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 TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden orange with a one-finger off-white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of citrus (orange, pineapple, & grapefruit) and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts with big juicy citrus with lots of orange and pineapple upfront.
The citrus fades into lots of big piney hops. A nice amount of malt sweetness olds everything together.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding DIPA. Lots of big flavors that are very well balanced. An awesome beer.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a nice strong golden orange color. small white foamy head when it arrived that faded slowly and left a strong lacing. good brightness and clarity to it.

Smell: huge bitter hop aromas. lots of tropical fruit, mainly papaya, strong citrus, lots of bitter hop resin. some mild sweetness comes through after you get through all the hoppiness. faint whiff of alcohol

Taste: opens up with a short burst of sweetness, somewhat honey-like. quickly overtaken by huge amount of hops and all the associated bitterness. flashes of papaya, pine, citrus, and resin. backend is full of a somewhat booziness

Mouthfeel: silky and creamy but with a huge amount of bitterness. linger bitterness is certainly there along with a good punch of alcohol and alcohol heat.

Overall: a super tasty IIPA. great malt base and amazing hop taste and character. If you're looking for something bitter and delicious, this is it.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stone RuinTen IPA (Formerly 10th anniversary Ruination)

200th review! Glad it was a worthy brew for it!

Look - Poured into two Dogfish Head IPA glasses as a bottle share this poured a clear filtered copper with an amber hue. Sports a full foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace, retains some, and leaves chunks and rings of lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Extraordinarily pungent bitter hops similar to the oniony Summit ones used in some of the West Coast brews I have tried, but there are definitely more than just that particular flavor. Deep citrus resin behind that. Slight malt tones provides the higher ABV.

Taste - Malt is there in a nice wave with some sweetness, then hops ride in super bitter nice blasty IBU as well as an alcohol kick, then they slowly ride out but wreck the palate on the way out.

Mouthfeel - Sits slightly dry and not overly boozy, which is extremely well done. Remarkably drinkable. More light-bodied than medium-bodied. Again, extremely well done here.

Overall - What a fantastic brew from Stone, we went and picked up another one the next day. Ballsy and bitter but well blended with a touch of sweet, an absolute decimation of the palate.

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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 Dreadnaught33
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bier Baron in DC.

The beer pours a nice dark orange with a ton of lacing left on the chaise it is served in. Nice ring of head that doesn't die down. The beer isn't that hazy, can almost see thorough to the table actually, but pretty nonetheless.

The smell is very dank with hops, just absolutely the only thing there with a very herbal and plant like note too, fresh and inviting. Some bready and slightly sweet alcohol notes in the nose too. The taste follows but there is a big alcohol note there that isn't all that appealing to me. Sure there is a boatload of hops too, but it seems kind of one dimensional with mostly just a hot grassy flavor to it that lingers a while. The feel is sudsy and nice, but also has some alcohol burn too.

Overall a good beer, but I bet it would be better at 9% than 10.8% it's just too hot for me. I'm a huge hophead, but even this dank beer is just a little strong for a double ipa.

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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 SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoy by 8.23.12 faintly etched on the neck

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep golden orange with two fingers of slightly off white head
S: smells intensely hoppy with notes of grapefruit, resinous pine sap, and a bit earthy. not much sweetness to be picked up over the hop aroma
T: indeterminate hop bitterness up front before the flavors of pine, citrus and tropical fruit starts to shine. slightly bready malt presence and a touch of caramel sweetness struggles to come forward before being beaten down by the hops. Slight earthyness in the middle and the malt base kicks in toward the end a bit more but the bitterness remains. aftertaste is more bittersweet hops that are a bit herbal
M: slightly prickly carb keeps the beer lively on the palate but this one is still fairly thick but not quite syrupy.
O: every bit as delicious as the original and kicked up a notch. I'd like to see this one show up again from time to time.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6/9/14; into a tulip.
Appearance - orange/dark gold, a slow but gorgeous parade of bubbles; the pour produces a thick, foamy white head that recedes quickly to a thin, bubbly layer. Lacing is decent.
Smell - dank hop aromas, citrus and tropical fruits, some floral notes, along with a little booze and candy!
Taste - aggressive hops up front, but a subtle sweetness that tames it slightly. The 10.8 ABV is noticeable, but I dig it! Smooth but strong!
Feel - no doubt a hop bomb and a strong alcohol presence, but so full and flavorful!
Overall - what I expected; aggressive yet laid back, strong yet subtle; when I want a strong, hop forward ale without compromising taste...Stone delivers!

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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 Hendry
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear as a bell amber,2 finger soapy white head,carbonation appears slight,lacing respectable.

Aroma is hop forward, but the dank oily type, not so much in the way of tropical nose.

Taste starts out sharply bitter, with the flavors of the grassy hops coating the palate in waves before subsiding. Slight grapefruit pith but mostly resinous acidic hops playing out here with some heat brining up the rear as the booziness becomes apparent in the throat.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy for the appearance: this reminds me of F&W Double Jack which also has a solid "bite" to it with the aggressive hops and alcohol presence.

Overall, a strong-like-bull Imperial, but the highly acidic characteristics are a bit much here. Stone Enjoy By is a much more palatable IPA for those searching for tropical qualities, and a less acidic hop wallop.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Bier Station in Kansas City--leftover from an "IPA Day" tap takeover. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Orange-amber body that is clean and clear. Head is slightly tan-colored and dissipates after a few minutes. Lacing is silky and fleeting, disappearing after settling on the glass for a moment.

Aroma - Strong, with grapefruit and floral hops. Some ether and other notes that hint at the high ABV level. Perhaps some pineapple-like acidity comes through as well.

Taste - The aroma was strong, but the flavor is even more aggressive, with more grapefruit and pineapple, and even some bitter greens complemented by a background characteristic of sweetness. There even seems to be a hint of medicinal quality, but not in an off-putting way.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, with light-to-moderate body and light carbonation. Some of the bitterness from the hops sticks in the back of your throat.

Overall, a tasty DIPA, but when it comes to Stone-made DIPAs, I'll take Enjoy By. This one is just too much from the hop profiles and not enough balance.

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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 TexIndy
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass to highlight the aroma. Didn't see a bottled date but it's pretty fresh. It was a very hazy amber color with good carb strings. Good sized white head that settles into a good collar and covering foam. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma is heavy on hops with citric (grapefruit, mango) leading the way with some grassy hops as well. You can smell the bitterness coming. Some malt and a lot of alcohol as well. Great aroma. The taste is also very hop centric with the sweet malt and sweeter citric hops leading out. By mid drink, the bitter pine and resiny hops take over and lead to a strong bitter finish. Eye puckering for sure in a good way. A lot of alcohol shows as well which I didn't like as much. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with good carbonation and strong bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a really good ADIPA that was just a bit too bitter for me to really enjoy after about a 1/3 of the bottle. I love a good balanced ADIPA and am working my way up the bitter mountain as well but this one is an expert climb for sure. Still high recommend especially if you love the bitter. One-time release and was avail here in TX. Rotation - too bitter for me to get another bottle for myself but would try on-tap or sharing.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, bout a month old. Deep color. From a vigorous pour I got a solid head, but on the second one not as much. Settled to a thin foam that stuck around. The smell is nice and bitter, like I remember orig Ruination tasting. Some of that bitterness comes through on the taste, but as it warms up just turns in to malt and sticks to the mouth. Like other reviewers have noted, Ruination 2.0 and Enjoy By are better examples of hop bombs from Stone that keep the malt bill in check. This could use more balance.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes! This finally arrived here in Northern KY. Poured (eagerly) from a bomber into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is a fairly clear orange amber with a nice head and decent lacing. The nose is potent. Big fresh floral and pine aromas bully their way up your sinuses. I'm almost afraid to drink this, but like any brave BA I'm willing to face my fears. Cheers!

(glug glug)

Woah! This is one hoppy fargin beer! Huge, and I mean HUGE, pine and citrus flavors blow the lid off your palate right from the get-go. There is a lot of flavor here. I get honey, lemon, pine, grapefruit, and even green tea (?!). The malt is ever-present and balances it all out (barely). The finish is dry and leaves your mouth almost sticky with hop resin. Mouthfeel is firm, slick, and a bit creamy.

This beer is not for the faint of heart (or weak of palate). If you don't like hoppy beers or if you're new to craft, please leave this one be. Don't try it, because either you'll hate it and write some crappy review which drags down its score, or you'll love it and there will be that much less for the rest of us to enjoy. This isn't a hop bomb. It's a nuclear missile of hops.

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

Poured from the bottle into a sampler goblet, this DIPA was a copper color with slightly off-white head. Leaving some lacing in the glass, this beer demonstrated character. The aroma was a malty peppery combination, preparing for a hop explosion. In the initial taste, one gets the carmel of the malts before the hops explode. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and a sweet grassy taste "ruin" the palate. The citra hops were easily detectable, often overwhelming the less explosive centennial hops. The malt stays in the background, but gives a nice smooth feeling to the ale. The citrus notes continue in the aftertaste while warming the throat as it goes down. This is a DIPA that some non-IPA drinkers even liked. The bitterness that some dislike in IPAs is hidden by the power of the citra.

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Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone definitely knows big, hoppy beers. Let's see where this goes.
Pours an amber color that's headed toward copper - darker than expected. A reddish tinted head springs to life with a normal pour.
Big hops running rampant, but none of that dank or oniony nonsense that seems to be so common right now. Tropical notes like pineapple and mango along with peaches finish dry and bitter, with a kiss of orange peel and pine. The old pros know exactly what they're doing here. A great mix of fruits that head right into bitterness without going bonkers with either.
At nearly 11% ABV, it's drinkable like a beer that's around 7 or 8%.
I like this a lot and say it reminds me a bit of Maharajah from a few years ago.
I'm hoping that like Sublimely Self-Righteous, this becomes an eventual regular item. I prefer it to normal Ruination, and most other DIPAs.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of my favorite IPAs. This is one of the most well balanced DIPAs I have had. It is dangerously drinkable at 11% ABV. The hop character and nose hides the high ABV very well.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$12.50 for the single. Bomber to tulip.
Sampled 08AUG12

The distribution network was inexplicably slow and I'm sure this beer's prime has come and gone - so take this review with a grain of salt.

[A] With a semi vigorous pour, a one finger high is produced. The color reminds me of French vanilla. Very small foamy bubbles give the appearance of a creamy texture, but modest retention gives way to a soapy surface. The body really illuminates when backlit. Color is medium orange, looks menacingly thick - and the slow moving bubbles prove it. Lacing is entirely random.

[S] Before the cap was completely pried off, the intense hop aroma had already wafted to my nose. It's like it was dying to escape the bottle (like two months ago, right?). Big sappy pine plus orange and red grapefruit scents. Ennn-ticing.

But. Sadly. The fresh hop aroma is quick to disappear and we are left with just an-above-average DIPA nose. Of course the ABV comes across and the caramel malt aromas begin to set in as the hop character searches for the white flag.

[T] Piney, resiny. The citrus fruit barely translates. The sweet, caramelly wort has emerged from it's hoppy cover. Damn, I wish I got to experience what the fuss was about.

[M] The mouthfeel is very enjoyable. Bitterness is constantly invigorating. Body leans full, texture is chewy and sticky yet the effervescence lifts the beer off of the tongue.

[O] Well, as expected, Stone 10th is extremely underwhelming at this point - obviously a shell of it's former self. I expected some major drop off going in to this experience so I'm not mad. I'm sure it was a lovely brew in it's hay.

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Photo of match1112
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened this bad boy last night out on the patio and i could smell the hops from six feet away. poured into a pint glass, this beer had a clear copper body with two fingers worth of creamy off white head. as i said the smell is big, couldnt wait to dump this down my gullet. aromas of orange and lemon mix with grapefruit and grass. while the taste was a little lesser than the aroma, it was still damn good. huge citrus hop flavors overpower whatever else is in there. a full body with excellent carbonation and a very oily feel to it lead to a short dry finish that left me wanting more. overall i would say very well done stone.

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Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: clear, orange, white head, good lacing
Smell: hop resin, pine, citrus, malt
Tastes: sweet, finishes bitter, citrus and lemon with a little pine
Feel: thick mouthfeel
Overall: great beer, but my bottle is almost four months which may have effected the nose

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orange color with a half an inch head.

Strong malt aroma with floral hops like bitters. Malt is like a rich bread.

Taste is crusty sweet bread with straight bitter like herbal bitter.

Excellent beer do not taste the 10% alcohol.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange/amger with 3 finger head, lots of lacing.

S: Big Big hops smell. Floral, grapefruit, Sweetness

T: Follows the nose, but there is actually quite a bit of malt, Well-balanced. Grapefruit, some peach, it actually kind of remind me of Pliny the Younger a little, but it's more floral.

M: Medium body, alcohol can be felt a little bit towards the end

O: Excellent DIPA from Stone. I don't remember the regular Ruination being this good, although I last had it very long time ago.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a filtered, orange-golden color, with a small froth head, leaving back thick sheets of lacing.

Smells of skunky peaches, luscious papaya and herb topped lemon peel. Provides cakey malts, which add a ripe note to the fruits, enhancing the diverse hop profile on the nose, without becoming too present on their own.

Packs a lower carbonation, making the beer not overly refreshing, which is also due to a sweet malt presence, lending a sticky quality to the taste. It drinks very soft though, with hops rolling over the palate from the beginning till the finish.

Tastes of sweeter malts, which turn even sweeter as the flavors evolve on the palate. Those malts blend well into the equally well developed hops, exhibiting water melon bubble gum, papaya and ripe blood orange. The malts got a honey glazed quality to them, balancing the hop onslaught pretty well. Finishes with loads of honeyed malts and dried oranges, providing a well pronounced, hop supported full mouthfeel, with a decent grassiness being integrated.

Hops and malts blend outstandingly well together, resulting in a honey dripping, well balanced iiipa, with enough fruity hop punch to push through.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,806 ratings.
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