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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 860 | Ratings: 5,666
Photo of BlackDog
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

RuinTen pours a deep gold with a fluffy whit head. Retention is good and lacing is top notch.

The nose is hop heavy, as expected. Light, fruity hops come jumping out with notes of pineapple and orange. There's a slight malty sweetness and a decent alcohol presence. The 110 IBUs and 10.80% ABV are both well represented.

The taste is slightly sweet as it enters the mouth. Tons of fruity hops say hello as a malt backbone tries to balance them all out. It finishes awfully bitter, which becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a solid alcohol presence and a very bitter finish.

Overall, this Double IPA is a fine example of the style and a worthy beer to celebrate Stone's milestone.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle an amber-orange with two fingers of off-white head and a generous amount of lacing left behind.

Big hoppy aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pineapple along with sweet caramel malts.

The taste did not disappoint. Big, bitter, and hoppy with the grapefruit and pineapple. Well-balanced with the caramel malts. The nearly-11% abv smacks you right in the kisser. Too much, really.

Medium bodied and slick with a moderate carbonation.

This was a good beer to take your time and enjoy.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice two finger cream colored head. Leaves plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aroma is nice sweet malts packed with lots of hops tropical fruits, hints of pine with some floral mixed in for good measure.

Taste is sweet malts loaded with hops signature stone flavors nice sticky hops every where.

Mouthfeel is medium with pretty smooth carbonation for an IPA.

Overall good IPA from Stone big surprise, might be bit over hyped but doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of Roger55
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink by: 08/28/13

Solid gold with a thick, tight bubbled head. Aroma is thick with bright lemon, lime, and sugary grapefruit over fresh pine needles and flowery hops. A slight cookie sweetness is present, but it's mostly astringently hoppy with a whiff of alcohol. Seriously hop-forward flavor backed by a pale malt sweetness. Grapefruit, pine resin bitterness, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Oooo tasty...and not too sweet at all, which I didn't expect. Aggressive, crisp, and surprisingly not too strong feeling either. I mean, it feels "big," but I enjoy it, and I should know to trust Stone with hoppy beers after years of proof. I remember drinking Ruination for the first time, now it almost seems tame in relation to what DIPAs have evolved to be, but this sort of brings back that "holy shit that's hoppy" feeling.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden sun color with a thick off white head, great retention, nice lacing.

Big citrusy/tropical fruit punch quickly overshadowed by resinous pine. A slight biscuity malt note in the background.

Big raw resinous pine dominates popping with some tropical fruit - mango. Finishes dry and bitter with the ghost of malt backbone disappearing into the back of your throat. A tasty brew with lots of flavor. It is a bit intimidating, a sipper, but good.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Bier Station in Kansas City--leftover from an "IPA Day" tap takeover. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Orange-amber body that is clean and clear. Head is slightly tan-colored and dissipates after a few minutes. Lacing is silky and fleeting, disappearing after settling on the glass for a moment.

Aroma - Strong, with grapefruit and floral hops. Some ether and other notes that hint at the high ABV level. Perhaps some pineapple-like acidity comes through as well.

Taste - The aroma was strong, but the flavor is even more aggressive, with more grapefruit and pineapple, and even some bitter greens complemented by a background characteristic of sweetness. There even seems to be a hint of medicinal quality, but not in an off-putting way.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, with light-to-moderate body and light carbonation. Some of the bitterness from the hops sticks in the back of your throat.

Overall, a tasty DIPA, but when it comes to Stone-made DIPAs, I'll take Enjoy By. This one is just too much from the hop profiles and not enough balance.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one. Ruination was one of the first real high IBU beer I had. I still love that beer. So, I was so excited to see this one. The pour had a sligthly golden amber red tint to it with a never ending white head.

Once opened and poured, the aroma brought me right back to my first time with Ruination..T:he typical grapefruit/citrus overtone was there, beautiful as ever. This 10th Ann version had a deeper amber color and more intense grapefruit/citrus bouquet than the standard Ruination.

When I was starting to have my first sip, my nose senses started to explode! There was grapefruit, lemons, peaches, limes, oranges dancing in my head. Almost to the point it was overwhelming and I should be putting the glass down.

BUT

The first sip took away a good amount of what my nose was trying to tell me.
Now I was getting bombarded with all the aromas and tastes from this beer and just about all the other flavours, tastes, aromas I've read about from different beers.

The first sip was a pleasure, almost as if there was a little sting on my tongue just to let me know what is coming. For one of the first time drinking quality beers, I actually felt that this beer was dry! Dry in the sense of some outstand California or French whites. Dry but at the same time eloquent.

This beer was full, bold and exploding at all aspects. All the various taste points in my mouth were touched by this beer. The aftertaste was long and lingering, and just begging you to have another sip.

Which I did and again.
Great job

07/24/14
Ok, my third experience with this beer. Each time I have been having it, it gets better and better. Nothing negative to report about this beer. In fact if anything, the praise gets better and better. Absolutely nothing negative to say about this beer, except the bottle empties way too soon.

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Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper in color, wispy head that stays around, some lacing along the edges of the glass, spectacularly clear – 3.75, S: Amazingly hoppy nose – tons of pine and pink grapefruit, slight tartness and hint of bubblegum, heaven for a hop head - 4.75, T: Extremely bitter, lemon rind and pith, some syrupy caramel that has little chance of balancing the beer against all the hops, alcohol burn is evident and a little off-putting – 3.25, M: Quite creamy and medium bodied – 3.50, D: Enjoyable beer but a little lopsided in true Stone hop obsessed fashion, recommended for a drink – 3.50

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Photo of Kuaff
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I saw that first box of RuinTen sitting right out in the open at the entrance to the liquor store, I stopped in my tracks and stood still in a mystefied stupor. It must have just been my imagination at work, fabricating the RuinTen label on what was actually just plain old Ruination... but it was no dream. The beer I was holding in my hand later that evening (at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter, of course), was none other. However, the experience I was soon to partake in would be UNREAL.

Ahem... An illuminescent honey orange color. Totally transparent, and with a fleeting one-finger white head. It looked good, but as of yet there were no indications of what was to follow...

As I put my nose up to the snifter, the ecstacy began. I met an explosion of tropical fruits - orange, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. And of COURSE, it smells like HOPS. As if one of Stone's DIPA's WOULDN'T smell hoppy... There is a sweet honey or caramel scent too.

The taste...? An atomic hop bomb. It's just so tremendously intense with hops that it almost feels acidic! Much like Ruination, it has a strong pine character, but it has a more malty finish that differs quite a bit from the CLEAN finish of Ruination. This finishes DIRTY. And I like it. As for other dimensions, it also tastes of resinous plant matter and has a burst of orange flavor. It's a perfect meld that provides something different from the aroma, but also compliments it PERFECTLY. I'm not tasting the 10.8% ABV at ALL, and the following I can say with with certainty: this is the absolute hoppiest beer I've ever had (and probably the bitterest). It is quite simply the epitome of hoppiness.

It has a thicker body than Ruination, the better to support its thicker hop flavor. Carbonated splendidly.

Why did they have to make it so delicious? It's so incredibly, amazingly good that I have trouble restraining myself from drinking it too fast. This is a dangerous high-ABV weapon to be used against lovers of hops like myself. It's the kind of beer I would see mirages of if I was lost in a desert and wandering deliriously across the dunes under a scorching sun. Thank goodness the ones I saw at the store were real. The best DIPA I've ever had? I think so, yes.

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Polished copper-bronze in color with a decent white head forming. Foam persists for quite a while. Plenty of slow moving carbonation from the bottom. Some stickage to the glass.

S: Smells like a mix of every hop aroma I've encountered. Pine, citrus peel, fleshy fruits, a little earthiness. You can also smell the big maltiness needed for balance. Slight whiff of alcohol.

T: Resiny pine bitterness, grapefruit and peel, earthy bitterness. What starts out as a fair amount of alcohol, only increases in potency and warmth.

M: Pretty big body here. Not syrupy, but a little bit slick. High carbonation is odd with the big body and ABV, but doesn't really detract.

O: I was expecting a little more from this beer. This is a big, mean DIPA, but a tad boozy and just didn't blow me away overall.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 10 oz. snifter.

A. Hazy amber hue. Semi-transparent ( I can see the outlines of my fingers through the glass). Nice thick white head that fades away slow.

S. Starting out well. Strong citrus fruit. Orange, mango, lemon/lime. Sugarcane. Sweet malty aroma.

T. Malty sweetness at first. Cactus. Orange peel. Hops take over almost immediately. Bitter chalkiness. Very bitter lingering aftertaste. A little hot, but that's to be expected with the ABV.

M. Centering between full and medium. Nice and foamy but not a mouthful. Finishes kind of rough with the bitterness and heat.

O. I didn't know what to expect from this. I had heard so many different opinions. I love the aroma and I like malty IPAs, which this is and that was a pleasant surprise. Bitter as hell if that's your thing. All in all, good not great. Glad I had it, but I'll seek out other easily obtainable brews in the same style.

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Photo of swtchuck
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone RuinTen IPA, 2013 Annual Release, 10.8% ABV, 110 IBU's. A - Brilliantly clear light golden with orange tinge, just enough bright white head. S - Incredible, Hops hops and more hops, lemon-orange oils, alcohol presence. T - Hop bitterness and alcohol burn dominate, malt doesn't seem to be able to catch up, very dry, some hidden citrus notes. O - Palate destroyer, abundance of hops is quite enjoyable, although light malt profile is no match for the high alcohol content, better as it warms.

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Photo of beerbully
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber poured into a pint glass

A-hazy copper,thick off-white 1 inch head, good retention, heavy lacing

S-Faint notes of hops, pine, citrus- while the aroma is nice it isn't very strong

T-Nice balance between the sweetness of the malts and hops grapefruit / lemons a bit bready

M-thick, chewy, oily resins, mild carbonation

O-another good IPA from stone, very enjoyable

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I fell in love with the concept of this beer after hearing about it, it's great let's reinvent Ruination and make it hoppier to meet the standards of today's palate. Pours a beautiful copper orange hue with big thickets of off white head, forms thick with lovely bubbles flowing forth. Aroma has big citric rind, dank resinous hops, floral and earth notes colliding this is a hop explosion of a beer I bought a case and shared half. Flavor juicy hops hit the palate with big malts colliding with the beer what a great experience hop resin in a bottle it's slick and oily through each sip, you almost have to love this if you're a true hop head. Everything about it screams Stone from the hop burps, to the intense mix of flavors that provide a beer experience I haven't had yet to the cohesive drinkability that I can't believe this beer is this easy to consume. I don't blink an eye it goes down smooth with every sip but at the same time there is raw intense hop flavors that most brewers haven't touched upon yet flowing across the palate it's extreme on more than one front excellent effort from a veteran in the craft brewing scene.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Dirty orange color, hazy and thick looking. Big white head and lacing like artwork.

S- Big citrus hop bomb, grapefruit. Pine tree resin, sweet malts and lots of alcohol.

T- Malty sweet with citrus hop overload. The alcohol is very forward and the sweetness fights through the hops.

M- Thick full feel. Resinous and beautifully bitter to the end. It is too cloyingly sweet and alcohol forward thus lacking balance.

0- I feed on hop bomb beers. This one delivers the hop fix. Its problems lie in the sweetness and alcohol overkill. I want to love it and rate it higher but it needs a tone down.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on a whim last weekend to enjoy with the All Star game.

The beer pours a pumpkin shade of orange with a thick foamy ecru colored head that leaves thick gobs of lacing lining the empty glass. Immediately upon opening the bottle there was a very strong smell of grapefruit and citrus imparted by the hops. After pouring the scent opens a bit more displaying an undercurrent of caramel sweetness beneath the dominating hops.

The taste is every bit as hoppy and it is surprising just how strong the hops are with the high alcohol content. Pine and a very strong citrus flavor commands the flavor. The back end has someof the caramel malt flavor and it mirrors the scent very well. Finishes with a strong hop bite. The alcohol content is hidden and makes no appearance in flavor or scent. The mouthfeel is on the slightly heavier side of medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

All about the hops, but you knew this before checkout. Enjoyed if not the most unique. A hop fiends' must try.

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Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: clear, orange, white head, good lacing
Smell: hop resin, pine, citrus, malt
Tastes: sweet, finishes bitter, citrus and lemon with a little pine
Feel: thick mouthfeel
Overall: great beer, but my bottle is almost four months which may have effected the nose

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Photo of diddly
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

Pours a dark gold with hints of orange, with a full white head. Nice lacing sticks around on the glass through completion.

Smell is thick with spicy hops and absolutely delicious. Somewhat sweet to back it all up.

Taste is hop-forward, obviously. Piney and spicy hops are practically overwhelming, in a very good way. There is a significant amount of sweetness there for good balance. It doesn't quite get to balance, but the effort is there. Actually seems like a bit of a fruity/orange flavor left behind afterwards.

Mouthfeel is thick with good carbonation, and a decent creaminess. The alcohol is definitely there, as well, but not to an extreme degree.

Overall this is just awesome. Would definitely pick up again, and if not, wll be impatiently waiting for next year's.

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Photo of brewskis
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, sunset orange color with an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Smells of lots of pineapple and grapefruit, grass, tons of floral, mango, papaya, resin. Not getting much malt and maybe a hint of booze. Taste starts with grapefruit and floral notes. The middle brings lots of sweetness, as well as some breadiness; however, this just barely mellows out the hops. The finish is very big, but still complex. Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya, and pineapple. Definitely used citra hops in this. Big resin notes and accompanying bitterness. Some earthiness and grassiness. Not much malt to speak of, as the abrasive bitterness covers up the breadiness. The hefty sweetness is necessary to somewhat calm the finishing flavors. Decent amount of booziness along with a warming sensation. Full body with an oily and slick mouthfeel. Just punches you in the face with abrasive, bitter hops. Not for everyone, but I definitely dig it.

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Photo of Brabander
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from trevorjk when he came back from the States. Thanks for this well made ipa Trevor. drank it with my son in law in the small Duvel tasting glasses i got some time ago. Poured the beer in thebglass with avery nice head and a golden fluis. Nice carbonation and the smell of pineapple hops. Good and decent beer.

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow is this a great beer. The best IPA and probably the best beer I ever tasted. Almost a 5 on appearance. In fact a 5 when first poured, but it probably is just as good as all my other alltime favorites. I would have gave this a 5 total without review but it is a little pricey. That said, to date the best beer I ever tasted. Full body, great pour, great head, awesome taste, after taste even better and ABV a nice bonus. No I am not going to get into flavors and what not. This beer is delicious to my taste buds. So for me I could drink this everyday. Try it. Just my advice from a guy who likes beer from mass produced to the high end. Sorry I do not do the fancy reviews. Pour it, drink it rate it!

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Photo of Skwalk47
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Light copper, large off white lacy head
S: Citrus, biscuty malts, a hint of alcohol
T: Very hop forward, citrus, a bit of pine, less pronounced sweet malts and just a touch of alcohol
M: Nice carbonation, relatively clean considering how hoppy the flavor is
O: Outstanding, one of the best IPAs I have had all summer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Drink by 8/28/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Stone's Ruin Ten is an exceptionally strong DIPA, both in hop and ethanol character, one that doesn't necessarily redefine the style, but simply pushes hop usage to a higher, perhaps caricature-filled, level. While good, a small snifter would be probably be adequate, and the 22oz bottle format is wrongly suited for Stone's ambitions here: it felt like a chore to drink the entirety of the bottle. While enjoyable and intense for a time, I gradually begin to wonder where the line between "future historical style" and gimmick one-trick pony is. Enjoyable perhaps as a one-time sampling, the beer's intensity yields an almost instant burnout for me, and I do not see myself purchasing another 22oz bottle of this, nor necessarily a 4 or 6-pack. If PtE is a representation of an enjoyable DIPA for me, this may be moving towards it's exact opposite: aggressively heavy-handed hop and ethanol usage.

Pours a 1.2cm tall head of off-white foam, composed of small bubbles, very dense-looking and quite frothy. Retention is average to a bit above average for the style, lasting about a minute and one-half, fading to a thick ring around the circumference of the glass. Lacing is largely not present, a few small dots and lines clinging to the insides of the glass. The beer's body is a dark golden orange color, with light accentuating brighter shades and also bringing out some golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, somewhat vigorous in speed and number.

Aroma is of intense grapefruit, orange, pine and woodsiness, lemon rind, and herbal hops atop a surprisingly not insubstantial caramelt malt-influenced base; ethanol becomes noticeable as the beer warms. The website suggests nectarine, pineapple, and tropical fruit, but this does not come across for me.

Flavor follows the aroma with massive hops crammed into a caramel malt base that slightly makes it through the barrage of H. lupulus oils and acids, leading to flavors of intense grapefruit, orange, pine, woodsiness, guava, spiciness, faint sweetness, and ethanol. Front of palate features already intensely bitter hops with bitingly floral, grapefruit, and orange flavors over a still-noticeable caramel malt-influenced base with substantial hop and ethanol spiciness. Mid-palate of very strong, but surprisingly not totally cloying hop presence, including a mix of strong pine and grapefruit, with lesser, but still noticeable orange, guava, lemon pith, and super-strong bitterness; a bit of the caramel-influenced malt bill manages to provide a slight hint of sweetness and depth, while ethanol is noticeable (moreso as the beer warms). Back of palate picks up strong hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine and woodsy hops, and ethanol (especially as beer warms). Aftertaste is of high hop bitterness, grapefruit and pine, woodsiness, slight caramel malt sweetness, and ethanol heat.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium to medium-low carbonation intensity, leading to a lightly effervescent and foamy mouthfeel that is countered by the intense spiciness from the hops and low burn from the ethanol. Ethanol is fairly easily felt on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils at most stages of sipping. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours amber, very clear. There's steady foam at the top throughout the full hour I took to finish this.

The aroma is solid, especially when cold for some reason. You can pick up some serious booze in the smell, as well as some sweet fruitiness. You can definitely tell it's going to be a bomb.

The taste is quite a wallop as advertised. Sweeter than I expected, but the sweetness is overwhelmed by booze and hops. Wicked depth of flavor here, just layers upon layers. Slightly fruity sweet up front, and as each sip finishes (and especially as the brew warms) a ton of earth and spice come through. Solid dose of garlic in the finish, which is more pleasant than it may sound. A bit hot, showing every bit of the 10.5%.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. This brew is dense but not syrupy, and lends a fantastic palette to the deep flavors that reside within.

Very nice beer. Drink it ten times, I imagine you'd get ten different impressions, as there's so much to experience here.

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