Sathorael (159) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich amber with massive off white head. Aromas of pine resin and a barrage of earthy floral notes. Taste is huge hoppy flavors of pine, grass cuttings, grapefruit, and citrus. Finish is dry and hop forward with a brilliant lingering bitterness. Very VERY earthy beer.
NeZZeN (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a nice clear burnt orange,small 1/2 finger head, decent lacing. This is one of, if not the best, DIPA Iíve ever had ! The aroma hits you right in the face HOPS..HOPS.. HOPS. Nice citrusy/resinous aroma. The taste is a balanced bitter/sweet and lingers forever. I donít know if this could be bettered in any way. This is the way I remembered it from last year, smooth on the palate and delicious. Donít wait to try this fresh, as it does not age well.
krumbum (964) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear glowing amber color. Amazing warm hop smells. Deliciously balanced hop warm smooth wow. A perfect way to highlight a great beer with the perfect brewing of it. Delicious!!!!!!!
kewlhand (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crisp hot bite with a hearty malt backbone. Well balanced. Nice copper color with a thin head.
thome50 (1285) - 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 (1908) - 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, donít they? 100 percentile?! I mean, this is one hoppy as fuck thick malt backboned beverage...but 100 right out the gate? Cray. Regardless, itís big, itís bold, itís 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.
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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 (22063) - , 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 (1993) - 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. Theyíre 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. Itís 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. Weíre 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. Itís backed by more floral, pine resin and deeper grapefruit hop notes, but that tangy, bright citrus cuts through the noise. Itís got malt sugar and booze, as well, but thatís 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 Ruinationís 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, moreís the better.