Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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Reviews: 792
Hads: 5,317
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 301
Gots: 818 | 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: 792 | Hads: 5,317
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium amber with no haze, one finger of head and good lacing.
Aromas are sticky sweet hops, lots of malt.
Taste is very nice. In line with aromas, not overly tropical, lots of malt present. A classic west coast style IPA wit hops and malt in balance.
Finishes sticky.
Overall a very good west coast style IPA. (363 characters)

Photo of gregb13
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's batch seems to be a bit inferior to previous offerings. That said, it's still awesome and a definite 'must buy' for anyone who happens to love hops and should happen upon it. A bit sad I only got 6 bombers last week (only 1 left in fridge now :-().

Garlic, onion, very dank hops, loads of tropical fruits, pine. A bit sticky. Doesn't get much better for this style. (379 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to snifter. Bottled 6/12/15. Half finger off white head, short retention and no film or lacing. Cloudy, deep orange with some amber. Certainly a hop bomb. Not as aromatic as I thought it would be as a 'triple' IPA, but picking up lots of caramel malts, some golden raisins, and pine with lots of alcohol. Some of the horse-blanket smell Actually seems to become more vinous as it warms up. Tastes like aroma suggests, with strong emphasis on bitter hops, caramel and hints of cooling mint sensation. Very nice balance for such a strong brew. Lengthy aftertaste. Thick and syrupy! Some strong beers make my tongue or gums a bit numb, this one makes my jaw and chin numb too. Not as much warming sensation on tongue as I was expecting, considering the numbness--minty effect. Really good strong and syrupy IPA that can sneak up on you. Worth keeping around for a special occasion. (890 characters)

Photo of dj14365
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I don't know what to say but wow. I have had a number of top tier single/double/triple IPA's and this might very well be the best.

The only complaint I can possibly muster is the color is a bit off. It was likely due to the lighting or wall color. Everything else was extraordinary, mainly the taste which is what really matters. It was divine, beautifully balanced, perfect level of bitterness and just yum. (414 characters)

Photo of Dr-Jan-Itor-
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 6/12/15, enjoyed at about 40-45°F.

Quite simply, a surprisingly beautiful pour. About an inch in a half of beige head with a hint ruby red. Beer itself is a pure ruby, crystal clear when held to the light.

Smell is muted, not at all abrasive for a 10.8% beer, with tropical fruit abounding and a slight trace of alcohol.

Taste is above excellent. Fantastically hoppy and fruity, but massively drinkable for such a high-ibu triple. Reminds me of the sweetness of Dogfish Head's 90-minute, but with a better hop balance and pleasant bitter aftertaste that hangs around just long enough to leave you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, exceptionally calm for an IPA. Personally, this is as good as feel gets for me, and I'd replicate it in every IPA if I could.

Overall, this is a great brew!! Got a 22oz bomber at a local place in Ohio for $8.99, so not terrible on price either. One of those rare beers that - if I see it again in the future - I'll buy it without a moment's hesitation. Fantastic beer to break open for a celebration and share with friends as a treat. My top-10 (maybe top-5) IPA's. Enjoy, and absolutely buy this one if you come across it. (1,184 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks beautiful, an orange-gold clear pour with a decent, long lasting white head. The smell is tropical paradise. Taste is slightly bitter on the front, with pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits pillaging the senses. For a 10.8 ABV brew, mild on the presence of alcohol The feel is just right for the style, maybe a tad dry, but still satisfying. A real winner, I usually come out feeling ripped of for spending $9 on a bomber, but this earns every penny spent! (473 characters)

Photo of K-Dog
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden copper appearance. Not much aroma. Great malty tropical taste. This is ob of my favorite stone beers. I know enjoy by gets slightly higher review but I like this better. Look forward to this every summer. (216 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 Awolter
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer certainly did not live up to the hype for me. Had a strong alcohol bite to it and nothing very special stood out. Good, not great. To me, not worth the price tag. (172 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L -- Dark amber/gold color with a slight off-white head.

S -- Lots of hoppy tropical fruit, pineapple especially, with a dank end note.

T -- Same tropical hops up front, great bitter dankness; malts come through lightly towards the end along with mint. I usually hate mint, but it's pleasing and somehow fitting here. The flavors are all bold and I really dig it.

F -- Great smooth feel, goldilocks level thickness. The carb/booze level warmed my tongue a bit.

O -- Really delicious beer. The booze is hidden well and the flavor profile is great to me. I could drink this any day! (588 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 ihazabucket7
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Clear, medium dark amber color, nice thick head, malty, citurs, hop hop hop hop hop smell. Taste is amazing. For a triple IPA its smooth, enjoyable, other beers try to be this beer and Stone does it again and lives up to their reputation. Cheers! (277 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden orange into a snifter. Two fingers of off white head with nice lacing. Aroma was full of citrus and orange with a hint of caramel. Initial taste was citrus and tropical, with some following resin and caramel. There was a warming alcohol presence that was more prominent that I would have liked. Finished dry and clean. Very nice. (343 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a huge west coast hop bomb. The smell does not much tropical fruits in the nose, but more of a danky pine smell. The taste smacks you in the face with piney hops, with a nice dry bitter finish. Overall, another great beer from Stone! (249 characters)

Photo of nonpo
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Appearance (Look) = 6%
Nice pour into a large snifter clear, dark golden amber with nice fine head with minimal lacing and retention

Smell = 24%
Aroma is nice, dank, hoppy and slightly sweet... Maybe a little boozy?

Taste = 40%
Minimal malt backbone, much like the aroma, dank, hoppy flavor with nice residual sweetness.... Bitters good up front with good manners on the backside.. Very balanced.. ABV is present and welcome... Booze lingers

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
Very nice as well.... God carnation and level of booze from ABV.... Good full (but not overbearing) mouthfeel.... (590 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Crystal clear amber and about 2 fingers of off white head sticks around nicely.

Smell: Piney hops and booze!

Taste: More of the same, but also light balancing citrus. Super pine and resin on this one.

Feel: Booze isn't overbearing. Carbonation is great. Slight dry finish.

Overall: Absolutely bat sh*t crazy and a must try every summer. I've had some pretty bad TrIPA's that just can't find the line for too much booze that it destroys any flavor profile. (465 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, crystal clear deep amber with a slightly off white head.

Smells very, very astringent. Mainly alcohol and sweet with some faint pine hop resin. Not very appealing.

I am pretty surprised at how good it is tasting. Outstanding. Still has some heat to it, but very clean and smooth. A rock candy sweetness, crisp bitting hops, pine, light bready malts.

This is a nicely balanced and well made beer that I would have a much higher score for if it weren't for the aromas. It is definitely a triple IPA though. Drinks much like an American Barleywine. Similar to both Devil Dancer and Bigfoot, only better for me. (624 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my July 4th beer!!!!
A: Clear, dark amber, thin white lacing.
S: Floral, sweet malt, pine resin and a hint of citrus.
T: Sweet malt, resiny, bitter citrus like finish.
M: Hops prickly to the tongue, medium carbonation, sticky, bitter hop finish. After a few sips the alcohol can be felt. Be warned!
O: Very hoppy and a pretty strong, sweet malty backbone. Happy 4th go Stone!! (385 characters)

Photo of PatrickCT
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with a bottled on date of 6/13/15 poured into a tulip.

a: A gorgeous beer. Deep amber, clear body with a 2 finger bubbly beige head. The color of rising bread.

s: A slight, sweet dankness meets the nose, turning to molasses, faint breadiness, dry grass, resin, citrus rind and alcohol swirling about.

t: Very well balanced presentation. A bread and cracker malt flavor supports the onslaught of of hops. A bitter and resin rich hop presence is mingled with citrus juice and its rind.

mf: Full bodied and sticky as it warms. A tingle from the bitterness that is not overwhelming. A sweet sipping beer that can be followed down one's body like a nice bourbon. To me that is the best part of this beer.

o: The flaw in this beer is that it is released in the summer. It feels to me like a winter beer with the warmth it brings. The bitterness with the alcohol warmth makes me think of something I want after shoveling a Northeastern snow storm. I would never dare do it but RuinTen with a drop of Carpano Antica and a Luxardo Cherry... (1,044 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.46/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Amber, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side, an off white creamy head, lots of thick lacing.

A: Smells very sweet, very malty, not picking up any hop aromas, no citrus, no pine, not picking up any alcohol. For being a hop monster it sure lacks a lot of hops.

T: Very sweet, malty, lots of citrus rind bitterness, but this has a very strong sweet malt presence, not really digging the flavor.

M: Very dry, has a creamy mouthfeel, rakes the tongue with bitterness.

O: I did not like this, very malty, very sweet, some citrus notes on the aroma and taste but the malts win this battle. I've noticed that some IIPA are very malty, not sure if I like this, I prefer more citrus/ piney notes than a big sweet malty presence. (778 characters)

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.46/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer would be awesome if it lived up to its promise of over hopped bliss unfortunately it's extreme hoppyness is balanced with extreme maltyness making it far to sweet to enjoy if u like a giant malt backbone this may be your idea of heaven (245 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 thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very sweet, tropical, candy-like hops come through on the smell including a huge smell of grapefruit and pine. A nice sweet bite up front evolving into the grapefruit, tropical, "dank"" piney flavor and bitterness that we all love in IPA's. This one though is every taste you love about an Imperial (triple) IPA all wrapped into one beer. You get some burn from the alcohol but that's to be expected at pretty much 11 percent. The taste sticks around for quite some time and the bready sweet malts give it the best mouthfeel ever. The hops are so fruity and tropical its insane! Best (triple) IPA I've ever had. (612 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 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)

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