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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

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 angrybabboon
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 7/5/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy, orange with some gold and some copper - pours with a somewhat large, creamy, off-white head - fades to a little cap with a few spots of lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, but not actually as extreme as I anticipated, given the massive amount of hops involved - citrus, pine, and some sweet tropical notes (probably from the glory of Citra, although I am aware that Centennial can also do this) - orange and grapefruit rind, flesh, and pith - mango, maybe some cantaloupe, pineapple - pine needles and sticky resin - floral, herbal, earthy, dank - malts are definitely beefed up in comparison to "Classic" Ruination - pale malts, caramel malts, some cooked malts, and some booze

Taste: Nicely destructive - aggressive hops, with rampant bitterness - oily, intense citrus - orange, but mostly grapefruit rind, flesh, and some serious pith - similarly oily pine, with resin - floral, herbal, leafy, and a bit earthy - unrelentlessly bitter in every way - malts make a substantial contribution, too - pale and caramel malts, slightly cooked and caramelized - some sweetness, and some booze

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium - oily and sticky - nicely carbonated - a slight alcohol heat

Overall: Palette status = [X] ruined [ ] not ruined

This is a hoppy monster. It's actually not the most aggressively hopped DIPA I've encountered, but this is a good thing. It's harsh and ridiculous, but I actually look forward to finishing the rest of this bomber. It's very good, but I might actually prefer the "Classic" Ruination. The malt profile on this is a little too cooked, and not exactly what I'm looking for. This is my only criticism. This is a must-try.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades slowly with some soapy lacing but not a lot, crystal clear tan auburn toasty color.

Nose is just like Ruination but kicked up a bit, lots of fresh hops, candied orange peel, light resins, a bit of grapefruit and very light hint of pineapple, and even a bit of earthy pine hops, smells like lots of bittering hops, the sweet malts bring a big backbone too, sweet candied malts with a hint of caramel and toasty.

Taste starts with the big sweet malts, candied malts, sweet nectar and a bit of toasty almost caramel but not quite. A hint of warming booze comes through with that, a clean booze though. Then plenty of candied hops, quite bitter mouth buckling bitterness but somehow balanced and not overwhelming or astringent. Candied orange peel, a bit of candied pineapple, a bit of pine and an earthy spicy chewy hop presence, a bit of resin and fresh dry hop almost oily feel. The spicy chewy hop presence builds on with the booze and bitterness and berates the tongue in wave after wave, but my tongue still seems to come back asking for more. Finish is long and somewhat dry but a little sticky, lots of long bitter hops, chewy spicy hops like I just finished chewing on a hop pellet, bit of pine and candied orange peel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, brings some nice hops that almost seem overbearing but somehow don't. I haven't had a super bitter DIPA in a while, so it's nice to have one again since most IPAs have moved onto tropical fruit no balance IPAs. This seemed to have a nice balance since there was so much of everything. However, not quite the summer beer I was hoping, and still nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Pours light apricot in color. Slight bit of chill haze. Clears up nicely. First pour had little bright white head, but very sticky lacing.

S: Very assertive, bright citrus nose. Pine, lemon, grapefruit. Progresses to some sweeter notes, a little tangerine perhaps on the back end.

T: Aggressive, sharp hop tartness on the tongue. Aggressive might not be a strong enough word. A little sting even in cheeks here. Hop favlor initially dominated by the pine much more so than in the aroma. Citrus elements seem to get muddled. It does mellow a bit as it warms up to let some of the more subtle elements come out, but not a ton. Very light sweetness creeps in behind the hop onslaught, abruptly chased by a drying alcohol astringency. Really dries out and leaves a long lingering bitterness on the palate.

M: Interesting. Shows only the faintest bit of heft for a beer of nearly 11%. Pretty highly attenuated, which contributes to the tongue-stripping dryness. It does make you want to keep drinking, if for no other reason than to keep lubricated.

O: I really wanted to love this. But in the end, it is really just "really good" and not "excellent". It's certainly in the Ruination camp of DIPAs in that it makes little to no effort to achieve balance of malt backbone. It is worth the experience but not the greatness example I'd say. Fits into Stone's character and story perfectly though.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Beer is a darkish blonde colour with a small white head. Retention is poor, but lacing good.

Smell consists of bright, sticky citrus. Grapefruit, pine, some pineapple. A bit of caramel malt below that.

Taste is, unsurprisingly, quite bitter. Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit. A surprisingly large amount of caramel malt. Some booze, but not as much as one would expect given the abv. Actually surprisingly smooth!

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, oily.

Overall, very good.

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Photo of Briken
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber with moderate frothy tan head with great retention. Huge, resinous citrus and pine aroma. Big malt sweetness of bread and caramel tempered with huge hop notes of orange and pine. Long alcohol and hop linger. Silky smooth.

Unbelievably, this beer is balanced and smooth with huge hop flavor but not bittering. Like most of the new Stone beers, it is easily palatable. An amazing achievement considering the beer but it’s so sweet it’s almost a barleywine with just enough linger to remind you it’s Ruination. A good beer and I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but frankly it’s a little disappointing considering the legacy of Ruination, it’s just a higher ABV version.

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Photo of becktone
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

200ml at Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow (£4.40):
Another excellent Stone IPA with tonnes of bitterness balanced against sweet malts & sticky caramel flavours. A complex beer with a nice array of hop flavours & bitterness coming through on top of a full body that was easy to drink despite the strong alcohol content.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-review. 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head, frankly, sucks - not even a finger high (white shade), and with crap retention. A minuscule ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: This is pretty much exactly what I recall it smelling like. Tons of fruity notes (mango, pineapple, melon) punch me in the face, backed up by more fruitiness - this time from the booze. Natch, I do pick up some alcohol, but hey it's 10.8%. A rich caramel malt backbone comes through, as well. Big, brutish, unrefined...yet right up my alley.

T: Immediately, my palate is attacked by huge mango notes (with lesser flavors of melon and pineapple). One could be fooled into thinking that this is mango juice, in fact. Touches of pine bitterness, sourdough bread, and booze finish it off. I remember when I sampled 4 oz. or so in DC last year, I thought "this is AMAZING...but a whole bottle might be overwhelming" - okay, so it isn't really overwhelming. In fact, I think it's starting to GROW on me after a few sips.

M: For a 10.8% mega IPA to neither be too sweet nor too boozy is downright miraculous. Certainly, it's a heavy/syrupy affair, but it's not disgustingly cloying, either. Carbonation is fairly high for a big beer, ergo it's surprisingly drinkable.

O: This is easily my favorite Stone beer. It's a big, over-the-top monster like any good triple IPA should be, without being too sugary/boozy. It also manages to never become overwhelming (instead dancing on that razor's edge between extreme and moronic perfectly). This beer is perfect as a once-a-year release - I couldn't drink it very often, but I'd still enjoy the fuck out of it during its narrow release window.

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Photo of sfprint
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a bit orangier than a medium black tea, certainly brighter. two finger cream head. small and slow rising carbonation.
S: nose is very fruity, a sort of sweet, unplaceable fruit.
T: my housemate remarked how the flavor moves through 5 distinct stages of flavors: from sweet fruitiness like fermented plum/pineapple/unsweet apricot-peach, in the middle with ice tea and at the end with a very bitter hop punch. all great flavors. alcohol well well hidden and just burns your throat a bit.
M: medium and smooth bodied and ending with a smooth transition into a crisp sting.
O: Quite an achievement of a beer. Very very good. as far as flavors go, I'm not completely in love, but it's still really great.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's STONE..... Anniversary TRIPLE IPA. This year (2015 )seemed hoppier, but who's complaining. 2016 release still hoppy; creamy, balanced, malty finish. See website for pairings!!

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Photo of thomda11
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this once or twice before, but never rated it. It is as good today as it was then. I typically enjoy the "juicier" IPAs, but this one really hit the spot. I never really comment on the "look" of the beer ,but this one is beautiful--rich cooper with little-to-no cloudiness. The aroma has a lot of citrus hops with a hint of caramel malt. The Taste is big: A lot of grapefruit and resinous bitterness with a sweet, caramel malt backbone. I'm still not sure how a beer could have such strong hop flavor while still maintaining a balance. The thickness of the feel is shocking considering the clarity of the brew. Overall, this is a damn good beer.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been following the evolution of RuinTen for a few years now, so, when I popped into my local Craft Beer Cellar (Westford, MA) and encountered two of my favorite store associates engaging in discussion about the beer (whether it should change ABV each year to reflect the year, whether it should follow current IPA trends and become hazier/use different hops/etc.), I had to grab a bottle to see how I felt. I know that this was originally made to be a "bigger version of Ruination" and I am also aware that Ruination itself underwent a renaissance to a slightly-newer-school version last year, but I wanted to weigh in personally about this beer.

Pours a gorgeous deep amber color with an everlasting ring of off-white head that sits consistently and succinctly in my glass. Lace is ephemeral, seeming to return to the beer from which it came each time the glass is swirled, but I don't really mind when the base beer is this beautiful. Perfectly clear, and with such nice retention and head buildup... can't fault it too much here at all.

Nose is floral and pine resin with some light candied citrus, pineapple and caramel malt backing those elements up. Slight sniff of perfume-y ethanol in there underneath the other notes, though less than expected for a "triple IPA" (I hate this terminology, for the record). Slight baking spice and grapefruit peel. Honestly, this is a weirdly underwhelming beer in the nose. It presents some semi-unique but anonymous scents that seem to have very little relevance to each other.

On the tongue I get a much better coagulation of the disparate elements from the nose, with deep caramel malt leading before being almost instantly subsumed by hop acrobatics. Pine, grapefruit, orange marmalade, peppery spice, rose florals and bready malts combine to deliver a very impressive flavor profile.

Full-bodied with a generous carbonation and slight sweetness in the finish to balance the intense bitterness, RuinTen definitely delivers on multiple fronts. It isn't my favorite beer by Stone, but it doesn't mess around and delivers pretty much precisely what it sets out to: a frontal hop-assault with very little distraction on the way. My CBC friends may disagree, but I believe Stone should keep things the way they are with this beer. The ABV is a bit much for my taste, but it is sensible if taken in the context of being a celebratory, once-a-year brew and the combination of Magnum for bittering with Centennial and Citra hops in the dry-hop is a winning combo that delivers citric, floral and piney elements in spades. Good stuff, at a solid price.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, candied orange, grassy, herbal, resiny pine, warm alcohol, caramel, and pale malts.

Taste:Same as above with mild tingly bitterness in the rear which us typical of all Stone IPA'S.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Awesome beer that got better as it warmed up. Hops died down and the malts and booze warmed up.

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

Was excited to be able to taste this limited release anniversary beer celebrating 10 whole years since Stone released the alternately famous/infamous Ruination. Had this in a Boulevard tulip glass at the Salty Pig in Boston's Back Bay.

A (4/5): Stone's Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA pours a translucent orange color with a creamy off white head of one and a half fingers. Looks very nice.

S (4/5): Aromas of grapefruit and pine rise up from the glass. Sounds pretty standard for an IPA, right? Yeah, well these particular smells are QUITE a bit bolder, more pungent, and deeper than what you find in the run-of-the-mill IPA crop. Can't help but be impressed. Ruination 10th Anni. also features an interesting dankness. (Perhaps the beer's intense aromas are augmented by the generous alcohol content?)

T (4.5/5): 10th Anni's flavor follows its smell: it is piney, grapefruity, super-hopped up in the foretaste. There is a little bit of boozy alcohol flavor (to be expected in a beer this big), but it is clean and doesn't get in the way. The finish is long, with lots of hop resin flavors and a residual sweetness that calls to mind Stone Old Guardian Barleywine. Excellent flavor.

M (4/5): The beer has a medium body with medium-low carbonation. A little piney prickliness on the tongue and some resinous feel in the back due to the hop oils. Definitely not an easygoing, mild-mannered ale here, but this is Stone we're talking about.

Overall (4/5): This is a very good high ABV American Double IPA that is worthy of the Stone Brewing name: it is one aggressive hop monster. I hope to find a bomber of this to snatch up and drink greedily.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this finally made the point that I am not a TIPA guy after all. Like but don't love. I so wanted to love this beer as I love so many Stone offerings. But I am not such a homer that I will claim to like it all. This was OK. As Triple IPA's go, it probably would rank very high (comparing to say PtY or Green Bullet). So, I will say that it has all that one would want from a triple. A citrussy, piney note that lets you know early this will have alcohol. The flavor continues in that theme: big citrus and pine, malts adding a definite balance of just the right amount of sweet to enhance the hop notes. And then the booze. If you are like me (a bit of a lightweight) have hop friendly snacks at the ready.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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

22oz bottle. Pours a super murky dark orange color with a half inch of white head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of citrus, piney, dank hops. Taste is dank, citrusy pine hops. Boozey and hoppy for sure. Really thick and heavy mouthfeel. Certainly tastes like a juiced up Ruination. Glad I got a chance to try it. Tasty hop bomb. Overall, worth seeking out. Great tribute to 10 years of one of the best Imperial IPAs.

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

This beer was served from a bottle at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. We pour our drink into generic squared chalices, and it glows of reddish golden honey. It holds a two finger head of creamy tan bubbles showing nice retention. This is easily reproduced with a light swirl. The head leaves serpiginous lacing, showing the skyline of a mountain range in a circle around the glass. Carbonation appears highly active, coming from the dead center of the glass' floor. No sediment or haze is noted. The nose fills with sweet malted milk balls, roasted honeycomb, earthy muskiness, and explosive citric, piney, and soapy hops. Big fusel booze and minerals take on the back. Our first impression is that the booze is high and there are big bitter hops and phenols on the back, but it is quite smooth. As we sip, honey sweetness, pale toasted malts, and light caramel start things off. Bitter soapy hops and a thick grassy musk crash in for a beautifully smooth balance. Booze then comes quickly to the peak, with vodka and fire. Light caramel sugars cut this, as do juicy and citric fruity hops. The mix remains nice until the end, where massive booze and biting hollow phenols echo around the palate, destroying all other flavoring. The final flavors are black pepper, oily citric hops, and faint pale and caramel malt sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of big bitterness of soap and booze, mineral and stone, and pale malt bitterness. It breathes almost like a mead, with big honey and booze, but with a puckering hoppy bitterness. The body is full, syrupy, and sticky, while the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, cream, froth, and lip-smacking pop to each sip. The mouth is initially coated with that big frothiness, but it soon puckers and dries with that immense bitterness. The abv is big, and this guy is a definite sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the explosive, borderline abrasive flavoring. Staying true to the Ruination brand, Stone really one-ups themselves here. The flavoring is massive and bitter, while the musky aroma and drying, boozy feel take on not a background role, but rather add additional layers of complexity.

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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 DenisKolkin
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bomber served cold-ish into a pint glass. Purchased while in the US a little while back. Bottled on June 12, 2015.

Appearance - hazy, rich dark golden and honey brown colored. A finger of fluffy white head with impressive retention. Plenty of visible carbonation in the beer. Impressive and imposing DIPA, that pours thick and gives the impression of a massive beer.

Smell - citrus dominated with mango, pineapple and kiwi upon repeated whiffs. Some caramel in a subdued malt backbone.

Taste- big bold sweet citrus flavours, some pineapple and kiwi with a roasty malt undertone. Reminds me of an amped up even stronger Ruination. Huge dose of bitter hops lies right beneath the surface but only makes it's presence felt briefly mid-sip, before caramel and butterscotch round the beer out. Alcohol is there but doesn't taste like a beer nearing 11% ABV. Alcohol content starts to rear its head once the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - massive body! thick and syrupy on the palate with a heavier dose of carbonation that is subtly very good.

Overall - very delicious DIPA, with a huge hidden hops bill and a nice combination of tropical fruits and sweet malts. Very yummy yet I was expecting something with even more hops intensity, especially on the palate. Still a great sipper.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mystery bomber to me, never heard of it til I saw it last week. I love Ruination so I'm pretty psyched to try this.

Pours a dark coppery orange, full translucence. Off-white head retains well as a full cap.

Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, earthy pine in the scent. Some sweet malt backing. Good strength.

Taste follows suit, lots of hops obviously but a big/good malt balance. Lots of ripe grapefruit, citrus, tropical, grassy pine sap. Malts are big too and on the sweeter side, toffee and caramel. It is a big beer, but well-balanced and good all around.

Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, one of the best I can recall for a big IPA. You sense it's a big beer but it's extremely drinkable for the ABV, probably wouldn't guess this was 11%.

Actually seems more balanced than regular Ruination I think. It's a slightly different beast, extremely enjoyable though. At this price I may pick up another before it's gone.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear amber/orange in color. Two inch bone-white head settles into a thin crown. A thick, sticky ring and some spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass as the head recedes.

S: Mango, pineapple, and fleshy mandarin orange. Whiff of aromatic pine needles. Grapefruit in the background. Earthy and leafy hop scents as well. Tropical esters and a touch of peppery alcohol. Vague hints of a biscuity malt base. A good nose, but not as raw and in-your-face as one would expect, given the excessive amount of hops used in this beer.

T: Resiny bitterness shows flashes of grapefruit rind here and there. This beer is intensely bitter from the start, and it never relents. Hop tastes turn very spicy and herbal toward the mid-palate. Big hit of mint and pine needles. Earthy and leafy with hints of tobacco. Some of that soapy sort of taste you get from intensely hoppy beers too. Almost a bit catty and onion-like as well. Flashes of tangerine, pineapple, and other citrus fruits come to the forefront intermittently. Dry biscuity malt tastes barely make it through the hop onslaught. Spicy alcohol toward the finish. Bitter, oily, earthy, and herbal hop tastes still have a vice-like grip on the tongue well into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Slick with hop oils, abrasively astringent and enamel-scraping. Warming all the way down into the stomach.

O: This one is not for the faint of heart. It isn't just hoppy; it's rip-your-taste buds-out hoppy. Beer nerds cleaned this off the shelf in less than a week around here, and now I understand why. This beer is the next big entry into the great West Coast Hop-Bomb pissing contest. Think of the American hop-head beer nerd as a lover of spicy food. Right now, this is the ghost chili pepper. You can't become a member of the elite hop-head club until you've endured the agony of having your tastes buds ripped out and your tooth enamel stripped off by this beer. I haven't had a beer this hoppy in a long time. Perhaps it lacks finesse, but it makes up for it with brute force. I enjoyed it, though I found it to be a bit over-the-top.

Notes: It goes without saying that this beer would be the perfect accompaniment to a very spicy dish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is super hoppy (obviously) with citrus zest, herbal hops, and some of the dreaded onion-like hop aromas which I wasn't expecting. Taste is actually quite sweet with citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, and some malt in there too. A slight onion flavor starts to emerge as the beer warms. The bitterness on the finish is actually pretty tame and starts to fade somewhat quickly after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I think tastes better than it smells. Not a huge fan of the onion aromas and flavors however.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orange/amber hue with a big creamy 3 finger head. Great lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: Intense grapefruit and resin aroma. No real malt or sweet smell to this one as the hops dominate the profile.

T: Resin hop flavor and punch that fades into a grapefruit like taste. Faint hints of honey malt in there that are overpowered by the onslaught of hops. Love the intense citrus bite aftertaste in this one. A true palate ruiner just like Ruination.

M: Very creamy, velvet like feel. Very good.

O: A very good push of the envelope by Stone. I appreciate the pushing of the boundaries and making such a hop bomb that really puts the hops on the front of the stage. I want to say there is no malt flavor to get in the way of this onslaught of hops, but I know it is in there some where. Good job pushing the boundaries with this one, well done!

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

I had this given to me from TinCup69 purely as a kind gesture on his part, thanks so much Scott! Best by date of 8/23/12.

Poured from a 22 once bottle into a pint glass.

A: A medium hazy orange color with a one finger white head. Not much glass lacing. It's just a rich looking beer.

S: Massive citrus smells with grapefruit and orange. You can definitely smell the dry hopping. Some herbal and pine notes with a rich caramel sweet smell. Alcohol is definitely detected.

T: Citrus flavors are dominant with the grapefruit and orange flavors. The massive hops are pricky and resinous with nice bitterness but then there is this huge sweetness that actually reminds me of candy alcohol. The booze comes out with the sweet all the while the bitterness lingers. Finish stays bitter and alcoholic and actually dries out from the sweet. Massive beer.

M: Full, coating, prickly, resinous, alcoholic, lasting, bitter!

O: Take Ruination and turn it up a few notches. This beer is just massive in both hops and malt and it works perfectly. I think regular Ruination is more enjoyable simply because it's easier to drink, but no doubt this beer is more complex.

A great way to celebrate the 10th birthday of Ruination. A massive beer with massive hops the signature of Stone. Well done.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,804 ratings.
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