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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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Reviews: 842
Hads: 5,577
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 322
Gots: 941 | 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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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #19 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a Stone IPA flute because I didn't have the 10th Ruination glass.

Beer is amber and clear wtih moderate and steady carbonation, some lacing, nice retention, a thick white head of small bubbles, looks good.

Aroma is mildly alcoholic and very hoppy, piny and earthy with hints of tropical fruits.

Beer is very dry, very strong, very bitter. It is sort of insanely bitter, this has to be close to the limits of detection, you can taste the higher alcohol unfortunately but overall it is a nice beer. If you like Stone you should drink this beer. I'll have it again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper color with a large, foamy, billowy, light, white head. Nice retention leaving behind a faint lacing.

S - Heavy on pine resin and herbal/green notes. Some grapefruit and citrus. Touches of sweet caramel but overall it smells fairly bitter and "green.'

T - Like the nose, overall this is fairly bitter and green. Herbal, floral and pine hop flavors are dominant. Some citrus along with a whisper of tropical fruit. Some sweet caramel malt provides a touch of balance but it finishes with a bitter note.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly slick feel.

D - Hop presence is strong and isn't necessarily big on fruitiness compared to other DIPAs. Fairly bitter but the alcohol is very well hidden. Enjoyable to drink and just enough malt to make it a little easier to drink more than sips.

Notes: This was a solid DIPA. Nothing outstanding, although I tend to prefer more fruity (D)IPAs. Provides a nice bitter kick though. Well crafted and worth a try, though I wasn't impressed enough to splurge on another bomber (particularly compared to Enjoy BY).

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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Five-finger head pours white with lots of foam leaving behind tiny soapy bubbles. Brew is nicely clear with red-ish orange color. Chunky circular lacing.

Whoa! Not your typical West Coast (WC) IPA scent... Lots of cascade (maybe Centennial) hops along with mango. Smells SUPER bitter and slightly sugary. Slight methane scent.

Perfect carbonation. Tons of WC bitterness. Very floral and not tropical at all. Amazingly buttery smooth.

The scent kicks this brew down a notch, there's a bit too much unrounded aroma going on with the nose. Recommended, but not worth the hype I heard.

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Photo of driftlessbrewin
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a 22 oz of this the day the store received it, so im assuming very fresh.

A- brilliantly clear light amber color with tannish white head. the beer is light in color but you can tell it is sticky and thick by how it pours.

S- A burst of hops lead the way, aromas of orange, grapefruit, and a resinous dankness blend with the sweet malt backbone, alcohol is only noticeable in the slightest amount as the beer rises out of the recommended serving temperature range.

T- Citrusy bitterness, bitterness, bitterness. the sweetness is there but never has a chance to show itself due to the massive mounts of hop flavor and Bitterness. Hops are all you get, and it is hard to decipher a specific flavor. Somehow with all that hop flavor it still seems to come into balance.

M- dries you out, good carbonation, you can tell that you just got ruined. don't review another beer after this one, your palate will need a break.

O- A great double IPA. Stone has done it again, but for me there are better ones out there. I like a bit more of a floral and piney aroma and a bit less bitterness. Nothing is wrong with this beer, it is great as a matter of fact, i just prefer something a little different in my Double IPA's.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a tight white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of big hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and some tropical fruits. Fairly bitter, but the malts are sweet enough to balance it. Malts come on the end with some caramel and toffee along with toasted bread. Finishes a bit hot, but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this does fit with the ruination idea, but it is a little more balanced than the original.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch plus head of white. Plenty of smeary lacing and a solid surface coating for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics are pungently hoppy and resinous. Tropical and dank with plenty of citrus fruit and cannibus.

Medium bodied with a sticky, sappy mouthfeel. A bit creamy and gummy.

Ripe fruit with piney resins lead off the palate. Melons, tangerine, mango, and spruce. Bitterness low and alcohol smooth but warming.

Finishes with lingering dank, citrus-laden hops, and barely a trace of malt.

Great beer. Just swap out this for the regular Ruination and the world would be a better place.

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Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a smallish ofg white colored head of foam. It left some sticky, patches of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aromas burst out of the bottle after I cracked it. In the glass I get strong copious amounts of grapefruit, dank citrus, pine and tropical fruit in that order. As it warms you get some light toasty malt but you have to really look for it. Some light alcohol as well.

The tastes begin with a light sweet pale maltiness that is instantaneously overwhelmed by the hops flavors. Bitter piney and strong grapefruit are here in waves. Some more lighter toasted and caramel maltiness in the background but once again bitter citrus and pine hops dominate. The tropical fruit notes from the hops are more detectable as it warms and you get past that initial blood orange/grapefruit bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. The finish is crisp and sharp, with a lightly lingering (bitterness wise) and drying quality. Alcohol warmth is felt but lucky not detected in the tastes.

Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. Although the flavor profile is quite similar to many West Coast IPAs of the style, it is amp-ed up thanks to the Citra dry hopping and surprising balance of hop flavor to hop bitterness. The extra ABV malt backbone I believe also contributes to the surprising "balance" and I say balance for those used to hop monsters, not recommenced for a beginner, highly recommended for avid DIPA fans.

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

Amber colored with a beautiful two finger off white head that is very creamy. It's crystal clear with an adequate amount of bubbles.
The aroma starts as citrusy wonderfullness, a little grass and a bit of caramel as the beer warms to room temperature.
At first taste I got citrusy hop goodness. As it warms I can get a touch of caramel sweetness and the hop notes seem to go from grapefruit to lemons which is interesting.
The feel is smooth as smooth can be and it's terrifically balanced. Up front the flavors range from citrus to caramel as the beer warms. It's medium bodied and leaves a nice resinous sticky aftertaste.
It makes me sad that I will not be able to have this beer after I finish my last bottle. This is an amazing and well balanced brew. I hope Stone makes this into a year round or at least a seasonal beer.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a clear golden amber with a small white head that settles to ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass . The aroma is pine, citrus, booze, and caramel with sweetness apparent in the aroma. The initial taste is quite sweet with a bit of pine, caramel, and grapefruit. The finish is boozy with a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Low carbonation. A bit too sweet and boozy, but that’s not surprissing with a beer of this size.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 17/7/12 thanks Masterski and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A hazy amber with enough clarity too see lots of tiny bubbles floating up too a tight two fingers of cream colored foam that retains well and leaves several thick tings of lace

S pine resin, grapefruit rind and a heavy blast of caramel, almost having a burnt brown sugar thing going for it. there's a little booze but not much for the strength, its pretty straight forward but smells strong

T more of the same really, big piney citrus with a shitload of caramels, it tastes very strong but not overly complex, more burnt brown sugar then the nose

M thick with great carbonation, bitter as bitter can be with a enamel stripping lingering aftertaste and not much evidence of the booze until a couple minuets after its in you

O its solid but I found it a little stereotypical, giant rind and pine with a big malty caramel backbone, I love overkill and this ones a good example of just that

shes a hoppy palate wrecker for sure, I liked it but It's missing just a little something to put it into the World Class. Great beer but I was surprised too see it poke its way into the bottom of the top 100 list

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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of creamy cream colored foam, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: big grapefruit, sweet orange, booze and tropical fruit notes. Taste: booze and sugar soaked grapefruit. Medium bodied, oily hop everywhere. Vote Ruination in 2012.

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Photo of ceolach
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer in a while that has made me forget how much I miss having Heady Topper freely available to me. Heady is like the girlfriend who did things to you that you will never forget and makes every girlfriend after her have to live up to her amazing talents.

This 10th Anniversary Ruination from Stone is a hop lovers delight and makes you say fuck you to Ms. Topper but you know damn well if HT came to visit you'd do whatever it takes to get yourself a taste. Stone is one of those company's that just makes great beer. I can't imagine what it would be like fresh on draft on the west coast.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into nonic.

My complaint about regular Ruination is that all the hops seemed to have gone into bittering rather than the flavor... This beer holds TONS of flavor-- and tons of bitterness still!

Slightly coppery amber body with a two-finger off-white head. Great lacing... Average retention. Looks pretty good, but not blowing my mind.

Smells of some sweet malts with a giant grapefruit and tropical fruit hop notes. Big old boozy aroma wafting up-- lots of fusel alcohol.

The flavor starts slightly sweet with caramel and sweet breadiness before it dries out with hop notes. Grapefruit, pineapple, citrusy tropical fruit notes abound. Big bitterness on the dry finish.

Feels pretty full-bodied... Really oily, lots of residual sugar coating my teeth.

Overall-- I was happy to try this one, but I don't think it's any better than the regular version-- it's just boozier and more hoppy flavored... It isn't bad by any means, in fact I mostly think it is pretty good. It just isn't one I feel cowled to drink again.

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This one pours a clear amber color with just over half a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of hope. I'm getting some citrus peel hop bitterness along with some tropical fruits. There are also some floral notes along with some pine.

Taste: A lot more pine in the taste than the smell. Lots of sticky hops just crushing the tongue. Citrus peel and tropical fruit. There is enough malt that the sweetness and some alcohol come through, but the hops are the star.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive, smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic double ipa. The hop profile is just wonderful. I'm glad I have more.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass and also a nonic pint glass, best before August 23rd 2012.

What a looker this brew is. A serious crystal clear red amber, VERY red orange, with an off white head thick and clumpy. I love this body color, it's like a very bold Bitter Valentine or Lagunitas Sucks, but better in appearance. Gets some killer lacing on this brew and she's a five.

Nose is a great hop aroma. Some wonderful citrus notes from the tulip of citrus, orange zest, apricot, faint dank soil earth. It's a smorgasbord in there all kinds of great hop stuff, even some good herbal tea mixing nicely with the orange and citrus hop angle, just great.

Yup it's ruination alright, big time, and it's all hops and all that and a bag of chips. A good sugar thick body which carries the hop oils nicely, a little bit sweet, but a great controlled lingering blast on the finish of apricot and tropical mush. Bitterness is quite controlled on this one, with a slow push in the aftertaste. Nicely carbonated, mouthfeel is solid.

Overall just another great Stone brew. Lots of fun to be had for the hop crowd. Nicely put together. Love that body color and transparency.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been trying to track this down for a while - finally found it at Bottles on the east side!

Poured the bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Impressive hazy golden look to it. Very profound smell of hops, pine, citrus..but mostly hops.

This is a rare occasion where the taste lives up to the hype. Perhaps the most flavorful IPA I've ever tasted - strong piney flavor followed by a powerful hop finish. A good bitter aftertaste that really does a number on the palate. I'm really looking forward to pairing this with the meatloaf my fiance left for me tonight.

My favorite IPA is still Loose Cannon, but this is very close.

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

As if the original Ruination doesn't live up to its name, its big brother sure can. This massive IPA is chocked full of hop character done the citrusy American way- the aroma, flavor, and bitterness celebates the hop cone like no others can.

Surprisingly clear and clean looking, the honey-amber colored ale is bright and haze free. Topped with a firm and steady cap of dense white foam, the beer seems to glow in the glass. Strong retention and predictable rings of lace sing the praises of highly hopped ale.

Hop aromas seem to fill the room upon the uncapping of the bottle. The pour continues to reveal layers of hop flavors that portray and juicy scent of citrus and honey. Grapefruit leads the way but brings along complementary notes of oranges, apricot, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and mulled grassy herbs.

The beer's flavor starts bitter-sweet and finishes bitter-sweet. The honey-soaked citrus and tropical fruit character carries over directly from the nose and puts on a show. Ripe tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, mango and apricot puree, sweet pineapple, and a pungent earthy taste that reminds me how closely related that the hop plant is to the cannabis plant. Delicious candy coated hops turn from citrus fruit at mid palate to clean piney bitterness to finish. With the added malt bill that pushes the alcohols north of ten percent, also comes a balance that gives the beer a mild jammy taste. The flavors are strong and focused; where complexity isn't in the varying flavors, its otherwise celebrated by its shear enormity.

Firmly malted and robustly carbonated, the beer carries a full body that's seemingly lighter by the cutting power of bitter alcohol and hop resin. A finish of dry resinous texture finishes the beer cleanly despite a thin coat of honey malt that teases the palate until the next sip.

If this is how Stone celebrates Runiation's 10th anniversary, I can't wait 'til he turns 21.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to my brother tenderbranson69 for gifting me with this for my birthday -tasted during our birthday tasting -enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is a deep golden with good clarity, lightly hazed with thick white cap. The smell is a mix of pine with some tropical fruit odors, possibly pineapple with a hint of alcohol and light sweet ester. The feel is intense, lots of bitterness, lots of oily hop and moderately carbonation with generally dry body and subtle alcohol influence.

The flavor is great I love how the extra dry hopping adds to the perception of intense hoppiness based on the aroma, lots of piney grapefruit and light tangy hop flavors with subtle tings of pineapple and grass with mostly fruity accent from the yeast and peppery tinge from the hops accentuated by the alcohol which is there, but not oppressive. This is another great hop forward offering from Stone I am glad I got to try this amped up version of Ruination which is a great double IPA in its own right.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish golden orange color with a finger of a bubbly white head.

Smell: Smells of dank hops, fresh oranges, pine, a hint of tropical fruits and grapefruit. A tad of a malt backbone but mostly hops and the IPA smell you should expect.

Taste - Taste is WOW. HOPS. Jesus Christ. This thing surprised me and made me step back for a second. Hop bomb central. If you like hops, this is the beer for you. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is good for the style. I don't taste the alcohol at all. Great for a 10.8% beer.

Overall: Overall, super hoppy beer. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Great stuff.

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

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 7/11/12
*From notes

-- Beautiful label, gents --

Bottled on 5/25/12

A: Clean roasted pumpkin skin in color. A good, firm pour yields a 2.75 finger head that lingers for quite a while. Killer lacing and a big collar.

S: Just amazing. It's like Stone's Ruination and fresh citra hops had an angry, aggressive love child. So damn juicy and in-your-face, yet it's nothing if not exquisite.

T: Smoldering, heavy hop oil up front. Bitter and almost (yet not quite) oniony. It then lets up a bit, and the juicy nature of the citra rolls over the mid-palate. The beer tightens on the finish, where I get a touch of smokey hops. And it lingers in my mouth for ages. Simply killer and massively delicious.

M: Big, elegant and dense. More complex then a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts. Wonderful. And it just sticks to my lips and mouth like a hop lollipop.

O: Maybe the best beer that I've had from Stone. And if you know Stone's portfolio, that's saying a lot. This is a spectacular Double IPA, and I really hope that they brew this again. Happy 10th Anniversary, Ruination.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A: Pours a dark orangish gold. Thin 1/4" head.

S: Excellent aroma, tons of hops in the nose. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine.

T: Excellent DIPA. Great balance between tons of citrusy and slightly piny hops with a solid pale malt base. Slightly sweet with a very bitter aftertaste. This one delivers on the promise to overwhelm with hoppiness.

M: Full bodied, slightly viscous, a bit under moderate on the carbonation level.

O: An excellent tweak to the always outstanding ruination.

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

What a fantastic beer. I would say it was hands down the best smelling beer I've ever opened. Wonderful citrus notes that never stop. The hops pound your nose relentlessly. Same goes for the taste. The citra hops dominate the front end and it turns quickly into a nice sticky pine bitter wash down the hatch. Truly enjoyable. It took me a while to finish the bomber, about 1.5 hours, but I enjoyed every minute.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle at TomG's place into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, white head, spotty lace.

S - Pine, citrus, resin, toasted bread. Tons & tons of hops...really juicy and big. Alcohol is noticeable on the nose...pretty boozy for a DIPA, a little too much.

T - The hops destroys the palate, bruising! Lots of citrus, orange peel, resinous, and pine. Pretty sweet as well. Alcohol is too up front at this point...needs to be hidden a bit better. Finish is all hops and some boozy sweetness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - I personally think this beer is over-hopped, overly boozy, and over-hyped. It's all just a bit too much in every category for me. There's so many other (better) DIPA's out there that I'd rather have over this beer...too many.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this after much searching.

Pours an apricot colored ale with a nice dosing of off-white foam. Light lacing.

Citrus smells galore! Huge almost nostril burning citrus rind and malt aromas. Some orange, BIG pine, rubber and some Pine Sol like whiffs. I'm liking the intensity here.

The taste is definitely not as big as the aroma. There is a big hoppy bite up front followed by some massive mouth-salivating after the swallow. Malty. Citrus. Grapefruit. Passion fruit.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but rather smooth. It works.

Overall I love the effort and props to the Stone crew for recognizing this staple style. I am honored to try this but the price will scare me away to play another day. A well done brew (as usual) and worth seeking out...but you better hurry.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white frothy head with nice lacing on a crystal clear golden with slight amber hues body, perfect really.

S: very strong and full nosed flavor with floral and citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, tangerine, orange, mango and pineapple. slight oak mustiness, again, perfect really.

T: Flavor goes more to the piney and resiny side of an IPA. Alcohol is there but less noticeable as you drink this one. Bitterness is about as much as I can handle before it is too much to make it a good beer. caramel, citrus, grass and light herbal notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. A little sharp.

Overall: Very nice beer. If the pine was just a little milder it could be a 4.5 or 5 there as well. It hurts the drinkablity really. Still a must try brew.

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.