Stone Brewing is notorious for their generously hopped brews, so much so that their signature gargoyle might as well be the national symbol for IPA. In 2012, Stone celebrated the tenth anniversary of their double IPA hop bomb, Ruination, by unleashing a veritable atomic blast of hops with RuinTen. While we can’t turn the clocks back to 2012, the hop gargoyle was gracious enough to reconstruct this hoppy warhead in modern times. Let the devastation begin…
Stone RuinTen pours a deep amber with a thick, white head. The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of tropical fruits and sweet malt. Bright lemon cuts through notes of dank pine in a pleasant contrast of hop characteristics. The full rotation of hop qualities is capped off with a light hint of spice at the end.
The flavor profile also features the full range of hoppy goodness. Intense grapefruit and tropical fruit lead into classic dank pine and lemon candy. The finish features an intense hop spiciness with a lingering bitterness that dries out the palate. The body is a little lighter than what would be expected from a brew boasting a double digit ABV.
RuinTen is an explosion of hoppy ecstasy that will annihilate your palate with all the hop feels that hop heads crave. Due to the intensity, this probably isn’t something you would enjoy if this is your first IPA experience. However, if you’re able to work your way up to this one, the journey is certainly worth the reward.
- Appearance: Deep Amber / Thick, White Head
- Aroma: Tropical Fruit, Sweet Malt, Lemon, Dank Pine, Light Spice
- Flavor: Grapefruit, Tropical Fruit, Pine, Lemon, Intense Hop spice, Lingering Bitter Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Plus, Dry
- ABV: 10.8%
- Score: 94