining the inside of the glass and pretty good lacing. Aromas of fresh, citrus grapefruit, earthy, resinous bitter hops, followed by a hint of biscuity caramel malt. Very nice! The taste pretty much follow suit, a very complex, bitter hop flavor upfront that give way to hints of biscuity caramel malt. I found that the flavors somewhat balanced each other out as the beer sat and warmed up. The hop presence certainly is dominant, but it wasn't the clonk my tongue over its head pure hop bitterness that a part of me was expecting from the description of this beer that I read. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. An all around fantastic beer! Stone produces another beer that does massive amounts of the winning!

Eric (1,076 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange-amber with a soapy ivory head. Big, resinous aromas of grapefruit, mango, peach, and pine sap. So stick and "juicy" smelling. Taste is dominated by more big and bitter flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and peaches. Quite boozy, honestly. Mouthfeel is sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a really solid beer, but it can't quite touch the amazing balancing act that is "regular" Ruination. (451 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to the 33 cL line of a goblet.

A: Half finger of white head that fades quickly to a permanent lace fizz on the surface. Fizz clings to the glass with each swirl but slides quickly back into the beer. Yellow-orange mostly opaque body.

S: Awesome - it's very hoppy but not overwhelming in the slightest. Mostly citrus with a bit of pine, I don't get any floral hops. A bit of malt rounds it out nicely. I don't think I've smelled a better IPA.

T: The hops come out swinging but it's well balanced by the malt. The citrus is there a little but mostly covered by the malt and hop bitterness. Can't taste any alcohol but I can definitely feel it.

M: A very well-behaved IPA. Just the right amount of carbonation to swirl it around a bit and get all the hops. Despite the name, no lingering unpleasantness on the palate - a very clean finish.

O: A lovely IIPA, I'll be sad if this is the last we see of it. (927 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip.

A-There is a small but persistent head. Light tan in color. The brew is cloudy with a golden/copper hue. The head goes away pretty quickly, but the collar remains.

S-An earthy mix of pineapple and sage. Light citrus flavors with a touch of spice and heat from the alcohol. The smell was pleasant, but not as inviting as say, the New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA. Ruination is an appropriate descriptor, I guess.

T-The flavors generally follow the smell, i.e., some pineapple, some piney sage. I found this one to be a little unbalanced on the bitter side and I also noticed a hint of off-putting onion flavor on the finish. Alcohol was definitely there.

M-Almost crisp, especially for an IIPA. Medium bodied with a touch of carbonation. I didn't find it to be as resinous as some super hop beers. The ABV and powerful flavor mean this is a sipper.

O-This was, as promised, ruinous of my palate, but unlike regular Ruination, which I enjoy, this was too unbalanced (on the bitter side) for my liking. Still, if you like powerful hops, this is worth a look. (1,084 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Über fresh, juicy hop aroma that's dominated by tropical and citrus fruits.  Slightly earthy with a decent amount of grassy, resinous pine but the nose is bursting with sweet mango, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and orange peel.  Subtle biscuit malt notes underneath.

Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that provide a lot of earthy bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  This is countered by a strong tropical and citrus fruit presence that's really juicy and sweet with tons of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavor.  Really well balanced with a complex hop profile followed by a subtle pale malt backbone.  Hints of biscuit and grainy graham cracker before the finish.  Perfectly balanced and the high abv is excellently masked resulting in a deceptively drinkable and delicious beer. (1,057 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is super bitter hops with an obvious malt backbone. Resin, pine, grapefruit, orange and caramel. The taste has a lot of malt up front. Very caramely wrapped up with resinous sticky pine, grapefruit and a hint of orange zest. There is alcohol heat in the stomach but none in the taste. Its definitely "ruination" for the palate. I think its awesome, but I liked it better on tap and I still think the double dry-hopped Ruination blows this out of the water. These extreme palate wrecking DIPAs always leave me a little disappointed because I hate an IPA with this much malt. I know its supposed to be for balance but I thought the whole purpose of a DIPA was hoppiness. Still an awesome brew from Stone though. I prefer their 16th Anniversary. I can't wait to get a chance to try the Enjoy By IPA to compare it. (815 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden-orange color with a very nice off-white head. Lovely lacing.

Nose is wonderful. Great bits of mandarin orange, juicy fruit, pine and so forth. My mouth is watering.

Full mouthfeel. Deliciously malty with enough that this almost teeters on a barley wine. Whoa momma this is packed with citrusy hops and it packs a punch. Chewy yet easy to drink which is scary. Some slight alcohol notes but really finishes dry and piney.

Lingering bits of pine with such a wonderful aroma throughout. I'm glad I got ahold of this. Simply fantastic but what else would one expect? (581 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice slightly hazy golden color. The head head it white, it's sticky and leaves a prominent lacing on that glass. The smell of the beer is fresh, lively and floral. Citrousy notes of lemon and lime with some malts in there too. The taste of the beer packs a pretty good punch, the hops are big, lots of citrus and bitterness to the flavor. The mouthfeel has a good amount of body to it. The carbonation was at a good level also. Overall it's a solid beer, very enjoyable. (492 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sampler goblet, this DIPA was a copper color with slightly off-white head. Leaving some lacing in the glass, this beer demonstrated character. The aroma was a malty peppery combination, preparing for a hop explosion. In the initial taste, one gets the carmel of the malts before the hops explode. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and a sweet grassy taste "ruin" the palate. The citra hops were easily detectable, often overwhelming the less explosive centennial hops. The malt stays in the background, but gives a nice smooth feeling to the ale. The citrus notes continue in the aftertaste while warming the throat as it goes down. This is a DIPA that some non-IPA drinkers even liked. The bitterness that some dislike in IPAs is hidden by the power of the citra. (792 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden copper to light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is extremely hoppy with the smells of citrus, grapefruit, and mango dominating and a lighter presence of grassy and pine/resin hops. Lighter notes of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: The beer has a solid body of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. But the dominant flavor of this beer is that of the hops - primarily citrus, grapefruit, and mango. There is a lighter presence of pine/resin hop notes as well. The beer has moderate to strong bitterness that really lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but this is a big beer and needs to be sipped slowly. Much too bitter to be easy to drink but I think I like this better than the orignal it was based upon. Really enticing aroma. (1,273 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from a bottle at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. We pour our drink into generic squared chalices, and it glows of reddish golden honey. It holds a two finger head of creamy tan bubbles showing nice retention. This is easily reproduced with a light swirl. The head leaves serpiginous lacing, showing the skyline of a mountain range in a circle around the glass. Carbonation appears highly active, coming from the dead center of the glass' floor. No sediment or haze is noted. The nose fills with sweet malted milk balls, roasted honeycomb, earthy muskiness, and explosive citric, piney, and soapy hops. Big fusel booze and minerals take on the back. Our first impression is that the booze is high and there are big bitter hops and phenols on the back, but it is quite smooth. As we sip, honey sweetness, pale toasted malts, and light caramel start things off. Bitter soapy hops and a thick grassy musk crash in for a beautifully smooth balance. Booze then comes quickly to the peak, with vodka and fire. Light caramel sugars cut this, as do juicy and citric fruity hops. The mix remains nice until the end, where massive booze and biting hollow phenols echo around the palate, destroying all other flavoring. The final flavors are black pepper, oily citric hops, and faint pale and caramel malt sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of big bitterness of soap and booze, mineral and stone, and pale malt bitterness. It breathes almost like a mead, with big honey and booze, but with a puckering hoppy bitterness. The body is full, syrupy, and sticky, while the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, cream, froth, and lip-smacking pop to each sip. The mouth is initially coated with that big frothiness, but it soon puckers and dries with that immense bitterness. The abv is big, and this guy is a definite sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the explosive, borderline abrasive flavoring. Staying true to the Ruination brand, Stone really one-ups themselves here. The flavoring is massive and bitter, while the musky aroma and drying, boozy feel take on not a background role, but rather add additional layers of complexity. (2,176 characters)

Photo of lazjuarez
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium chalice. No bottle dating, but fairly fresh...

A: Poured a bit vigorously as to accentuate the head/nose qualities. Amazing billowy 3 fingers worth of an off-white colored head which recedes to about half a finger, leaving some spotty lacing behind. Pours a beautiful orange/amber in color, slight haziness, and some carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is huge on tropical notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus peels. As the euphoria of tropical fruits overwhelm your senses, a rush of sweet malts, some piney resin, and a bit of astringency round off the nose. Great balance, I was very impressed and ready for a taste...

T: Wow, is an understatement. Big astringency upfront, then balanced well with a great malt backbone. As I drink this it's becoming a bit more complex, maybe my palate has been ruined already? All I know is it tastes amazing, great double IPA.

M: Medium bodied; mouth feel is a bit biscuity, light coating of the mouth and tongue with a light amount of carbonation. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, some warming effect, albeit at 10.8% and drunk by myself, is well hidden. Overall an excellent double IPA, highly recommended. (1,221 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass to highlight the aroma. Didn't see a bottled date but it's pretty fresh. It was a very hazy amber color with good carb strings. Good sized white head that settles into a good collar and covering foam. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma is heavy on hops with citric (grapefruit, mango) leading the way with some grassy hops as well. You can smell the bitterness coming. Some malt and a lot of alcohol as well. Great aroma. The taste is also very hop centric with the sweet malt and sweeter citric hops leading out. By mid drink, the bitter pine and resiny hops take over and lead to a strong bitter finish. Eye puckering for sure in a good way. A lot of alcohol shows as well which I didn't like as much. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with good carbonation and strong bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a really good ADIPA that was just a bit too bitter for me to really enjoy after about a 1/3 of the bottle. I love a good balanced ADIPA and am working my way up the bitter mountain as well but this one is an expert climb for sure. Still high recommend especially if you love the bitter. One-time release and was avail here in TX. Rotation - too bitter for me to get another bottle for myself but would try on-tap or sharing. (1,275 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary Ale, 10.8% ALC./VOL., Ruining palates for ten years, brewed and bottled by the Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA.

Lightly hazed, golden apricot hue, with a slim, white, dotted head. Looks good.

Aroma: Everything you want in a double IPA and more. Blasts the senses with pine, citrus, and tropical fruits. Bright, bitter, fierce, and furious. Juicy, fresh, deep, and rereshing. Alcohol is felt, but quickly forgiven. We know this will be a challenge, but the beautiful smack of hops makes us forget what's to come. Ah, scrumptious!

Gonna read the vast, voluminous copy on the side of the bottle. blah, blah, blah…pat yourselves on the back, puff yourself up…blah, blah, blah…mmm, hmmm, hmmm….lots of informative history of the origins of the double IPA style…but, without a mention of what makes this different from regular Ruination. Why not? No one knows. (Well, I do, now that I've checked the website. Alcohol raised up 3%, hop additions doubled. 110 IBUs? Damn, but it did feel like it!)

I keep drinking, and I keep thinking, damn, this is delicious. Also, incredibly bitter, but so consumable for the hop head with a tolerance for higher alcohol. It's the ne plus ultra of Ruination, while still being able to slip past the lips and go all the way down the gullet. All the usual suspect flavors at play, all the resiney, piney, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple.

My first Ruination was 10 years ago, mere months after it was released. I didn't know this until Greg Koch told me when I met him for the first time. In my entry for Ruination Ale, I told the story of how it "ruined" me. It was one of the first double IPAs I had ever had, but definitely not the first. In the intervening 10 years, there has been so much done with palate rippers and booze bombs in the name of hop delivery, it's easy to forget how far we've come, and what a leader this beer really was. (1,922 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a one finger, bone white head. Decent retention, very nice thin lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of pine bitterness mixed with some tropical fruit, some grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. There is a good bit of malt as well, some caramel, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of juicy tropical fruits, some grapefruit and zesty rind with some nice pine near the finish. Not as malty as the aroma, just a bit of sugary sweetness to balance it...slightly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth, no real sign of the abv, maybe a very faint warmth to it.

O: For a DIPA (maybe a triple?), this is nicely balanced with a good bit of malty goodness backing up the fantastic hop bill. (768 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.04/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Golden amber with 3 fingers of fluffy head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Low carbonation.

Nose
Sugary caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, lemon zest onion and nail polish remover.

Taste
Resinous pine, grapefruit zest and lemon zest. Killer floral and perfume like hops. Some thin caramel and bready malts. Efforts of tangerine and pineapple gets lost among the bitterness. A lot of grapefruit. A lot of pine. A lot of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, bitter, sticky and dry.

Overall
Hop water. Why should I have expected anything else? Sure, it's a palate wrecker. Congrats. Don't expect anything past astringent pine, grapefruit, perfume and onion.

I don't get it. If you're looking ONLY for hop bitterness, this is for you. If you want a classy DIPA with juicy citrus and/or tropical fruits, go elsewhere.

To all the morons giving this a perfect score, get off BA! (929 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-golden color with a thin white head. Smell is nice and citrus-hoppy, a lot like regular Ruination, but isn't overly impressive. Flavor is decent, but disappointing. It's certainly got a bruising hop flavor happening here, but it's quite malty and I'm getting a lot of booze on the back end, especially as it warms up. Mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied and a little sticky. Overall, I was not super impressed with this beer. Admittedly, I think regular Ruination is a little overrated and I didn't like this as much as the regular one. This seemed to almost border on barleywine territory, and you could really tell that it was nearly 11%. Maybe it's because I spent all last weekend drinking Hill Farmstead beers in Vermont, maybe this beer's a little past its prime, but how this beer is in the Top 100 is beyond me. It's not bad, but it was not super impressive either. (885 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

22oz bottle

A - Pours a golden copper with a two finger off white head. Head retention is very good and there is a decent amount of sticky lace to be had...

S - Caramel, piney hops, and citrus fruit. Hops are definitely present here, but sweet malt is front and center...

T - Grapefruit and mango up front with lots of piney hops in the mix. Caramel is present throughout, but is not up front like it is in the scent. This one rides the hop wave all the way through with a nice caramel backbone. Alcohol is very well hidden considering the abv. Very tatsy...

M - Sits on the higher end of the medium bodied scale with a lower amount of carbonation...

O - I thought this was going to be a straight hop bomb. I was presently surprised that this one is pretty well balanced and fairly easy to drink. Stone comes through with another very solid DIPA...

Cheers... (885 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really pretty orange-yellow color with two or three fingers of white head. The lacing is beautiful and the retention is top notch. Bubbles lazily work there way to the top of the glass. Top notch IPA in terms of appearance.

S: I can't tell if I'm smelling an IPA or just straight hops. The amount of citra coming out of my glass is simply absurd. Pine, orange, other citrus, resins, and oh did I mention it smelled like hops? Slight booze underneath, yet zero malts.

T: The taste keeps this trend of amazing hops going. Just an assault on the palate that does justice to the Ruination name. Some of the most pine I have ever tasted in an IPA. Big citrus notes, resins, and some booze. If you aren't ready to be destroyed by hops you might not enjoy this, but I sure did.

MF: Great level of carbonation paired with a light body. The bitter hop aftertaste lasts well after I enjoyed my last sips. I think it's very drinkable, and considering I drank this whole 22oz 10% ABV beer at the dinner table I'd say it passes the test.

O: I don't think I need to reiterate how impressed I was by this beer. I can't remember exactly what this cost, but I know it was less than $10 which is seriously a great deal. Don't let this pass you by. (1,236 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

The body sits a golden orange with a huge, fluffy ecru cap. The cap rose 3-4 fingers and receded in raindrop fashion. Sticky, spider web lacing.

Bright orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple aroma leaps out of the glass. Some spicy earth as well. Toasted light caramel malt back bone.

An oily, resiny flavor profile. Sweet tropical fruits with tons of orange. Some spicy earth, almost rye notes underneath. Big, full hop profile with a sturdy, yet light malt bill.

Oily, resiny, chewy hops. Medium feel with mild carbonation. Finish is a moderate bitterness at first, but builds with each sip.

This beer is welcome in my glass anytime. An enamel ripper of a DIPA. (717 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this given to me from TinCup69 purely as a kind gesture on his part, thanks so much Scott! Best by date of 8/23/12.

Poured from a 22 once bottle into a pint glass.

A: A medium hazy orange color with a one finger white head. Not much glass lacing. It's just a rich looking beer.

S: Massive citrus smells with grapefruit and orange. You can definitely smell the dry hopping. Some herbal and pine notes with a rich caramel sweet smell. Alcohol is definitely detected.

T: Citrus flavors are dominant with the grapefruit and orange flavors. The massive hops are pricky and resinous with nice bitterness but then there is this huge sweetness that actually reminds me of candy alcohol. The booze comes out with the sweet all the while the bitterness lingers. Finish stays bitter and alcoholic and actually dries out from the sweet. Massive beer.

M: Full, coating, prickly, resinous, alcoholic, lasting, bitter!

O: Take Ruination and turn it up a few notches. This beer is just massive in both hops and malt and it works perfectly. I think regular Ruination is more enjoyable simply because it's easier to drink, but no doubt this beer is more complex.

A great way to celebrate the 10th birthday of Ruination. A massive beer with massive hops the signature of Stone. Well done. (1,283 characters)

Photo of Braseltonage
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Pours light apricot in color. Slight bit of chill haze. Clears up nicely. First pour had little bright white head, but very sticky lacing.

S: Very assertive, bright citrus nose. Pine, lemon, grapefruit. Progresses to some sweeter notes, a little tangerine perhaps on the back end.

T: Aggressive, sharp hop tartness on the tongue. Aggressive might not be a strong enough word. A little sting even in cheeks here. Hop favlor initially dominated by the pine much more so than in the aroma. Citrus elements seem to get muddled. It does mellow a bit as it warms up to let some of the more subtle elements come out, but not a ton. Very light sweetness creeps in behind the hop onslaught, abruptly chased by a drying alcohol astringency. Really dries out and leaves a long lingering bitterness on the palate.

M: Interesting. Shows only the faintest bit of heft for a beer of nearly 11%. Pretty highly attenuated, which contributes to the tongue-stripping dryness. It does make you want to keep drinking, if for no other reason than to keep lubricated.

O: I really wanted to love this. But in the end, it is really just "really good" and not "excellent". It's certainly in the Ruination camp of DIPAs in that it makes little to no effort to achieve balance of malt backbone. It is worth the experience but not the greatness example I'd say. Fits into Stone's character and story perfectly though. (1,437 characters)

Photo of Patrick2012
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened it up, poured it in a glass(nice look), put my nose to it and BOOM, this huge blast of citrus just invaded my nostrils and blasted my senses like a shotgun. Had to taste it. Wow soooo strong(10.8 alc vol.) damn that has a lot of flavor. very much a pineapple and grapefruit and some flavor i couldnt get my finger on. definitely not a beer that i felt like shooting down quick, in fact it took me some time to finish because of how darn strong it was but i enjoyed it, left a nice taste in my mouth. (506 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange with an off-white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of pine and citrus. Enticing. Tastes very much of citrus and pine. Very powerful. Nice bitter hop flavor. Big grapefruit flavor. Medium full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Great IPA, but a touch boozy.. (272 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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