Stone RuinTen Triple IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

Added by ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
898
Ratings:
5,805
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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357
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Reviews: 898 | Ratings: 5,805
Photo of mattcrill
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Lots of citrus zest up front (orange and lemon rind), a bit of Pine-sol, and a touch of hot alcohols on the nose. As the name has always implied, it presents itself as a big and bad mo-fo.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with orange edging. Low white head with good retention and some nice legs.

Flavor: Big puckering citrus character up front. Any hint of caramel sweetness that I think I detect is quickly pounded out of my tongue by blistering piney and citrusy hop bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter (and the Grand Canyon is kind of a big hole) with a lingering pleasant powdery hop resin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick, a nice warming alcohol presence, and pleasant hop-derived astringency.

Overall impression: Lives up to the bill. I love it. Alcohol is kind of hot but given all the hop bitterness there is so much going on here it isn't a knock. Lots of complexity and so glad I had the chance to try it. I am officially ruined.

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Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, mellow orange with a one finger white head. Nice lacing throughout. Big citrus aroma to start. Freshly cut grapefruit and lesser tropical notes. Some malt and booze as well. Really big flavor here. Really big. Juicy grapefruit, peach and mango to start before a Ruination takeover. Bitter is next. Big pine resin, thick and sticky. Pretty substantial sugary malt does a nice job balancing out the huge hop flavor, before more bitterness on the finish. Solid kick of booze in there is a lone negative IMO. This is my favorite Stone Brew, especially very fresh, where the citra hop shines. Huge DIPA

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bomber as a gift from a friend. Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Two fingers of head. Color was caramel, maybe caramel amber. White, cloudy, frothy lacing that had good retention throughout the pour.

Good balance on the nose. Initially got citrus hops, which was a mix of lemon and grapefruit. Also some sweet sugary floral notes. Finally ended with a bitter, spicy ending. Seems like even some pepper in there.

Could definitely taste the alcohol, nothing hidden about that. Initially got that sharp bite of alcohol, which gave way to a long, alcohol finish. Reminded me a bit of bug spray or cologne, but in a drinkable way. After all that alcohol got away, next came the citrus hops. Definitely more grapefruit than anything else.

Medium body. Creamy, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Definitely smooth and long lasting though.

Just a really good beer. Got that, “Oh, wow, I’m feeling it” after just a few sips. I heard they went fast, but I’m going to buy a couple if I come across them.

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Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper tinted golden yellow with one finger white head. Some minimal lacing.

S: Hop assault. Lots of pine, grapefruit, pineapple. A hint of caramel and honey.

T: Again, it's all hops all the time. Big citrus notes with grapefruit and pineapple dominant. Just a hint of malt sweetness that is immediately absorbed by the hop bitterness.

M: Medium body but lots of hop resins to coat the tongue.

O: I really enjoyed this one. It totally destroyed my palette, but I would buy more when ever I see it.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a brassy amber with a thinnish, frothy head. Smells like whenever I make hop tea. Hops have an earthy and herbal character. Tastes like sweet hop tea. Again, the hops lean more towards earthy and floral tones. Pretty sweet overall with not THAT much bitterness in the end. This is more about the flavor of the hops over crushing bitterness, although there is a bitterness that lingers on and on. Mouthfeel is a tad thick and sticky, but not exaggeratedly so. Nice bit of prickly carbonation. I'm not big into DIPAs (too sweet for me), but, just as with Enjoy By, Stone managed to win me over.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very clear golden amber color with nice 1 finger head. Almost a reddish tint.

S- Very sweet withood amount of bitter hop kick. There's actually a decent amount of booze in there as well. Hints of apple and citrus as well.

T- very good blend of sweet and bitter here. There's a solid hit of piney hops, with a bit of lingering sweetness.

M- it holds the ABV very well, it's smooth and a bit dry.

Overall- An exceptionally good beer here. I think there will be comparisons made to some of the heavy bitters out there. I'm not sure if its up there but this is an exceptional beer in its own right

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Photo of kemoarps
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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).

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, best by 8/28.

A: Glowing orange, with a finger of head that settles into a nice froth and leaves a ton of lacing. Gold in a glass.

S: Extremely potent. Mango, grapefruit, even a little pineapple and guava. Tropical fruit salad. Can smell it from miles away.

T: Begins gently tropical, then a huge wave of pine-dominated bitterness. Drinks smoother after 20 minutes, but still a bitter bomb, in a deeply satisfying way.

M: Very full, very soft. Texture works beautifully with tropical flavors.

O: Still not as blown away by this as I was last year's original batch, but as is clear from my numbers, this is still great.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours clean amber, thin white head leaves soapy lacing. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet caramel malt taste is offset by piney hops, the malt wins out but finishes with some nice piney bitterness. Medium silky mouthfeel. Very tasty, sweet TRIPA.

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Photo of RJB66
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty brew from Stone. I really enjoyed this quality beer. It kicks you in the teeth to start but seems to finish quite smoothly. I recommend it.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours orange-copper with busy carbonation leading up to a long lasting moderate head. The aroma has a big piney hop character as well as a definitive butterscotch buttery maltiness and some tropical fruits. Very interesting and worth a decent grade. The body is medium to bold with an astringent texture. The taste also has this butterscotch undercurrent along with the biting hop bitterness that lingers and languishes at the end.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden color. Has a sweet malty aroma with a slight bit of citrus in the background. Flavor follows the smell. Definitely a malt forward IPA with a bitter citrus peel flavor at the end. Pretty well balanced overall

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Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink by: 08/28/13

Solid gold with a thick, tight bubbled head. Aroma is thick with bright lemon, lime, and sugary grapefruit over fresh pine needles and flowery hops. A slight cookie sweetness is present, but it's mostly astringently hoppy with a whiff of alcohol. Seriously hop-forward flavor backed by a pale malt sweetness. Grapefruit, pine resin bitterness, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Oooo tasty...and not too sweet at all, which I didn't expect. Aggressive, crisp, and surprisingly not too strong feeling either. I mean, it feels "big," but I enjoy it, and I should know to trust Stone with hoppy beers after years of proof. I remember drinking Ruination for the first time, now it almost seems tame in relation to what DIPAs have evolved to be, but this sort of brings back that "holy shit that's hoppy" feeling.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Michaels (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Enjoy by 8/23/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow with a dense finger and a half vanilla head. A few touches of lacing, particularly where the head had rested. 

Huge hop aromas here! Grapefruit, orange, pine, sweet biscuit, onion, garlic and a wisp of alcohol. I keep coming back to smell it.

Extremely hoppy taste explosion! Sharp piney grapefruit, sweet n sour garlic and very bitter. Biscuit, pepper, pine and grass. I don't think I'd call it balanced but that's not what this is about. It juggles the hops wonderfully. 

Medium full feel, with plenty of poppy carbonation. Sticky and oily with an occasional pleasant alcohol nip. 

Well done and happy 10 years of Ruination! I'm not all that enamored with the standard Ruiniation, this is wonderful. I wouldn't drink it all the time but this is worthy of attention from extreme hopheads anywhere. 

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear and golden with a thin white head which fades to the rim and leaves a bit of lace.

N: Shines with citrus such as grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Some pine and tropical fruit notes also.

T: Follows nose with plenty of sweet malt to balance things out. Resiny and fresh green hops really stand out but the sweet malt wins on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and bitter. Notable ABV here is hidden but certainly present. Perhaps a tad too sweet for me.

O: Big, complex, balanced, and powerful. A nice tribute to a classic.

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Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a smallish ofg white colored head of foam. It left some sticky, patches of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aromas burst out of the bottle after I cracked it. In the glass I get strong copious amounts of grapefruit, dank citrus, pine and tropical fruit in that order. As it warms you get some light toasty malt but you have to really look for it. Some light alcohol as well.

The tastes begin with a light sweet pale maltiness that is instantaneously overwhelmed by the hops flavors. Bitter piney and strong grapefruit are here in waves. Some more lighter toasted and caramel maltiness in the background but once again bitter citrus and pine hops dominate. The tropical fruit notes from the hops are more detectable as it warms and you get past that initial blood orange/grapefruit bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. The finish is crisp and sharp, with a lightly lingering (bitterness wise) and drying quality. Alcohol warmth is felt but lucky not detected in the tastes.

Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. Although the flavor profile is quite similar to many West Coast IPAs of the style, it is amp-ed up thanks to the Citra dry hopping and surprising balance of hop flavor to hop bitterness. The extra ABV malt backbone I believe also contributes to the surprising "balance" and I say balance for those used to hop monsters, not recommenced for a beginner, highly recommended for avid DIPA fans.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden copper to light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is extremely hoppy with the smells of citrus, grapefruit, and mango dominating and a lighter presence of grassy and pine/resin hops. Lighter notes of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: The beer has a solid body of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. But the dominant flavor of this beer is that of the hops - primarily citrus, grapefruit, and mango. There is a lighter presence of pine/resin hop notes as well. The beer has moderate to strong bitterness that really lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but this is a big beer and needs to be sipped slowly. Much too bitter to be easy to drink but I think I like this better than the orignal it was based upon. Really enticing aroma.

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Photo of adam42381
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed amber color with a white head. Huge citrus aroma, pine, and tropical fruit. A light floral note, mild malty sweetness, but mostly hops, which is impressive for such a high gravity beer. Really great grapefruit, peach, and tropical fruit. A moderate pine bitterness, and a bit of malt sweetness. Really a great beer.

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Photo of DavidST
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, best by 8-23-22. This pours a nice amber color with a small short lived off white head. The smells are of pine, citrus, grapefruit and a little caramel. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is of hops lots of then, pretty good but a lot of sweetness, more balanced than expected.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 32 oz. growler to a tulip glass. Had a bright copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A nice, big aroma of hops, fruit, malt, and possibly some caramel.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: Lots and lots of hops, light tropical fruit, a bit of citrus, caramel, and a tinge of malt. A large flavor here, one that's aggressive but not over the top.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another powerhouse West Coast IPA. It's very well done and totally drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2014. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly sticky/crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA. All around awesome complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate light caramel malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of suspect
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with amber hues. Aggressive pour leads to a big fluffy 2 finger head that keeps on truckin' leading to sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Big monster hops, Citra first but the Centennial are definitely identifiable. Malt is present and accounted for. The alcohol is not very prevalent in the nose.

T: Hops and malt blend a bit more than the nose leading to a balanced DIPA. Personally, I prefer a hop bomb but I can respect a well balanced DIPA as well. Nice flavor. Alcohol definitely present at the end of the taste.

M: Perfect creamy yet carbonated with tons of hop oils coating the mouth. Exactly how I want it to feel.

O: A wonderful beer. World Class Double IPA most definitely. Stone rarely disappoints, this is another example of excellence in a glass.

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Photo of klythjohan
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark orange, frothy off-white head that lingers a bit.

S: Citrus orange notes with a good bit of grassy/piney tones. A bit light as compared to others of this variety.

T: Pine resin is the clear forward flavor, but lends to some citrusy notes with a touch of caramel. Brings a nice balance to the flavor of this beer, much different than what I was expecting.

M: Nice body, moderately carbonated. Hops do a nice job of hiding the alcohol.

O: Very solid brew, well-balanced and much more complex than the Ruination. Personally I still prefer Enjoy By but this is still a must try!

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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