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RATINGS: 980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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In June 2012, we celebrated the 10th birthday of our notoriously mega-hopped double IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, with the release of a very special version that was even bigger and, incredibly, even hoppier than the original. If Stone Ruination IPA is ďA Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop,Ē then Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was an amped-up heavy metal version of that ode delivered with the force of a sledgehammer. Luckily for us, our fans love loud and aggressive brews, specifically when copious amounts of humulus lupulus are involved. The original release of this beer was so instantly beloved by those who dared try it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1249) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2013
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 Stoneís 10th Anniversary Ruination. However, this beer is quite different as itís 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 donít get to try that often.

Thereís nothing subtle to the palette of this beer. Itís 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 Iíd 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Boisterous citrus fruit bloom, ripen and explode onto this Double IPAís burnt honeyed cereals before alcohol warmth and potent resins take over the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clean shiny amber.
-This is a tad too sweet for my tastes in the style, but it is still mighty pleasant and memorable.
-The flavor profile is polished, although hot.
-The aroma is very alluring for hopheads.
-Hops and residual sugars are equally expressive in the flavor profile.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rocketman2013 (108) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Poured from a 750 ml bottle at home into a double-walled glass tulip cup. It's like an explosion of fruit and flowers in your mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewnbud (2) - campbell, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013 does not count
Big strong beer. Nice color and lace. Close to a palate wrecker,must be a beer ppro to enjoy this boldly hopped high abv selection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2345) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Brilliant copper colored pour. Big white head. Some lacing. Lemony aroma of hops. Taste is malty with some hop. Nice. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thecp015 (2) - USA - JUL 13, 2013 does not count
Aroma: very hoppy. Citrus, resin, grass. Very sweet linger. Appearance: deep copper with this head that fades quickly. Taste strong hops, both citrus and bitter, quickly giving way to a strong malt heft and sweetness. Palate: balanced, neither too thick or too thin. Overall, very good beer that unfortunately isnít here to stay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
A misty orange color with a lush foamy white head. An robust sweet hoppy aroma, well balanced and a true delight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1146) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle from Champaneís. Pours clear amber with a beige head. Aroma of pine, tropical and citrus fruits, and some strawberry. Taste is pine, fruit, with some resin and alcohol slowly creeping up and turning into a big bitter finish. Big body, Great, but I do like Ruination a little better.

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