Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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Ratings: 5,081
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 279
Gots: 683 | FT: 5
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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 Gear54
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The date on the bottle is 6/9/14.

A: gold color with a red hue. Thin head at the top with lots of lacing that hang in the glass all the way until the end.

S: all citrus. Orange and lemon are the primary aromas.

T: pure hops with citrus notes at the last moment

M: coats the mouth with heavy bitterness. Very very smooth and easy drinking for the level of bitterness.

O: sadly this is only a yearly release. One I wish I could get more often. The beer hops to its reputation. It's an absolute hop animal.

Photo of JAYAR1
3.49/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From my Stolzle(umlat on the o) short tulip
Color of Jack Daniels on the rocks with a splash of water, off-white foam
Smells like it tastes...chocolate covered orange peel , cantaloupe and the bitter bile taste in the back of your throat when you blow chow...
Balanced tween hops and malt...some sweetness to temper
Smooth mouth-feel after the swallow
Overall,for a one time shot, I liked it but if the next year's tastes like this -No dice!

Photo of Qbdoo
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not beautiful looking but otherwise a great beer.As with most Stone IPAs, scent is piney and grassy, but I find this one a bit more restrained. Taste is similar with a touch of sweet maltiness.What makes this beer a cut above most of the rest is the creamy mouthfeell that seems unusual for IPAs. This is a fantastic beer and I'm consistently impressed with Stone and their piney versions of this style.

Photo of delta490
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep clear amber. Minimal white head leaves some moderate lacing. The aroma is not overwhelming but has some nice depth with rich caramel malt tones balancing the aggressive hopping. The taste amplifies the aroma and is delicious. It is lighter bodied but not thin and is an excellent example of an imperial IPA.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED ON 06/09/14.

Appearance: Pours a robust burnt orange body with a thick soft white head.

Smell: Fresh dank, fruity, citrusy hops. Orange mixed with pine. In true "Ruin" fashion, the malt is overwhelmed.

Taste: Delicious pine, citrus, and tropical hop flavor. A surprisingly decent sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall: Not as mind blowing as my first Stone Ruination several years ago, but still robust as far as DIPAs go!

Photo of PPOmaha
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Low bready malt aroma. Hop aroma is medium-high tangerine juice, lime peel, orange creamsicle and a little bit of pine overall medium sweet. Hint of alcohol slightly solventy. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Appearance: Light golden with darker highlights. Medium rocky head.

Flavor: Light sweet clean malt flavor reminiscent of bread crusts. Overall sweetness is medium. Hop bitterness is medium, medium-high bitterness in the finish. Hop flavor is medium mostly citrus peel. Alcohol flavor is medium and much more prominent when it warms. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-low carbontion. Alcohol warming is present. Finish is not astringent.

Overall: Big ipa that hides its alcohol well. Some of the hop character is masked by the solventy alcohol. But overall a really well done big alcohol ipa.

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

Brilliant copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick, cream colored foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left a trace of sticky lacings on the glass. Rip grapefruit, tropical fruit, and sticky sweet malt aromas with floral hop and boozy notes. Medium bodied with subdued carbonation and a slick oily feel. Intense flavor of ripe pineapple, grapefruit, and orange rind with a sticky sweet caramel backbone. Tangy floral hop flavors through the middle that transition to boozy, light pine hop flavors at the end. Finished with lingering floral and pine hop flavors and a definitive booziness. An all time new favorite.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a textbook west coast ipa, a towering beer, a colossus if you will (and oh, you will!). crystal clear, uncommon in big hoppy beer, no hop or chill haze, and just a fluffy white head, far too delicate for the liquid beneath it. pine aromatics fill the room when i pour the bottle out, carbonation creeps up, and fresh cut christmas tree dominates. other citrusy characters are there in the nose too, but this is a resin bomb, somehow clean though, the whole thing is like an ipa i have had a billion times before, just made quite a bitter better than basically all of them. its so creamy at first sip, too gentle for how intense the hops are, and bitterness is only average. its layers of citric and sappy hops, west coast glory, but delicate and drinkable, scary drinkable really for what it is. this is a better first beer than a last beer in a session, and for all the hopped up stuff stone does, this may be their crowning achievement. clean feel and finish, just enough bubbles, and a medium but fresh and lingering body. its a number of paradoxes all wrapped into one neat affordable package. i have been a fan of stone for a long time, but i am now convinced that this is the best of their portfolio. cant believe it took me this long to get into one. wow! an absolute must for the ipa fan, not to be missed under any circumstances. true brewing magic.

Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, candied orange, grassy, herbal, resiny pine, warm alcohol, caramel, and pale malts.

Taste:Same as above with mild tingly bitterness in the rear which us typical of all Stone IPA'S.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Awesome beer that got better as it warmed up. Hops died down and the malts and booze warmed up.

Photo of PrinceGeorge
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful head on pour but did not last long, excellent hop aroma the best part for me, taste up to stone IPA standards however the alcohol comes through over powers and spoils the effect. All in all a good brew but for me I prefer the original, and you get to drink a little more if you want the alcohol.

Glad I tried it but not the one for me, too many other better options out there offering better value.

Photo of brureview
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle date 5/14.
Poured a light copper color into a Spiegalgau glass with a 2 finger head. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Attractive beer.

The aroma wasn't as strong as anticipated- light vanilla, some grapefruit. Not as strong as other DIPAs.

Mouth feel: excellent. Not overdone. Carbonated but smoother than other DIPAs.

Taste: there was less grapefruit in this beer than expected in a DIPA. Very malty.
The highlight is the hoppiness which carries through to the hoppy finish which is also spicy and mildy bitter.

Overall: this beer is a hop bomb. The spiciness in the taste and finish are excellent. The fruit, usually dominant in a West Coast DIPA, is not as prominent. This beer is about hops.

Photo of DontHopBelievin
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: The hop nose jumps out front, with citrus notes trailing happily behind.

Pour: The coloring and head are picture perfect.

Taste: The hop kick is tethered nicely to a malt base, letting the bitter IBUs stand tall during the drink, then fade nicely into a smooth finish.

Photo of Spikester
3.27/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with a huge white head that sticks for about 10 minutes. Lacing is minimal.
Smell is all malts.
Taste is big malts with plenty of alcohol. Hops were there but totally masked by the malt bill.
Mouthfeel is full with enough carbonation. Finish was dry and sweet.
Overall my least favorite from Stone. I was guessing this was a Barleywine or even a Malt Liquor. If you like sweet and boozy this is your beer.

Photo of humuloner22
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is right along with the 7.4.14 I drank the same day. I almost wonder if they are not one and the same with a slight modification or just different bottling. A lot going on with this beer and super hoppy. Not outside of Stone's comfort zone. I am a fan. If I catch this on sale somewhere I will probably pick it up again before it goes away for next year. But, on the upside if my comparison holds, the next Enjoy by shouldn't be too far off.

Appearance: Bronze with not a lot of head, settled well and had a nice clarity to it.

Smell: Damn, this beer smells good, Stone really has the nose down when it comes to IPA's. Floral, grapefruit, mango, some pine, maybe a bit of pineapple. Its tropical and it makes sense they released this in the heat of summer.

Taste: Right along the same profile as the aroma. Bitter, but not too powerful, which is what Stone does, they take you right to the edge but then they balance it out. I had a friend taste this beer who is not an IPA person and they were pleasantly surprised at how well balanced this beer was considering it was a DIPA.

Overall: Another great beer from Stone. I am sold. I am a fan and I will continue to buy their beers. They make the best readily available IPA's on the market and until I try a Pliny or Heady, I cannot say they make the best out there period.

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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-review. 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head, frankly, sucks - not even a finger high (white shade), and with crap retention. A minuscule ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: This is pretty much exactly what I recall it smelling like. Tons of fruity notes (mango, pineapple, melon) punch me in the face, backed up by more fruitiness - this time from the booze. Natch, I do pick up some alcohol, but hey it's 10.8%. A rich caramel malt backbone comes through, as well. Big, brutish, unrefined...yet right up my alley.

T: Immediately, my palate is attacked by huge mango notes (with lesser flavors of melon and pineapple). One could be fooled into thinking that this is mango juice, in fact. Touches of pine bitterness, sourdough bread, and booze finish it off. I remember when I sampled 4 oz. or so in DC last year, I thought "this is AMAZING...but a whole bottle might be overwhelming" - okay, so it isn't really overwhelming. In fact, I think it's starting to GROW on me after a few sips.

M: For a 10.8% mega IPA to neither be too sweet nor too boozy is downright miraculous. Certainly, it's a heavy/syrupy affair, but it's not disgustingly cloying, either. Carbonation is fairly high for a big beer, ergo it's surprisingly drinkable.

O: This is easily my favorite Stone beer. It's a big, over-the-top monster like any good triple IPA should be, without being too sugary/boozy. It also manages to never become overwhelming (instead dancing on that razor's edge between extreme and moronic perfectly). This beer is perfect as a once-a-year release - I couldn't drink it very often, but I'd still enjoy the fuck out of it during its narrow release window.

Photo of GJ40
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at B&C Liquors in RI and taken home to NC to sample with my wife.

Golden with incredible clarity and a moderate white head. Almost perfect. Aroma is tropical fruit, flowers and citrus. Fantastic! Flavor is rich, complex hop oils with loads of tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is super silky.

What a DIPA! I narrowly missed out on this one the first time around so I was very happy to get another shot.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle dated 6/9/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear copper color with a two finger of off white head. Very nice lacing.

S-Aroma is huge; grapefruit, pine, a bit of dankness.

T-Taste is bitter hops up front, followed by some sweet malt flavors. Slightly bready. Bitter finish, but not as intense as I expected.

M-Great mouthfeel well balanced great carbonation.

O-Overall an awesome DIPA love this beer way to go Stone!

Photo of charlzm
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on July 4th, 2014 (hoppy Independence Day!) from a 2 ounce bomber with a bottled on date marked June 14th, 2014. This three week old beer was poured into a big, tall Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer was brilliantly clear and made a fairly dense off-white head three fingers high. Good looking beer.

Smell was dank and properly hoppy (pine, citrus, moist herbs) though not especially tantalizing.

Flavor was malt-forward (?!?), with a big, strong backbone of sturdy caramel. Hops were there, sure, providing balance to the unexpected sweetness, but not washing over the palate like the lupulin tsunami I had been expecting. Hop flavors were intermingled and indistinct: muddled, save for a readily discernible bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a little thicker than anticipated but nowhere near as oily or resiny as I had been prepared for.

This is a surprisingly balanced and drinkable beer for its big ABV. Don't let the bottle scare you off; the hop presence in this beer is significant but controlled, almost exactly like drinking hop tea would not be. I wasn't especially impressed.

Photo of rajendra82
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruination cranked up to a ten, sign me up. The pour was typical IPA amber, body clear, carbonation gentle, and the head spare. The smell was loaded with grapefruit and was so intoxicating, it made me hold it up to my nose for several seconds at a time. The taste was beyond perfect in the hop assault, as the grapefruit was concentrated into a strong tonic. In addition to the citrus fruit, I could also sense flavors of butterscotch, pineapple, and strawberry. The body was dense, sticky, and oily, leaving a coating of hops in place of the original mucous that had been stripped off my tongue. The finish was spicy and boozy. I got this at Green's just a month from bottled on date, and it was oh so splendidly fresh.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear gold with a tinge of amber and a nice finely bubbled white head.

A: Bright hop aromas of pear, peach and mango with a touch of spice from the alcohol and some candy-like malt notes.

T/M: Very smooth bitterness upfront, moves into juicy white fleshed fruit, peach and mango with a moderate resiny bite. Malt and body move in contributing flavors of candy, light caramel and a semi-full body. The finish is moderately dry, definitely getting up there in strength.

Overall, a very tasty DIPA that showcases very fruity, tropical aromatics and flavors. I would recommend anyone that loves hops try this one out. Not as awesome as 'Enjoy By', but still a great beer for any hophead.

Photo of slackattack
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear amber with minimal head. Nose is tropical fruit, but still has piney notes. First sip reveals some tropical fruit, mango or papaya. Perfectly bitter all the way. Lasts a while on the palate. Good body. Delicious IPA that is a good reflection of what Stone is all about.

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Great looking dark orange and very clear. Only complaint is rather small and quickly leaving thin white head and decent lacing.
S: One of the best smelling beers. Tons of hops, tons of citrus, and a pine backbone.
T: Not as good as expected. Starts with a sweet malt on the tongue. Mid you get some nice taste of citrus. Then a huge amount of hops and bitterness hit. WIth a lingering sticky bitter after taste. You breathe hops for a minute or two after. For its abv I only get a slight taste in alcohol but def, a sippers beer.
M: Good carbonation maybe a little light since no head, but has a very sticky end to it.

O: A hop bomb, with some crazy bitterness and abv. A must try but not my favorite.

ReReview: Just had this on tap and was amazing. The taste was so different from what I remember. It had a lot of malt backbone to it and was delicious. I'm up more original taste score from a 4 to a 4.5

Photo of hops202
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled two weeks ago. Poured into spiegelau glass.

A - a nice golden amber. Clean looking.

S - holy hoptown. This smells floral and strong.

T - just like you would expect. A delicious hop explosion. Plenty strong too even for a DIPA.

M - slightly cloying.

O - a great stone double IPA. Definitely more full bodied than the Enjoy By. Different in its own right but just as good.

Photo of Scipio3
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did a head to head comparison of Ruin Ten and Enjoy By. Both were fantastic, but the Ruin Ten was a masterful hop brew. I just love this beer and hope they continue to release it yearly.

Beautiful color and aroma. The first taste is a hop explosion in your mouth. No boozy aftertaste like most high ABV brews out there.

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,081 ratings.