justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Consumed 7-13-12, poured into my DFH IPA Glass.
A- Pours a crystal clear amber/copper color with a sticky beige 2 finger head that lasts throughout the entire glass. Unimpressive, but alright lacing, carbonation is average based on appearance.
S- Pine and resinous hops followed by a blast of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Sweet malt and caramel aroma balances the hops. A touch of alcohol is present to remind you how big this beer is...
T- Extremely bitter, this thing is just packed full of hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine resin, tons of other tropical fruit, followed by a subtle malt sweetness and a strong alcohol presence. The hops seemed a bit more dull than the last time I drank this. Insanely long bitter finish.
M- Medium body, there is just enough to back up the hops, fairly dry, this seems to contribute to the never-ending bitterness. Carbonation is spot-on.
O- I liked this a whole lot more last week when I had it, but I didn’t have the time to review it. It seems like the hops are dropping off very fast, or maybe my palate is just off tonight. This is still an incredibly well made beer, and based on my previous experience I am ranking it a bit higher overall than I would based solely on this review.
Rune (6948) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served at the American Bar, GBBF 2013, third day. One-third pint, gravicask. Pale apricot coloured body, next to clear. Firm off-white head. Citrus nose added by herbs and mild dried fruits. Citrus and caramel flavours, very well balanced, and nicely followed by dry hopped citrus shells, bittersweet and warming on the swallow. Oily palate. Excellent IPA(London Olympia 15.08.2013)
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(7/8/12) Smell - A veritable pine forest interspersed with lemons, orange, and grapefruit citrus.
Taste - A blast of hops that comes like a punch in the mouth. Tons of hop dryness and bitterness. The earthiness of the hops is all pine. What citrus flavors manage to claw their way out of the pine forest manifest as grapefruit with a bit of malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Thick, almost syrupy. Some carbonation is there to accompany the thickness. Feels almost oily. My mind thinks of pine resin.
Overall - I did not pick up much of any alcohol in this one. I guess the alcohol was afraid of the hops and went into hiding.
This was my first "palate wrecker." I completely understand the term now. I can’t tell if the hops are too much or simply pushing the limit - like walking the line between just a bit crazy and batshit insane. For me and my palate, I think this one falls on the side of too much hops dryness and bitterness. Any complexity or depth was lost in the pine forest that was this beer. My palate screamed, yet I was intrigued, puzzled, and ultimately overwhelmed. It was over the top, but at least it wasn’t ordinary.
Additions from 6/26/2013: Having experienced many more IPAs since I first has this brew, I can safely say that RuinTen is AMAZING. It’s a complex and bitter monster of an IPA, but it’s not overwhelming as I first felt. It goes down quite easy and has a bit of sweetness to it. Definitely one of the best DIPAs I’ve ever had.
johnnnniee (1840) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review from notes, Bottle from Bert’s
Slightly cloudy, huge resinous pine and bitter citrus aroma and flavor. Great Brew I enjoyed several bottle while I could still find it.
gregwilsonstl (877) - USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark clear amber. White Lacing. Really really hoppy. Grapefruit rind. Bitterness lingers. Quite hot from alcohol.
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
All the grapefruit and citrus as described in other reviews. All the malt too. The astringency is there as well. I prefer the wallop without the astringency as found in moylans hop sickle and smuttynose big A. This is still a treat.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/31/2013: Stone RuinTen IPA... Aroma: Light toffee malt and some citrusy and floral hops; alcohol. Appearance: Clear copper color with an off-white crown. Flavor: Smooth maltiness; heavy amount of pine, grapefruit hops; intense hoppiness, but not overly bitter; just a touch of smoke in the finish. Palate: Medium body; soft mouthfeel, smooth. Overall: Very good, but doesn’t seem as enamel-striping bitter as the regular Stone Ruination, but maybe my palate has changed over the years; unfortunately, this beer came after the Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA which is hopaliciously delicious, so maybe this sampling suffered as a result (it’s really hard to compete with Stone 17 as I think it’s way better than the standard Ruination)... 12 fl. oz. bottles shared by Brian. Rating #745 for this beer.
mtdewa1 (183) - rome, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is citrus...grapefruit and orange. Cloudy gold pour, medium white head mild lacing. Taste is perfect. Smooth grapefruit start with orange bitter finish. Very well done. Great ipa. Recommended.
mcclainc50 (121) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy golden color with an off white head leaving moderate lacing. Aroma of citrus big time. Such a well balanced flavor for the amout of hops used in this beer, the hops jumps out first with some nice grapefruit notes, some spice in the middle and finished incredibly smooth with a malty tone. One of the best IPAs I’ve had.
DialSquare (2049) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Proof. Big citrus, pine, resin aroma. Tastes are like chewing on flowers - takes a bit to discern the subtleties - spice, biscuit, caramel, citrus. Big time palate-killer sipper. 7.6