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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

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4.3
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Photo of LarryV
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber color with a minimal head. Smell is all hops, you know what you're in for. There's a sweetness in the back with the hoppiness in the front, but balance is totally missing. For me, it was a bit of a chore to drink - I'm glad I tried it but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again.

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Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey colored with fine streams of bubbles rising up to. Tightly bubbled head of beige from that settles out quickly. Amazing aroma of bright citrusy hops , lots of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Big flavors of hoppy goodness, orange rind pith, tangerine, ruby grapefruit, plus some piney notes. Alcohol strength definitely makes itself known, which detracts from the experience IMO. Finishes dry and very bitter, with notes of grand marnier liqueur booziiness. Good beer, but trying to be so extreme pushes the edges of the envelope into unnecessary places.

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Photo of BigDaveLB
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-clear, dark orange-amber color, fluffy off-white head with great retention.

S-like running through a hops field after a rainstorm, grapefruit, pine, hint of malt

T-a full double IPA, grapefruit bitterness with balance, didn't detect any alcohol

M-pleasent aftertaste, it definitely sticks around

O-a very good double, great presentation, taste, and finish. Hoppy and smooth. Very good.

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

Medium amber with a thick frothy off-white head. Looks serious.

Like smelling a glass full of hops. Smells serious.

Yeah. One of those serious IPAs. Boozy, hoppy, some sweet tasty malt back and then more booze.

Thick. No doubt you're drinking something serious, and you wouldn't want to have too much.

Would almost work as a night cap for me. Since it's an annual thing now, I'll probably always get at least one bottle, but not much more than that.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze, small near white head slow to leave. Some cling lace.

S - Hops are there, yes, but maltier than expected.

T - It almost reminds me of an east coast DIPA, as the hops are strong, but the malt is huge too!

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - At near 11%, deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me at her work.

Appearance- copper color, thin head

Smell- floral, citrus hops

Taste- floral, citrus hops, very well balanced, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was very good. I loved it! Definitely one to buy again and again!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color, a couple shades darker than your traditional IPA. The fluffy head is cream colored and settles into a nice cap. Good lacing on the glass.

Big grapefruit aroma with some tropical fruit notes. There is some pine that is eagerly popping through. Some honey sweetness from the malt.

The flavor is has a bright citrus hop with some bitter grapefruit rind. Orange and pineapple notes provide sweetness. The hop profile then transitions into piney and peppery. Substantial bready malt that helps balance the hop overload.

The feel is moderate to full bodied with softish carbonation. A big sweet malt that is more than balanced out by the hops. The hops leave a dry aspirin like bitter finish.

Very good DIPA. Not overly crushing on the palate but still quite bitter. Nice flavor profile.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tired Hands Stemmed Glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Bauzen
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, golden amber color... There's some fruit and pine on the nose, very hoppy, but a hint of spice that makes it unique.

Flavor wise, its hoppy and fruity, almost on the sweet side for an IPA. It's certainly not as bright and over-the-top, but it has a pleasant kick to it. It's the spice that I can't put my finger on that makes it interesting. The finish is heavy, and ends with that same note of spicy hops.

Overall, it's a great meal replacement. If RuinTen truly is a single-time offering from Stone - I'll be sad when it's gone. While it's not a ground-breaking IPA, it's a intriguing alternative to my usual rotation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone snifter glass.

Appearance: Transparent slightly dark amber color. Light bubbles on the body that created a thin white head rising to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light hops with a dose of pineyness to it that hits you like a knucklball. Could be more potent but very nice to inhale.

Taste: The smell could use some tweaking but the taste more than makes up for it. A serious citrus overload, Hoppy like a motherf'er and the grapefruit feel is something you won't forget. A sweet bitterness creation that is f'n awesome. The one thing I wish it was more complex, just a little. I think it will satisfy most fans.

Mouth: Medium and ever so sticky. You think the hops are stuck to you palate after placing the glass down.

Overall: I really like this beer, more than the original is really depending on my mood. It's extremely tasty it lacks some other aspects but overall a very good beer. There are some comparisons and definitely an incredible substitute to Enjoy By. When you have one you will understand. Salud!

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Photo of santomark
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark amber color, dark golden, very reminiscent of a setting sunset.

Smell - HOPS, HOPS, and HOPS! Fruity, a touch of spice

Taste - Pleasantly hoppy, fruity, biscuit, and a spice finish

Mouthful - Medium semi heavy body, with a great lasting finish. I can taste it in between sittings.

Overall - Very good IPA, everything combined makes for a great beer. Like other reviews state, I can't get paste one of these without feeling full; however, the overall characteristics of the beer definitely allow you to enjoy it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear orange body with starkly contrasting white head. Moderate spotty lacing.

I love the nose on it. Papaya, orange juice, peach tea. A touch of grass, a little biscuit. Fresh.

Equally impressive flavors. Heavy on the tropicals and bitter. The biscuit malt is enough to hold it together but is completely hop dominated. True to ruination form it destroys my palate. Slightly spicy fusel finish.

Mouthfeel is full, soft, and clean.

I really dig this beer and honestly, is exactly what I like about a high abv DIPA. Bravo.

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Photo of Jree261
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Murky dark amber color with an off white, almost gray foam.

Smell-Powerful smell leaps out of the glass. I can smell a good part of the aroma with the glass sittin on the bar a foot away from me. Cream, Cherries, citrus, grass and hop flowers.

Taste-Baking spice gives way to bitter dark citrus.

Mouthfeel-Heavy full body with a long finish.

Overall-Good beer with the aroma being my favorite part. Like a lot of the Stone's there isn't any way to drink more than one before getting completely full.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 12 oz snifter.
Best by date: 8/28/13

Appearance: Golden amber orange in color. Half finger head of creamy bubbles.
Smell: Orange, Hops, Pine, Resin and straight alcohol.
Taste: On the front is caramel malt which quickly gets taken over by flavors of citrus, bitter grapefruit and sweet orange, an abundance of pine and resin, finishes with a deep alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and frothy.
Overall: Really fuckin nice. Taking a quick sip of this is like taking a shot of whiskey. It leaves a nice warming sensation in your stomach which is reminiscent of whiskey or a deep red wine. When you thoroughly investigate the brew further however you begin to see the beautiful hue, oddly sweet bitterness and unusually thick mouthfeel for an IPA. The high ABV in this beer shines through proudly and I have absolutely no problem with it!

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled British pub pint glass.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, golden amber with a smallish (1/5") head that quickly faded. What's really amazing about the color of this beer is that -when viewed from the side-- it seems to fade from dark amber to lighter amber from the top to the bottom of the glass. Beautiful.

Smell 4.25: Inviting and rare bouquet. I could smell the hops from this baby once my big shnozz got a foot away from it. As I drew closer, my nose went through many different hop varieties and they were all dependent upon my distance from the liquid! Once I brought it in to normal distance, the overwhelming smell is light pine and fresh grapefruit. Just wonderful.

Taste 4.25: Wow! The second the liquid hit my mouth I tasted that wonderful hop alkaline flavor. Front is actually somewhat dry, with a huge wave of hoppy goodness. I taste pine, subdued chlorophyll, citrus... . Middle is almost a burning sensation of deep caramel off-set with a light and drying punch of hops coming in from both sides of the palate. Finish is velvety smooth with more hops kicking your palate around like it was a soccer ball. So many hop flavors to wade through here that it takes a long time to sort them out! Aftertaste was long and went through several stages of alkaline and hop fading until it hit a level that was almost salty tasting (!) and then finished off smoothly.

Mouthfeel: 3.75: Mouthfeel was good, but this amazing beer could have been that much better with a more creamy CO2 addition.

Overall 4.25: Outstanding indeed. Wonderful beer and there is absolutely no hint of the high ABV. This brew is imminently sessionable but brings so many unique and elitist flavor profiles to your humble glass. Highly recommended, but it ain't cheap ($8 for a 22 oz bottle).

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

pours dark orange with a two finger off white head. smell is sweet bread, lemon, citrus, slightly boozy. the taste is the hop bomb that you would expect. very imperial taste, deep mellow warm hops, lots of lemon, citrus, pine, biscuit, I even get some cherry and stone fruit. slightly thicker than a typical IPA, as expected. This beer is very intense as expected but what I was so impressed with was the finish. most imperial IPAs are on the maltier side and they typically have a bitter fist to the tongue for an after taste. this had an extremely smooth finish for the amount of hop presence. This isnt my style but i really liked it and Im glad i got to drink it on the second time around

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 5 East Unearthly West RuinTEN

Overall it came down to personal preferance which to me I enjoyed unearthly a little bit better... stone was a cleaner nice hoppyness and bitterness with a sweet malt back to it.. it was absolutely glorious... I will definitely be buying it again next year. RuinTEN placed 6th out of ten spots.

Original review 4.8

Bottle said: enjoy by 9/12/13 drinking on 7/2/13... that's about right...
Drink hoppy beers as fresh as you can... reject old ones.

Poured into Sniffer glass...

Niiice 1 1/2 finger bone white head..super thick... lacing just stayed on the glass like it was glue... did not move... super clear amber reddish hue that was crystal clear with bubbles dancing to the top. The best looking dipa I've seen yet.

Smell was on the okay side, more hop forward than citrusy but overall a great smell.

Taste was out of this world like all of stones IPA's... very hoppy bite at first that absolutely takes over everything... slight citrus but mostly hop oriented tastes. Alcohol is more prevalent in the taste than any other stone ipa I've had but I like it.... nothing annoying or overpowering but it's there.

Completely smooth crisp ending with hop smack all over the aftertaste...

Overall a phenomenal IPA but I'd give a slight nod to the enjoy by ipa from stone... very slight... still liked it better then the reunition one.. a definite must try

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Photo of CoachC
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - appearance is a beautiful amber orange color, with a 1/2 inch head poured into a snifter.

S - smell is of dank tropical hops. Unbelievable.

T - taste is also of tropical hops, very hop forward flavor. Also can taste the alcohol, although the hop flavor is amazing. Also has a slight malt backbone.

M - good mouthfeel.

O - one of the best imperial IPA's I've ever had. Although I think Stone's Enjoy By is slightly better.

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Photo of HomeBrewed
3.02/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A very overrated beer IMO. I was expecting a hop bomb and received a malt bomb with a lot of hops added. I don't know how else to put it, but it tastes like an old DIPA. Very disappointing. Not much else to say. I would not waste my money again. Ruination and the regular IPA are much better.

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Photo of crispy620
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I own a Craft Beer bar get a number of beers to try and many are common and basic.
This beer is outstanding for a high hop, high alcohol IPA.

Got this in a bottle.

The color is a golden yellow with a nice foam that cling to the glass. The smell, if you are a hop head, is for better sake of a word, is almost that pungent acrid smell that hoppy beers attain.

The taste is nice and acidic that cling to your palate and remains for a good while.A - Pours a nice orange color, two finger fluffy white head, thick lacing.

While other people might not like this type of style, this is the type I really enjoy.

If this lands in your neighborhood grab a couple of bottles and stash one for a couple of months.

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Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Sam's Pilsner

A - Pours a nice orange color, two finger fluffy white head, thick lacing.
S - Lots of fresh orange, mango, pineapple, big pine and caramel malt, smells like a lot.
T - This is a barrage of hops, actually for once, its too much, the good flavors are overwhelmed by an agressive ibu that is just too much.
M - Excessively bitter and too strong.
O - Its ruination, but overly hopped and too strong. Not thats great.

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Photo of challenja
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lyons Hall Arlington, VA .Poured into a tulip
A: Solid copper. Light laced foam. Stickiness

S: Stank dank warrior tomahawk grapefruit pine dropjaw . Citra and centenial flower hops. Way more aromatic than regular ruination.Lemon oil, pineapple, sour white sugar lemon drops.

T: Wow. Amazing pine tar ipa flavoring facepunch. Sweet and sour white grapefruit. White sugar lemon drops. Its very bitter and corruptly citrus lemon peel. Man this takes ruination up a notch. If this was bottles year around I would buy this by the case. It puts everything to shame. Buy this beer.

M: Full to medium body. Frothy and throat tingling. Sour and tar. Crisp alcohol and thickly wet.

O: If this wasn't my last and best beer of the night I would be buying more. Amazing fantastic wondrous must try buy and save IPA.

Add on : the review was for the original release, the 2014 batch has a great cayenne/white pepper finish that really wows the tastebuds!

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Photo of briankrespan
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just wow… That was my reaction last year when I had this magnificent brew. And even more so now. My palate has become much more refined, and enjoys a lot more brews then when I had this last year…. but god damn.

Stone, you incredible bastards have done it again. I know you used last years recipe, but this beer is epic. 5 pounds of hops into each barrel… and you can tell. This one slaps your tongue from first SMELL, not even taste. This beer has an aroma. If I could find a way to make this scent into a candle, my wife would kill me.

It poured a gorgeous dark orange with a nice hazy head on it. I poured it into my Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary glass that I bought last year.

It’s really hard to explain this beer, but only because its hops through and through. It’s a hop bomb to your nose before you take a sip, then one to your tongue… then again in the finish. BUT, it’s done with refinement that only a solid West Coast IPA can pull off. There’s something about those Californians that just have the perfect IPA down.

Needless to say, if you are a hop head… why are you still reading this, no seriously… go buy this. You won’t regret it.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fantastic deep amber orange with a rambunctious head of off white foam that sat aloft for quite some time before it fell to a thick cap and ring. Left plenty of nice lace to decorate the soon to be empty glass. This beer was simply handsome. The color was rich and it had plenty of clarity. There were tiny bubbles that wafted up not just in the center but all over, making me wonder just how big is the bottom of that glass? Nose is big citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Has a terrific malt caramel sweetness that's dry and sugary. There's bread in there too, pine and earth. Touch of spice to liven it and a good perfume from the hops. Touch of alcohol on the nose. Taste is bitter up front with plenty of juicy and ripe fruit that is sweet enough to make you feel safe. Then the malt, deep, full & bready and carries all that oil and resin to the back palate and before you can think too hard the bitter really peaks. The hops oil and resin linger at the back of the throat, piney and with a touch of alcohol. There's grapefruit, there's a little pepper and even a little onion. It feels sticky and it even feels thick on the palate. The tropical fruits are combined into a punch like quality but there is some melon and orange.

As it warms the malt becomes heavy and little sweet for my taste and the bitter is a bit loud. The fruits were forthright but they lost to the oily pine. Hints of nutty qualities as it warmed. They made a very big beer. A hop bomb, a huge fat hoppy beer. It's pretty good.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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