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

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892
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5,767
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
23.72%
 
 
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Photo of HardTarget
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear pale gold glass holds a halo of white foam, no lacing. Tiny champagne bubbles slowly rise.

Smell: Mild grapefruit rind, floral whiffs of citric hops with a little sugar base.

Taste: Full hop green flavor but held in check with a cracker dry base malt. I've always felt Ruination was less hoppy than Stone IPA, this follows suit. Still, a hoppy beer by any standard, just not a bitter one sided monster. The light floral elements come out a bit, and the lighter flavor profile makes every sip enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium body, low carbonation, oily texture.

Overall: A wonderful beer. Showcases my favorite hop flavors (citric) with enough support to soak up the bitterness and let the fruity notes shine. I'll be looking for more; great stuff.

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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 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 fields336
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/23/12 Poured into Pegs tulip

A:dark golden caramel color with a one finger off white head, the beer is very clear. nice head retention for the alcohol level, bubbles are nice, leaves lacing on the sides of the glass

S: columbus hops, nice citrus, floral, peach, mango, pineapple, pithy rind, grapefruit, resiney, dank, fruity, delicious hop goodness. slight malt character caramel, bready malt.

T: This is flat out, the hoppiest beer I have ever tasted. It tastes like someone made hop tea. The hoppiness literally burns your throat going down.(or maybe thats the 10% alcohol...) That being said, holy crap, they made ruination a better beer. I thought that was impossible. For such an intensely hoppy beer, it is not balanced, but the malt is enough, a slight sweetness to ease the hops off of your palate.
Sweet citrus, floral, grapefruit, peach, mango, tropical fruit, slight pine, resin, slight malt sweetness,
The bitterness lingers slightly but it is a delicious tasty bitterness. Slight alcohol warming in the back of the throat and mouth

M: Awesome carbonation, dry as hell for a 10% and thirst quenching and leaves me begging for more

O: In my opinon they hit this one out of the park, its ruination on steroids. It is one of the best beers I have ever had. Go pick it up right now.

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

A: amber-golden clear with good head, and significant lacing
S: bread, honey, little apricot and clove maybe
T/M: sweet malt front with a little taste of birch beer, little carbonated. A dry woody sensation starts to pull on the tongue, as the flavor mellows with some light raisin/prune notes. The bitterness comes in at the end a little grassy dryness on the sides if the tongue (that lightly lingers), with grapefruit hints on the top of the tongue.
O: the initial drinks when the beer was cold were a little more pronounced and "harsher". I took a while drinking it, and as it warmed a little, the fruit flavors became a little more distinct.

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

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. get em quick before they are gone! Freshness dating 8-23-12 ! (2 months from bottling date?)

Enjoy Fresh-I think I will

Pours lightly chill hazed bronzed amber, rocky for a spell light tan head, then a tiny bubble film and nice high sheeting and webs of lacing left behind.

Hopped up nose (suprise) with hop resins, lime and tropical fruits.

Large and lovely. Waves of resiny hops, joined with tropical fruit, some slight alcohol heat/gin note/limes. Coating and super flavorful finish.

DIPA to die for. Big, bold, smooth and brash. San Diego style at its finest. Wish I could afford a case! Seek out immediatly-this one will not be around for long...pitty

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit, with some pine and orange notes thrown in. There is also a hint of biscuit malt and some alcohol. The flavor is also full of hops and features a ton of bitterness. The grapefruit notes really stand out, as does some resinous pine. The alcohol is also quite strong in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great Double IPA.

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

Appearance - Pours cloudy with a golden honey color. Head is 2 fingers thick with good retention, resulting in a nice, sticky lacing.

Smell - Big, fresh citrus aromas; orange with hints of grapefruit and tropical notes. A touch sour on the nose.

Taste - Starts with big citrus hoppiness; grapefruit and bitter orange peel with notes of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Malts are scaled back, but do well to preserve a bit of balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full-bodied. Decently carbonated. Really smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Really fresh hop citrus flavors captured here. Not nearly as malty as it's namesake counterparts. Does well to hide the 10.8%. My favorite incarnation of Ruination thus far.

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

22oz bottle

appearance: silk-screen bottle - busy as usual. served in my great lakes chalice - bright orange-amber body, light beige ring.

smell: hoppy? fresh aromatic citrus, green hops, boozy caramel malt

taste: ruination is a pretty solid beer, but this amplified version is great - a terrific hop bite with a nice bitter finish. ruby red grapefruit, blood orange and sugar, pineapple, lemon rind. The recent sub-trend in the IPA world is alarming - when will the IBU's end? well, in this case, it works.

mouthfeel: strong, bitter, but amazingly having some hint of balance

overall: great stuff

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Photo of Kevlee722
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a glowing orange with a lovely, foamy off-white head. About a dinner width that disappears about halfway through leaving nice rings of lace. Smells of citrus, pine and some malt. Hops lead the way in the nose, no surprise. Taste is grapefruit, more citrus, orange peel and floral hops. Plenty of malt to balance out the bite from the hops. Medium-full body, playful carbonation, a bit sticky and syrupy but still above average. A great DIPA from Stone. Expected let's balance from a high octane Ruination, but far exceeds expectations of the style. Will definitely get more if available.

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Photo of Kayaker
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid IPA. Well balanced, very drinkable and i want more. After taste is not overwhelming as I often notice in imperial IPA's. What more can I say: After trying this I quickly went out and purchased 3 more bottles. Price was great also.

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

Appearance: slightly hazy, rich honey colored. Decent size fluffy head on the pour. Recedes pretty quickly.
Smell: very nice. Razor sharp hoppiness and sweet malty backbone. Nothing else to say, but well done indeed.
Taste: The Taste delivers all the goodness the nose promises. Not complicated, just damn good.
Overall: that tongue in cheek Stone swagger tells it true, "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop".

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

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

(glug glug)

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

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

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Photo of drned
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is definitely an after - work brew. Great balance of malt with hops without being too sweet under the hops. High ABV may hide rough edges, but when found on tap, sit back and relax.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours amber with a solid head.

nice aroma, hops and malt. nothing special but it's present. sweet honey hops.

taste is big and hoppy. has a malty base to it, finishes sweet, bitter, and hoppy. damn good beer. nothing special but worth the bottles i bought. a big beer.

goes down with a slight burn to it but otherwise the hops are nice. has good flavor but a big feel.

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

Nice looking, orange/tan and clear, nice lasting head and great lace.

Aroma is just amazing. You can smell the oily hops rising off the head. Monster pine and grapefruit. Fruity citrus notes.

Taste is an amazing hop bomb from the ninth layer of light beer hell! This is what BMC drinkers have to consume when the devil wins their soul in a poker game! Great big hop cones blast your taste buds with amazing flavors of citrus (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines), pine, pine resin, a lovely sweetness, and a great malty base.

Well carbonated with a pretty rich, full mouthfeel. Not dry at all, finishes pretty sweet for a double IPA. Lingering sweetness and bitterness.

I've read the reviews and I don't really concur that there's a noticeable alcohol presence. I don't detect it, I think it's pretty damn smooth stuff considering the ABV.

In a word - Stone. That's all that really needs to be said.

Congratulation on ten years of one of the best IPAs, and best breweries on the planet!

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

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Can I just say that Stone has the best bottle artwork ever.

A: Pours a deep amber with a huge, billowing, vanilla colored head that took forever to fade
S: Sticky and juicy notes of citrus hops blow my nose away. Grapefuit and tangerines dominate, but there is something more exotic in there as well. Citrusy and floral all-around with a touch of hemp and alcohol vapor.
T: More crushing hops. Again, citrus dominates with huge notes of bitter grapefruit pith, but the finish sweetens up into tropical fruit nectars and floral essences. Hemp and/or herbal hops are leafy and noticeable to a lesser degree. This is one bold and intense beer though. The double digit alcohol is mostly masked, but a warming sensation is present in the aftertaste. The finish is leafy and bitter, and the aftertaste is bitter and lingering. Definitely a bitter hop lovers beer.
M: Medium-full body, greasy, slick and chewy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Like I said, there is just a touch of harsh alcohol mixed in with the crushing bitterness.
O: Just as crushingly bitter as I’d expect from a limited Stone release. As far as DIPAs go, this one is up there. It’s no Younger, it’s no Topper, but this is definitely one of the best Stone has to offer.

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

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish golden orange color with a finger of a bubbly white head.

Smell: Smells of dank hops, fresh oranges, pine, a hint of tropical fruits and grapefruit. A tad of a malt backbone but mostly hops and the IPA smell you should expect.

Taste - Taste is WOW. HOPS. Jesus Christ. This thing surprised me and made me step back for a second. Hop bomb central. If you like hops, this is the beer for you. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is good for the style. I don't taste the alcohol at all. Great for a 10.8% beer.

Overall: Overall, super hoppy beer. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Great stuff.

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

Draft offering served in a nonic. It was an awesome experience last month to see this get wheeled into the local bar and get put on tap within seconds of arrival. Awesome that the serving temp was ideal straight from the getgo with no need to warm up. The brew appears a clear copper color. A tan creamy cap sits atop supported by streaming carbonation.

The smell is herbal as all hell with pine and citrus. A light tropical quality runs throughout with a hint of sulfur. Underneath toasty grain and a fusel touch of alcohol mix things up and a cheesy grain note towards the back evolves as it warms up.

The taste is toasty grain with a huge hop presence. Flavors of herbs, pith, pine, resins are upfront. There is a very nice tropical friut flavor present before the onset of the alcohol. The hop flavoring is really noteworthy. It displays a wide array of flavor without crushing your palate with bitternes.

This is a heavier than medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very nice tribute/anniversary brew that I would pick anytime over the normal ruination. After coming down of a week long ruination kick where i was drinking the normal brew just about every day, this anniversary is a real superior treat.

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Photo of pburland23
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my new 25 oz. snifter. Pretty excited for this glass.

I'm looking forward to this beer. I thought I had missed out on but was glad to pick up a bottle at Whole Foods on Friday.

Appearance: Pours an opaque copper amber with two finger of fluffy light tan head. Nice head retention and really great lacing. Looks like it's going to hang around for the long run.

Smell: Huge oily hops aromas...citrus and pine. The smell is moderately boozy that chases a little warmth up your nose. A very intense, but inviting smelling beer.

Taste: Overpowering and slightly raw. Insane bitterness with huge piney notes. Big dose of boozy warmth on the tale end of the sip as well as some dryness. Certainly this beer lives up to the Ruination mantle. It's over the top for sure, but also very well constructed. The bitterness is unrelenting but not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Thick, resinous and oily. A big, big sticky DIPA. I'm lingering over this one. The booziness makes it a sipper as does the palate wrecking quality of the beer itself.

Overall: Well worth the hype. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on this beer.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium chalice. No bottle dating, but fairly fresh...

A: Poured a bit vigorously as to accentuate the head/nose qualities. Amazing billowy 3 fingers worth of an off-white colored head which recedes to about half a finger, leaving some spotty lacing behind. Pours a beautiful orange/amber in color, slight haziness, and some carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is huge on tropical notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus peels. As the euphoria of tropical fruits overwhelm your senses, a rush of sweet malts, some piney resin, and a bit of astringency round off the nose. Great balance, I was very impressed and ready for a taste...

T: Wow, is an understatement. Big astringency upfront, then balanced well with a great malt backbone. As I drink this it's becoming a bit more complex, maybe my palate has been ruined already? All I know is it tastes amazing, great double IPA.

M: Medium bodied; mouth feel is a bit biscuity, light coating of the mouth and tongue with a light amount of carbonation. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, some warming effect, albeit at 10.8% and drunk by myself, is well hidden. Overall an excellent double IPA, highly recommended.

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

A nicely hopped up version of the regular Ruination, with some more alcohol to boot. Drink it fresh! Those lovely hops will fade quickly and you'll lose the fresh herbal notes and resinous qualities of the beer. Right now, you get a blast of citrus and stinky herbs in the nose and then more of the same in the taste with a long bitter finish that is redolent of pine. It's definitely a hop hit, but as big as it is, it's balanced and has a developing flavor profile that runs the range of double IPA flavors. Really well done.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A: Pours a dark orangish gold. Thin 1/4" head.

S: Excellent aroma, tons of hops in the nose. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine.

T: Excellent DIPA. Great balance between tons of citrusy and slightly piny hops with a solid pale malt base. Slightly sweet with a very bitter aftertaste. This one delivers on the promise to overwhelm with hoppiness.

M: Full bodied, slightly viscous, a bit under moderate on the carbonation level.

O: An excellent tweak to the always outstanding ruination.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clean slightly burnt amber witha finger of white head that dissapates nicley, beautiful lacing.

S: this smells delicious, soon much delicious hop aroma, tons of tropical fruit and citrus, a nice amount of resinous pine here too, this smells delicious!!!

T: taste does not dissapoint! Just like the nose, this is loaded with delicious hop flavor held together nicley with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Very well balanced, beautiful blend of hops, utterly delicious.

M: medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice creamyness with a bitter finish, mouthfeel is spot on for this brew, dangerously drinkable for the high abv, no alcohol really present. Nice.

O: yet another great brew from stone, these guys do not dissapoint, I hope they keep making this brew, because I love it !

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Photo of peacebone116
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, which I picked up on the first day it was available in the Bay Area, into tulip glass.

A: Hazy, peachy amber color. Decent head that slowly recedes leaving very fine lace at the edge of the glass.

N: Heavy on the hops with a malt character to prop it up. Dank citrus & pine followed by a heavy, syrupy sweet note.

T/M: Taste follows the nose with absolutely resinous citrus qualities that never fully give way to a malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium, approaching heavy, but not particularly as thick as what I would expect from a beer that breaches 10%ABV. The heat remains a bit masked from the powerful hop qualities. Despite being very hoppy this does not really hint at garlic & onion flavors, which is a big success in my book.

This is a great tribute to the original destroyer of pallets! Obviously, I like the flavors of this one better than the original, although this may just be due to the effects of a gloriously heavy handed dry-hopping. Very tasty, Stone! You do hops pretty well, and I think most of us hop heads would have to thank you for popularizing the Imperial IPA style!

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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