RuinTen Triple IPA - Orange Peel And Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

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RuinTen Triple IPA - Orange Peel And Vanilla BeanRuinTen Triple IPA - Orange Peel And Vanilla Bean

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of Stone RuinTen Triple IPA imagines orange peel and vanilla bean being caught moshing with this hardcore hop legend. Its original inspiration starts back with our decision to take the 2002 release of Stone Ruination IPA and make it into a much bigger and even hoppier monstrosity in 2012 for its 10th anniversary. With this change, our mega-hopped double went triple IPA. Soon after its release, the nickname "RuinTen" began to circulate and stuck. No sooner did we sell out of the special release that you guys began to loudly clamor for more of this veritable hop behemoth, and from that noise the annual RuinTen release was born. Totally being ones to mess with a good thing, we decided to introduce two new ingredients to produce this modern-day, frenzied mosh pit of hops: orange peel and vanilla bean. The result is a melee of flavor. Dive in, or watch from the seats. Your Call. You'll find us in the pit.

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 213
Photo of clayrock81
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear orange/gold body with one-finger head that sticks around for a bit. The aroma is a mix of vanilla and orange peel that is funky as they dominate the aroma. Medium body with a fuller mouthfeel and the beer is enjoyable but the vanilla slightly overpowers everything and doesn't quite mesh well with the sharpness of the orange flavors and the other hop flavors are minimal.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium orange amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, orange, more orange, light citrus hops and a bare hint of vanilla, just because I was looking for it. Flavor is mild caramel malt, orange creamsicle, piney and citrus hops, orange juice, fairly boozy. The hops build in intensity into a resinous piney, orangey and citrusy hop finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. I was a little hesitant to get this, because I really liked Ruinten and was nervous that this might push me over the edge into oversaturating on fruit IPAs, which I am getting a little weary of. But Stone came through on this and I shouldn't be surprised. It really is orange forward and there is a moment early in each taste where it is amazingly like a creamsicle, uncanny. Then the big ABV roars in and carries into an equally big, typical Stone bitter hoppy finish. Part of me says the orange is overdone, but the other part thinks the flavor progression, which is interesting totally redeems this. Like the base Ruinten, the tasting is so enticing that it is important to remember to sip carefully. This is a big IPA and shows its ABV, but also encourages frequent drinking. I like it.

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Photo of braker649er
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some beers are vaguely "citrusy."

This is definitely ORANGE (especially on the nose). I liked it. And found it interesting that the taste only partially followed the smell.

L - it's even orange in color, yo.
S - first thing that comes to mind is orange liquor. This is boozy beer full of certain, unabashed orange. The vanilla was subtler on the nose, though you could sense some sweetness.
T - yep, orange. Yep, I get the vanilla. There's also more interesting hoppy resinousness. A touch of dank. And definitely booze.
F - not quite like a creamsicle, but that'd be hard with the level of ABV in here.
O - I only want one for now, thanks--the booze!--but I liked that this stands out as the most orange beer I think I've ever tasted--not lemon or grapefruit or whatever, but orange. In a good way. Color to match. I give it kudos overall.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of the 22 oz. bomber bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, medium copper/amber color with a nice white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice fluffy, film layer of surface foam along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and good lacing here too. Also has lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Aromas of slightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that immediately gives way to vanilla and orange. The taste really does follow suit, with just slightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that gives some way to vanilla and orange notes that accompany the hop bitterness nicely. But the hop bitterness really seems like an afterthought here more than anything else. Which is quite surprising for Stone. But it also works very well here with this beer! I really like the flavor profile here. Has a somewhat crisp and slightly syrupy and chewy, also smooth and slightly creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a just slightly dry aftertaste along with a very clean finish. I really enjoyed this one a lot. Well done Stone!


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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just a short review here today, Appearance is fairly bright and deep golden to orange in hue. Head retention and lacing are both good. Scent is first and foremost a huge dose of booze laden hops. After the big dose of hops bitterness, the orange and vanilla are both noticeable and help to balance and sweeten the scent up a bit.

For taste, holy booze and hops! No punches pulled here in terms of intense hop bitterness (duh, it's Stone) and more bitterness from the alcohol. Just like the scent, the orange and vanilla come next and try to add some sweetness, but they come up short in terms of balance against the bitterness. The beer is thick and chewy on the tongue and the alcohol level makes it a slow drinker for sure.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer and pretty well done, but man, the booze and hop bitterness are aggressive. Best if shared with friends, but still a quality and unique drink.

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Photo of KLan
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The orange peel taste is up front. Followed by very sweet vanilla bean....Where were the crushing hops? The mouth feel is still there and the smell from orange peel is pleasant, but I don't understand why Stone want to mellow down the bitterness on the perfect RuinTen. I hate the trend of adding fruit or whatever in beer.

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Photo of razorsdescent
1.98/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I don't know how people are giving this anything good on marks. Stone knows how to make an IPA, and yet, they atempt to be adventurous in ways that fail spectacularily. This is one of those spectacular failures.

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Photo of Prager62
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber dated 05/26/17 poured in a Stone pint glass.

Look- Pours a very transparent dark gold leaving a small finger of creamy white foam. It slowly settles to form a thin layer with a little lacing left behind.

Smell- Vanilla, marshmallow and a little orange peel.

Taste- Orange peel, marshmallow, vanilla and wet cardboard in the finish.

Feel- Creamy smooth and very drinkable for 10.8% beer.

Overall- I'm a fan of RuinTen, but I don't think they did this beer any favors with the additives besides making it easier to slam. Which is good I guess considering the taste from the vanilla gives it a very odd marshmallow taste in my opinion. I admire Stone for trying, but sometimes they miss the mark for me.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - orange/amber with a frothy white/light tan head with a great amount of head retention that leaves some lacing behind. Really good looking beer.
S - Citrus, hops, and sweet malt. Not a very strong smell and not getting too much vanilla on the nose though.
T - A smooth mix of orange, vanilla and hops and a malty backbone to tie it all together. The hops provide a nice bitter touch to the otherwise mellow mix of vanilla and orange but compared to the original version of RuinTen which was a brash punch in the face of hops in all their glory, this version is very smooth and mellow. It's not exactly a bad thing as the vanilla and orange peel provide a nice complexity to the beer, but it's just not what I was expecting.
F - Medium body with a moderate about of carbonation. Somewhat in between smooth but crisp at the same time.
O - This is a tough one. I remember hearing about this last year when the released it in only California. I really like the idea of adding orange peel and vanilla bean to RuinTen (one of my all time favorites). Unfortunately, it does not live up to expectations. That's not to say it's a bad beer - far from it - as this is a great triple IPA and while the orange peel and vanilla bean definitely give RuinTen a different personality, I think I prefer the more brash original version.

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Photo of bobhits
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'd want to write up something more property but this beer just doesn't deserve it. Vanilla extract to the extreme with massive orange peels. A hint of hops at the end. Instead of adding a nice bit of orange fruit with some vanilla they just killed what is a pretty massive beer with the two. I've never had a beer with so much artificial flavor.

I feel like this might be an interesting touch with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it but as I don't have any I can't give that one a go. I can't too many other good uses.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Nice lacing & great head retention

S: Weedy,

T: Vanilla, floral, orange peel & lavander??? up front, plus dryness & a touch of pine. Vanilla bean, a little woodyness & pine as this warms, faint citrus, plus cattyness & more lavander/floral going on. Finishes with woody hops. vanilla bean & dryness, some grapefruit & orange peel , plus more pine

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, skews a touch sweet for my liking. The draft version was better blanced for sure

Drinks pretty easy, I much prefered the draft version, emphasized the hops more, the vanilla seems a bit too strong compared to that

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Photo of gutbuster
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 5/26/17

Pours a standard copper in color. Head and lacing is off white, with a generous amount of both lasting well into my session.

The vanilla bean is the first aroma that stands out on the nose and seems to be dominate. Floral, with hints of lime, pine and grapefruit.

Grapefruit up front blending into then being dominated by a sweet vanilla flavor. Finishes with a light pine and orange tang.

Full body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. I wasn't sure what to expect with the vanilla bean but it added a pleasant smoothness to the beer that had me enjoying it at a quicker pace then I should have with the abv!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange-amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves some good, spotty lacing

S: Orange peel and vanilla bean right off the bat, along with some huge citrusy hop notes and bits of pine. Definitely big on the vanilla and orange

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the orange peel and vanilla bean. Bitterness from the hops slowly builds and balances the sweetness from the vanilla. Hops definitely still throw themselves around quite a bit, adding more citrus and some pine and earthy notes. Finishes with lingering vanilla bean and hop bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This huge hop monster gets amped up a little with the addition of vanilla bean and the orange peel. Definitely highly influenced by the vanilla bean and the sweetness it imparts. The orange peel is definitely there, but gets integrated by the hops much more so than the vanilla. Quite balanced regardless of the moderately heavy sweetness of the vanilla and bitterness of the hops. Dangerously drinkable at just under 11%. Worth trying if you don't mind a little tug-of-war between the sweetness of the vanilla and bitterness of the hops

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Photo of Strix
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden with trails of lace and a head that fades to a permanent ring.

Smell is piney with orange and vanilla noticeable.

Starts out as a hoppy piney IPA, then ever so slowly the vanilla creeps up, and by 10 seconds later you could have had a sip of like vanilla coke or something. Quite unique and intriguing.

Hides the 10.8 quite well.

I don't think I like this as much as straight up Ruination, but it was certainly interesting. Maybe a hair too much vanilla, but I liked it.

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Photo of BKotch
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely better as it warms, but I'm afraid I still fall into the "don't mess with a good thing" camp. Didn't get too much of the vanilla, thankfully, and the orange doesn't do too much damage.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into Snifter. Bottled on June 6th 2017.

L: Thick haze of amber hue, finger width head recedes relatively quickly into a ring.

S: Citrusy hops, lots of orange with strong vanilla, reminds me of a creamsicle.

T: Again very akin to an orange creamsicle, lots of orange and vanilla as specified in the description on the bottle. Quite tasty to be honest.

F: Medium body, lower carbonation, sweet finish of vanilla.

O: A trend of these Orange and Vanilla beers is happening and one I have had has missed the mark but this one and another hit it on the head. The balanced the flavors nicely while keeping the sweetness of the vanilla mildly at bay with the hop bitterness. All in all a well crafted beer for sure.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure how the vanilla bean/orange would work with this one they had me at triple IPA. Poured a mostly clear dark orange with two fingers of dense white head. Predominately smell the orange with hints of vanilla. The vanilla orange combo was definitely there in the taste, orange Creamsicle like. Medium to full mouthfeel with decent corabonation. Personally I would classify this one in the dessert category, a little sweet for a big IPA. Still a tasty brew.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am probably rating this higher than I would have if I hadn't had Ballast Point's Orange Vanilla Fathom which I thought was an absolute mess. The vanilla dominates this, a bit too sweet, but the sweetness counters the bitterness and makes it actually easier to drink

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Photo of puffthestuff
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: nice copper bubbly look, appealing and inviting.
S: ok, didn't know I bought the variant until here. Definite vanilla smell along with Ruintens normal hops.
T: Vanilla dominant upfront and slowly gives way to hops and orange rind. Call it dreamsicle IPA and you understand this beer completely.
F: it gets a 4.5 here because the feel is unique almost like they used lactose sugar or maybe it's just the addition of vanilla that feels so unctious.
O: I can't blame anyone for trying to make something different. Though, I can't standby this extremely Vanilla heavy taste as a 4.5 so I feel 4.25 is fair. Unique but doesn't pair with much for me personally. I like drinking hoppy beers with chips and salsa which I don't feel this really goes with. I do feel it has its own place and is very good, even worth looking for for the experience.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Beaming shimmering body color. A crystal clear and deep dark orange, almost creamsicle like in color with vibrant light right through it. Small amounts of pinhead carbonation rising to the top. Fluffy and creamy rich full off white colored head. Tall and leaving a mountainous top with chunks of bubbles all around. Classic excellent Stone looking IPA pretty much near perfection.

Aroma doesn't mess around. Light hints of caramel giving a touch of sweetness, but the orange and vanilla is very present. Up front fruited orange citrus, and even creamy vanilla sensations which pair well. Interestingly the vanilla seems to be winning out, making for a nice sweet and almost milkshake like aroma. Delicious.

Palate brings the goods. Light treacle of faint malt like syrup sweetness, with an added hop citrus and vanilla punch. Creamy wonderful malt texture, which matches the vanilla bean quality to nicely. Popping orange fruit and zesty bitterness on the finish. Vanilla and cake like sweetness floating nicely between orange and hop bitterness. Even faint touches of flaked chocolate.

Really neat tasting IPA, excellent and well matched added flavors too.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large tulip. Bottled on 06/06/17.

Pours a murky amber with a smallish head and a lot of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is citrus rind, maybe vanilla (maybe because it says that on the bottle), probably some honey.

Taste is bitter -- definite orange rind. Vanilla is certainly perceptible. Vanilla and bitterness just build together, and the orange character kind of echos in the background.

Mouthfeel is strangely light and sticky. Overall, it's definitely not bad, but I would definitely prefer regular RuinTen.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a big white foam head. Sticks around for a bit, and leaves a significant amount of lacing.

Strong aroma of vanilla bean and orange peel, with a hint of alcohol.

Taste follows the nose. This is actually quit a simple beer taste-wise, basically amounting to a mix between cream soda, orange soda, and booze. It's good, but confusing my taste buds. Too heavy on vanilla to resemble a true beer, despite weighing in at 10.8& ABV.

Medium bodied. Ridiculously drinkable at 10.8%.

Honestly, a bit of a disappointment here, but very tasty nonetheless. Honestly, I want to dislike this more because the flavor is way too overpowering, but the flavor that overpowers is what gives it the tastiness.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5-26-17

A - Dark orange gold color with a frothy white, creamy head and beautiful carbonation. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass with creamy ooziness.

S - Vanilla, delicate orange, and light malt. The beer was poured cold and the nose is almost non-existent. A 3.0 score is generous.

T - Boozy, oranges, vanilla, caramel malt. Some orange tang.

M - Full bodied and thick.

O - Reading some of the written reviews here... am I drinking the same beer?

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Photo of richj1970
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 5/26/2017.

A: Clear golden orange with 1-2 finger white head. Nice retention and light to moderate lacing.

S: Candied oranges mixed with vanilla beans. Fruity citrus with tangerine, grapefruit, and peaches.

T: Big punch of vanilla and orange zest with dank resinous hops. More pronounced sweetness than I was expecting.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finishes a little sweet.

O: Very enjoyable and unique beer but the vanilla almost overpowers the flavors, and the sweetness detracts from the overall experience. Glad I tried it but I much prefer the original.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/26/2017. Pours crystal clear golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, orange peel, vanilla, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon, light pepper/pine, honey, bread, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, orange peel, vanilla, and pale malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, orange peel, vanilla, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon, light pepper/pine, honey, bread, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, orange peel, vanilla, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon, pine, honey, bread, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, orange peel, vanilla, and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.8%. Overall this is an insane fruit/spiced TIPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, orange peel, vanilla, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the balanced bitter/drying finish. Amazingly juicy, dank, and vibrant hops; sizable malt backbone, but never overly sweet/heavy feeling. Tastes just like a very tropical/fruity orange creamsicle; surprisingly silky feeling from the vanilla beans as well. A highly amazing offering.

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RuinTen Triple IPA - Orange Peel And Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 213 ratings