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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

829 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 829
Hads: 5,483
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 317
Gots: 904 | 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: 829 | Hads: 5,483
Photo of hardysf
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color with a nice white foam. Continuously bubbling throughout which is nice as the carbonation doesn't die.

Smells of pine, pineapple, and grapefruit.

The flavor is super bitter. I don't think this is very well balanced, but I was expecting hops and got even more than bargained for. Taste of pine and some dank hops that sit in back of my throat.

The malt is definitely there, as this has a very thick mouthfeel which is enjoyable. This could probably turn into a tasty barleywine once the hops fade in a few months. My bottle was less than three weeks old when cracked.

This beer is decent, not my favorite stone offering though. I'll take enjoy by and ruinition 2.0 over this one. (711 characters)

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

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a medium amber bordering on a copper color. The look is pretty nice and reflects the change in malt balance. The metallic hue gives it a nice clean look to it.

The beer smell is fairly hoppy with a nice malty balance to it. The hops are fairly earthy with a nice dry hop pine nope to it. The citrus notes are a bit light but complement the centennial well. The malt note is fantastic and very sweet. The malt seem to dominate the hops in the smell.

The beer taste is really good. The hop notes are strong and bitter with the pine notes taking front center over the citrus ones. The malt presence does a good job of balancing things out while providing a nice sweet and caramel note.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and thick. The malt put in here has given it quite a body. The biting carbonation does a good job of making it feel lighter than it probably is.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting. Recommend. (1,015 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unreal!

They've done it.

Look- who cares!

Smell- sublime

Taste: perfection. It's like someone cut down a Christmas tree and poured honey on it. Then they sprinkled on some Cush and made a beer out of it.

Feel: see taste. (234 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into Spiegelau 6/22 bottle dars

A: big bubbly soapy head

S: deep resiny piney some malty caramel too

T: so resiny excellent it is like biting a pine cone if it were syrupy and resiny

M: Full feel this beer is syrupy it clings and doesn't let go

O: This beer is intense it is so enjoyably hoppy thick piney and resinous. it is gripping on the tongue and so good. (382 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, denoted as a "Triple" IPA. I've always found it a bit strange when anniversary brews (for example, Unibroue 17) get reproduced year after year, with the same original name.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky melting iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of sticky, resinous pine - one thankfully light on the dank - heady orange, red grapefruit, pineapple, and other muddled tropical fruits, brown sugar-flecked caramel malt, and further leafy, weedy, and well perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is dense caramel/toffee malt, strong, yet muddled citrus pith, some still isolated tropical notes (pineapple and kiwi, mostly), terse pine needle and resin, a bit of gin-like herbal and botanical booze heat, and a subtle earthy leafiness that just seems to need a little love amongst the morass.

The bubbles are quite understated in their plain, unadorned frothiness, the body a solid medium-weight, and generally smooth, those acrid pine essences hard to totally obfuscate, and a wee bit creamy, in a caramelized sense. It finishes sweet, piney, citrusy, and boozy, so, um, great!

Yeah, this is another all-around big-ass, and thuggishly hoppy Stone deal, the deltas worth searching for existing only in the brewery's own canon of similar-ish offerings. So - as my toddler is fond of saying before tackling the big-boy toilet - heeere we go! This is much more malty than Ruination 2.0, and way less dank than Enjoy By (at least the last one I had). There, now I've had my hop fix until, oh, say...tomorrow. (1,669 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a filtered, orange-golden color, with a small froth head, leaving back thick sheets of lacing.

Smells of skunky peaches, luscious papaya and herb topped lemon peel. Provides cakey malts, which add a ripe note to the fruits, enhancing the diverse hop profile on the nose, without becoming too present on their own.

Packs a lower carbonation, making the beer not overly refreshing, which is also due to a sweet malt presence, lending a sticky quality to the taste. It drinks very soft though, with hops rolling over the palate from the beginning till the finish.

Tastes of sweeter malts, which turn even sweeter as the flavors evolve on the palate. Those malts blend well into the equally well developed hops, exhibiting water melon bubble gum, papaya and ripe blood orange. The malts got a honey glazed quality to them, balancing the hop onslaught pretty well. Finishes with loads of honeyed malts and dried oranges, providing a well pronounced, hop supported full mouthfeel, with a decent grassiness being integrated.

Hops and malts blend outstandingly well together, resulting in a honey dripping, well balanced iiipa, with enough fruity hop punch to push through. (1,180 characters)

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

Sticky icky, super boozy and a bit overwhelming. Interesting hue of a burnt sun fading for the evening adorned the glass, but I'd be fronting like I lacked a vertebrae if I stated that abv wasn't magnified like breast augmentation. Stone makes interesting beers to say the least; this one just didn't spin on all cylinders for me. Certainly worth trying, though. If you love the magical taste of IPAs, paired with Stone's aggressive nature, then give it a go. You may enjoy it a lot more than me. Cheers. (504 characters)

Photo of ZakFaruki
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/21/2015

L: Poured from a bomber into a tulip, pours dark copper with a light off white head, a minuscule amount of lacing

S: "Mosh pit of hops" is correct, you get very strong citrus notes, orange, grapefruit, even a bit of pineapple

T: Surprisingly drinkable for what is a "Triple" IPA, very citrusy hops on the nose as expected, with lingering malts in the back, finishes with a bitter-tart booziness, and semidry

Feel: Medium-heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation, you can feel the hop oils on your teeth as it finishes

Overall: I was hesitant to try a "Triple" IPA by Stone after Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum ruined my taste for them (too much hops, tasted like a pinecone); but Stone has managed to take what should have been an aggressively bitter beer and tame it with a bit of malt for a pleasant ode to the hop. Even with the ABV clocking around 10%, you still have a very palatable IPA. (919 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber with a short yellow white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: large citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, mango

T: soundly bitter grapefruit peel mixes with sweetness of tropical fruits, very fruit salad flavor, honey sweetness

M: heavy, thick, sticky, high alcohol content well hidden but warming to the mouth

O: Stone made a great beer. (418 characters)

Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle born on 6/25/15, so it's pretty fresh since it's in MINNESOTA.

Look: beautiful ambery orange with 2+ fingers of off-white head. Glorious.

Smell: booze peaks through, then DA HOP WALLOP - and then a subtle caramel aroma. Very nice.

Taste: WHAM!!! Hops all OVER my palate. Some citrus, some passion fruit - and then booze. But before the booze gets too hot, the toffee/caramel flavors smooth it out. Really, REALLY well-executed for a hop bomb.

Feel: it's not as slick as I thought it would be, probably because the malt is creamy enough to smooth things out.

Overall: I'm a Hoplaterian, and this is a hop lover's dream - but with a juicy malt backbone built on toffee and caramel. Dare I say it - it ventures ever so gracefully toward barleywine territory - but not quite. There's enough hops to yank it back to DIPA (although the bottle says Triple IPA) land. (886 characters)

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

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium amber with no haze, one finger of head and good lacing.
Aromas are sticky sweet hops, lots of malt.
Taste is very nice. In line with aromas, not overly tropical, lots of malt present. A classic west coast style IPA wit hops and malt in balance.
Finishes sticky.
Overall a very good west coast style IPA. (363 characters)

Photo of gregb13
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's batch seems to be a bit inferior to previous offerings. That said, it's still awesome and a definite 'must buy' for anyone who happens to love hops and should happen upon it. A bit sad I only got 6 bombers last week (only 1 left in fridge now :-().

Garlic, onion, very dank hops, loads of tropical fruits, pine. A bit sticky. Doesn't get much better for this style. (379 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to snifter. Bottled 6/12/15. Half finger off white head, short retention and no film or lacing. Cloudy, deep orange with some amber. Certainly a hop bomb. Not as aromatic as I thought it would be as a 'triple' IPA, but picking up lots of caramel malts, some golden raisins, and pine with lots of alcohol. Some of the horse-blanket smell Actually seems to become more vinous as it warms up. Tastes like aroma suggests, with strong emphasis on bitter hops, caramel and hints of cooling mint sensation. Very nice balance for such a strong brew. Lengthy aftertaste. Thick and syrupy! Some strong beers make my tongue or gums a bit numb, this one makes my jaw and chin numb too. Not as much warming sensation on tongue as I was expecting, considering the numbness--minty effect. Really good strong and syrupy IPA that can sneak up on you. Worth keeping around for a special occasion. (890 characters)

Photo of dj14365
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I don't know what to say but wow. I have had a number of top tier single/double/triple IPA's and this might very well be the best.

The only complaint I can possibly muster is the color is a bit off. It was likely due to the lighting or wall color. Everything else was extraordinary, mainly the taste which is what really matters. It was divine, beautifully balanced, perfect level of bitterness and just yum. (414 characters)

Photo of Dr-Jan-Itor-
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 6/12/15, enjoyed at about 40-45°F.

Quite simply, a surprisingly beautiful pour. About an inch in a half of beige head with a hint ruby red. Beer itself is a pure ruby, crystal clear when held to the light.

Smell is muted, not at all abrasive for a 10.8% beer, with tropical fruit abounding and a slight trace of alcohol.

Taste is above excellent. Fantastically hoppy and fruity, but massively drinkable for such a high-ibu triple. Reminds me of the sweetness of Dogfish Head's 90-minute, but with a better hop balance and pleasant bitter aftertaste that hangs around just long enough to leave you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, exceptionally calm for an IPA. Personally, this is as good as feel gets for me, and I'd replicate it in every IPA if I could.

Overall, this is a great brew!! Got a 22oz bomber at a local place in Ohio for $8.99, so not terrible on price either. One of those rare beers that - if I see it again in the future - I'll buy it without a moment's hesitation. Fantastic beer to break open for a celebration and share with friends as a treat. My top-10 (maybe top-5) IPA's. Enjoy, and absolutely buy this one if you come across it. (1,184 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks beautiful, an orange-gold clear pour with a decent, long lasting white head. The smell is tropical paradise. Taste is slightly bitter on the front, with pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits pillaging the senses. For a 10.8 ABV brew, mild on the presence of alcohol The feel is just right for the style, maybe a tad dry, but still satisfying. A real winner, I usually come out feeling ripped of for spending $9 on a bomber, but this earns every penny spent! (473 characters)

Photo of K-Dog
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden copper appearance. Not much aroma. Great malty tropical taste. This is ob of my favorite stone beers. I know enjoy by gets slightly higher review but I like this better. Look forward to this every summer. (216 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coppery reddish gold, white head, very fine lacing.Aroma is a yummy bouquet of tropical fruit, pine resin and candied citrus peel. Taste is juicy, fruity, leafy, oily, pungent, beguiling, delicious. Mouthfeel is frothy, mousse-like, weightless. This is a perfect West Coast IPA. (278 characters)

Photo of Awolter
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer certainly did not live up to the hype for me. Had a strong alcohol bite to it and nothing very special stood out. Good, not great. To me, not worth the price tag. (172 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L -- Dark amber/gold color with a slight off-white head.

S -- Lots of hoppy tropical fruit, pineapple especially, with a dank end note.

T -- Same tropical hops up front, great bitter dankness; malts come through lightly towards the end along with mint. I usually hate mint, but it's pleasing and somehow fitting here. The flavors are all bold and I really dig it.

F -- Great smooth feel, goldilocks level thickness. The carb/booze level warmed my tongue a bit.

O -- Really delicious beer. The booze is hidden well and the flavor profile is great to me. I could drink this any day! (588 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love how floral this stone brew is. It has a softer mouthfeel too, considering how hoppy this monster is. Smooth isn't the right word, but maybe luscious? Never said that about a triple IPA but I think this one hits that nail on the head. (243 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Clear, medium dark amber color, nice thick head, malty, citurs, hop hop hop hop hop smell. Taste is amazing. For a triple IPA its smooth, enjoyable, other beers try to be this beer and Stone does it again and lives up to their reputation. Cheers! (277 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden orange into a snifter. Two fingers of off white head with nice lacing. Aroma was full of citrus and orange with a hint of caramel. Initial taste was citrus and tropical, with some following resin and caramel. There was a warming alcohol presence that was more prominent that I would have liked. Finished dry and clean. Very nice. (343 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a huge west coast hop bomb. The smell does not much tropical fruits in the nose, but more of a danky pine smell. The taste smacks you in the face with piney hops, with a nice dry bitter finish. Overall, another great beer from Stone! (249 characters)

Photo of nonpo
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

RuinTen

Appearance (Look) = 6%
Nice pour into a large snifter clear, dark golden amber with nice fine head with minimal lacing and retention

Smell = 24%
Aroma is nice, dank, hoppy and slightly sweet... Maybe a little boozy?

Taste = 40%
Minimal malt backbone, much like the aroma, dank, hoppy flavor with nice residual sweetness.... Bitters good up front with good manners on the backside.. Very balanced.. ABV is present and welcome... Booze lingers

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
Very nice as well.... God carnation and level of booze from ABV.... Good full (but not overbearing) mouthfeel.... (590 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.