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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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Reviews: 842
Hads: 5,577
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 322
Gots: 941 | 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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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 Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing
RUINATION 10th Anniversary IPA

LOOK: Clear orange colored brew with a soapy white foam leaving a web of lace on the glass. Appears like a resinous, sticky icky IpA.

SMELL: Big time tropical fruit, almost like fresh squeezed pineapple juice. Just a little bit of grapefruit, pine and resinous notes.

TASTE: Lots of earthy hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and alcohol. Enamel stripping bitterness, muted tropical flavors. Oily citrus comes through, and a honey-sweet malt flavor is barely there with the onslaught of hops. The alcohol is well integrated and subdued, cut by the hop bite. Like a spiked pine and citrus soda, if such a thing could ever exist. This beer gets better the more you drink it, I'm diggin.

FEEL: Full bodied, a bit syrupy and sappy, moderate carbonation. The oils from the hops completely coat the palate, and dries it up. Truly living up to the name I am hereby ruined. Another casualty of West Coast hops.

OVERALL: This anniversary beer is a celebration in its own right. Great hop flavor, well masked alcohol, and enough bitterness to make the average beer drinker cringe. For those who love hops, this is for you.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary IPA for those who love big time SoCal hops with a adequately matching big time malt backbone. Everything is so full and well balanced. Smooth in flavor and beautifully smooth on delivery. It's like a great session sipper on Atlas rocket fuel.
To the moon Alice!!!
So rare to have such a big beer so pleasant to sip and enjoy.
Wow! Great job Stone.

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

A nicely hopped up version of the regular Ruination, with some more alcohol to boot. Drink it fresh! Those lovely hops will fade quickly and you'll lose the fresh herbal notes and resinous qualities of the beer. Right now, you get a blast of citrus and stinky herbs in the nose and then more of the same in the taste with a long bitter finish that is redolent of pine. It's definitely a hop hit, but as big as it is, it's balanced and has a developing flavor profile that runs the range of double IPA flavors. Really well done.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, luscious, orange-copper coloring with a frothy, foamy, tightly packed off-white head that sits a solid inch and doesn't move. Fantastic. Aromas of resiny, delicious, fresh hops with a cedar, spicy, and rich blending of characteristics. Solid caramel sweet backbone and citrus blast on the nose, as well. The flavors are amazingly balanced. The hops come flying through, but don't overpower, which is an impressive feat. Citrus characteristics of grapefruit and tangerine are joined by passion fruit, pineapple, and mango to give an entirely tropical fruit feel to accompany the resiny, rich, bitter, and peppery hops presence. Very balanced, and rides a very smooth, slick body. Bitter and slightly astringent aftertaste cleans the palate and dries the mouth, inviting another mouthful. Slightly dry, very bitter finish that dares you to keep drinking. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for a 10.8% ABV and a hop punch that really delivers drink after drink.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Über fresh, juicy hop aroma that's dominated by tropical and citrus fruits.  Slightly earthy with a decent amount of grassy, resinous pine but the nose is bursting with sweet mango, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and orange peel.  Subtle biscuit malt notes underneath.

Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that provide a lot of earthy bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  This is countered by a strong tropical and citrus fruit presence that's really juicy and sweet with tons of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavor.  Really well balanced with a complex hop profile followed by a subtle pale malt backbone.  Hints of biscuit and grainy graham cracker before the finish.  Perfectly balanced and the high abv is excellently masked resulting in a deceptively drinkable and delicious beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick orange colored beer with a small tan colored head. It is decidedly IPA orange in color.

Smell is strongly of tropical fruit. Strong hop scent, pineapple, papaya, menthol, eucalyptus, and orange. Best smelling DIPA since Lagunitas Sucks.

Starts out sweet and savory with an onion taste at first. Lots of malt and the onion flavor persists. Taste is completely unlike the smell. This is malty and slightly bitter with a strong onion taste.

Mouthfeel is good, it's a sipper.

Overall this is a strong beer that packs a punch, but the onion taste hurts it.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5



A: Yellow orange. Very hazy with a monstrous beige sea foam head. Very good retention with lots of lacing. I wonder if this is chill haze. I guess I don't know.

It was chill haze. The color is a dark orange with perfect clarity.

S: Pungent pine and citrus notes with a little floral influence. Sugary malt with notes of bread and a bit of caramel. Alcohol is noticeable. Orange blends with tangerine, generic melon, and a touch of guava.

T: Prominent pine resin notes with a firm sugary sweet bready malt foundation that matches the intensity of the hop onslaught. There's a little caramel in there with noticeable booze. This is very bitter with pronounced grapefruit rind and orange pith citrus characteristics. Alcohol presence is stronger in the finish and it gets to be a bit much when the beer warms up.

M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and a touch heavy.

Overall: This is pretty good, though it falls short of my expectations. If you're hoping for a bigger version of that dry classic you know as Ruination you'll need to adjust your expectations.

The first half of the bottle was more pleasant than the second half. If I'd had one cold 8oz pour on draft at Stone I'd rate this higher than I did, but a full bomber with adequate warming shows me this is a pretty solid beer but overly malty and alcoholic while lacking the bright hop expression I find in fresh Ruination. It's more akin to a Barleywine than the Double IPA I was hoping for. Well crafted, but not the sort of beer I would buy again.

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

RuinTen looks like an amber amulet, something you could buy at a museum gift shop. The beer is glossy, clear, resplendent, and completely flat (the lack of head is unsurprising given it's almost 11% alcohol). I've poured it into a tulip glass but it would look even more at home in a snifter.

I don't know exactly what five pounds of hops per barrel should equates to, but it's definitely something you can smell. This aroma is a cauldron of boiled-down pineapple juice, infused with macerated grapefruit skins and generous handfuls of a variety of botanicals. Plus some unavoidable alcohol. I better get comfy because I suspect I'm about to sink into my chair.

'Best Before' dates on beer would make me laugh if they didn't make me so angry. I go red in the face when brewers claim their IPAs are good for another two years. Really? Get out of here. Fortunately, the fines folks at Stone are of like-mind about this issue. They do it right - they stamp the "bottled on" date (well, that or they put the "enjoy by" date right in the name).

Hence, I know this bottle of RuinTen is 7 weeks old. Not exactly fresh but not old either. Regardless, I can still feel the green of the hops on my face. I can hear a tropical breeze whisking through palm trees. I can smell the rainy dew and dead brush of a northern forest. This flavour profile is abundant in many things: botanicals, citrus fruits, grass and pine chief among them.

Everyone preaches balance as if it's the be-all and end-all but it's not necessarily. RuinTen is one-dimensional and unsubtle - that's the idea. Stone, by their own admission, calls this "indelicate" and "belligerent". They're not wrong. But for those of us who like that kind of thing it's immensely gratifying. If you're a glutton for hop punishment then it doesn't really get more pleasurable than this.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressives in this beer, as I get a huge aroma profile of orange citrus and pine (with a capitol P). There's also a slight balsa wood, lavendar component as well, which is impressive. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there was a bit more complexity. Interestingly, although this beer is quite bitter, leaning to the dry side, ultimately the finish was a bit sweet. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish. The only real problem is the heat in the finish, which mars this beer's drinkability a bit. Knowing Stone, I assume they made this beer to be intentionally over the top (and they succeeded), but I just found this beer to be a bit too boozy and hot, even though the flavor profile is pretty excellent otherwise (it's like the regular ruination on steroids).

A good beer, but it's hard to imagine drinking more than a single glass of this.

Sampled this in bottle format later the same evening. There seemed to be a bit more pine in the nose (which surprised me), but otherwise I found the bottle version to be very similar to the draft version (and so not in need of additional review).

Bottle version sampled on 6/21/13. Consistent with the draft version, the bottled version is hugely bitter and dry, with barely enough malt to keep all the hoppy goodness in check. A little bit of this definitely goes a long way, though will try to see if I can knock back the bomber I bought today.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice transparent golden orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice 1/4 cap and light lacing

S: Mainly pine sap, orange zest, grapefruit with some light booze stinging the nostrils

T: Imediate sharp booze sting which lingers and lingers. The booze rides with a sharp grapefruit, orange peel note blended with some pine needle and breadiness and a hint at caramel. The finish is a tad bit oily with a light soapiness and medium bitterness to finish it up

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, bittering hops and citrus pllus really stick to the palate

O: Good. What else can I say?

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to HF stemmed tulip glass.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a golden glow along the bottom. Half a finger of cream coloured head formed with good retention.

S - A big sweet caramel aroma hits the nose up front some some grapefruit, pine and earthy aromas coming through from the hops. A good bitterness is present but the malts take centre stage in the nose.

T - A massive bitterness up front that is almost puckering. A huge pine flavour along with some citrus come through from the hops. A very substantial malt backbone is present that adds a tone of sweetness and caramel flavours.

M - Medium body and very chewy. Full of resinous hop oils. light carbonation.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Al's. From my notes (the growler was about a month ago).

A: Golden amber, translucent with a white head. Stunning, a deceptive looker that quickly betrays its ruinous body.

S: Wow, that is one hell of a nose - hoppy with a caustic edge. Pine aromas, thick and treacly like sap, dominate the ale with a bitter, harsh finish. Harsh, normally a perjorative, is meant as a compliment - the hop intensity through the roof. There is a surprising balance to the ale, the caramel base present with stand-out aromas at times. Generally, though, this is a beautifully hoppy and bitter ale.

T: Oily and juicy, the hop bitterness is absolutely sick, numbing even. Pine at the fore, citrus, including sweet citra, following later. The bite starts off strong and seemingly grows stronger, never letting off the accelerator. Despite the intense hoppiness, the balance of the ale makes it work. Caramel is thick and syrupy, more than able to support the hops. The range of hop flavors, tropical, piney, lush, Christmas tree-like, really hits the spot. Abrasive and biting but oh so delicious.

M: A hop paradise - the bitterness feels like it is still lingering in the back of my month. A bit boozy but that isn't entirely unexpected. One of the hoppiest...

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Photo of vfgccp
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful brew. Crystal clear, bright coper gold body. Off-white head pours with great retention and nice lace.

S - Ouuhh. Smells unbelievably fresh. Pine bitters, fennel, lime zest, dried oregano, mesquite, and fresh cilantro. Great intensity.

T - Sweet booze, woody resin bitters, mesquite, oregano. A bold, earthy pine bitterness rolls throughout the finish.

M - Thick, fully body with great carbonation. Sooth, lingering finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $7ish.... Pours with a nice 2 finger off white head that leaves nice drapes of lacing atop a clear lite copper brew.

Nose is proper Stone... resinous pine and oily grapefruit with a little bit of melon or tropical fruit thrown in... There is enough residual maltiness to help amplify the hoppiness.

Big and brutally bitter especially on the finish... But the hoppiness from the aromas translate nearly perfectly to the palate... booze and bitterness sorta burns down the gullet.

Body is medium with a good small bubble carbonation.

Pretty damn good, but certainly not a common pleasure for me anymore.


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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. best by 8/28/13

pours a dark reddish/copper with an inch thick white head. darker than most IPAs. Smell is a big blast of citrus hops. its huge. As you take a sip your palate gets an onslaught of hops. citrus and orange flavors on the back end, but youre just overwhelmed by the hops on this one. as to be expected i suppose. higher end of medium bodied with medium carbonation. the massive amount of hops make this a challenge to drink if youre not up to the task.

overall it delivers whats promised. personal preference, i like more balanced IPAs such as pliny, but if youre in the mood to get destroyed by hops, then this one might overtake palate wrecker as king.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The RuinTen IPA is a big ass beer. Poured a copper color with white head that laced. The scent has pine and citrus. The taste was alcohol....pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was full in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a BIG beer and well worth the taste.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance and great hoppiness levels.

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

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 7/11/12
*From notes

-- Beautiful label, gents --

Bottled on 5/25/12

A: Clean roasted pumpkin skin in color. A good, firm pour yields a 2.75 finger head that lingers for quite a while. Killer lacing and a big collar.

S: Just amazing. It's like Stone's Ruination and fresh citra hops had an angry, aggressive love child. So damn juicy and in-your-face, yet it's nothing if not exquisite.

T: Smoldering, heavy hop oil up front. Bitter and almost (yet not quite) oniony. It then lets up a bit, and the juicy nature of the citra rolls over the mid-palate. The beer tightens on the finish, where I get a touch of smokey hops. And it lingers in my mouth for ages. Simply killer and massively delicious.

M: Big, elegant and dense. More complex then a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts. Wonderful. And it just sticks to my lips and mouth like a hop lollipop.

O: Maybe the best beer that I've had from Stone. And if you know Stone's portfolio, that's saying a lot. This is a spectacular Double IPA, and I really hope that they brew this again. Happy 10th Anniversary, Ruination.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head dissipates slowly to a film and ring around the glass with light lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops, herbal. Promises great things. Flavor of intense pine and citrus hops over a sweet malt body. The malt is nonassertive but perfectly supports the powerful herbal hops. Appropriately piney hop bitter finish with residual caramel malt. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Delicious. A truly dangerous IPA, I wanted to keep drinking this continuously, and had to pace myself because of the massive ABV. A masterpiece from the masters.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied bright orange gold in color with a one finger white, sticky, frothy head. The nose is bright and super citrusy with a moderate amount of pine and alcohol. It's obviously very fresh. The Citra and Centennial hops are in your face. The flavors are hop atomic bombs. Citra everywhere. Centennial everywhere. Unfortunately there is plenty of alcohol but the ridiculous hop levels are welcome. The longer I sip this beer I get a trace of onion in the aftertaste. That and the alcohol are the only turn offs I see. This is a quality DIPA, yet perhaps overdone. I wonder what it would be like if it was 100% Citra, but who wouldn't? It has a lot f flavor but the booziness knocks the drinkability. It was worth the $10.99.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange body; sizeable white head that settles slowly; strong creamy lacing. Nice overall appearance. Hops come out and smack you in the face in the aroma; grapefruit rinds, pine and resinous notes are plentiful and aggressive. Quite dank!

The flavor packs all of that; grapefruit and other citrus fruits; pine, and resin, as well as a noticeable onion/garlic note and a tongue-lashing bitterness that lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. Very little in the way of a malt presence; a faint caramel sweetness dries up in the finish and is totally overwhelmed by the assertive hop bitterness. Booze is fairly well masked but you feel it after you finish the bottle.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and a little sticky. An tasty but over-the-top hop bomb to be sure. Not for the faint of heart. Big time flavor, lacks any subtlety. Aggressive and in your face.

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

A: Cadmium orange, good clarity, with a moderate rise of effervesce. Bready oatmeal white head retains nicely and sticks well on the vessel.

S: Fresh grapefruit juice with a touch of pine and fresh oranges have a good level of aromatic level.

T: Dry pine, grapefruit, toasted dry grains, strongly hopped, but smooth, bitter and evenly refined. Flowery bite of dry hops, toasted dry grain base, with strong grassy-lemon dryness.

M: Good fullness, sticky and syrupy consistency, softly carbonated. Bitter pine and soft alcohol warmth.

O: Enjoyable palate wrecking 2x ipa. Few could argue its assertive and aggressive dry hop nature that is overall balanced pretty well with the malt base.The hop fade is rather quick off the tongue but thats ok because it delivers a blunt amount of hops upfront that will leave you satisfied. Overall i would say this is very good, but find it hard to limit its flavor score of just a 4.0, smoothly bitter, well balanced, assertive hoppiness.

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Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery gold color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that that had good retention and left OK lacing.

The aroma started off with a really sweet malt scent, followed up by some nice pine hops. But then, then a strong alcohol scent took over and dominated the entire olfactory aspect. The beer followed a pretty similar path across the tongue. Sweet malts at first, some piney hops, then big alcohol. The alcohol took over and gave a sharp burn at the back. After the heat passed, those nice hops lingered for a while at the rear of the palate.

The body was a bit more full than is generally seen in the style, and had a bit of bitter finish. Drinkability was hurt by the harsh alcohol taste (although, I did end up drinking 3 in a row, so there's that). Overall, a decent enough brew, one worth trying if you see it, but don't get anxious if you miss it.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 7/29/12. Wish I had taken better notes! haha!

A- Finger and a half head over a beautiful deep gold/amber pour.

S- Nose is overwhelmed by citrusy hops, especially grapefruit aroma. This will be a hop-bomb!

T- While all the hops that were in the aroma are there in the taste, this is actually extremely well balanced with a heavy dose of caramel malts.

M- Nearly perfect for the style.

O- An outstanding Imperial IPA!

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Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.