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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

854 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 854
Hads: 5,625
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 335
Gots: 983 | 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: 854 | Hads: 5,625
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to my brother tenderbranson69 for gifting me with this for my birthday -tasted during our birthday tasting -enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is a deep golden with good clarity, lightly hazed with thick white cap. The smell is a mix of pine with some tropical fruit odors, possibly pineapple with a hint of alcohol and light sweet ester. The feel is intense, lots of bitterness, lots of oily hop and moderately carbonation with generally dry body and subtle alcohol influence.

The flavor is great I love how the extra dry hopping adds to the perception of intense hoppiness based on the aroma, lots of piney grapefruit and light tangy hop flavors with subtle tings of pineapple and grass with mostly fruity accent from the yeast and peppery tinge from the hops accentuated by the alcohol which is there, but not oppressive. This is another great hop forward offering from Stone I am glad I got to try this amped up version of Ruination which is a great double IPA in its own right.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date.

LOOK: Hazed over, amber glow, head perfection

SMELL: Orange pulp, resin, melon rind, grapefruit, alcohol, fresh grass, hemp oil

TASTE: Full body, creamy, resin, bitter, orange peel, palate ruined, faint breadiness, crackers, alcohol, esters, faintly solvent, hoppiness rules, bitter hoppy finish

WTF, happy anniversary to a beer that has taken over my palate time and time again and this is what we get ... a beer that is a palate destroyer. LOL, thank you Stone. Gratz!!

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of beige head. Decent lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit & grapefruit pith, plus boozeyness

T: Grapefruit pineyness, woodiness, dryness & a touch of caramel up front. Some breadyness, much pineyness, & a boatload of grapefruit, plus a truckload of pineapple, plus orange peel as this warms. Finishes piney, mucho grapefruitty & cakey

MF: Big bodied, slightly carbonated, sticky, warming, great balance

Great DIPA, would love to see this more often, a hophead's delight; drinks fantastic for being such a massive & flavorful beer

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2014. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly sticky/crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA. All around awesome complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a few days ago at City Swaggers in NYC. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a deep, hazy orange-amber color with one and a half fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about two minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, some tropical fruits, fruity malts, and
grapefruits. Lots of hops; a very nice nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, and lemon. Moderate to high bitterness. Not quite as hoppy as the nose, but still quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and moderate to high bitterness in the taste.

o - Overall a very good DIPA. I find the normal Ruination a good DIPA, though not my favorite, and I find this one very similar, except a little more orange/citrus and hops in the nose, and more bitterness in the mouthfeel and taste. A good beer; if you like the normal Ruination you'll probably love this one, if you don't then I would pass on it as it is very similar.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Orange-amber color and cloudy. Small head but it leaves some thick streaks of lace.

Powerful, floral hop aroma. This has a strong grapefruit and alcohol to the nose. Spicy and inviting.

Starts with a decent malt base and the hop that comes in the swallow isn't altogether surprising, but its strength is far stronger than I expected. Very warming to the throat. Long bitter aftertaste. Neutral body with an above average carbonation.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary Ale, 10.8% ALC./VOL., Ruining palates for ten years, brewed and bottled by the Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA.

Lightly hazed, golden apricot hue, with a slim, white, dotted head. Looks good.

Aroma: Everything you want in a double IPA and more. Blasts the senses with pine, citrus, and tropical fruits. Bright, bitter, fierce, and furious. Juicy, fresh, deep, and rereshing. Alcohol is felt, but quickly forgiven. We know this will be a challenge, but the beautiful smack of hops makes us forget what's to come. Ah, scrumptious!

Gonna read the vast, voluminous copy on the side of the bottle. blah, blah, blah…pat yourselves on the back, puff yourself up…blah, blah, blah…mmm, hmmm, hmmm….lots of informative history of the origins of the double IPA style…but, without a mention of what makes this different from regular Ruination. Why not? No one knows. (Well, I do, now that I've checked the website. Alcohol raised up 3%, hop additions doubled. 110 IBUs? Damn, but it did feel like it!)

I keep drinking, and I keep thinking, damn, this is delicious. Also, incredibly bitter, but so consumable for the hop head with a tolerance for higher alcohol. It's the ne plus ultra of Ruination, while still being able to slip past the lips and go all the way down the gullet. All the usual suspect flavors at play, all the resiney, piney, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple.

My first Ruination was 10 years ago, mere months after it was released. I didn't know this until Greg Koch told me when I met him for the first time. In my entry for Ruination Ale, I told the story of how it "ruined" me. It was one of the first double IPAs I had ever had, but definitely not the first. In the intervening 10 years, there has been so much done with palate rippers and booze bombs in the name of hop delivery, it's easy to forget how far we've come, and what a leader this beer really was.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a snifter.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut tropical fruits - mostly mango and grapefruit - pungent piney hops, fresh cut grass and an appropriate amount of caramel malt.

T - Starts off with a huge dose of piney hop resin and sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, fresh grass and lightly toasted bread. Alcohol is ever present, growing stronger as it sits in the glass, but it never really gets in the way. Finish retains quite a bit of the hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after each sip.

M - This one is definitely a big hoppy beer with plenty of delicious flavors and moderate carbonation. Not as sticky sweet as I was expecting it to be, although it is definitely still very sweet, with a fairly dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

O - I was expecting this to be good but it ended up being really good. I also had a bottle of this one that wasn't as good as this was so I am glad I got to try it on-tap as well. Nice work Stone!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Whole Foods. Served in a plastic cup on Freddy's boat.

A - Transparent golden body. An off-white foam settles to a solid cap and splotchy lacework.

S - Super dank, earthy, and piney, with a hefty dose of tropical fruits, and zesty oranges as well. Malt backbone certainly has the heft of a 'triple' IPA, with plenty of brown sugar and vanilla pale malts sweetness. You can perceive the added Citra and Centennial dry-hopping, as the hops have more sweetness than typical Ruination.

T - Juicy and fruity citrus hops, with good sugary malt balance. Medium-high piney bitterness in the finish, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol. Not quite as awesome as the aroma, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Smooth texture, fairly full-bodied, with medium-low carbonation and a super dry finish. Plenty of oily hop resins linger on the palate. Some alcohol warmth reveals the double-digit ABV.

D - While I much prefer hoppy pales and IPAs, this is a very good take on the '3PA' style. Hefty doses of hops and malt, without being overly harsh or boozy. It was pretty easy to share a bomber with friends, and I'll probably buy another before it gets too old.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden copper to light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is extremely hoppy with the smells of citrus, grapefruit, and mango dominating and a lighter presence of grassy and pine/resin hops. Lighter notes of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: The beer has a solid body of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. But the dominant flavor of this beer is that of the hops - primarily citrus, grapefruit, and mango. There is a lighter presence of pine/resin hop notes as well. The beer has moderate to strong bitterness that really lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but this is a big beer and needs to be sipped slowly. Much too bitter to be easy to drink but I think I like this better than the orignal it was based upon. Really enticing aroma.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #19 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a Stone IPA flute because I didn't have the 10th Ruination glass.

Beer is amber and clear wtih moderate and steady carbonation, some lacing, nice retention, a thick white head of small bubbles, looks good.

Aroma is mildly alcoholic and very hoppy, piny and earthy with hints of tropical fruits.

Beer is very dry, very strong, very bitter. It is sort of insanely bitter, this has to be close to the limits of detection, you can taste the higher alcohol unfortunately but overall it is a nice beer. If you like Stone you should drink this beer. I'll have it again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a one finger, bone white head. Decent retention, very nice thin lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of pine bitterness mixed with some tropical fruit, some grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. There is a good bit of malt as well, some caramel, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of juicy tropical fruits, some grapefruit and zesty rind with some nice pine near the finish. Not as malty as the aroma, just a bit of sugary sweetness to balance it...slightly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth, no real sign of the abv, maybe a very faint warmth to it.

O: For a DIPA (maybe a triple?), this is nicely balanced with a good bit of malty goodness backing up the fantastic hop bill.

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Photo of stakem
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft offering served in a nonic. It was an awesome experience last month to see this get wheeled into the local bar and get put on tap within seconds of arrival. Awesome that the serving temp was ideal straight from the getgo with no need to warm up. The brew appears a clear copper color. A tan creamy cap sits atop supported by streaming carbonation.

The smell is herbal as all hell with pine and citrus. A light tropical quality runs throughout with a hint of sulfur. Underneath toasty grain and a fusel touch of alcohol mix things up and a cheesy grain note towards the back evolves as it warms up.

The taste is toasty grain with a huge hop presence. Flavors of herbs, pith, pine, resins are upfront. There is a very nice tropical friut flavor present before the onset of the alcohol. The hop flavoring is really noteworthy. It displays a wide array of flavor without crushing your palate with bitternes.

This is a heavier than medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very nice tribute/anniversary brew that I would pick anytime over the normal ruination. After coming down of a week long ruination kick where i was drinking the normal brew just about every day, this anniversary is a real superior treat.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Darrell. Thanks buddy.

The beer is orange with an inch of dense, white head. Plenty of sticky lacing left on the side of the glass. The aroma is large and in charge. Pine, grapefruit, malt, booze. An in your face beer from Stone. The flavor is a bit hot, with pine, malt, and booze, followed by lighter notes of citrus. Caramel malts lead the way for some subtle grapefruit tartness. Medium to full bodied and sticky on the palate.. Overall, this is really tasty, but not something I would consume in quantity. Indeed, this is a palate ruiner.

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Photo of billab914
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. Orange amber in color with a thick white foam filling the top two inches of the glass. Good head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma has a fantastic hoppiness to it. It's got a bit of an orange creamsicle like flavor to it that I'm really liking. There is some tropical fruit flavors that give it a fruit punch like quality. Pineapple, peach and mango flavors all seem to come out. Awesome hoppy flavors overall.

The taste follows through with even more of the really great juicy, tropical fruit, hop flavors. It's juicier and sweeter up front with more of a peach and mango fruit presence. The finish is more bitter with a little more of a resiny, citrus rind bitterness. I don't get much alcohol at all, which really impresses me since it's over 10%.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was one of the best hoppy beers I've ever had. It definitely can hold it's own against any of the top beers of the style. Here is to hoping Stone decides to make this one more frequently in the future.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit, with some pine and orange notes thrown in. There is also a hint of biscuit malt and some alcohol. The flavor is also full of hops and features a ton of bitterness. The grapefruit notes really stand out, as does some resinous pine. The alcohol is also quite strong in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great Double IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Today is the annual IPA Day and I wanted to do something special to celebrate. I was able to purchase a couple of bottles from my local bottle shop when they initially went on sale and since it is marked "Limited Edition - Enjoy Fresh", it occurred to me that today might be the day to break it out.

From the bottle: "In June 2002, we released Stone Ruination IPA. Bigger, hoppier, & much much [italicized] much more bitter than the popular beers of the day. In fact, back then it was on the outer fringe of craft brewing. So, in a bid to warn folks of the bitter impact of our "Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop", we named it Stone Ruination, for its extraordinarily bitter, "ruinous effect" on the palate. People thought we were nuts. Nobody would want such a bitter beer. You see, in June 2002, only a tiny handful of breweries either had bottled a double IPA as a limited release or had one on tap at their brewpub. Without realizing it, we'd made a bit of history, as our new beer proved to be the first full-time brewed & bottled double IPA on the planet. How times have changed. Today, double IPAs are brewed by literally hundreds of craft breweries all over the world. Incredible. Delicious. And incredibly delicious.

No, we didn;t create the double IPA style. That honor's been attributed to our old friend, Vinnie Cilurzo, who produced his Blind Pig 1st Anniversary IPA in 1996 in nearby Temecula, CA (the same year Stone opened). We then picked up the double IPA baton with our successively-ever-bigger-and-hoppier Stone 2nd through 5th Anniversary IPAs (1998-2001). Ultimately, in 2002, we blended those recipes to create Stone Ruination IPA, if for no other reason than we simply wanted that big, hoppy character available to us all year 'round. Turned out you did, too! Today Stone Ruination IPA is one of the best selling double IPAs in the world, thanks to you, so we brewed this special version to celebrate."

I set this aside for International IPA Day and here we are! It poured with a massive two fingers of deep-tan head with excellent retention, leaving sticky lace behind as it fell. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was dense with citrus hops, caramel malt and alcohol heat. I almost needed a seat belt before beginning! Mouthfeel was full, kind of viscous and quite oily on the tongue with lots of citrusy hops on the tongue. Phew! I know that I was missing subtleties in it, but the heat was masking a lot of it for me. Finish was beyond dry, it was f**king arid! Man, I wanted a glass of water just to be able to catch my breath. Phew! This was quite the beer, but a steady diet would be too much, even for this self-avowed hophead.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass and also a nonic pint glass, best before August 23rd 2012.

What a looker this brew is. A serious crystal clear red amber, VERY red orange, with an off white head thick and clumpy. I love this body color, it's like a very bold Bitter Valentine or Lagunitas Sucks, but better in appearance. Gets some killer lacing on this brew and she's a five.

Nose is a great hop aroma. Some wonderful citrus notes from the tulip of citrus, orange zest, apricot, faint dank soil earth. It's a smorgasbord in there all kinds of great hop stuff, even some good herbal tea mixing nicely with the orange and citrus hop angle, just great.

Yup it's ruination alright, big time, and it's all hops and all that and a bag of chips. A good sugar thick body which carries the hop oils nicely, a little bit sweet, but a great controlled lingering blast on the finish of apricot and tropical mush. Bitterness is quite controlled on this one, with a slow push in the aftertaste. Nicely carbonated, mouthfeel is solid.

Overall just another great Stone brew. Lots of fun to be had for the hop crowd. Nicely put together. Love that body color and transparency.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. get em quick before they are gone! Freshness dating 8-23-12 ! (2 months from bottling date?)

Enjoy Fresh-I think I will

Pours lightly chill hazed bronzed amber, rocky for a spell light tan head, then a tiny bubble film and nice high sheeting and webs of lacing left behind.

Hopped up nose (suprise) with hop resins, lime and tropical fruits.

Large and lovely. Waves of resiny hops, joined with tropical fruit, some slight alcohol heat/gin note/limes. Coating and super flavorful finish.

DIPA to die for. Big, bold, smooth and brash. San Diego style at its finest. Wish I could afford a case! Seek out immediatly-this one will not be around for long...pitty

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Bottle into some pint glasses, split with oglmcdgl.

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IIPA is a nice looking golden color with some slight bronze tint to it. A nice frothy white foam that builds and leaves some gunk on the glass. Smell is pretty bright and heavenly laden with crisp citrus, orange, grapefuit, other citra brought scents. Some resinous pine with some bubblegum backing. The pale malt is there yet is not detracting. At six weeks in, this is a stellar version of an all ready hopped up DIPA. Bright citrus, orange, papaya, grapefruit. The bubblegum is sweet, the malt brings forth sugars balancing stuff out yet not killing the buzz. Bitter, yes, malt backing, yes, delicious, yes. The body is a step above medium ,resinous, piney and large. Carb is there pricking the tounge. I wish it did not take 6-7 weeks to get over here, but even with a bit of age this is one I would go back to, if I could find another bottle.

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

Appearance: pours a orange amber color with a 2" fluffy head that slowly recedes. Nice lacing develops as the glass empties.

Smell: loads of citrus, caramel, and earthy tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavor with intense grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, a bit of earthiness and a load of bitterness that was well balanced. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a very tasty big DIPA. Well balanced and mildly refreshing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Clear. Small white head. Just some wisps on the surface.

Smell - Boozy, wow. Aggressive grapefruit and pine hop. Not a distinct hop profile, but nice. The malt profile is strong, but booze is more prominent.

Taste - Still really boozy. Grapefruit and some brighter citrus. Caramel malt is accentuated more than the sugars, although it retains some sweetness. A lot of booze, though. Aggressive bittering hops that build with each sip. Really boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavier than your average double IPA. Excessively boozy.

Overall - I definitely enjoy regular Ruination over this. Rough alcohol and not enough of a hop profile to justify it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone brings a "go big or go home" attitude with their beers. If Ruination isn't enough for some, go bigger with this amped up version. Here goes 22 ounces. On to the beer:

Beautiful amber orange in color and topped with a creamy inch of head. It leaves a solid amount of creamy lace around the glass. Now the aroma, it smells a lot liked a Ruination ale on crack. There's vibrant pine, passionfruit, tangerine, a little tea, and a brushing of caramel.

if you're expecting something akin to the "Enjoy By" series, you may be disappointed. That said, RuinTen is a damn fine ale. It's not quite a barleywine, and it's not quite an Imperial IPA. The base provides a good amount of sweetness, bringing toffee and sweet citrus fruits. It also brings some pine, resin which sticks to the palate, a little passionfruit, and also some tangerine. Being at 10.8% alcohol, the beer hides the booze extremely well. It's also remarkably smooth, which helps lift the enjoyability of the beer.

Remarkable beer. Keep on doing your thing Stone!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I need some hops! The Ruination was the biggest baddest beer I had drank when I first tried it years ago. 8 years later, this one is going to be...

Copper pour. Clean and clear. Head is dense at first, then dissapates to a collar. Lacing is good

But the aroma is dandy. Pine up front, filled with citrus, orange peel, mango (a bit) and caramel. Boozy, too

Tastes really nice, but a bit messy. I suppose that's not bad if the intention is to ruin the palate. The pine rapidly leaves, replaced with citrus blurred with tropicals. Booze. Thin caramel.

Still, the feel is nice. Dry, scratchy. Without much of the that resin that some DIPAs have, which resembles Pin Sol. Not so here.

Overall, a palate wrecker. A bit chaotic. Pair it with razor blades

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.