Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

796 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 796
Hads: 5,333
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 309
Gots: 824 | 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: 796 | Hads: 5,333
Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange/amger with 3 finger head, lots of lacing.

S: Big Big hops smell. Floral, grapefruit, Sweetness

T: Follows the nose, but there is actually quite a bit of malt, Well-balanced. Grapefruit, some peach, it actually kind of remind me of Pliny the Younger a little, but it's more floral.

M: Medium body, alcohol can be felt a little bit towards the end

O: Excellent DIPA from Stone. I don't remember the regular Ruination being this good, although I last had it very long time ago. (496 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tired Hands Stemmed Glass.

Appearance: Orange, copper, slightly red. Mostly clear. 1/2 finger of off-white head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Grapefruit first, followed by hop bitterness and, sadly, alcohol!

Taste: Extreme bitterness with alcohol very present. Grapefruit is found within at all times.

Mouthfeeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. A bit too carbonated for me, and the body was a bit thick. Sometimes I like this oily character of a strong IPA, but this one just isn't working for me. It seems a bit too syrupy.

Overall: I had high hopes for this one, but overall my biggest complaint is that the alcohol smell and taste is too prevalent for me. Bummed! Good, but not great. (717 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. Purchased in Buffalo at Consumers Beverages.

A- Slightly chill hazed dark orange pour with a finger width, soapy, sticky, off white head. Lacing is good.

S- Massive amounts of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple and lime with bitter resinous pine in the backing. Very little in the way of sweetness. Slight floral that reminds me of dandelions. Very lop sided on the way of bitterness (what did you expect anyway?)

T- Oh my, this is something else. Full on onslaught of pine and grapefruit. Orange and limes with a huge wallop of floral and just pure fresh squeezed hop nectar. Slight sweetness but a juicy lingering, bitter finish.

M- Slightly heavier than normal. A little on the chewy side which is nice. Alcohol is hidden and the finish is lingering.

O- I guess the question is "How do you make Ruination better?" Simple answer is "double the hops!" They've done that and hit a home run. Can't wait to see what the 15th and 20th anniversary brings! (981 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ruination!

Pours out a nice clear orange/yellow with a decent white head.

The aroma smacks you in the face with hops; there are citrus notes, tropical notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and slightly piney notes with a hint of caramel malt sweetness.

The taste is identical with a heavy amount of tropical hop flavors followed by piney hops, slightly sweet caramel malt and it all finishes with a nice dry bitterness. There is no hint of alcohol.

This beer is amazing and I LOVE the regular Ruination. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. (551 characters)

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

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber with a short yellow white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: large citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, mango

T: soundly bitter grapefruit peel mixes with sweetness of tropical fruits, very fruit salad flavor, honey sweetness

M: heavy, thick, sticky, high alcohol content well hidden but warming to the mouth

O: Stone made a great beer. (418 characters)

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

my god finally.

deep amber body with a huge foamy white head. Damn this smells like alpha acids and powdery malt. Little bit of grapefruit and resin.

They should have called this Palate Wrecker instead of that Green Flash thing. SO much bitter resinous hop flavors. Slippery hop extract oils are different, but a welcome addition. Hop flavors are that resin, a touch of grapefruit, and just a bit of pine. Hints of pineapple come and go.

Where there is a ton of hops, there is enough malt to balance things out. This makes it feel slightly creamy and honey sweet. Sticky malt is almost chewy. Finish is piney and bitter, but its doable.

This thing packs a Mike Tyson Haymaker, but its doable. Thick and rich, but really good. (731 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber gold, rather still, with a couple fingers of sticky, dense off-white head. Great lacing. I wish the body appeared a bit more lively.

Smells like a mix of extremely fresh hops - tons of hop resins, nothing very original is brought to the table but it all exists so harmoniously. And fresh, did I mention fresh?

Massive flavors on the tongue... sweet boozy citrus, like a Hopslam. Some abstract bitterness shows itself in the aftertaste. Just a fuck load of hops. Yummy.

A bit thin, but at this point, who cares? Hops are the star of the show.

Great beer. (576 characters)

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

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. Drink by 08/28/13 on the neck.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a dense mostly white head. Lots of small bubbles are visible in the body. Head sticks around for a long time and leaves lacing on the side.

S: Fresh hop aroma hits you in the face upon first whiff. Lots of citrus with a bold sweetness. Earthiness comes from the hops too, just a touch of pine. Malts warm up and give it a bit of a fermented fruit note.

T: Certainly a bold brew. Hops are huge and dominate the first few seconds after sipping. Malts show up and add a complimenting sweetness. Balances out on the aftertaste with an earthy, fresh hop character. Can taste a bit of the booze.

M: Full body with low carbonation. Comes across fairly creamy and thick. Not overly sticky considering the resinous hops. Alcohol is by no means hot, just warming in the stomach.

Overall Stone makes some serious IPA's and this is no exception. I've always been a Ruination fan and this feel fresher and lighter. A must try for any bold IPA fan. I will be getting next years batch. (1,097 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Trying for the first time. Has unbelievable taste. Hop forward but doesn't kill you wih hops. Great citrus. Color. Head. Aroma is one of the best. Standout beer of 2014. Wishing I could have had earlier loved loved loved it. Must have (234 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet style glass

A - Pours a light amber, creamy off white head one finger.

S - A lot, I mean a lot of citrus hops on the nose. Grapefruit and pineapple is what I'm getting. A lot of malt in the background.

T - Grapefruit & orange peel leading into sweet pineapple. A bit of pine resin. Finishes with a bitter ending. Nice malt balance as well.

M - Medium bodied, oily finish, great carbonation.

O - I'm pleasantly surprised! Loving this beer! It's so well balanced that I can see a lot of palettes gravitating towards it. (544 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy golden honey color. Slight amber hues as well. Small head but excellent lacing.

Smells explodes with citrus hops. Huge floral notes as well.

Taste is not as hop forward as I expected. Begins with a mellowed sweetness, that quickly gives way to hops. Still a good citrusy hops flavor at first, but dominated by more resiny hops. Then hops, hops and more hops come forward and linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly creamy.

This beer is a palate wrecker. Hugely hopped and very enjoyable if you want the hoppiest thing possible. (571 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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!! (1,350 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, sunset orange color with an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Smells of lots of pineapple and grapefruit, grass, tons of floral, mango, papaya, resin. Not getting much malt and maybe a hint of booze. Taste starts with grapefruit and floral notes. The middle brings lots of sweetness, as well as some breadiness; however, this just barely mellows out the hops. The finish is very big, but still complex. Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya, and pineapple. Definitely used citra hops in this. Big resin notes and accompanying bitterness. Some earthiness and grassiness. Not much malt to speak of, as the abrasive bitterness covers up the breadiness. The hefty sweetness is necessary to somewhat calm the finishing flavors. Decent amount of booziness along with a warming sensation. Full body with an oily and slick mouthfeel. Just punches you in the face with abrasive, bitter hops. Not for everyone, but I definitely dig it. (990 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6/9/14; into a tulip.
Appearance - orange/dark gold, a slow but gorgeous parade of bubbles; the pour produces a thick, foamy white head that recedes quickly to a thin, bubbly layer. Lacing is decent.
Smell - dank hop aromas, citrus and tropical fruits, some floral notes, along with a little booze and candy!
Taste - aggressive hops up front, but a subtle sweetness that tames it slightly. The 10.8 ABV is noticeable, but I dig it! Smooth but strong!
Feel - no doubt a hop bomb and a strong alcohol presence, but so full and flavorful!
Overall - what I expected; aggressive yet laid back, strong yet subtle; when I want a strong, hop forward ale without compromising taste...Stone delivers! (742 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice clear amber with a half-finger off white head that looked quite nice. Scents of grapefruit, citrus, orange rind, pine, floral and grassy notes, sweet malt, and tropical fruit. An excellent nose, that entices you to begin drinking this wonderfully aromatic beer. Flavor is intense, beginning with beginning with strong grapefruit notes and citrus rind, moving into pine and grassy flavors, still maintaining the heavy grapefruit and citrus flavors, moderate flavors of resinous hops. There is a nice sweet malt backbone that stays throughout the sip and balances the hops. There is a noticeable alcohol presence and the finish is bitter, with a very bitter hop aftertaste. Excellent, a true hop bomb, but with a nice balance with sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sticky hit with slight alcohol burn as well. A nice mouthfeel that burns just enough and is just right in the body to go down smooth, but still remain strong. A fantastic hop bomb DIPA, similar in many ways to the Enjoy By, but with a slightly heavier body and more malt and alcohol presence. The hops are also a bit more forward. Truly excellent and I am glad I was able to find a bottle. (1,204 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very glad to find this on the shelves since I had heard it was out and I have enjoyed Ruination each time I've had it. Pours a slightly hazy orange/yellow body with a solid two-finger off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

Lots of hops in the aroma. How many hop variations did they use in this brew? I'm getting floral, tropical, citrus and pine resin notes. All this backed by some sweet caramel malt aroma.

Nice balance of flavors, even better than the aroma because the hops are dominant. The sweet malt stays in the background, especially as it warms. The pine resin hop notes take center stage in the flavor, but are accompanied by generous helpings of mango, lemon, grapefruit, and even orange citrus notes.

Medium thickness and an oily hop texture in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the avid hop-head. Very enjoyable and highly recommended if you can get a bottle. (884 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber bottle into a wine glass.

A - Color is a brilliant gold-orange with excellent clarity. Head is pure white and a bit weak. The bubbles have an oily sheen. Strong lacing.

S - The aroma is mainly of hops: spicy, peppery, citrusy and piney. Some bready malt and sweet alcohol in the background. Very clean and fresh smelling.

T - Hops initially drown out all other sensations. Very strong bitterness, along with a big hit of citrus and spice hops flavors. It seems a bit harsh at first. Later in the palate some sweet biscuit-like malt comes in and even a bit of cotton candy sweetness. Then the bitterness rushes back and turns it into a mostly dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy body. Extreme hops burn along with some alcohol presence, although the 10.5% is not evident. Carbonation is a bit low.

O - This beer's flavors undergo amazing changes during a single sip. Great complexity. I like the way it seems to slide into a sweet malty place and then back into a burning, hops-driven dryness. Wow. (1,020 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens in Greenvile, Sc

A - A rich copper, with some clarity. 2 fingers of head and the standard sticky lace all over the glass

S - Ok, the smell is the 1st clue of amazingness. Hops in your race, you might as well be swimming in them. Citrus and bitter hops dominate. Malty aromas? you don't stand a chance

T - an amazing concoction of bitter and citrusy hops. Wow, palated wrecked. Unbelievable! Definitely a top 5 DIPA.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation

O - The bottle should say "drink no other beer after this one, as it will taste like )$)&%)$*&%... " Amazing amount of hops in your face. They need to bottle this one on a regular basis. (681 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done in a horizontal review/tasting with GLBC Alchemy Hour

Eye: Crystal clear orange on the pour. Very nice creamy dirty white head that holds and leaves excellent lacing. Really they don't get much better appearance wise.

Nose: Big hoppy aroma upfront. Definitely can tell that this has been dry hopped. Citrusy hops dominate, grapefruit and some limey aromas. Overall nice. Malt backbone to support it all.

Tongue: Malt upfront with some alcohol and nice hop flavor. This beer is balanced very well. Citrus hop flavors meld nicely with the strong malt presence with a nicely balanced finish. Body is heavier than I'd have expected but the hop bitterness and citrus flavor help to lend lightness to it. Taste here lingers, alcohol on the back of the throat with hop bitterness sitting on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: This is one I'd have no problem drinking again. But really, its not something that is so amazing that I'd seek it out. Glad I bought the bottle and tried it, but nothing really all that mind blowing. Really good, but its not one of those beers that changes your world. (1,102 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a crisp clear amber with a pillowy cream coloured head that sticks around, making its presence known.

This smells amazamaballs. There's a creamy malt backdrop that allows the tropical fruits and a little bit of floral hops show their wares in wonderful fashion.

Taste leads in with the creamy sweetness of the malt, but gives way almost immediately to the real star of the show. Guess what it tastes like? Hops! Go figure. Good tropical/citrus notes. I find a touch of pine threading its way through the background, but that could just as easily be psychosomatic.

Resinous throughout and fairly thick these are the things I really like. The crushing bitterness of grapefruit pith is somewhat cloying, to the point that it detracts from the overall experience a little bit for me. Some may enjoy this, however.

If this beer were 150%-200% what it retails for, I'd say it's solid, but only worth the investment if you're really really looking for it. Considering the price point, it is an absolute monster. This is one thing that Stone has consistently been very very good about. Controlling for the inflation inherent in bombers, they manage to make consistently good to great beers at relatively reasonable prices. If you like any of the descriptors I used in this review, go get this beer today. If you're not as big on hoppy citrus bombs, it's still worth trying unless you really really don't like the bitter side of brewing (because this is definitely the bitter side of things). (1,499 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured chilled in an ale glass chez White

A: medium amber color; fantastic lacing; medium head; modest carbonation
S: malt, hops--very intensive, sweet, and lingering
T: crazy bundle of hops and malt, with overtones of bubblegum; very complex, very intense flavor; one of the most delicious IPAs I've had; flavor lingers long

Unbelievable. Get it. Buy a second. (363 characters)

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. (648 characters)

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

enjoy by 8.23.12 faintly etched on the neck

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep golden orange with two fingers of slightly off white head
S: smells intensely hoppy with notes of grapefruit, resinous pine sap, and a bit earthy. not much sweetness to be picked up over the hop aroma
T: indeterminate hop bitterness up front before the flavors of pine, citrus and tropical fruit starts to shine. slightly bready malt presence and a touch of caramel sweetness struggles to come forward before being beaten down by the hops. Slight earthyness in the middle and the malt base kicks in toward the end a bit more but the bitterness remains. aftertaste is more bittersweet hops that are a bit herbal
M: slightly prickly carb keeps the beer lively on the palate but this one is still fairly thick but not quite syrupy.
O: every bit as delicious as the original and kicked up a notch. I'd like to see this one show up again from time to time. (935 characters)

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

Finally found this after much searching.

Pours an apricot colored ale with a nice dosing of off-white foam. Light lacing.

Citrus smells galore! Huge almost nostril burning citrus rind and malt aromas. Some orange, BIG pine, rubber and some Pine Sol like whiffs. I'm liking the intensity here.

The taste is definitely not as big as the aroma. There is a big hoppy bite up front followed by some massive mouth-salivating after the swallow. Malty. Citrus. Grapefruit. Passion fruit.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but rather smooth. It works.

Overall I love the effort and props to the Stone crew for recognizing this staple style. I am honored to try this but the price will scare me away to play another day. A well done brew (as usual) and worth seeking out...but you better hurry. (788 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.