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%
 
 
Wants:
367
Gots:
1,100
For Trade:
6
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Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

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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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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Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Huge hoppy aroma. I get big doses of grapefruit and pine. More subtle elements of tropical fruit (passion fruit and mango?) Not much else gets past the hops besides some alcohol.

Pale wrecker for sure. Big blast of hop bitterness accompinies the hop flavor. Resiny with slight dankness. Malt gives some sweet caramel base but it does not add much. Alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. Not very easy to drink.

Big body and nicely carbonated. One of the better textures for a DIPA.

A twelve ounce bottle would of been enough for me. Finishing off the bomber was a chore because of palate fatigue. Will not be revisiting this beer. It delivers just what it stated it was going to do. Good clean hop qualities.

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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 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 bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -7%

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 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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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Beer is a darkish blonde colour with a small white head. Retention is poor, but lacing good.

Smell consists of bright, sticky citrus. Grapefruit, pine, some pineapple. A bit of caramel malt below that.

Taste is, unsurprisingly, quite bitter. Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit. A surprisingly large amount of caramel malt. Some booze, but not as much as one would expect given the abv. Actually surprisingly smooth!

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, oily.

Overall, very good.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours vibrant amber, fading head.
Nose shows lashings of clean malt alongside resinous and piny hops.
Similar falvours. Cloyingly malty with some spicy, piny and resinous hops.

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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear amber pour with an enormous fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacework on the glass.

S: Can smell this one in the glass from across the room. Loaded with citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit, mango and pineapple abound. A little pine. Super duper sweet caramel malt.

T: Hop bomb right from the get go. Tons of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, oranges and bitter lemons. Despite the enormous hop overload there is a very strong and sweet caramel malt that desperate tries to balance it out. Lingering resin and pine in the aftertaste...forever. Huge DIPA, it reminds me of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree but with 3x the hops. One of the few really big DIPAs that still maintains a proper palate ruining hoppiness. No indication of alcohol.

M: Big, thick, almost syrupy.

O: Well, they certainly made what they intended. It's Ruination 1.5 (Clown Shoes reference, anyone?). One of the few really big DIPAs that doesn't become a barleywine like 120min and doesn't become an undrinkable mess like Devil Dancer. Mega hop bomb, super caramel sweetness, all working together to create a surprisingly balanced brew (for a Ruination variant anyway).

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Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Zazzi82
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,828 ratings.
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