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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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4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a very hazy orange copper gold body. Head is a full two inches of biscuity off white creamy fuzz. Nose is fruity up front then dominated by resiny full with hints of pine and woodsy grasses. This beer hits the mouth with a tangy champagne bitterness that is wonderfully dry and very crisp. Prickly on the tongue with a long lingering bitterness on the mouthfeel. This brew really defines a great DIPA on the dryer side. This is one I would love to have more of to pair with food. Hopefully they bring this one back as a permanent brew.

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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serve by me...at home...out of a Bomber in a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Got this bottle back in early July 2012....aged it in near cellar conditions. ( cool corner of my closet)

Appearance: Pours a mid to dark amber color with a white, thick frothy head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: strong aged malt characteristics. Strong citrus and gentle pine nose. Some booziness. Still a decent hop nose after almost 8 months.

Taste: aged malt for sure. Very light caramel and I suspect some biscuit malt maybe...would explain the fantastic head. This is what I want a strong Imperial IPA..hell even a hoppy barleywine to taste.

Mouthfeel: the slightest of a chew...like a Barleywine almost...very noticeable booze bite and still a decent hop finish...they must of used a lot of citras.(IMO) Balance comes to mind.

Overall: a great beer. I'm surprised it aged this well in less than 8 months...I'd expect these characteristics from a year+ old Hog Heaven or Hopsickle...reminds me of the two year old 120 I had last year.(less boozy of course)

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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited to score a bottle of this one. It goes very heavy of the hops, of course, Citra and Centennial dominate the nose along with citrus and very, very light pine. The taste was fairly frustrating as the nose gets overpowered by the 10.8 ABV. Definately better than standard ruination, but fails to have that wow factor that we search for in the ultimate beer. enjoyable for a hop-head but this will faintly be remembered for nothing more than an over-the-top anniversary release.

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3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Bottle from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a Stone goblet. Pours a moderate golden color with a nice white head. The nose is an overload of citrus hops and a bit of pine. From there, it goes downhill. The flavor is indeed quite hoppy and fairly nice, but it’s also fairly boozy, which is an unpleasant sensation when combined with the extreme bitterness. Definite heat there. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of Topher78
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a golden color with a fingers worth of a white head that left great lacing. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The flavor profile was dominated by citrus and pineapple with numerous tropical fruits in the background. The mouth feel was sticky and finished dry and bitter.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop bomb, 10.8% alcohol. Tons of flavors of pine resin, grapefruit pith, pineapple, apricots, and slightly caramelized/biscuity malt underneath. Mostly oily, sticky hops though. Great beer.

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

Golden amber body topped with a thick, chunky white head. Rush of floral hops (like perfume); citrus fruits; biscuit and caramel malt notes in the aroma. Warm and delicious rush of flavors with a strong bitterness; warm bread with a delicate fruit-like undertone; alcohol heat is well-pronounced. Medium-body; juicy.

A powerful and flavorful brew. A little over-the-top with the boozy ABV character, but lots of interesting tasting notes within its depths.

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Photo of Luk13
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Slightly hazy gold pour with smallish white head. Aroma is hoppy, menthol, some stinky onion, not particularly enticing. Taste is oniony, wet, really bitter. Not much tropical fruits and pine, lots of bitterness and alcohol. Really not what I was expecting. A bitter disappointment to say the least.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tied with DDH Ruination as the best ipa Stone has produced by far. A true CA masterpiece. Giant citrus, tropical fruit and oily pine notes balanced in a big way with a moderate boozyness and a solid malt backbone. This should be made again and again. I was beginning to despise Stone til they redeemed themselves with this bad boy.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber orange in color and poured with a half finger high off white head tat died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose-so strong that I could smell the hops from a foot away after pouring the beer.
T: The overall taste is very malty and has notes of caramel malts along wits lots of flavors of citrusy and grapefruit hops. A moderate to strong amount of bitterness is present and stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate mount of carbonation.
O: This beer is definitely a malt and hop bomb and definitely tastes strong with some notes of alcohol in the taste. It is more of a sipping beer.

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

I lucked upon this bottle a few weeks ago. I grabbed the last bottle in the store with a big smile on my face.

This is a really impressive IPA all-around. You get a lot of hop presence in the nose. I really enjoyed the bouquet on this bottle. You get this citrus, flower, and a bit of vegetal presence.

The flavor profile is complex, well balanced, and very clean. I like the continuation of the massive hops. You get the balance from some of the malt.

This is an impressive IPA. It was inspired from another great IPA. I really liked this creation from Stone.

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing
RUINATION 10th Anniversary IPA

LOOK: Clear orange colored brew with a soapy white foam leaving a web of lace on the glass. Appears like a resinous, sticky icky IpA.

SMELL: Big time tropical fruit, almost like fresh squeezed pineapple juice. Just a little bit of grapefruit, pine and resinous notes.

TASTE: Lots of earthy hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and alcohol. Enamel stripping bitterness, muted tropical flavors. Oily citrus comes through, and a honey-sweet malt flavor is barely there with the onslaught of hops. The alcohol is well integrated and subdued, cut by the hop bite. Like a spiked pine and citrus soda, if such a thing could ever exist. This beer gets better the more you drink it, I'm diggin.

FEEL: Full bodied, a bit syrupy and sappy, moderate carbonation. The oils from the hops completely coat the palate, and dries it up. Truly living up to the name I am hereby ruined. Another casualty of West Coast hops.

OVERALL: This anniversary beer is a celebration in its own right. Great hop flavor, well masked alcohol, and enough bitterness to make the average beer drinker cringe. For those who love hops, this is for you.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 7/29/12. Wish I had taken better notes! haha!

A- Finger and a half head over a beautiful deep gold/amber pour.

S- Nose is overwhelmed by citrusy hops, especially grapefruit aroma. This will be a hop-bomb!

T- While all the hops that were in the aroma are there in the taste, this is actually extremely well balanced with a heavy dose of caramel malts.

M- Nearly perfect for the style.

O- An outstanding Imperial IPA!

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Photo of JDizzle
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. The drink by date is 8/23/12-a bit late, but I like a dated DIPA. I had it fresh as well.

Looks really nice with an orange cloudy finish. A little white head with epic lacing. It's a beaut Clark!!

Smellsl like a huge malt and hop bomb-my fav!! Massive hop aroma followed by a nice malt bill. One of the best smelling DIPA's out there.

Taste is llike the smell...bombtastic!!! This is an all time favorite. Everything is right about this beer. I get no alcohol at all. It's tropical, resiny, piny, bready, and perfect!.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and has a definite hop bitterness that last.

Top 5 of all time!! Stone is badass as usual!

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Photo of dfillius
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy amber-gold liquid. 1 finger fo head with good retention. Ring and fuzz of head left throughout. Nearly ideal.
S: Tropical fruit, man candy. Pineapple, mango, some pine. A tad one-dimensional.
T: Hop bite with some sweetness thrown in. All hops after a while. Pine, fir needle, savory dankness. For the hopheads out there! Almost like Hog Heaven (from what I remember) but less thick.
M: Chewy, devastatingly bitter. Definitely a palate wrecker. Dry finish with no heat at all! At 10.8% ABV, that is amazing.
O: I am glad to have the full bomber. I will buy again. Stone IPAs - I love 'em! Worth every penny. Note, when I did have a second one 3 weeks later, the hops had degraded a bit and it was hotter and not as enjoyable. Pliny effect.

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Photo of bjohn84
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy with a butterscotch brown. Off white creamy head forms on top

S - As soon as I crack the seal on the bottle I get loads of intense citrus before I even move the bottle, Tangerines, apricots, some floral hop notes, as it warms a bit I begin to smell the alcohol more

T - Oranges and other citrusy fruits, comes through sweet with loads of bitterness and lasting flavor after the swallow. Small numbing from alcohol, but the flavor of the alcohol doesn't harsh things up like some others this high in the style.

M - Plenty of malty backbone and body to make it a sipper, Feels kind of sticky as well

O - I love hoppy beers, and normally I find the Double/Imperial IPA to come through too malty for my tastes. This one overcame that obstacle and still had plenty of citrus come through, and enjoyed it quite a bit.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from 22 oz bomber

A-pours a hazy glowing orange color with fluffy white head nice lacing looks fresh
S-was pne and citrus hops with a sweet soapy grassy smell
T- very hops forward with loads of resinous pine hops followed by more tropical infused hops,sweet malt and lemon grass
M- dry with crisp hops ABV so well hidden you can drink the whole bomber fast really nice hp presence
O- delicious wish this was the regular ruination would love to see this one in 4-paks

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

Enjoyed a bomber of this at The Neighborhood in San Diego a week ago. Review from notes.

Pours a glowing amber red with a persistent eggshell head. Scads of lace drape the glass. The aroma is strongly grapefruity with lots of tropical fruit and pine notes as well. Malts are pretty much AWOL in the nose. The taste follows suit with a massive wall of mouthcoating pine tar hops. Tropical fruit notes and white grapefruit skin show as well, as does some aspiriny bitterness. The malt profile is restrained, but adds a lot of complexity. Its doughy and bready. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and plenty of pucker from all the bitterness. The finish lasts forever and is very bitter. Alcohol heat is fleeting, impressively well hidden.

This beer doesn't dissapoint, even though its not the freshest of the fresh at this point. Massive hops, balanced with just enough malts. Hopheads need to try this.

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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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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a very well hazed, almost dirty golden amber color with a finger of thick, dense foam of an off white color. Thick, sticky webs of lacing are left on the glass with rocky islands of foam on the surface.

S - Still smells almost identical to a regular Ruination, but with a bit more alcohol. Thick, citrusy and resiny hop aromas mixed with an abundance of sweet and caramelly malt mixed with some booze. Overall has a "sticky" smell to it, almost in a concentrated and syrupy way.

T - Nothing is shy in the aroma here...everything is intense and amped up. Heavy base of sweet, sugary, caramelly malt at the base...has a bit of a barleywine-like malt character. Tons of hops balance things as well as can be expected. Sharp bitterness that cuts through the syrupy effect, but diminishes at the finish, returning the flavors to a sweeter, citrusy/tropical fruity barleywine. Reminds me a bit of the Southern Tier Backburner with a little age on it. Booze is noticeable and slows the consumption of this beer down quite a bit. Not quite a sipper, but quaffing this will surely do some damage.

M - Thick and a bit syrupy...definitely a fuller bodied beer. Syrupy still comes to mind. Alcohol warmth, heavy citrus, caramelized sugar and intense bitterness almost overpowers the taste buds and coats the mouth in sticky sweet and resiny goodness.

O - Overall a very good double IPA, although not the hop bomb that might have been expected out of Stone for this special release. Malty is a bit of an understatement...and balanced, this is not. Really complex combination of flavors and sensations. A worthy beer for sure, although I think I like the standard Ruination a little better.

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4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY: pours a slight hazy yellow gold color with a massive 1 finger foamy white head that faded extremely slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down; typical for Stone IPA and always a pleasure to look at.

Smells of big juicy citrus hops up front, followed by piney notes, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, floral hops, grains, biscuit, light caramel, brown sugar, and then some more citrus. The malt backbone adds balance and this is a really nice fresh smelling IPA.

Tastes like the nose, but with more malt presence; flavor consists of piney notes/pine cone, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange peel, floral hops, roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread, grass, light brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf, and then some more bitter citrus notes that trails off on the clean side. Not the hop bomb that I expected, but it's incredibly smooth and well balanced and really easy to drink. No sign of the ABV, and the spices were mild like floral notes or dry hops; for such a big beer this is sessionable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time, with average carbonation, a medium body that's almost chewy and a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Overall not what I expected from Stone since it was not full of sizzling hops that smacked your taste-buds around, but it was just as delicious as I had hoped for so this was a winner in a slightly different form. Glad I got to try this one time release. This was so smooth that it exceeded my expectations.

8/24/13-Glad that Stone keeps making the RuinTen as it is a damn tasty beer. Had it a few times this summer and it is so fruity, like a pineapple, grapefruit and orange were blended with wet hops and some caramel and rich malt. Nice balance, good piney notes, solid bitterness and a grainy backbone that makes this very smooth, almost completely hiding the 10.8% ABV. Really, really enjoyable. "A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops."

9/9/14-This year's batch tasted like fresh squeezed hop juice filtered through citrus peels and dropped into a DIPA. More exotic fruits like mango, pineapple and passion fruit mix with the strong citrus flavors and rich malty backbone that is like a liquid graham cracker stirred into a hop bomb. 10.8% ABV is completely hidden as this is once again very smooth and easy to drink. Stone keeps making this brew better, so I can't wait until the next batch.

8/1/15-2015 Bottle (bottled on 6/25/15) was very dank and sweet, with lots of graham cracker, malt and brown sugar mixing with the fresh citrus, pineapple and resiny piney hops. Damn tasty again this year.

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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a cloudy burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that reduced down to a large puddle and collar of residue, and had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of pine and resin hops, grain malts and a soapy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit and orange), caramel and a mild apricot sweetness.

The taste was a little sweet and a tad bitter with a hint of caramel and a mild fruity ester at first, and then had a serious hoppy citrus bitterness along with a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an very long time after the swallow with a nice bitter and mild sweet hoppiness settling in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body with a dry yet slightly oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a very well put together brew with tons of flavor and a smooth feel, which just complimented the mildly sweet bitterness...


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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a dull burnt orange hue with a 2.5 inch cream-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly collapses in on itself. Head eventually settles into a broken, frothy cap with some residual textured clumps of lacing present as the liquid recedes. Clarity is on the murky side. This beer is a malt bomb - I can smell it from two feet away. That said, nose also expresses a slight oniony character, earthiness, citrus and rind (in that order). Big malt presence in the flavor profile. There's a caramel/toffee presence off the bat which is quickly cut by ethanol and earthy/rindy citrus flavors. The onion quality present in the nose comes out again towards the back, but it is much less assertive in the flavor profile. Finish is a combination of sweet and bitter; a nice juxtaposition. Great mouthfeel - medium-bodied with a lively, although not overly assertive, carbonation. There's a slightly oily texture and a light acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this. All of the elements don't necessarily come together for me, but this is a pretty good DIPA. I'd like to see what 2-3 years does to this beer. I definitely think it will take on some barleywine-esque qualities as it matures.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazed orange color. Some good white froth & lace.

(S)- Huge bursts of a resin-like pineapple and lime citrus. Just loaded with it that the malts are nearly unnoticed. Such a vibrant aroma that I do not really miss them.

(T)- Again, a huge burst of hops; a bit less citrus compared to the smell, but far more bitter pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance for the style with a bombardment of massive hop levels.

(O)- A massive DIPA in every sense of the hops totally overtaking every corner that this beer has to offer; and I like it!

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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 2nd and last bomber. Drinking it as I type!

A: nice 1/2" of head. With some solid lacing.

S: piney hoppy and some malts. Hint of floral too

T: hops and big on the malts. Truly like big brother ruination!

M: this is a big slick mouthfeel for a IPA. Imperial it is! Really like that aspect.

O: really good, very balanced. But yet happy it's my last one. I've almost confused myself with that feeling. Maybe because I'm finishing with a Zombie. For a quite malty IPA, I like it. Normally, I run from malty IPA, thumbs up here!

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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