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:
5,819
Reviews:
901
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
1,093
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this big hop "mosh pit" as the bottle describes. Dark golden color with a little bit of head and lacing after pouring from a bomber. Smell is a big hop slap to the nose that we all love of course. Taste is as you would expect: sweet, citrus, even a nice almost rye spice to it. But it doesn't overwhelm which is what I like most about this. Not too big even as a TIPA. Finishes sweet and mouthwatering, doesn't linger on the tongue too long and from beginning to end is a pleasant experience. Worth getting and taking a couple down if you can find them.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 bobv
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of grahuba
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Huge hop aroma that is very citrusy, dank, and bitter. Big hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Big dank earthy hints of pine resin spice. A good backing of caramel malts and biscuit in the background. Very hop driven and bitter aroma.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a huge taste of hops that is bitter but not completely overpowering. Huge citrus hop flavor with notes of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, orange, and papaya. Lots of floral and earthy hops with a pretty dank pine resin. Fairly spicy. Nice presence of bready malts with some good notes of biscuit and caramel. Taste is very full and in your face.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, oily, and chewy. The huge blast of hop bitterness hides the alcohol heat pretty well.

Overall: This version of Ruination IPA on steroids delivers very well. Huge citrus fruit flavor and lots of spicy dank hops. A hop head's dream.

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

A bright clear copper color with a proper white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is a heavenly combination of citrus and pear and deep nutty malt. Scrumshish! The flavor brings intense peppery citrus-pine hop mixed with a buttery brandy hint that announces some alcohol but keeps it tasty as all get out. This stuff is leafy and near full bodied with a fairly viscous feel and frothy carbonation. A very impressive, high quality hop brew!

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

A - Pours a orange/amber with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Head has very good retention. Small spots of lacing are left.

S - Very big citrus presence, with grapefruit and orange leading the way. Also a strong pine presence. Definitely a maltier aroma than regular Ruination, with some nice caramel notes. As per usual with Stone, a decent amount of alcohol in the aroma. Smells very good.

T - While this is definitely hop forward, the bigger malt base is welcome in the taste. Quite resinous. Similar to aroma, citrus and pine lead the way, with a nice caramel presence in the middle, before yielding to more hop bitterness on the finish. There is also a nice tropical fruit taste, maybe a bit of mango. Some alcohol in the taste as well, but doesn't detract from the taste at all.

M - Despite the strong bitter elements, the mouthfeel is actually very creamy, with a medium body. Finish is quite bitter and dry.

O - Definitely one of my favorite new beers of 2012. Would love to see this become a regular, especially at the price point. A fitting tribute for 10 years of Ruination.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

A: This beer pours a very nice clear dark copperish orange with a half inch white head that slowly fades to nothing and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: This smell of this beer is amazing. The Citra Hops just explode on the nose and really are what make this beers smell shine.

T: Again, like the smell, there is a TON of Citra hops present in the taste. There is a strong amount of bitterness, but a nice amout that evolves to a malty sweetness.

M: The hops make it really oily feeling in my mouth. The beer has a nice crispness going down, but nothing too amazing.

O: I am a sucker for Citra hops and this sure hits that spot. Just an all around amazing beer and I wish this was a year round beer. Also an amazing price!

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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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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for bringing this one by and opening it. It looks like a burnt stoplight amber color in my glass with very sharp and crisp clarity. The thin-bubbled, creamy, off-white cap grows thick and settles slowly; it leaves very nice lacing behind - something I've come to expect from basically every Stone brew now.

Huge citrus and mild tropical undertones line the first sniff; ripe-ass, juicy grapefruit, some pineapple, and lightly white-pepper covered citrus peels and citrus zest. No doubt that this was crafted on the West Coast with a citric hop profile like this. The hops are pretty dank, herbal, and floral; they smell of dripping wet bitterness.

As RuinTen warms up a little, the aroma warps from all hops and no malt, to some hops and a lot of malt. The malts actually become a bit overpowering if you let this sit in your glass for too long - caramel and sticky toffee malts; sweet, sweet, and sweet. Bready and full of itself; I recommend not letting RuinTen mellow for too long, though it may be a hard one to guzzle at 10.8% ABV.

The malt base is strong in the flavor up-front; toasted breads, lightly sweet caramels and a touch of toffee - a huge, lofty malt cloud upon which the huge hop profile opens up. Pungent, leafy, and full of hop oils. Just like the aroma, the initial hop flavors are super fruity; tons of citrus and grapefruit peels, candied and dashed with a bit of white pepper. A very mild onion flavor comes and goes around mid-palate or so.

The malt sweetness cuts the bitterness and keeps things balanced at first, but much like the aroma, the flavors gets a bit too "malt heavy" and almost cloyingly sweet once the brew has about 15-20 minutes to warm up. The hops take a backseat, the caramel and toffee malts jump out, and the alcohol inherits a larger phenol-like presence. The mouth on this beer is huge; thick, sticky, with a resinous and heavy mouth feel.

Had I reviewed the first half of this beer only, I would have loved it. The latter half proved to be a bit too sweet, borderline-cloying, and overpowered with malt. The hop profile was beautiful, but unfortunately it doesn't shine strong for more than 15 minutes or so. I prefer the regular Ruination to this, if only for the lighter malt bill, however this brew is still pretty solid.

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Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,819 ratings.
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