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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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3,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 3244
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%

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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

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.

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Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fantastic deep amber orange with a rambunctious head of off white foam that sat aloft for quite some time before it fell to a thick cap and ring. Left plenty of nice lace to decorate the soon to be empty glass. This beer was simply handsome. The color was rich and it had plenty of clarity. There were tiny bubbles that wafted up not just in the center but all over, making me wonder just how big is the bottom of that glass? Nose is big citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Has a terrific malt caramel sweetness that's dry and sugary. There's bread in there too, pine and earth. Touch of spice to liven it and a good perfume from the hops. Touch of alcohol on the nose. Taste is bitter up front with plenty of juicy and ripe fruit that is sweet enough to make you feel safe. Then the malt, deep, full & bready and carries all that oil and resin to the back palate and before you can think too hard the bitter really peaks. The hops oil and resin linger at the back of the throat, piney and with a touch of alcohol. There's grapefruit, there's a little pepper and even a little onion. It feels sticky and it even feels thick on the palate. The tropical fruits are combined into a punch like quality but there is some melon and orange.

As it warms the malt becomes heavy and little sweet for my taste and the bitter is a bit loud. The fruits were forthright but they lost to the oily pine. Hints of nutty qualities as it warmed. They made a very big beer. A hop bomb, a huge fat hoppy beer. It's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 14:25:25 | More by utopiajane
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass on 4th of July; best by August 23rd. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear, orange-copper color with lots of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass. Two fingers of thick and foamy off-white head top off the glass, leaving great lacing behind. The beer looks very viscous as I slosh it around in my glass.

S: Huge pine, grapefruit, and orange peel hop flavors kick off the smell. Sweet malts provide some balance here, accompanied by a considerable alcohol spiciness.

T: Everything is big in the flavor of this beer; the hop flavor is oily and absolutely huge. Tropical fruits dominate, alongside the pine flavor mentioned in the smell. There's a rich caramel sweetness which can stand on its own with (but never comes close to overpowering) the delicious hop flavors. However, the malts are big enough to prevent the hops from becoming overpowering in their bitterness, which means that you, the drinker, are free to enjoy their flavors for the extent of your taste.

M: Smooth, with a thick body and moderate carbonation. Rather creamy, and incredibly sticky, especially on the finish. This allows the flavors to really linger for quite some time.

O: This is a fantastic beer from Stone, and I was surprised at the price– $8 for a bomber where I am. Given the five pounds of hops they say go into a barrel of this, it's well worth the cost of admission. Huge, heavy hop flavors of many varieties carry this sticky beer up towards greatness. Pick it up while you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 07:27:13 | More by AwYeh
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4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber body with a nice white head that dissipates to a small foam cap. Orange when held up to light.

A- Piney citrus aroma. Slight boozy notes.

T- Super citrus grapefruit with a nice caramel malt backing. Hop flavor throughout with a pleasant bitterness. Alcohol is definitely present and provides a bit of warmth.

M- Medium full body with moderate carbonation. There is a bite, but I think that is a combination of the carbonation, hops, and booziness. Smooth going down prior to the bite.

D- Quite enjoyable, but boozey. These will put you down quickly, but it will be enjoyable!

Serving type: growler

06-23-2013 06:12:18 | More by gpogo
Photo of gtermi


4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer pours a very nice clear dark copperish orange with a half inch white head that slowly fades to nothing and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: This smell of this beer is amazing. The Citra Hops just explode on the nose and really are what make this beers smell shine.

T: Again, like the smell, there is a TON of Citra hops present in the taste. There is a strong amount of bitterness, but a nice amout that evolves to a malty sweetness.

M: The hops make it really oily feeling in my mouth. The beer has a nice crispness going down, but nothing too amazing.

O: I am a sucker for Citra hops and this sure hits that spot. Just an all around amazing beer and I wish this was a year round beer. Also an amazing price!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:50:15 | More by gtermi
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South Africa

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle 10,8% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 08/23/2012

Review number 250!

This was one beer I never thought I would get a chance to try, so I cannot thank Futura123 for sending this as part of a surprise box!

Appearance: Wow, what a beautiful pour! The body is a crystal clear, bright orange-amber with golden edges. A rough pour yields a large off-white head, that lasts pretty well for the Abv. and leaves beautiful patches of lace as it recedes.

Smell: Ah man, this smells fantastic! The initial nose is absolutely bursting with sweet citrus and grapefruit! Tropical fruit are also present, with notes of mango, pineapple and peach. The malt body is noted through sweet caramel and honey.

Taste: The flavour follows on perfectly from the nose and is simply fantastic. Notes include: Sweet orange, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, mango, pineapple, a light dank character, grapefruit pith, caramel, honey and a light floral character. The finish is quite bitter, but I would not guess that this is over 100IBU.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! I do not think that I could thin of any improvement here. The body is medium-full and very oily, with a medium-high level of ultra smooth carbonation. With a mouthfeel this good, I find myself constantly reaching for my glass to take another sip.

Overall: Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary is an absolutely outstanding IIPA! I guess it would have been a lot hoppier right after the release, but I really enjoyed the more balanced and incredibly drinkable nature of this bottle.
It is beers like this make me want to move to California!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 13:19:09 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hop explosion is a description I'll reuse here as it works! Pours a beautiful deep golden color that is mostly clear - surprising at this strength... but it looks hearty! A moment after removing the cap the intense amount of hops used to brew this beer found my nose a couple feet away within seconds. Needless to say the aroma at closer inspection for fans of hops is nothing short of amazing - fruity, floral, piney. I love hoppy beers but often save them for later in the session. Not so here with this rarity to find on the east coast. I'm enjoying each and every sip. Initially fridge cold this beer tingled the back of my throat and as the beer warms a bit more alcohol is detectable. Awesome beer!!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 20:38:28 | More by Oakenator
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a snifter giving way to a clear dark orange/amber body. A thick and creamy looking off-white head falls quickly leaving lacing and retains fairly well until the end.

The smell is full of hoppy goodness. Dank and resinous pine melds well with the peach, cantaloupe, and citrus fruit. Some alcohol vapor.

The flavor hits big with pine and grapefruit flavored hops. The alcohol is detectable but not distracting. There is some balancing sweetness from the malt that comes across a little crackery and bready. But this is really all about the hops.

Fairly big bodied for an IPA. It is smooth and creamy with an all encompassing pleasant bitterness. Dries out the palette and keeps you wanting more.

This feels comparable to the Enjoy By batch I had. A wonderfully big IPA. One bottle is not enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 21:22:03 | More by MattSweatshirt
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New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy apricot color supporting a firm, just-off-white head, about an inch thick in the tulip glass. Foam is pocked with craters. Grapefruit and tangerine rind aromas predominate. Pine resin. Stinging bitterness right away, accompanied by apricot, mango, and tangerine flavors, finishing with a grapefruit zest bitterness. Some understated caramel sweetness appears as the beer warms. This is a big IPA. Although it is primarily medium-bodied with an oily, resinous character at first, the beer does begin to feel heavy. A nice annual release overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:31:53 | More by orfeu
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stone RuinTen IPA (Formerly 10th anniversary Ruination)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 14:38:03 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of JamesMN


4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark orange/copper. Off-white head. Semi-translucent. Looks very appetizing.

Aroma: Grapefruit up front. Nice hop presence and some underlying malts. Nothing overpowering.

Taste: Fantastic. Solid bitterness throughout (not surprising at over 100 IBU's) with definite tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. Surprisingly juicy for a double IPA. The bitterness lingers but not long enough to be problematic. The fine balance of flavors gives it an edge over other beers of this style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tongue biting. A little drying on the tongue after the halfway point. It can be hard to sip and savor considering the above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I wish this wasn't a limited release. Definitely in the top ten beers I've had. Get it while you can, it does not disappoint!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 04:06:14 | More by JamesMN
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

O: This is definitely in my top five list for Double IPA, just an outstanding beer for a hop head. The balance and smoothness of this beer while having so much hop flavor and a respectable strong bitterness is a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 03:05:17 | More by MadScientist
Photo of FightingEntropy


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

I've been lusting after this beer since I heard about it and tonight I get to drink it. According to Stone, Ruination was the first year-round Double IPA on the market (several qualifiers in there, but a first). It's the same palate hammering beer, but kicked up 3% ABV with double the hop additions to five pounds per barrel. Here's Stone's explanation video with some pretty good beer porn camera work. I like Steve Wagner's thoughts on how this anniversary edition really flows from Stone's success: bigger, better equipment and a lot more expertise to be able to pull off this beer. Ruination is not only one of my favorite beers, but the only beer for which I have a bicycle jersey. I bought three bottles assuming I'm going to like it.

Just off white head piles high on the first pour, but my camera failed, so the second pour is to the right. It's exactly as advertised: Ruination but bigger. Very recognizable big flowery, spice and pine nose. Higher alcohol is apparent in nose and taste, and there's a very slick, resiny characteristic in the mouth. Big hop bite that spreads across the tongue and overtakes everything else; again, as advertised. Compared to the standard Ruination, the 10th is slightly darker with more amber swirling around and a heavier mouthfeel. The full bodied but not heavy contrast of standard is one of my favorite parts of the Ruination, which the 10th falls short of some of that balance because of the increased sweetness and oiliness.

As it warms, the hops go from biting to sinus clearing and the beer develops an almost whiskey like character as the alcohol becomes domineering. Still happy that I bought three bottles, but don't think the 10th will replace the "Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop" that is Ruination IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 20:34:52 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sampler goblet, this DIPA was a copper color with slightly off-white head. Leaving some lacing in the glass, this beer demonstrated character. The aroma was a malty peppery combination, preparing for a hop explosion. In the initial taste, one gets the carmel of the malts before the hops explode. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and a sweet grassy taste "ruin" the palate. The citra hops were easily detectable, often overwhelming the less explosive centennial hops. The malt stays in the background, but gives a nice smooth feeling to the ale. The citrus notes continue in the aftertaste while warming the throat as it goes down. This is a DIPA that some non-IPA drinkers even liked. The bitterness that some dislike in IPAs is hidden by the power of the citra.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 15:54:58 | More by JohnnyHopps
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't find the lasered-on enjoy by date on the bottle, which is odd since the label instructs to "drink fresh." My records indicate it was purchased exactly three months ago, so it's got some age.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with a white inch and a half head which dissipated to heavy surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Intense citrus and pine.

t: Tasty pine hops forward with considerable strength, some alcohol on the tongue but the hops are rather amazingly easy on it.

m:Moderate and smooth with good body. Carbonation keeps coming.

o: Really a super DIPA. At the risk of having the hops fade, I held onto this bottle for a few months waiting for the right time to drink it, since it is high ABV (10.8%). Now that I opened it, I'm learning what I missed in the interim.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 04:42:54 | More by scotorum
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4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This son of a gun is a beast! Like, roar! This done thang is like a Prius with a V8; it's all kinds of smooth and subtle, yet at the same time - bingo bango! It come with a wallop. Raul done like it, but he won't put it in his trophy case of the best.

Kind of like Miss Alabama; sorry baby, you just missed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:20:55 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Philousa


3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great clarity on this not quite copper colored beer. It's a little tawny for the style. Half a finger of head settles to a thin, spotty layer on top. After the pour, the aroma is (you guessed it) aggressively hoppy. The hops are mostly the West Coast piney variety. In fact, it almost feels as if pine needles are being shoved up your nose, prickling you. This is mainly after pouring and comes back a bit when the beer settles. There is a huge grapefruit and lemon aroma from the hops, which comes out more as the beer warms. The malt does come through after the head settles a bit. Big biscuit aroma with a good amount of presence, which may be an indicator of body. A hint of that malt flashes light and even, like a canvas for the hops to come. Somewhat orangey, with a hint of biscuit. Bitter weed flavor comes through very soon after the malt shines. I get some nectary, syrupy, stick to your tongue hop oil flavor soon after. I think this hop oil is the strongest I've ever had. The bitterness moves to the back of the tongue and lingers for a while. Balanced feel cold, but a little thick warm. Which is weird when you think about how thermodynamics works. A surprisingly balanced finish, though a little on the dry side.

I'm pretty sure this did, in fact, ruin my palate. I was planning on having another beer in an hour, but I think I might as well just have water and call it day. I say water, because I'm pretty sure this bomber just ruined my balance and reaction time as well. This beer was refreshing and fruity to begin with. It was a little resinous and thick towards the end. This is aggressive. I mean, it's Stone Brewery. One should expect it. Stone's aggressive nature is why I like them. Their aggressively hopped beers in regular rotation are great. It's the special one-off beers that tend to knock me off balance. This is really good, but not great. Great for a special occasion but wouldn't want it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 04:16:39 | More by Philousa
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Best before 8/23/12 etched in glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with orange highlights and a 2-3 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: This is one hoppy aroma. Features strong grapefruit and pine notes with touches of sweet citrus and caramel and just a hint of candied malt. Alcohol peeks through just bit.

Taste: Grapefruit and lemon rind up front followed by a touch of malt and sweet citrus in the middle before ending with a blast of resinous pine, a touch of alcohol and more bitter citrus at the finish. Aftertaste is mostly lemon zest and the flavor is long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The hop oils really coat the entire mouth, leaving a film of hops that stays for a while.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability for a beer with an ABV of 10.8%.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I'm a big fan of Ruination and this one surpasses it in pretty much every way. This is such a contrast to the Pliny the Elder I reviewed yesterday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Stone clearly set out to wreck the palate and they've accomplished that with their Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA. Highly recommend trying this one. Get it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 00:09:45 | More by adam42381
Photo of Holland


4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: clear orange/gold color with a thick off-white head that stays for the whole glass.

S: amazingly strong hop aroma. People say it has fallen off at this point, and I get a lot of that onion character that I often smell from old hops, but there is also a big pine smell and some citrus. Aroma isn't fantastic altogether, but it's so strong.

T: big pine flavor with huge bitterness mixed with some caramel malt flavor that adds a bit of sweetness, but not too much.

M: fairly dry for such a big beer, but it still has some body to it. Well carbonated all the way through.

O: It's no doubt one of the better DIPAs I've had. $10 or so at Beer Heaven in Philly. I grabbed the last one today. If only it had hit Philly earlier than 2 months after it was released. Ridiculous. Extra points for being so awesomely hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:15:02 | More by Holland
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with about a finger of head which dissipated but was present along the edges of the glass. There is a beautifully clean burnt orange color to this brew. Active carbonation bubbled in the glass. Very light lacing. Has all the looks that a massive hop bomb should.

Smell: Bam! So much pine and bright citrus attack right away. The hops do not cease, have a slightly darker body in the aroma. Saturated tangerines, grapefruit, pine, mandarin oranges, and some leafy accents are found. Wow so very very bright. Not much else going on but the hops, but they are done outstandingly well.

Taste: The front is a surprisingly tame hop presence. A smooth, rich tropical fruit flavor jumps on the palette. The body is a strong pine and grapefruit presence which finishes very bitter, yet delicious. The finish again is very bitter and dry, with a lot of hop brightness. Gets a little boozy on the finish, but add more then it distracts.

Mouthfeel: Takes the palette on a journey. Fruity and some boozy dryness.

Overall: Is it another massive hop bomb? Yes, but it is done with the mastery that Stone continues to show in their IPAs. Scary drinkable, scary amount of hops, just the way I like to be scared. Got get yourself a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:37:09 | More by KFBR392
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South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


P: Crystal clear body with a silky white top.

S: Juicy tropical fruit bouquet that is encased in lime leaves. Pineapple, melon, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T/M: Succulent juicy tropical fruits, toasted sesame seeds, oak funk, old leather, spiced rum and herbs. Spicy medium mouthfeel that bites back.

O: Huge tropical hops and toasty malts. What's not to love. This is by far one of the best impy's I've had. Succulent and smooth. Great way to celebrate a anniversary. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 21:22:25 | More by Hopswagger
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clean slightly burnt amber witha finger of white head that dissapates nicley, beautiful lacing.

S: this smells delicious, soon much delicious hop aroma, tons of tropical fruit and citrus, a nice amount of resinous pine here too, this smells delicious!!!

T: taste does not dissapoint! Just like the nose, this is loaded with delicious hop flavor held together nicley with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Very well balanced, beautiful blend of hops, utterly delicious.

M: medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice creamyness with a bitter finish, mouthfeel is spot on for this brew, dangerously drinkable for the high abv, no alcohol really present. Nice.

O: yet another great brew from stone, these guys do not dissapoint, I hope they keep making this brew, because I love it !

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 23:26:03 | More by PeterIngemi
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ruination pint glass. Appearance is a very clear and light orange colored. Head is a large three fingers of creamy delight. The head is bright white and lace is huge and gonna be here a while.

Smell is fantastic. Citrus peel of maybe an orange or a tangerine. Some pineapple and sugar. Pine notes and hop cones. Did I mention fantastic yet?

Taste is actually quite malty. Regular Ruination has quite a large malt bill itself so this isn't that much of a surprise. This is though much heavier on everything else. There is a huge mixture of a yellow grapefruit and a blood orange her. Super sweet and bitter at the same time. The Citra hops have left the building by now. I had this last month and it was a different animal. Too bad it took a month to get this in Arizona. Still quite tasty though.

Mouth is crisp but smooth. Carbonation is on the spritzy side. body is balanced and the finish is long and on the wet side for an IPA/IIPA.

Overall I really liked this last month. It has dropped off quite of bit since then but I still want to emphasize how good this beer is. It's a shame that the great flavor of Citra doesn't last very long in any beer. This is one I will be very curious to try in a few month or even a year or two just to see how is has changed but my advise is to drink it as fresh as possible. A must seek out!!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 04:50:23 | More by azdback
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 6/28/12 served in a tulip.

Pour: mostly clear deep amber with some carbonation bubble. Two finger off-white head.

Smell: Loads of piney hops. Some sweetness in there too.

Taste: Bitter pine followed by citrus and caramelly sweetness. Way more balanced than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Kinda syrupy, but nice. Definitely a big beer.

Overall: Really, really tasty. Would love to see Stone make it year round or yearly. Would definitely buy again fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 14:22:36 | More by cfrances33
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South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at refrigerator temperature.

L - Pale amber color with a 3-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Nice retention and great lacing. Not many carbonation bubbles.

S - Lots of hops with lots of pine followed by grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. A subtle touch of caramel and toasted malt can be appreciated, but this aroma belongs to the hops.

T - Starts off sweet and very, very quickly builds into an insanely bitter hop presence with pine, grapefruit, mango, and floral notes. I’m surprised that the sweetness actually sticks around through the entire taste, even with so much bitterness being present. It maybe sticks around for too long.

F - Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, and an extremely bitter and very dry finish. Piney bitterness lingers for a long, long time with a little undercurrent of caramel sweetness that lingers, too. There is definitely a palate and throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This is a good DIPA, but I must admit I’m a little disappointed. It looks really nice and smells fantastic. In the taste, I appreciate that the malty sweetness sticks around through all the bitterness, but it's a bit much for me in a DIPA. The mouthfeel is a bit too thick and sharp than I’d like also. The bitterness and alcohol adds a bite at the finish that diminishes the drinkability. Regardless, I’m glad I got to try it. Cheers to Stone for brewing a stellar DIPA for 10 years. Ruination will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first beer that I ever reviewed. I had my first Ruination only 4.5 months ago, but I’m a believer and I’ll still be drinking it when the 20th anniversary edition comes out. Here’s to another 10 years, Stone!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:05:03 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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New York

3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:15:46 | More by Jmamay22
Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 3,244 ratings.