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
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.

Added by ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,828
Reviews:
905
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bold DIPA, hits the mark. Wafts hop aroma. Translucent body with enormous soapy head. Smooth and big 100 IBU territory. Reinvigorates a romance for the style.Fruity tartness.
Very drinkable and well integrated, though with pineapple acid it is a sipper.A bit boozy. Doug's bottle.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white frothy head with nice lacing on a crystal clear golden with slight amber hues body, perfect really.

S: very strong and full nosed flavor with floral and citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, tangerine, orange, mango and pineapple. slight oak mustiness, again, perfect really.

T: Flavor goes more to the piney and resiny side of an IPA. Alcohol is there but less noticeable as you drink this one. Bitterness is about as much as I can handle before it is too much to make it a good beer. caramel, citrus, grass and light herbal notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. A little sharp.

Overall: Very nice beer. If the pine was just a little milder it could be a 4.5 or 5 there as well. It hurts the drinkablity really. Still a must try brew.

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is super hoppy (obviously) with citrus zest, herbal hops, and some of the dreaded onion-like hop aromas which I wasn't expecting. Taste is actually quite sweet with citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, and some malt in there too. A slight onion flavor starts to emerge as the beer warms. The bitterness on the finish is actually pretty tame and starts to fade somewhat quickly after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I think tastes better than it smells. Not a huge fan of the onion aromas and flavors however.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, let me say that this is a good beer. However, I'm not sure why it has received the tremendously high scores it's received.

Appearance is good with a clear amber orange and a nice, albeit short lived, white thin head.

Nose is lovely and best part. Very assertive fresh ripe pineapple that just couldn't be more inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy but a bit light on carbonation. I'd like more carbonation to balance the huge (although somewhat dull) hop bitterness in the taste/flavor profile.

Taste is where this one loses me. Not bad in that there is a big assertive hop bitterness. The trouble is that the bitterness has no brightness at all.

(I actually just also had a Zombie Dust which blew this one away in all respects, having the brightness of what I believe is Citra hops. Yes, I know that ZD is considered a different style but it drinks better in all respects, for example only, than this "designated" IPA).

In any event, the taste of this one is one dimensional - i.e., dull and boring bitter with no character; no charm and nothing really appealing.

Finish is equally dull bitter with low and flabby bitter tones.

I love big hoppy beer; big hoppy beer that is "bright" and more acidic, for lack of a better word. This is a decent beer but only a bit better than average. JMO

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

a textbook west coast ipa, a towering beer, a colossus if you will (and oh, you will!). crystal clear, uncommon in big hoppy beer, no hop or chill haze, and just a fluffy white head, far too delicate for the liquid beneath it. pine aromatics fill the room when i pour the bottle out, carbonation creeps up, and fresh cut christmas tree dominates. other citrusy characters are there in the nose too, but this is a resin bomb, somehow clean though, the whole thing is like an ipa i have had a billion times before, just made quite a bitter better than basically all of them. its so creamy at first sip, too gentle for how intense the hops are, and bitterness is only average. its layers of citric and sappy hops, west coast glory, but delicate and drinkable, scary drinkable really for what it is. this is a better first beer than a last beer in a session, and for all the hopped up stuff stone does, this may be their crowning achievement. clean feel and finish, just enough bubbles, and a medium but fresh and lingering body. its a number of paradoxes all wrapped into one neat affordable package. i have been a fan of stone for a long time, but i am now convinced that this is the best of their portfolio. cant believe it took me this long to get into one. wow! an absolute must for the ipa fan, not to be missed under any circumstances. true brewing magic.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice slightly hazy golden color. The head head it white, it's sticky and leaves a prominent lacing on that glass. The smell of the beer is fresh, lively and floral. Citrousy notes of lemon and lime with some malts in there too. The taste of the beer packs a pretty good punch, the hops are big, lots of citrus and bitterness to the flavor. The mouthfeel has a good amount of body to it. The carbonation was at a good level also. Overall it's a solid beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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 BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As if the original Ruination doesn't live up to its name, its big brother sure can. This massive IPA is chocked full of hop character done the citrusy American way- the aroma, flavor, and bitterness celebates the hop cone like no others can.

Surprisingly clear and clean looking, the honey-amber colored ale is bright and haze free. Topped with a firm and steady cap of dense white foam, the beer seems to glow in the glass. Strong retention and predictable rings of lace sing the praises of highly hopped ale.

Hop aromas seem to fill the room upon the uncapping of the bottle. The pour continues to reveal layers of hop flavors that portray and juicy scent of citrus and honey. Grapefruit leads the way but brings along complementary notes of oranges, apricot, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and mulled grassy herbs.

The beer's flavor starts bitter-sweet and finishes bitter-sweet. The honey-soaked citrus and tropical fruit character carries over directly from the nose and puts on a show. Ripe tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, mango and apricot puree, sweet pineapple, and a pungent earthy taste that reminds me how closely related that the hop plant is to the cannabis plant. Delicious candy coated hops turn from citrus fruit at mid palate to clean piney bitterness to finish. With the added malt bill that pushes the alcohols north of ten percent, also comes a balance that gives the beer a mild jammy taste. The flavors are strong and focused; where complexity isn't in the varying flavors, its otherwise celebrated by its shear enormity.

Firmly malted and robustly carbonated, the beer carries a full body that's seemingly lighter by the cutting power of bitter alcohol and hop resin. A finish of dry resinous texture finishes the beer cleanly despite a thin coat of honey malt that teases the palate until the next sip.

If this is how Stone celebrates Runiation's 10th anniversary, I can't wait 'til he turns 21.

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

22oz bottle, denoted as a "Triple" IPA. I've always found it a bit strange when anniversary brews (for example, Unibroue 17) get reproduced year after year, with the same original name.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky melting iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of sticky, resinous pine - one thankfully light on the dank - heady orange, red grapefruit, pineapple, and other muddled tropical fruits, brown sugar-flecked caramel malt, and further leafy, weedy, and well perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is dense caramel/toffee malt, strong, yet muddled citrus pith, some still isolated tropical notes (pineapple and kiwi, mostly), terse pine needle and resin, a bit of gin-like herbal and botanical booze heat, and a subtle earthy leafiness that just seems to need a little love amongst the morass.

The bubbles are quite understated in their plain, unadorned frothiness, the body a solid medium-weight, and generally smooth, those acrid pine essences hard to totally obfuscate, and a wee bit creamy, in a caramelized sense. It finishes sweet, piney, citrusy, and boozy, so, um, great!

Yeah, this is another all-around big-ass, and thuggishly hoppy Stone deal, the deltas worth searching for existing only in the brewery's own canon of similar-ish offerings. So - as my toddler is fond of saying before tackling the big-boy toilet - heeere we go! This is much more malty than Ruination 2.0, and way less dank than Enjoy By (at least the last one I had). There, now I've had my hop fix until, oh, say...tomorrow.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

10.8% confirmed. Bottle acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop on Saturday. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and posh etched label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are actually high even though I despise Stone; I've heard some pretty good things about this one.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention (~7+ minutes) for the high ABV. Frothy, silky, and appealing. Body colour is a surprisingly hazy murky orange-copper. Tangerine orange, if you will. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Carbonation bubbles are visible in usual quantities; carbonation seems fine. Nice sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. I'm actually fairly impressed with the appearance, though the lack of clarity and translucence has taken me off-guard.

Sm: Hop character is generic floral with light grapefruit, some nectary notes, and some pine. But what catches my attention is not the hops; it's the overdone milky sweetness. Nectary and sticky and too prominent for the style. They definitely doubled the malt to compensate for the hops, but I don't know that they did it well judging by the aroma. I don't detect any yeasty notes or alcohol. A messy aroma of moderate strength. The emphasis is in the wrong place and there doesn't seem to be any balance - but hey, it's Stone.

T: Some wretched grapefruit with an overly sweet malty foundation that really destroys all balance - especially in the third act, where I'm left with a milky rotted tangerine character that lingers off the finish. Blech. Some nice juicy citrus up front, but it's quickly destroyed by the poor malt build. I don't know which pale malts they selected, but they're not doing it for me here. Amarillo or columbus would have been much better hop choices. Hop character lacks diversity, depth of flavour, or evocative quality. Overdone caramel contributes to the third act nightmare. Butterscotch. Cream. It's like it becomes a crappy saison in the third act, but without the accompanying spice - just milkiness and caramel malt. Alcohol does come through, but it's well hidden for the most part - and besides, it's the least of the problems here. To be honest, the flavour isn't that bad in the opening act; the grapefruit is a bit more overt and the maltiness hasn't gone rogue yet. But the balance - both structurally and in terms of flavour - is wretched. Another mess from Stone brewing. Pineapple hits on the climax. Maybe some clove? Who cares. It's complex without any balance or subtlety; any homebrewer can dump a bunch of ingredients in, but it takes a master to control them. This tastes like a homebrewer got control of some fancy toys.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. A bit creamy - a strange and out of place attribute for an Imperial IPA. Good carbonation - a highlight of this beer. Presence on the palate is poor; it overwhelms. I wouldn't say it ruins; it's just a mess dumped on your tongue.

Dr: Another mess from Stone that fails to impress. I wish I loved this like others do, but to me it's just more testament to the ineptitude of Stone's brewers. Why I keep buying their beer I don't know. I guess I keep hoping I'll come across one that's great. I definitely wouldn't get this again; more for all of you. I'll be sticking to Alpine's IPAs. To this beer's credit, the ABV doesn't come through as much as you'd expect; I'd peg it for about 8% if it were a blind taste. I wouldn't call it drinkable, but I won't have any trouble killing this bomber alone. Disappointed. I hope the Enjoy By waiting in my fridge is better.

Low C-

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a very nice head that sticks beautifully and leaves plentiful shards behind

Smell: Caramel malt dominant, with tropical fruit (mango, apricot and grapefruit)

Taste: Very sweet and malty, up front, with a load of sugary flavors; by mid-palate, the edgy hops arrive, delivering a very bitter, citrusy character; quite sticky in the finish, though the hops are still dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat sticky

Overall: I know some folks love this, but I find many of Stone's beers way too sticky to be enjoyable as I like a drier profile; for the style (and accepting the stickiness for what it is) this is a very nice brew

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This one pours a clear amber color with just over half a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of hope. I'm getting some citrus peel hop bitterness along with some tropical fruits. There are also some floral notes along with some pine.

Taste: A lot more pine in the taste than the smell. Lots of sticky hops just crushing the tongue. Citrus peel and tropical fruit. There is enough malt that the sweetness and some alcohol come through, but the hops are the star.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive, smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic double ipa. The hop profile is just wonderful. I'm glad I have more.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops is very powerful with some sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by powerful notes of citrus and piney hops with limited bitterness level with a solid malt backbone that is more caramelized and sweet then I was expected. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid hops punch but would have preferred this beer with less sweetness and less caramelized malt.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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