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
Reviews:
897
Ratings:
5,805
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap fresh. I'm not a fan. 1 note super bitter hop bomb. No Idea how this gets such high ratings. Save yourself some money and have a taster or buy a bottle in a mix six pack...

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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 kevanb
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a really nice copper color, hints of light amber and orange peel when held to the light. Atop the beer sits about 2 fingers of stark white head, loose bubbles that has moderate retention but leaves behind really nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is actually really great, I was expecting the same earthiness and grassiness readily apparent in Ruination, but was pleased to find an abundance of fruit and citrus forward hops. A great floral bouquet pops out in the middle which transitions to astringent alcohol and sweet caramel malts. The nose is quite inviting, and despite the highly apparent alcohol, doesn't come across as too abrasive. The flavors match nicely, starts with a big juicy blast of tropical fruits, pineapple and mangos, a great grapefruit kick hits right at the end of the fruit flavors, a bit of pine comes out as well, nice balance between the bright citrus, fruit and floral notes and the more bitter pine flavors. The alcohol really comes out in the flavor, a bit more than I'd like, even from Stone, it definitely cuts the brightness a bit at the finish and punishes your tongue. The body is great, big, full and juicy, super sticky at the finish with a nice dry bite.

Verdict: This is pretty excellent stuff, definitely a palate wrecker, which is certainly the intended mission. The high alcohol could probably be hidden a bit better, but the brightness and floral elements are really pristine.

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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 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 Buck89
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden orange into a snifter. Two fingers of off white head with nice lacing. Aroma was full of citrus and orange with a hint of caramel. Initial taste was citrus and tropical, with some following resin and caramel. There was a warming alcohol presence that was more prominent that I would have liked. Finished dry and clean. Very nice.

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

First tried this one a few times at the Firestone Walker Invitational.

Bomber purchased for review with my Ruination pint glass because I care.
*Notes taken on 06-24-12

A: Pours a golden apricot colored hue that is clear and bubbling. Topped with a tawny soaped-up two finger head. Some sticky splashes of lace hug the glass on the way down. Looks like a Ruination.

S: Smells of fresh piney hops. Dank with a grapefruit cattiness. Like busting into a vaccum- sealed bag of hop pellets. There is a dash of some malty sweetness and alcohol bringing up the rears. Smells like a Ruination…even better actually.

T: Taste is juicy with the same pine, grapefruit, and catty herbal dankness as the nose. Balance is excellent. Palate numbingly bitter but not actually abrasive. Alcohol is noticeable and warming but nowhere near boozy. So smooth. Slightly sweet caramelized pale malts are well incorporated as to not cloy the brew. This is literally Ruination on blast! Big props to Stone.

M: Medium to heavier body with an overall creamy texture and a nice drying finish achieved. Real sticky aftermath of lingering hop oils.

D: Stone almost did too good of a job here. Dangerously drinkable at such high ABV’s. A real professional accomplishment of scaling up the original recipe. More hops, more malts, same great balance and flavor.

Chalk this one up in the books with Younger, Expo, and Hoptimum.

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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 colts9016
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I finally decided to try this behemoth of a beer. A Triple IPA was just insane. Got the beer on tap in a tulip style glass. The beer poured dark mahogany color with reddish tints. The head is off white with good retention. The head left a sizable amount of lacing on the glass. The beer is near opaque and has some carbonation bubbles.

The nose is strong grapefruit, pine, floral, grass, perfume, caramel, toasted malt, bread yeast and booze.

The taste is pine, floral, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, floral, grass perfume caramel, bready, biscuits, booze, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is bitter, carbonated, crisp, slightly chewy, and the finish lingers.

The onslaught of hops is mind boggling. The hops is strong but not overwhelming. The malt backbone is very firm and hold up to the hops assault. This is one monster of a beer, very good, very well made, and very tasty. I really enjoyed it.

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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 StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottled on 06/16/16

Pours clear rusty dark orange with a creamy off white foam head. Smells like fresh melons, red berries, guava, ripe papaya, pineapple, peach, red grapefruit, orange citrus, dark caramel malt, biscuity toffee, brown sugar, with bitter leafy herbal pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like dark roasty caramel malt, biscuity dark toffee, charred brown sugar, dark red berries, melons, papaya, guava, some peach, red grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, with bitter leafy herbal pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great and balanced triple IPA.

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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 Zaximus
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know this is exactly what's it's supposed to be. A hop bomb explosion to the face. And if I could taste anything other than the bitter, bitter hops it might be fine.

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

22oz bomber that I ended up splitting with a friend...this thing is a palate-wrecker. Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Gold color, clear once the chill haze departs, large & creamy off-white head leaves some good lacing.

S: Holy hops Batman...this thing has an incredible nose full of hops. Tons of tropical fruit and citrus notes, piney resin, grapefruit pith, peach, mango, hemp oil, papaya, floral notes...powerful stuff.

T: Palate is wrecked; this thing is hugely bitter. All of the flavors transfer from the nose, there is grapefruit and orange/citrus rind, tropical fruit flesh, herbal piney hops, floral notes...seems to calm a little as it warms. Alcohol is detectable but it stays subdued.

MF: Creamy and medium bodied, bitter with a dry finish.

O: Its a showcase for hops, and a good one (I believe). A good beer to share IMO.

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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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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a bright gold-orange with a poofy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet pale malt, pine, oranges - pithy and fresh.

T: Surprisingly mellow, although not too mellow. Nice mix of doughy sweet malt and bright citrus. Piney bitterness, grapefruit, hop leaf, moderately palpable alcohol.

M: Soft, light mouthfeel.

O: Pretty nice.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden orange with a one-finger off-white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of citrus (orange, pineapple, & grapefruit) and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts with big juicy citrus with lots of orange and pineapple upfront.
The citrus fades into lots of big piney hops. A nice amount of malt sweetness olds everything together.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding DIPA. Lots of big flavors that are very well balanced. An awesome beer.

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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 DaftCaskBC
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Like a forest: pine and grassy hops.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, pine and grassy hops dominate the taste profile, the malt backbone really takes a back seat on this one.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, quite resiny, with a medium level of carbonation and just a touch of drying. I suspect the drying is from the hops and not the alcohol.

O: One of the best Imperial IPAs I have ever had, Stone has hit another one out of the park.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so excited that this just dropped in Cuse this week. Stone is a catalyst in the craft industry.

A- Tenth Anniversary pours a beautiful copper body with thick foam all over the sides of my hill farmstead stem. As the foam resides, layers of foam bundle along the sides of the glass. The brew is very clear and impressive

S- an onslaught of tropical hops that is full a pineapple and citric tones that are completely heightened with the brew. A caramel malt undertone is completely present as well. This entire scent profile is amp-ed up with 10th.

T- ripping apart my palate is a blast of the citrus hops and overwhelming caramel malt. The alcohol is well hidden, but the blast of flavor is so coating that the flavor continues to stay. This is a sipper that creates layers of bitter flavor all over the exit. Very delicious with the sticky resinous hop flavor

M- flavor all over that is so coating and delicious. This is like taking a paint brush and coating the inside of your mouth with hops and malt

O- Stone does it again. The bad part? This is a one time brew. Stone is so amazing at making their interpretations of style. So if Ruination is a DIPA on steroids... does that mean that 10 Anniversary is a DIPA that has gone through a nuclear
fallout?!?! This beer is sick nasty. Great job Stone!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stone RuinTen IPA (Formerly 10th anniversary Ruination)

200th review! Glad it was a worthy brew for it!

Look - Poured into two Dogfish Head IPA glasses as a bottle share this poured a clear filtered copper with an amber hue. Sports a full foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace, retains some, and leaves chunks and rings of lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Extraordinarily pungent bitter hops similar to the oniony Summit ones used in some of the West Coast brews I have tried, but there are definitely more than just that particular flavor. Deep citrus resin behind that. Slight malt tones provides the higher ABV.

Taste - Malt is there in a nice wave with some sweetness, then hops ride in super bitter nice blasty IBU as well as an alcohol kick, then they slowly ride out but wreck the palate on the way out.

Mouthfeel - Sits slightly dry and not overly boozy, which is extremely well done. Remarkably drinkable. More light-bodied than medium-bodied. Again, extremely well done here.

Overall - What a fantastic brew from Stone, we went and picked up another one the next day. Ballsy and bitter but well blended with a touch of sweet, an absolute decimation of the palate.

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Photo of Hendry
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear as a bell amber,2 finger soapy white head,carbonation appears slight,lacing respectable.

Aroma is hop forward, but the dank oily type, not so much in the way of tropical nose.

Taste starts out sharply bitter, with the flavors of the grassy hops coating the palate in waves before subsiding. Slight grapefruit pith but mostly resinous acidic hops playing out here with some heat brining up the rear as the booziness becomes apparent in the throat.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy for the appearance: this reminds me of F&W Double Jack which also has a solid "bite" to it with the aggressive hops and alcohol presence.

Overall, a strong-like-bull Imperial, but the highly acidic characteristics are a bit much here. Stone Enjoy By is a much more palatable IPA for those searching for tropical qualities, and a less acidic hop wallop.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this limited brew arrives a light golden brown color with a half finger of off white head with plenty of carbonation to keep it aloft

S - I'm in for some hops, but the smell was far more balanced than I expected, the hops were of the piney and grapefruit variety, however there was some nondescript sweetness layered in

T - citrus hops dominate, big grapefruit at first, which battles with some strong candied sugar flavors, just as I thought the taste was over a strong citrus punch that is distinctively orange

M&D - the velvety tongue coating IBU's, the big grapefruit, the pine, this is a HOP BOMB! very tasty

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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