stone ruinten

Stone, RuinTen IPA 10.8% abv.

I managed to snag one of these utterly sexyful creations from the Escondido craft brew pioneers off of the BrewDog online shop recently and I’m ever so glad I did!

Originally brewed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Stone’s magnificent Ruination IPA in 2012, this powered-up hop monster’s immensely fruity hop profile bashes you round the chops with sack loads of oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and mangoes before performing forced acupuncture on your tongue with pine needles. The solid caramel malt base attempts a rescue but is soon overwhelmed (in an entirely good way) by those oh-so juicy, fruitastic hops. Spot on carbonation, generously bodied, medium sweet into bitter. Then more bitter. Bloody fantastic stuff! 

So, I’ve been off beer for a minute, and maybe this all out hops assault on the senses is especially overpowering me, but DAYUM if this isn’t an amaaaaaazing beer.  After the first pour, the intoxicating and boozy aroma was so strong, I got a mini- headache!

Indeed, the full name of this gorgeous brew is RuinTen: A Stage Dive into a Mosh Pit of Hops.  Let me add another DAYUM! here for dramatic effect.

The first sip was strong.  But this bad boy really opens up, revealing layers of complimentary strong flavors: citrus rind, jammy fruit on toast, mango, toffee, grapefruit, malt, and some hops.  Yup, some big ol’ damn hops. 

Do yourself a favor:

GO

GET

THIS

BEER

Review: Stone RuinTen IPA

RuinTen is this years release of last year’s 10th Anniversary of Ruinition IPA ( I guess it was so good they just had to make it again!). Ruinition was one of the biggest, hoppiest, and boldest IPAs out there when it was first released in 2002. Since then, the hop wars have escalated to produce countless Imperial IPAs that proved similarly ambitious in flavor intensity. Well, I guess Stone wasn’t having any of that so they decided to go even bigger with RuinTen. 

The result is a sticky, bitter bomb of hops with a large caramel malt backbone. There’s a ton of grapefruit and pine, while floral notes are forced to the background. It’s a great beer if you like really bitter, not so drinkable explosions of flavor. If you’re looking for balance, look else where (as Stone would say, you’re not worthy anyway:))