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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 | website

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:
884
Ratings:
5,731
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
23.95%
 
 
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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 TheMultiYeast
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, vibrant orange with a big white head. Lots of lacing.

Could smell this as soon as I cracked it..Big juicy pineapple, orange, grapefruit, some pine, big deep hop aromas.

Immediate hop bomb on the palate. Huge citrus again, some malty backbone with the sweetness, then the massive slapping lingering bitterness. Slight warming from alcohol.

A sipper through and through. Dry finish.

This is a must have for hop heads.
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(I must note that I had the second release of this beer and the smell was much boozier. Tingle-the-nose boozy as it warmed.)

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Photo of nodder
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear red/orange in color with a 2 finger white head. Fades quickly leaving some decent lacing.

S- Big, dank tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit, pineapple). Sweet malts and pine also present.

T- Much like the smell. Very resinous and dank. Quite sweet and bitter to go with the huge hops. Alcohol there but well hidden. A great beer here.

M- Medium body and surprisingly smooth. Just enough bitterness to leave you wanting another sip. Low to average carbonation.

O- A palette wrecker, for sure, but so good. If you haven't tried it, do so.

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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 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 korguy123
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. Purchased in Buffalo at Consumers Beverages.

A- Slightly chill hazed dark orange pour with a finger width, soapy, sticky, off white head. Lacing is good.

S- Massive amounts of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple and lime with bitter resinous pine in the backing. Very little in the way of sweetness. Slight floral that reminds me of dandelions. Very lop sided on the way of bitterness (what did you expect anyway?)

T- Oh my, this is something else. Full on onslaught of pine and grapefruit. Orange and limes with a huge wallop of floral and just pure fresh squeezed hop nectar. Slight sweetness but a juicy lingering, bitter finish.

M- Slightly heavier than normal. A little on the chewy side which is nice. Alcohol is hidden and the finish is lingering.

O- I guess the question is "How do you make Ruination better?" Simple answer is "double the hops!" They've done that and hit a home run. Can't wait to see what the 15th and 20th anniversary brings!

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Photo of kaseydad
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this after much searching.

Pours an apricot colored ale with a nice dosing of off-white foam. Light lacing.

Citrus smells galore! Huge almost nostril burning citrus rind and malt aromas. Some orange, BIG pine, rubber and some Pine Sol like whiffs. I'm liking the intensity here.

The taste is definitely not as big as the aroma. There is a big hoppy bite up front followed by some massive mouth-salivating after the swallow. Malty. Citrus. Grapefruit. Passion fruit.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but rather smooth. It works.

Overall I love the effort and props to the Stone crew for recognizing this staple style. I am honored to try this but the price will scare me away to play another day. A well done brew (as usual) and worth seeking out...but you better hurry.

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

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

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

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

my god finally.

deep amber body with a huge foamy white head. Damn this smells like alpha acids and powdery malt. Little bit of grapefruit and resin.

They should have called this Palate Wrecker instead of that Green Flash thing. SO much bitter resinous hop flavors. Slippery hop extract oils are different, but a welcome addition. Hop flavors are that resin, a touch of grapefruit, and just a bit of pine. Hints of pineapple come and go.

Where there is a ton of hops, there is enough malt to balance things out. This makes it feel slightly creamy and honey sweet. Sticky malt is almost chewy. Finish is piney and bitter, but its doable.

This thing packs a Mike Tyson Haymaker, but its doable. Thick and rich, but really good.

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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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Photo of gcamparone
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip/snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a completely clear golden amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly slowly to some chunky foam. Leaves heavy lacing.

S- Pretty potent, the aroma hit me the second I cracked it open. Immediately I get big grapefruit-citrus and grassy, earthy aromas combined with pine and definitely caramel and toffee.

T- Wow, slightly different than I was expecting. I was expecting a hop-heavy, juicy, tropical blast, instead it's more on the piney, resinous, citrusy side. After the initial hop blast, I get big malt notes that are almost creamy, like vanilla cake frosting (weird, I know, but I'm definitely getting this). The finish is piney, bitter and astringent, and sticks on the tongue for a while. The hops seem to be all over the place in this one.

M- Medium carbonation with a pretty heavy body. Leaves a bitter taste for a while.

I wasn't exactly blown away by this beer given it's hype, but it was still a good drink. I could name many other DIPAs I'd rather be drinking, including "enjoy by" and the original ruination. The balance was a little off on this one, the hops kind of just punched you in the face instead of working together. Do try it though.

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Photo of yamar68
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber gold, rather still, with a couple fingers of sticky, dense off-white head. Great lacing. I wish the body appeared a bit more lively.

Smells like a mix of extremely fresh hops - tons of hop resins, nothing very original is brought to the table but it all exists so harmoniously. And fresh, did I mention fresh?

Massive flavors on the tongue... sweet boozy citrus, like a Hopslam. Some abstract bitterness shows itself in the aftertaste. Just a fuck load of hops. Yummy.

A bit thin, but at this point, who cares? Hops are the star of the show.

Great beer.

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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 Notacraftdrinker
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

Trying for the first time. Has unbelievable taste. Hop forward but doesn't kill you wih hops. Great citrus. Color. Head. Aroma is one of the best. Standout beer of 2014. Wishing I could have had earlier loved loved loved it. Must have

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very glad to find this on the shelves since I had heard it was out and I have enjoyed Ruination each time I've had it. Pours a slightly hazy orange/yellow body with a solid two-finger off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

Lots of hops in the aroma. How many hop variations did they use in this brew? I'm getting floral, tropical, citrus and pine resin notes. All this backed by some sweet caramel malt aroma.

Nice balance of flavors, even better than the aroma because the hops are dominant. The sweet malt stays in the background, especially as it warms. The pine resin hop notes take center stage in the flavor, but are accompanied by generous helpings of mango, lemon, grapefruit, and even orange citrus notes.

Medium thickness and an oily hop texture in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the avid hop-head. Very enjoyable and highly recommended if you can get a bottle.

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Big props to Stone for this one. If you've ever had a Ruination, just amp that up with a higher APV and more hops to the taste buds! Love this beer. Well balanced for a big hop beer. Very dry just like a ruin(your palate)ation should be. Well done. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a big hop IPA. ENJOY!

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Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Dark orange, amber color with a finger of an off white, cream colored head which fades to a thin coating and collar. Body is fairly clear with some light carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Orange, mango, peach, pine resin, light malt sweetness.

Taste: Light malt sweetness upfront. Lots of hop flavors of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, mango. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Medium high bitterness in the finish, with a strong alcohol warmth.

Overall: Excellent DIPA. Extremely flavorful and well balanced. Glad stone decided to make this a yearly release.

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Photo of hermit990
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 6/19/2014. Review Date: 7/5/2014.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear copper color with two fingers worth of an orange/white head. Good lacing retention, head recedes to a thin layer. Moderate level of carbonation.

Smell: Intense citrus and pine aromas. Grapefruit and orange peel. A bit of a tropical fruit sweetness (pineapple) as well. Dank, earthy characters among a floral quality. A slightly sweet malty aroma on the finish blends well with the initial hop quality. Fantastic smelling IPA.

Taste: Massive bitterness. Pine/earthy hops fade into the citrus fruit flavors. A bit of a tropical/stone fruit sweetness underlies the initial burst of bitterness. Hints of the malt backbone poke out along the tongue. Finish is bitter until cut by a slight sweetness, like a lightly sugared piece of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to this one. Strong bitterness prevails along the tongue, lingering, tingling and numbing the senses and aftertaste. No alcohol presence.

Overall: Simply a massive IPA. Excellent to drink if you enjoy putting your tongue through the rigors. Great stuff, and the fresher you can get it, the better. Should be available if you can get Stone beers in your area, and at $7.99 per bomber (locally), it's worth giving the mouth some exercise. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden orange into a snifter. Two fingers of off white head with nice lacing. Aroma was full of citrus and orange with a hint of caramel. Initial taste was citrus and tropical, with some following resin and caramel. There was a warming alcohol presence that was more prominent that I would have liked. Finished dry and clean. Very nice.

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Photo of themind
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a quality brew! to me this beer is less bitter then the original yet has a larger hop blast. The brew is very drinkable even at the high ABV. The aroma was hoppy and the carbonation was crisp. If you like Ruination you will really enjoy this one. A quality brew from a quality brewer.

Bottom Line: Palate wrecking hop blast!

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Photo of Catracho5
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Amber, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side, an off white creamy head, lots of thick lacing.

A: Smells very sweet, very malty, not picking up any hop aromas, no citrus, no pine, not picking up any alcohol. For being a hop monster it sure lacks a lot of hops.

T: Very sweet, malty, lots of citrus rind bitterness, but this has a very strong sweet malt presence, not really digging the flavor.

M: Very dry, has a creamy mouthfeel, rakes the tongue with bitterness.

O: I did not like this, very malty, very sweet, some citrus notes on the aroma and taste but the malts win this battle. I've noticed that some IIPA are very malty, not sure if I like this, I prefer more citrus/ piney notes than a big sweet malty presence.

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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 becktone
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done in a horizontal review/tasting with GLBC Alchemy Hour

Eye: Crystal clear orange on the pour. Very nice creamy dirty white head that holds and leaves excellent lacing. Really they don't get much better appearance wise.

Nose: Big hoppy aroma upfront. Definitely can tell that this has been dry hopped. Citrusy hops dominate, grapefruit and some limey aromas. Overall nice. Malt backbone to support it all.

Tongue: Malt upfront with some alcohol and nice hop flavor. This beer is balanced very well. Citrus hop flavors meld nicely with the strong malt presence with a nicely balanced finish. Body is heavier than I'd have expected but the hop bitterness and citrus flavor help to lend lightness to it. Taste here lingers, alcohol on the back of the throat with hop bitterness sitting on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: This is one I'd have no problem drinking again. But really, its not something that is so amazing that I'd seek it out. Glad I bought the bottle and tried it, but nothing really all that mind blowing. Really good, but its not one of those beers that changes your world.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured chilled in an ale glass chez White

A: medium amber color; fantastic lacing; medium head; modest carbonation
S: malt, hops--very intensive, sweet, and lingering
T: crazy bundle of hops and malt, with overtones of bubblegum; very complex, very intense flavor; one of the most delicious IPAs I've had; flavor lingers long

Unbelievable. Get it. Buy a second.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 version bottled 6/19/2014 poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out golden amber and with excellent clarity (like many IPAs from Stone). Nice eggshell colored head with mostly small bubbles, nice frothy lacing to it, almost looks like a road map on the upper portion of the glass and there's a ring around the edges on the top and a little island in the middle. Liquid glows when you hold the glass up to the light; a nice overall looking DIPA.

Smells awesome. Initially there's a good helping of generously honey glazed roasted than toasted pale/caramel grains. Multiple different styles of hops detected in the nose, but some of the more mild ones in the nose, you can tell it's not going to be a complete palate wrecker. Starts a little grassy and floral, but plenty of tropical fruits and hints of woody and sappy pine in there. Hints of pepper slightly tickle your ode at the end.

Tastes phenomenal, big flavor all around. Lots of honey roasted sweet toasted grains, almost slightly buiscuty. After that there's an extremely generous amount of hop flavor. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and some other tropical and citrus flavors. Hints of sticky prickly and sappy pine then there's a slightly spicy hop almost peppery flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel is really good. Big, bold, flavorful, with a full body and a nice long lingering finish. Layers of flavor adding lots of complexity. Well carbonated providing a slightly lighter body to a getting close to heavy beer. Heavily effects both sweet and bitter taste buds. Starts off bold with a sticky sweet start, not completely but fairly smooth with a oily bitter finish. Slight warming effect from the alcohol. Overall and absolutely delicious well rounded full beer. Another home run from Stone. I'm glad it was brewed again, I missed out last year. If this is coming out every summer (which is what I hear), then I will try to seek it out.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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