Stone RuinTen Triple IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA
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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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Photo of delta490
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep clear amber. Minimal white head leaves some moderate lacing. The aroma is not overwhelming but has some nice depth with rich caramel malt tones balancing the aggressive hopping. The taste amplifies the aroma and is delicious. It is lighter bodied but not thin and is an excellent example of an imperial IPA.

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

Poured aggressively into a snifter giving way to a clear dark orange/amber body. A thick and creamy looking off-white head falls quickly leaving lacing and retains fairly well until the end.

The smell is full of hoppy goodness. Dank and resinous pine melds well with the peach, cantaloupe, and citrus fruit. Some alcohol vapor.

The flavor hits big with pine and grapefruit flavored hops. The alcohol is detectable but not distracting. There is some balancing sweetness from the malt that comes across a little crackery and bready. But this is really all about the hops.

Fairly big bodied for an IPA. It is smooth and creamy with an all encompassing pleasant bitterness. Dries out the palette and keeps you wanting more.

This feels comparable to the Enjoy By batch I had. A wonderfully big IPA. One bottle is not enough.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark rust orange in color, looks menacing, but delicious!

Smells strongly of citrus and a wonderful burn of hops.

Flavors of orange, grapefruit, and piney hops explode at first contact, delightful.

Straight hop bomb.

Definitely in my top 10, but they never do disappoint so my list is pretty long!

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak tulip

A: It is a cloudy/hazy amber brown that pours with a two finger head that diminishes fairly rapidly but has ok lacing.

S: Hops, hops, hops! This is a citrus bomb if ever there was one, but specifically grapefruit. It is like a tropical island in a glass, with just a hint of mowed lawn in there.

T: It is not what I expected at all, but I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting. From the get go it is just all hops, but it has a nice malt backbone to hold up and complement the complex hops here. There is actually quite a lot of malt, as if Stone somehow passed a hop threshold here and got back to sweet malt, unlike Mikkeller's 1000 IBU which passed the same threshold, but then the malt threshold and got a second hop wind. The hop profile here is very blended, it is a whirlwind of citrus and pine. The aftertaste is a smooth transition and thoroughly coats your mouth and leaves it with quite the sweet citrus taste.

M: The carbonation here is even throughout and has a nice level of coarseness.

O: Let me just say that Stone got me into beer with Ruination (especially IPAs) and I just missed this since I really got into beer in December 2012, but whole hog not until late February 2013, so I was disappointed that I missed this. I am glad I got to try it, but it seems that I prefer both Ruination and Enjoy By over this. I'm surprised out how good Stone is at brewing so many distinct IPAs. It really tastes like a combination of Enjoy By and Ruination.

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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 Bosoxfan20
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful deep copper that is almost an amber. 1 finger light tan head that is dense and fades away to a ring on top of the beer. Delightfully soapy lacing.

S- A nice balance of hops and toasted, bready malts. Hop aroma consists of grapefruit pith, melon rind, lemon zest, and a touch of pine. Moderate aroma intensity with slight booze.

T- Oily, resinous hop character. Bitterness and alcohol esters present. Some breadiness smooth caramel notes comes through to makes this "hop bomb" more balanced than one might think...similar to ruination. But make no mistake...hops rule.

M- Mid body bordering on full, but remains light in feel, thus giving it a nice level of drinkability. Alcohol warmth is present and borders on hot, but I kind of like it.

O- Different from ruination in that it just seems like a bigger beer and more alcohol detectable. I probably prefer little brother to this one, but both are delicious beers to say the least.

Drink by 8/28/13
Enjoyed on 7/26/13
$7.99 for a bomber bottle

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into snifter with a good solid half inch of white head. Orange copper color and very transparent with slight amount of bobbles. Smells like a hop explosion with some citrus in the background. Very hoppy bitter beer with a strong boozy taste and sweet taste of pineapple and some type of citrus. Medium body and carbonation. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big malty and boozy IPA with grapefruit and pine.The pine is the star and is balanced well with the sweetness. The bitterness lingers on in this copper colored, crystal clear beer. This is a big, in your face Imperial IPA that works.

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Photo of RickS95
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clearish amber orange color. It's a thicker looking pour than what's left in the glass, but despite it's darkish color, there's no haze and not entirely opaque. The head lacks size and retention. Nothing to see here, carry on.

There's a pleasant smell in the snifter somewhere, but it seems a bit shy. A few swirls (should I really have to do this to pick up the scent) brings out a flowery, fruity garden of pine, orange, and grapefruit. More swirls and the pine dominates.

Very malty, but I guess it has to be to play with hops like this. Bready, crackerlike taste, followed by an onslaught of pine and resin and oil and everything else that comes with hops. In the swallow, you're teased with some orange and grapefruit before the alcohol punches you.

Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's actually fairly smooth for what it is. There's plenty of body, despite the looks and there's a gentle sweetness from the malt before you lose feeling in your tongue from the hop party. There's a splash of citric acid in the finish just before the heat from the alcohol burns it away and the hop resins and oils ambush your palate.

It took a while to get going, but it's pretty good, particularly if you like hop bombs. Much better than Ruination IPA. The alcohol shows up sparingly with some ho hum heat, but this beer is moderately smooth and could get you in trouble with the ABV if you're not paying attention (and your palate can handle it).

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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 Jimmys
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into pint glass. drink by 08/18/13.

a: clear copper hue. head is bright white. decent retention, minimal lacing.

s: super piney. hop resins. a warming citrus and tropical fruit note. while being varied, big and hot were the main aroma.

t: similar to the nose, lots of resin. tastes sticky. the pine and citrus notes are muddied masking with the alcohol heat.

m: average carb on a full body.

d: good not great. Too much going on on the hop side of things, not enough balance or focus. take a step back and tweak stone.

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

A-a clear amber color with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-aroma of lots of citrus, pine, and some caramel malts

T-taste is similar to the smell and starts out with lots of citrus and piney bitterness but also has a layer of sweet honey and caramel

M-nice body, good carbonation

Overall a very big tasting beer, but well hidden alcohol. Pretty good.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. An absolutely stunning DIPA.

Still fresh with a "drink by" date of 08/28/2013, but can barely imagine how magnificent this must have been on tap in Escondido...

Pours an attractive amber colour with a large bubbled white head that disappears. Less oiliness or viscosity than I would have expected for the 10.8% ABV and amazing hop resins. Hop-forward aroma also has a caramelized malt backbone. The flavour is a hop lovers' dream -spanning pine resin to citrus to tropical fruit - pink grapefruit and mango and a wonderfully bitter finish, with the high alcohol content scarily well hidden.

Perhaps my favourite Stone beer thus far. Stunning!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz silk screen bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2" light beige head. Small strings and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, pine

T- sweet caramel, followed by nice citrus and bitter orange peel. Bitter pine finishes off this beer.

M- full body, medium carbonation. Slick, slightly oily and abv is noticeable but not hot.

O- good dipa and better than the regular Ruination too me. Abv is a little to noticeable and leaches a lingering mouthfeel.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-golden color with a thin white head. Smell is nice and citrus-hoppy, a lot like regular Ruination, but isn't overly impressive. Flavor is decent, but disappointing. It's certainly got a bruising hop flavor happening here, but it's quite malty and I'm getting a lot of booze on the back end, especially as it warms up. Mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied and a little sticky. Overall, I was not super impressed with this beer. Admittedly, I think regular Ruination is a little overrated and I didn't like this as much as the regular one. This seemed to almost border on barleywine territory, and you could really tell that it was nearly 11%. Maybe it's because I spent all last weekend drinking Hill Farmstead beers in Vermont, maybe this beer's a little past its prime, but how this beer is in the Top 100 is beyond me. It's not bad, but it was not super impressive either.

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Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't find the lasered-on enjoy by date on the bottle, which is odd since the label instructs to "drink fresh." My records indicate it was purchased exactly three months ago, so it's got some age.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with a white inch and a half head which dissipated to heavy surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Intense citrus and pine.

t: Tasty pine hops forward with considerable strength, some alcohol on the tongue but the hops are rather amazingly easy on it.

m:Moderate and smooth with good body. Carbonation keeps coming.

o: Really a super DIPA. At the risk of having the hops fade, I held onto this bottle for a few months waiting for the right time to drink it, since it is high ABV (10.8%). Now that I opened it, I'm learning what I missed in the interim.

UPDATE 7/19/14: The 2014 version is extremely and dangerously sippable. This bottle sealed 6/0?/14 ( a blank space after the zero for the day). Not much of a head to speak of this time, but the taste is still awesome, and although the bitterness builds somewhat in the back of the mouth, it does not linger annoyingly. Remains one of my personal top-rated DIPAs, but I am reducing the appearance rating from 4.5-3.75 for the disappointingly nearly non-existent head, the smell rating from 4.5-4 since citrus is less evident, and the mouthfeel rating from 4.5-4 because it seems less exceptionally smooth now.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with very little head, but the head there sticks around for a bit. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops; so many grassy and piney notes come to the nose immediately and this just smells awesome. Also get some sweetness from the malt and a hint of citrus fruit.

Taste: Much of what came to me in the nose definitely is at play here with hoppy bitterness at the forefront. Very piney and earthy character to this brew and this is to be expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a strong taste and great bitterness. The carbonation is solid and this is definitely a sipper as there is so much flavor. A bit of burn from the alcohol but I'd never guess that this was a 10.8% bomb.

Overall: I loved this one but it is definitely not for the faint of heart. This is an extremely bitter DIPA but definitely worth trying if you're into tons of hops. Haven't had Ruination in a while, but I think this is, while different, just a bit better. Great beer from Stone.

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

Pours a clear, golden copper color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is extremely hoppy (what would you expect from a Ruination on steroids?). Lovely hops with a good amount of malt and pine sap. Very piney with faint citrus. Taste is initially like biting into a pine cone that is glazed with honey. A good amount of malt in this one...a little too much unfortunately. Still keeps that west coast hoppy flavor though. Hop resin bitter grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Heavy malt richness in the finish...a bit of booze as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a surprising creaminess to it. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a damn tasty beer, but I wish it didn't turn out as malty as it did. Becomes a little much as you continue to drink the bottle.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a murky apricot color with just under 1 fingers width of slightly off white head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down.  Leaves a mild degree of spotty lacing.  

S: Huge citrus hop aromas with tons of pineapple and orange, along with lots of malty sweetness. Some dank hop aromas as it warms but  I would have appreciated more piney, resinous, dank hop characters.  These  DIPAs brewed with citra hops tend to come off  overly sweet  and unbalanced in my opinion.

T: The flavor is a different story.   Better balance on the tongue, with tons of bitterness to balance out the sweetness.  Still has some citrus characters, but the bitterness is huge! I love it.  Citrus upfront, with a palate wrecking bitterness on the finish.  I get lemon zest, grapefruit, pine, some boozy alcohol.   Im impressed by the bitterness here for two reasons.  One (and I may be speaking blasphemy  here) but from what I remember I didn't find the original Ruination to be as palate wrecking as advertised, and two it seems like most DIPAs Ive had recently have migrated towards the malty side of the spectrum.  This is a nice, bitter, change.  Very tasty beer here.  

M/D: Clean mouthfeel, not sticky at all, medium bodied with a big drying character. Even with a modest carbonation it still has a big biting quality to it due to the bitterness.  Drinkability remains surprisingly high and the huge ABV is kept in check very well.  

O: Overall, a really well done brew that I thoroughly enjoyed.  There are a lot of great DIPAs out there, and I can't consider it amongst the best.  But its certainly a very well done beer that I recommend to any hophead.  Stone consistently produces top notch beers, and for my money their selection of hoppy beers can rival anyones.  

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone snifter glass.

Appearance: Transparent slightly dark amber color. Light bubbles on the body that created a thin white head rising to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light hops with a dose of pineyness to it that hits you like a knucklball. Could be more potent but very nice to inhale.

Taste: The smell could use some tweaking but the taste more than makes up for it. A serious citrus overload, Hoppy like a motherf'er and the grapefruit feel is something you won't forget. A sweet bitterness creation that is f'n awesome. The one thing I wish it was more complex, just a little. I think it will satisfy most fans.

Mouth: Medium and ever so sticky. You think the hops are stuck to you palate after placing the glass down.

Overall: I really like this beer, more than the original is really depending on my mood. It's extremely tasty it lacks some other aspects but overall a very good beer. There are some comparisons and definitely an incredible substitute to Enjoy By. When you have one you will understand. Salud!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a tight white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of big hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and some tropical fruits. Fairly bitter, but the malts are sweet enough to balance it. Malts come on the end with some caramel and toffee along with toasted bread. Finishes a bit hot, but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this does fit with the ruination idea, but it is a little more balanced than the original.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a hazy deep orange color with a thin half finger of head on it that rises and holds a little retention and lacing on the glass.

S= Smells like fresh hops. A lovely mix of citrus and pine. With a strong resin aroma.

T= Boom! Hits the tongue hard with tons and tons of strong resin on the tongue. Long lasting flavor and after a while it just blacks your tongue out. Nothing else can be tasted after the first few sips.

M= Nice thicker mouth for an IPA while the hops seems to make it surpisingly crisp.

O= This is a quality DIPA. Well worth checking out and living up to the name. Ruins your tongue.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a 1pint 6oz. bomber into a Tree House Brewing tulip glass
The color is hazy yellowish/orange with a finger of foamy white head that pulled back leaving some slight lacing.

The smell if this beer is fruity with citrus aroma. Some tangerine comes out with a slight grapefruit aroma. In the back there is clay aroma that is just lurking around the fruits in the nose.

The taste is has some sticky citrus flavor that is a little jarring. The bitterness comes out and hits but is a little muted. Like getting hit with a foam bat, the bitterness seems muffled but is still prominent. There is an earthy flavor that is toward the back and comes forward at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth finish that does have some heaviness at both ends.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 6/19/14 poured into dogfish IPA glass

Pours oily and resinisis. Smells of deep pine and tropical fruit. Huge hop and pine on the first sip followed by a nice bitterness. Could use a touch more carbonation to cleanse the pallet from the hop resin. A definite tounge scrapper.

Overall a high 4.25 borderline 4.5. Look forward to this every summer and tough to beat this for $8.99 bomber. One of Stone's best.

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Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Abundant West Coast hop qualities--mainly grapefruit and other mixed citrus--backlit by resinous pine. Grain is refined and bready, just barely detectable. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with toasted malt and a fine thread of caramel. Hops soon overpower the malt qualities with aggressive grapefruit citrus and bruised pine foliage. Acidity is restrained into the middle where the overall clean qualities of the beer allow diminishing pine to form a bridge from start to finish, which is quite bitter. A bit too much of green medicinal quality hangs around late, like a trip to the herbalist's shop. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity; soft, creamy, and balanced on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Nice DIPA executed with a mature and deft skill. Green Flash's Palate Wrecker is still more bitter, yet the full potential of the hops are well displayed here. Perhaps it is most surprising that Stone didn't try to reinvent the IPA again with this anniversary rendition, rather than just turn in another good one that fits in near the front of the current pack.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,779 ratings.
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