thome50 (1283) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pre-release, thanks J! Pours a deep amber orange with medium head. Aroma is hoppy, slight dank and sweet. Taste is great for this high an alcohol DIPA. Well balanced but not masked. Sweet with a danky lingering effect. Bitter towards the 3/4 mark. Very easy to drink for this style even knowing the ABV. Really nice for a Stone beer. I just with I could find this quality outside of the hard to get DIPAs as of late.
skoisirius (1907) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow...Ratebeerians apparently really love their Stone, don’t they? 100 percentile?! I mean, this is one hoppy as fuck thick malt backboned beverage...but 100 right out the gate? Cray. Regardless, it’s big, it’s bold, it’s hopped like a mofo. Get it!
shrevis (10) - Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer kicked me on my ass and I loved every second of it. Delicious and insanely hoppy at the same time. I'm glad I was finally able to get some.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wittales (761) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance was hazy orange gold with creamy off white lasting 2 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are hoppy citrus, tropical fruit, sweet caramel, crystal, pale malts, no alcohol present. Taste are sweet malty backbone upfront then the lemon, grapefruit, orange, melon, soft sticky pine resin, hints of alcohol. Palate was smooth soft creamy CO2 with meduim-full body, then lasting smooth fruity piney slightly warming finish. A jem of DIPA.
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9th September 2012
Cloudy amber beer, big pale cream coloured head. Piney, grassy hop nose. Smooth palate with fine carbonation that provides a sting. Good malt base, creamy with a little toffee. Big deep hop in this one! Slightly salty pine, mild skunk, rich citrus marmalade and a whisper of lemon. Creamy malt finish. Somewhat barleywine like but a great beer.
popery (1947) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Always nice to see Stone flexing their brewing muscles a bit. They’re drop dead excellent brewers, but they sometimes get a bit bogged down by ideas with new beers. Zany beers can be great and have their place, but simple goals and skill tend to produce the best results.
Perfectly transparent. The color reminds me of a bright maple stain or turn-signal amber. More bright than warm. The head is white with a very light amber tinge. It’s also rather small, certainly smaller than normal Ruination. That will be my first and last comparison because the beers are little alike. Even the appearance of Ruination 10 shows that this is a bigger, meatier DIPA. We’re in flavor country. I once read a review that gave the note "electric tangerines" to a Citra-heavy beer, possibly KRBC Citra, and that fits for this beer. It’s backed by more floral, pine resin and deeper grapefruit hop notes, but that tangy, bright citrus cuts through the noise. It’s got malt sugar and booze, as well, but that’s only necessary in this weight class. The taste is very similar. Sweet and bright to start with sugar and booze in the middle and a finish like sucking on a mouthful of grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel is thankfully clean. This could have turned into a sloppy, sticky mess, but Stone knocked it out of the park. I would love to see this beer brought back in seasonal-ish four packs, a la SN Hoptimum.
So, cheers to Ruination’s 10th! It was one of the first good beers that I ever drank and one of the two (and definitely the better of that pair) that pulled me into the world of fancy beer. It will always have a place near and dear to my heart, and if it inspires future tasty beers like this, more’s the better.
greenh0rn (16) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy orange/amber with somewhat frothy head. Definitely a bitter situation even with 10 or so months on it. Does mellow out as it warms. I can appreciate it because I know the intention was to be a killer hop bomb, just not sure that I like it THAT bitter. I did prefer it over Hoptimum and Palate Wrecker.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2015 Extra large, resinous, and bitter-sweet with obvious alcohol. Extreme.
A clear golden honey body with a 2’’ bone white, tightly packed head leaving polka dots and short angular lines of lace all around
So dank it’s almost offensive, strong resin introduces rich bodacious tropical fruits with spicy hop and alcohol accents on a sweet mmh body leaving layers of bitter sweet tropical and piney residuals (preferred the body when cooler, turned pillowy and overly biting as it warmed)
RuinTen 22oz bottled bottled 6/13/15 consumed 7/18/15 at 45º into 20.5 oz Stölzle Grandezza Brandy snifter
RuinTen 22oz bottle best by 8/28/13 on 7/5/13 at 45º into TeKu
Ruination 10th 22oz consumed 7/23/12 (day of Missouri release) at 45º into Libbey Craft Beer glass
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber at crunchy's. I made the mistake of thinking my friends would help me finish this. Huge flavors and aromas. I was in rough shape by the end.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Cloudy gold pour with a puffy white head. Monster citrus and hop aroma. Tons of floral and juicy citrus notes really pop. Flavor is a really nice combination of that sweet citrus and pine resin mixed with a dry and bitter grassy hop finish. Bottle looked great and the beer tasted better.