Stone RuinTen Triple IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber color with a moderate sized off-white head. Some clumps of lace.
Aroma of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit. Sweet malt background.
Mostly a pine resin and bitter orange taste. Some tropical fruit, not as much as I thought I would get from the aroma. Caramel.

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Photo of beercam
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I think the BA brother's aversion to hops is very intriguing. they seem to be very critical of over-hoppy beers. The rating disparity between them and the public consensus again I find very interesting. I am also rating this brew against all other IPA's. All Hail Flea the Bassist.

As a triple iPA, one would expect an assaulty, punishing experience of a total and unminitagted hop-smack. No. This is a balanced beer. This also is a triple-IPA.

I know these two things might be unseen together. But i meant it when i wrote it, and I still do. es - malt arrives to save the day. But! An infinite other number of things also arrive to save the day. This beer takes a bold stance and defends it fiercely. It was *very* filtered. Perfectly clear. Overfiltered, Was a bright halloween orange, with an evasive head. The liquid acts as many extremely hoppy beers do, which is strangely. Just missed the 5 here, and again, I'm rating to category, only because of it's nightmare filter job. This beer's ratings roost among the highest precipices of beer creation. Have you seen a thunderhead bloom and then diminish? That is the complexity of this bountiful beer. Stone tried hard here. I think they have a lot lot lot more to give.. Thanks to the people behind it. thanks capitalism, thanks beer ! LovE

22 oz brown glass
10.8% alc./vol
v rare <3


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Photo of colts9016
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I finally decided to try this behemoth of a beer. A Triple IPA was just insane. Got the beer on tap in a tulip style glass. The beer poured dark mahogany color with reddish tints. The head is off white with good retention. The head left a sizable amount of lacing on the glass. The beer is near opaque and has some carbonation bubbles.

The nose is strong grapefruit, pine, floral, grass, perfume, caramel, toasted malt, bread yeast and booze.

The taste is pine, floral, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, floral, grass perfume caramel, bready, biscuits, booze, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is bitter, carbonated, crisp, slightly chewy, and the finish lingers.

The onslaught of hops is mind boggling. The hops is strong but not overwhelming. The malt backbone is very firm and hold up to the hops assault. This is one monster of a beer, very good, very well made, and very tasty. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep auburn with a two finger orange white head. The nose is the best part of this beer. Pineaple, tangerine, pepper, passion fruit, lavander, grapefruit, lemon, cough syrup, there may be infinite notes to pick up. I feel as if I drift in between dimensions with each whiff into worlds in which I am drinking versions of this beer containing separate hop bills. How else could one beer have so much complexity? Next comes the taste. The taste is the best part of this beer. It is somehow perfectly balanced. I say somehow because this li'l devil is hopped up as shit, and somehow, the malt profile is so deep and robust, that it is able to hold its own against such an aggressively bittered beer. It's like Draymond Green knowingly taking a backseat to Curry because even though he knows what he brings to the court is of equal importance, he does not have the flash or star appeal of Stephan's shooting. Up next is the feel. The mouthfeel is truly the best part of this beer. It is thick and oily. It coats your mouth and sooths your soul. This mouthfeel has the body you want from a Russian Imperial Stout but the slick oil quality that an ipa requires. They play together. No one is the superstar. Like the first and second violins in a Bartok string quartet, neither has importance over the other. In summation, this beer is good.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been following the evolution of RuinTen for a few years now, so, when I popped into my local Craft Beer Cellar (Westford, MA) and encountered two of my favorite store associates engaging in discussion about the beer (whether it should change ABV each year to reflect the year, whether it should follow current IPA trends and become hazier/use different hops/etc.), I had to grab a bottle to see how I felt. I know that this was originally made to be a "bigger version of Ruination" and I am also aware that Ruination itself underwent a renaissance to a slightly-newer-school version last year, but I wanted to weigh in personally about this beer.

Pours a gorgeous deep amber color with an everlasting ring of off-white head that sits consistently and succinctly in my glass. Lace is ephemeral, seeming to return to the beer from which it came each time the glass is swirled, but I don't really mind when the base beer is this beautiful. Perfectly clear, and with such nice retention and head buildup... can't fault it too much here at all.

Nose is floral and pine resin with some light candied citrus, pineapple and caramel malt backing those elements up. Slight sniff of perfume-y ethanol in there underneath the other notes, though less than expected for a "triple IPA" (I hate this terminology, for the record). Slight baking spice and grapefruit peel. Honestly, this is a weirdly underwhelming beer in the nose. It presents some semi-unique but anonymous scents that seem to have very little relevance to each other.

On the tongue I get a much better coagulation of the disparate elements from the nose, with deep caramel malt leading before being almost instantly subsumed by hop acrobatics. Pine, grapefruit, orange marmalade, peppery spice, rose florals and bready malts combine to deliver a very impressive flavor profile.

Full-bodied with a generous carbonation and slight sweetness in the finish to balance the intense bitterness, RuinTen definitely delivers on multiple fronts. It isn't my favorite beer by Stone, but it doesn't mess around and delivers pretty much precisely what it sets out to: a frontal hop-assault with very little distraction on the way. My CBC friends may disagree, but I believe Stone should keep things the way they are with this beer. The ABV is a bit much for my taste, but it is sensible if taken in the context of being a celebratory, once-a-year brew and the combination of Magnum for bittering with Centennial and Citra hops in the dry-hop is a winning combo that delivers citric, floral and piney elements in spades. Good stuff, at a solid price.

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

A: Deep bright amber, 2 finger off white, good retention
AR: Dank pine resin, sweet potato/squash, subtle citrus, stone fruit
T: Follows nose, sweet malt, slightly bitter hop finish
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

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Photo of emount91
3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

bottled dated sometime in June 2016, so actually pretty fresh. pours a very clear dark brown/copper, no haze whatsoever. foamy head with big bubbles, but nothing special on the eyes. Smell was big on the malt and resin, maybe some pine and citrus but they are heavily muted by the malt and resin. taste was the same notes, just a little more citrus and pine, definitely still huge huge resin bomb. malts get a little toasty on the back end of the taste, and the booze is very hot and apparent. feel was the only thing this beer had that was above par. this beer was not easy going or smooth, it was pretty difficult to put down to be honest. i'll be sticking to regular Ruination (2.0) in the future.

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Photo of sakayus
3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Last year's was great, but this one for some reason tastes very harsh and has a strong alcoholic taste. Slightly phenolic taste and not balanced at all. Way too bitter tasting. Good malt back bone, good mouth feel. The taste is just too off for me to drink the rest of the bottle.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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