Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

796 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 796
Hads: 5,330
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 307
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: 796 | Hads: 5,330
Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. The Drink By date is mostly rubbed off but I think it reads 08/28/13

A- Pours a rubyish amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains nicely before slowly shrinking to an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Glorious aroma of hops that's so fresh, I feel like I just stuck my nose into a bag of hop pellets. Somehow earthy and citrusy at the same time but intense all around. A bit musty and there's an alcohol fume that's noticeable after a few short sharp sniffs.

T- Bitterness is restrained at first as the grassy, wet hops contribute their complex flavor but then the bite sinks in hard and doesn't let go. The alcohol is remarkably restrained letting the alpha acids strut their stuff without any interference. The malt is there but just merely to keep the hops in check.

M- Very sharp but in the best of ways with a lingering bite. Medium carbonation and a surprisingly hefty body.

O- Even with the high expectations, this is one awesome DIPA. Dangerously drinkable as well. Pretty much everything you could want from the style (1,126 characters)

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

On tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY: pours a slight hazy yellow gold color with a massive 1 finger foamy white head that faded extremely slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down; typical for Stone IPA and always a pleasure to look at.

Smells of big juicy citrus hops up front, followed by piney notes, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, floral hops, grains, biscuit, light caramel and brown sugar, and then some more citrus. The malt backbone adds balance and this is a really nice fresh smelling IPA.

Tastes like the nose, but with more malt presence; flavor consists of piney notes/pine cone, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange peel, floral hops, roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread, grass, light brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf, and then some more bitter citrus notes that trails off on the clean side. Not the hop bomb that I expected, but it's incredibly smooth and well balanced and really easy to drink. No sign of the ABV, and the spices were mild like floral notes or dry hops; for such a big beer this is sessionable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time, with average carbonation, a medium body that's almost chewy and a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Overall not what I expected from Stone since it was not full of sizzling hops that smacked your taste-buds around, but it was just as delicious as I had hoped for so this was a winner in a slightly different form. Glad I got to try this one time release. This was so smooth that it exceeded my expectations.

8/24/13-Glad that Stone keeps making the RuinTen as it is a damn tasty beer. Had it a few times this summer and it is so fruity, like a pineapple, grapefruit and orange were blended with wet hops and some caramel and rich malt. Nice balance, good piney notes, solid bitterness and a grainy backbone that makes this very smooth, almost completely hiding the 10.8% ABV. Really, really enjoyable. "A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops."

9/9/14-This year's batch tasted like fresh squeezed hop juice filtered through citrus peels and dropped into a DIPA. More exotic fruits like mango, pineapple and passion fruit mix with the strong citrus flavors and rich malty backbone that is like a liquid graham cracker stirred into a hop bomb. 10.8% ABV is completely hidden as this is once again very smooth and easy to drink. Stone keeps making this brew better, so I can't wait until the next batch. (2,412 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding ale from North County SD. makes me want to move back! I'll leave the detailed reviews to the advocates below but I'll just say this one is top notch. (163 characters)

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

Poured in Pint Mug

Appearance: light red, amber with a thick heavy off-white head. Looks highly carbonated.

Aroma: I smell a huge hop presence in this one very piney and lemony.

Taste: This is truly a hop explosion to my palate. I can definitely taste the citrusy piney hop presence from the Citra Hops and the Centennial Hops and it is bittersweet. Piney and citrusy, a hint of lemon, It's pretty well balanced. Citrusy and piney towards the front of the palate, sweet in the middle from the malt presence, leaving it bitter and dry towards the end. I can't taste the alcohol at all. The hop presence is overpowering. I love it.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonated with a dry finish and sweetness.

Overall: This beer lives up to its expectation. This is my favorite Double IPA. I need to buy a case of this and a shirt! I wish this was offered regularly all year long enough said. (900 characters)

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

A: A bright, hazy orange. Nice head on the initial pour and fantastic lacing. Almost sparkles.

S: Wow. Great stuff here. Piney resin is subtle with some huge tropical notes and hints of grapefruit. As it warms, the alcohol comes out and there is a bit of booziness.

T: Giant hops. Pure Stone through and through. But also I'm surprised by how drinkable it is. Goes down smooth for a DIPA. Easily top three DIPAs I've had. No question.

M: It's not syrupy but there is some heft there. And, this beer really covers your entire palate - it hits all the notes.

O: The best one-off DIPA I've had. Hands down. There are seasonal releases that top it, but in terms of a 'celebration' beer, nothing I've tasted comes close. Stone continues its traditon of continually raising the bar. Excellent. (792 characters)

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

22 oz bottle

A- Poured brilliantly translucent copper with nice white 1 finger head.

S- Smell is big citrus and pine hops with nice subtle malt character.

T- Taste is HUGE hops with a nice malt backbone to balance it out to a degree. The hops are still the main character here. EXCELLENT!

M- Mouthfeel is nice for the style. Not a lot of heat to this for the 10.8 ABV.

O- Stone nailed this one. It is BIG, BOLD, and DELICIOUS. I can't wait to find another bottle. Picked this up in Oregon as it hasn't arrived in Washington state yet. Find it! (548 characters)

Photo of turnerk3
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours quite an exquisite golden hue with quite a miniscule white head. It may be small but it leaves a lasting impression on the glass.

S: The astounding aroma of hoppy goodness is quite amazing. It's quite a nice floral, piney essence with minimal malt sweetness coming through.

T: Personally I think the three letters "IPA" should be changed to "HOP" and this is a perfect example why. Amazing burst of hop flavor coats the palate in quite a delicate way considering the 10.8% ABV. Surprisingly, it is the sweet malt flavor that initially comes through. It is quickly, and let me emphasize QUICKLY, replaced by the stupendous hoppy flavor.

M: I was quite flabbergasted by this brew. At first the stickiness that most high ABV brews have is the first impression received. However, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it goes from monstrous to very well mannered. For 10.8% there is relatively no alcohol sensation, which is profoundly impressive.

O: Stone Brewing is one of my favorites, and this only helps to validate my reasoning. This brew delivers a perfect, and quite delicious, example of the DIPA style. Well done. (1,124 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 Kerfluffel
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Light bronze in color with perfect clarity. Off white head, tight bubbles, nice retention and persistent lacing.

S: Aroma of dank hops just dripping with pine resin. Strong and bitey. Notes of citrus and earthiness. I can't get enough of it.

T: Great flavor. Caramel malts provide a great platform for the intense hop character. Notes of caramel, toffee, grass, pine, lemon, white pepper, biscuit and a strong bitter finish that lasts a few seconds long and into the next sip.

M: Medium body and subtle carbonation that I think is spot on.

O: Fantastic, couldn't have asked for anything more. One of my new favorites. (624 characters)

Photo of ceolach
4.7/5  rDev +9%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of Topher78
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a golden color with a fingers worth of a white head that left great lacing. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The flavor profile was dominated by citrus and pineapple with numerous tropical fruits in the background. The mouth feel was sticky and finished dry and bitter. (286 characters)

Photo of brock146
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Amber in color with a white head that laces the glass that I poured it into.

Smell - Sweet pine, tropical fruits notes, sugary carmel

Taste - Smooth balance of malt and hop profile. Earthy pine flavor of the hops mingles with the toasty caramel flavor of the malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sticky. Somewhat thick but not too viscous.

Overall - Can I have another please? :-) Very, very, tasty beverage. (427 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

25oz bottle poured into shaker pint

Appearance copper red with a fast reducing two and a half finger head with incredible lacing

Smells: hemp, citrus, and pine

Mouthfeel: moderate and oily

Taste: pine and hemp, nothing else

Overall, this is not a beer I would serve at parties. This is a hophead's beer.

I'd buy it again. (327 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured Ruinten into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The liquid pours amber color with a full two fingers of creamy white head.

S - Getting hop resin right off the bat, grapefruit, pine, hops more hops. Stuff smells really good here.

T - Ok now, this may be the best IPA I have had to date. This thing is very hoppy but so smooth crisp and refreshing, smooth malt balance it out nicely. It has a lot of pine, grapefruit, fresh hops. It has everything you want in a premium IPA. Quality stuff here my friend.

M - Perfect mouthfeel for this brew. Medium carbonation, silky smooth, maybe slight chewy. Awesome mouthfeel. Love the stuff. It has some body to it.

O - Very nice beer. If your into Imperial IPA's please grab a few of these you won't be disappointed. Highly Recommended! Cheers!! (781 characters)

Photo of Weas
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Great clarity, fluffy white head, poured a nice amber color.

S: Lots of hops; oranges, piney -- amazing aroma.

T: The hops are heavy, but they get balanced out very well. Pine, grapefruit, lemon and spices; nice dry finish. For a 10.8% ABV, the alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Great carbonation, medium-body, nice dry and bitter aftertaste.

O: Great beer. First beer from Stone I've had, and it makes me excited to try some of the other varieties I picked up. (469 characters)

Photo of Roger55
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Pine, grapefruits, sour fruits.

Taste: Grapefruit (obviously), sweet versions of the citrus fruits, some caramel, bitterness to the extreme.

Overall: Tasty stuff, good with I can assure you that, very delicious. A sipper though, Stone still impresses me. (263 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Everything you could want in a traditional double IPA. Nice coloration somewhere between copper and tan.

Smell- Tropical scent with some citrus and grassiness.

Taste- Ridiculous candied grapefruit and pineapple flavors with a lingering bitterness that is oh so right. Solid malt backbone that is of medium weight. Like most Stone brews, this is well balanced but simultaneously an excessive beer. Taste lingers for hours, not minutes.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, oily. So massively resinous, you will not be able to taste anything after drinking a glass of this stuff. Absolutely coats the mouth. (611 characters)

Photo of CoachC
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - appearance is a beautiful amber orange color, with a 1/2 inch head poured into a snifter.

S - smell is of dank tropical hops. Unbelievable.

T - taste is also of tropical hops, very hop forward flavor. Also can taste the alcohol, although the hop flavor is amazing. Also has a slight malt backbone.

M - good mouthfeel.

O - one of the best imperial IPA's I've ever had. Although I think Stone's Enjoy By is slightly better. (429 characters)

Photo of JohnL9013
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber with a small head

S: Divide hops by zero and measure the result. Seriously, the nose alone could knock some people out cold.

T: This is unbelievable. The hop concentration is so intense, you can't even fully comprehend what's going on in the first sip. Or the second. In typical ruination fashion, it's not terribly complex, but what's there is balanced and properly bitter. I would hazard a guess that it's 120+ IBU's but they've added a lot of malt to balance it out. I wish it were a bit more dry and a bit more complex but those are tiny complaints. This is a "world class" double IPA in its truest form. You can't explain the flavor profile in words.

M: Carbonation is on the low side, so you can experience the full effect. Stays out of the way, just the way I like it. Not terribly smooth, but that comes with the style.

O: One of the best examples of the double IPA example you can get your hands on, and at a bargain basement price. I don't know how they do it. (983 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ruin Ten poured a deep orange amber with plenty of off white head and hop aromas exploded out of the bottle. The taste grabbed my taste-buds with a full frontal assault of hops and took me for a ride through all the hop hues. There was pine followed by bitter grapefruit and citrus with floral and tropical fruit notes underneath that all end in a fresh resinous bite. The hops ride a subtle caramel tone that enhances the fruity undertones as it warms. This is a truly exceptional beer. (487 characters)

Photo of MacPhergus
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A true triple IPA. Delicious hop bite and counterbalanced malt base. This one was bottled on June 25, 2015. Alcohol is there but, hey, it's a triple... (151 characters)

Photo of matt22871
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Light copper, fair amount of head with an aggressive pour, good amount of lacing.

Smell - Strong tropical fruit smell, also smells spicy, citrusy, and a strong kind of boozy smell.

Taste - Strong tropical fruit taste, also spicy and a bit citrusy, matches the smell quite well. Syrupy malt taste, but its light for the abv, and really balances well with the awesome hop tastes I'm getting. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste, crisp but not overpowering at all for the beer style.

Mouthfeel - Light to moderate carbonation, slight hint of alcohol but not what a beer this strong should taste/feel like, but there is a fair amount of heat in it. Lingering taste, kind of resinous. The taste really lingers with you and with this beer that's a very good thing.

Overall - This is a great beer, definitely one of my favorites, out of my favorite beer style (double ipa) I really would recommend this beer to anyone who likes strong ipas, its expensive (8.99 for a bomber) and really that detracts more from the high overall I gave it. But at the end of the day you pay for what you get and what you're getting is a top notch beer... seriously, go buy it and try it now! I promise you that you'll have no regrets. (1,222 characters)

Photo of beerme12
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice medium toned brew. Pretty

S: piney, citrus, malty on the end

T: Nice. It's not as hoppy as advertised but distinctly bold, flavorful, and smooth. Big taste early, satisfying, no bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium. very smooth. much taste without a great deal of repercussion.

O: One of the best things a beer can do is hide its potency. this beer has great flavor, very high alcohol content, and goes down very, very smooth. My buds and I look for a drinkable, hoppy, high alcohol brew. This beer is that. This beer is hoppy, very powerful, very drinkable, and damn smooth for a 10.8! (593 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep gold with an off-white two-finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma of dank and fruity hops. Lemon and tropical fruit with some spice notes. Tropical fruit hop notes hit the palate first followed by a solid malt backbone. Finishes bitter.
Full-bodied and dry, with adequate carbonation. Very bitter! Overall, an outstanding Imperial IPA by Stone! (351 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (483 characters)

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