jandd1983 (3000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a clear golden/amber color with a white head. The aroma was of pine, citrus and malts. The taste was of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus fruits, some pine, caramel malt and alcohol. This was very nice.
zizzybalubba (1570) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA (drink by September 5, 2013). Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Outstanding aroma of grapefruit rind, tangerine, pineapple, and pine needles. Assertive hop flavor of pine, wet grass, grapefruit, and tangerine that manages to not be balanced at all yet incredibly drinkable. I am not sure that I have had a better DIPA.
BeerandBlues2 (10542) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy deep orange to amber with a medium, creamy and frothy off-white head, medium to long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is pine, resin, citrus, and floral hops with honey and biscuit malt with pear and pineapple esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with supporting sweet malt, fruity esters, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful clear deep golden color with thick bubbly off-white head. Aroma is pine, floral, citrus hop explosion. Taste is dank pine/spruce hops upfront with juicy grapefruit citrus and just a touch of sweet malt hidden in the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering bitter resinous piny hops. Palate is super sticky. Overall this is the definition of a hop bomb! There is just a touch of malt to give this some nice balance, but this is truly a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops!
JaBier (5188) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at the Facebook Fan tasting at Aficionado’s on 6/28/13. Clear gold to amber pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, spicy hop, pine and grass. Malty and sweet flavor up front, quickly turning to spicy and piney hops before a bitter grapefruit finish.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice copper pour with a frothy light tan head. Aroma of pineapple, light caramel, a bit of cardboard and pine. Flavors of pine, grapefruit, light spice, sweet caramel malt and a tinge of cardboard. Decent body, bitter, sweet with a long bitter finish... There's a stale note in here too... Nothing hindering but enough to take away a little. Overall, it's pretty solid but nothing mind blowing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
charule (1478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Binnys. Poured clear orange with white head. Strong aroma of pine resin. Taste is more of the same overpowering hop bitter.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Pours a bright, sunset orange color with an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Smells of lots of pineapple and grapefruit, grass, tons of floral, mango, papaya, resin. Not getting much malt and maybe a hint of booze. Taste starts with grapefruit and floral notes. The middle brings lots of sweetness, as well as some breadiness; however, this just barely mellows out the hops. The finish is very big, but still complex. Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya, and pineapple. Definitely used citra hops in this. Big resin notes and accompanying bitterness. Some earthiness and grassiness. Not much malt to speak of, as the abrasive bitterness covers up the breadiness. The hefty sweetness is necessary to somewhat calm the finishing flavors. Decent amount of booziness along with a warming sensation. Full body with an oily and slick mouthfeel. Just punches you in the face with abrasive, bitter hops. Not for everyone, but I definitely dig it.
Chad9976 (1341) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a "drink by" date of 9/5/13 and cost $9.49 ($0.43 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark orange to copper in color. Only slightly hazy, but not much visible carbonation. Forms a fairly small, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Extremely dank resinous nose. A sweet tropical fruit aroma as well.
Taste: I went into Stone RuinTen IPA expecting to drink the exact same beer as Stone’s 10th Anniversary Ruination. However, this beer is quite different as it’s a pure bomb of gooey hop juice. Whereas the original was crisp and juicy, this brew is akin to liquid tree bark combined with some sugary fruit juice concentrate. It seems like such a different beer than I was expecting, which is a bit disappointing. Though the final product is still a fine imperial IPA that you don’t get to try that often.
There’s nothing subtle to the palette of this beer. It’s got a lot of gusto and it makes itself known from the first to last drop. The bitterness is so intense, it almost comes full circle back to sweetness. Though I’d imagine the malt base for this brew is strong to match the hop profile. Whereas most Stone IPAs tend to be citrusy and juicy, this one is pure pine and resin. Dank, intense bitterness throughout, though there is some dryness at the top of the swig. A sticky, syrupy sweetness throughout the second half. Akin to molasses or liquid malt extract. This might be better described as a hoppy barley wine, but why bother splitting hairs?
Drinkability: I distinctly remember the 10th Anniversary Ruination being highly quaffable and actually quite refreshing due to its citrusy nature. Stone RuinTen IPA is a beast. It tears up the tongue with hop oils and cloying sweetness. Refreshing it most definitely is not. This is a sipper, and probably best split with a friend as the 10.8% ABV weight makes itself known. Thankfully, though, there is little to no alcohol warmth or sloppy "booziness" to this beer. At least it goes down smooth, but better have a glass of cold water handy to chase this.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden amber with an off white head. Aroma is big citrus hops, tropical, lemon, grape fruit, some pine. Flavor is thicker resiny hop. More pine and bitterness, some caramel and booze.