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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
897
Ratings:
5,791
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
23.72%
 
 
Wants:
355
Gots:
1,082
For Trade:
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Reviews: 897 | Ratings: 5,791
Photo of Everydayoff
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml fresh bottle poured into a sniffer.

Clear in texture, glow and very beautiful orange amber color with thick fluffy off-white head that withstands with very good retention, it only slowly dissipates to everlasting frothy crown along with plenty of sticky and refined lacing patch and spot along the glass-side. There is some visibility of slow risen effervescence pushing upwards.

Garden of hoppy eden bursts in the aroma with intense notes of floral, juicy, citrus, bitter orange, grapefruit, lemon, resin, oily, pine, passion fruit, pine apple, very tropical, slight grassy, some dank, and some spice, anyway, malt is not being forsaken with a note of breadiness in the background.

The taste is still mainly dominated by hoppiness affair with notes of everything indicated in the aroma. Malt is more pronounced here with sweet breadiness and caramel qualities in order to try to alleviate the extremity of the mighty hop. Alcohol is pronounced in the middle with some booziness while it is hop again to wrap up the finish with a solid, persistent yet clean bitterness that is also lingered as a long tail in the aftertaste.

Full body with silky smooth mouthfeel with some lively and crisp carbonation that is well suit to carry all the things well, yes this beer has big body but the feeling is just right, not too heavy or not too thin, dry finish.

Wow, this is just wow. There are loads of hop to entertain any hop heads. Anyway, I didn’t feel that it is too much excessive. Thanks for the part of malt that tries to add some complexity and balance, excellent DIPA without doubt.

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Photo of Viaduck
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a golden orange color, slightly hazy with a modest head. The aroma is of hops (it is an IPA), very floral & sweet. Taste: there is the orange, sweet & & bitter & a salty finish. The vanilla bean is the last to arrive at the party but the orange is the last to leave. A nice balance & interesting selection of flavors. In not a fan of IPA's but I like this. I think it could use a little more fizzz, though. Very good.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: deep reddish caramel color with a nice two finger head that dissapated to a small white ring around the top. Left a nice lace on glass.

Smell: biscuit malty smell with citrus and pine undertones.

Taste: citrus and pine upfront from very strong yet balanced hops. The middle is another level of hop spice and earthy flavors. The finish is suprisingly clean with just a light hop oil left in the mouth.

Feel: mid weight beer with perfect carbonation.

Overall: by far one of the best IPA's I've ever had. From the pour to the finish quite impressive.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ordered from Beer52, and poured to a regular kitchen glass due to lack of proper beer glass. Drank on a tasting that had so far Founders Backwoods Bastard, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard and Brooklyn American Ale. Note, this beer was bottled on November 2015, totally NOT FRESH.

A: The appearance is bit hazy with a yellow-y and orange body with a white head that vanishes quickly but leaves nice lacing.
S: The aroma is a perfect round shape of malt, pine and citrus together, all in the same strength. Very good tone to it.
T: This taste is one of the most wonderful things I've ever had even though the beer is to be TOTALLY NOT FRESH. On the start of the sip, you can taste the sweetness of the malt that when you start bringing the beer back to the throat starts to be a bit more bitter to each half of inch it crawls on mouth. In the end, it ends a bit bitter with a touch of citrus and hops, while the citrus profile is present in the sweetness, in the transformation, and in the end. It's totally great, amazing, incredible.
M: The mouthfeel is great, the bitterness is high but nothing harsh, nothing like a kick, more like a friendly touch. The density is great as well.
O: Best. Stone. Beer. Ever.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Office in Summit. I was rather disappointed by this brew. The alcohol was not well-masked at all, in fact, it was cloying and overwhelming, and distracted from the overall flavor of the brew. Pours an amber hue with minimal frothing. Strong pine flavors evident. Not recommended.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottled 6/8/16.

Pours a slightly hazy, Amber-red color. 1/2 inch tan head with good retention. Wispy, thin white lacing.

Aromas of tropical fruits and citrus notes of orange and tangerine. Piney hops accompanied by sweet and cracker malt tones. Earthy hop notes as it warms.

Strong piney, hoppy bitterness accompanied by orange and citrus rind notes. Sweet and fruity notes follow.

Medium-bodied, smooth, very crisp, good carbonation, with some dryness near the end.

Overall, a good triple IPA. Stone definitely hides the ABV well with this one. Nice fruity and citrus notes to tone down the bitterness to the perfect level. Fairly easy drinking for a triple.

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Photo of lovemesumipa
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I won't repeat what so many other lovers of this beer have already stated. Let me just say that as man who appreciates a good IPA, this is one of the very best.
I got it through a regional beer club. It came in a bottle and poured a rich, deep copper color with a wonderful aroma. It is just the right combination of bitter and malt.
If you can find this beer, buy it. You can thank me later.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a wine glass.

Look: Clear golden color, almost orange. One finger white head. Drops down to a nice solid cap, some speckled lacing, and some very oily legs when swirled.

Smell: Orange, nectarine, and vanilla stand out the most. Sweet fragrances come through as honey as well. Other citrus notes come through as grapefruit, and maybe tangerine. Pretty balanced in the nose, but it leans a little malty/sweet.

Taste: A mouthful of oranges and nectarines, gives way to tangerine, then pithy grapefruit. A nice malty honey sweetness doesn't let this one get too bitter. Big citrus hop flavors with big malty sweetness leads to a balanced beer overall, that's bursting with flavor. Taste definitely exhibits some spicy alcohol character as well.

Mouthfeel: Subtle carbonation, soft and oily. Incredibly subtle mouthfeel for such a big beer.

Overall: This beer is pretty quafable for such a big IPA. Balance is good. Hoppiness isn't harsh or out of control. If you have a bottle in your fridge I'd say drink it ASAP. I have had a couple bottles of this since it was released, and it was better a few weeks ago.

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

A-a clear amber color with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-aroma of lots of citrus, pine, and some caramel malts

T-taste is similar to the smell and starts out with lots of citrus and piney bitterness but also has a layer of sweet honey and caramel

M-nice body, good carbonation

Overall a very big tasting beer, but well hidden alcohol. Pretty good.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 06/08/16

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice sized oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, very nice citrus notes, piney. The taste is pretty nice as well, hoppy, nice sweetness, citrusy, piney. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish, a very nice sipper. Overall, Stone did a very nice job on this one. Recommended!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 6/8/2016. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a pretty, hazy orange-amber color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing. The tiny bubbles ascend the glass throughout the pour. It smells of sweet malt, pine needles, grapefruit, orange, peach and other sweet, tropical fruit,and resinous hops. What a taste! It has a solid malt base with a touch of caramel, followed by a combination of sweet fruit and citrus, and a nice hoppy finish. I'm actually surprised it isn't more bitter and biting. All of the flavors blend seamlessly to produce a great taste experience. You can also really notice the alcohol. If there were ever a "chewy" IPA, then this would be it. It's rich and creamy and the 10.8% ABV packs a punch. Overall, this is an outstanding Triple IPA, definitely meriting its lofty rating. It drinks like a Barleywine. It could easily be savored with a good meal or for after dinner. Just great!

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Photo of TripleSun
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kind of a musty orange color with a good pine and citrus smell going on. Nice caramel consistency along with the bitter citrus flavors. This doesn't drink like an almost 11% beer. Stone does it again with their amazing IPAs. Should have picked up two at the store!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottled on 06/16/16

Pours clear rusty dark orange with a creamy off white foam head. Smells like fresh melons, red berries, guava, ripe papaya, pineapple, peach, red grapefruit, orange citrus, dark caramel malt, biscuity toffee, brown sugar, with bitter leafy herbal pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like dark roasty caramel malt, biscuity dark toffee, charred brown sugar, dark red berries, melons, papaya, guava, some peach, red grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, with bitter leafy herbal pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great and balanced triple IPA.

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Photo of leap89
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep amber. Dense, off-white head.

Smell: Pine and citrus rind. Some caramel, malt sweetness, and raisins.

Taste: Grapefruit rind and pine instantly gives out to tons of sweet, bready malt, and caramel. I get some hints of raisins and molasses as well. A mild piney, bitter aftertaste lingers for a while, seeming to almost stick to my tongue.

Feel: Medium-full-bodied. Low carbonation. It's pretty thick, maybe more so than some may like, but it's smooth.

It's not something I'd want to, or even could, drink all the time, but it's a great experience. A lot of really intense flavors mingle together in a very satisfying way.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay. Phone the neighbors and wake the kids. This is super solid. I am a bit worried that I am not noticing the high ABV. That can be a dangerous thing on a beverage this tasty. Find it, drink it, enjoy it.

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

Big, bold and beautiful. Bottled on 16 Jun 2016. Pours a deep copper with a nice off-white head. Visually, my perfect beer. Overflowing with piney hops but still remarkably well balanced. Maybe my new favorite IPA.

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Photo of turboge
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This a STONE beer! I have been a fan for a long time. If you are looking for something intense with DEEP hops then you are here. Very piney like stone is known for in their HG beers. Not overwhelming but intense...yes I used intense again...I can't write a book like they do about their stuff but INTENSE. Get it, gobble it, and feel....Don't drive!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of baseballrock
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yes this beer will destroy your palate! It's big, it's bad, and it is what you think it is. It will get you lit in a hurry, but that's okay. Hopefully your not driving and its the last beer of the night.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big malty and boozy IPA with grapefruit and pine.The pine is the star and is balanced well with the sweetness. The bitterness lingers on in this copper colored, crystal clear beer. This is a big, in your face Imperial IPA that works.

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Photo of teromous
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the neck of the bottle: "Bottled on 06/16/16"

Appearance: The body is not hazy but it has this opalescence that makes it hard to see through. It is a dark shade of bronze and I can only see shadows through it. The head Is very thick with a creamy texture and white in appearance. The head stays up for a very long time and it has very good lacing.

Aroma: There is a big pine aroma that is very welcoming to the nose. There is also a bit of a tangerine quality to the aroma which is nice. It has this resinous aroma as well.

Taste: Up front I get this sweet malty character with caramel and a bit of sweet honey that is quickly washed with a bitter pine resin flavor. There is a touch of alcohol flavor which is understandable for a 10.8%ABV beer but it doesn't hurt the flavor at all. It just lingers in the background a bit.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a good raw bitterness and a medium body. The beer drinks thick and it has a lot of texture to it. The finish lingers for quite a while.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer. I don't think it would be a beer that I would regularly purchase but it is one that i would revisit every once and a while. The overall character is a classic pine flavored bitter West Coast style (triple) IPA but it hearkens back to the older styles that had a lot more malt presence. I am really enjoying this bottle so I would recommend it. Pairing it with food would require something big and flavorful so the flavor of the food is not lost under the wingspan of this beer.

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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 dcotom
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Nice burst of pine sap aroma on opening. Pours a beautiful clear amber color, long- lasting off-white head that leaves lots of spotty lacing. Aromas and flavors of pine, citrus peel, caramel. Bitter dry finish, with a little lingering pine resin and orange zest. Very well balanced. Be careful - the alcohol is well hidden, with the pine and citrus dominating. An outstanding brew, as I would expect from Stone.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright orange color with a fluffy two finger off white head. Aroma is pine, resin, citrus, tropical fruits, fruit rind, grass, and of course hops. Taste follows with pine, resin, citrus and tropical fruits, fruit rind, grass, earth, huge hops and a smack of bitterness, all on a bready, slight caramel malt backbone witha touch of alcohol on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, smooth, and mouthcoating, with an alcohol warming a bitafter the finish. Overall, this is a definite winner from a place that knows hops, and with this they justify that moniker. A huge, brash beer that spews hops, while remaining remarkably balanced.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh growler, pours a brilliantly clear orange-copper. Big 2 fingers of off-white foam leaves decent lacing. Smell is pretty classic grapefruit and pine, as is the taste. Some malt and alcohol detectable as the beer warms, but not much considering the ABV. The hops are powerful enough to keep the sweet malt a supporting player. Feel is a thickish medium. Huge beer, very well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of threeviews
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Bottled On: 06/09/14) into a Vapeur Cochonne branded 12oz stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a remarkable and gloriously clear orange/gold...reminiscent of some of the finest bullion left on this planet! (5.0)

S- The sweet malt backbone and hop overload creates this bitter & sweet complexity that is much more balanced than their Enjoy By series: Tropical Fruit: (Passionfruit, Pineapple, Mellon, Papaya) and Sweet citrus: (Tangerine, Orange, Ruby Red Grapefruit) engulf the olfactory hues. (4.75)

T- Sweet malt up front followed by a significant slap of bitterness on the palate. The finish reveals a tropical fruit sweetness unlike Ruination making this an absolute joy to consume. (5.0)

M- Standard Stone carbonation (nothing above 2.50 vols) allowing the malt and hop resins to coat the palate for an amazing experience. However, I would enjoy a bit more so I could enjoy it over time in nucleated glassware (4.5)

O- RuinTen gives Enjoy By IPA a run for its money! Although two totally different hop profiles, I will give the nod to RuinTen as a result of the heftier malt backbone...the hop-to-malt balance is just perfect making it that much more drinkable considering the ABV (and the labeled, 10.8% ABV does not disappoint)! However, RuinTen does not remind me so much of its in genesis in Ruination IPA. Although still dank, oily and resinous, Ruination has a black tea component in the aroma and flavor that does not translate in RuinTen...the latter replaces that essence with that of a tropical (i.e. passionfruit) vibe courtesy of the addition of Citra in the dry hop. However, three years since their initial Ruination anniversary brew (of which preceded Enjoy By IPA), this stands to be my favorite of the lot. (4.75)

UPDATE: 2016 version (Bottled: 06/08/16) poured into a Belgian Tulip/Snifter glass

Although the 2015 version (of which I did not document) seemed compromised with a larger malt presence, the 2016 vintage is ripe with everything I composed two years ago. Damn the trends of the thick, turbid and 'muddy' beers of New England because this is a magnificent beer for the style (clarity, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel) and prefer it only slightly above the 2016 edition of Devil Dancer (Founders). If you enjoy big, bold, brash and full-bodied "Triple" IPA's than this is the benchmark. It is a shame they only release this once a year. However, it is well worth the wait for such a gargantuan offering...I'll miss you Mitch Steele!

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