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

bomber poured into a pint glass

A-hazy copper,thick off-white 1 inch head, good retention, heavy lacing

S-Faint notes of hops, pine, citrus- while the aroma is nice it isn't very strong

T-Nice balance between the sweetness of the malts and hops grapefruit / lemons a bit bready

M-thick, chewy, oily resins, mild carbonation

O-another good IPA from stone, very enjoyable

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I fell in love with the concept of this beer after hearing about it, it's great let's reinvent Ruination and make it hoppier to meet the standards of today's palate. Pours a beautiful copper orange hue with big thickets of off white head, forms thick with lovely bubbles flowing forth. Aroma has big citric rind, dank resinous hops, floral and earth notes colliding this is a hop explosion of a beer I bought a case and shared half. Flavor juicy hops hit the palate with big malts colliding with the beer what a great experience hop resin in a bottle it's slick and oily through each sip, you almost have to love this if you're a true hop head. Everything about it screams Stone from the hop burps, to the intense mix of flavors that provide a beer experience I haven't had yet to the cohesive drinkability that I can't believe this beer is this easy to consume. I don't blink an eye it goes down smooth with every sip but at the same time there is raw intense hop flavors that most brewers haven't touched upon yet flowing across the palate it's extreme on more than one front excellent effort from a veteran in the craft brewing scene.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Dirty orange color, hazy and thick looking. Big white head and lacing like artwork.

S- Big citrus hop bomb, grapefruit. Pine tree resin, sweet malts and lots of alcohol.

T- Malty sweet with citrus hop overload. The alcohol is very forward and the sweetness fights through the hops.

M- Thick full feel. Resinous and beautifully bitter to the end. It is too cloyingly sweet and alcohol forward thus lacking balance.

0- I feed on hop bomb beers. This one delivers the hop fix. Its problems lie in the sweetness and alcohol overkill. I want to love it and rate it higher but it needs a tone down.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on a whim last weekend to enjoy with the All Star game.

The beer pours a pumpkin shade of orange with a thick foamy ecru colored head that leaves thick gobs of lacing lining the empty glass. Immediately upon opening the bottle there was a very strong smell of grapefruit and citrus imparted by the hops. After pouring the scent opens a bit more displaying an undercurrent of caramel sweetness beneath the dominating hops.

The taste is every bit as hoppy and it is surprising just how strong the hops are with the high alcohol content. Pine and a very strong citrus flavor commands the flavor. The back end has someof the caramel malt flavor and it mirrors the scent very well. Finishes with a strong hop bite. The alcohol content is hidden and makes no appearance in flavor or scent. The mouthfeel is on the slightly heavier side of medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

All about the hops, but you knew this before checkout. Enjoyed if not the most unique. A hop fiends' must try.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

Pours a dark gold with hints of orange, with a full white head. Nice lacing sticks around on the glass through completion.

Smell is thick with spicy hops and absolutely delicious. Somewhat sweet to back it all up.

Taste is hop-forward, obviously. Piney and spicy hops are practically overwhelming, in a very good way. There is a significant amount of sweetness there for good balance. It doesn't quite get to balance, but the effort is there. Actually seems like a bit of a fruity/orange flavor left behind afterwards.

Mouthfeel is thick with good carbonation, and a decent creaminess. The alcohol is definitely there, as well, but not to an extreme degree.

Overall this is just awesome. Would definitely pick up again, and if not, wll be impatiently waiting for next year's.

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

Pours a bright, sunset orange color with an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Smells of lots of pineapple and grapefruit, grass, tons of floral, mango, papaya, resin. Not getting much malt and maybe a hint of booze. Taste starts with grapefruit and floral notes. The middle brings lots of sweetness, as well as some breadiness; however, this just barely mellows out the hops. The finish is very big, but still complex. Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya, and pineapple. Definitely used citra hops in this. Big resin notes and accompanying bitterness. Some earthiness and grassiness. Not much malt to speak of, as the abrasive bitterness covers up the breadiness. The hefty sweetness is necessary to somewhat calm the finishing flavors. Decent amount of booziness along with a warming sensation. Full body with an oily and slick mouthfeel. Just punches you in the face with abrasive, bitter hops. Not for everyone, but I definitely dig it.

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

I got this beer from trevorjk when he came back from the States. Thanks for this well made ipa Trevor. drank it with my son in law in the small Duvel tasting glasses i got some time ago. Poured the beer in thebglass with avery nice head and a golden fluis. Nice carbonation and the smell of pineapple hops. Good and decent beer.

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow is this a great beer. The best IPA and probably the best beer I ever tasted. Almost a 5 on appearance. In fact a 5 when first poured, but it probably is just as good as all my other alltime favorites. I would have gave this a 5 total without review but it is a little pricey. That said, to date the best beer I ever tasted. Full body, great pour, great head, awesome taste, after taste even better and ABV a nice bonus. No I am not going to get into flavors and what not. This beer is delicious to my taste buds. So for me I could drink this everyday. Try it. Just my advice from a guy who likes beer from mass produced to the high end. Sorry I do not do the fancy reviews. Pour it, drink it rate it!

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Photo of Skwalk47
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Light copper, large off white lacy head
S: Citrus, biscuty malts, a hint of alcohol
T: Very hop forward, citrus, a bit of pine, less pronounced sweet malts and just a touch of alcohol
M: Nice carbonation, relatively clean considering how hoppy the flavor is
O: Outstanding, one of the best IPAs I have had all summer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Drink by 8/28/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Stone's Ruin Ten is an exceptionally strong DIPA, both in hop and ethanol character, one that doesn't necessarily redefine the style, but simply pushes hop usage to a higher, perhaps caricature-filled, level. While good, a small snifter would be probably be adequate, and the 22oz bottle format is wrongly suited for Stone's ambitions here: it felt like a chore to drink the entirety of the bottle. While enjoyable and intense for a time, I gradually begin to wonder where the line between "future historical style" and gimmick one-trick pony is. Enjoyable perhaps as a one-time sampling, the beer's intensity yields an almost instant burnout for me, and I do not see myself purchasing another 22oz bottle of this, nor necessarily a 4 or 6-pack. If PtE is a representation of an enjoyable DIPA for me, this may be moving towards it's exact opposite: aggressively heavy-handed hop and ethanol usage.

Pours a 1.2cm tall head of off-white foam, composed of small bubbles, very dense-looking and quite frothy. Retention is average to a bit above average for the style, lasting about a minute and one-half, fading to a thick ring around the circumference of the glass. Lacing is largely not present, a few small dots and lines clinging to the insides of the glass. The beer's body is a dark golden orange color, with light accentuating brighter shades and also bringing out some golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, somewhat vigorous in speed and number.

Aroma is of intense grapefruit, orange, pine and woodsiness, lemon rind, and herbal hops atop a surprisingly not insubstantial caramelt malt-influenced base; ethanol becomes noticeable as the beer warms. The website suggests nectarine, pineapple, and tropical fruit, but this does not come across for me.

Flavor follows the aroma with massive hops crammed into a caramel malt base that slightly makes it through the barrage of H. lupulus oils and acids, leading to flavors of intense grapefruit, orange, pine, woodsiness, guava, spiciness, faint sweetness, and ethanol. Front of palate features already intensely bitter hops with bitingly floral, grapefruit, and orange flavors over a still-noticeable caramel malt-influenced base with substantial hop and ethanol spiciness. Mid-palate of very strong, but surprisingly not totally cloying hop presence, including a mix of strong pine and grapefruit, with lesser, but still noticeable orange, guava, lemon pith, and super-strong bitterness; a bit of the caramel-influenced malt bill manages to provide a slight hint of sweetness and depth, while ethanol is noticeable (moreso as the beer warms). Back of palate picks up strong hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine and woodsy hops, and ethanol (especially as beer warms). Aftertaste is of high hop bitterness, grapefruit and pine, woodsiness, slight caramel malt sweetness, and ethanol heat.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium to medium-low carbonation intensity, leading to a lightly effervescent and foamy mouthfeel that is countered by the intense spiciness from the hops and low burn from the ethanol. Ethanol is fairly easily felt on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils at most stages of sipping. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours amber, very clear. There's steady foam at the top throughout the full hour I took to finish this.

The aroma is solid, especially when cold for some reason. You can pick up some serious booze in the smell, as well as some sweet fruitiness. You can definitely tell it's going to be a bomb.

The taste is quite a wallop as advertised. Sweeter than I expected, but the sweetness is overwhelmed by booze and hops. Wicked depth of flavor here, just layers upon layers. Slightly fruity sweet up front, and as each sip finishes (and especially as the brew warms) a ton of earth and spice come through. Solid dose of garlic in the finish, which is more pleasant than it may sound. A bit hot, showing every bit of the 10.5%.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. This brew is dense but not syrupy, and lends a fantastic palette to the deep flavors that reside within.

Very nice beer. Drink it ten times, I imagine you'd get ten different impressions, as there's so much to experience here.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A warm fruity mess. The classic orange color, clear and bubbly, in the Ommegang chalice. The very modest white head evaporates to leave only a few swirls of foam in the glass. Thin and acidic but the white-lightning character makes an impression.

Brewery says it is dry-hopped with Centennial and Citra. It's a big load of hops with an expansive flowery and fruity aroma. It actually starts out like it's going to be fairly drinkable, but it gets more than plenty bitter after a couple of sips. The pineapple and mango are quite distinct and persistent. Super hot with alcohol, which intensifies the bitterness.

Still, for a hop extravaganza, it's quite sippable. Good thing it's so strong. From the 22 oz bottle from a local supermarket.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unclear bottling date but drink by 9/12/13 clearly printed on bottle, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 7/12-3/13 over several hours.

A: 3/3 - deep orange-brown coloration, impressive clarity (can both see or read through), eggshell white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big time alcohol legs for an imperial IPA

S: 10/12 - typical Stone house aroma on steroids - grapefruit x 3, pear, apricot, mango, papaya....some alcohol and malt notes are also present but the hops are front and center and slammin'

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, it's what you'd expect from the aroma with a big hop presence but not overly bitter, dry but not overly so accentuating the hop aroma very well; the alcohol is present in the taste with some minor malt characters to hint at balancing

M: 5/5 - full-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 10%+ is present and perfect; moderate-carbonation for the ABV and large alcohol legs

O: 9/10 - another excellent IPA from one of the masters of style, Mitch Steele; nevertheless, I think that this RuinTen might be their best imperial IPA and glad to see that it will be made on an annual basis now instead of a 1x deal; this is a top 10 DIPA for me, and, at $8.99 for a bomber in the greater Washington D.C. area, quite affordable to boot; recommended!

TOTAL = 44/50

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, orangey-amber with bubbly off-white head

smell: really nice. smells pretty sweet with powerful hops- pineapple, citrus. grainy sweet caramely malt

taste: starts with (obviously) super hops- almost typically 10%+ dipa-- bitter pineapple, lemon/citric-sugar, mango, grain, finishes with nice mildly sweet caramel malt, pine, pineapple and grapefruit, gets a little chaffy malt as it warms

feel: dipa, medium-hefty

this is a great dipa. I'm not a huge fan of Ruination, but Ruinten definitely picks up on some of Ruination's slack.

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Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is such a dark orange that it's nearly brown, somewhere in the median between clear and opaque, with a heavy look to the body. It develops a very light tan head to an initial height of two to three fingers, which slowly settles to one, then a heavy foam. The foam that's left drops behind a combination of webbing and legging.
The smell is a hop assault, all kinds of resinous pine and citrus primarily, with a definite bracing herbal quality. It's also very bready, not quite sourdough but leaning that way. Alcohol comes out in an interesting sweetness more than a heat, though there is some. There's also lots of rind.
There's something about this beer. It might be the hoppiest out there, but there's a whole lot of malt addition evident. Stone does what they do well for sureInitially, I feel as though it could mingle better. What happens, though, is that it becomes a big attack of raw, pure hops but with balance. I can see high scores for palate destruction, and Stone calls it indelicate, but they proved some skill by making it deep. It accomplishes its purpose.
It's creamy on the palate with a body that strikes the right place in the medium to full-bodied range. It's semi-dry, avoiding going too dry or getting thinned out.

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Photo of ElSid
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: 9/13/13

A: Amber orange with a deep haziness and a full, cream colored head. The varied sized bubbles slowly fade leaving a path of lace on the glass.

S: So fresh, sweet, and dank to the maximum. Pine, flowers, grapefruit pulp, tropical fruit, and biscuit malt.

T: The hops take a hold of the taste buds and suplexes them into submission. Pine, earth and hints of green tea bitterness along with strong citrus characteristics. The tropical notes are overpowered by the hop bitterness. Somewhere there are hints of bready, biscuity malt sweetness. The alcohol is moderate and lends a warmth to the finish.

M: Syrupy and sticky with a hop oil bitter linger and a moderate, activating carbonation.

O: After stage diving into this mosh pit of hops, my palate will need several days of rehabilitation. A solid DIPA that doesn't quite separate itself from other West Coast DIPA's. The strength here in the end lacks interest and complexity.

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Photo of PaleZombie
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Tulip.

A - Deep tangerine color with about 2 fingers of pillowy white head, lots of small bubbles and fairly good retention for a near 11% beer. Very clear with lots of bubbles streaming up, nice lacing.

S - You are first hit by an awesome tropical(mangos, pineapples, apples) grapefruity hop smell. You then begin to smell all of the sweet caramel and toffee malts. Little bit of pine and mild booze smell. Awesome!

T - Tropical fruits are first followed by some bitter sweet grapefruit. About mid mouth you get the sweet malts to clean things up followed by some bitter pine and some warming alcohol.

M - Full bodied almost syrupy, perfect carbonation and a nice smooth slick feel all the way through.

O - I love it! This is extremely hoppy and there are not nessisarily enough sweet malts to balance it out. That being said this is supposed to be a hop monster that isn't necessarily balanced, however it is very balanced considering what it is. I will have to try and get a few more of these for those nights when I want my pallet blown away.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't find much fault with appearance, it's amber with an incredibly persistent frothy foam that's sticky and leaves clots and sheets of lace. There's still an a foamy head 10 minutes later..Smells of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapples. Taste is nicely bitter across the tongue with a washing of citrus pith, resinous hops and hints of pineapple flavors and a light bit of malt. The body is just outstanding. Thick and creamy with lots of heft. You can tell this is a big beer. The velvety mouthfeel, It really ties the beer together. Very impressive mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers on the palate for a long time after each sip yet it's not drying to the palate nor overwhelmingly bitter, talk about the nailing the balance for an IPA, this is about spot on.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful brew. Crystal clear, bright coper gold body. Off-white head pours with great retention and nice lace.

S - Ouuhh. Smells unbelievably fresh. Pine bitters, fennel, lime zest, dried oregano, mesquite, and fresh cilantro. Great intensity.

T - Sweet booze, woody resin bitters, mesquite, oregano. A bold, earthy pine bitterness rolls throughout the finish.

M - Thick, fully body with great carbonation. Sooth, lingering finish.

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Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery gold color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that that had good retention and left OK lacing.

The aroma started off with a really sweet malt scent, followed up by some nice pine hops. But then, then a strong alcohol scent took over and dominated the entire olfactory aspect. The beer followed a pretty similar path across the tongue. Sweet malts at first, some piney hops, then big alcohol. The alcohol took over and gave a sharp burn at the back. After the heat passed, those nice hops lingered for a while at the rear of the palate.

The body was a bit more full than is generally seen in the style, and had a bit of bitter finish. Drinkability was hurt by the harsh alcohol taste (although, I did end up drinking 3 in a row, so there's that). Overall, a decent enough brew, one worth trying if you see it, but don't get anxious if you miss it.

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Photo of MCain04
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOVED this beer. Picked up a couple bottles of it at the bottle shop and drank this one fresh, reviewing from tasting notes. Clear, orange-amber body with a nice off-white head and lots of lacing. The smell is jam-packed with juicy hops, malty sweetness, and a little alcohol. The taste follows suit, with the hops taking center stage with floral, piney, but mostly citrus and juicy flavor notes. A lot of malt but it is well balanced by the hoppy bitterness. the alcohol is certainly there but isn't unwelcome. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp, dry, and medium-full. I really love this beer and glad I got to have it.

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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 EigenBeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Looked amber like Jurassic park fossil things in the movie

S-Smells good

T- Like an amazing thick resiny sack of delicious amazing bitter yet also sweet piney goodness malts

M- So much thicker than my normal IPAs definitely well carbonated

I really really enjoy this IPA

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Best by date of 8/20/13.

Pours a frothy, light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is thick, layered, and web-like with great stick. Couldn't ask for much more.

Nose is citrus, pine, resin, sap and cane sugar. Some caramel and brown sugar too. Super aromatic. Real nice.

Opens citrus, tree sap, brown sugar, and amber. Resin and hop bitterness in the middle rounded out by caramel, molasses, and brown sugar coarseness. End is citrus and more nutty sweetness. Aftertaste is hop bitterness mixed with a robust malt presence. Solid.

Medium bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Filmy and prickly in the mouth and goes down aggressive and bubbly. Finishes messy with a lingering, coating aftertaste. Pretty good if a bit more robust than I would like.

RuinTen is one of those molasses-brown sugar-resin based IPAs that I usually don't like. However, this one pulls it off admirably and is actually quaffable. Decent but I think you really have to like this type of IPA to appreciate what's going on here. Still worth trying though.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,805 ratings.
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