Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

795 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 5,328
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 305
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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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

The aroma and appearance may not be perfect (damn good but not perfect) but this beer is just excellent! Flavor's Richlv malti-sweet & that balances nicely with the power of big hops and just the right carbonic tang. Perfect body and finish. Great drinking beer just got to be careful I don't get zonked on it. (311 characters)

Photo of whiterabbit
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

I normally would break this beer down, but this time, it broke me. It has it all. Color, aroma, mouthfell, flavor, complexity...I have enjoyed a lot of beers, this was one to savor, it has it all. A hop bomb with the perfect malt balance. Every sip was outstanding, and more enjoyable than the last. One the most enjoyable beers I have had, and I want another. I enjoy Stone offerings, cannot tell you how much I appreciated this one. Definitely top 5, maybe top 3. Get it, you will love it, if not send it to me....... (519 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head dissipates slowly to a film and ring around the glass with light lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops, herbal. Promises great things. Flavor of intense pine and citrus hops over a sweet malt body. The malt is nonassertive but perfectly supports the powerful herbal hops. Appropriately piney hop bitter finish with residual caramel malt. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Delicious. A truly dangerous IPA, I wanted to keep drinking this continuously, and had to pace myself because of the massive ABV. A masterpiece from the masters. (640 characters)

Photo of shand
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a finger of head. The aroma is huge on citrus hops and grapefruit peel, with some piney aspects noticeable as well. It's a hop bomb, in both aroma in flavor. The taste is nearing a hop singularity in my mouth. The amount of hops in here is honestly bordering on ridiculous. A sip of this bring on a barrage of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits, everything you know and want from a DIPA is here, and here in spades. It also does this without a hint of the overwhelming sweetness that these big DIPAs can wind up having. It's just pure hop goodness. Partway through the second glass my mouth began to acclimate to the hop assault and began to notice a nice, subtle caramel malt flavor that, again, isn't too sweet. The mouthfeel is big and EXTREMELY drying, due to the massive amounts of hops shoved into this beer. The drinkability is exceptional.

Overall, this is a great double IPA, and another hoppy winner from Stone. I'd love to see this and the 15th Anniversary constant staples in Stone's lineup. (1,109 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber (bottled 6/14) poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Orange-ish copper, with a very slight head -- disappears very quickly, with some nice lacing.

S: Intense amount of floral hops and citrus flavors; comes off fairly dank overall.

T: Citrus and floral hops are extremely prominent, while there's also a significant malt backbone, too. Finish is bitter -- a bit harsher than last year's.

M: Warm, with some mild carbonation. Bitter finish after some moderate body.

O: Will admit, I'm a huge fan of this beer -- but really, it's excellent all-around. Packs a huge punch, but goes down fairly smooth. Smell and taste are nearly perfect. It's an excellent brew that puts most double IPAs to shame. (714 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOVED this beer. Picked up a couple bottles of it at the bottle shop and drank this one fresh, reviewing from tasting notes. Clear, orange-amber body with a nice off-white head and lots of lacing. The smell is jam-packed with juicy hops, malty sweetness, and a little alcohol. The taste follows suit, with the hops taking center stage with floral, piney, but mostly citrus and juicy flavor notes. A lot of malt but it is well balanced by the hoppy bitterness. the alcohol is certainly there but isn't unwelcome. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp, dry, and medium-full. I really love this beer and glad I got to have it. (614 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ya, it's good. Eat your heart out. I'm drinking stuff that I don't know how they got it here so fast. By plane?? It is super fresh. Thanks to James at Saveon for the great score.

It's pretty, slightly lacey but almost naked. It smells like a tasty dish ready to eat. I love it.

The taste is hoppy and malty, but balanceed. The crazy amounts of malt are well compensated for in the hops. So it's not too bitter.

Four sips and I have a burn and a hugely enhanced buzz. I'm not sharing this bomber with anyone, so I am pretty sure when it is done, I will be too. Grab this if you can. (584 characters)

Photo of mconner666
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

if you like IPA's this is one of the best, I am hoppy they put this out yearly. It is the epitome of a West Coast IPA. Thick, Dank, Resiny, and citrusy. I look forward to this every time it is released forget the Enjoy By, this is the one you want! I am not one who can break down ten aromas, or flavors in every beer, but I know what I think is good and fits the style, and for me this is about as good as it get for IPA's that I can get in my area. If you get Stone I would definitely recommend this as a must buy from them. (526 characters)

Photo of johnnieoz
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drink by 8/28/13, 22 oz brown bomber.

A: Dark golden hues, off white head.

S: The West Coast in a bottle - all the hops we love to inhale.

T: Bitter, balanced and beautiful.

M: Resiny to the point of chewy - perfect carbonation.

O: Stone was a gateway brewery for me, from hop bombs to RIS. Then I (foolishly) began to ignore it in favor of newer, "more exciting" newcomers. Upon moving to Texas from California, I began to crawl back...Enjoy By and this brew have made me hope that I am still worthy... (509 characters)

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

A: A deep amber tinted with a glowing orange hue having excellent clarity and a persistent off-white head.

S: A big hops nose with citrus and pineapple dominating along with grapefruit, pine and some grassy notes. There is a clean malt aroma. No alcohol noticeable behind all the hops to warn about the ABV.

T: Bitter, yet smooth hop candy dominated by pineapple, orange and grapefruit. It has a high hop flavor with a moderately-high hop bitterness. There is enough malt sweetness keep the bitterness from being to assertive though the balance is well into the bitter side. The bitterness hangs on well past the dry finish without being harsh.

M: Medium-light with a moderate carbonation and smooth alcohol warming.

O: This is definitely in my top five list for Double IPA, just an outstanding beer for a hop head. The balance and smoothness of this beer while having so much hop flavor and a respectable strong bitterness is a real treat. (946 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 masonacoats
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - beautiful copper with good-sized head and excellent lacing

S - great bouquet of floral and fruity hops, a little dank

T - similar to nose but with fruity (tropical) hops dominating; a good bit of malt sweetness and alcohol presence

M - medium body with good carbonation

O - I enjoyed this much more than I expected. Especially after the salesman at the liquor store gave me his opinion. Definitely worth the money, especially if you're looking to feel the alcohol (471 characters)

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

First Review on BA:

Appearance: A beautiful orange to straw colored body, looks like someone poured orange juice into a lager beer, with about a finger of white tight bubble head that dissipated very quickly expected though with the massive 10.8% ABV.

Smell: Citrus galore, grapefruit skins with oranges, deeper into a piney and floral hops, a hint of malty bready characteristic almost like sweet biscuit characteristic pleasantly surprised to smell that through the hop bomb.

Taste/mouthfeel: Good god this is a hop bomb, very bitter front of the tongue that moves into a salivating citrus and sweet hop middle, all pushed along by an epic malt backbone that fully compliments and finishes palate off perfectly. Long linger of the piney bitter hops which, I look for in a solid Iipa. Throughout the whole mouth there is no alcohol taste, a slight warming finish in the chest and stomach but a good warming.

Overall: An automatic A+ and a palate wrecker for sure. This is another epic beer by Stone. IMO this is what a strong Iipa should be. One of the best Iipa I have ever had. This is a must try for Hop heads and Stone lovers. Drink this as fresh as possible because the malts will come through. Hopefully Stone bottles this permanently now and just calls it Double Ruination because this is an out of the park beer. (1,327 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

big thanks to scott for hosting a mini-tasting and pulling this treat out. this beer has eluded me as LI got royally screwed on this one and apparently not even 10 cases made it to LI and it flew from shelves the minute it arrived. I had no issues securing any of the uber limited founders or GI beers, but this stone offering is the one that got away...and definitely lived up to the hype.

a - pours a semi transparent orange with a generous few fingers of head.

s - smells aweseom. fruit bouquet. resiny. dankness.

t - taste is phenomenal. heavy handed hops, but beautifully balanced with sweetness. sticky and dank.

m - feel is great. wonderful sweetness dancing with bitterness.

o - overall, i am very impressed. this is a hell of a beer. shame it is so hard to get locally. really wish i could have more of this, but i'll take my pour and savor every sip.

edit - managed to land a few bottles in NYC!!!
bottle (920 characters)

Photo of estlinska
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Stone Ruination IPA shaker on principal. Pours a deep, coppery orange with a slight haze to it. Two fingers of pure white head with copious, tiny bubbles towers over the beer with lots of bubbles rushing up from the base of the glass. Lacing is abundant. The nose is dominated by piney and citrus hops, but has a surprisingly sweet background of sweet, caramely malts. The taste, rather surprisingly comes very malt forward, and then bam, the hops hit in the back end. They are lots of citrus and pine, grapefruit. The palate is chewy, malty, full, with a long-lasting bitter finish. Overall, I was very surprised at how much of the stage the malt takes in this beer. I would actually say I like the original Ruination more, but this beer is damn fine. Damn fine indeed. (784 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a golden orange color and forms a 1/2 inch eggshell colored head that slowly reduces leaving a nice lacing.

The aroma is solid with a primarily grapefruit and pine hop scent that has a sappy/resin hit. A hint of alcohol and not a lot of malt presence.

The taste is again that great hoppy blend of pineapple sweetness and pine rawness, combined wih just barely enough malts and bitterness at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. Velvety texture with a nice dry finish.

Overall, I think this is a great beer. It is a solidly hopped beer with great flavor and aroma combinations. Well worth it if you can get it. (710 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stone RuinTen IPA (Formerly 10th anniversary Ruination)

200th review! Glad it was a worthy brew for it!

Look - Poured into two Dogfish Head IPA glasses as a bottle share this poured a clear filtered copper with an amber hue. Sports a full foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace, retains some, and leaves chunks and rings of lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Extraordinarily pungent bitter hops similar to the oniony Summit ones used in some of the West Coast brews I have tried, but there are definitely more than just that particular flavor. Deep citrus resin behind that. Slight malt tones provides the higher ABV.

Taste - Malt is there in a nice wave with some sweetness, then hops ride in super bitter nice blasty IBU as well as an alcohol kick, then they slowly ride out but wreck the palate on the way out.

Mouthfeel - Sits slightly dry and not overly boozy, which is extremely well done. Remarkably drinkable. More light-bodied than medium-bodied. Again, extremely well done here.

Overall - What a fantastic brew from Stone, we went and picked up another one the next day. Ballsy and bitter but well blended with a touch of sweet, an absolute decimation of the palate. (1,188 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at iTap-Soulard for St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Pours a bright dark copper with some slight haze. There is a dense light creamy colored head that forms and has some sticky lacing.

Aroma is intense. Sweet and boozy with monstrous hop resin notes that are intense and delicious. Strong grapefruit and tangerine and even some sweet pineapple notes. Malts might be there with some caramel and slight grain notes.

Taste is impressive. Intense hoppy brew. Citrus notes with some grapefruit and strong orange notes, both sweet and citrusy. Sweetness is definitely prominent in the taste. But mixes well with some intense hop notes that destroy the palette. Yummy. The booze is prominent and I can definitely feel it a bit. Great resinous and sticky body with some nice dry finish.

Overall. Stone nailed it with this brew. Delicious and well crafted. Intense and devastating hops that really put your palette out for a rest but that is so delicious that you can’t help but want more. (1,021 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - A really strong, green hop aroma of pine and sweaty hops with some bready malt in the background. Smells like a handful of hop pellets.

T - Sweet malt and huge loads of pungent, pine hops up front. More pine and sweaty hop in the middle with toffee and bread malt character. Finishes with overwhelming hop flavors of pine, orange, and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow. This is the hoppiest beer I have ever had. More than Pliny, more than hopslam, just ridiculously over the top. I could smell the hops as soon as the cap came off the bottle and it only got stronger from there. It smell more like hops than a handful of actual hops does. It also comes across as slightly more drinkable than regular Ruination since the extra malt and alcohol helps balance the saturation level of bitterness. Absolutely worth trying and while I know this won't ever become a year round offering I would certainly buy it again if they ever make another batch. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bottle into a tulip glass
Best By 09/11/13
Tasted 06/23/13

A – Pours a bright clear copper color. Head is vigorous and poured over, unexpectedly so. Once it recedes it leaves a nice thin cream colored cap on top of the bright copper liquid below.

S – Woah Stone, aggressive, bitter, juicy, piney, melon, grapefruit. Sheesh! A lot going on here, but what really smacks you is the bright grapefruit and melon notes. Delicious. IDGAF about whatever malt notes may be here, just bring on the hops!

T – Very nice, a clean and sweet entry leads to a bitter and crisp encore. Notes of melon, bright lemon, and grapefruit here. This is quite bitter and makes you pucker up to a certain extent, like biting into a lemon or a grapefruit. Some notes of pine also make a foray. Complex, but tends toward the sweet and sticky side of the spectrum for this style.

M – Drinkability is high on this one, for being a DIPA this goes down way too smooth. It has a nice, long, lingering finish, that is quite dry and bitter. This is very nice and easy drinking. Lots of flavors still develop on the finish.

O – Was wonderful last year, and is great again this year, this is similar to Enjoy By, for sure, but this one is sweeter, and lacks the peppery notes found in the Enjoy By. Wonderful beer here again Stone, thank you for pumping out ridiculously delicious and easily attainable IPA's. (1,392 characters)

Photo of kots84
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Deep amber with a off white head.

Smell - hoppy citrus pine nose.

Taste - Big grapefruit flavor with hop present. As it warms up I am getting the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - A little dry but really nice. Light carbonation.

Overall - Amazing ipa for any hophead. Get it before it gone. (294 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Excellently crafted IPA, Pours a hazy amber with silky head, excellent lacing clings to the glass. Aroma smacks you in the face with hoppy spiciness. Taste bites the tongue, slightly puckering bitterness. Still smooth and drinkable. A work of art. (252 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into some glassware , a golden dark yellow color with a 2 finger head and tons and tons of lacing that just sticks to the sides of the glass all the way through the drink

Wonderful smell , all hops and not picking up on any malt , picking up on some pine , citrus and earthy hop smells , really makes your mouth water

Very hop forward and then the booze kind of kicks in a little and the malty taste sneaks in towards the end of the drink. Very tasty

The mouth is just about right on this beer , not too thick no too thin and just enough carbonation

Overall another great beer from Stone , this is the one brewer that continues to impress me beer after beer (681 characters)

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

Bomber served chilled into a pint glass.

Ruination's Tenth is a hazy golden orange with thin white head. It's tight and dense with some lace left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is big and hoppy just as expected and just as it should be. Huge grapefruit and citrus like nothing else I've had.

Flavor is very intense. In fact, I think only the Younger is stronger in aroma and flavor. It has some sweetness up front from the huge malt bill leading to its 10%+ ABV. But the rest of the sip is pure hoppy goodness. So strong, so bitter, and so hoppy. Rind and pith and all that is bitter in a piece of citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. No balance really, whatsoever. It's big and bitter and that's it.

Overall a really special double IPA. Hopefully it will not just be a one-off but at least we will always have Ruination. It's the grandfather of double IPAs. (892 characters)

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

I was surprised to find this in stock to be honest, couldn't wait to try this one.

A: A murky and copper body, no floaties, no visible carbonation. A 1/2 inch head dissipated quickly as I returned the bottle to my chiller.

S: I notice a zesty pine smell and it's very fresh. I'll agree with previous posters in its comparison to Hoptimum.

T: Straight up awesome! It's everything I want in a DIPA. This is up top with my favorites. I wish they would make this into a permanent offering. I get the citrus, I get the strong pine, I get the incredible amounts of hops.

M: It was a bit chewy; however, let's be honest, they used 5 lbs of hops. Still incredible. Hops, hops, and more hops on the palate. It is definitely ruined.

O: Gotta be honest, Stone did an amazing job on this one, worthy of a notable anniversary. I wish I could get more. (843 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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