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RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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 “A Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop,” 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2012
bottle. pours clear orange with froth head. aroma of grapefruit and orange. taste is orange peel and grassy hop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (2721) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
10 oz. draft pour at Breakwater Brewing. This looks like regular Ruination: bold orange color with a tight white head. The aroma arguably smells like regular Ruination as well but somehow everso slightly more intense. Sheer hop power strikes my nose with notes of grapefruit, peppers, herb, garlic. The flavor follows suite riding that sticky palate. Strong bitterness with more citrus and dank resin almost burns my tongue all the while retaining a remarkable clarity and complexity. This is a serious IIPA. It’s like Ruination x 25%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (627) - Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2012
22oz bottle. A: Clear, slightly orange. Lingering head, sticks to to the glass. N: Grapefruit, pine, mango, grassy fields. Not as intense as I expected, but still quite good. Could be my glassware, too, since the aroma is more intense in the bottle with more citrus and caramel. T: Lots of drying hops. Biscuit, caramel, sugar. Lots of pine. Not as much of the mango/pineapple as the nose. Really nice overall. Pity this probably won’t ever make it to 6 packs. Some pronounced alcohol as this warms. Some pepper and grain. Drink at a lower temperature. M: Fantastic mouthfeel. Dries the palate while simultaneously coating it. O: Well worth a purchase, but this becomes a stinging, bitter barleywine as it warms. Drink cold among a few friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
I expected this to be more insane and in your face with upped alcohol and addition of more hops. Surprisingly, Stone managed to find some semblance of balance. Not too hot or overly crazy bitter...... Nonetheless, this is isn’t an elegant beer. It is a bit heavy handed. It’s a bruiser to the core but pleasant. My style. Was hoping for a bit more complexity. The hops are in your face, sticky, and held together with some nice malty sweetness. Would love to have again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Stone improved on my favorite beer by creating my new favorite beer! Hops, hops and more hops from the pour all the way to the last drop. God shall work hard to improve over this great work. Thanks God and Stone!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (689) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Aroma is full of citrus with slight notes of alcohol. Pours a clear orange / yellow with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Taste is bitter hops with a sweet malt / honey balance. Pretty good stuff, but a little too much for me as it was designed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Extremely well worth the little wait for this beer. Clear golden. half finger of cream color head. Grapefruit, peach, orange, bready, biscuit maltyness aroma. Same thing in the taste. Extremely pleasant and easy drinking for a 10.8%. Alcohol present in the back end. Just amazing!! Get it if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4288) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours gold into a shaker. White head with little retention recedes to sicken rim. Mango, pineapple and resin aromas. Sharp with sweet tropical fruit and biscuit upfront turning to a lasting resin burn finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
khan (19) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow with a short lasting head. Nose: Hop, Lemon, citrus, pineapple Taste: Hops, Cirtus, Lemon peal, very subtle malt that helps balance it out. Overall another amazing beer from Stone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4th of July throw down

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum versus Stone Ruination IPA Tenth Anniversary . Two classic standards of the American microbrew revolution go head to head in this 4th of July faceoff with the lastest Imperial IPA releases. ENJOY

Appearance: The Hoptimum pours with a much bigger and creamier head but after that both beers look indentical, same color and same lace. (SN=5/Stone=4)

Nose: The Stone 10th Anno is more dank and resiny while the SN Hoptimum is more citric and herbal while less forceful. I like both for different reasons. The Stone smells of pure fresh dry hop while the Sierra Nevada displays a more classic PNW hop vapour. (Stone=9/SN=7)

Taste: The Stone 10th Ruination shows off the Citra hop big time with lemony notes and an added grapefruit tone of the Centennials... sometimes too much. The Hoptimum is a Simcoe delight, bright mangoes and dragonfruit. Pure tropical character here. The malt is beaten the death in the Ruination, almost no character to speak of whilest in the Hoptimum they are still a background player but at least allowed to speak on thier own behalf. (SN=9/Stone=8)

Mouth Feel/Finish: The Stone is aggressive and oily, brutal in it’s delivery and everything you would expect from the beer. The SN is a "bit" more user friendly (if the user is a beer geek), still twangy and aggressive, smoother finish but not as clean as the brash unruly soon to be teenager that Stone has created. Strangely the SN is far more boozy despite being the lesser of ABV of the two. A clear cut win for the Bastards here... (Stone=5, SN=3)

Overall: While each has it moment of greatness, neither are world class IMO. The Stone 10th Anno is too dank and the SN Hoptimum is too boozy. THIS IS A GOOD THING for so many other breweries have raised the bar for what we percieve as a extreme hopped beer. (Stone=15/SN=14)

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