Stone RuinTen Triple IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA

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Stone Brewing Co.
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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

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

A deep amber pours from the bottle and trails off into lighter golds and amber once in the glass. A half finger head is white with large soapy bubbles that dissipate very quickly. Lacing is thick with a slight alcoholic "leg" to this beer.

Sweet, sweet crystal malt on top lingering with biscuit and caramel. This is followed quickly by floral scents. Lots of stickiness to the scent. The floral aromas are followed by a bright grass scent that trails off.

Holy Shit! Bright burning, resinous hops up front but balanced so well by the malt bill that this is just too drinkable! Flashes of orange, lemon and lime appear on the tongue but they're carried so well by caramel and sweet biscuit that the burning almost never happened. It begs for another drink!

Slightly chewy in the mouth but the burning hops take away from this and clear it out extremely fast. One of the lighter DIPAs that I've had (surprisingly).

Amazing. This beer is mind blowingly good and if I could buy this year round, I would. Never been a huge Stone fan but after this, I am a convert!

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

Big bold DIPA, hits the mark. Wafts hop aroma. Translucent body with enormous soapy head. Smooth and big 100 IBU territory. Reinvigorates a romance for the style.Fruity tartness.
Very drinkable and well integrated, though with pineapple acid it is a sipper.A bit boozy. Doug's bottle.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange with a nice 1 inch white head, real sticky lacing.

Smell - Wow, huge piney, grapefruity, sweet hops. Some malts and slight sugars but really overboard hop aroma, amazing.

Taste - As expected, bitter cascade hop crush! Very bitter, very strong, and yet some sweetness. Malts are barely noticable behind this hop monster. Alcohol is present and adds some warm at the finsh. A hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel - Your tounge gos numb as soon as you take a drink. Mouth is puckered, coated with hops and bittered to hell. Palate is wrecked, bittered and left dry. Finish is real bitter and dry.

Overall - What a monster of a beer. I got to drink a bottle a few weeks ago before this one and it was even more intense. Still, even now this is a monster. You must love hops, not looking for a balance between malts and hops cause this is a straight up hopbomb. Lets pray this becomes a annual release at least. Amazing.

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

Appearance: Hazy orange, good head.

Smell: Big sweet grapefruit and pine aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt body, citrusy. Mild bitter finish, much milder than regular Ruination.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light feel (for a 10% beer).

I like regular Ruination, but I like this special edition better. The 10th anniversary version isn't as tongue-punishing bitter, has more of a malt sweetness backbone to it, which is what I prefer. A little more balanced than the standard stuff. Very good.

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

A: 3/4" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Like a forest: pine and grassy hops.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, pine and grassy hops dominate the taste profile, the malt backbone really takes a back seat on this one.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, quite resiny, with a medium level of carbonation and just a touch of drying. I suspect the drying is from the hops and not the alcohol.

O: One of the best Imperial IPAs I have ever had, Stone has hit another one out of the park.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- beautiful looking beer. Coppery amber color with a finger and a half of tightly bubbled off white head. Superb retention with solid lacing.

S- leafy woody hops with notes of orange peel and sticky pine sap. Substantial hop oil characteristics with a resiny finish on the nose. What malt!?!? Ok there is a smidge of dry shortbread cookie like malt drowning under the pile driver of hops in this beer.

T- Bittersweet on the palate at first with a sugar cookie like malt and leafy hops. It then transitions into a tongue blistering bitter with notes of orange peel, woody pine and resiny hop oil. Noticeable alcohol with a lingering hop bitterness on the finish. Palate ruined? Check... Good job Stone.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a heavy body. Average even carbonation,

D- drinkability be damned with this beer. It says it ruins your palate on the bottle.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, luscious, orange-copper coloring with a frothy, foamy, tightly packed off-white head that sits a solid inch and doesn't move. Fantastic. Aromas of resiny, delicious, fresh hops with a cedar, spicy, and rich blending of characteristics. Solid caramel sweet backbone and citrus blast on the nose, as well. The flavors are amazingly balanced. The hops come flying through, but don't overpower, which is an impressive feat. Citrus characteristics of grapefruit and tangerine are joined by passion fruit, pineapple, and mango to give an entirely tropical fruit feel to accompany the resiny, rich, bitter, and peppery hops presence. Very balanced, and rides a very smooth, slick body. Bitter and slightly astringent aftertaste cleans the palate and dries the mouth, inviting another mouthful. Slightly dry, very bitter finish that dares you to keep drinking. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for a 10.8% ABV and a hop punch that really delivers drink after drink.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I very much looked forward to this beer and it didn't disappoint! Simply, this beer is phenomenal. I hope Stone makes this into a regular offering, maybe in 12oz bottles as it is a very big beer.

It starts with a great smell, it jumps out of the bottle.

The taste is amazing, the mouth goes through different stages as you take a sip. This beer coats the tongue like know other beer I have had.

The alcohol is well hidden, but no doubt this is a big beer.

I am not religious, but God Bless Stone :)! This is great stuff!

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink By 8/28/13 (super fresh, actually got this pre release)
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a transparent pale amber with a 3 fingers tall, off white head. The head has great retention and leaves gobs of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.5)
Absolutely bursting with waves and waves of dank, tropical hops; I can pick up Grapefruit, pine needles and resin, mango, lemon, peach, passion fruit, and a huge earthy, dank garlic note. Just underneath the avalanche of hop aromatics, there is a somewhat bread-y and sweet malt presence. Wow, the hops are so in your face!

Taste: (4.5)
Enamel stripping hop oil straight to your palate; huge amounts of resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon and light peach. The hops slap your tongue with a resounding bitterness while the beer is just on your tongue, but just before your bitterness threshold is torn asunder, you're comforted by a big, chewy and bread-y maltiness. The beer finishes very dry and you're left with nothing but an obscene amount of hop resin and a faint breadiness naked on your tongue. Lingering notes of pine needles and grapefruit pith. To say this beer is merely bitter is a gross understatement. The only beer that I've had that leaves a stronger lingering bitterness is Palate Wrecker. Amazing! At nearly 11% ABV, there are some light alcohol astringencies in the back end as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Thick and heavy bodied with hop resin; oily in texture. Medium to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Stone has taken the original Ruination Imperial IPA , doubled it and thrown in some Citra hops to the dry hop regiment. What comes out is an incredible imperial (triple?) IPA that easily reaches its goal of making Stone's original Ruination Imperial IPA taste like a hoppy pilsener. This beer is not for the faint hearted or the hop fearful. Make no mistake, This beer will put hair your chest; this beer will ruin your palate almost like no other. Grab this HUGE IPA while you still can. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber color that is completely transparent. I love the way you can see right through this glass. 1/4 finger of head sustains and some lacing. An inviting and beautiful looking beer. One of the best looking DIPAs I have ever reviewed. Just as I suspected, very hop forward with the smell. Getting lots of pine, floral, citrus, some caramel, alcohol and esters. Lots of hops, as you would expect, but there is a substantial malt background that is present. This makes the beer more layered and complex. Alcohol is detected in the taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat moderate, with a great flow of carbonation from bottom to top. It does leave the mouth quite dry. Overall, I was really impressed with the appearance of this beer and of course the hoppiness and the great care that was taken into created a somewhat balanced beer. This is definitely a hop lovers beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Can't wait until the 20 year!

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

Picked up a bomber today from the Goodyear Total Wine for $5.99. Have had a hell of a time scoring a bomber! Best by 08.23.12.

Beer poured amber orange with solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a whopping amount of citrus and mango.

Taste is citrus and mango overwhelming an impressive pale and caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is perfect, so chewy and full. Perfectly satisfying!

Overall this is awesome brew. I would love to be able to try a draft version of this given how solid a month old bottle is!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Village Pump, $7.49. I've been waiting for this.

A crystal clear copper with a dense, off-white head with solid retention but surprisingly little lacing, this looks nice. The second and third pour from the bottle, OTOH, have very nice lacing.

The nose is a big, fruity hop assault. Not as awesome as regular Ruination simply because it is maltier, but the alcohol is well-hidden. Fruity, pulpy oranges, grapefruit and papaya round out the nose. For having used a pound of Citra per barrel in the dry-hop schedule, this smells surprisingly muted, and the Centennial doesn't really lend the floral notes you'd expect. Minty alcohol, caramel, toasted biscuit and more fruity hops round out the nose. Excellent.

The palate opens bruisingly bitter with rather pungent orange peel, grapefruit zest, oily orange zest, tropical fruit (mango and papaya) and mild pine. I can't overstate hop much citrus oil character is present on the palate, it is rather hilariously over the top (and fitting of the name IMO). So dank and resiny! Mild sweetness is present on the mid-palate, but is is complemented (and then dominated) by the hoppy flavors. Mildly boozy on the finish with a blend of pleasing bitterness, a moderate alcohol bite and a little toffee, this beer is a riot on the palate. The only other beer that I can think of that is so over the top is the older batches of White Knuckle (circa 2008). Medium in body with a medium-low level of carbonation, this beer feels nice on the palate. Kudos to Stone for brewing such a good TIPA and making it so widely available.

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Photo of RandyV
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Stone Ruination with a little more hop and malt aggressiveness. If you didn't care for the original formula, this is not going to win you over, as it is meant for those who have enjoyed Ruination over the years.

As for the notion that it is a palate wrecker, the name Ruination is simply reinforced with this anniversary offering. It's not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for the fan of the east coast style IPA. Thank you Stone Brewing!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jerry's. Appears orange with some cloudiness. Minimal head with significant lacing. Nose is full of piney resinous hops With significant grapefruit and orange. Grainy malts are present. Taste is bitter with heavy pine and resin finish is clean and well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied an the carbonation is mellow. Overall, very similar to the regular ruination with a little better balance.

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Photo of alexipa
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear dark orange, nice fluffy white head.

S- Earthy hops with a slight caramel malty backend.

T- The hops really hit you. Balanced this beer is not (although who expects an IIPA to be balanced?!). It took me a few sips to start enjoying this, the first couple were overwhelmed with bitterness. Eventually I got some earthy, floral hops with some citrus on the back and front ends.

M- Nice creamy medium body. Great carbonation.

O- A good solid IIPA. I don't think it quite deserves the praise it gets due to it's complete lack of balance. While 'bitter' is a flavor, I hoped for more complexity.

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

22 Oz bomber 2012 Limited
Poured into a snifter

I got the last two at the sixth beer store I checked

A- Pours incredibly hazy golden orange. It had a half a finger off a slightly off white head that didn't stick around long at all. Left behind some impressive alcohol legs.

S- Holy Moses, this beer wreaks. Insane hop profile, there's a sweet assault of citrus notes, A ton of pineapple, mango, lemon, grapefruit, some pine in there as well. An onslaught of hop glory, this is not a well balanced IPA at all.

T- A massive bitterness up front and I mean massive. It takes a while for the flavors to set in over all the bitter mayhem. This beer has a malty backbone cleverly hidden under a mountain of glorious hops. It is sweet, there is some caramel and a little breaddyness. This beer is however about hops, and its incredibly intense. All the above mentioned citrus notes make a full scale appearance. It also has some resinous, skunky hop flavors and a great deal of pine. I cant taste any alcohol. A hop forward beer is an understatement.

M- BITTER, extremely, which I love but is so intense that It may cover up some of the beers flavors. Other then that, this beer is actually pretty easy drinking for an IPA drinker. Its bitter, full bodied, slightly warming and pretty easy going for a monster.

O- If Ruination ruins palates, I think a fitting name for this beer should be Annihilation. I hope stone decides to put this on a once a year release schedule. This is a hop heads deity.

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Photo of larryi86
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear red with a copper tint and a two off-white head.

S- Hoppy, earthy, wet grass, resin, floral.

T- Hops with some more hops, very earthy/piney, resin, some tropical fruit/citrus, and a little bit of a malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- Stone did a great job with this beer and the 10.8% ABV is very well hidden. I feel this lives up to the hype, I hope that I can get a hold on another bottle or two.

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

I've been lusting after this beer since I heard about it and tonight I get to drink it. According to Stone, Ruination was the first year-round Double IPA on the market (several qualifiers in there, but a first). It's the same palate hammering beer, but kicked up 3% ABV with double the hop additions to five pounds per barrel. Here's Stone's explanation video with some pretty good beer porn camera work. I like Steve Wagner's thoughts on how this anniversary edition really flows from Stone's success: bigger, better equipment and a lot more expertise to be able to pull off this beer. Ruination is not only one of my favorite beers, but the only beer for which I have a bicycle jersey. I bought three bottles assuming I'm going to like it.

Just off white head piles high on the first pour, but my camera failed, so the second pour is to the right. It's exactly as advertised: Ruination but bigger. Very recognizable big flowery, spice and pine nose. Higher alcohol is apparent in nose and taste, and there's a very slick, resiny characteristic in the mouth. Big hop bite that spreads across the tongue and overtakes everything else; again, as advertised. Compared to the standard Ruination, the 10th is slightly darker with more amber swirling around and a heavier mouthfeel. The full bodied but not heavy contrast of standard is one of my favorite parts of the Ruination, which the 10th falls short of some of that balance because of the increased sweetness and oiliness.

As it warms, the hops go from biting to sinus clearing and the beer develops an almost whiskey like character as the alcohol becomes domineering. Still happy that I bought three bottles, but don't think the 10th will replace the "Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop" that is Ruination IPA.

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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 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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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.